Arsenal Transfer Rumor Roundup

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Arsenal's Mesut Ozil during Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at The Emirates , London 16 Dec 2017 (Photo by Kieran Galvin/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Tomorrow the team tackles Liverpool, but for today we must content ourselves with one of the great joys of sports; transfer rumors. The days are ticking away as we count down to the start of the January window, so here are the biggest Arsenal stories at the moment.

Arsenal Transfer Rumors

Alexis Sanchez

For most of this year, fans have debated whether or not to sell our Chilean stud in the January window. With the team’s title hopes all but dead some think it may be time to cut our losses.

However, his preferred (or thought to be preferred) destination may not want him, at least not in the winter. A new report circulating the web today claims that Manchester City will not make an approach for Alexis Sanchez in January.

Meanwhile, PSG are now rumored to be interested in making a bid for the player, and the Sun reports his agent is in the French capital to try and work out a deal.

The potential fee being touted is in the region of $30 million (£22 million).

Mesut Özil

Meanwhile, the other Arsenal talisman being linked with a move away may not actually leave. At least that has been the suggestion from the Daily Star for the past few weeks.

Özil is thought to have agreed in principle to a contract extension to keep him at the Emirates for an additional three years.

Meanwhile, in stark contrast, the German play-maker is also linked with a move to Manchester, as it is being rumored that former boss Jose Mourinho wants him at United.

Both of these players are free to sign an agreement with any club in the January window to join in the summer on a free.

Mathieu Debuchy

The French full-back spoke with RMC Sport this week and, big surprise, revealed that he wants out of North London. Debuchy has been granted a bit-part role this season, after clocking almost no minutes since the rise of Hector Bellerin.

With the Spaniard’s place almost beyond question, his understudy seeks pastures new.

“I want to leave, to find a new challenge in January. The fact I’m playing well will give me opportunities. We’ll see if there are good opportunities in the transfer window. I’m open.”

He was heavily linked with a move to Nice over the summer, but a move just didn’t materialize. There are no rumored suitors for Debuchy as of the time of writing.

Theo Walcott

The winger has suffered from the switch to a back three, which limited the number of attacking players deployed at any moment. That, combined with illness and injury, have forced Walcott into a peripheral role at the team this season.

Everton’s new boss, Sam Allardyce, is reportedly ready to make a move for the winger. The Toffees are struggling to score goals, and have been criticized for lacking speed as well this year.

Walcott, who scored 19 goals in all competitions last season, would help solve both problems. However, Walcott has one of Arsenal’s most lucrative contracts, about $148,000 (£110,000) per week, which he will likely demand out of his next deal, be it in North London or elsewhere.

There are no reports as to how much Everton would be willing to offer the winger for his services.

Olivier Giroud

The striker who just can’t win. Before the Lacazette transfer, fans bemoaned the fact he was our number one number nine. After his countryman was brought in, fans bemoaned his lack of game time.

Well, according to the Mirror, the Frenchman is fed up and ready to leave North London behind, but will not move back to France.

His agent spoke to the press revealing Giroud will consider his future, although was very careful not to burn any bridges with Arsene Wenger,

“Now, depending on the offers which are made, we will sit around a table and talk. The most important thing is to know what is going to be offered or not this winter to find a better game project. Now, again, this project has to present itself.”

Ollie was previously linked with a move to Everton. The Mirror reports the striker would only consider a move within the Premier League.

Transfers In

It’s not all doom and gloom in the rumor market for the Gunners. They have also been linked with several players who may be inbound.

Steven Nzonzi is known to have fallen out with his manager at Sevilla and is known to have been in London a few times over the past month or so. Everton is also reported to be keen to reunite the midfielder with former boss Big Sam Allardyce.

After failing to bring in Thomas Lemar over the summer, the Gunners are again being linked with the Frenchman’s signature. However, Jurgen Klopp is apparently keeping an eye on Lemar as well. Either way, even with Monaco struggling, the reported fee would be very high, not far off of the $100 million+ mark that was reported in August.

Meanwhile, Daniele Rugani is being linked with a $47 million (£35 million) move to North London from Juventus after losing his first-team place. Arsenal have a few defenders either nearing retirement (Mertesacker) or surpassing age 30 in recent seasons (Monreal, Koscielny), so are thought to want another CB.

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