One major transfer so far
Arsenal also signed Takuma Asano and Rob Holding, but Granit Xhaka is the only major signing for The Gunners so far this summer. With Per Mertesacker out injured and Olivier Giroud the only real option up front, Wenger surely has to add to his side in order to compete for the title in the upcoming season. With the first league game scheduled for Sunday next week, two key targets have dominated the transfer gossip in the past few days.
For more options in attack, Wenger has been in touch with Olympique Lyon for Alexandre Lacazette. The French striker is on Wenger’s shortlist for a number of weeks now, but a first offer in the region of £32 million has been rejected earlier. It is expected that Lyon might give in should Arsenal be prepared to offer £40 million or more.
After losing Per Mertesacker to an injury that will likely keep the German sidelined until Christmas, an addition to the defensive line is very welcome. Arsenal have been heavily linked with signing Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi. Although negotations seem yet to be opened, it is expected that Mustafi could move to the Emirates for a fee near £35 million.
In other news, Leicester City have completed the signing of Polish winger Bartosz Kapustka. 101GreatGoals question if that might mean that The Foxes have anticipated on the possible move of Riyad Mahrez to Arsenal. The winger has been linked with a move from current champions Leicester City before and this move might indicate something is on the cards indeed.
It’s not ‘Wenger-esque’ to spend such amounts of money, but in a market where everyone pays insane transfer fees it might be necessary if he is to complete these deals. Let’s wait and see how this situation develops in the coming days.