Arsenal are set for a busy weekend, with Fabrizio Romano vowing that the Emirates club will take three “crucial” steps for the team’s future imminently.
Mikel Arteta’s side have already completed the successful signing of Kai Havertz from Chelsea, but Arsenal will move decisively close to deals to bring Declan Rice and Jurrien Timber to the club from West Ham and Ajax respectively.
Meanwhile, the Gunners will also complete a contract extension for William Saliba.
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Romano informs that both Rice and Timber will undergo medical examinations, which represent the last obstacle to the arrival of the international couple.
Rice will be a club record €122m (£105m) signing, while Timber is expected to join for €40m (£35m). These signings are expected to represent significant upgrades for Arteta’s side in midfield and defence, making them more solid in their quest to improve on their second-place finish in the Premier League last season.
Meanwhile, speculation about Saliba’s future will end and the official announcement of his new contract is expected on Friday.
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The French defender has signed a contract that runs until 2027, with the option of one more year. All that is required is for the club to announce the deal, a formality that should take place on Friday.
Saliba was a leading figure for Arsenal in 2022/23, emerging as their key defender.
Arteta’s net spending of half a billion
While Arsenal’s resurgence under Arteta has been impressive, the transfers to secure Rice and Timber will take the club’s transfer spending under the Spanish coach to more than 650 million euros since 2019.
Meanwhile, the Gunners have recouped less than €100m in transfer fees in that time, giving them a massive net outlay.
This has paid off with a significantly improved squad and a return to the Champions League.
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