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.