We’re now at the business end of the summer transfer window and managers are working hard trying to strengthen their squads so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip from around the globe. Here, Arsenal are looking for two more signings after Pepe…
Arsenal are ready to submit a fresh offer for Kieran Tierney and are actively looking to buy another centre-back as Unai Emery looks to bring in two defenders after securing a deal for Nicolas Pepe, according to reports.
Pepe has been snapped at London Colney this afternoon having arrived in London to undergo his medical after we agreed a £72m deal with Lille for the Ivory Coast international’s signature.
The summer spending isn’t going to stop there as the Express claims Arsenal are set to table a fresh offer for Tierney having already had two bids for the left-back knocked back by Celtic.
The newspaper says the SPL champions are holding out for around £30m but Arsenal are hoping to drive that asking price down and will submit an offer worth closer to £25m at some point this week.
Tierney has been identified by Emery as a long-term replacement for Nacho Monreal and the 22-year-old would be an excellent addition to the squad as he’s been one of the best left-backs in British football in recent years.
The Express says there is an increasing confidence among Arsenal chiefs that a deal will eventually be agreed with Celtic before the transfer window closes on August 8th so it looks like Tierney could soon be following Pepe to North London.
In addition to Tierney, the BBC claims Arsenal are also still in the market for another centre-back this summer as we’re in negotiations with a number of clubs over the sale of Shkodran Mustafi.
The German defender has been a disastrous signing since arriving from Valencia and while he’s keen to stay at the club to prove himself, the BBC says Arsenal want to find a club to take him on loan or on a permanent deal.
With Laurent Koscielny trying to force a move back to France and Mustafi possibly leaving, it makes sense that Arsenal are trying to sign an established centre-back but the BBC doesn’t give away any names of potential targets.
If we could add Pepe, Tierney and a centre-back to Gabriel Martinelli, Dani Ceballos and William Saliba this summer, it would be one of our best transfer windows in recent memory. Let’s see how things develop over the coming days….