Unai Emery will attempt to recruit as many as SIX summer signings to revamp his Arsenal side.
That’s according to BBC football journalist and Arsenal insider David Ornstein.
The Gunners face a summer of overhaul following Emery’s first season in charge, which is not quite over yet with the Europa League final to play against Chelsea in Baku on May 29.
Emery’s side missed out on automatic qualification for Europe’s top competition after a calamitous end to the season which saw them take just one point from Wolves, Leicester City, Crystal Palace and Brighton.
If they lose in Baku, it will be a third season running without competing in the Champions League and that will affect the finances available.
“I don’t think it will be the most spectacular summer for Arsenal but I do think they have some very important business to be done,” Ornstein told Radio 5 Live (via Daily Star).
“It all depends on their budget. If they’re playing Europa League football next season it looks like it will be around £40m. If it’s Champions League it would be significantly higher. They also have revenue streams coming on board with the new Adidas kit deal.“If it’s Europa League you’ve got to remember it’ll be their third year in that competition. They’ve also heavily invested in the last year or so, especially in the striking department, and they are adamant they will not break Financial Fair Play.
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“Despite still waiting to appoint a Technical Director/Sporting Director/Director of Football, they still have identified targets and conversations are underway. They are looking for experience and youth in their recruitment.
“Their priorities are a central defender, Jeremy Wilson of the Telegraph mentioned the Getafe and Togo centre-half, Djene Dakonam, he’s under contract until 2023 with a reported value of £13.5m.
“The other priority is a box to box midfielder. Previously, in January, they came close to a deal for Christopher Nkunku from PSG – this is course is to replace Aaron Ramsey. Adrien Rabiot is a player they’ve tried to sign in the past, and they have a long-standing interest in him, however he is a complex individual and has had some issues off the pitch.“As a sort of secondary brief they’d be looking for a wide forward and in January came close to a deal for Ivan Perisic, and had interest in Yannick Carrasco. Possibly a centre-forward with Danny Welbeck leaving, and Eddie Nketiah would go on loan if they did bring a centre-forward in.
Djene Dakonam has been linked with a move to the Emirates
Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic has already come close to moving to Arsenal (Pic: GETTY)
“There is interest in bringing in a left back and possibly a right back, but again those are secondary to the centre-half and box to box midfielder.
“Not to forget they’d be looking to integrate young players too. Reiss Nelson coming back from his loan, Emile Smith Rowe, Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka who is said to be the most highly rated prospect – he’s a wide forward, but extremely young.”