Arsenal transfer summary Mikel Arteta eyeing alternatives for Leandro Trossard as precaution

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Arsenal are top of the Premier League table after an impressive start to the season and are looking at the transfer market for signings to increase their title bid

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is hoping to welcome Brighton striker Leandro Trossard to the Emirates in the next few days.

The 28-year-old Belgian international has scored seven goals in 16 appearances for Brighton this season but has just 18 months left on his current contract. He also fell out with Roberto De Zerbi, which gave Arsenal the chance to sign the fit star.

Trossard has reportedly agreed personal terms with the Gunners and is expected to be available for a transfer fee of around £20-25m. He would be a huge blow to Arteta’s side after their number 1 target Mykhaylo Mudryk joined Chelsea.

However, Arsenal fans will be worried that his move to Trossard will fall apart in the same way as his pursuit of Mudryk. The good news is that Arteta has lined up two alternatives… just in case. Here are the latest transfer rumors from the Emirates.

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Arsenal learns price of Zaniolo
Roma are willing to sell Nicolo Zaniolo for €40m (£35m), according to Sky in Italy.

The midfielder, who can also play on the wing or in attack, has played 17 times for Roma this season and won 11 caps for Italy. He was part of the Roma side that won the inaugural Europa Conference League under Jose Mourinho last year.

Arsenal have been linked with Zaniolo, 23, for some time and he could be available in January. Roma are now believed to be keen to cash in on their young asset – with Tottenham, West Ham and Borussia Dortmund also in contention for his signature.

As reported by Italian newspaper La Repubblica, however, it is Arsenal who have opened negotiations to sign Zaniolo. There’s a chance they might take him out on loan with an obligation to buy in the summer. That could allow Arsenal to sign Trossard and Zaniolo in January.

Raphinha remains an option
Arsenal are still interested in signing Raphinha this month despite the price from Barcelona.

That’s according to Spanish newspaper SPORT, which claims the Gunners will be looking to bring the Brazilian international, 26, back to the Premier League just six months after his £55m move from Leeds to Barcelona. He struggled for form in Spain, scoring just two goals in LaLiga.

Barcelona are believed to be open to selling Raphinha to improve their worrisome financial situation, which remains a headache for president Joan Laporta. However, they will only do so if Arsenal offer an £88m package – the same amount Chelsea paid for Mudryk.

Raphinha is a more established player than Mudryk and he proved it in England after scoring 11 Premier League goals during his final season at Leeds. Raphinha’s price is not the only critical point, as the player wants to stay at Barcelona. At the moment, a move seems unlikely – but nothing can be ruled out when it comes to the transfer window.

Arsenal goalkeeper ends loan
The Gunners have confirmed goalkeeper Ovie Ejeheri has joined Finnish side SJK Seinajoki on loan until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old went through the academy and represented Arsenal professionally in the EFL Troooooooooophy. He joined Chelmsford City on loan last summer and has made 21 appearances in National League South. The stopper also appeared twice in the FA Cup.

Ejeheri was recalled from his loan spell earlier this month and will spend the rest of the season at SJK, who are currently sixth in the table in Veikkausliiga – the top tier of Finnish football.

Ejeheri is the second Arsenal goalkeeper to be recalled from a loan spell and sent abroad, after Arthur Okonkwo. The 21-year-old appeared 26 times for Crewe during the first half of the campaign, but has since joined Sturm Graz, who play in the Australian Bundesliga.

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