Edu decided on Arsenal’s next 4 moves after completing the £ 75million triple transfer
Arsenal have completed their second signing of the summer transfer window after Albert Sambi Lokonga completed his transfer from Anderlecht on Tuesday in a deal valued at £ 18million.
The Belgian becomes the Gunners’ second signing, joining £ 7million Portuguese left-back Nuno Tavares who arrived in the Emirates from Benfica earlier this month.
However, there is no indication that Edu’s work will end there.
While Lokonga and Tavares are both exciting young players, either one or the other is not expected to be the top pick on Mikel Arteta’s side for the coming season with Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney ahead. them in hierarchical order in their respective positions.
In terms of signings that will directly improve the first team, Arsenal are looking to add up to three more players before the end of the summer.
The first of these is in the center back where Ben White is expected to complete his £ 50million move from Brighton once he returns from his holiday, which has been delayed by England’s long stay at the ‘Euro. football.london understands.
The 23-year-old will compete with Rob Holding and Calum Chambers for the central defensive birth on the right side, but he is believed to be the first choice alongside Gabriel.
After that, the Gunners’ priority this summer is to secure a creative midfielder.
While Arteta has revealed that Emile Smith Rowe will remain “100%” despite Aston Villa’s interest, Edu is keen to avoid a situation similar to last season where Arsenal are creatively totally crippled if anything was to happen about injuries 20- Age.
football.london understand the club have an interest in signing Leicester’s James Maddison, although it is believed the England international could be outside his price bracket this summer, while Lyon’s Houssem Aouar has also been linked.
The name that refuses to go away is that of Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard. The Gunners have made no secret of their admiration for the Norwegian captain who spent the second half of last season on loan at the Emirates.
He is back at Real Madrid for the preseason, but would love to have some regular playing time at this point in his career, and if the first signs at the start of the La Liga season are that Carlo Ancelotti does not have home. ‘intention to give him that, then Arsenal could look to melt.
Also high on the target list is an experienced central midfielder who will play alongside Thomas Partey at the Emirates next season.
As previously mentioned, Lokonga, while highly rated, is unlikely to be a next regular campaign as he adapts to the Premier League.
With Dani Ceballos already gone, Granit Xhaka expected to join Roma imminently, and with Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Joe Willock both linked with moves, that would leave Partey and Mohamed Elneny as the only senior options for the Gunners in the middle of the park.
Manuel Locatelli has been linked the most in recent weeks, although the Italian midfielder apparently prefers a move to Juventus, while Brighton’s Yves Bissouma and Wolves’ Ruben Neves have also been targeted this summer.
After securing players in all three positions, Edu could then look to add a right-back to the squad this summer.
football.london understands Hector Bellerin would like to leave, which means a replacement could be sorted, with RB Leipzig’s Tyler Adams and Norwich City’s Max Aarons among those linked
Arsenal officially released their new red and white home shirt for the upcoming 2021/22 season today.
The shirt, which can be purchased now on ArsenalDirect, is available in a range of styles and prices with the “authentic” version at the higher end of the cost scale.
Manufactured by Adidas, the jersey has been a hit with fans responding to the latest design.
However, Arsenal already have Calum Chambers and Cedric available in the squad, while the Whites can play the position if needed, meaning they can choose to stick with what they have if a good deal doesn’t. is not available.
This is especially the case considering they also need to sign a goalkeeper to play against Bernd Leno for the coming season.
Arthur Okonkwo recently signed a contract extension to seal his promotion to the first team as a third-choice keeper, but it will take someone to provide tougher competition for the German, with Runar Alex Runarsson on the verge of leave after a disastrous first season.
The Gunners want someone from the country if possible who has seen Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale and West Brom’s Sam Johnstone linked.
The summer window is officially open, and it is going to be difficult to follow the comings and goings in and out of the Emirates.
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It must be said, however, that if Arsenal were to make all of these deals, it would bring their total number of transfers this window to seven before they even started talking about the expenses needed to facilitate such an extraordinary overhaul of the squad.
It will be very difficult to achieve, but Edu and Arteta remain confident to have a successful summer and want to be judged at the end of it and not before.
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