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3 To Stay, 3 To Sell: What Arsenal Need To Do With 6 Transfer-Linked Men

Arsenal have spent their summer so far focusing on incoming transfer business but that’s likely to change in the coming weeks, with the Gunners seeing a wealth of interest in numerous players within their squad.

Arsene Wenger is very much determined to see any departures from the squad decided on his terms but interest from top sides from within the Premier League and from elsewhere in Europe may make things difficult for the Gunners.

Despite signing Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac, the success of Arsenal’s transfer window hinges on whether outgoing deals are also good for the Gunners, or whether they’ll be forced to take a few steps back following big losses.

Here, we’ve assessed the futures of six core members of Arsenal’s first-team squad and given a decisive verdict on whether the Gunners should keep them in North London or approve a sale.

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Stay: Olivier Giroud

The French striker’s future has been cast into doubt following Arsenal’s club-record signing of Alexandre Lacazette and the likes of Everton, Marseille and West Ham have been attributed with interest in the services of the 30-year-old.

However, despite the signing of Lacazette, Arsenal are still quite short of striking options and Olivier Giroud is a key part of their side- particularly as he presents a quality alternative for Arsene Wenger’s side, which will be crucial in Arsenal’s involvement in the Europa League next season.

Giroud showed his worth off the bench in the FA Cup final with a superb assist for Aaron Ramsey’s winning goal and his competition for football with compatriot Lacazette could bring the best out of both strikers.

Chelsea Expect £30m Asking-Price To Be Met As Atletico Become Desperate

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is making major changes to his Premier League champions this summer and a wealth of significant departures could occur in the coming weeks.

The Blues missed out on the services of striker Romelu Lukaku, who sealed a move from Everton to Manchester United, but have added Willy Caballero and Antonio Rudiger to their ranks ahead of a Premier League title defence.

Conte is still focused on getting further deals done, as he eyes a new striker and a midfielder, and his transfer kitty is likely to be bolstered by a sale of Diego Costa, who has been informed he’s surplus to requirements.

Atletico Madrid, despite their transfer ban that would leave any signings unable to feature until the new year, are keen to bring the striker back to the Spanish capital and The Guardian indicates Diego Simeone’s side are growing increasingly desperate.

That’s left Chelsea confident their asking-price of £30m will be met, with Atletico’s transfer plans falling apart.

What’s happened with Atletico?

Things started relatively positive for Atletico Madrid as they retained the services of Antoine Griezmann amidst interest from Manchester United, securing the Frenchman to a new contract, but their transfer ban was upheld- casting major problems for the club’s recruitment drive.

Initial agreements were in place to sign Alexandre Lacazette, Vitolo, Diego Costa and Sandro before their ban was confirmed to still be going ahead. Since then, Lacazette has joined Arsenal, Sandro has joined Everton and Vitolo is set to sign a new deal with Sevilla.

Simeone’s frustration means that Atletico don’t really have a strong bargaining position when it comes to negotiations with Chelsea and will probably have to pay whatever the Blues desire, although a £30m fee wouldn’t be the end of the world for the Spaniards.

Tottenham Ace Keen To Join Man United With £50m Offer Prepared

Manchester United have already spent heavily this summer to bring Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof to Old Trafford but Jose Mourinho is ready to splash the cash once again.

The Red Devils are keen on signing a defensive-minded midfielder to slot into their side, which would allow Paul Pogba and Player of the Year Ander Herrera more freedom in attack- which should significantly improve Mourinho’s side.

Manchester United have been linked with Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic and Monaco ace Tiemoue Bakayoko but Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier is their priority signing, with The Guardian reporting the boyhood United fan is keen on a transfer.

A fresh approach of £50m is rumoured to be in the works but Manchester United may have to part with an even higher figure, as Tottenham don’t want to sell and Daniel Levy is renowned for being a difficult man to deal with in the transfer window.

Where does a deal stand?

Unfortunately for Manchester United, the early indications are not good. Manchester United made an approach earlier in the season, which came with a bid under instruction from Jose Mourinho, but Levy immediately rejected the approach- and insisted he won’t be selling Dier this summer.

The fact that Dier is open to a move will give Manchester United hope though and Spurs may struggle to keep hold of the England international if he seeks an exit, particularly as the Red Devils can easily double the midfielder’s current £70k-a-week wages.

Dier has also faced problems securing regular opportunities at White Hart Lane during the past 12 months, with the signing of Victor Wanyama last summer dethroning the 23-year-old as Spurs’ first-choice defensive midfielder.

Can Spurs fend off interest?

Tottenham will likely fight tooth and nail to keep hold of Dier but they may struggle to retain the services of the England ace as there is still a long way to go in the transfer window- especially as Manchester United’s approach will likely lead to Dier seeking assurances.

Dier will want regular football ahead of the World Cup next summer, as he battles for a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad, and may demand an increase in wages. However, breaking the £100k-a-week threshold would shatter the Lilywhites wage structure and may lead to further demands from other players.

In all honesty, Dier is probably the most expendable player within Tottenham’s squad, amongst those attracting interest from big sides, and they’d be able to cope with his departure, whereas they’d find it difficult to replace Harry Kane, Dele Alli and company.

West Brom Eye Ambitious Double Swoop To Land Man United Pair

West Brom haven’t been known for making waves in the transfer market that much but they’re looking to land a significant double-deal ahead of the new season.

The Daily Mirror indicates Tony Pulis has set his sights on Manchester United’s defensive duo Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, both of whom have two-years remaining on their contracts at Old Trafford.

Both England aces face uncertain futures in Jose Mourinho’s side following the capture of Victor Lindelof from Benfica, who’s set to partner last summer’s recruit Eric Bailly in the heart of the Red Devils defence- potentially leaving Smalling and Jones in real trouble in their battle to make England’s World Cup squad.

Jones’ versatility appeals to Pulis, who’s also looking to bolster his defensive options with former Manchester United man Jonny Evans attracting interest from elsewhere, Jonas Olsson having already left and Gareth McAuley halfway into a retirement home.

Whether they can persuade Manchester United to sell though is another matter as the departure of the pair would significantly decrease the depth at Mourinho’s disposal.

The England impact

Crucially, moving to West Brom could help both defenders in their quest to establish themselves as key figures within Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of the World Cup next summer, especially as Jake Livermore battled his way back into the set-up after joining the Baggies from Hull in January.

