The transfer window is officially open and the January sales are well underway. The opportunity has opened for clubs to further strengthen their sides as the race to the finish line hots up.
The Sun suggest Arsenal are lining up Bosnia and Herzegovina international Miralem Pjanic for a move to the Emirates as a long-term replacement for injury-prone Santi Cazorla.
The tabloid also reports that Arsene Wenger called the Juventus man with an offer to move to London, with the former Roma man immediately expressing an interest in doing so.
The Gunners are expected to open with a £28 million offer, however a summer move might be more realistic for the 26-year-old due to Belgium international Axel Witsel’s decision to turn down a move to Juventus in favour of a move to China, which could scupper any chance of an early arrival for the Bosnian to the Premier League this month.
32-year-old Cazorla is due to return from a three-month injury layoff next month meaning a move to cover and eventually replace the Spaniard is not an immediate priority.
Pjanic has scored six goals in 20 appearances for the Old Lady this term and would bring more creativity to an Arsenal side already boasting the qualities of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, both of whom Wenger will be hoping to tie down to long-term contracts at the club as the Frenchman chases his first Premier League title win since 2004.
Pjanic could join the summer recruits of Granit Xhaka, Lucas Perez, Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding as Wenger looks to keep pace with leaders Chelsea.
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena