Arsenal are making strides to complete the planned overhaul of their squad this summer.
The Gunners missed out on European football for the first time in 25 years last season after finishing eighth in the Premier League, and because of that poor performance, the club have been making moves to overhaul their squad.
After announcing the signings of Nuno Tavares from Benfica and Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht, the Gunners are well on their way to forming Mikel Arteta’s new-look Arsenal side.
And following several weeks of discussion between Brighton and Arsenal, the Seagulls have finally accepted an offer from the Gunners for Ben White.
football.london understands that Arsenal will sign the defender with the two teams agreeing a £50millon deal.
The north London outfit had an initial bid of around £40m rejected by the Seagulls, but were not disheartened and returned with an increased offer for the centre-back which has since been accepted.
White is also understood to have agreed personal terms on a move, and therefore, barring an absolute disaster, it looks as though the defender will be an Arsenal player next season.
The Gunners’ summer shopping isn’t expected to end there, however.
football.london reported in May that Edu is seeking to add at least five new faces to the squad in various positions, one of which is a goalkeeper.
With Bernd Leno’s future uncertain, rumours about Arsenal’s interest in 23-year-old Aaron Ramsdale have gathered pace over the last few days with the club reportedly preparing a surprising £30m bid for the Englishman.
As there’s little interest in Leno from abroad, it’s unlikely he’ll leave this window but Arsenal could still sign his long-term replacement.
Arteta is also still targeting a creative midfielder to share the burden with his new No.10, Emile Smith Rowe. Leicester’s James Maddison has been linked with a move all summer, but the fee is proving to be a huge stumbling block in any potential transfer.
The Gunners could add another midfield addition, too, especially if Granit Xhaka’s move to Roma finally goes through as expected. Meanwhile, they could be forced to move for a right-back if Hector Bellerin’s proposed switch to Inter Milan goes ahead.
And they’ve also been linked with a new striker in recent months, especially as Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah both have just one year left remaining on their current deals. Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham is being touted as a possible target, but at £40m he could prove to be a little too expensive.
Elsewhere, the Gunners would reportedly like to offload Willian; Reiss Nelson is being lined up for a loan move whilst Joe Willock could still move to Newcastle in a permanent transfer, despite Arteta’s apparently desire to keep him. Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ future is also uncertain.
Nevertheless, even with plenty of transfer activity still going on at Arsenal, Arteta has to select a 25-man squad for the upcoming Premier League season.
Here’s how his squad looks as of right now:
Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno, Runar Alex Runarsson, Arthur Okonkwo.
Defenders: Kieran Tierney, Gabriel Magalhaes, Rob Holding, Cedric Soares, Hector Bellerin, Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari, Nuno Tavares.
Midfielders: Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Granit Xhaka, Joe Willock, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Albert Sambi Lokonga.
Forwards: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, Willian, Gabriel Martinelli, Alexandre Lacazette, Folarin Balogun.
However, as Arteta doesn’t have to confirm his squad until after the transfer deadline has passed, there is still time for the club to work wonders in the market.
He’ll then be denied the chance to alter the squad until the January window, but the Gunners still have plenty of time to help shape the Spaniard’s Arsenal.
Take a look at what their final squad could look like if Edu’s dream transfer dealings go their way:
Goalkeepers: Aaron Ramsdale, Bernd Leno, Arthur Okonkwo.
Defenders: Kieran Tierney, Gabriel Magalhaes, Rob Holding, Ben White, Cedric Soares, Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari, Nuno Tavares.
Midfielders: Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Joe Willock, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ruben Neves, James Maddison.
Forwards: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, Gabriel Martinelli, Alexandre Lacazette, Folarin Balogun, Tammy Abraham.
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