This summer transfer window is likely to be a very busy and important one for Arsenal.
The Gunners failed to qualify for Europe for the first time in 25 years last campaign and in a bid to change that negative spiral, manager Mikel Arteta and transfer chief Edu are planning a huge overhaul of the current squad.
We expect to see plenty of outgoings – including many of Arsenal’s more senior players like Granit Xhaka and Hector Bellerin – as well as a number of necessary new signings. Most fans believe that the squad has needed a good shake-up for a number of years now, and it seems as though they’ll finally get their wish as the club prepare to get Arsenal back to where they belong.
They’ve identified a number of targets in key positions for the rebuild, but with Euro 2020 getting underway tonight, what players should the club be keeping a close eye out for?
Here’s a number of potential targets that could feature in the competition.
Ruben Neves – Portugal
football.london understand that Xhaka is close to completing a move to Roma in a deal worth just shy of £20million and Neves could be the perfect replacement for the Swiss captain, with Arteta said to be interested in a deal and having seem him regularly up close in action in the Premier League.
With Xhaka gone, Arsenal’s central midfield options will consist of Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny and Joe Willock, which is hardly enough squad depth to push for a higher finish.
The £35m-rated midfielder is believed to be aware of the Arsenal transfer links, and the club will be keeping close tabs on him as his country prepare to defend their Euro 2016 triumph.
Ben White – England
White will play in his first international tournament this summer after being called up by Gareth Southgate to replace the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold.
He’s been impressive since returning to Brighton after a successful loan spell at Leeds, and given that he can play as a centre-back or a defensive midfielder, his versatility could be of use to Arteta.
That being said, the MEN report that Brighton have set a price of £50m to sign the 23-year-old, which may price the Gunners out of a move.
Hakan Calhanoglu – Turkey
The Gunners have struggled for creativity since Mesut Özil’s departure, with none of their players managing more than 38 key passes in the Premier League last term.
After being beaten by Aston Villa for a deal for Emiliano Buendia, the club need to explore other options and Calhanoglu could be that man.
His contract with AC Milan expires at the end of this month which means he could sign on a free transfer, something that would appeal to Arsenal, who have a restricted budget.
Worryingly, however, he reportedly would prefer a move to Arsenal’s fierce rivals, Chelsea.
Pedro Goncalves – Portgual
Arsenal have reportedly learnt that they could sign the ‘next Bruno Fernandes’ for £53m.
It’s believed that Goncalves has a release clause in his contract but Sporting Lisbon are unlikely to accept much lower than that.
The 22-year-old scored 23 goals in Liga NOS from midfield last season, and given goals from midfield is something Arsenal desperately need, it could be worth coughing up the money for him.
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Wout Weghorst – Netherlands
Alexandre Lacazette is entering the final year of his contract and if Arsenal choose to cash in on him, Weghorst could be someone of interest.
The club were urged to sign the Dutch striker by former coach Andries Jonker last summer as he is believed to be a reliable finisher in front of goal.
Wolfsburg slapped a £32m fee on him in the last summer window, but Arsenal could try their luck with an offer below that.
Che Adams – Scotland
Adams had a much better season for the Saints last campaign, scoring nine times in the Premier League.
And the striker could be eager to impress at Euro 2020 after committing his international allegiance to Scotland.
He did move from Birmingham for £15m only two seasons ago but again, should Lacazette leave, it could be worth an enquiry.