Arsenal already have the ‘next Kevin De Bruyne’ amid Julian Brandt and Emi Buendia transfer talk

The January transfer window is officially alive and kicking, meaning Premier League clubs have the opportunity to bolster their ranks ahead of the second half of the campaign.

Whilst the January window has seen big-money spending from a whole host of clubs in recent years, this year’s window is likely to be different, with clubs having to plot their January recruitment drives carefully as a result of the financial knock-on effect caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

As a result of the ongoing global troubles, clubs have been unable to make as much revenue as they usually would, meaning they are unlikely to be able to attack the transfer window as they have done in the past.

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Nevertheless, clubs will be aiming to to box clever and get new bodies through the door where they can, including Arsenal.

The Gunners, who have started to turn their fortunes around recently, winning their last three Premier League fixtures, scoring eight goals in the process, are actively looking to bolster their ranks this month, particularly with the addition of a central attacking-midfielder.

Speaking back in December, Gunners transfer guru Edu said: “It’s quite clear what we need. We need a player with creativity in the middle, we don’t have that in the squad right now.”

Throughout the summer transfer window, Arsenal, who confirmed the signing of centre-back Omar Rekik on Thursday afternoon, were desperate to add a new attacking-midfielder to their ranks, as they aimed to seal a deal for Lyon ace Houssem Aouar.

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Though the Gunners did lodge a bid to sign the France international, they were unsuccessful in their efforts, prioritising a move for Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid instead.

Now, with the January window upon us, the Gunners are on the hunt for an attacking-midfielder…