Arsene Wenger confirmed in the press conference ahead of the Liverpool clash in the Premier League that the Gunners are hoping to complete the signing of Mohamed Elneny within this week.
The Basel midfielder, however, may not be the only signing for the Gunners in the January transfer window, as latest reports suggest the North London club are looking to sign a striker, with Wenger planning to bring Celta Vigo’s Nolito at the Emirates.
According to reports from Mundo Deportivo (h/t The Telegraph) Arsenal are looking to trigger Nolito’s £13.4m buyout clause, as he refuses to commit his future at Celta.
The 29-year-old impressed last season with 13 goals and 14 assists in all competitions, and has been in good form this season as well, managing eight goals and further five assists in 15 appearances.
Nolito’s impressive form over the past two years has seen him break into the Spain national team. He is not an out-an-out classic #9 striker, but a prolific goal scorer from wide positions, with an ability to create goals for others.
The Gunners are heavily linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but the Gabon international has ruled out a possible move to the Premier League. Nolito will represent a cheaper alternative to Aubameyang, but still be a good addition to the side, although Arsenal are facing a strong competition from Barcelona for his signature.
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique is desperate to sign Nolito, as he feels the Spaniard could provide the perfect alternative to Suarez and Neymar.
Manchester United in talks to sign Saul Niguez
Spanish radio station Cadena Cope claimed recently Manchester United had been preparing a €20m bid to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez.
The Premier League giants are looking to sign him in the January transfer window, but should the deal falls through, the Red Devils will move for the youngster in the summer.
The same radio station reports on Monday (h/t Sport Witness) that Manchester United have sent a delegation to Madrid to complete a deal for the 21-year-old midfielder.
Atletico aren’t willing to sell, obviously, as Diego Simeone feels the rising Spain star remains a big part of his plans.
Manchester United are also reportedly interested in signing Brazilian midfielder Felipe Anderson, but Lazio insist they have not received any bid this month from the Red Devils.