Arsenal is expected to indulge in the transfer window this summer to address the disappointments of the 2020-21 season.
The Gunners failed to impress after starting the campaign with a Community Shield win and went on to finish eighth in the Premier League. As a result, Mikel Arteta’s team will not play in Europe next season, the first time they will miss out in over two decades.
Arsenal is determined to improve their squad before the start of the new campaign. The Gunners are eyeing additions to their backline, with Arteta pushing for a new center back.
The Spaniard is also eager to bolster his forward line, while he desires reinforcements in midfield as well.
Let’s take a look at the most important Arsenal transfer news from July 1, 2021.
Arsenal is in a bidding war with Leicester City for a Bundesliga defender.
According to Sport Witness through SportBild, Arsenal is in a two-horse competition for Jonathan Tah. For a long time, the Gunners have been linked with the Bayer Leverkusen defender, who is willing to leave the club this summer.
The Bundesliga club is already planning for life without Tah and is considering a move for Schalke’s Ozan Kabak, whose loan term with Liverpool will not be extended.
Despite having one of the best defenses in the league last season, Arsenal intends to strengthen their backline. The departure of David Luiz and the anticipated loan of William Saliba have led Arteta to hunt for suitable replacements.
Tah has been touted as the ideal match for the Gunners, but the 25-year-old is also being monitored by Leicester City. Both teams have made touch with the German, who wants to transfer to the Premier League, but no formal offer has yet been made.
Arteta is in talks with Brighton about bringing Ben White to the Emirates, although it’s unclear if he sees the Bundesliga star as a replacement for the Englishman or as a separate signing.
Arsenal have been requested to pay €50 million for Argentine striker Lucas Torreira.
According to The Hard Tackle via Calciomercato, Arsenal will have to spend €50 million for Joaquin Correa. In the 2020-21 season, the Lazio forward scored 11 goals and added six assists in 38 games across all competitions, but he may not be in Maurizio Sarri’s plans.
The Gunners are trying to bolster their attack following the dismal form of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the unclear futures of Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah.
Arsenal has set their sights on the Argentine, but they may face competition from Paris Saint-Germain for his signature.
Arsenal is keeping an eye on the Austrian midfielder.
According to The Hard Tackle via Bild, Arsenal is keeping a close eye on RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer.
The Gunners are interested in signing the Austrian to the Emirates after he leaves the Bundesliga team this summer.
So far, the 27-year-old has made 227 appearances for Leipzig, scoring 52 goals and assisting 42 times.
Arsenal is prepared for the loss of Granit Xhaka this summer, and Sabitzer has been mentioned as a possible replacement.
However, with AS Roma and AC Milan also interested in signing the Austrian, the Gunners’ lack of European experience could hamper their prospects.