Arsenal are set to make Fabio Vieira their second confirmed signing of the summer after Marquinhos. The Gunners pays Porto £30million plus a possible further £4m in add-ons for the attacking midfielder. But Mikel Arteta still has plans so as to add several more latest players to his squad, and Express Sport looks at more additions Arsenal could make before August thirty first.
There are conflicting reports over whether or not Tielemans continues to be wanted by Arsenal as a result of Vieira’s arrival. Many would argue the Belgian tempo-setter continues to be needed, and he might be the long-term successor to Granit Xhaka.
Definitely the north Londoners have long been enthusiastic about Tielemans and so a deal can’t be ruled out this summer. At 25, he’s ready for a step-up after three seasons at Leicester and Arsenal can provide that in the event that they realise their potential under Arteta.
Tielemans could form a powerful partnership with Thomas Partey with Vieira, Martin Odegaard or Emile Smith Rowe then the No 10 options. Better of all, it appears the previous Anderlecht ace is accessible for around £30m which might represent a sound investment given his talents.
Jesus to Arsenal seems only a matter of time with Manchester City able to sell the striker for the precise price. It’s thought that price is around £50m, with Arsenal having a £30m opening bid rebuffed.
The Brazilian has returned 95 goals and 46 assists in 236 City games but his minutes translate to only 159 full 90-minute games. He might flourish further with more starts.
He’s a player Arteta already knows from his time at City, can even play out wide and continues to be just 25. There’s also the actual fact he has some extent to prove that he could be the major man somewhere after his back-up role on the Etihad.
Arsenal are certainly one of several clubs keen on Leeds United’s Raphinha and it’s not hard to see why. Among the best right-sided wingers in Europe, the Brazilian has shone at Elland Road since a £17m switch from Rennes. He scored 11 Premier League goals last term although the Whites flirted with relegation.
Raphinha would cost around £50m, like Jesus. But at 25 and already accustomed to the rigours of the Premier League, he’s as readymade because it gets for Arsenal and will easily play in a team competing to win the Champions League.
He might be the wide-man Arsenal thought they were getting in Nicolas Pepe. But there are high-profile rivals whom Arteta could have to beat to his signature, like Barcelona and possibly Tottenham.
Arsenal have had a £25m bid rejected for Martinez, the Ajax defender who can play at centre-back and left-back. His versatility would practically make him two signings in a single.
With William Saliba on the Emirates now, the Argentine might more usually play at full-back. He could also rival Gabriel Magalhaes for the left-sided centre-back spot.
Martinez is completed in either position and is a technical ball-player. He only turned 24 in January and has an extended profession ahead but has ample experience courtesy of 100-plus Ajax appearances.