Although the ‘summer’ transfer window of 2020 just shut, news is already pouring out regarding future windows beyond even January 2021. David Ornstein of The Athletic in his latest episode of ‘Ask Ornstein’ said that Arsenal are ahead of schedule regarding their plans summer of next year.
Arsenal have been linked with a creative attacking midfield player for a number of months. Initially Lyon’s Houssem Aouar looked as though he could make the move to the Emirates in the summer and more recently Red Bull Salzburg’s Dominik Szoboszlai has seen increased links made.
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However, Ornstein was not confident of any imminent midfield signing for Arsenal.
“I’m not sure about an attacking midfielder coming into Arsenal in the January window,” said Ornstein. “What I am hearing is that Arsenal are already well ahead in their planning for the window of summer 2021 and talks are taking place about potential recruits.”
Outgoings means incomings
Arsenal needed the help of their ownership to get Thomas Partey completed this summer. A lack of sales meant that the Gunners did not receive much in the way of income to be used on possible transfers. However, David Ornstein pointed out that with a number of high-profile and high earners about to leave, Arsenal could look ahead to possible spending.
“That summer  of course is when the likes of Mesut Ozil, Sokratis, Mustafi and David Luiz are out of contract. And the sense I get is that they would be looking understandably to be bringing in a creative attacking midfielder in that number 10 role but who perhaps could operate on the right because they are of course well stocked on the left.”
“They pursued the signing in the summer of Houssem Aouar of Lyon so I don’t imagine that interest would necessarily go away. There have also been plenty of links with the young Salzburg player [Szoboszlai] but I don’t have any information on that.”
Whilst central midfield looked always to be an area that Arsenal would target, Ornstein mentioned, surprisingly, a defensive position that is going to be looked at.
“The other position that I have heard a little bit about is the right-sided central defender. If Luiz and the other players mentioned were to go then there could perhaps be a little bit of a shortage there.”
The January window will likely be busy for Arsenal, certainly in terms of outgoing loan activity, but possible incomings look unlikely at this stage.
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