Arsenal has a hectic summer transfer window ahead of them. Last time around, Mikel Arteta’s side spent £140 million, more than any other Premier League team.
Now, the North Londoners will try to build on a good season that ended in disappointment, with local rivals Tottenham Hotspur edging them out of the UEFA Champions League for next season. As technical director Edu scours the market for players who will boost Arteta’s roster, the Gunners have been linked with a number of top-class players.
In light of this, Sports Deputy takes a look at the most recent transfer rumours circulating around the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal has been widely connected with a transfer for Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus in recent months, and according to The Daily Mail, the Brazilian international isn’t the only City player on the club’s radar. The Gunners are allegedly interested in versatile squad player Olexandr Zinchenko, who is seen as a possible midfield option.
Throughout the 2021/22 season, Arteta’s team appeared short in the middle of the pitch, so bringing in a Premier League proven star who can also fill in for left-back Kieran Tierney makes a lot of sense.
Since arriving for a club-record fee of £72 million in the summer of 2019, Nicolas Pepe has struggled for consistency. During the 2021/22 season, the Ivorian international slid down the pecking order, with teenagers Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, and Emile Smith Rowe being favored on the flanks.
According to Foot Mercato, the Gunners have ‘lost patience’ with the 26-year-old and have even offered him to PSG, the Ligue 1 champions. Pepe’s current deal in North London expires in just over two years, and he recently signed with a new agent ahead of the summer transfer market.
Bologna fullback Aaron Hickey has also been extensively linked with a move to the Emirates in recent weeks as Arsenal strive to enhance their fullback options. The Sun now claims that the team is interested in Inter Milan winger Federico Dimarco.
Last season, the Italian struggled for consistent playing time with the Nerazzurri but shone when given the opportunity, averaging 0.33 xA (expected assists) per 90 minutes in Serie A, according to fbref. Last season, Martin Odegaard was the Gunners’ top performer in that category, with 0.22xA per 90.
Nonetheless, according to the aforementioned source, Inter want £20 million for Dimarco, a fee that Arsenal is unlikely to pay because he would likely be second fiddle to Tierney if he joined Arteta’s side.