The transfer window is a period that supporters find themselves scrolling for days and days wanting to know all the potential deals that their club might accomplish. For Arsenal, it has become somewhat of a rite of passage to Gunners fandom to commit so much of their summer to keep up with all the latest.
However, a growing frustration from a specifically Arsenal perspective has been the time it takes for the Gunners to complete their deals. Year after year Deadline Day has become something of a hope-filled event that the club finally get the positions they need to get sorted.
This summer however the club look to be more proactive and so we take a look at when Arsenal fans might expect the prospective deals to happen. The window is unpredictable and whilst some deals may take more time, others the club will hope to sort early.
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The first of the moves expected to be completed early on in the window is the not-so-secret Fabio Vieira deal. Already confirmed by Porto, it is expected that Arsenal will announce their second signing of the summer, after Marquinhos, very soon.
If you want to find out more on the Vieira you can read our ‘Who is?’ piece here or watch our interview with the midfielder’s former Porto youth coach on The Arsenal Way here. He is an exciting talent that’s for sure.
Next up is again a player who will be of little surprise to many and that is Matt Turner. The United States Men’s National Team goalkeeper has had a deal in place since the winter.
He will join and is expected to fight with Aaron Ramsdale for the number one jersey with greater opportunity than Bernd Leno did. Meanwhile, the German is expected to leave the club with Fulham the current favourites to sign him.
The striker position has been a priority with so many departures in that department, and Gabriel Jesus has led the way for almost all of the build-up to and the start of the transfer window. After a first bid was rejected, Arsenal remain confident a deal will be completed and therefore it is expected when it happens that the Man City man will be an early acquisition for Mikel Arteta.
It was revealed by The Athletic that another bid was rejected for Lisandro Martinez. The versatile Ajax defender is a priority for Arteta and will add plenty of quality to the Gunners’ defensive options.
Sky Sports revealed that the bid was rejected back in May and therefore with the Argentinian remaining such a key part of the Gunners’ summer plans any potential deal will be hoped to be sorted early in this window. Perhaps another surprise position of investment considering his primary role being a centre-half.
Lastly is Youri Tielemans. This would have been looked almost certain to be one of if not the first summer signing, but Arsenal’s interest has reportedly ‘cooled’ according to Sky Sports. Personal terms are not thought to have been an issue, but the club have yet to bid for the Belgian.
It appears the deal has hit some problems. However, that is not to say the situation cannot recover and if it does, it would be hoped it can be resolved early.
That said, as we move into the section regarding later deals, should Arsenal decide not to sign Tielemans, an alternative number eight will set back the timeline on a potential deal. The club have been linked to a number of players who can play here.
Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz is available for sale this summer and Arteta is an admirer. Whilst Manchester City’s versatile Oleksandr Zinchenko is also appreciated by the Arsenal coach, especially with the thought of utilising his midfield abilities shown brilliantly by his performances for Ukraine.
Then, as shown by the Fabio Vieira deal, there is the possibility of targets not publicly known that could come up. However, as mentioned, with Tielemans the target, any change of target would delay the potential acquisition and could therefore stretch into the latter stages of the window.
The wide forward role is likely to be addressed in the later part of the window for a number of reasons. Firstly, is the presence of Nicolas Pepe.
The Ivorian has changed agents and football.londonunderstands this is with a view to find a new club this summer. However, with Pepe on big wages and having cost the club a serious fee, sorting an exit will not be easy with clubs from abroad unable to easily match the Premier League figures.
Reiss Nelson is also back with the club and has a year left. There has been reports that Feyenoord are keen to sort out a deal, but it would be a challenge with the club’s technical director admitting it could be ‘impossible.’
The future of these two will likely delay the chances of signing a player such as Raphinha who is of serious interest to Arsenal. However, the Brazilian’s own situation complicates matters with Barcelona said to have an agreement with the Leeds United player for some time.
The price seems to be an obstacle with the Blaugrana looking to sign Robert Lewandowski and look well placed to land Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen with Sport claiming Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso are also potential arrivals.
All of these strands are expected to extend any chance of Arsenal landing Raphinha and with him the priority, potential alternatives will therefore have to wait until the club have clarity on any potential move for their number one.
Expecting all the business to be done in June would be unrealistic. However, it is possible the club can land some of their main targets early on, especially in the key midfield and striking positions.
It would be a serious statement of intent by the club to secure some major Premier League stars, and Mikel Arteta already has form for this and aims to further it. The window is set to be an exciting one, pardon the use of the word, and we will be all over it.
Source by Football London