According to the Daily Mail, Jonny Evans, Jean Michael Seri and Ousmane Dembele may all be on Arsenal’s list of transfer targets this summer. Some of those transfer targets are more realistic than others, though.
The Gunners reportedly only have a transfer kitty of around £50million, plus any players, to strengthen a squad badly in need of strengthening. New head coach Unai Emery and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat need to be shrewd in the transfer market to stretch their budget.
Defensive and midfield additions priority
It seems that everybody knows where Arsenal’s weaknesses are and the club are prepared to strengthen in those areas, mainly defence and the centre of midfield. That means the links with Seri and Evans make sense.
Jonny Evans is a decent defender and available at a knockdown price of just £3million due to a relegation release clause in his contract with West Brom.
However, reportedly his agent wants a major commission payment from any deal. In all honesty, I am not sure he is any better than the defenders already at the club. He is certainly more experienced than the likes of Rob Holding and Calum Chambers, but his form was not great for the Baggies, who suffer relegation.
Seri is an interesting one. The defensive midfielder seems to have attracted the attention of everything big club in Europe. Reportedly valued at £35million, he has been compared to N’Golo Kante and is believed to have the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United on his trail. The Ivory Coast international could prove just the player to add bite to the Gunners central midfield.
The other name mentioned is Barcelona’s highly-rated young forward Ousmane Dembele. The youngster struggled in his first season at the Nou Camp, mainly due to picking up an injury.
The Catalan giants are unlikely to part with the former Dortmund star on a permanent deal, but a loan move may prove to be viable. However, if he were available on loan there would be a clamour from a number of teams to sign him.
A return to the top-four the first step
Unai Emery’s first task next season is to return the Gunners to the top-four. Arsenal are currently odds of 2/1 to finish in the Champions League spots next season.
It will not be an easy task. The Gunners will have to make the right moves in the transfer market this summer to have any chance of catching last season’s top-four, as well as Chelsea, who no doubt will spend big once again this summer.
Who should be Arsenal’s primary transfer target this summer?