Arsenal are set to make Fabio Vieira their second confirmed signing of the summer after Marquinhos. The Gunners will pay Porto £30m plus a potential additional £4m for the attacking midfielder. But Mikel Arteta still intends to add several new players to his squad, and Express Sport are considering other additions Arsenal could make before August 31.
There are conflicting reports as to whether Tielemans is still wanted by Arsenal due to Vieira’s arrival. Many will say the Belgian Tempo is still needed, and it could be Granit Xhaka’s long-term successor.
Certainly, North Londoners have long been interested in Tielemans and therefore a deal cannot be ruled out this summer. The 25-year-old is set for a surge after three seasons at Leicester and Arsenal can deliver that if they realize their potential under Arteta.
Tielemans could form a solid partnership with Thomas Partey with Vieira, Martin Odegaard or Emile Smith Rowe then No 10 options. Better yet, it looks like the former Anderlecht ace is available for around £30million which would represent a wise investment given his talents.
Jesus at Arsenal seems only a matter of time with Manchester City ready to sell the striker for the right price. The price is thought to be around £50m, with Arsenal having an opening bid of £30m rejected.
The Brazilian has registered 95 goals and 46 assists in 236 games for City, but his minutes translate to just 159 full 90-minute games. He could flourish more with more starts.
He’s a player Arteta already knows from his time at City, can also play on the ladder and is still only 25 years old. There’s also the fact that he’s right to prove he can be the main man somewhere after his substitute role at the Etihad. .
Arsenal are one of many clubs who love Raphinha from Leeds United and it’s not hard to see why. One of Europe’s finest right-wingers, the Brazilian has shone at Elland Road since a £17m move from Rennes. He scored 11 Premier League goals last season even though Los Blancos flirted with relegation.
Raphinha would cost around £50million, like Jesus. But at 25 and already used to the rigors of the Premier League, he is as ready as he can be for Arsenal and could easily play in a side in contention to win the Champions League.
He could be the wide man Arsenal thought they would get from Nicolas Pepe. But there are high profile rivals Arteta will have to beat upon signing, such as Barcelona and possibly Tottenham.
Arsenal have seen a £25m bid rejected for Martinez, the Ajax defender who can play at centre-back and left-back. His versatility would practically make him two signings in one.
With William Saliba at the Emirates now, the Argentine could play more regularly at the back. He could also compete with Gabriel Magalhaes for the left centre-back position.
Martinez is accomplished in both positions and is a technical ball player. He turned just 24 in January and has a long career ahead of him, but has plenty of experience thanks to more than 100 Ajax appearances.