Arsenal fans were sure they were about to tie up a deal for Denis Suarez – but then Unai Emery explained he could only sign loan players.
With Aaron Ramsey set to leave in the summer, the Gunners boss will have to rethink his January efforts until his wages free up.
He’s still hopeful of pulling off a loan deal for Suarez – which Barcelona would be happy with if it turns into a permanent deal at the end of thes
Emery looks set to a summer transfer splurge, but can he eek out some more signings in January?
Here’s what’s caught our eye…
Brahimi could fit the bill for Emery
Arsenal are weighing up moves for Porto star Yacine Brahimi.
Versatile Algerian Brahimi is a free agent in the summer when his deal with the Portuguese giants runs out.
And the Gunners, Manchester United and Everton are understood to be among the clubs to have held initial talks with the 28 year-old’s representatives.
Meanwhile, Brahimi’s free agent status will increase his appeal to Arsenal and boss Unai Emery who could see his close-season transfer budget reduced if Arsenal miss out on a top-four finish.
Everton are keeping tabs on Paris-born Brahimi, who is capable of playing as an attacking midfielder and on both flanks, too.
Inter Milan are also in the hunt for Brahimi and are understood to have already offered him a deal as he is now free to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club.
Emery tells it like it is
It’s not the news Arsenal fans want to hear.
“We cannot sign permanently,” Emery said when talking warchests. “Only loan players.”
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Banega deal to be done?
Spanish reports have linked Arsenal with a move for Sevilla midfield man Ever Banega.
Emery didn’t play the reports down and is said to be keen to link up again with the 30-year-old.
“I know this player and he is a very good player,” Emery said. “I cannot tell you more.”
Keown names two players who are behind Ramsey’s exit
Arsenal legend Martin Keown is astonished Aaron Ramsey is being allowed to leave for Juventus on a free transfer – and has named the two players who may have forced it.
Keown – three-time Premier League title winner with Arsenal – finds it staggering that the north London club are willing to let one of their prized assets leave for nothing.
And after Emery revealed on Thursday that the club can only afford to bring in loan additions this month, Keown believes last year’s £100million spree on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette could be the real reason behind Ramsey’s pending departure.
“Ramsey has conducted himself with great dignity this season but it is astonishing that Arsenal, a powerhouse in the English game, could not put together a package to keep him.
“The team are still formidable going forward. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are good enough to grace any team in the Premier League’s top six.
“But the £100m spent to sign those players last season and hefty wages given to other star players has led to this situation.”