Arsenal’s 2021-22 campaign is finally over and while the Gunners may be disappointed to settle for the Europa League but there is no doubt the season brought plenty of improvement. But the club will not be resting on their laurels.
Over £140 million was splashed on new arrivals during the summer of 2021 and a similar spending spree is likely this time around with Mikel Arteta bolstering his squad ahead of the demands of European football.
Alvaro Morata ‘very close’
AS have also reported that Arteta’s side are interested in Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata. He spent last season on loan with Serie A outfit Juventus. It is so far unclear how concrete this alleged interest is but a move for Morata seems unlikely given his below-par goalscoring record.
Fellow Spanish outlet Sport provided a more detailed follow up on the rumour too. Their report claims that Arsenal have lodged an offer of €30million (£26million) for the former Blues’ forward, and they are said to be ‘very close’ to securing his services.
Sao Paulo winger Marquinhos looks like he could become the club’s first signing of the summer transfer window with the 19-year-old recently undergoing his medical. But the player himself could face an unexpected consequence.
Wolves were also rumoured to be interested in the Brazilian and reports from journalist Jorge Nicola, via SportWitness, indicate that Wolves could take legal action against the player, alleging that he had previously signed an agreement to move to Molineux.
Patrick Shick blow
With a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also high on the agenda this summer the club had reportedly turned their attentions to Bayer Leverkusen forward Patrick Schick. The Czech Republic forward impressed at Euro 2020 and carried that form into the Bundesliga season too.
However, one problem stands in the Gunners’ way. On Thursday afternoon the striker penned a new deal with the German side, leaving Arteta searching for an alternative target.