The transfer window may not be open, but there is still business being done around the Premier League ahead of the summer.
Mikel Arteta made two more first-team signings during the January window, with Mat Ryan and Martin Odegaard both joining on loan from Brighton and Real Madrid respectively until the end of the season.
That is now five loan deals the Spaniard has overseen since returning to the Emirates Stadium, with the aforementioned pair hoping to follow in Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares’ footsteps by winning permanent deals.
As a result, the six permanent Arsenal first-team signings are Mari, Cedric, Willian, Gabriel Magalhaes, Alex Runarsson, and Thomas Partey.
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But is the Spaniard already looking to increase that number to seven?
Well, according to reports, Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Sporting Lisbon wonderkid Tiago Tomas who could be available for £20m ahead of the summer transfer window.
With that said, who is Tomas and why are the Gunners hoping to make him the latest recruit of the Arteta era?
football.london takes a look.
Who is Tiago Tomas?
Tiago Tomas is an 18-year-old striker who currently plays in the top tier of Portuguese football with Sporting Lisbon.
Born in Lisbon, he started his career with the Carcavelos youth team, before spells at Colegio Marista and Estoril.
In the summer of 2014 he earned a move to Sporting.
After six years of youth football, Tomas made his professional debut in a 2-1 win against Gil Vicente F.C on July 1, 2020 which came a few weeks after his 18th birthday and just days after signing his first professional contract.
How has he done this season?
Tomas has picked up from where he left off towards the back end of last season when he featured in Sporting’s final six matches of the 2019/2020 campaign.
So far this…