With the World Cup centre stage, we tend to forget that there are still transfer negotiations going on all over Europe. Arsenal have reportedly been busy. The Express have been helpful in giving us an update. Here are the players currently linked with the Gunners:
Yes, according to German media outlet Sport1, the Germany slayer could be a transfer target for the Gunners, Manchester United and Liverpool this summer.
Son has impressed at Arsenal’s bitter rivals Tottenham. However, a move to the Gunners seems highly unlikely. In fact, I doubt Spurs would be keen to sell the South Korean international, especially not to their rivals.
The 30-year-old is reportedly joining the Gunners for £16million from German club Dortmund this summer. According to Sky Sports, the deal is all but complete, and he will move to north London to add to Arsenal’s defensive options.
The Gunners needs to strengthen their backline. The Greece international would undoubtedly add experience to Arsenal defence.
Another line from Sky Sports is that Arsenal have been in discussions with Freiburg over a deal to sign the young Turkish centre-back, who is reportedly rated at around £35million.
The report claims that discussions have taken place since the beginning of June. Whether this one materialises is anybody’s guess, as it seems to be a protracted one.
Spanish news outlet AS are reporting that Arsenal have been monitoring Real Betis defender Junior Firpo. The Dominican-born star only made his debut for Betis in February, who has a release clause of £22million in his contract.
Junior, as he is known, can play at left-back or on the left wing. He has made just ten appearances for the Spanish side.
The Uruguayan international currently at the World Cup with his national side was widely expected to join the Gunners this summer for a fee around £24.million. However, a Spanish journalist has put slight doubt over the move on Twitter. The Sampdoria president has already confirmed that Torreira has already agreed a move away from the Genoa-based club.
Torreira produced an excellent display for Uruguay against Russia after enjoying an impressive campaign with Sampdoria in Serie A. It seems more likely that the deal will happen than not. The fact the player is at the World Cup has complicated the matter.
More will happen after the World Cup
After the World Cup, there is no doubt there will be a lot more transfer activity at every Premier League club, including the Gunners. It will be highly interesting to see what team lines-up for Unai Emery’s team in the opening game of the Premier League campaign.
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