Arsenal have had a stellar start to the Premier League season, sitting pretty top of the table after four straight wins to open their campaign, but that hasn’t stopped the Gunners from being linked with signings before the end of the transfer window to become.
Mikel Arteta’s side have been linked with a winger as Nicolas Pepe is loaned out for the season. Arsenal’s strong start on the pitch was followed by a productive summer as Arteta continued to refine his squad after failing to qualify for the Champions League last season and there are rumors the recruitment drive could continue.
Gabriel Jesus has started his life well in London and has already scored two goals, while Oleksandr Zinchencko also seems to have settled in quickly. The signs suggest that Arteta may not be done optimizing his playing group just yet, as there are still a handful of key goals linked with the club.
“At the start of the window, we signed players before we took other players out,” Arteta explained. “Now we did something different, we let a player go and maybe [we’ll] to recruit someone. But it’s not a guarantee because the players are still not there. What I guarantee is the day the window closes, for me this is the best team in the world and I will try to get the best out of them, that’s it.”
With Pepe gone, Arsenal have been linked with several players who could come as backup wingers and 21-year-old Mykhaylo Mudryk has emerged as the latest possible target. Mudryk, who plays with Shakhtar Donetsk and is a Ukraine international, was hinted he should move into the window late and both Everton and Brentford have been interested in that window so far.
Everton have already turned down an offer of £30m, according to Fabrizio Romano, meaning Arsenal would have to make a higher offer before the deadline.
Arsenal had been linked with a £50m move for Wolves winger Pedro Neto but a move for the Portuguese before the deadline was said to be ‘highly unlikely’. according to The Athletic.
Neto signed a new contract until 2027 in March and Wolves are reluctant to sell a player who has impressed since returning from a serious knee injury. Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, has given no guarantee Arsenal will sign a replacement for Pepe before the window closes.
Able to play on either side of the main striker, the Villarreal striker is comfortable with either foot and has been linked with Arsenal all summer. The lane has gone a little cold in recent days but if a deal for Neto doesn’t materialize as now expected, a final offer for Pino could become a reality.
The winger has been linked with both Chelsea and Arsenal in the past 24 hours and is believed to be on Arsenal’s list should their efforts to sign Pedro Neto fail. Speaking on The Done Deal ShowDean Jones said Zaha is “in the background” and Arsenal are “keeping an eye” on the Palace player, whose contract ends next summer. However, Patrick Vieira dismissed suggestions Zaha could leave before the deadline after Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Brentford.
Leicester’s Youri Tielemans has often been linked with Arsenal throughout his career and the Belgium midfielder seems closer than ever to a move. Tielemans is out of contract at the end of the season, which is said to have prompted Leicester to lower the price for the 25-year-old, raising Arsenal’s hopes of a deal.
If that doesn’t happen, Arsenal will be favorites to sign Tielemans next summer, with the player free to start negotiations with clubs from January.
Bukayo Saka has hinted he could be close to signing a new deal at Arsenal as the England striker said he “shares confidence” with manager Mikel Arteta that a deal is close.
The 20-year-old said he feels “loved” at Emirates Stadium, where he has gone from being an academy graduate to becoming an integral part of Arteta’s side.
Saka has two years left on his contract and the club reportedly offered new terms this month.
The Spain full-back was on loan at Real Betis last season but remains at the club with just a few days until the deadline. A year before his contract expires, Arsenal have been looking to stick through a transfer fee rather than lose the former captain for nothing ahead of his final departure next summer. Real Betis seem to be the favorites if Bellerin leaves the club.
Ainsley Maitland Niles
Another Arsenal player who looks set to leave is Ainsley Maitland-Niles. The 24-year-old has been on loan for the second half of the last two seasons (to West Brom and most recently to Roma) but could leave for a season or make a permanent move.
A number of Premier League clubs are said to be intrigued by the versatile Englishman’s availability, including Southampton and Bournemouth, while interest has also been reported from Europe.
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