3 deals Arsenal are working on for Deadline Day as Danilo links spark Bukayo Saka concern
Arsenal have work left to do in the transfer market before the Deadline Day clock reaches zero in both midfield and attack.
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – JUNE 20: Danilo of Palmeiras looks on before the match between Sao Paulo and Palmeiras as part of Brasileirao Series A 2022 at Morumbi Stadium on June 20, 2022 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS – JULY 30: Mykhaylo Mudryk of Shakhtar Donetsk runs with the ball during the Pre Season Friendly match between FC Utrecht and FK Sjachtar Donetsk at the Stadion Galgenwaard on July 30, 2022 in Utrecht, Netherlands
Mykhaylo Mudryk, Danilo and Youri Tielemans all feature in Arsenal’s potential Deadline Day plans.
The day has finally arrived, and considering the publicity that Arsenal technical director Edu brought at the beginning of the window regarding the planning for the transfer window, it is perhaps a surprise that the club still has work to do. Not only that but necessities in more than one position.
The early injuries to Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny and Oleksandr Zinchenko after just four matches are a hard deal for Arsenal. There are expectations that the club is working to respond to these issues and add the ‘firepower’ that Mikel Arteta spoke of needing after the win over Bournemouth.
There are three players, however, that stand out and could potentially join the club in the remaining hours. Midfield and winger have been the primary focus since the last arrival back in July, and unsurprisingly these are where the club has been scouring for talent.
The most likely appears to be the Brazilian midfielder, Danilo. A long-term target of Arsenal, the club has been linked with the 21-year-old for the best part of 18 months, however, the injury to Elneny has seemingly sparked an acceleration of any future plans to move for the midfielder.
According to Sami Mokbel of Mail Sport, Arsenal are working to conclude a deal. That said, Palmeiras have little intention of allowing the exciting talent to leave with their Copa Libertadores ambitions, having reached the semi-finals with no prospect of securing a replacement.
Should Danilo prove too difficult, there has been suggestions that Arsenal will finally move for Youri Tielemans. A deal for the Belgian has been talked about for the duration of the summer, however, the Gunners are still yet to advance a move for the 25-year-old despite their interest persisting football.london understands.
Leicester’s willingness to sell has always been there, but it is fair to say that had Mikel Arteta and company been as sure on Tielemans’ quality as they were on the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko, then surely an official offer would have been made far sooner.
Lastly is the wide player, and despite the talk of Pedro Neto and Yeremy Pino, it appears the most likely candidate is Mykhaylo Mudryk of Shakhtar Donetsk. The Ukrainian has reportedly been a club target after a deal for Neto became financially unrealistic, according to The Athletic.
However, with the little time remaining, only Brentford appear the likeliest Premier League candidate to land Mudryk. The injury issues in Arsenal’s midfield has meant the wider position has been put on the back burner. This now looks like the least likely position to be addressed before the deadline.CONTINUE.YOUR.READING
This, therefore, leads to questions about what might happen should Bukayo Saka befall a serious injury. After the loan exit of Nicolas Pepe, the Gunners look light on the right bar, the unproven Marquinhos and the potential versatile option of Fabio Vieira.