Belotti, Suarez and five players Edu could start talks with in January ahead of Arsenal transfer
Arsenal have two key transfer windows ahead which could prove crucial in their quest to close the gap with the Premier League’s top three sides – in terms of quality and depth.
The Gunners – under Mikel Arteta and Edu – look forward to a young future, which they hope will grow into something big down the line. Investing in players with a long career ahead has already proven to be a recipe for success with Gabriel Martinelli and Aaron Ramsdale proving exactly that point.
Along with Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka’s rise to the North Londoners’ first team, the ambition displayed by the Gunners hierarchy was evident with the Â£ 150million spent on player acquisition in the summer window.
Despite a difficult start to the season, all the new signings have made a positive contribution to helping Arsenal place in the top four which is expected to be hard-fought by Tottenham Manchester United and West Ham – all aiming to seal this. precious fourth place with Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea likely to occupy the top three places.
Along with the smart business that Edu and co. could lead this month to give Arteta another boost in this race, the focus will also be on the upcoming summer transfer window with a number of contract situations still pending, coupled with the current situation by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
football.london takes a look at five players that Arsenal could make pre-contractual deals with this month ahead of next season.
Suarez’s offer from Arsene Wenger is still remembered by Arsenal fans, who recount the club’s attempts to sign the Uruguayan talisman while he was at the peak of his career for Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers.
However, the conditions for signing him this time around could be much simpler with the former Premier League scorer a potential short-term option to replace Aubameyang.
The former Liverpool star was surprisingly let go by Barcelona 18 months ago as he joined Atletico Madrid. But it was a move that worked wonderfully as it led Diego Simeone’s side to a La Liga title.
Luis Suarez’s two-year contract is about to expire and it is not a given that he will extend his stay in Madrid.
One unorthodox option that could be a short-term stop gap for Arsenal if Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette were to leave this summer is in the form of the Napoli striker.
Mertens is unexpected to sign a new contract with the cash-strapped outfit due to his high salaries and the impact of Covid-19 on the Italian side.
Arsenal were linked with a potential blow for the 34-year-old last summer when Chelsea were presented as the favorites to win the race, but neither succeeded.
Will the Gunners rekindle their interest in a player who has scored five Serie A goals so far this season?
Another Serie A star who could perfectly replace Aubameyang and who has a bit more longevity compared to Mertens is Turin shooter Belotti.
With the 28-year-old appearing destined to leave the club this summer due to lack of progress on a new contract, a move to England could be a possibility.
However, the latest reports indicate that Arsenal may have to work hard to strike a pre-contractual deal with a player who wants to move to his home country.
According to the Italian team Calciomercato, Belotti wants to join AC Milan.
The Gunners could lose Lacazette and Aubameyang this summer and Eddie Nketiah is in the same situation with the forward’s contract set to expire at the end of the season, so the frontline will likely be an area to target.
With Ainsley Maitland Niles on the verge of leaving the club imminently, a new midfielder may be needed to help further strengthen the current squad.
The 22-year-old has been linked with a slew of Premier League teams in the past, with Chelsea and Newcastle both listed as two options, but it’s not too late for Arsenal to join the race for Kamara.
On his contractual stalemate with Marseille, The Athletic reported that Kamara was refusing a new deal from the Ligue 1 side, which means he will be a free agent this summer.
Edu and co. then go for the current teammate of Mateo Guendouzi in club?
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One man who would have been a long-term target for Arsenal is Swiss midfielder Zakaria.
Borussia MÃ¶nchengladbach’s No.8 is linked with a move to north London from when Granit Xhaka seemed destined for AS Roma and Italy.
Xhaka has since signed a new contract extension, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the Bundesliga star is off the radar for the Gunners.
However, if they were to take a pre-contractual step for the 25-year-old they would face stiff competition from many clubs, including Manchester United’s Ralf Rangnick.