The transfer window is picking up some serious pace now.
Enduring a disappointing finish to the 2019/20 campaign in the Premier League, Arsenal are ready to make amends in the summer as Mikel Arteta creates a blueprint of his rebuild at the Emirates Stadium.
For starters, Arteta has identified midfield as the area which needs major surgery. To screen his back-four from getting exposed repeatedly, the Spaniard coach targeted Thomas Partey to be Arsenal’s anchor.
However, citing financial constraints, Arsenal, thus far, have been unable to strike a deal with Atletico Madrid for the services of Partey. Though, the London club’s economic limitations have not deterred their intentions as they express their interest in one of Premier League’s sought-after players, Jack Grealish.
According to reports emerging from Sky Sports, Arsenal have made an enquiry on Aston Villa’s skipper and his current situation at the club but are yet to convey their intentions to their bosses.
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Failing to qualify for Champions League has caused a prominent dent to Arsenal’s financial structure, but it could see some resurgence should the Gunners manage an FA Cup victory, thereby allowing entry into the secondary European competition in the Europa League.
Jack Grealish has seen his stocks rise in the Premier League this season after proving his mettle by playing a major role in Aston Villa’s Premier League survival.
If the noises are to be trusted, the 24-year-old is keen to seek greener pastures this summer. However, the bosses won’t allow their club skipper to leave on a cheap, expecting a fee in the region of £80 million.
Manchester United, who are committed to striking a deal for Jadon Sancho, are willing to monitor their financial situation before making an offer for Grealish. The Red Devils are unwilling to breach the £45m mark.
Crosstown rivals Man City, who are planning wholesale squad changes, could enter the race too, should a suitable opportunity arise. A potential bidding war could arise but no team is willing to go beyond £60m for the English playmaker.