Arsenal were been busy in both transfer windows this season and that is expected to continue ahead of the 2021/22 season.
The big deal last summer was activating Thomas Partey’s £45m release clause at Atletico Madrid on deadline day to go along with the signings of Willian, Gabriel Magalhaes, Dani Ceballos, and Alex Runarsson.
Then in the January window, the Gunners were just as active, signing Mat Ryan and Martin Odegaard on loan – although their efforts were focused on trimming the first-team squad.
Mesut Ozil, Sokratis, and Shkodran Mustafi were the three of the four players to leave permanently – the other being Matt Macey – after each agreed to terminate their Arsenal contracts five months before they were due to expire.
Furthermore, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock, Sead Kolasinac, and William Saliba all left on loan in the search of regular first-team football during the second half of the season.
Speaking after the window closed, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta heaped praise on technical director Edu.
“I think he is doing a great job at the club since I joined,” the Spaniard said.
“The clarity that he showed when they came to try to convince me to join the club and then to stick to the plan we have and the way he is going about it, I am really impressed with him.”
Now it would appear that Edu’s attention has already turned to the summer transfer window, with reports claiming the Gunners have made another approach for Sporting Lisbon striker Tiago Tomas.
Back in February, there were reports that a £20m deal was close to being finalised despite the fact that the 18-year-old has a release clause of £52m in his contract which he signed with the Portuguese giants in June 2020.
But due to the current economic climate and Sporting’s spending in recent years, was suggested that the club may accept a deal as low as £20m.
However, that’s no longer the case if reports in Portugal, as per Sport Witness, are to be believed as Sporting’s stance has apparently changed after winning their first Liga Nos title in almost two decades.
The report states that the newly crowned champions of Portugal no longer feel under any pressure to sell Tomas because of his contract situation and the prospect of seeing his valuation rise with some good performances in the Champions League next season.
Therefore, Arsenal have been made aware that they will need to bid close to Tomas’ €60m (£51m) buyout clause in order to sign him this summer.
This stance will provide a test to Edu’s willingness to get a deal done as it has previously been reported that the club have made it clear they do not want to regret missing out on such a player in the future after former manager Arsene Wenger came close to signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Sporting before his move to Manchester United.
Source by Football London