Premier League Clubs Engage in Transfer Pursuits as Managers Plan Squad Overhauls
In the midst of the January transfer window, Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta is on a mission to revamp his squad’s full-back positions, targeting Wolves’ Rayan Ait-Nouri. The Gunners have already had an offer rejected for the Algerian left-back, while Liverpool also eyes Ait-Nouri, engaging in discussions with Wolves. However, a potential move might wait until summer, with reports indicating a price tag of over £50 million for the 22-year-old.
Arteta aims to transform the full-back roles over the next two transfer windows, with right-back Jeremie Frimpong on the radar. The ambitious plan is to have ‘four top-class inverted full-backs in the squad,’ signaling Arteta’s commitment to reshaping Arsenal’s defensive setup.
Liverpool, not to be outdone, continues its pursuit for defensive reinforcements, specifically in the center-back position. Jurgen Klopp eyes Chelsea’s Levi Colwill, despite the Blues securing the young talent with a six-year contract extension. Liverpool remains keen, monitoring Colwill’s progress closely, but Chelsea is reluctant to entertain offers for the promising center-back.
Additionally, Liverpool keeps an eye on German international Jonathan Tah, though Bayer Leverkusen is uninterested in selling. The Reds explore alternatives like Telleres’ Kevin Mantilla and Facundo Gonzalez, currently on loan at Sampdoria from Juventus.
In the ongoing trend of academy talents attracting attention, Chelsea’s Armando Broja is in demand. As Chelsea anticipates a significant investment in a new striker, Napoli’s Victor Osimhen emerges as a potential addition. Wolves are reportedly exploring a move for Broja, although a permanent deal seems unlikely, and a loan with an option to buy becomes the more feasible scenario. Broja’s playing time during the Africa Cup of Nations makes him a sought-after asset, with several clubs monitoring the situation closely.
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