Arsenal’s transfer window looks at Gunners’ defensive prodigies as Cody Gakpo makes decision

Mikel Arteta is looking to sign a new midfielder and striker in January, but the latest reports suggest reinforcements at the back are also being considered.

Arsenal are edging closer to a competitive return as Mikel Arteta continues to work hard with his Premier League leaders.

Sporting director Edu is also working tirelessly behind the scenes to give the Gunners the best chance of landing their top target next month, with Arsenal reportedly interested in two teenage defenders. Elsewhere, however, any hopes of signing PSV hotshot Cody Gakpo seem a distant memory following recent reports.

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Mirror Football takes a look at the latest transfer history at the Emirates Stadium…

Arsenal want Juventus sensation
In one of the more surprising reports ahead of the January transfer window, Arsenal are interested in signing Juventus defender Dean Huijsen.

The Gunners look set to bolster their attacking options following a long-term injury to Gabriel Jesus, but also appear to have one eye on defensive reinforcements as the Dutch teenager moves to north London.

That’s according to Italy’s Calciomercato, who claim the 17-year-old is known as a penalty-killer. Compared to Dutch international Matthijs de Ligt, Huijsen could be the next young star to join the long list of exciting products from the Hale End academy.

The gunners join the Fresneda line
Arsenal are also said to be actively interested in signing Real Valladolid full-back Ivan Fresnedan in January as they aim to replace the departing Cedric.

The third-capped right-back is closing in on a move to London rivals Fulham as he has had no game time this season and 18-year-old Fresneda, who has already been linked with Liverpool before next month, could be brought in. instead.

Calciomercato report that Valladolid are only willing to let Fresneda leave permanently, with the right-back valued at around £17m, although Arsenal’s priority to bring in a new striker is unlikely to see them spend that much money on a defender next time around. month.

Arsenal have long been linked with a move for PSV star Gakpo, but those hopes have been dashed after it was revealed he is “already convinced” he would rather join Manchester United.

The Red Devils gave the Gunners toooooooooooooooooough competition for the Dutch ace, but Arteta’s side were never completely out of sorts. After his remarkable goals and assists this season, Gakpo would be the perfect replacement for Jesus.

However, Give Me Sport claim that Gakpo is “already convinced of the idea of joining United in the January transfer window after being impressed with the coaching methods of Dutch compatriot Erik Ten Hag during his short spell at Old Trafford this season.”

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