Are Arsenal’s transfer plans in tatters?
They went into January vowing to be active in the market, and with striker and midfield their priority.
The Gunners spent weeks in pursuit of Dusan Vlahović of Fiorentina, only for the Serbian forward to agree to join Juventus, with suspicions that the interest from the North London was used to try and drive his price up.
Meanwhile, alternatives such as Alexander Isak of Real Sociedad, Luca Jović of Real Madrid, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton are all unavailable in the current window.
And now it looks like they could miss out in their top midfield target Arthur Mélo of Juventus, with the two clubs still far apart when it comes to agreeing the length of loan period. Arsenal want it until the end of the season, whereas the Serie A club are holding out for 18 months.
Time is running out to make anything happen before Monday evening’s deadline.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.