Reports in Portugal suggest that Arsenal are preparing a £90m bid for Sporting Lisbon pair William Carvalho and Gelson Martins as Arsene Wenger looks to continue his no-nonsense summer spending.
Arsenal completed their first major signing of the summer transfer window, bringing Alexandre Lacazette to the Emirates Stadium in a club record deal that could be worth up to £52m, and it appears that Arsene Wenger is not finished yet as he targets two more new additions to the Arsenal squad as he prepares to push for a spot back in the Champions League next season.
Portuguese outlet A Bola, reported via The Sun, claimed a couple of days ago that Arsene Wenger was readying a £70m bid for the Carvalho and Martins, but is now prepared to offer up to £90m for the Sporting Lisbon pair after seeing his latest offer knocked back.
William Carvalho made 32 appearances for Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese league last season, netting twice and providing three assists in that time. The 25-year-old primarily plays in defensive midfield, and area that Arsene Wenger is reportedly keen on improving ahead of the new season. Check out the price boosts at Enhanced Bets for the latest odds on everything including transfers.
Granit Xhaka failed to hit the ground running in the Premier League last season, failed to win the midfield battles that he was expected to win and the fire in his belly was not always used to brilliant effect, being sent for an early bath twice in the league last term for a couple of silly challenges.
Santi Cazorla has been struggling with injury, Xhaka has been struggling with form, Coquelin has not been a shining star to say the least, and the middle of the park is clearly an area that Arsene Wenger needs to look at strengthening, and the signing of Carvalho would be a step in the right direction.
The other player that Arsene Wenger is reportedly targeting from Sporting Lisbon is Gelson Martins. The Portuguese winger also appeared 32 times last season for Sporting Lisbon, and managed 6 goals and 14 assists, helping Sporting to a 3rd placed finish.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain might be making a move over the summer, and Martins can replace the England international on the right-wing as well as provide competition for Theo Walcott.
Arsenal fans will be pleased by Arsene Wenger’s no nonsense approach so far this summer which contrasts greatly with previous transfer windows. Maybe missing out on the top four was the wake-up call that Wenger needed, can they make the top four next season, or maybe even challenge for the Premier League title?