Arsenal are expected to have a busy few weeks during the final stretch of the transfer window as they close in on three deals.
After a turbulent debut at Arsenal, Mikel Arteta is eyeing a colossal revamp for the upcoming 2021-22 season. The Gunners have already snapped up Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares and recently announced the much-awaited transfer of Ben White from Brighton.
The north Londoners have gotten down to business and are now closing in on three more deals before the end of August, as per the Evening Standard. The first priority is to renew Granit Xhaka’s contract with his current deal expiring in 2023. The 28-year-old was on Jose Mourinho’s wish-list for the summer, however, AS Roma’s failure in meeting the 20-million-pound transfer fee for the midfielder has seen negotiations simmer down.
Arsenal are keen on holding onto Xhaka after his brilliant individual campaign with Switzerland in the Euro 2020. The former Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder has impressed in training and his leadership presence in the dressing room has made him an important player for Arteta next season.
The Gunners have shortlisted two more signings for the summer in addition to White, Tavares and Lokonga. Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham and Olympique Lyon’s Bruno Guimaraes are considered to be prime targets.
Abraham, who recently scored the winner for his side against Arsenal in a preseason friendly game, has stated that he loves playing at the Emirates Stadium, amid interest from the north London side. Mikel Arteta desperately requires a striker in his setup next season as Alexander Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struggled to get amongst the goals for the majority of last season.
The England international is also not part of Thomas Tuchel’s plans for the 2021-22 season as the German wants Romelu Lukaku at Stamford Bridge and prefers either Kai Havertz or Timo Werner over him in the strike-position. Chelsea are open to parting ways with the 23-year-old but are demanding a sky-high transfer fee valued at 40 million pounds.
While signing Abraham this window looks to be a difficult proposition, Arsenal are in the driving seat to sign Bruno Guimaraes from Olympique Lyon.
The Brazilian was excellent for Lyon last season and would be the ideal backup to Thomas Partey who picked up an injury against Chelsea in the preseason friendly. Guimaraes has a demanding physical presence in the engine room and he could work in tandem with Granit Xhaka in midfield.
Mikel Arteta has ambitious plans for the new season and these three transfer operations could help put Arsenal back on track as a dominant force in England. Do you think Arsenal can secure a top-four spot next season?