By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Arsene Wenger has predicted that the January transfer window could be one of the “most active ever”.
Several major deals have already been completed this month, with Bournemouth splashing out a club-record £10million to land former Arsenal striker Benik Afobe and Liverpool paying £5million for Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic.
Arsenal are also close to pushing through a £5.2million deal for midfielder Mohamed Elneny, although Wenger admitted on Monday that the deal could take another week as it has been slowed by “work permit problems”.
With clubs like Manchester United – they have already tabled a mega £37.6million bid for Lazio winger Felipe Anderson – and Chelsea also expected to spend big, the Arsenal manager is confident that spending could reach record levels this month.
“I would say for the media you could have some good news this January transfer window as I believe many clubs will be active,” said Wenger at his media conference on Monday morning. “You go from the clubs down in the table to the top.
“My prediction is that it could be one of the most active January windows you have seen.”
The Arsenal boss has said on a number of occasions that he is hoping to buy more than one player this month as he looks to strengthen his squad ahead of a full tilt at the Premier League title.
The Gunners travel to Liverpool on Wednesday aiming to extend their stay at the Premier League summit.