Mikel Arteta approves two more signings to Emirate – Gunners Close in on fifth signing; Arsenal now in as Edu triggers another £77m transfer spree
ARSENAL have made four signings so far this summer but are far from done.
Arsenal have spent around £85million – not including add-ons – so far this summer on Marquinhos, Fabio Vieira, Matt Turner and Gabriel Jesus. But they could be about to double their summer spending shortly.
Arsenal are looking to sign another player from City in Oleksandr Zinchenko, who they want to add depth in midfield and also at left-back. The Telegraph say the Gunners are ‘optimistic’ of doing a deal for the versatile Ukrainian as talks between the clubs continue.
City are apparently open to doing business because they recognise Zinchenko’s service to them. The 25-year-old simply wants more game time and he would reunite with Pep Guardiola’s former No 2 Mikel Arteta at the Emirates. He is already in talks with Arsenal over personal terms.
Zinchenko will cost around £35m if Arsenal are to clinch a deal as expected to make him their fifth signing. And it appears the north London outfit may even have their sixth addition of the transfer window lined up after that.
FootballTransfers report that Bayer Leverkusen’s Edmond Tapsoba is a target with Arsenal having missed out on Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez. The Argentine, who can also play at left-back, is instead headed to Manchester United for £46m.
It’s claimed a centre-back is now one of Arsenal’s top priorities with Martinez instead going to Old Trafford. Arsenal were linked with Tapsoba last summer and were claimed to have had an offer rejected. Arsenal are now reportedly preparing a bid for the 23-year-old Burkina Faso international.
Leverkusen want up to £42.4m (€50m) for the gigantic defender who has previously labelled ex-Gunners defender Per Mertesacker as an inspiration. The lure of the Premier League could tempt Tapsoba to join Arsenal despite Leverkusen having Champions League football this coming campaign. And signing him and Zinchenko would be expected to take Arsenal’s spending to £160m.