Arsene Wenger is currently undertaking an intensify effort to strengthen his Arsenal squad ahead of the new season, as the club are being heavily linked with moves for a quartet of new players, according to the Independent.
Wenger interested in defensive duo
High on the French manager’s list of priorities this summer is to bolster his defensive options, which he is understood to be interested in doing by signing Manchester City’s Jason Denayer and Matthias Ginter of Borussia Dortmund.
In order to sign the defensive duo, Wenger’s is willing to authorise spending £12m and £10m on Denayer and Ginter respectively. Denayer is a player who Wenger reportedly tried to sign last summer for £5m. However, City rejected that approach with the Belgian internationalist subsequently signing a new £25,000 a week five-year contract at the club.
Nevertheless the 21-year-old spent, who has spent the last two seasons on loan at Celtic and Galatasary, is now thought to be targeting a permanent move away from City in search of playing regular first team football.
The possibility of him doing that with Arsenal definitely since the Gunners remain short on central defensive options, which hindered their title challenge last season. Injuries to Laurent Koscielny and Per Metesacker, combined with the indifferent form of Gabriel Paulista has led to Wenger seeking to sign new centre halves, with Denayer and also Ginter thought to be his preferred option.
The 22-year-old Ginter, who won the 2014 World Cup with Germany despite not making an appearance in Brazil is also an excellent right back. After joining Dortmund on a five-year-contract from Freiburg after Germany’s World Cup triumph, Ginter has gone on to make 35 appearances and score three goals for the club.
Whilst Wenger is extremely interested in signing Ginter, Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc has revealed the player’s future lies at the Bundesliga club, as reported by Bild.
“Matthias is part of our plans for next season,” said Zorc, with it as yet remaining unclear as to whether he would be willing to reconsider his position on Ginter and listen to offers for him.
Seeking a new striker
In addition to their pursuit of Denayer and Ginter, Arsenal are also reportedly preparing a bid in the region of £40m for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, according to The Telegraph. Wenger has long since sought to acquire a quality forward and after being frustrated in his efforts to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli, has identified Icardi as a player capable of scoring the goals which could help Arsenal launch a sustained title winning challenge.
During his time with Inter Milan, for whom he signed from Sampdoria in 2013, Icardi has scored 47 goals in 88 Serie A appearances and is also the Italian club’s captain.
The 23-year-old’s agent, and wife, Wanda Nara has confirmed that Arsenal along with several other clubs are interested in signing Icardi, who despite being named in Argentina’s provisional squad for next month’s Rio Olympics football tournament, did not make La Albiceleste’s final 18 man pool of players.
Holding arrival imminent
Whilst their interest in Denayer, Ginter and Icardi is still to be substantiated with formal offers, the Gunners are understood to be on the verge of completing a deal to sign defender Rob Holding from Bolton Wanderers for £2m, Sky Sports understand.
The 20-year-old who can play at either centre half or right back mad 30 appearances for Bolton in the Championship last season and was a member of Gareth Southgate’s U-21 side which won the Toulon Tournament in May.
As such, Arsene Wenger is diligently working to add quality young players to his squad ahead of the new season, after previously signing Granit Xhaka and Takumo Assano from Borussia Monchengladbach and Sanfreece Hiroshima respectively, whilst according to The Sun the Gunners have agreed a deal to sign the Norwegian U-16 international central defender Erik Tobias Sandberg from Lillestrom.