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Arsenal handed ‘amazing’ £20m January transfer incentive that gifts Mikel Arteta new hidden gem

As Anthony Joshua said, ‘the first time was so nice, I had to do it twice,’ and that is exactly what Arsenal look poised to do in January.

The Gunners are interested in signing another Bologna player in the shape of Mattias Svanberg as Edu looks to take advantage of the midfielder’s contract situation, according to Il Resto del Carlino via Sport Witness.

Svanberg sees his current deal with the Italian side expire in June 2023 and, following unsuccessful renewal talks, it is believed that Bologna want between £12 million and £16 million for the 22-year-old.

Following the success of Takehiro Tomiyasu, who joined Arsenal in the summer from Bologna for £19.8 million, it is no surprise that Mikel Arteta is digging deeper – Edu found gold, but the Spaniard wants more.

Chris Davison and Tom Canton spoke live on The Arsenal Way ‘Agenda show’ to delve into the north London side’s reported interest in the Swedish midfielder.

Chris kickstarted proceedings by outlining how the Gunners’ transfer entourage did so well at identifying targets in the summer and look set to do so again in January.

“A lot of analysis and scouting work went into the Tomiyasu profile that, so far, it seems as if they got that spot on,” he said.

“So, it makes you wonder if they’re doing the same thing around Svanberg. He’s highly rated and young, he’s doing really well and the time is potentially coming for where he’s looking for a big move away and following Tomiyasu’s footsteps.

“They’ve kept a close eye on him as well. They’ve looked at the data, they’ve looked at his ability as a player, his potential as well. And, not only that, but the club will also already have a relatively good relationship with Bologna as well.”

Chris added by explaining how Svanberg, who is valued at around £10 million by Transfermarkt, would be a shrewd signing by Edu that can intrigue the fans.

“It doesn’t seem as if he’d be a player that Arsenal would have to break the bank for, it would be a reasonable price,” he said.

“I suppose these are the sort of clever deals you’ve got to look out for in January, haven’t you? He would provide cover and depth in midfield and it wouldn’t be costing an awful lot of money either. It’s an intriguing link.”

Chris then concluded by reassuring Gooners that by signing under the radar talents like Svanberg, Arsenal are copying a transfer method that has worked for Liverpool and Chelsea for so long.

“There’s obviously one or two other names that Arsenal have been linked with, with January upcoming and going into the summer.

“They’re links that you wouldn’t normally associate with Arsenal and they’re eye-opening, they’re intriguing, they’re interesting in terms of their profile.

“Liverpool for example, and Chelsea, they’ve just found gems in the transfer market. You might not know a lot about them. You haven’t heard a lot about them before, but they come over into the Premier League and they do amazing.”

 

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