Arsenal has the chance to rekindle its title ambitions this summer by making sensible market purchases. In previous seasons, the Gunners have struggled to make the top four. They last finished in the top four in the 2015/16 season, but Mikel Arteta will be anxious to guide his team back to glory following consecutive eighth-place finishes.
Arsenal will have to work hard this summer to make that ambition a reality, and the Spaniard is especially eager to bolster his attack. The Gunners also aim to strengthen their midfield before the start of the new season.
Let’s take a look at the most important Arsenal transfer news from June 24, 2021.
Arsenal has made an inquiry about the Premier League duo.
According to The Hard Tackle through Eurosport, Arsenal has inquired about the availability of Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez. The Gunners are considering possibilities to reinforce their frontline, which was underwhelming in the previous season. Mikel Arteta wants a lot more from his attackers, which is why he’s interested in the Manchester City duo.
Mahrez was in terrific form for the champions last season, scoring 14 goals and assisting on eight more in 48 games. Sterling had a hit-or-miss season, but he still scored 14 goals and added 12 assists in 49 games.
Both players’ current contracts are set to expire next summer, but both want to stay at the Etihad. Arsenal is interested in bringing Sterling and Mahrez to the Emirates, but with no European football on offer, they may be hesitant to join the Gunners.
Arsenal have made a £31 million bid for the Euro 2020 ace.
According to Fresh Arsenal through Sport Italia, Arsenal has made an offer to sign Manuel Locatelli. The Gunners have been on the lookout for the Italian for some time and have stepped up their efforts to capture his services. Several midfielders are set to leave the Premier League heavyweights this summer. To help fund the Sassuolo midfielder, Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira, and Matteo Guendouzi might all be sold.
Given that Locatelli plays the same position on the left side of central midfield as Xhaka, the Spaniard believes he might be an excellent addition to the group. The Italian has been in excellent form for the Azzurri so far at Euro 2020, scoring two goals and providing one assist. Locatelli is worth £31 million, but Arsenal will face heavy competition from Juventus for his signing.
Arsenal must spend £80 million for the English midfielder.
Arsenal will have to pay £80m if they want to secure the services of James Maddison, according to The Hard Tackle via Leicester Mercury. The Gunners are monitoring the Englishman as they aim to add creativity to their squad over the summer. Leicester City are willing to sell their star man but will only consider offers that match the valuation of their player.
Arsenal were previously hopeful that a £60m bid could help them secure Maddison’s signature, but the report has refuted those claims. However, the Foxes might be interested in a player-plus-cash deal involving Joe Willock, which would suit the Gunners.