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Arsenal transfer news: Latest on Buendia, Brandt and £53m target who snubbed Pep

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Arsenal entered the January transfer window aiming to address two key issues.

Trimming the squad size was the first one and Edu has done a brilliant job. Mesut Ozil and Sokratis Papastathopoulos have left permanently, while Sead Kolasinac and William Saliba have been shipped out on loan.

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It’s now time to address the next thing on our list – a new signing. Mikel Arteta is desperate to sign a new creative attacker and Arsenal have been linked with plenty of players.

Here’s the latest on three of our reported targets.

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Julian Brandt:

This deal always looked unlikely. The German is a wonderful player and he would have certainly helped solve our problems. However, Dortmund are always reluctant to do business in January, and it’s no different this time.

The Bundesliga giants have no plans of selling Brandt this month. Fabrizio Romano claimed on his podcast yesterday that the Arsenal-linked playmaker was never available in this window, and the Gunners now have to look elsewhere.

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Emiliano Buendia:

The Argentine is reportedly Arsenal’s priority target this month. Buendia was one of the most creative players in the Premier League last season, and he certainly seems to have caught Arteta’s eye.

Sadly, this one isn’t likely to happen this month either. Goal revealed yesterday that Buendia isn’t expecting to leave Norwich in this window and he is willing to wait until the summer before deciding his future.

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Manor Solomon:

The Israeli international was a surprise name that came out a few weeks ago. The Guardian revealed that Arsenal were keen to sign him, but Sport1 claim that Shakhtar have slapped an asking price as high as £53 million on his head.

That almost definitely rules out a move for Solomon this month but we should keep an eye on him. Arteta’s former boss Pep Guardiola came very close to signing him in 2017, but the winger snubbed the chance to work with the Manchester City manager. (Goal)

If Guardiola saw something in him, Arteta would have too. That might be why the Arsenal boss is after him and this move could well materialise in the summer. However, there’s no way we will pay anywhere near £53 million for him.

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