Smalling is probably better placed for a starting spot within the England squad next summer as it stands but the rise of young pairing John Stones and Michael Keane prevents problems, especially as the pair will be assured of regular football this season.

Jones is perhaps the man who desperately needs to move on though as he seems out of Mourinho’s plans and a move to West Brom, who’ll offer regular football and stable surroundings, could spark his career back into life.

Italian Side Eyeing Deal For Liverpool Favourite, Exit Likely

Liverpool’s transfer window has commanded as many headlines as many of their fellow Premier League sides but significant moves are still likely to be made.

The Reds secured a big addition in the form of Mohamed Salah from Roma and Jurgen Klopp continues to chase the ideal recruits, whilst he’s also preparing for the potential departure of a wealth of the club’s fringe players.

Lucas Leiva stood as one of those last season and is now available on a free transfer after his contract at Anfield drew to a close earlier this month, although he’s still training with the side where he became a fan favourite following a decade at the club.

The Daily Star, citing Di Marzio, claim Italian outfit Lazio are keen on the services of the Brazilian veteran, who accumulated over 340 appearances for Liverpool during 10 years on Merseyside- and it’s likely his spell in England will come to a close.

Why are Lazio keen?

Lazio are reportedly preparing for life without Argentine ace Lucas Biglia, who looks set to become the latest recruit of AC Milan’s frantic summer transfer push- with the San Siro giants having already secured the likes of Adrien Silva and, for some reason, former Liverpool flop Fabio Borini.

30-year-old Leiva could fill the void left by his fellow South American in Rome and a free transfer would be financially appealing to an Italian side who cannot afford to spend as much as rivals like Juventus and both Milan sides in the market.

Everton Identify £32m Premier League Man As Ideal Lukaku Replacement

Everton have been very active in the transfer market thus far and Ronald Koeman shows no signs of stopping, with the Toffees now seeking additions in attack.

Star-man Romelu Lukaku waved goodbye to Goodison Park earlier this week as he sealed a lucrative move to Manchester United, leaving Everton in the market for a replacement striker that can fill the void left by the Belgian forward.

The Toffees have endured frustration in the market as they seek replacements, with Arsenal insisting Olivier Giroud is going nowhere, but Koeman intends to continuing focusing on signing players from the capital.

The Daily Mirror indicates that Everton have set their sights on Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke, although the Eagles are adamant their £32m club-record signing will not be leaving Selhurst Park this summer.

Everton’s newfound financial strength could prove to be difficult for the Eagles to fend-off though and the Toffees could present a bid in the coming days.

Back to Merseyside?

After netting an impressive 42 goals in 89 games for Aston Villa, Christian Benteke earned a big move to Liverpool but it ended up being another striking mishap for the Reds, with the Belgian striker leaving to join Crystal Palace last year.

His form in front of goal helped the Eagles fend off relegation, as he netted 15 times, and Palace believe he’s crucial to their quest to avoid the drop once again this summer- but Everton’s growing ambition could turn Benteke’s head.

Everton have already signed Davy Klaassen, Wayne Rooney, Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane this summer, amongst others, and are assembling a side capable of fighting the Premier League’s elite for European football- something Palace are a long way off being able to offer.

Doubts Raised On Everton Ace’s Future As He Misses Pre-Season Tour

Everton have enjoyed a busy transfer window so far but the next few weeks could revolve around further departures, following the loss of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United.

Ronald Koeman’s side have showed their ambition this summer by being incredible active, adding the likes of Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane and Wayne Rooney to their squad, but questions remain on the future of one key-asset.

Ross Barkley has still not signed a new contract, despite being informed by the Dutch manager he would be sold this summer if he did not do so, and questions have raised further after he was left out of the club’s pre-season trip to Tanzania.

The Daily Mail states Everton have claimed Barkley is suffering from a groin injury but the likelihood of Barkley leaving rises day by day, as the 23-year-old has entered the final 12 months of his contract- and Everton would rather sell than lose him on a free transfer next summer.

Unfortunately for Barkley, his bargaining position has been weakened due to the fact that interest in his services has cooled significantly- leaving the England international in limbo.

Where does he fit at Everton?

Barkley’s biggest issue at the moment is the fact that Everton see him as expendable, with the Toffees having strengthen their ranks this summer with the additions of Wayne Rooney and Davy Klaasen- both of whom are amongst Everton’s 25-man tour squad and could fit into Barkley’s attacking midfield position.

The Toffees also continue to chase Gylfi Sigurdsson, who could again fit into the slot that Barkley has adopted in recent years, and Everton’s priority is getting a deal for the Icelandic international done, as well as signing a striker to replace Lukaku.

That means Barkley is left in a difficult position as his club’s demands of around £50m have led to a decrease in interest in his services and he currently doesn’t have a strong position to argue his case with Koeman.

What’s a likely outcome?

With Barkley struggling to find his place in Everton’s new-look side and interested parties being put-off by Everton’s £50m asking-price, the young midfielder may have to swallow his pride and work on rebuilding the bridges at Goodison Park.

The Toffees would no doubt be delighted if Barkley committed his future to Everton on a long-term basis and that seems to be the best course of action for him, as even a move to Arsenal or Tottenham wouldn’t give him guaranteed first-team football.

If Barkley sorts his head out, then he could be a crucial part of Everton’s new-look side and it’s a test of his maturity and desire now.

Arsenal Superstar Confirms He Intends To Stay This Summer, Contract Talks Planned

Arsenal have been handed a significant boost in the transfer market as one of their superstars has revealed he’s intending to stay with the Gunners this summer.

Arsene Wenger deserves praise for his summer business so far, with Arsenal signing Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette, but the success of Arsenal’s transfer window hinges of whether the Gunners can retain the services of key-men.

Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mesut Ozil have all entered the final 12 months of their deals, with speculation continuing to suggest that they could be lured elsewhere, but the Gunners have been handed a significant boost by the latter.

German World Cup winner Mesut Ozil has confirmed he intends to stay with Arsenal this summer and is poised to hold talks regarding a new deal upon his return to North London, as he’s currently on-tour with the squad in Australia.

What’s been said?

Quoted by The Daily Mail, Ozil said following the launch of Arsenal’s new third-kit:

‘It is definitely my preference to stay. It is such a great club and I have always said that I feel very good at Arsenal. Once everyone is back in London we will sit down and discuss the future.’

‘For now the most important thing is our pre-season and getting through the tour, training and getting fitness. When I’m back in London, we will sit down and discuss.’

What does this mean for Arsenal?

