Arsenal transfer news and rumours: January transfer window 2021

Transfer news, rumours and gossip from the Emirates; January transfer window closes on February 1; Mesut Ozil nears an exit; Arsenal in advanced talks with Martin Odegaard; Emi Buendia set to stay at Norwich

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All the latest Arsenal transfer news, rumours and gossip in the 2021 winter window.

Fenerbahce set to confirm Ozil

Fenerbahce are hoping to officially announce Mesut Ozil as their player on Monday January 25.

Ozil is set to take part in a light training session with the rest of the squad on Sunday once he completes his medical and returns a negative coronavirus test.

A formal presentation is expected on January 26 or 27.

Mikel Arteta says Mesut Ozil will always have a "big history" at Arsenal and that his quality will be missed at the club.

The Gunners head coach also said he will give his "clear opinion" on the deal when Ozil completes his move.

Arteta said: "Mesut is in Turkey going through the medical that has to be completed. There is still some paperwork that has to be done but it doesn't matter - Mesut's quality will be missed.

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"He's a very special player who has a big history in this football club and if he ends up doing the deal when it happens I will give my clear opinion on that."

Has it been a good window so far for Arsenal?

Sky Sports News' Dharmesh Sheth on The Transfer Show:

"The window is going according to Mikel Arteta's plan. In a news conference last month, he said he wanted to offload some players on loan. So off went Sead Kolasinac to Schalke, William Saliba to Nice, the Sokratis contract was mutually terminated and now he's a free agent.

"The Mesut Ozil saga is close to coming to an end and we've been hearing from a colleague in Turkey who is saying Ozil will take a massive pay cut. We're told he'll be on £60,000 per week but he will receive a £4.5m signing on fee and his wages will be boosted by sponsors.

"Arteta also said once he started getting some wages off the salary book and numbers off his squad, he could start to look at some openings, particularly in attacking midfield. Lo and behold, they look like they're very close to bringing in Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid."

Arsenal make Odegaard approach

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Arsenal are optimistic about completing a loan deal for Real Madrid's Martin Odegaard as The Transfer Show team discuss the latest updates.

Arsenal are in advanced negotiations to sign Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard on loan.

It follows productive talks between Real Madrid and the Norway international in the last 24 hours.

Negotiations are progressing well but there is still work to be done to finalise. It is thought Real Madrid's preference was to send the 22-year-old to a club outside La Liga.

Real Sociedad were hopeful of re-signing Odegaard on loan but are now focusing on a replacement for Wolves-bound striker Willian Jose.

'Arsenal optimistic over Odegaard'

Sky Sports News' Paul Gilmour on The Transfer Show:

"I was previously told Friday would be a significant day, not necessarily in terms of an official announcement but rather negotiations would step up a level, and that has proved to be the case.

"Arsenal and Real Madrid are in advanced negotiations over a loan move until the end of the season.

"It follows productive talks between Odegaard and Real Madrid. He told them his primary motivation for wanting the move away was regular football, and he got his wish.

"We told you about Arsenal's approach on Monday and that ultimately is a disappointment for Real Sociedad. They had been confident of taking him back on loan for a second spell.

"But regarding Arsenal, I must stress nothing is signed yet. Clubs tend not to relax until that happens, but it is fair to say there is cautious optimism at Arsenal."

Sky Sports News' Dharmesh Sheth on The Transfer Show (January 22):

"It's Arsenal all the way for Odegaard, at the moment.

"It's not a done deal just yet but there are reasons to be optimistic and confident if you are an Arsenal fan.

"I'm told they know it is a difficult one to deliver but they are realistic about trying to get Odegaard for the rest of the season and they are cautiously optimistic that they can complete the signing before the end of this window."

What's happening with Lucas Torreira?

Sky Sports News' Dharmesh Sheth on The Transfer Show (January 22):

"Lucas Torreira is interesting. Remember, Edu has said a lot of clubs are monitoring his situation.

"He joined Atletico Madrid in the summer, but he's only made two starts in the league for the club.

"We are told Fiorentina, Torino and Cagliari are among a number of Italian clubs who are interested in Torreira, but it is also our understanding that Atletico Madrid will not let him go.

"Now, this is quite significant. When Atletico signed Torreira, Arsenal wanted to do a loan with an obligation to buy or at least a loan with an option. Atletico said we don't want either of those, we just want a straight loan deal.

"That means that if it was an obligation, Arsenal knew they'd be guaranteed a certain fee at the end of the season. However, there is no option, there is no obligation and because he's hardly played, it's only doing one thing to his value ahead of a potential summer move.

"Arsenal want him playing to maintain his value but the cynic in me is wondering whether this has got anything to do with what could be described as a frosty relationship between the two clubs because of what happened with Thomas Partey.

"This is certainly one to watch."

Balogun latest: Arteta a big fan; Contract issues remain

Sky Sports News' Dharmesh Sheth on The Transfer Show (January 22):

"As for Folarin Balogun, we know he's scored two goals in 64 minutes of action. Arsenal do want to keep him. Mikel Arteta is a big, big fan of the player

"Contract talks so far have not reached any kind of resolution, and remember he is out of contract in the summer, so he is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club this month."

The latest players linked with a move to Arsenal

Martin Odegaard - Arsenal in advanced negotiations to sign Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard on loan (Sky Sports News, January 22); Arsenal transfer target Odegaard's Gunners debut would likely be delayed if a Real exit happens (Daily Star, January 23).

Tyrick Mitchell - Arsenal are interested in signing the Crystal Palace youngster, but face difficulty in concluding a deal on the cheap (Daily Express, January 23).

