After a stunning 5-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal are progressing well under Unai Emery but there is still work to be done in the market.
The Gunners have drafted in five new recruits already at the Emirates Stadium in the form of Bernd Leno, Stephan Lichsteiner, Lucas Torreira, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Matteo Guendouzi, the latter of whom impressed in the win against PSG.
Emery is still looking to sign a number of players before the window shuts in just a few weeks time though and it could be a busy week in north London as the Gunners head back to Europe following their two fixtures in Singapore.
Here, we have identified five deals Arsenal could look to complete this week.
Leon Bailey: Bayer Leverkusen
Unai Emery is understood to be in the market for a direct and pacy winger, which has led to links suggesting a move could be made for Bayer Leverkusen ace Leon Bailey after suggestions he is pushing for a Premier League move.
The Sun says the Jamaican-born winger, who is eligible to represent England, wants to leave the Bundesliga and that Arsenal, along with Chelsea, will hold talks ahead of a potential £40m swoop for the 20-year-old.
However, after seeing Barcelona snipe Malcom from under their noses, Gianluca Di Marzio states Italian giants Roma are eyeing a move and, unlike Arsenal, would be able to offer Champions League football.
David Ospina to Besiktas
The signing of Bernd Leno was always going to lead to changes and speculation on the future of Colombia international David Ospina has rumbled on for a number of weeks – but the end to the saga could be right around the corner.
Turkish outlet Fanatik state a deal is on the verge of going through taking the World Cup stopper to Besiktas, who are seeking a new first-choice goalkeeper after approving the sale of Fabri to newly-promoted Premier League side Fulham.
Arsenal are said to have ‘shaken hands’ on a loan agreement for the stopper, who has 12 months remaining on his contract, but terms between Ospina and Besiktas need to be agreed as the South American seeks €4m-a-year in wages – €1m more than the Turkish giants are prepared to offer.
M’Baye Niang: Torino
Once a highly-rated prospect at AC Milan, M’Baye Niang has had to fight to succeed in his career but has made great strides in the past 12 months after impressing on-loan with Torino and earning a permanent transfer to the Serie A side.
23-year-old Niang then impressed at the World Cup with Senegal, scoring once and providing an assist in his nation’s three group stage matches, and Unai Emery is reported to be a big fan of the former Watford loanee.
Gazzetta Dello Sport says Arsenal are considering a bid but face competition in the market from West Ham and Ligue 1 side OGC Nice.
Joel Campbell sold
From one World Cup outcast to another, it is sometimes easy to forget that Joel Campbell is still on Arsenal’s books but that is unlikely to be the case for too much longer with the Gunners ready to offload the Costa Rica international.
The 26-year-old told La Nacion he is still waiting for a final decision on his future but, after being left out of the club’s pre-season plans and having spent time at five different clubs in six different loan spells, an exit is likely to be approved ahead of the expiration of his contract in 12 months time.
“I have one more year of contract with Arsenal. This weekend, I’m traveling and they’ll decide what’s coming next. I know that I have a lot left to show in football, so wherever it may be I’ll do things as well as possible to enjoy this sport.”
Tomas Holy: Gillingham
Arsenal have already made one major change between the sticks to land Leno but, amidst speculation that Petr Cech could also be on the way out, Unai Emery could dip into the market to land another stopper – and a surprise name has been touted.
The Mirror states Arsenal are amongst the sides interested in Gillingham goalkeeper Tomas Holy following his impressive debut season in League One after joining on a free transfer last summer, following his release from Sparta Prague in his homeland.
While Cech has insisted he’ll stay at the club, in comments made to Arsenal’s official websites, Holy could arrive as third-string goalkeeper, which would likely lead to Emiliano Martinez spending the campaign away on-loan.