Whilst it doesn’t solve all of Arsenal’s issues this summer, retaining the services of Mesut Ozil is a huge boost for the club- especially as the German’s creativity in midfield will compliment new striker Alexandre Lacazette fantastically.

Keeping Ozil will also help Arsenal in their discussions to keep Alexis and Oxlade-Chamberlain, amongst others, showing that they’re still a force to be reckoned with and have moved away from their issues in the past where they’ve struggled to retain the services of their big players.

The focus will now be on ensuring that Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis both also remain at the Emirates Stadium, with Arsenal insistent the pair won’t be sold but they risk losing the duo on a free transfer next summer.

Revealed: Wenger Held Long Meeting With Prime-Target, Arsenal Still Chasing

Arsenal have already made significant moves on the transfer market to bring Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac to the club but that’s nothing in comparison to what could occur.

The Gunners are one of many European giants interested in the services of Monaco’s starring teenager Kylian Mbappe, following the 18-year-old’s meteoric rise last season for the French champions that left everyone talking.

Monaco are understandably desperate to keep hold of the French international, reportedly demanding as much as £130m, but France Football indicates the Gunners have not ended their pursuit, despite signing Lacazette from Lyon in a club-record deal.

In a significant report, it’s claimed Arsene Wenger had a face-to-face meeting with Mbappe following France’s international friendly with England last month, where he spoke about the possibility of Mbappe emulating his hero Thierry Henry in North London.

Could a deal really happen?

Despite Arsenal’s desire to complete a move that would probably have to be a world-record, the Gunners’ chances of securing Mbappe either now or in the coming years seem to be extremely slim, as they face rival competition from Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and other European giants.

Monaco are desperate not to sell though and Mbappe returned to training with the French principality side this week, suggesting that he’s loyal to the club and will not seek to force an exit- leaving the situation very much in Monaco’s hands.

Tottenham Defender Confirms He Wants Departure As Southampton Lurk

Tottenham Hotspur have been relatively quiet in the transfer window so far this summer but things could heat up in the coming weeks, with one first-team defender confirming he’s seeking an exit.

The Daily Mirror quotes Spurs’ Austrian centre-half Kevin Wimmer as stating he’s seeking an exit from White Hart Lane this summer in order to secure more regular playing opportunities, ahead of potentially representing his nation at the World Cup next year.

Austria currently trail Serbia, Wales and the Republic of Ireland in Group D of the World Cup qualifiers, sat four points behind the group leaders, and face a major battle to overturn their deficit and seal a spot in Russia.

Wimmer, now 24, has his future on his mind though and revealed he’d prefer to stay in the Premier League, where he could get a chance with Southampton as the Saints are reportedly keen on funding a move.

What’s been said?

Hinting that he’d reject the possibility of a return to German side Cologne in order to remain within English football, Wimmer said:

“It would be the most beautiful to stay in the Premier League. Twenty-four years is exactly the age at which it is most important to play regularly and not only have to train week after week and have to sit down on the bench at the game.”

“In the next few days and weeks, the main focus will certainly be placed on what is there for offers, and we will definitely look around, it’s time to look for something, where the chances of regular use are again higher.”

“In Cologne, I experienced three super years. I believe that Cologne is always a very nice step for me, you have to look at what happens. But I would prefer it if I could remain in the Premier League.”

Would Spurs regret a sale?

Spurs are in a difficult situation with Kevin Wimmer as it’s clear the Austrian has the credentials to be a key-player within the Premier League if given the opportunity, although he’s highly unlikely to oust Belgian duo Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld from their starting spots.

Tottenham do lack cover in central defence though, with Eric Dier the only real senior alternative excluding Wimmer, and an exit for the 24-year-old could force Spurs into the market- and it may be difficult to lure a player to the club without the offer of regular football.

Spurs are reportedly eyeing a move for Estudiantes 19-year-old Argentine defender Juan Foyth though, who could be developed into a fine successor for either of Spurs’ senior Belgian pairing. However, it remains to be seen whether he’d provide an immediate boost to the squad.

Leicester Hold Crunch Talks With Key Asset Attracting Spurs & Everton Interest

Leicester City’s remarkable few seasons now seem to have settled back into mediocrity, with the former Premier League champions preparing for a season without Champions League involvement.

The Foxes will likely be battling for a mid-table finish next term and could see the core of their sensational title-winning squad dissected over the next month or so, with the likes of Riyad Mahrez attracting hefty interest from larger sides.

Leicester may be powerless to stop the Algerian ace from moving, as he’s ready for the next step in his career, but boss Craig Shakespeare is determined to retain the services of excelling youngster Demarai Gray- who’s been linked with Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

Sky Sports quotes the Foxes boss as confirming he’s held talks with Gray and has informed the English youngster he wants him to stay, whilst adding that the club have received no official approach for the former Birmingham City man’s signature.

What’s been said?

Speaking ahead of Leicester’s pre-season campaign, Shakespeare said:

“We’ve had those conversations. I understand the frustration of young players expecting and wanting more time. But on the other hand they have to be respectful of their team-mates and who is in front of them.”

“Hopefully he can get more game time. He’s a player of huge potential who is rated very highly here among the coaching staff and his own players. He’s a young lad and I understand the frustrations but hopefully this season we will see him playing more.”

Can he fill the Mahrez void?

With Riyad Mahrez likely to be on his way out, having been heavily linked with a move across the Premier League to Arsenal, England U21 starlet Demarai Gray may have the perfect avenue into the side that can give him the chance to be a star for the Foxes.

Standing as England’s top-scorer in the U21 European Championships this summer, where the Three Lions lost to eventual winners Germany on penalties, Gray showed his talent and his ability to impress off the bench, having started the tournament as a reserve.

Gray will now be looking to convert those performances onto the domestic stage for Leicester and will seek a breakthrough year with the Foxes, having been a bit-part player during the second-half of Leicester’s Premier League title winning campaign and the entirety of last season.

Newcastle Considering €15m Swoop To Land Stopper From European Giant

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez is aware of the challenges that his side face next season in their quest to retain a position in the Premier League, which has led to a flurry of links on the transfer market.

The Magpies stormed to Championship success last season but are seeking recruits to help them remain competitive in the top-flight, with one of Benitez’ priorities including signing a new goalkeeper to provide competition for Tim Krul.

Krul spent the season on-loan in Holland last term, initially with Ajax before moving on to AZ Alkmaar in January, but returns to St. James’ Park this summer and is likely to stand as Newcastle’s first-choice goalkeeper.

