Today’s the day. The summer transfer window is finally open. For the next 84 days, football clubs across the country can purchase and sell players in preparation for the 2019/20 league season. Following a pretty underwhelming season, it’ll be interesting to see how Arsenal performs in the transfer market.
Every week I’ll summarise the major reports about Arsenal’s work in the transfer market until the transfer deadline closes on the 8th of August.
- According to BBC Sport journalist David Ornstein, Arsenal will have a transfer budget of around £40 million if they fail to qualify for the Champions League. However, if the Gunners win the Europa League, their budget will increase significantly.
- One of the club’s priorities in the summer is to bring in a new central defender. Various reports have linked Djene Dakonam, Mario Hermoso, and Walter Kannemann to the North London club. However, no official approach has been made for any defender.
- Arsenal target Wilfried Zaha has told Crystal Palace he wants to leave the club, this summer, and reiterated his desire to play in the Champions League. The Eagles reportedly value the forward at around £70 million.
- Reports in Spain and England claim that both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are interested in signing forward Alexandre Lacazette. The Express exclusively reported that Barcelona will try to sign the Frenchman as an alternative to their main target, Antoine Griezmann. Meanwhile, Le 10 Sport claim Atletico will try to sign the 28-year-old to replace the aforementioned Griezmann.
- David Ospina will not play for Napoli again this season to prevent the activation of his transfer clause. The Italian side were due to pay Arsenal €3.5 million for the Colombian after he made 25 appearances for the club but he is one short from activating the clause. Italian newspaper Il Mattino revealed Napoli will try to sign the 30-year-old for around €2 million.
- Last week, sports newspaper Tuttosport reported that AC Milan was interested in signing defender Shkodran Mustafi for around €20 million.
- Veteran full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner is expected to leave Arsenal following the Europa League final. The 35-year-old was Unai Emery’s first official signing as manager and the Swiss defender signed a one-year deal with an option for a further year.
- Eddie Nketiah will leave Arsenal this summer on a season-long loan deal if the club can sign a striker to replace the outgoing Danny Welbeck. The 19-year-old nearly joined German side Augsburg on loan in January but the move collapsed.