Our transfer window has been an active one thus far, but it seems that we are still on the lookout for additions to the squad.
According to German newspaper Bild, we have had a bid rejected for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano.
The bid, reported to be in the region of £60m, is short of the club’s valuation of the player, which is rumoured to be around the £70m mark.
Firstly, this bid has come out of the blue considering our humble budget. Secondly, it shows that the club are working hard to bring in additions at the back, to address what is known to be the squad’s biggest weakness.
Upamecano is an Under-21 French international who is a no-nonsense, solid defender, with a firm grip of the darker arts of the game. His physicality is certainly an asset, but his aerial ability and maturity have highlighted him as one for the future as well as the present, and that means potential suitors have come sniffing.
RB Leipzig are well aware of the jewel they have, hence the high valuation. We need a central defender to slot in instantly with William Saliba going back off to St Etienne and our captain Laurent Koscielny inching ever closer to a departure from the club.
It isn’t just Upamecano that Arsenal, Raul Sanllehi and Edu have in their sights to strengthen our backline, if rumours are to be believed. A move for Juventus defender Daniel Rugani could be in the offing, with stories suggesting the Turni club have sent a representative to London to negotiate a loan move for the young defender.
Arsenal look like they are in the market for solidifying our weakness at the back, but we will have to act quickly, with mere days until the window closes. There may yet be departures too, to make room for any new wages that could add to our bill. The likes of Carl Jenkinson and Shkodran Mustafi are being hawked around various clubs, so we would be able to stretch our budget for players of the ilk of Upamecano and Rugani.
We don’t have long to wait to find out if either of these moves are completed or not, but if you stay tuned to The Arsenal Review, we will keep you posted on the latest.