Arsenal are pursuing bargain Leandro Trossard because they have an astonishing £100m transfer lined up this summer: report

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta celebrates after the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC at Stamford Bridge on November 06, 2022 in London, England.
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Arsenal are moving for Brighton & Hove Albion outcast Leandro Trossard as a cut-price alternative to Mykhaylo Mudryk – but that doesn't mean that they're scaling back their ambition.

That's according to one report that suggests that the title-chasers are using the January window more as a pit stop to refuel before big signings this summer. The Gunners were, after all, reportedly set to spend £88 million (opens in new tab) on Mudryk themselves before Chelsea beat them to the punch last week. Now, Fabrizio Romano (opens in new tab) says Trossard is in their sights (opens in new tab).

But with the Belgian set to cost between £20m and £30m should Arsenal strike a deal, Mikel Arteta should have plenty of ammunition for other moves – including club-record transfer targets. 

Leandro Trossard of Brighton & Hove Albion celebrates scoring their side's second goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Brighton & Hove Albion at London Stadium on August 21, 2022 in London, England.

Leandro Trossard is reportedly close to a surprise move to Arsenal  (Image credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The Times (opens in new tab) have linked the Gunners with a £100m move for West Ham United captain, Declan Rice, who Arteta and co. are "increasingly confident" are snaring now that the Hammers have conceded defeat in keeping their skipper, per the Athletic (opens in new tab).

Having rejected three contract extensions with the side he's made his name with, Rice would be free to leave in the summer of 2024. West Ham will be determined not to lose their best player for free – putting Arsenal in a driving seat for a huge transfer that could well exceed that of their all-time record buy, £72m Nicolas Pepe.

On top of that, a move for a marquee winger may not yet be off the cards, either.

Serie A duo Kvicha Kvaratskhelia (opens in new tab) and Rafael Leao (opens in new tab) have both been talked about as potential options for the north Londoners, though both are expected to command at least £80m each, perhaps more. Neither are realistic midseason targets but both would be more attainable this summer. 

Mikel Arteta, manager of Arsenal, embraces Bukayo Saka of Arsenal after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 15, 2023 in London, England.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is on the hunt for an attacker who can fill in for Bukayo Saka among others (Image credit: James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images)

Should Arsenal bring in Trossard to compete for a place until the end of the season, they may find that they could afford both Rice and one of Leao or Kvaratskhelia in the same window. According to Transfermarkt (opens in new tab), they spent around £115m on acquisitions last summer, with strong rumours (opens in new tab) that they were prepared to spend £60m on Raphinha (who they could again go back in for this summer). 

Two £80m signings could be feasible at the Emirates Stadium after all – especially after sales – though the club have made it clear, not least from the Mudryk deal, that they won't pay over their valuation for targets. The choice may well be between a defensive midfielder in Rice and another wide attacker to compete with Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard…

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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.