ARSENAL have been busy in the January transfer window but are far from done with a week to go.
The likes of Mesut Ozil, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Sead Kolasinac have left but Mikel Arteta still has a fairly large squad.
Martin Odegaard should become Arsenal’s third signing of the monthCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Nevertheless, he is determined to add to it with a variety of creative players tipped to follow Mat Ryan and Omar Rekik through the door.
Here, SunSport details five deals that are reportedly on the Gunners’ radar going into the last week of the window.
Any minute now, Arsenal will confirmed the loan signing of Norwegian wonderkid Odegaard from Real Madrid.
The Gunners will pay his £38,000-a-week wages along with a £1.8m loan fee to the Spanish giants.
Reports outline Arteta’s personal influence in getting the deal over the line, with his intent on adding a new playmaker leading to the coach personally calling Odegaard to persuade him.
It appears to have done the trick with the midfielder flying in on Sunday night and undergoing a medical yesterday.
Attacking midfielder Nelson has not quite been starved of game time this season but, at 21, it is a crucial year for his development.
Odegaard’s arrival, plus the emergence of fellow youngsters Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka, has pushed him towards the sidelines.
With only a single goal from his nine appearances, the England youth international could be sent out on loan.
According to PA Media, a Championship club is the most likely destination for Nelson.
Reiss Nelson could be the next player to leave on loanCredit: Reuters
The decision to let Kolasinac sign for Schalke has reportedly left Arteta worried that the Gunners need a new left-back.
Cedric Soares, Saka and Ainsley Maitland-Niles have all filled in when first-choice Kieran Tierney has been unavailable.
But experienced defender Bertrand is seen as a better option, particularly with just six months left on his Southampton contract.
However, they will have to act fast with The Athletic reporting on progress in the player renewing his Saints vow.
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Ryan Bertrand was reportedly fancied for a shock switchCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Lazio and Barcelona have been linked with the German defender.
Having long ago been outcast by Arteta, Mustafi is expected to leave either this month or in the summer.
According to Football.London, talks are underway to terminate his deal – just as Ozil and Sokratis agreed to.
But Mustafi’s father and agent, Kujtim, has dispelled those rumours with there ‘currently no discussions’ over ripping up the defender’s deal.
Shkodran Mustafi is said to be a target for LazioCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Odegaard’s loan switch to North London will reportedly not deter Arsenal in chasing Norwich playmaker Buendia.
Yet the Championship side are said to want £40m to let their star midfielder leave during a promotion battle.
Norwich boss Daniel Farke recently stated: “It makes no sense for any of my key players to leave at this moment. And it makes no sense for us as a club right now to sell any of my players.”
According to Goal, Buendia has accepted that a summer switch is his best bet unless Arsenal fancy a big-money bid as the deadline approaches.
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Emiliano Buendia has a price tag of around £40millionCredit: PA:Press Association