Arsenal are looking to be active in the summer transfer window and strengthen several positions, though the signing of a new striker is ‘unlikely’.
Mikel Arteta is looking to overhaul his squad following a disappointing Premier League campaign, the Gunners finishing eighth in the division in their lowest league finish since 1994/95.
Changes are expected with a number of senior players expected to leave the Emirates this summer, with the likes of Hector Bellerin, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi and Eddie Nketiah expected to depart, whilst Granit Xhaka is closing in on a move to Roma.
The signing of a creative midfielder is a priority for the north Londoners with Martin Odegaard remaining the club’s leading target, the Norway international having impressed after spending the second half of last season on loan from Real Madrid.
Arsenal had considered Emiliano Buendia as an alternative, though saw a solitary bid rejected with Aston Villa moving quickly to sign the player from Norwich in a club-record deal.
According to The Athletic, one player amongst Arsenal’s targets this summer is Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves, who will be allowed to leave Molineux this summer if his £35m valuation is met.
Wolves are prepared to cash-in on the Portugal international to raise funds for their summer recruitment and Neves has been identified as a player who could partner Thomas Partey at the Emirates, ahead of Xhaka’s impending departure and the return of loanee Dani Ceballos to Real Madrid.
Anderlecht youngster Albert Sambi Lokonga is another reported target with midfield signings a priority, whilst the Gunners are also keen for additions at full-back, centre-back and goalkeeper, with a move for Ajax’s shot-stopper Andre Onana mooted.
Onana has impressed during five seasons with the Dutch side, though the Cameroon international was suspended for 12 months in February for doping violations.
Despite uncertainty surrounding the futures of forward Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette as both players enter the final year of their deals, Arsenal are understood to be ‘unlikely’ to sign a new striker during the summer transfer window.
Arsenal would like to loan out Nketiah in the hope his value would increase in a similar fashion to Joe Willock’s productive spell at Newcastle, though he appears unlikely to extend his contract and will be available for nothing in 2022.
Youngsters Gabriel Martinelli and Folarin Balogun are set to provide attacking depth ahead of the coming campaign, despite links to Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard and Real Sociedad forward Alexander Isak.
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Author: Harry Diamond