However, Newcastle want competition for the 29-year-old Dutch international and France Football reports that Benitez is considering a €15m swoop for Paris Saint-Germain’s second-choice goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.

Could it happen?

The 24-year-old is an established member of Paris Saint-Germain’s squad, standing as understudy to German goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, and any departure would mean the French side would need to sign a replacement- regardless of whether they complete a move for RC Lens goalkeeper Nicolas Douchez.

Areola’s demands for regular first-team football could force PSG’s hands though and it’s understood that the Frenchman is Benitez’ priority signing between the sticks, despite being linked with the services of Manchester City’s Joe Hart and Napoli veteran Pepe Reina.

A fee of €15m is certainly affordable for Newcastle and it would be a significant coup for the club, as Areola has been linked with an array of top sides during the past 12 months and would be considered to be a key-player over the course of the coming years.

Crucially, a move could help Areola in his quest to force his way into France’s senior squad- having been called up to Didier Deschamps’ side on numerous occasions but thus far failing to make his debut for Les Bleus.

Arsenal Superstar Will ‘Definitely Stay’, Claims Team-Mate

Arsenal face a battle to keep-hold of their key-players this summer but one member of their squad believes they’ll be successful in their attempts to keep Alexis Sanchez- at least for the short-term.

The Chilean superstar has attracted the attention of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Arsenal face a battle to retain the services of the two-time Copa America winner, as his contract has entered it’s final 12 months and there’s no sign of an extension.

Arsenal, naturally, are desperate for their Player of the Year to remain at the Emirates Stadium the long-term and could even be prepared to miss out on funds this summer by ensuring Alexis stays at the club for the remainder of his contract- potentially meaning they’ll lose him on a free-transfer next year.

However, despite the potential financial loss, Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker believes Alexis Sanchez will ‘definitely stay’ and has stated the Gunners cannot sanction a sale.

What was said?

Quoted by Goal, Mertesacker responded to a question from Fox Sports as to whether Alexis will remain at the club and stated:

“Yes, definitely. We have a strong squad and we do not want to lose any players. Even in their final contract year we need them. We cannot afford to lose them. If you’re talking about championships, to keep our best player is key.”

“I think he was impressive in the Confederations Cup. He’s now on holiday, so it’s quiet in terms of conversations. But he’s a warrior on the pitch. I think he wants to come back as quickly as possible – he hates holidays, he hates to calm down.”

“I’m looking forward to playing alongside him in my last season and he thinks the same.”

Leicester City Agree Deal To Sign Manchester City Forward But Issues Need Resolving

Leicester City are making moves to bolster a squad ahead of a campaign where the Foxes will be thrust back to reality after a fairytale few years.

After winning the Premier League and reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season, where they stood as British football’s last representative in Europe’s elite competition, the Foxes sole focus this term will be securing a top-half finish.

With key players like Riyad Mahrez linked with an exit, a transitional season is likely to occur and boss Craig Shakespeare faces a challenge to keep his squad competitive- but it appears a significant signing is now imminent.

Sky Sports reports that the Foxes have agreed a deal in principle to sign Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City, as the Nigerian striker has fallen down the pecking order in Pep Guardiola’s side following the arrival of Gabriel Jesus in January.

The highly-rated 20-year-old, who will hope to feature for his nation at the World Cup next summer, is seeking a move that will hand him regular first-team football and a partnership could be crafted with Jamie Vardy.

How expensive is a deal?

According to the reports, a fee for the Nigerian could rise to as much as £25m but a number of contractual issues still need to be resolved before a deal can be completed, including whether Manchester City will possess a buy-back clause that will allow Guardiola’s side to bring the Nigerian back to the Citizens in the future for a fixed price.

With Sergio Aguero’s importance at Manchester City dwindling, Iheanacho could still have a future at the Etihad Stadium and the Citizens want to ensure they have a route to bringing the striker back to the club- avoiding the issues that Chelsea and Manchester United had with Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku respectively.

Crucially, all parties are keen to get a deal done but Iheanacho also needs to resolve an issue on his image rights with a former agent before any contract can be signed, which means the saga surrounding the Nigerian striker could extend into August.

3-4-2-1: The Experimental XI Arsenal Should Select For Their Pre-Season Tour

Premier League football is just over a month away from returning to our screens and sides from England’s top-flight are preparing for the new campaign, as they jet off around the world.

Arsenal took to the skies last night to head to Sydney, where they’ll play their first of four pre-season fixtures in Australia and China on Thursday, selecting a 25-man squad that was full of stars, players with a point to prove and youngsters ready to make an impact.

There’s notable absences from the squad with the likes of Rob Holding, Alexis Sanchez, Shkodran Mustafi and Hector Bellerin earning extended breaks following their involvement in international competitions this summer and that means there’s plenty of places up for grabs.

As usual for a pre-season challenge, Arsene Wenger will rotate his options and try out new things- so we’ve selected an experimental XI that could help the Gunners boast a competitive squad next season.

GK: Emiliano Martinez

Whilst David Ospina made the squad for Arsenal’s pre-season tour, the Colombian stopper continues to be heavily linked with an exit and the Gunners may have Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez as their second-choice stopper behind Petr Cech next season.

Arsenal have rotated their ranks between the sticks in recent years, with the Gunners likely to select their second-choice stopper for the Europa League and cup campaigns next season, so experience for Martinez is valuable ahead of those challenges.

Leeds United Pursuing Signature Of Highly-Rated Man United Defender

Leeds United face another rebuild this summer after losing Garry Monk to Middlesbrough but new manager Thomas Christiannsen is ready to strengthen the Peacocks’ ranks by securing a Premier League defender.

ESPN sources indicate Leeds are pursuing the signature of Manchester United defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, with the Yorkshire outfit exploring the possibility of a deal either on-loan or on a permanent basis.

The 20-year-old endured a disappointing time on-loan with Wolves in the first-half of last season, before returning in January to feature for Manchester United’s U23 side, but his future in Jose Mourinho’s side remains under speculation.

Despite having three-years to run on his current deal, having penned a new contract last year, Borthwick-Jackson could become the latest Manchester United starlet to fail to break into the side and leave- following in the footsteps of Michael Keane, Paul Pogba and others.

Can a deal be done?

At this stage it’s difficult to speculate what Manchester United’s stance on a deal would be and it’s more likely that a loan deal would be agreed initially, potentially with Leeds being given the opportunity to complete a permanent deal later down the line.

