‘As far as I know’: A reporter claims Arsenal are now unlikely to sign the ‘perfect’ January target

Arsenal could struggle to sign Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz in January and are now looking for cheaper alternatives.

Arsenal apparently have no plans to spend big on a midfielder in January, despite links to Aston Villa star Douglas Luiz.

That’s what transfer insider Dean Jones says, with whom he spoke Give me exercise about Arsenal’s transfer plans.

Arsenal are expected to target another midfielder in January amid concerns over Thomas Partey’s ongoing injury problems.

A number of names have already been linked, but Villa ace Douglas Luiz is tipped to be the main target…

Arsenal are looking for “cheaper” alternatives to Douglas Luiz

Fabrizio Romano claimed earlier this month that Arsenal view Luiz as their top January target and the “perfect” signing to strengthen Mikel Arteta’s squad.

Arsenal have long liked Luiz and have actually failed with offers to re-sign him in 2022.

However, Villa are now thriving under Unai Emery and will make big money for the Brazilian midfielder.

Transfer insider Dean Jones has now revealed this Give me exercise that a deal for Arsenal to sign Luiz in January would be “unrealistic”.

Jones reckons Villa will now receive more than £60m for Luiz and Arsenal will now look for “cheaper players” in January.

“I am absolutely convinced that Douglas Luiz is a good replacement for Thomas Partey, there is no doubt about that,” Jones said. “I just think it’s unrealistic in January and I’m not even sure it’s realistic in the summer given the way Aston Villa are building at the moment and how well they’re playing.”

“I also think the valuation around him, people are putting it at over £60m, is quite difficult to achieve. From what I understand, Arsenal are looking for cheaper players in January,” he added.

Douglas Luiz
Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images

Arsenal will be looking for calculated signings in January

This feels somewhat similar to last January.

Arsenal were interested in signing Mykhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk but were unwilling to pay the astronomical demands.

Instead, Arsenal completed two deals as Mudryk moved to Chelsea instead.

Arsenal paid £27m Sign Leandro Trossard and around £20 million signs Polish national defender Jakub Kiwior.

These were two sensible deals to strengthen Arsenal’s squad without breaking the bank.

It sounds like Arsenal are heading down the same path again, hoping to find a gem that costs a fraction of Villa’s demands for Luiz.

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Emma Bowman

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