Arsenal can finally complete transfers for 5 long-term goals as Barcelona prepare for summer sale
Arsenal are looking for additions this summer to rejuvenate their ranks and Mikel Arteta could consider ground transfers from one of their former clubs.
The former Barcelona midfielder could help the Gunners tackle the Catalan side at the end of the season, with Camp Nou sales expected amid their huge financial situation.
With plans for a Super League collapsing, Barcelona could potentially offload a number of players this summer to help balance their books.
Arsenal could attack the La Liga giants for a number of players and we have identified a few potential options for Arteta’s side.
A player apparently linked with a move to Arsenal every year, Ousmane Dembele has seen his opportunities increase with Barcelona this season, but the 23-year-old has never lived up to expectations at Camp Nou.
Out of contract next year, it seems unlikely that Barcelona will negotiate an extension and are therefore likely to sell this summer in order to receive compensation for his services rather than losing him for nothing next year.
Another player who has already been linked with Arsenal, Barcelona are said to be set to offload the France international this summer – which has seen links with the Gunners, Chelsea and Manchester United emerge.
With David Luiz having to leave the Emirates Stadium, there is a place for an experienced defender to come to the side and Umtiti can tick the boxes Arteta is looking for.
The ex-Liverpool man has seen his stock drop considerably since moving to Barcelona and, following a loan from Bayern Munich, has returned to the Catalan capital and has seen some opportunities this season – but the writing is on the wall for some time.
Arsenal have reportedly viewed Coutinho as an alternative to Martin Odegaard and have been linked with a move for his services in the past – and the Gunners also have close ties to his agent, Kia Joorabchian.
Partly owned by Real Betis and Barcelona, it has always been assumed that the Brazilian would move to Catalonia from Sevilla, but the club’s financial woes may have halted this change.
Arsenal are expected to be on the hunt for a new right-back this summer, with Hector Bellerin on the verge of leaving Emirates Stadium, and Emerson has been touted as the perfect candidate.
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Barcelona are reportedly looking to send Riqui Puig on loan next season and Arsenal have a recent history of loans with Spanish giants, having clinched Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard in recent acquisitions.
Arsenal were touted for a move in the January transfer window, on loan with an option to buy, and could succeed with another attempt to land the 21-year-old.