Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, believes that the Premier League is even more competitive this season compared to last year. In a recent press conference, Arteta highlighted the intense competition in the league and expressed his desire to strengthen his squad with new signings.
According to The Mirror, Bayern Munich is targeting Raphael Varane, the central defender for Manchester United, in the upcoming winter transfer window. Varane’s contract with Manchester United expires at the end of the season, and Bayern Munich may offer a fee next month to secure his signature. Varane has seen limited game-time at Old Trafford this season, making it likely that he will leave the Premier League. While a return to Real Madrid was previously considered the most probable option, German champions Bayern Munich have now entered the race.
Arsenal is reportedly interested in Barcelona midfielder Matthijs de Ligt, but a move in the winter transfer window may be too expensive for the club. Arsenal made significant investments in the summer, particularly on Declan Rice, and may need to balance their books before making any further signings. The Sun reports that Arsenal is lining up a sensational move for De Ligt, but it is more likely to take place in the summer rather than in January. Mikel Arteta has expressed his desire to bring in more players, but the club is facing financial fair play (FFP) issues and may be limited in their transfer activities.
Jesse Lingard, who is currently a free agent, has been linked with a move to Lille. However, any potential transfer could be hindered by Brexit rules. Lingard, as an English national, now counts as a non-EU player, and Ligue 1 clubs have restrictions on the number of non-EU players they can register. The Mail reports that Lingard has been offered to several clubs in France, but the Brexit rules may complicate his potential move. Lingard has been without a club since leaving Nottingham Forest at the end of last season and has trained with West Ham and spent time with Al-Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia, but both clubs decided not to sign him.
Newcastle United is looking to make a swift move for Kalvin Phillips, the England international midfielder currently playing for Manchester City. Newcastle sees Phillips as a target due to the ban on Sandro Tonali and their defensive issues. The club is aiming to strengthen their midfield and views Phillips as a potential solution.