A centre midfielder is known to be high on the list of Arsenal’s priorities as they move closer to the new season and Record report that they are set to make a €30 million move for William Carvalho.
The Sporting Lisbon midfielder has been a long-term target for the Gunners after coming close to joining them in 2015, but Arsene Wenger is now ready to make a renewed push for him. Newcastle United are also mentioned in the piece, but it is thought that there is a far greater chance of him moving to North London.
The Gunners need another option in central midfield, as they struggled to find the right blend of players after the injury to Santi Cazorla. The Spaniard won’t be back in first-team action for a number of months, which increases the need for transfer activity.
Carvalho is regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe and he would provide aggression to the Arsenal midfield. It would be an expensive transfer, but he has the potential to thrive at the highest level. This is one Wenger should consider.
Olivier Giroud’s future remains uncertain, but Arsene Wenger has insisted that he will remain at Arsenal to fight for his place. The arrival of Alexandre Lacazette has cast doubt over his future and there is a chance that he may move away in order to fight for his World Cup place. However, his manager believes that the 30-year-old is up to the challenge and was quoted as saying the following by the Mirror:
“Giroud fancies the competition. As a manager, you have him on your back, wanting to play,”
“He fights hard, you know. I like the way he responds to what’s happening. He is focused and determined and showed that on this tour.”
The French international has a great relationship with the Arsenal supporters and they will be hoping that he remains with the club this summer. Lacazette may be an exciting signing, but he has yet to prove himself in the Premier League.
If he gets off to a slow start, they will need to have an alternative ready to step in and Giroud provides that. He has a good record in England and it would be a boost for the Gunners to keep him around the squad.
Jack Wilshere is unlikely to feature prominently for the club again and it is looking increasingly likely that he will depart this summer. Sky Sports report that Antalyaspor are in talks with Arsenal over the midfielder, but the demands of the English club could prevent a deal from going through. The club president Ali Safak Ozturk has commented on the transfer:
“We made an enquiry and are in talks but Arsenal want a lot for Wilshere. It will be a difficult move to pull off.”
It will be a disappointment for the Gunners to lose Wilshere as he once looked like he was set to become one of the best in the Premier League. However, injuries have hampered his progress and his lack of an impact at Bournemouth showed that he was no longer good enough for a top six side.
The player himself would hope for a better move than one to Turkey, but the lack of interest is narrowing the options available to him.