Having completed the signing of left-back Nuno Tavares from Benfica, Arsenal appear still to be very busy in the transfer market as manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu attempt to perform a thorough overhaul of the squad.
The player practically certain to be the next to arrive at the Emirates is Albert Sambi Lokonga. The deal between Arsenal and Anderlecht was reached several days ago, and according to fresh reports, the 21-year-old midfielder is currently in London, undergoing his medical. Once that’s done, his arrival should be confirmed officially. Arsenal will pay an initial fee of €17.5m, with add-ons to come on top of that.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have been credited with strong interest in Sassuolo’s Manuel Locatelli, recently crowned European champion with Italy. The president of the Serie A club Giovanni Carnevali spoke in hints about a bid from a ‘foreign club’, which reports claim to have been Arsenal. The 23-year-old apparently prefers Juventus as his next destination, but it seems the Old Lady aren’t acting decisively enough, which leaves the Gunners in a great position to swoop in and steal the show. BeIN Sports report that the club have already made a £34m bid and are waiting for an answer.
Further more, Fabrizio Romano says Sassuolo have contacted Liverpool to enquire about Marko Grujic as a potential replacement for Locatelli.
Speaking to the press after Arsenal’s pre-season loss to Hibernian, Arteta spoke about Willock’s place in the squad but he didn’t sound too firm on that.
“Joe is part of our plans, he’s our player and in the time that he is here we will try to make the most out of him. He had a great experience on loan [at Newcastle]. He was, I think one of the most important players for their survival.”
Now, according to multiple sources, the midfielder has informed the manager and the club hierarchy that he wants to return to St. James Park this summer, on a permanent basis.