Emi Buendia - Arsenal look set into being forced to wait until the summer for the chance to land Norwich City star Buendia (Daily Mail, January 21); Arsenal are set to walk away from a deal to land Norwich's Emi Buendia after they named their asking price (Daily Express, January 15); Arsenal's hopes of landing Buendia have faded away after Norwich decided they will not sell this month, according to reports (Daily Express, January 8); Arsenal are unlikely to move for the Norwich midfielder this month because of a lack of funds (Daily Mirror, January 6).

Odsonne Edouard - Celtic have reportedly lowered their asking price for the in-demand striker - which could tempt Arsenal into launching an offer (Daily Star Sunday, January 17)

Ivan Toney - The forward has attracted admirers at Arsenal, who are now set to keep a watchful eye over the Brentford frontman (Daily Express, January 16)

Manor Solomon - Arsenal have already started planning for the summer by lining up an offer for the Shakhtar Donetsk winger (Daily Mail, January 18); Arsenal have been given the thumbs up to make a move for Shakhtar Donetsk attacker because the Israel international is very interested in a move to the Emirates (Daily Express, January 15).

Ali Akman - Chelsea and Arsenal are among the Premier League sides tracking Turkey U21 international striker Akman (Daily Mail, January 12)

Matteo Guendouzi - Arsenal are set to recall the Frenchman from his season-long loan spell at Hertha Berlin (Bild, January 10)

Julian Brandt - Arsenal have been given a transfer boost with Borussia Dortmund refusing to rule out selling the player this month (Sun, January 3); Dortmund are reportedly willing to sell the Germany international this month, amid speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal (Daily Mirror, January 9).

Marcel Sabitzer - The Arsenal target could be available for '£30m or less' in the summer, according to reports (The Sun, January 7).

Yves Bissouma - Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is said to be keen on signing the Brighton midfielder in the January window (Daily Mail, January 7).

Omar Rekik - Arsenal finalising the transfer of Tunisia U21 defender from Hertha Berlin (Sky Sports News, January 7); Arsenal are set to confirm the £900,000 signing of Rekik this week (Daily Mail, January 7).Houssem Aouar - Arsenal are unlikely to land the high-profile signing from Lyon this month because the £45m-rated midfielder is too expensive (Daily Express, January 2).

Confirmed Arsenal signings

Mat Ryan - Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan has joined Arsenal on loan until the end of the season (January 22)

The latest players linked with an Arsenal exit

Mesut Ozil - Fenerbahce are hoping to officially announce Mesut Ozil as their player on January 25, bringing to an end a Gunners saga.

Alexandre Lacazette - Arsenal are facing a dilemma over Lacazette with just two weeks left of the January transfer window, with Atletico Madrid reportedly interested in the forward (Daily Star, January 19); Atletico Madrid are reportedly preparing to revisit their pursuit of the Arsenal striker (Mail on Sunday, January 17).

Folarin Balogun - The race to sign the Arsenal striker has narrowed down to three serious contenders, all of whom hope to secure the 19-year-old on a pre-contract agreement this month (The Guardian, January 16); Arsenal sensation Balogun has reportedly agreed to join RB Leipzig in a major blow to Mikel Arteta (The Sun, January 15); Arsenal striker Balogun is being targeted by 15 clubs (The Sun, January 14)

Lucas Torreira - Valencia, who have been rebuffed in their attempt to sign Harry Winks from Tottenham, are now showing interest in Arsenal star (Daily Mail, January 14); Arsenal have a decision to make regarding the future of Torreira with Fiorentina expressing an interest (Daily Mirror, January 11); Arsenal are reportedly ready to recall the midfielder from his loan spell at Atletico Madrid. (Daily Express, January 4).

Eddie Nketiah - Arteta has revealed that he doesn't expect Nketiah to move this month (January 11); West Ham have identified the 21-year-old as striker reinforcement after Sebastien Haller joined Ajax (London Evening Standard, January 9).The Arsenal defender is wanted by Italian side Genoa (Daily Mail, January 6)

Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson - As part of Arsenal's interest in Emiliano Buendia, it is reported that 'Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson are among the players Arsenal are willing to offer Norwich...Norwich would want at least £40m, but it is felt options like Willock or Nelson could smooth the challenges posed by any sale (The Independent, January 4).

Mohamed Elneny - The Arsenal midfielder is the subject of transfer interest from Turkish side Besiktas and circumstances could pave the way for a January move for the Egyptian (Daily Mail, January 5).

Dani Ceballos - The midfielder is planning to return to Real Madrid this summer rather than pursue a permanent transfer to Arsenal (Cadena Ser via the Mirror, January 5).

Confirmed Arsenal departures

Sokratis - The Arsenal defender has had his contract cancelled by mutual consent (January 20).

William Saliba - The Arsenal defender has joined Nice on loan until the end of the season (January 4).

Sead Kolasinac - The left-back has agreed to join Bundesliga side Schalke on loan for the remainder of the season. (December 31).

Matt Macey - The goalkeeper has joined Hibernian on a permanent deal until the end of the season (January 8).

The latest Arsenal contract news

Emile Smith Rowe - Arsenal are ready to hand Emile Smith Rowe a new contract to secure his long-term future at the Emirates (Daily Mirror, January 21).

Rob Holding - The defender has signed a new three-year deal with the option of a further year that could keep him at the club until 2024.

Folarin Balogun - The teenager is talking to other clubs as is his right because his contract expires in the summer but Arsenal are also speaking to Balogun and his representatives about a new contract (The Transfer Show, January 6).

Alexandre Lacazette - Arsenal have told the striker to wait until the summer for contract talks (The Sun, January 6).

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