It looks as if Arsenal fans have a potentially exciting summer ahead with new faces wanted at the Emirates.
The Gunners are poised for a busy window of incomings and outgoings as Mikel Arteta looks to rebuild his side, while he will now doubt have been keeping one eye on Euro 2020.
Having finished eighth in the Premier League last season and without a Champions League place for five successive seasons, Arsenal’s technical director Edu and Arteta will be keen to make amends this summer, and there is a plethora of exciting talent in the Euro 2020 shop window.
The Gunners are close to signing three players that would no doubt boost the club.
Albert Sambi Lokonga is waiting to undertake a medical before his £17million move from RSC Anderlecht to the Emirates can be completed, while 21-year-old left-back Nuno Tavares is also close to joining the Gunners.
The Benfica defender is currently self-isolating in London following his arrival in London to seal his move, subject to personal terms and a medical.
Arsenal, who had seen an initial £40m bid turned down, remain in hot pursuit of Ben White from Brighton & Hove Albion. However, the Gunners face fierce competition for the 23-year-old’s signature after Chelsea reportedly registered their interest also, according to the Express.
But with Euro 2020 set to conclude this Sunday and one more chance for some players to impress – here are three names Arteta and Edu may want to look at on the back of an impressive four weeks.
Dumfries enjoyed a promising European Championships campaign with Netherlands, despite their early exit, featuring four times while also contributing directly towards three goals from right wing-back.
The Dutch defender would be a great replacement for Hector Bellerin, who has been linked with a move away from the Emirates.
Bellerin has two years remaining on his contract and could fuel Dumfries’ shrewd arrival, with the PSV Eindhoven defender’s release clause reportedly sitting at a shrewd £12.8m.
Dumfries recorded six goals and two assists in the Eredivisie last season, compared to Bellerin’s one goal and two assists in the Premier League, despite the Dutchman playing just five more games.
However, Dumfries committed more than double the amount of fouls (45) than Bellerin (21) did in their respective domestic leagues. But, the PSV defender won 37 more fouls and 31 more interceptions than Bellerin, highlighting Dumfries’ tremendous threat he poses going forwards.
As Granit Xhaka edges closer to a move away from the Emirates, understands football.london, Arteta will be keen to recruit a new ball-playing holding midfielder who is comfortable dropping deep, receiving and bringing the ball forward through the thirds.
Manuel Locatelli has reportedly been on Arsenal’s radar for some time, but the Italian midfielder is adamant on joining Juventus despite the Gunners’ interest, reports Alfredo Pedulla.
Sassuolo’s chief executive Giovanni Carnevali spoke about Arsenal’s interest, claiming the Gunners had made an official bid.
Carnevali said: “Arsenal have made an official bid for Locatelli. They’re pushing hard to sign Manuel and it’s an important bid… we will see.
“Juventus also want Locatelli and we have a special relationship with them. A new meeting has been scheduled with Juve.”
Though Arsenal may soon entangle themselves in a bidding war with the Old Lady, the 23-year-old midfielder would be a great fit in Arteta’s side whether he is used as a six, or as an eight like under Roberto Mancini at Euro 2020.
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Emil Forsberg could prove to be a great alternative to emerging target James Maddison and former loanee Martin Ødegaard in the attacking-midfield area of the park – a priority position for the club this summer.
The Leicester City midfielder’s reported £70million price tag could be an issue for Edu, notwithstanding the Englishman’s incredible playmaking ability.
However, unlike RB Leipzig’s number ten, Maddison has not been at Euro 2020. Forsberg played an instrumental role in Sweden’s success at Euro 2020, scoring fours goals in four games.
While the 29-year-old may need a period of time to settle into the Premier League, the Sweden international was valued at £46m in 2018 by RB Leipzig, report Swedish outlet Expressen, and is now valued at just £18m by Transfermarkt – a £52m difference to that of Maddison. He has, however, just penned a contract until 2025.
Despite the five-year age difference with Maddison and Arteta’s intent to build for the future, Forsberg could still be a major asset to Arsenal.
In 560 fewer minutes, the Swede contributed directly towards 11 Bundesliga goals last season, oppose to Maddison’s 13 contributions in the Premier League. However, Maddison has a greater ability to get on the ball, be proactive and create chances having an obscene number of touches in the attacking third and progressive ball carries compared to Forsberg.