Arsenal are said to be interested in Juventus centre-half Merih Demiral, according to a report by The Daily Star.
The publication are claiming that the club have sent scouts to watch the Turkish defender, however, the Serie A outfit are unlikely to let him leave.
Therefore the Gunners are set to widen their search for a new central defender which is a position that has become a top priority for Mikel Arteta.
In all seriousness, if defensive-minded players have become the priority for Arteta after he’s watched his team struggle to create than there are bigger problems at Arsenal than just the lack of an attacking midfielder. Maybe a lack of brain cells?
Should the club prioritise the signing of a central defender in January?
You’d have to be incredibly stupid to analyse the Gunners squad and come up with the idea of signing a defender, especially given how Arsenal currently have as many as eight centre-backs at the club. As a matter of fact, there are so many defenders in the middle of the pitch, Sokratis and William Saliba were both left out of the Europa League and Premier League squads.
Attack is where the club truly struggles with the current crop of failures having failed to score from open play in the last five league outings. There has been an incredible lack of penetration in the final third with the most shots in those five games being just 13 versus Aston Villa.
Signing the £24.3m-rated Demiral may well add some steel in defence, however, the north London outfit have bigger fish to fry in the January transfer market and should keep their focuses further afield.