After making his breakthrough under Louis Van Gaal, earning 14 first-team appearances under the Dutchman’s tenure, Borthwick-Jackson struggled to impress Jose Mourinho and now faces further competition for places following the capture of Victor Lindelof from Manchester United.

With 22-year-old Lindelof set to partner 23-year-old Ivorian defender Eric Bailly in the centre of defence, Manchester United’s central-defensive pairing looks secure for the next few years- which may mean Borthwick-Jackson needs to leave.

Arsenal Star Determined To Fight For His Place & Reject West Ham’s Approach

Arsenal have enjoyed a busy summer so far, bringing in Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette, but their changes have led to uncertain futures for many players already within the squad.

The Gunners current longest-serving player Theo Walcott is one of many who has seen his future thrown into speculation this summer, especially with reports indicating that Arsenal are looking to strengthen their wide options this summer as they pursue Monaco’s Thomas Lemar and Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez.

With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alex Iwobi and Danny Welbeck to compete with, as well as the next generation of youngsters ready to step-up, 28-year-old Walcott faces a battle to find his place within the squad.

However, The Daily Star indicates Walcott is not prepared to turn his back on a club he’s spent 11 years with, despite suggestions that a move to West Ham could occur for a fee worth around £20m.

Having jetted out to Sydney with the rest of Arsenal’s 25-man squad for a pre-season tour in Australia and China, Walcott has the chance to make an impression ahead of the new season and could secure a spot for himself.

Is it the right move?

Walcott’s 11 years have been surrounded with a general consensus of ‘what might have been’, especially after he remarkably made England’s World Cup squad in 2006 at the age of just 16-years-old; an opportunity he later admitted came too early in his career.

Amidst a wealth of injury problems, Walcott has struggled to find stability at Arsenal but he has made his impression within the squad, although it’s been difficult for him to find the opportunities to consistently star for the Gunners- as he eyes a role as a central striker which hasn’t been regularly forthcoming, whilst not quite putting in the same performances on the wing though.

Next season could well be Walcott’s chance to shine though as a switch to a three-man defence late last term may hand the England international a new lease of life, especially if the Gunners fail to hold onto Alexis Sanchez.

Whilst the signing of Lacazette means central-striking opportunities won’t be forthcoming, he could fill Alexis’ position in the side by moving centrally to play behind Arsenal’s new record-signing and would thrive playing alongside Mesut Ozil.

Will he be a star?

That’s up for debate, as Walcott needs to find his position in the side. If a central opportunity becomes available, then the England ace may finally fulfil his potential. On the flip-side though, he may find himself an outcast unless he somehow converts to a wing-back; which seems increasingly unlikely.

Walcott is certainly more efficient through the middle and he may get his chances this season as Arsenal could rotate heavily due to their involvement in the Europa League, which is significant for Walcott as he could show he’s capable of filling the void left by Ozil or Alexis if either player leaves in the next 12 months.

Competition is rife though as Oxlade-Chamberlain is also eyeing a central position, whereas Aaron Ramsey may feel he can step forward into a more attacking role if the Gunners find the right replacement for him alongside Granit Xhaka.

Newcastle United Battling For Signature Of Liverpool’s World Cup Winner

Newcastle United are preparing for their return to the Premier League and manager Rafael Benitez is prepared to use his relationship with former employers Liverpool to his advantage.

The Magpies, who secured an immediate return to the top-flight after winning the Championship title last season, have already brought in defender Florian Lejuene from Spanish side Eibar and captured Ghanian winger Christian Atsu from Chelsea- but their business is far from done.

The Sun, quoting The Times, states the next man on Benitez’ short-list this summer is Liverpool youngster Sheyi Ojo as Jurgen Klopp is ready to approve a temporary exit for the 20-year-old, as long as he secures regular playing opportunities.

Recently relegated outfit Middlesbrough are also keen on bringing Ojo to the North East, as new manager Garry Monk eyes an immediate return to the top-flight, but handing the England U20 World Cup winner Premier League opportunities may be preferable.

Fierce competition out-wide at Anfield, which has been strengthened further by the addition of Mohamed Salah from Roma, means that Ojo is unlikely to get the opportunities he deserves on Merseyside this season and Newcastle could be the perfect development path.

Can he be a hit?

After impressing with England’s U20 side this summer, being part of the Three Lions squad that secured the first World Cup trophy for England at any level since 1966, Ojo is one of many members of that side hoping to make an impact in senior football this year.

Ojo’s only two senior opportunities at Liverpool last season both came in the FA Cup against Plymouth but he’s capable of providing an impact at senior level, although Newcastle may struggle to hand him the regular football that Liverpool are demanding.

Having seen Tammy Abraham excel on-loan in the Championship last season, Liverpool may feel a loan to Middlesbrough is more beneficial as the pressure would be significantly less than fending-off relegation with Newcastle but the opportunity of Premier League football would be difficult to turn down.

Tottenham Seek Signing Of £10m Defender Managed By Ex-Man United Man

Tottenham Hotspur have been relatively quiet in the transfer window thus far, with no major deals taking place in the white half of North London- whilst their Premier League rivals conclude big business.

Following two fantastic campaigns, there’s a general consensus that Tottenham don’t need to improve their ranks too much and success will come with further experience. However, that’s a dangerous strategy to adopt and Mauricio Pochettino is well aware that new recruits will be needed.

The Daily Mirror states the Lilywhites are pursuing the services of Estudiantes defender Juan Foyth, who could be available for just £10m this summer- handing Spurs a signing that could become a star over the course of the coming years.

Tottenham are already excelling in central-defence, with Belgian duo Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld leading the line, but further additions may be necessary- especially as Austrian defender Kevin Wimmer is relatively unfavoured and has been linked with a move of his own.

Rather crucially, 19-year-old Foyth, who’s managed by former Manchester United man Juan Sebastian Veron, is keen on a move to Europe.

What’s been said?

Quoted by The Mirrorthe teenager stated he’s keen to make the next step in his career and is not prepared to move to Russia.

“I would like to play in Europe, and if something comes up that convinces me and the club I will go.”

“My agent never told me that an offer had arrived from Zenit. I would not go to Russia right now. If I do go it is not because I want to, but rather to help the club out economically.”

Who else is keen?

As well as the aforementioned Zenit St. Petersburg, who seemingly have no chance of completing a move, Foyth has also been linked with Roma, potentially as a replacement for highly-rated defender Kostas Manolas, but he could also reject the advances of the Italian side.

