The summer is set to be a big one for Arsenal and Unai Emery. After spending a year getting to know his squad, the Spaniard will probably look to make wholesale changes during the transfer window.
The Gunners could still qualify for the Champions League next season. A top-four finish is still in the balance; whilst they face a Europa League semi-final with Valencia.
Whether or not a place among Europe’s elite is secured is likely to dictate what calibre of player the club attracts in the summer. The world’s stellar players aren’t really expected to fancy signing for Arsenal if they aren’t in the Champions League.
Earlier this week, The Sun linked the Gunners with a move for Leicester and England central defender Harry Maguire. The man mountain of a centre-back could be on the move in the summer and Emery is keen to land a world-class defender.
It is all good and well Arsenal showing interest in the 26-year-old, but will Maguire have any interest in a switch to the Emirates Stadium?
The speculation emerges just days after the Foxes thrashed Arsenal at the King Power Stadium and is the defender really a realistic signing for Emery to consider.
Given his quality, he seems destined for a massive club at some point during his career and the fact he is English will only enhance clubs’ desires to secure his services.
It is easy to see why Arsenal would want Maguire but at this stage in the club’s transition, it seems like a bit too much, too soon for Emery to consider.
Brendan Rodgers has got Leicester firing again and unless a truly massive club emerges for Maguire, it seems likely he will still be in the East Midlands next season.