Arsenal transfer priorities: Latest reports on Gabriel Jesus, Yuri Tillmans and William Saliba

Arsenal’s season may have ended with the agonizing disappointment of falling short against Tottenham at the last hurdle, but Mikel Arteta and manager Edu Gaspar are at least able to head into this summer fully aware of what they need to tackle. They need goals, especially from the center of the attacker. Last season’s top scorer at that place (Edi Nketiah) scored five goals from his eight starts. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was bombed mid-season after a mistake by his manager and Alexandre Lacazette ran out well before May. It serves as a reminder that even 60 million strikers aren’t sure, but Arsenal still need one of them.

Even without a top-tier striker, Arsenal might have crossed the line had it not been for the injuries to key players, revealing the lack of depth they thought might be hidden in a season without a European ball. That will change in the Europa League and Arsenal aim to secure at least three new additions with more flexibility in the market if they can weed out some important high-income players.

Arsenal goalkeeper predictions

  • stay: Aaron Ramsdale
  • joining: Matt Turner
  • An uncertain future: Bernd Leno, Ronar Alex Ronarson

Ramsdale may have been vacillating in the final weeks of the season, but he’s still had huge success since arriving from Sheffield United for what was seen at the time as a high price. The England international brings confidence in and out of infectious football and has quickly built the strongest bonds with the Emirates Stadium. It would take a huge performance to rape him.

Turner comes to London thinking he can do just that. Signed on the recommendation of goalkeeper coach Inaki Kanya, the USA international will finalize his transfer in the week of June 20, when he will be in London Colney to complete his treatment. Kana and Arteta have not made any guarantees, but Turner will reach second place and earn regular minutes, likely in the Europa League and Cup competitions. He hopes that will be enough to allow him to obtain a USMNT springboard in Qatar.

The only potential complication in Arsenal’s plan is Leno’s future. The German is wanted by Hertha Berlin and two other clubs in the Bundesliga as he heads into the final year of his contract. The Gunners want upwards of $10 million to sell Leno, but having already secured a runner-up planned for next season, it gives precious little leverage to push for a hefty fee and they may have to accept much less.

Ideal movements: In this position, Arsenal can at least feel their work done. Getting a big fee for Leno, finding a new home for Alex Runarsson and a landing spot on loan to Arthur Okonkwo would make for a successful summer.

Arsenal defender predictions

  • stay: Kieran Tierney, Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes, Rob Holding, Cedric, Takehiro Tomiyasu
  • An uncertain future: Hector Bellerin, William Saliba, Pablo Mari
  • Loan option: Nuno Tavares, Auston Trustee

He may not have played a game for the club he joined for nearly $35 million three years ago, but Saliba is the talk of the town in north London. An impressive loan spell at Marseille that won him Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year increased his value and dispelled any doubts about his willingness to contribute to Arsenal. The mood music coming from all sides is heartening after a year in which every quarterback’s comment was analyzed for hidden meaning. Saliba wants to show his supporters his “true face”. Arteta says “He should come back”.

If there is a fly in the ointment, then this is the contractual situation of Saliba. He is out of his contract within two years; If not constrained by new terms, the 21-year-old will undoubtedly pay a heavy price with Real Madrid counted among his fans. Gabriel also catches the eye of the big teams, but Arsenal are determined to keep the Brazilian. CBS Sports first revealed in April that she is considering improving her left center back contract.

Meanwhile, sources close to Bellerin confirmed that Arsenal’s deputy captain does not want to return to the club next season after a successful year on loan at Real Betis. It is not certain that he will remain with the Sevilla club, but he has reconciled with leaving North London. Reclaiming a highly paid player fee in the final year of his contract will be a challenge for Arsenal, especially when buying clubs are well aware of the priority Edu has set by pushing the contracts of a string of high-income earners over the last period. Years. He will also allow Pablo Mari to leave if Arsenal can find the money and space in the squad to add a left-footed centre-back. Auston Trustee arrives from Colorado Rapids but will be loaned to Europe.

