Arsenal transfer rumours rated: No Aaron Ramsey return, Dayot Upamecano hope, Orkun Kokcu deal

The January transfer window has been closed for almost two weeks now, but rumours are still ongoing.

Last month, Mikel Arteta bolstered his Arsenal squad with the signings of defenders Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares. Both have joined on loan until the end of the season from Flamengo and Southampton respectively.

Whilst there is still three months of the season left to play, there will be one eye on how the Gunners can improve ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.

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As proven by Chelsea with the £33.4m signing of Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech, just because the transfer window is closed it doesn’t mean talks over potential signings can’t be happening behind the scenes.

And the Gunners have been linked with a number signings in recent weeks.

But how serious is the club’s interest in those being tipped to make a move to the Emirates Stadium? On a scale from 0 to 5 we have rated just how realistic the following rumours are.

Said Benrahma

According to The Telegraph, Arsenal are keeping tabs on the Algerian international, with Arteta thought to be keen on a summer refresh of his attacking options.

Leicester and Newcastle have also been credited with serious interest in the £15million rated player.

Said Benrahma celebrates scoring for Brentford against Hull City.
(Image: (Photo by Ashley Allen/Getty Images))

Rating: Arsenal have scouted the Algerian this season and would certainly have been impressed by what they have seen.

However the wide roles Benrahma occupies for Brentford is one where the Gunners already have a clutch of talented youngsters whose progress they will be reluctant to disrupt. 2/5

Dayot Upamecano

The last two transfer windows have been dominated by Arsenal’s interest in the RB Leipzig defender and they’ve been handed a massive boost as German outlet Bild have reported that the France defender is refusing to extend his contract at the Red Bull Arena.

For Arsenal to bring the 21-year-old to north London, they will have to pay in the region of £50m as according to L’Equipe, Upamecano’s release clause will be reduced to from €80million to €60million in the summer.

Dayot Upamecano in action for RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena (Image: Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Rating: An Arsenal target for several years this summer may be the one where he becomes attainable with his contract entering his final 12 months.

Upamecano will not be short of takers if, as is being reported in Germany, he does decide to leave RB Leipzig but the Gunners would be expected to be among his suitors. 4/5

Pape Gueye

A long-term solution in central midfield for the Gunners? Reports in France claim a deal taking Gueye to the Emirates Stadium will be in the region of €6m which is roughly £5m.

The 21-year-old’s contract with Le Havre will expire in June 2021 which means he’s likely to be available for…