Arsenal are hoping to complete five transfers to strengthen the first team this summer, with Mikel Arteta’s reported targets clearly showing the Spaniard’s focus ahead of the new season
Arsenal are aiming to complete five transfers this summer with Mikel Arteta targeting defensive recruits as a matter of priority.
The Gunners are looking to bounce back from a miserable 2020/21 season which saw them finish trophyless and outside of the European places for the first time in 25 years.
Arsenal are also reportedly closing in on Anderlecht defensive midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga, who could become one of many arrivals in north London to add steel at the back.
As well as a centre-back, The Athletic reports the Gunners hope to sign a right-back, left-back and a goalkeeper ahead of the new campaign.
A No. 10 is also on the shopping list as the sole attacking signing, showing Arteta’s emphasis is on making his side harder to break down.
With uncertainty clouding Bernd Leno’s future, the report claims Arsenal have contacted Sheffield United over a potential swoop for England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
Like Leno, Hector Bellerin’s future with the Gunners also appears uncertain with the Spaniard believed to be keen on a new challenge.
Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan are linked with the Arsenal vice-captain, and the club have already begun sounding out replacements.
RB Leipzig’s Tyler Adams and Sassuolo’s Mert Muldur are at the top of the Gunners’ list, while Arteta is also keen to strengthen his options on the other flank.
Kieran Tierney is considered one of the club’s most-important players but struggled with injuries last season and requires an understudy.
The report claims Arsenal are monitoring Real Madrid prospect Miguel Gutierrez, who made his senior debut at the age of 19 earlier this year.