Mikel Arteta and Edu’s three key signings as Arsenal look to strengthen squad before deadline

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Goalkeeper

Aaron Ramsdale is the prime goalkeeping target for Arsenal this summer as they look to sign a back-up goalkeeper for Bernd Leno.

The Gunners switched their attentions to a homegrown alternative for Bernd Leno several weeks ago, after initially making contact with the representatives of Ajax shot stopper Andre Onana.

Sheffield United value Ramsdale at around £30million which is considerably far from Arsenal’s own valuation of the 23-year-old.

However, they are expected to return with an improved offer – although it’s unlikely to hit the £30million mark – as they look to bolster their goalkeeping options.

There are also question marks over the future of Alex Runarsson, whose loan deal to Altay Spor fell through after the Turkish side failed to agree a loan fee with Arsenal.

Arthur Okonkwo is expected to be third choice goalkeeper this season, while Karl Hein has yet to sign a contract extension offered to him with his deal expiring next summer.

Midfield

football.london revealed last month that Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is an admirer of Maddison and will target him this summer, with Martin Odegaard looking increasingly likely to stay at Real Madrid after returning from his loan spell at Emirates Stadium.

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A source close to Maddison told football.london that the 24-year-old is ‘at the top of the list’ for Arsenal in the summer transfer window.

football.london has been told that negotiations are ‘very slow’ and ‘like a game of chess’ but Maddison remains keen on a move to north London.

The major sticking point for Arsenal however, is Leicester’s demands of over £60million for the former Norwich and Coventry midfielder.

Martin Odegaard is still an option for Arsenal if they fail to get Maddison this summer, with Real Madrid open to letting the Norway captain leave for the right price.

Attack

Tammy Abraham is admired by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and is among the potential forward options being looked at this summer, football.london understands.

With Romelu Lukaku on the verge of completing his return to the club, Chelsea are expected to sell Abraham with Aston Villa and Manchester United also linked with the England frontman.

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Inter forward Lautaro Martinez was another player targeted by Arsenal, but football.london understands that Tottenham have now had a fee agreed for the Argentine striker.

Outgoings

Arsenal’s departing players remains the biggest challenge on Edu’s hands this summer.

The club – like many others – have struggled to sell fringe players due to financial challenges from the pandemic.

Joe Willock will join Newcastle in a permanent deal worth £25million, but there are still others left at Emirates Stadium who are keen on leaving.

Lucas Torreira, Sead Kolasinac and Willian are all looking for new clubs but have so far not come close to leaving.

Eddie Nketiah’s future is uncertain after he was ruled out for the rest of the month with an injury, while Alexandre Lacazette looks set to stay unless Arsenal receive an attractive offer.

The Gunners will be hoping to get three or more of the aforementioned players out of the exit door before the window closes on August 31.

Source by Football London

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