Linking-up with compatriot Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham could be a very wise career move, especially as the former Southampton boss has established a reputation as a manager who’s prepared to give young players an opening in the first-team.

Crystal Palace Poised To Land Chelsea Ace As De Boer’s First Signing

Crystal Palace are one of many Premier League side’s undergoing a major transition this summer and Dutch boss Frank De Boer is eager to make his mark with the Eagles, as he seeks the signature of an England U21 ace.

The Telegraph states the South London side are closing in on the signature of Chelsea midfielder Rubens Loftus-Cheek on a season-long loan deal, which would see the England U21 regular become De Boer’s first signing at Selhurst Park.

The 21-year-old has been a rare prodigy at Chelsea, standing as one of few young players who have remained in West London rather than going on-loan elsewhere but the opportunities having been forthcoming regularly for Loftus-Cheek.

Since making his debut in 2014, Loftus-Cheek has earned 22 Premier League appearances which, remarkably, is just five more than he’s made for England at U21 level- a stat which proves he’s been crying out for a loan move for a while.

What can Loftus-Cheek provide?

With Chelsea rebuffing the opportunity of sending Loftus-Cheek on-loan previously, it’s clear the Blues value the England ace highly and believe he can be a useful asset. However, he’s unlikely to make a breakthrough fully until he impresses elsewhere.

First-team football at Crystal Palace could bring the best out of Loftus-Cheek, helping Crystal Palace in their strive for improvements on the field and providing a deal that could be great for all parties- as Loftus-Cheek would get the opportunities he needs, the Eagles would get a solid addition and Chelsea would see a young asset develop in the Premier League.

His experience at U21 level for England should leave him ready to make a lasting impression in the Premier League and he could become a crucial asset for the Eagles next season, providing he settles into the challenges he’ll face swiftly.

Everton’s Incredible Potential 17/18 XI including Sandro & 5 New Signings

Everton have not rested on their laurels this summer and have embarked on a mammoth spending spree, with Ronald Koeman splashing the cash in the biggest transfer outlay in the club’s history.

Following a transitional period last season under the Dutch boss, where the Toffees crucially secured an opportunity to return to the Europa League this season, Koeman’s side will be eyeing a challenge to break into the top-f0ur.

Everton’s fantastic summer will have raised hope of the Toffees completing a surge into the Champions League spots next season, especially as the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea will have to cope with a return to Europe, whilst Spurs will have to negotiate playing their home games at Wembley.

Last year the Toffees were exceptional but still looked someway short of being one of the Premier League’s big guns and Koeman’s side deserves credit for looking like a better side already this summer, despite the likelihood they’ll lose star-striker Romelu Lukaku.

Replacing the Belgian won’t be an easy task but Everton have got a plan of action that looks to be exceptional- and their potential XI should strike fear into the rest of the Premier League.

GK: Jordan Pickford

One of the most highly-rated goalkeepers out there, Everton secured a move for Jordan Pickford this summer following Sunderland’s relegation and he’s likely to be first-choice for the Toffees next season- which could help his quest to become a starter for England at the World Cup.

At the age of just 23, Pickford has the ability to become a star for Everton in the coming years whilst also boasting the ability to immediately excel at Goodison Park and he could be the key to success for the Toffees next year.

10 Stars Who Could Set A Transfer Record This Summer Ft. Man Utd, Arsenal & Chelsea Targets

The Premier League’s big spenders are set to do it all again this summer to bring some of the finest players to English football and strengthen their sides for the forthcoming campaign.

English football’s rise of TV revenue has lead to Premier League side’s paying a premium price on the transfer market and inflation over recent years has seen players cost more and more, with transfer records being set regularly.

Paul Pogba became the world’s first €100m player last year when he sealed a move from Juventus to Manchester United but his record is likely to be broken in the coming months, with audacious fees being mentioned- some in excess of £120m.

With the likelihood that records will be smashed this summer, we’ve identified ten players who could become the most expensive players in the history of world football in the coming  months if they secure a lucrative move- and it features a number of Premier League targets.

Kylian Mbappe (Monaco)

The hottest name in world football right now, teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe has been linked with a host of Europe’s top-sides this summer, including Arsenal, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, but Monaco are determined to keep hold of his services.

Mbappe’s ability and the fact Monaco don’t want to sell means his price-tag will be driven higher and higher, with reports already indicating a deal could cost in excess of £120m- a sensational figure for this year’s breakthrough star.

Liverpool Join Spurs In Pursuit Of Highly-Rated Bundesliga Midfielder

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are both seeking additions this summer to bolster their squads for the Champions League next season and the two Premier League sides are reportedly tracking the same man.

The Daily Star state Liverpool have been monitoring German U21 starlet Max Meyer during the U21 European Championships this month, whilst Tottenham have long been credited with an interest in the Schalke starlet.

Already a full German international, Meyer’s price-tag is said to have dropped below the £20m mark as he enters the final 12 months of his contract with Schalke- presenting the opportunity for both Premier League sides to secure a bargain.

An offer of regular first-team football to Meyer will be crucial to any negotiations, as he’ll be desperate to seal a spot in Joachim Lowe’s World Cup squad this summer, but Schalke are standing firm despite their difficult position.

What’s the situation?

Revealed by DW Sports on Twitter, Schalke are set to keep Meyer at the club for the forthcoming season despite the fact that the 21-year-old confirmed earlier this month he had decided not to renew with his German employers.

The Bundesliga side have faced a difficult few seasons, which included losing their former young star Julian Draxler to Wolfsburg, and it appears the club are set to be resilient this summer. However, it does mean Meyer could be available on a free transfer.

Should Meyer decide to try and force an exit after the U21 European Championships, where Germany face England in tomorrow’s semi-final, a deal bringing him to the Premier League could go ahead- but there’s likely to be interest from elsewhere in Europe.

Chelsea Eyeing Four Stars In Incredible £240m Spending Spree

Chelsea have been relatively quiet in the few months since the Premier League campaign drew to a close but it appears Antonio Conte is ready to make big waves on the market in the coming weeks.

The majority of transfer reports regarding the Blues so far this month have orientated around potential departures, with Nemanja Matic said to be closing in on a reunion with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United whilst Diego Costa has been informed he’s surplus to requirements.

That leaves Chelsea under pressure to bolster their ranks, as Conte’s side lacks significant depth and will be tested by a return to Champions League football next season- but the Italian is ready to spend big and improve his side.

