Arsenal are at a crossroads. For a few months now, the English team has been the subject of an assiduous court by Daniel Ek, determined to buy the club. Supported by former Gunners legends, including Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira, the founder of Spotify has formulated a proposal of 1.8 billion euros. An offer rejected by Londoners who expect a bidding up very soon. It is in this particular context that the residents of the Emirates Stadium must manage a transfer window that promises to be lively.
Eighth in the last season in the Premier League, Arsenal will not play in the European Cup this season. Beyond the sporting failure, the club of the English capital must face a shortfall. Which is not good news after a season where losses have already been numerous due to covid-19. To rebuild their financial health, the Gunners plan to slim down while strengthening themselves with limited resources. Despite this, Mikel Arteta has clear ideas on what he wants this summer, namely a goalkeeper, a defender, a midfielder and an attacking element.
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At the goalkeepers, while Bernd Leno is open to a start, Neto, André Onanna and Aaron Ramsdale are followed. A return of Mat Ryan, on loan from Brighton last year, is also possible. The Londoners also plan to draw from the Seagulls to recruit a central defender and thus compensate for the departure of David Luiz. Indeed, they are making good progress on the Ben White file. Skysports even mentions an agreement in principle for an amount of € 58 million. Which is high while the club has financial worries. Arsenal also does not rule out recruiting a right-back. The names of Zeki Celik, Jonjoe Kenny, Max Aarons and the versatile Jesus Corona were mentioned.
In the midfield, Manuel Locatelli, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ruben Neves, Houssem Aouar or Nabil Fekir, for whom there has not yet been an offer, are players who like. Finally, the profiles of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Alassane Pléa are being studied to strengthen in front in the event of a departure from Lacazette. At the same time, the Gunners will have to accelerate to reduce fat and thus recover enough cash to invest in the transfer window. As stated before, Bernd Leno is ready to go. The same goes for Willian, who would not be against a return to Chelsea a year after his departure. But for him, the door seems closed.
But they have to degrease in parallel
This is not the case for Lucas Torreira, very close to joining Lazio Rome. We are talking about a loan with a purchase option of at least € 20 million. Granit Xhaka, he wants to join Roma while his teammate Hector Bellerin interests AC Milan, Betis and Villarreal. For his part, Ainsley Maitland-Niles is courted by Everton and Southampton. The Saints are also among the many contenders for the arrival of William Saliba. According to our information, Newcastle, Leverkusen, Lille, OM, Rennes or Nice and Italian clubs are ready to welcome the defender.
As explained on our site, Arsenal still want to loan him this season. His compatriot Mattéo Guendouzi, he does not enter into Arteta’s plans. Approached by Benfica, the French agree with OM, which is negotiating a loan with an almost compulsory purchase option. Still under contract for a year with the Gunners, Alexandre Lacazette could be sold announces the Daily Mail. The Gunners want to prevent him from going free in a year. A few weeks ago, Sevilla, Atlético de Madrid and AS Roma had an eye on him. This summer more than ever, Arsenal, very disappointing, will be expected at the turn of the transfer window.