Ideal movements: Arsenal are looking for a left-back for rival Kieran Tierney, who has struggled with injuries throughout his career in London. Scotland teammate Aaron Hickey has impressed with Bologna and is tracked down during the signing of Oleksandr Zinchenko ahead of Everton, giving Arteta options in midfield and at left-back.

Then, and this will be a recurring theme throughout the summer, having good money for Bellerin and Mari would be a welcome boost that should allow the defense to be strengthened even further. However, the best deal of all may be a new contract for Saliba.

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Arsenal midfielder predictions

  • stay: Thomas Partey, Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Mohamed Elneny, Charlie Patino
  • An uncertain future: Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira and Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Elni hastily submitted his signature contract on the final day of the season an indication that Arsenal will likely only be looking for one new body in midfield, with the superb Egyptian player late in the season hanging out for youth sponsorships through the Europa League. The identity of their main target in this position is not a huge surprise: Yuri Tillmans from Leicester City.

Arsenal spoke to Tillmans representatives at the start of the year and have been at the front of the waiting list for him ever since; They are confident that they will be able to speed up his signature quickly once he returns from international duty from Belgium and expect to pay around $31.5 million for his services. If that has an effect that could worry Arsenal, it is whether Granit Xhaka will then be willing to give up his first 11 to make way for a new signing.

The 29-year-old has a contract until 2024, which Arsenal have the option to extend for another 12 months. Meanwhile, Roma, the club most eager for him last summer, appear to have moved in with the signing of Nemanja Matic. However, it’s not inconceivable that Xhaka would be eager to set out towards sunset after several years cementing his reputation in north London.

If he leaves, Lucas Torreira will likely follow; Although Fiorentina did not activate the loan option in his deal with Arsenal, they are keen to bring him back. Ainsley Maitland-Niles also available.

Ideal movements: Concluding Tillmans’ signing in time for him to play a full role in pre-season would be a welcome change for a club that completed most of its summer work last year when the season already started. One does wonder if a higher class of midfielders might be available to them, but gone are the days when they might be able to claim a Barcelona outcast like Frenkie de Jong. Losing Xhaka wouldn’t be ideal, but if he were to go, Zinchenko could be a welcome advantage and knows Arteta well from his time in City.

Arsenal future predictions

  • stay: Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Eddie Nkeetia
  • An uncertain future: Nicholas Pepe and Reiss Nelson
  • Loan option: Folarin Balogon
  • Departure: Alexandre Lacazette

The missing piece on this Arsenal side. They were screaming for a top-tier striker last season. Is Gabriel Jesus the man who has solved the problem now that the Manchester City striker has fallen behind? Of the players who have netted more than 2,000 minutes of football in Europe’s top five leagues over the past three seasons, only 16 players average the expected number of goals without penalties per 90 minutes compared to the Brazilian’s 0.55. He always gets into shooting positions.

It hasn’t gone unnoticed by other clubs in the European elite, but Arsenal have long been optimistic they could win the beauty pageant that includes Tottenham and is also said to include clubs Real Madrid and Milan. They can offer cast iron guarantees for a starting role that few can. If this deal fails, many other things are on fire. Several scouts and agents for CBS Sports have noted how extensive Arsenal track of their midfielders was until the closing days of the 2021-22 season. Victor Osimhen of Napoli and Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan are also on the list of goals.

Had Champions League qualification been secured, Arsenal’s pursuit of another striker – a multi-level player who can split time between the wings and midfield – would have been even more powerful. It could be the case again if they can find a permanent contract with Nicolas Pepe, but that’s easier said than done with no club showing an interest in the club’s record $100 million signing. Reiss Nelson could also leave after a successful season on loan at Feyenoord. Sources close to the England youth international have told CBS Sports that he would be eager to return to the continent, preferably to a club that could offer the Champions League or Europa League.

Ideal movements: Winning the race for Jesus and replacing Pepe with a wide striker better suited to Arteta’s plans would be good moves, but the best of all would be agreeing a new contract with Saka, linked to Manchester City when he enters the last two. years of his deal. The England international is enjoying the responsibility he had at his boyhood club and settled at Arsenal, but eventually they will have to prove they can develop into a Champions League club, able to provide the stage in which their young star can thrive.

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