The Daily Express reports Conte is eyeing quality over quantity and is ready to splash an incredible £240m in the transfer market over the course of the next few months, with numerous deals likely to surpass the club-record £50m Chelsea paid Liverpool for Fernando Torres.

Additions are set to be made from front to back, leaving Chelsea with a phenomenal side that’s certainly capable of defending their Premier League crown next season.

Who’s being targeted?

The reports state that Alex Sandro is closing in on a £61m transfer from Juventus, adding depth to Chelsea’s defensive ranks, whilst Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is set to join the Brazilian at Stamford Bridge.

Those stellar additions would slot straight into the first-team and another defensive signing is being eyed in the form of Virgil Van Dijk, who is another player likely to surpass Chelsea’s current transfer record if a deal goes ahead.

Conte’s final target is Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, with a £70m deal said to be on the table, but the Toffees could demand a further £10m to see a deal go ahead- which would put the Belgian up there with the most expensive players in the history of world football.

How would Chelsea line-up?

These four huge additions would likely come straight into Chelsea’s starting XI, leading to a number of changes from the side that stormed to Premier League success last season- with the most notable additions coming at the back.

Signing Sandro would likely replace Marcos Alonso on the left-side, with Van Dijk’s addition in the centre allowing Cesar Azpilicueta the opportunity to return to his more natural position on the right-side of defence.

Bakayoko would join N’Golo Kante in the centre of midfield, handing the two-time Premier League champion the midfield partner he lacked in his debut season at Stamford Bridge, whilst Lukaku would replace Diego Costa up-front.

All-Time Premier League Most Expensive XI Ft. Man Utd & Chelsea

The Premier League has become the home of the most expensive transfer additions in recent years, with billions being splashed out to bring the finest talents to English football.

Despite this, English sides have failed to kick-on in their quest to conquer European football and have fallen behind the likes of Spain, Italy, Germany and even France in the race for the Champions League trophy.

The likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City will be looking to change that next season though when they return to European action and the Premier League will boast five clubs in Europe’s elite competition, with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur also in the running.

Spectacular fees are likely to be spent once again this summer, potentially setting world records, but we’ve moved to assemble the most expensive XI in Premier League history so far- in a set-up that’s dominated by both Manchester clubs and Chelsea.

Before we start, it’s worth noting that all fees and records are correct as of 26th June 2017 and all figures were taken from TransferMarkt.

GK: Ederson (£34m)

Signed by Manchester City from Portuguese outfit Benfica this month, the £34m price-tag for Ederson easily surpassed the previous record-figure paid by a Premier League side for a goalkeeper and was narrowly ahead of the £30m fee Everton paid for Jordan Pickford two-weeks later.

The 23-year-old Brazilian is set to become City’s first-choice goalkeeper for the forthcoming campaign after last summer’s acquisition of Claudio Bravo proved to be a failure, as the Chilean failed to live-up to expectation and endured plenty of troubles.

The Most Expensive Arsenal XI In The Club’s History

Arsenal have successfully established themselves as one of the biggest clubs in world football and the Gunners have enjoyed a wealth of success in the Premier League era.

Winning three domestic crowns since 1992, the last of which came in 2004, Arsenal have also established themselves as the most successful club in FA Cup history- whilst manager Arsene Wenger has lifted more FA Cups than anyone else.

Naturally as a big club, Arsenal have to spend big funds to sign top players but the Gunners have seemed more reluctant to do so than their arch-rivals in the division, until recently of course as Wenger parted with over £100m last summer.

The majority of Arsenal’s most expensive dealings have come in recent years but there’s still a few names from the past that stand-out there as significant deals, so we’ve assembled the most-expensive Arsenal XI in the club’s history.

Before we start, we must mention that this is not just Arsenal’s most expensive 11 signings and is instead a line-up of their most expensive recruits across all positions throughout the years. All figures were collected from TransferMarkt.

GK: Petr Cech (£11.9m)

After a whopping 333 Premier League appearances for Chelsea, Petr Cech moved across London in 2015 to become Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper- after Thibaut Courtois’ return to Stamford Bridge from Atletico Madrid pushed the veteran stopper down the pecking order.

Since then, Cech has lifted the FA Cup and Community Shield with Arsenal, making 69 Premier League appearances in total. Now 35, and showing signs of decline, rumours have speculated that Arsenal are in search of a long-term replacement.

Spanish Side Agree Deal To Sign International Ace From Manchester United

Manchester United are set for a wealth of business activity this summer as they look to challenge for the Premier League title next season and compete upon their return to the Champions League.

The Red Devils won the League Cup and Europa League last season but still endured a campaign that didn’t live up to their lofty expectations, with Jose Mourinho’s side finishing sixth in the Premier League- seven points off the top-four.

Activity at Old Trafford this summer is likely to involve both incoming and outgoing deals, with The Daily Mail stating one exit is close as Spanish outfit Real Sociedad have reportedly agreed a £10m deal to sign Adnan Januzaj from the Red Devils.

After excelling in the 2013 campaign under David Moyes’ tenure, Januzaj earned a call-up to the Belgian national side but has seen his career decline vastly since the Scottish boss left Old Trafford and he’s no surplus to requirements.

What’s happened?

Following his starring performances for Manchester United during David Moyes’ ill-fated tenure at the club, many expected Januzaj to become an important figure for the Red Devils- especially after he was handed the number 11 jersey in 2014, formerly worn by United legend Ryan Giggs.

After making 27 Premier League appearances during his breakthrough year in 2013/14, Januzaj made 18 appearances the following season but struggled to replicate the fine form he previously showed. It then became clear there was no way back for the youngster, who moved to Manchester United at the age of just 16.

Five Premier League appearances followed in the 2015/16 season but Januzaj also endured a failed loan stint with Borussia Dortmund, earning just six Bundesliga appearances before having his spell at the club terminated prematurely, and he failed to impress on-loan with relegated Sunderland last season.

Amidst all of Januzaj’s problems, Manchester United brought in the likes of Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, whilst Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard are amongst those who have made a claim for regular opportunities ahead of Januzaj.

What does the deal involve?

Significantly for Januzaj, there may be the chance of a redemption in his career as The Daily Mail indicates Manchester United are keen to include a buy-back clause in the deal that would take the young winger to Real Sociedad this summer.

