According to reports, Arsenal has already identified the three players they want to sign this summer and is willing to spend big to get them.
The Gunners had a frustrating January transfer window in which a slew of players left – either permanently or on loan – but no new additions arrived, leaving manager Mikel Arteta light up front and in central midfield.
Arsenal attempted to sign Serie A top scorer Dusan Vlahovic, but the Serbian chose to join Italian giants Juventus instead.
Arsenal will be on the lookout for two new forwards this summer, according to The Sun. They want to sign both Alexander Isak and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
During the January transfer window, Real Sociedad striker Isak was heavily linked with a move to north London, with Arsenal fans even going insane over a number plate spotted in the capital, but the Spanish club were adamant he would not leave unless his release clause was met.
Arsenal believes Isak is worth far less than the £75 million buyout, though they may be willing to pay it if the situation arises in the summer.
Calvert-Lewin is valued at around £60 million by Everton, and Arsenal could spend up to £135 million on the two attackers.
Arsenal are also interested in Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves, who could be available for around £45 million, bringing Arsenal’s total spending to around £180 million if all three players are successfully recruited.
But it’s a price that Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke is willing to pay, with the billionaire eager to show his faith in Arteta and upgrade the squad – though the spending spree is contingent on one major factor.
Arsenal must finish in the top four to fund the transfers, and the lure of Champions League football will be necessary to persuade the three players to move to the Emirates.
Arsenal may have to rethink their transfer plans if a top-four finish is not achieved, though the club also hopes to raise money through player sales.
Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira, Hector Bellerin, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson, Alex Runarsson, and Konstantinos Mavropanos are among the on-loan players the north Londoners believe they can sell for up to £70 million.
When their loans expire, William Saliba, Pablo Mari, and Folarin Balogun are likely to be welcomed back into the squad, bolstering Arteta’s options – especially if he has a European campaign to contend with.