Arsenal have been about as busy as their fanbase could’ve realistically hoped for them to be in the first month or so of the summer transfer window, and as we look ahead to August and the start of the new Premier League season, it’s clear to see that they aren’t going to be slowing down just yet. We can debate over the quality of the players that they’re going after until we’re red in the face, but at the end of the day, Unai Emery is putting a plan in place to try and get the Gunners back to where they need to be – and that’s an exciting thing to be a part of.
According to the Ibtimes, Arsenal are set to battle it out with London and Premier League rivals Chelsea for Torino striker Andrea Belotti this summer. The Italian striker is believed to be rated in the £85million bracket by the club from Turin.
Belotti seems to be one of the hottest strikers in European football at the moment. The 23-year-old has scored 26 goals and produced seven assists in Serie A this season, having enjoyed the best season of his career.
The Italian international is reportedly also interesting Juventus and Manchester United, so Arsenal would have major competitive for the striker’s signature.
According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are interested in making a summer move for Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, who is currently out on-loan at Italian club Torino.
The England number one is reportedly being considered as a replacement for Gunners number one Petr Cech, who has come in for criticism of late. My question would be is Hart an upgrade on the veteran ‘keeper and I am highly unsure.
Hart is younger than Cech, but the Czech Republic keeper is arguably more reliable than the City goalkeeper, even after his recent mistake against Chelsea.
Torino director Gianluca Petrachi recently claimed that Arsenal had a bid of around 65million euros turned down for striker Andrea Belotti. Petrachi was not specific in when the bid was made but did reveal that Torino did not feel the offer was enough for the striker.
Petrachi told Sky Italia: “We received and refused a €65m offer from Arsenal for Andrea Belotti, but it does not reflect the value of the player.
“Anyway, he is going nowhere for now. We want to enjoy him, then we’ll see what happens. We intend to keep Belotti and president Urbano Cairo signed this important buy-out clause. I think he’s worth more than they have offered.”
Arsenal have made a bid for Torino full-back Bruno Peres, according to Italian football transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio.
The 26-year-old has been linked with a number of big European clubs in recent transfer windows, including Manchester City. However, the bid that has been lodged is believed to be short of the £17million valuation of the right-back.
Does Arsenal need another right-back?
Right-back is one of the last positions that Arsenal need to strengthen. First choice Hector Bellerin is regarded as one of the best young right-backs in Europe. He is unlikely to be displaced anytime soon from the starting line-up.
Torino winger Alessio Cerci has ruled out a move to the Premier League, after reports suggested top of the table Arsenal were looking to procure his signature.
A number of other Premier League sides have been linked with Cerci in recent months, but no official bids put in to Torino – nor do the Italian side want to sell at any cost.
The Gunners may be 10/3 to win the title, but they’re still looking at ways to improve the squad to remain in title contention as the season draws on. Cerci was said to be a player on manager Arsene Wenger’s shortlist, but such claims have been refuted.