Arsenal to provide £40m to fix centreback problem in January

LEIPZIG, GERMANY - DECEMBER 21: Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig jumps for a header with Tin Jedvaj and Sergio Cordova of FC Augsburg during the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and FC Augsburg at Red Bull Arena on December 21, 2019 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
LEIPZIG, GERMANY - DECEMBER 21: Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig jumps for a header with Tin Jedvaj and Sergio Cordova of FC Augsburg during the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and FC Augsburg at Red Bull Arena on December 21, 2019 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Arsenal will reportedly provide Mikel Arteta with money to spend in January in the hopes he can fix their defence and Dayot Upamecano is once again on top of their list.

LEIPZIG, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 27: Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig battles for possession with Carlos Vinicius of Benfica during the UEFA Champions League group G match between RB Leipzig and SL Benfica at Red Bull Arena on November 27, 2019 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)
LEIPZIG, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 27: Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig battles for possession with Carlos Vinicius of Benfica during the UEFA Champions League group G match between RB Leipzig and SL Benfica at Red Bull Arena on November 27, 2019 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

With Calum Chambers seeming like he has done significant damage to his knee and Shkodran Mustafi, Sokatis and David Luiz more trouble than they are worth, Arsenal are in desperate need of fit and competent central defenders.

There has been talk about recalling William Saliba in January but it seems that is not possible so Arsenal are now reportedly looking at Dayot Upamecano, a 21-year-old who was considered last summer only to be ruled out for being too expensive.

Six months later and the RB Leipzig player only has 18 months left on his current deal and his club have not been able to convince him to sign a new one. Arsenal might therefore be hoping he will be cheaper than the €40m – €80m they were quoted in the summer. The numbers varied quite a bit, depending on where you did your reading.

Desperation and a January transfer window, however, have rarely seen a price lowered.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Stan Kroenke makes an appearance ahead of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 27: Stan Kroenke makes an appearance ahead of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

After spending almost £90m net last summer, and having to pay Unai Emery and his staff go-away money, Stan Kroenke will be asked to put his hand in his pocket once again in the coming weeks.

It is unlikely to go down well if he doesn’t, especially given our current state.

It’s perhaps worth noting at this point that Arsenal were said to be considering a bid for Upamecano not long before before Unai Emery was sacked, so he definitely seems to be a club target rather than an Arteta-specific one.

ARSENAL will provide new manager Mikel Arteta with funds in next month’s transfer window to plug their leaky defence -  Daily Mail, Tuesday 31 December 2019
ARSENAL will provide new manager Mikel Arteta with funds in next month’s transfer window to plug their leaky defence – Daily Mail, Tuesday 31 December 2019

Alongside William Saliba, who will only be 19 by the time he arrives at the club in the summer, Arsenal could have their first-choice centreback pairing set for a decade should they land Upamecano.

The ‘should’ here, however, is a rather large one.

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