Arsenal preparing squad overhaul and are targeting La Liga stars
Arsenal are planning an overhaul of their squad and the club’s hierarchy are aiming to sign a number of burgeoning stars from La Liga, according to La Razon.
The Gunners are reported to be close to signing Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey. The player has a £45 million buyout clause which Arsenal are expected to trigger. The Ghanaian midfielder is keen on a move to North London and Atletico Madrid have already begun their search for the 27 year old’s replacement.
Enis Bardhi of Levante is another player that Arsenal have shown a strong interest in. Bardhi is a versatile player who primarily operates on the left wing. The Gunners are reportedly willing to offer Levante just over £18 million to secure the signing of the 24 year old Macedonian international. Bardhi has a release clause of £45 million but Arsenal hope Levante will be willing to sell the player for less due to the current financial climate. Arsenal will face competition from Fiorentina and an unnamed German club for the player’s signature.
The North London club are interested in signing Valencia’s Carlos Soler. The Gunners are hoping to take advantage of Valencia’s financial struggles and seal this deal for as little as £37 million even though the midfielder’s buyout clause is a whopping £137 million.
Real Sociedad’s Marc Roca is a player that Arsenal have been keen on for a long time. Arsenal are said to have held discussions with Sociedad regarding the central midfielder’s transfer prior to the coronavirus. The 23 year old is another player with a £37 million buyout clause but the Gunners are hopeful of agreeing a much lower fee with the Spanish club especially if they get relegated from La Liga this season.
Defensive reinforcements remain on the agenda in North London and one player that Mikel Arteta is fond of is Unai Nunez of Athletic Bilbao. Due to the financial implications of the coronavirus, many clubs will be interested in securing the services of Nunez, one of Europe’s most promising young centre backs, for £27.5 million, a modest fee in comparison to what some of Europe’s other up and coming defenders would cost.