Arsenal are set to spend big on three transfer targets this summer before they announce who their next manager is. The Gunners are eyeing two centre backs and a goalkeeper which could cost a total of £75m. The three players are also expected to come from the Bundesliga as it seems that’s the place Arsenal new chief scout has a strong hold of the best players.
The two defenders top of Arsenal priorities are Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Caglar Soyuncu while the goalkeeper on the club’s radar is Bayer Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno. The German goalkeeper will be on the plane to Russia with Germany for the world cup. The aim is ensure the deals are done as soon as possible before a new coach is announced.
The deal to bring Papastathopoulos was initiated by Sven Mislintat who bought the player in Borussia Dortmund five years ago and he’s willing to bring him to the premier league this summer. Mislintat often called the diamond eye is known to be the key to every transfer Arsenal is involved in going forward.
He will have a string say on who comes in and who should be on the club’s watch list. The new structure at the club will ensure that the incoming manager will not make all the decisions as regards transfer dealings again compared to the time of Wenger. This makes it more likely why Arsenal will go with a manager that’s willing to work under this condition which makes Arteta the obvious favorite.
Papastathopoulos is expected to be the cheapest among the three transfer as he is 29 years old and only have a year left on his Dortmund contract. He’s expected to come in for a fee in the region of £15m. Soyuncu who’s just 21 will cost Arsenal in the region of £35m as his club.
Freiburg have also had offers from other r clubs like Manchester City which has given them a good bargaining power but it seems Arsenal are ahead in the chase. The last player is Leno who is to come in from Bayer Leverkusen for a fee in the north of £25m as a long term replacement to Cech.
All deals are expected to be done this week and kept on low key until a coach is announced before the players are officially announced.