Mourinho rates Januzaj as surplus to requirements but the Red Devils willingness to set-up the option for the Belgian to return shows the club believe he could still become a superstar- and it’s clear they’re learning their lesson from the previous departures of Paul Pogba and Michael Keane.

Incidentally, a £10m deal for Januzaj (€11.39m) would make the Belgian the Spanish side’s third most expensive signing in history, according to TransferMarkt, behind only Asier Illarramendi and Carlos Vela.

Tottenham Prepare For Cut-Price Swoop To Land International Midfielder

Tottenham Hotspur face a challenge this summer to show they’re here to stay at the top-end of the Premier League, which will be difficult as the club has to cope with a campaign playing their home games at Wembley Stadium.

Spurs’ talented young side has excelled in recent seasons but there are some questions remaining around Mauricio Pochettino’s squad, notably regarding how long the Lilywhites can keep their starring squad intact and away from the clutches from top-sides across Europe.

Some high-profile exits could occur this summer, with Kyle Walker consistently linked with a move to Manchester City, but Pochettino seems intent on securing impressive signings to bolster his side for the forthcoming season.

The Sun states the Argentine boss is set to revive interest in Schalke starlet Max Meyer, following an approach last summer that saw the German side demand £39m for the midfielder, but the 21-year-old is set to be available for around half-price during this summer window.

Currently on duty with Germany’s U21 side at the European Championships, Meyer’s future is likely to be resolved after his nation’s involvement in Poland ends- but it seems increasingly likely that Meyer will move away from Schalke.

What’s the deal?

Reportedly available for just £17.5m this summer, less than half of Schalke’s asking price a year ago, Spurs could benefit from a bargain deal due to the fact that Meyer has rebuffed the Bundesliga side’s offers of a new contract.

Meyer will be keen to assert himself ahead of the World Cup next summer, as he seeks to force his way into Joachim Lowe’s plans, and Schalke’s tenth-placed finish in the Bundesliga last season means he will have no European football next season.

Therefore a move to the Premier League, with Tottenham able to provide Champions League involvement, will appeal to Meyer but the 21-year-old has previously suggested he could remain in his current surroundings and leave on a free transfer next summer.

What’s been said?

Quoted by The Sun, Meyer previously said:

“I have not said I will leave Schalke, simply that I won’t extend my contract. I know there was interest in me last summer but the club immediately put a stop to it so the matter was settled.”

“There is still hope things will be better for me at the club. We will have to see what happens.”

Schalke would prefer to sell this summer and receive cash for his services rather than lose their talented asset on a free transfer in 12 months time though, which has left Spurs confident a deal can be struck over the course of the coming months.

Salah Signs: How Liverpool Could Line-Up Next Season

Liverpool secured their first major signing of the summer yesterday with the acquisition of Mohamed Salah from Roma, arriving for a deal reportedly worth around £34m.

The former Chelsea man has excelled following his move to the Serie A, after struggling to make an impact with the Blues at Stamford Bridge, and adds class to Liverpool’s wide options next season- which is crucial ahead of the Reds’ return to the Champions League.

Boasting an impressive 15 goals and 11 assists in 31 Serie A appearances last season, figures that are both more than any Liverpool players managed last season, Salah is a sensational coup for Jurgen Klopp’s side that could lead the Reds towards glory.

Anfield is sure to be rocking upon the club’s return to Champions League action and Salah could help the Reds enjoy a season to remember, as he slots into the club’s line-up next season comfortably- and he’s unlikely to be the final recruit for the Reds this summer.

Here, we’ve taken a look at how Liverpool could line-up next season with Salah in their ranks- and we’ve included some new faces who could follow the Egyptian ace to Anfield.

GK: Simon Mignolet

Liverpool’s capture of Loris Karius from Mainz last summer was supposed to bring the end of Simon Mignolet between the sticks for the Reds but the German’s inability to settle into the rigours of the Premier League meant Jurgen Klopp opted to hand Mignolet his spot again.

The Belgian stopper impressed last season with some fine performances but still seems a way off being the sort of goalkeeper that can lead Liverpool to success, which means he’ll remain under pressure next season- particularly in the Champions League.

Arsenal Confident Of Securing Club-Record Deal For Star Forward

Arsenal are determined to show they mean business this summer and Arsene Wenger seems ready to splash the cash, with the Gunners looking to end a 13-year wait for a Premier League title.

The North London giants continued their renaissance in May by lifting their third FA Cup crown in four years but the Gunners have remained short of fighting for league success, whilst they’ve also failed to move forward with their exploits on the continent.

Arsenal’s summer signings will be brought in with the hope that they can kick-start a new revolution for the Gunners and Monaco ace Kylian Mbappe is top of their wish-list, with a deal set to shatter the club-record £42.5m spent on Mesut Ozil in 2013.

Wenger’s side face a wealth of competition for Mbappe’s signature, with The Mirror stating Paris Saint-Germain have launched a world-record £119m bid for the teenager and Spanish outlet Marca claiming Liverpool have seen a bid of their own rejected.

Interestingly though, it seems Arsenal are very much in the race for one of the most exciting young prospects within European football.

What’s the latest?

Football.London state Arsenal are ready to make a fresh bid for Mbappe with Arsene Wenger’s confidence of securing a deal growing in recent weeks, so much so that the Gunners are reportedly preparing an audacious offer that would eclipse the approach from PSG.

Mbappe held talks with Monaco regarding his future last week, after returning from international duty with France, and seems increasingly likely to leave this summer despite the French principality outfit being desperate to keep their star-man.

Arsenal believe their approach could be the ideal move for Mbappe at this stage of his career, allowing him to continue his development and being assured of regular first-team football, with The Telegraph stating the 18-year-old is open to a move to North London.

Arsene Wenger’s track record of nurturing young players in playing to the Gunners advantage and the opportunity for Mbappe to become the leading man at the Emirates Stadium is significant ahead of a World Cup year.

Could it really happen?

Despite Arsenal’s confidence and all the positive news flowing the way of Gooners, it would still be a massive shock to see Mbappe move to North London this summer- especially as it would see the Gunners set a world transfer record.

Wenger has previously been tight with his spending, with Arsenal’s club-record deals being significantly less than some of their main rivals, although the French boss has shown willingness to change in recent years- spending over £100m last summer.

Splashing such an audacious amount on one player doesn’t seem to fit the Wenger mould though but it’s clear Arsenal do need to spend this summer and securing a deal for a player like Mbappe would certainly ease the pressure on the shoulders of the long-serving boss.