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Arsenal set to announce decisions affecting Brandt and Buendia Transfers

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Arsenal’s January transfer window plans are already in full swing.

Despite the window not even being open for a week yet, the Gunners have already begun trimming down the numbers of their first-team squad with a couple of loan deals.

Sead Kolasinac has rejoined Schalke, while William Saliba is spending the remainder of the season back in France with Ligue 1 side Nice.

And there is set to be more exits from the Emirates Stadium before the window closes, with Mesut Ozil and Sokratis – not registered in the Premier League or Europa League squads – both linked with moves away.

According to reports, Arsenal are preparing to announce the departure of another first-team player.

However, it’s not Ozil or Sokratis.

The Daily Mail state that third-choice goalkeeper Matt Macey is set to swap England for Scotland and join Hibernian – initially on loan until the end of the campaign where he will then become a free agent.

An arrival in north London almost 10 years ago, the 26-year-old has made just two senior appearances for the Gunners and is firmly behind Bernd Leno and Runar Alex Runarsson in the pecking order under Mikel Arteta.

Macey’s imminent exit could affect Arsenal’s recruitment plans for the remainder of the January transfer window.

With Arteta and technical director Edu both in agreement that a creative midfielder should be the Gunners’ priority this month, a number of attacking midfielders have been linked.

football.london understands that Norwich City’s Emi Buendia is high up on Arsenal’s list of targets, but the club are yet to make a formal approach in regards to looking to secure a deal for his signature.

Meanwhile, interest in Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Brandt is genuine and Arsenal are sounding out the possibility of getting a permanent deal done this month, with the Bundesliga giants setting a €25million (£22m) price tag for the 24-year-old who would be willing to join the Gunners this month.

With that said, the idea of both players joining Arsenal before the window closes hinges on the club freeing up another homegrown slot in their 25-man Premier League squad.

At present, there’s one slot available following Kolasinac’s exit, and Macey leaving doesn’t open up another spot as he is one of the five homegrown players included in the squad.

Therefore, Arteta and Edu may have to choose between Buendia or Brandt unless they’re able to sell another non-homegrown player.

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AC Milan Willing To Sign Tomori On Permanent Basis

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AC Milan have been pleased with Fikayo Tomori’s impact but admit their option to purchase the centre-back from Chelsea is ‘very high’.

The 23-year-old struggled to secure a regular role under Frank Lampard this season and was allowed to leave the club in the January transfer window.

AC Milan signed Tomori on loan for the remainder of the season and have the option to buy him this summer for €30 million (£26m).

Tomori has been in fine form for AC Milan

‘The boy has proved to be strong, he integrated well,’ AC Milan’s sporting director Frederic Massara told DAZN. ‘We are convinced of his qualities, there is a very high option to buy and we will evaluate whether to go on but we are very satisfied with his impact so far and we are happy to have him with us.’

Tomori’s current contract with Chelsea expires in June 2024. Fikayo Tomori has made seven appearances for AC Milan so far.

Speaking last week, AC Milan’s technical director, Paolo Maldini, also stressed that Tomori’s clause is ‘very high’.

‘Tomori is a good talent and we have a buy-option clause,’ Maldini told Sky Italia.

‘The price is very high. AC Milan will decide at the end of this season and we will discuss it with Chelsea’s board.’ Tomori has made seven appearances in all competitions since joining AC Milan earlier this year.

 

 

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Just In: Arsenal monitoring RB Leipzig (POWER HOUSE) defender Ibrahima Konate

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Arsenal are reportedly keeping tabs on RB Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konate as Mikel Arteta plots a big rebuild of his squad in the summer transfer window.

There was a flurry of activity in January for the Gunners with Mesut Ozil, Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis all having their contracts terminated while William Saliba and Sead Kolasinac went out on loan.

Ibrahima battles for the ball

According to the Evening Standard, the north London club are considering bringing in another centre-back and Konate is a player who has caught their eye.

Arsenal are said to be one of a number of clubs tracking the 21-year-old, who is regarded as one of the Bundesliga’s top prospects alongside fellow Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano.

Konate in Action for Leipzig against Bayern

Arteta revealed on Wednesday that the club are planning an ‘unprecedented’ summer window due to the number of transfers that are required to get his squad into shape.

The Gunners are currently down in 10th place and eight points off the top four after losing 11 of their 26 Premier League games this season, and the Spaniard admitted that their transfer plans are dependent on where they finish in the table.

‘We are planning what’s going to happen in the summer,’ said Arteta. ‘It will depend on where we finish, how we finish. ‘I think what we have to do in the summer is unprecedented for a club of this stature.

‘To do the amount of transactions that we have to make it tells you as well where we are. ‘I think it was very much needed and you want to improve, you want to do that. ‘It’s where you have things in the house and you believe that you can improve on it.

‘Externally acquiring players to go to the next level. Everything is planned and let’s see what the market can bring and what the last few months can bring to the club.’

 

 

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Breaking: Mikel Arteta reveals Arsenal are preparing for ‘unprecedented’ summer transfer window

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Mikel Arteta reveals Arsenal are preparing for ‘unprecedented’ summer transfer window

Mikel Arteta is expecting Arsenal to be busy in the summer transfer window and says their business will be ‘unprecedented for a club of this stature’.

Arteta suggested there will be a lot of incomings and outgoings as he seeks to take Arsenal to the ‘next level’.

It’s been a disappointing first season in charge for the former Manchester City assistant manager.

Arsenal are currently 10th in the Premier League and eight points off the top four and their only realistic hope of silverware is the Europa League.

Despite their poor season, Arteta’s position is not thought to be under threat and he is already planning for the next transfer window.

And he admitted there will be a lot of transactions they ‘have to make’ in order to get back to the required level.

‘We will see. We are planning what’s going to happen in the summer,’ said Arteta.

[It will depend on where we finish, how we finish. I think what we have to do in the summer is unprecedented for a club of this stature. ‘To do the amount of transactions that we have to make it tells you as well where we are.

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‘I think it was very much needed and you want to improve, you want to do that. It’s where you have things in the house and you believe that you can improve on it.

‘Externally acquiring players to go to the next level. Everything is planned and let’s see what the market can bring and what the last few months can bring to the club.’

 

 

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