Arsenal transfer news: Talks underway as Arteta looks to beat crowd to huge striker signing

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta

Arsenal have reportedly been in talks with the agent of a top LaLiga striker as Mikel Arteta looks to bolster his table-topping side for the second half of the season.

The Gunners went into the World Cup break with a five-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table and return to action late on Boxing Day when they host London rivals West Ham at The Emirates.

While things have so far gone pretty much perfectly for Arteta’s men, events in Qatar have since caused a major disruption.

Gabriel Jesus, who has scored five goals since his summer switch from City, has undergone knee surgery after being injured while with Brazil and could be out for three months.

That has led to Arsenal looking at bringing in a replacement in order to consolidate their strong start to the campaign.

And it appears that Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix is at the top of Arteta’s wish list.

The Portugal international has endured a tough period under Diego Simeone and wants a move to revive his career.

That has led to a number of clubs showing an interest. Indeed, the list includes the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and PSG.

However, Corriere dello Sport, as translated by Sport Witness, claims that Arsenal are well in the mix for Felix’s signature.

Jorge Mendes’ phone hot as clubs queue for Felix

The forward’s agent Jorge Mendes is known to have fielded a number of calls over his client’s availability.

And while having the likes of the aforementioned quartet are in the running for the striker, the Gunners cannot be ruled out of completing what could be a real a transfer coup.

Indeed, the report adds that sporting director Edu is in contact with Atletico and it’s simply a case of ‘watch this space’.

If Felix does arrive in north London he should be able to slot in seamlessly between wide men Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli.

That would also still give Arteta the option to continue to use Eddie Nketiah from the bench, rather than put the pressure on the young forward to be the club’s No.1 striker until Jesus returns.

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