A fresh insight into the summer plans of Premier League giants Arsenal on the transfer front has been provided on Monday evening.
And the info points towards the transfer team at the Emirates eyeing additions in a trio of different positions on the pitch.
First up comes up top, altogether unsurprising news ahead of the imminent expiration of the contracts of both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah.
As per CBS journalist Ben Jacobs, speaking in an interview with Arsenal 442, the Gunners ‘would love’ to lure Lille standout, Jonathan David, to north London ahead of next season.
The Canadian international’s hefty price tag, however, means that a move for Everton hitman Dominic Calvert-Lewin is viewed as more realistic at this moment in time, particularly if the Toffees go on to suffer relegation to the Championship.
Next on the list comes midfield, where Mikel Arteta and co. appear to have set their sights firmly on Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans.
Jacobs goes as far as to suggest that Belgian international Tielemans has been in talks with the Emirates brass for ‘around a year’ now, with the capital club, therefore, viewed as clear frontrunners for his signature.
Not only that, but the former Anderlecht talent could be available for as little as £25 million, with Leicester having faced up to the reality that their midfield standout has no intention of putting pen to paper on fresh terms with the club.
And the third player on Arsenal’s reported wishlist ahead of the summer window swinging open is also Premier League-based, in the form of Tino Livramento.
Having evidently been left frustrated by the ongoing injury problems endured by first-choice right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu of late, the Gunners have set their sights on Southampton’s gifted stopper, whose talents Mikel Arteta is understood to be highly appreciative of.
A summer swoop, as a result, cannot be ruled out, ahead of a Chelsea-based buy-back clause in Livramento’s contract at St. Mary’s becoming active in the summer of 2023.
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United next up
Shifting focus away from the transfer market and back towards the immediate road ahead for Arsenal, another absolutely integral fixture when it comes to the club’s season goals of course lies in wait this weekend.
After getting things back on track courtesy of a 4-2 downing of Chelsea, the Gunners are set to welcome Ralf Rangnick’s Manchester United to the Emirates on Saturday afternoon, for a Premier League showdown.
As things stand, the two sides are separated by just three points, albeit with United having played a game more, as the battle for a top-four berth in the English top-flight looks set to come down to the wire.
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