ARSENAL’S new head of recruitment has been a very busy man as he prepares the club for the January transfer window.
The Gunners have targeted four huge superstars — one of them being an old friend of new boss Unai Emery.
Juventus and Arsenal are keen on signing Juan Mata as uncertainty over the Spaniard’s Manchester United future continues to grow.
The 30-year-old is out-of-contract at the end of the season and could leave for nothing.
Mata is free to speak to overseas clubs from the start of January, giving Juve a jump-start on any Premier League rivals for his signature.
Arsenal have been linked with having an interest with Unai Emery keen to reunite with Mata following their spell together at Valencia.
But according to the Evening Standard they will face competition from the Serie A champions who are looking to make Mata their latest free agent signing.
Arsenal will be on red alert after Barcelona reportedly told Ousmane Dembele to find a new club in January.
The 21-year-old is considered one of football’s brightest young talents and would no doubt be a welcome addition for all three Premier League sides.
Maurizio Sarri could be interested in tempting the French World Cup winner to Stamford Bridge to complete a front three at Chelsea with Eden Hazard and international team-mate Olivier Giroud.
But London rivals Arsenal may be able to secure his signature in the new year.
The winger played alongside Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Borussia Dortmund and the pair may be keen to rekindle their relationship.
Liverpool, meanwhile, would offer Dembele Champions League football this season and arguably the strongest chance of winning the Premier League this season with the Reds top of the table.
Arsenal want to sign Fulham ace Tom Cairney but will likely be priced out of a move for the midfielder as financial constraints tighten on the north London club.
The Gunners have been on the look-out for homegrown talent but have often found themselves gawping at the price tag demanded for them.
According to the Daily Mail, they have been offered two homegrown players in recent weeks but new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has been shocked at the valuations of the young talent.
Arsenal’s pulling power has been reduced in recent seasons following their failure to qualify for the Champions League.
It has also had quite the financial strain on the club, which is why they are on the hunt for bargain signings.
The last homegrown players signed by the club were Rob Holding from Fulham in 2016 and Danny Welbeck from Man United in 2014.
The Gunners have submitted an $14million bid for Ajax and Argentina defender Nicolas Tagliafico, according to reports.
It is understood the Gunners are keen to bring in the left-back in the new year as their injury crisis continues.
According to Calciomercato, Arsenal are set to beat fellow Premier League side Newcastle to Tagliafico’s signature after the Toon failed in their pursuit during the summer.
The full-back, 26, has impressed this season as Ajax sit second in the Eredivisie behind high-flying PSV Eindhoven.
But the Dutch side are top of their Champions League group, level on points with Bayern Munich, in part thanks to the defender’s two goals against AEK Athens last month.
Tagliafico was part of the Argentina squad at the World Cup in Russia and started every game as La Albiceleste crashed out in the second round.