Amidst Arsenal’s ongoing search for a striker, there are plenty of names in the mix to move to the Gunners. Alexandre Lacazette’s contract is due to expire in the summer and the club will be looking for an experienced name to replace the Frenchman who has been captaining the team of late.
Álvaro Morata, currently at Juventus on loan from Atletico Madrid and previously at Chelsea, continues to be linked with a possible move to the Emirates, while Benfica star Darwin Nunez is also speculated to be a target.
Mikel Arteta and Edu hope a Champions League place will make Arsenal a more attractive prospect for potential signings and here we take a look at the latest transfer news and rumours:
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Morata’s links with Juve’s future in doubt resurface
Arsenal have reportedly drawn up a three-man roster to replace Lacazette and plan to sign two forwards in the summer.
This has led to speculation that Arteta could approve a move for Morata, with the Spaniard’s future in doubt after a two-year indifferent loan spell at Juventus from Atletico Madrid. Il Corriere dello Sport suggests the Gunners could be prepared to offer up to €30m (£25m) for the 29-year-old.
However, the Spaniard could be averse to a return to the Premier League after an unsuccessful two-year spell at Chelsea, where he scored 24 goals in 72 appearances.
Xhaka hints he will stay at Arsenal amid ongoing Mourinho interest
Since Jose Mourinho began his career at Roma, he has apparently kept an eye on Granit Xhaka in a bid to take the Swiss central midfielder to Serie A. The former Chelsea and Spurs boss flopped in a move last summer to acquire the 29-year-old. old but interest remains and a new offer is expected in the summer.
However, Xhaka, who signed new terms last year after a difficult period, has become Arteta’s favorite in defensive midfield alongside Thomas Partey. This would make any departure to a non-Champions League club, as Roma look set for next season, as a surprise.
Xhaka seems to have reaffirmed this in a recent column for the Players Tribune. He said: “Arsenal is still in my heart, 100%.” He added: “My challenge was never to change people’s opinions of me, but to help the team. And then if someone changed their minds because of it.” , then great”.
He went on to explain his reasoning behind wanting to stay in the Emirates: “Sometimes, maybe I care too much. Obviously you can never predict the future of football, but I do know a few things. After this season, I have two years left on my contract. I still love this club. I think Mikel is putting together a great team. And I want to achieve something special here.”
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