The Gunners boss has already overseen one summer of heavy spending but could be set for a second as Arsenal are rumoured with some big money moves come the end of the season
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is rumoured to be preparing to sanction at least two marquee signings this summer as the Gunners look to address some of the glaring holes in their paper-thin squad, with five big names believed to be on their shortlist.
According to football.london, the Spaniard is keen to bolster Arsenal ‘s attack with some notable names shortlisted while also strengthening the midfield given the club’s rotten luck with injuries in the middle of the park.
Arsenal had one of their most expensive transfer windows in recent memory last summer, bringing in six new faces to the club.
The majority of those have enjoyed huge success, with the likes of Martin Odegaard, Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu quickly cementing themselves as firm fan favourites. However, January’s transfer window came and went without a single incoming – though there was one big departure in the form of ex-talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The decision to allow their main goal-getter to leave while opting against immediately replacing him is one that sparked intense criticism and could still backfire depending on whether the Gunners secure a top-four finish.
With that being said, Arteta is well-aware at least two strikers are on the transfer wish-list this summer, with three big name forwards being linked.
Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus has emerged as one of the club’s main targets as Pep Guardiola looks to cash in on the Brazilian before his contract expires in the summer of 2023. Arteta is thought to be a keen admirer of the 25-year-old having worked closely with him while he was an assistant coach at the Etihad.
The Gunners could secure Jesus’ services for as little as £35million, but in-form Roma forward Tammy Abraham is going to cost significantly more. The Arsenal hierarchy are fans of the former Chelsea man and there were reports the club could try and poach him from Stamford Bridge but a deal failed to materialise.
Interest has been reignited in the Blues academy graduate, but any deal is likely to cost Arsenal at least £80m given Chelsea inserted a buy-back clause of the same value as part of the terms of his Roma contract.
Should the Gunners end up priced out a move for Abraham, there is another forward alternative in Alexander Isak.
The club were linked with him for the majority of the January transfer window, but the Sweden international ended up staying put at Spanish outfit Real Sociedad. There is rumoured to have been plenty of contact between Arsenal’s hierarchy and the striker’s representatives, but he is no longer viewed as a first-choice target.
Many sections of the Arsenal faithful have also called on the club to add an established central midfielder into the mix and it would appear those at the top of the Gunners food-chain have listened.
Given Thomas Partey’s injury woes and Albert Sambi Lokonga’s inconsistent performances, another player is required.
Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans has been touted as a potential addition given he is in a similar contract situation to City’s Jesus. This summer presents the Foxes with their last chance to earn any cash from the Belgium international’s widely-expected departure.
Tielemans has expressed little desire to extend his stay at the King Power and manager Brendan Rodgers has previously admitted he must start to prepare for life without him in the squad. Arsenal could be his next destination, especially if they secure Champions League football for next term.
Barcelona’s Frenkie De Jong is an outside candidate given he has enjoyed periods of good form this season that could lead to the Blaugrana being reluctant to sell entirely. If he were to up sticks to England, Manchester United is viewed as a more realistic option given their recent appointment of De Jong’s former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag.