Arsenal travel to Anfield to face Liverpool on Saturday in a game that pits fifth against fourth in the Premier League. The Gunners are two points behind Liverpool, but arrive in the game on an eight-game unbeaten run.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are eager to sign a Real Madrid midfielder in January. Elsewhere, AC Milan are plotting a cut-price deal for a Gunners attacker. On that note, here’s a look at the key Arsenal transfer stories as on 20th November 2021.
Arsenal eager to sign Isco
Arsenal are eager to sign Isco, according to Just Arsenal via Todo Fichajes. The Spaniard has struggled to break into Carlo Ancelotti’s plans at Real Madrid this season. Isco’s current deal expires next summer, and Los Blancos have not offered to extend his stay yet. The Gunners are plotting to secure Isco’s services in January.
The Spaniard joined Real Madrid in 2013, and has appeared 342 times for the club so far, scoring 52 goals. However, he has dropped down the pecking order in recent seasons, and is no longer a guaranteed starter at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Isco is frustrated at the lack of chances, and wants to pursue his career elsewhere. Arsenal are keeping a close eye on his situation. The 29-year-old is planning to leave the club in January, and The Gunners are interested.
Arsenal brought in Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid this summer. However, the Norwegian has struggled for form so far. The Gunners want Isco to take his place. Mikel Arteta believes the Spaniard would strengthen the core of his midfield, and is ready to sanction his arrival this winter. Real Madrid are willing to let Isco leave in January.
AC Milan plotting cut-price deal for Nicolas Pepe
AC Milan are planning a cut-price deal for Nicolas Pepe, according to Just Arsenal via Il Milanista.
The Ivorian attacker has endured a difficult time since joining Arsenal in 2019. The Gunners have now run out of patience, and are willing to cash in on him in January. The Rossoneri are keen to bolster their attack next year, and have identified Pepe as an option.
Arsenal want £25 million to part ways with the Ivorian. AC Milan believe that would be a bargain deal for a player who could make an instant impact in their starting eleven.
AS Roma ready to reignite interest in Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka
AS Roma are ready to rekindle their interest in Granit Xhaka, according to Sport Witness via Corriere dello Sport. The Switzerland international was linked with a move to the Serie A side this summer. However, Arsenal eventually did a U-turn, and tied Xhaka down to a new deal.
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Xhaka’s season has hardly been memorable since then, though. Despite his struggles, AS Roma remain interested in the 29-year-old’s services. The Gunners could be ready to offload him, as they have fared quite well in his absence.