Mikel Arteta is expected to oversee a busy summer transfer window at the club as he continues his rebuild of the squad to make them into worthy title contenders
Arsenal may be about to miss out on the Premier League ’s top four at their own expense but it can’t be ignored that there has been significant improvement on last season, in which they possess the youngest team in the top flight.
Nonetheless, Mikel Arteta is on the lookout for reinforcements this summer, although he may have to shift some players out first. Nicolas Pepe is said to be looking for another club after hiring a new agent, while the Gunners are in negotiations with Juventus over a swap deal for defender Gabriel.
Mirror Football takes a look at all the latest transfer news coming out of the Emirates Stadium…
Pepe hires new agent amid exit claims
Arsenal winger Pepe has endured an underwhelming three seasons in north London and as a result, he now ‘wants to leave’ the Gunners this summer and has even hired a new agent to help him find another club.
That’s according to football.london , who report that the Ivory Coast international is not happy at the Emirates Stadium having fallen down the pecking order in Mikel Arteta’s team, despite becoming the club’s record signing when he joined from Lille in 2019 for £72 million.
It is now believed that Pepe could leave for almost a third of that price at £25m, having started just five Premier League games this season and contributed just one goal and one assist during his 19 domestic outings.
Read the story in full HERE .
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Arsenal and Juventus discuss Gabriel swap deal
Following the shock reports that Arsenal are coming around to the idea of selling defender Gabriel Maghaeles this summer, despite a promising campaign for the Gunners, Juventus sporting director Federico Cherubini has travelled to London for talks with the club.
According to reports in Italy, via Metro , Juve are now discussing a possible transfer for Gabriel to move to Turin this summer as they look for Giorgio Chiellini this summer, in a deal that could be worth at least €50million (£42.4m).
However, as part of the discussion, Juventus are prepared to offer some of their players to the Gunners as part of an exchange deal, with the likes of Arthur Melo, Weston McKennie and Moises Kean set to be made available to Mikel Arteta’s side.
Read the story in full HERE .
Gunners to welcome back Spanish defender
Mikel Arteta has endured some defensive woes this season and in particular in recent weeks, following a mixture of poor form and injuries, but as confirmed by Real Betis president Angel Haro, via Goal , Hector Bellerin is set to return to the Gunners this summer.
Bellerin has spent this season out on loan at the La Liga outfit, where he has recorded five assists in 32 appearances in all competitions, but now he is set to return to the Emirates ahead of next season, despite the club already having Cedric Soares and Takehiro Tomiyasu in his right-back position.
However, Arteta is set to include Bellerin in next season’s plans. He said: “Any player with a contractual obligation with us, both ways, is our player and is considered our player. Every plan considers that possibility [that Bellerin could stay] exists and how they can fit into our team.”
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