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Arsenal among three clubs working on Joao Felix January loan deal but face major obstacle

The Gunners are looking to win their first Premier League title since 2004


Arsenal are looking to sign both Mykhailo Mudryk and Joao Felix this January as they look to boost their chance of winning a first Premier League title since 2004, it has been revealed.

The Gunners have already seen a bid for Mudryk turned down this month, with Shakhtar thought to be holding out for 100m euros. And as per transfer expert David Ornstein, the club owners are ready to back Mikel Arteta in the January window, with the Spaniard having guided his side 5 points clear at the top of the Premier League ahead of the World Cup break.

“Arsenal know they need to kick on in the transfer market if they want to make the final push for the Premier League title / top-4 finish”, he explained to NBC Sport. “The Kroenke’s are backing them to go and get that title. So let’s see what they do in the market.”

But it is not just Mudryk that the Gunners are after.

“They’re also keen to sign Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid”, continued Ornstein. “He’s been offered to a number of clubs, but at the moment the numbers are too high. The numbers would need to come down [for a deal with Arsenal] to happen.”

It follows news that Felix could be allowed to leave on loan with no option to buy the player at the end of the season, with the Portuguese forward having fallen out with current Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone. However, a loan deal could cost any side around £10m at present to take him until the end of the season.

And the Gunners will not be alone in their interest. Both Manchester United and Chelsea are also thought to be keen to recruit a striker, and are looking to explore the loan market in a bid to secure a spot in the top 4 come the end of the campaign.

The Red Devils need to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, while the Blues are on the hunt for a stopgap until the arrival of Christopher Nkunku from RB Leipzig in the summer, having lost Armando Broja to a knee injury for the remainder of the season.

It could well prove to be a case of who blinks first to land the former Benfica starlet this January.

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Ben Browning

Ben Browning

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