Arsenal need reinforcements
Arsenal have been working hard to improve on their disappointing eighth-placed finish in 2020/21 early in the transfer window.
Arsenal are in advanced talks with Brighton over the signing of defender Ben White in a deal which could be worth £50million
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) June 24, 2021
Although they are yet to officially make a signing, the club are rumoured to be close to signing Ben White, currently in the England squad at Euro2020, for around 50 million pounds.
In addition, transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed that the Gunners are looking to make a double signing in the coming days.
Arsenal are set to complete both Nuno Tavares and Lokonga signings in the next few days – confirmed and here we go soon ⚪️🔴 #AFC
Lokonga will join for €17.5m + add ons, now final details on future sale %.
Paperworks to be signed soon with Benfica for Tavares [€8m + add ons]. https://t.co/lX6c9RzH5j
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 29, 2021
Sambi Lokonga, of Anderlecht, has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates across the last couple of weeks, with a 20 million euro valuation being touted.
According to Romano, a compromise has been reached between the two clubs, with a reported 17.5 million euros plus add-ons, along with a percentage of any future sales made.
As others have reported, Arsenal are pursuing a deal for Benfica left-back Nuno Tavares. #AFC focus has been a Tierney back-up aged roughly 20/22 & 21yo Tavares would fit the bill. Could be done for around €10m or less. With @gunnerblog for @TheAthleticUK https://t.co/GNKuawS46I
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) June 28, 2021
Nuno Tavares, on the other hand, is a name that has come to the fore in the last couple of days, with David Ornstein reporting the interest on Monday afternoon. The rumoured fee, if reports are to be believed, will be around 8 million euros up front.
A good start to the summer
With these two signings, Arsenal will address key issues in their squad, with a backup left-back crucial to provide cover for the injury-prone Kieran Tierney. Lokonga, meanwhile, will provide competition in central midfield where Mikel Arteta is set to lose Granit Xhaka, Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira and Dani Ceballos this summer.
There is plenty more business that needs doing in North London this summer, but this trio represents a solid start to proceedings.
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