The latest on the players Arsenal have been linked with this summer – and who might leave the club as the Unai Emery revolution continues…
“Our idea is to continue to carry on and improve with the young players that have arrived,” Emery said after the Gunners’ Europa League final defeat. “Maybe some players need to leave but it’s not the moment to speak about that.”
So who might be coming in to the Emirates? And who might be leaving north London?
Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck and Petr Cech have already confirmed their departures.
Here are the latest players Arsenal have been linked with
Eder Balanta – Arsenal have been offered a cut-price £4m deal for the Basel defender as they look to add more options for next season (The Mirror, June 1)
Wilfried Zaha – But the Mirror now believes Arsenal’s hopes of landing the winger are ‘dead in the water’ following their failure to qualify for the Champions League (The Mirror, May 31)
Mario Gotze – ‘Arsenal are interested in the Borussia Dortmund star’ (Bild, May 29)
Thomas Meunier – The right-back is expected to be sold by PSG this summer and ‘Arsenal are ready to challenge’ Manchester United for his signature (France Football, May 28).
The Daily Express have reported the Gunners are in advanced talks to sign Meunier on a five-year deal (May 31).
Arsenal are being challenged for his signing by Manchester United, who are ready to mount a €20-30m bid. (June 1)
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has made personal contact with Meunier in an attempt to convince him to join the Gunners ahead of Manchester United. (Mirror, June 2)
Thomas Partey – Arsenal and Manchester United have been told the Atletico Madrid midfielder will cost £43.5m (The Mirror, May 25).
Adrien Rabiot – But the midfielder is expected to join Real Madrid (The Mirror, May 25).
And what’s the latest on the players who could leave Arsenal this summer?
Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Shkodran Mustafi – Unai Emery ‘has had enough of underperformers’ and names Mkhitaryan and Mustafi as potential casualties along with Mesut Ozil (The Mirror, May 31).
Laurent Koscielny – The Arsenal captain is out of contract next summer and ‘could be sold’ this summer if he doesn’t sign a new deal (The Sun, May 21).