Arsenal can save £96.3m on triple transfer swoop to hand Mikel Arteta dream Premier League squad

As always, there will be plenty of high-profile free agents available next summer, many of whom will be on Arsenal’s radar.

The Gunners’ rebuild has continued this summer, with the club bringing in Ben White, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares for a combined £75million.

Yet, with the opening Premier League game against Brentford just a week away, Mikel Arteta’s side are still looking for new signings in several key positions, such as a goalkeeper, attacking midfielder and striker.

But with time running out and big money deals stalling, the club may be better off looking ahead to next summer, when some of the world’s best players will be available for nothing.

While it would be near-impossible to lure the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo to the Emirates, have identified three players who, if signed on a free, would save Arsenal nearly £100million in transfer fees.

Marcel Sabitzer

27-year-old Marcel Sabitzer is a name Arsenal fans should be very familiar with, given how heavily linked he was with a move to arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur last year.

In the end, the attacking midfielder opted to stay at RB Leipzig, where he is captain. He made his debut for the club in 2015 and his since scored 52 goals and made 42 assists in 227 appearances, playing a pivotal role in their run to the Champions League semi-final in 2020.

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Able to play deeper in midfield, as a No.10 or even on both wings, Sabitzer could provide Arsenal with much needed creativity and depth, in an area of the pitch that needs urgent addressing.

The Gunners are trying to sign James Maddison from Leicester City, but the Foxes are adamant that not even a £60 million bid will convince them to sell the 24-year-old this summer. Emile Smith Rowe has plenty of potential, but still needs time to develop into a top talent.

Transfermarkt currently values Sabitzer at £37.8million, so signing the Austrian international would present a huge saving. Arteta will face stiff competition for his signature however, with German giants Bayern Munich, who have a strong history of poaching the best Bundesliga talent on the cheap, also interested.

Marcel Sabitzer is being linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium. (Image: Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images).
Marcel Sabitzer is being linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium. (Image: Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images).

Andre Onana

After Bernd Leno’s struggles in 2020/21, Arsenal are on the hunt for a deputy goalkeeper, capable of surpassing the German one day.

Following the sale of Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa last season, the club saw both Alex Runarsson and Mat Ryan try and fail to fill that void, with Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale now targeted, in what could be £30million transfer.

There is however a far cheaper and far superior option. 25-year-old Andre Onana is valued at £27million by Transfermarkt but could be available for free next year.

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The Cameroonian international was part of Ajax’s incredible Champions League run in 2019 and hailed as one of the world’s most promising goalkeepers. However, in February this year he was a handed a one-year ban for doping, which was eventually reduced to nine months.

Onana is now looking to rundown his contract and Arsenal are already the frontrunners for his signature, having long-been interested in the shot-stopper.

Andrea Belotti

Arsenal’s current striker situation is extremely precarious. Both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are in their thirties and endured a sub-standard campaign last season. The latter also in the final year of his contract.

And with academy product Eddie Nketiah unproven in the top-flight, the Gunner’s may be left without a world-class No.9 very soon. That is where Andrea Belotti steps in.

The 27-year-old has consistently terrorised Serie A defences, netting 105 times for Torino since 2015. The Italian international is the all-round package: Quick, physical, intelligent, clinical in front of goal, and most importantly, out-of-contract very soon.

Arsenal would do well to snap up the highly coveted striker, valued at £31.5million by Transfermarkt, as he enters the prime of his career. Belotti has long desired to play in Europe’s top competitions, so a top seven finish at the very least will be imperative.

Source by Football London

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