Over the last week the club have been strongly linked with a move for Bordeaux forward Malcom, with some reports suggestion the players agents and representatives held positive talks in London over the possibility of a move.
The noises from the other side of the channel have been less encouraging however, with the French club making it very clear this would be a difficult deal to do during this transfer window.
That appeared to be backed up by Arsene Wenger this morning who sounded far from optimistic that he’d be able to add the 20 year old Brazilian to his squad.
Asked if a deal was close, he replied, “No, I don’t think we are close doing that.”
And if it will happen in January, “I don’t think so, no.”
Whether it’s to do with Bordeaux being unwilling to sell a player they recently gave a new contract to, or Arsenal not meeting the asking price remains to be seen. It could be both, in fairness, and it might suit all parties more to do a deal in the summer – something which is being reported in certain quarters.
However, it does seem as if Mkhitaryan will be an addition, and Wenger was more positive on the possibility of signing Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, so let’s see what they can add to this team – assuming we get the deals done.