Arsenal are in the midst of a busy summer transfer window.
football.london reported back in May that chief executive Edu was keen to bring in at least five players this summer, with a goalkeeper, two defenders and two midfielders all on the Brazilian’s transfer shortlist.
The Gunners have already added young left-back Nuno Tavares, talented centre-midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga and centre-back Ben White from Benfica, Anderlecht and Brighton respectively.
With more incomings likely on the horizon, Mikel Arteta’s squad could look very different for his side’s Premier League opening fixture against newly-promoted Brentford.
The Spaniard will also be hoping to successfully offload some of the fringe players from the Gunners’ squad before the match against the Bees, with the likes of Joe Willock, Alexandre Lacazette and Ainsley Maitland-Niles all seemingly unwanted by the north London club.
Here football.london details four transfer deals – both in and out – that Arsenal could complete before they travel to the Brentford Community Stadium on Friday, August 13.
Edu is on the hunt for a goalkeeper to challenge German international Bernd Leno after Mat Ryan’s loan deal with the club expired at the end of last month.
The Brazilian had initially been chasing Ajax no.1 Andre Onana but football.london understands that he has turned his attention to obtaining a home-grown ‘keeper, with Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale reportedly his primary target.
The Gunners have reportedly already seen two bids for the England Under-21 international rejected this summer and football.london revealed that they are now were weighing up making a £30million offer.
It remains to be seen whether or not Ramsdale would start ahead of Leno or play second fiddle to the 29-year-old if he was signed, but either way he could find himself in the matchday squad for the Brentford clash if Arsenal can strike a deal with the Blades in the coming days.
Hale End graduate Joe Willock enjoyed a fruitful loan stint with Newcastle United during the second half of last season, scoring in each of his final seven matches with the Magpies.
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce wants to bring Willock back to St James’ Park on a permanent basis but Arsenal seem to only be willing to sanction another temporary move.
As football.london previously reported, the Magpies remain hopeful of bringing the 21-year-old back to the north east on a season-long loan deal before the season opener.
French forward Alexandre Lacazette has just 12 months remaining on his current contract with the club and, according to a report from the Mirror, the Gunners are willing to let the mercurial frontman leave this summer if an offer of around £15m comes their way.
football.london understands that Spanish side Atletico Madrid were interested in signing Lacazette last summer but a move failed to materialise and he ended up staying in the English capital.
However, it seems that the current La Liga champions may have revived their interest in Lacazette, with Calciomercato claiming that Diego Simeone may opt to try and sign the 30-year-old again this summer.
A move for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham likely hinges on Lacazette’s future, with a move for the Englishman unlikely to occur unless Lacazette is offloaded this summer.
The Sun previously claimed that Arsenal were close to agreeing an initial loan deal for the 23-year-old, with the obligation to make the deal permanent next summer for a fee in the region of £40m.
This report has since been refuted but talk of Abraham switching Stamford Bridge for the Emirates refuses to go away, especially when you consider the Blues’ pursuit of Romelu Lukaku this summer.
A move for Abraham would certainly be difficult but if Lacazette can be sold this summer then the Gunners may end up trying to strike a deal with Chelsea that would bring the England international to north London.
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Source by Football London