Arsenal’s preparations for next season are already underway with reports suggesting that the club will sign Serge Aurier and former striker Carlos Vela this summer.
Aurier, 21, is being lined-up as a replacement for Bacary Sagna whose contract expires next month, while ex-Arsenal man Vela has been targeted due to a £3.5m buy-back clause being available to activate in his contract.
Toulouse right-back Aurier, a self-confessed Arsenal fan, has been touted as a major target for several months but admits that he is only thinking about playing for the Ivory Coast at this summer’s World Cup.
The Ivorian has started 33 Ligue 1 games for Toulouse this season, scoring six goals and assisting six more.
“Arsenal? I do not know,” Aurier told Le10sport.
“It is an honor to have played this season. I will have time to think about all this but for now there is the World Cup.”
Meanwhile, Mexican forward Vela is being considered as a viable striking option after the Gunners inserted a buy-back clause in his contract when he was sold to Spanish side Real Sociedad for £2.5m two seasons ago.
Vela has enjoyed his most impressive season of his career in La Liga – netting 16 times in 37 appearances – giving Gunners boss Arsene Wenger all the more reason to activate the £3.5m buy-back clause for Arsenal.
Several players are expected to leave Arsenal next month with Lukasz Fabianski, Bacary Sagna and Nicklas Bendtner all out-of-contract, while loanee Kim Kallstrom will return to his parent club Spartak Moscow after his four-month spell in north London.
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