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Based on Unai Emery’s comments a few weeks ago, you’d be forgiven for being very negative about this transfer window at Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey has signed a pre-contract at Juventus and nobody has joined the club, despite season ending injuries now to Danny Welbeck, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin. When you factor in the Gunners were already short in wide areas and in central defence, it makes the squad look even thinner.
However it seems the Gunners are still working hard to get a deal done for a couple of top class players. They are, according to The Independent, Denis Suarez of Barcelona and James Rodriguez of Real Madrid (currently on loan at Bayern Munich). Despite a deal being complex, it seems Arsenal are growing in confidence at the possibility of taking over the world classColombian’s loan deal for the remainder of the season.
If these deals go through then Arsenal will allow for Ramsey to join Juventus this month, for a £10million fee, the report says.
27-year-old Rodriguez has played just 484 league minutes this season and would more than likely welcome an opportunity to play more regularly, especially in his prime years. Bayern Munich would seemingly welcome ending the loan deal early considering the fact that they are not really playing him, so despite the deal being complex, it has potential.
Fuel was added to the fire today as James Rodriguez missed training. Should he arrive, it would also cast further doubt on the future of Mesut Ozil. The German plays a similar role to James and its unlikely that both would be needed in the squad.