Arsenal could be facing more transfer frustration, and the summer window hasn’t even been open for a week yet.
Following a disappointing season, there is a lot riding on what business Gunners manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu are able to get done ahead of the 2021/21 campaign.
As previously revealed by football.london, in terms of incomings the north London outfit are targeting up to five signings to improve Arteta’s first-team squad.
However, Norwich City attacking midfielder Emiliano Buendia won’t be one of them.
The Gunners did hold a serious interest in the Argentine, even submitting a bid of more than £30million, but have been beaten to the punch by Aston Villa who have agreed a fee with the Canaries.
And it’s not just Buendia whom Arsenal are set to miss out on.
Across London, Chelsea – fresh off winning the Champions League – are making plans to bolster their squad with the signing of Inter Milan defender Achraf Hakimi.
According to Sky, the Blues have matched Paris Saint-Germain’s offer of €60m (£56m) for the Morocco international and all that remains is a reply from the Serie A champions.
Interestingly, Arsenal had been linked with a move for Hakimi as a potential replacement for Hector Bellerin who looks set to depart the Emirates Stadium at some point this summer.
So with reports of Chelsea making a bid for Hakimi, it’s safe to say it hasn’t gone down well amongst some Arsenal fans, with a couple predicting that Cesar Azpilicueta will become their first summer signing.
Take a look at what’s been said on Twitter…
The summer window is officially open, and it’s going to be tough to keep up with the comings and goings in and out of the Emirates.
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@JoshVTH said: “Chelsea don’t even need Hakimi and we’ve been linked with him for how long. Arsenal could sign Messi I’m actually done with them. What is going on man.”
@jasonnn1234 said: “Chelsea about to sign Hakimi, Haaland and the rest of the world. Meanwhile Arsenal are wondering if they should sign Bertrand or Ashley Cole on a free transfer.”
@GoonerSwarny said: “By the end of the window they will end up with Hakimi, Halaand, Rice. @Arsenal wake up!”