Arsenal pick three-man January transfer shortlist

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has picked three players he would love to sign when the January transfer window opens and has a £60 million budget to make a sensational triple swoop if he so chooses.

That is according to the Daily Star, who believe that long-term transfer targets in Sami Khedira and Julian Draxler have been joined on Arsenal's transfer radar by Benfica's bright new talent Anderson Talisca.

Gunners fans are desperate for Wenger to splash the clash on defensive reinforcements or a holding midfielder with imposing physical presence, but it looks old habits die hard for the French tactician and adding a sprinkling of stardust in the final third remains a priority.

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Which target looks the most plausible?

There's no question that Arsenal could do with a proven world-class central midfielder, which makes a move for wantaway Real Madrid Khedira in January look a no-brainer on the surface.

Khedira has refused any attempt from Madrid to talk terms over a new contract, with his current deal expiring at the end of the season.

Madrid would rather put the World Cup winner up for sale rather than lose him for free next summer, which means if Arsenal can find a compromise over Khedira's £150,000-a-week wage demands there is every chance Madrid's forgotten man could be a Premier League player at the start of 2015.

Draxler chase requires patience

Khedira may be actively attempting to secure a transfer at the earliest possible opportunity, but it's a different story for another of Wenger's favourite talents in Draxler.

Schalke have quite surprisingly managed to keep the potent playmaker in Gelsenkirchen thanks to a whopping £37m release clause, which Arsenal have stubbornly refused to pay despite making formal transfer enquiries on at least two occasions.

The 21-year-old remains on Wenger's radar though and you can expect Arsenal to be involved in the conversation if Schalke do decide to cash in on their most prized asset, although it looks unlikely to happen in January.

Talisca looks a long shot

Even further on the scale of probability is Benfica's Benfica starlet Anderson Talisca, who has burst onto the scene with five goals in just six games for the Lisbon giants this season.

Talisca left Bahia just £3m in July and now has a whopping £18m release clause in his contract with Benfica, but that hasn't stopped Wenger sending scouts to watch the Brazil youth international four times already this season.

Liverpool, Chelsea & Man United are also monitoring the creative midfielder's progress very closely, which means that unless Arsenal are prepared to gift Benfica a swift 600% profit on their summer investment if will be some time before a man who has previously snubbed Jose Mourinho will be plying his trade in the Premier League.

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