Arsenal are expected to have a busy summer transfer window as Mikel Arteta is keen to bolster his attacking options.
Despite a rocky start to the season, Arsenal have enjoyed a solid campaign, currently sitting in pole position to secure the last spot in the Premier League’s top four.
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Arteta’s side will be desperate to seal a spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League, a competition they have failed to qualify for in each of the last five seasons.
If they find themselves in Europe’s elite competition, they will also have more money to spend in the summer transfer window and will be eyeing a better Premier League campaign next season with the premier league trophy a target.
Technical director Edu is keen to bolster the north Londoners’ attacking options following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s January departure whilst both Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette are into the final two months of their respective contracts with the club.
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Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus is one name on the club’s shortlist of profiles whilst Edu has been in discussions with the player’s representatives in recent months.
A move for Jesus makes sense for Arsenal considering he is said to be keen for more regular game time and his versatility means he can operate anywhere across the frontline.
The Brazilian international has made it no secret of his admiration for Arteta in the past but the 25-year-old refused to get caught up in speculation regarding his future at the Etihad Stadium.
“Not time to think about this,” he said last week when quizzed about leaving Pep Guardiola’s side.
“You expect me to say this and it’s true. Not time to think about this, now is the best moment of the season. I want to enjoy it, keep focussed on my teammates to fight for the Premier League.
“I’ve won with my teammates three times already so I know how it feels and I want to again.”
Another player Arsenal have been monitoring for a while now is Inter Milan’s forward, Lautaro Martinez.
Reports in England are now saying Arsenal have entered the race for his signature with Manchester United.
The Times says Arsenal have now reignited their interest in Martinez after failing to sign the Argentina international last summer.
The report claims that Arsenal were unable to meet Inter’s £60 million valuation last year, while United are also in the running and have already offered the Serie A club Anthony Martial in an exchange deal for Martinez.
However, the 24-year-old is only looking to join a club that will be playing in the Champions League next season, which would give Arsenal a major advantage if they finish fourth ahead of Tottenham in the Premier League.
Tottenham, meanwhile, were also willing to sign Martinez for £60m last year but Inter pulled the plug on the deal after deciding to sell Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea.
Martinez has been in sublime form since joining Inter from Argentine side Racing Club in 2018, scoring 70 goals in 177 appearances for the Italian club.
The Argentina international played a key role in helping the club win Serie A under Antonio Conte last season and remains a pivotal figure in their push to retain their league title this term.
Martinez signed a contract extension with Inter in October which keeps him tied to the club until 2026, however, the Italian side would be willing to sell this summer if their £60m asking price is met.
It is not just up front that Arsenal are keen to bolster this summer and according to football.london, the Gunners will look to sign at least one central midfielder.
Egyptian international, Mohamed Elneny, is into the final eight weeks of his contract at the Emirates and a move for Bayern Munich star Marcel Sabitzer may make a lot of sense.
Bild, via The Sun, says the north London outfit are keen to sign the Austrian international in a deal that could cost them just £13million.
Sabitzer joined Bayern last summer from RB Leipzig but he has struggled for consistent game time under Julian Nagelsmann’s tutelage and could reportedly leave the Allianz Arena.