Arsenal want to sign defender Joachim Anderson and midfielder Dennis Praet from Sampdoria – but will have to pay nearly £50 million for them.
The Gunners have offered £43 million for the pair, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport. However, that has been rebuffed, with Sampdoria bosses wanting £49 million to do business.
Danish international Anderson is wanted by Gunners boss Unai Emery to tighten up his defence – they conceded 51 league goals last season.
Meanwhile Belgian Praet could provide more creativity in midfield – something needed after Aaron Ramsey departed on a free for Juventus. The 25-year-old has been on Arsenal’s radar for some time too.
The Gunners will hope they can get a deal done – the difference in valuations is not insurmountable.
However, the deal would take up all of what Emery’s transfer kitty is rumoured to be this season. After the club’s failure to make the Champions League next season, a budget of £45 million has been set aside for new players – unless Emery can raise funds through sales.
Arsenal are planning to challenge Manchester United for the signature of Paris St-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, according to reports.
Rabiot is set to leave PSG on a free transfer this summer, having refused to sign a new deal with the club. As a result of his stance, he has been frozen out of the first team since December.
The Gunners are looking for a defensive midfielder and are thought not to have a massive transfer budget – although it could be boosted if they win the Europa League and qualify for the Champions League – so Rabiot in a free would make sense.
United also want a defensive midfielder, especially with the departure of Ander Herrera. The club have been linked with Rabiot since the days of Louis Van Gaal and could now make a move.
However, if neither side is in the Champions League Rabiot could decide to go elsewhere. Plenty of other top European clubs would be interested, with Barcelona mentioned as a possible destination.
Arsenal are keen to sign Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha this summer, but the two clubs are poles apart over their valuation of him, according to reports.
Zaha turned in many man-of-the-match performances last season as Palace finished comfortably in mid-table, scoring 10 goals and making a further 5 assists.
This has understandably aroused the interest of top clubs in England and Europe. Eagles boss Roy Hodgson accepts that it will be difficult to hold onto their star man, who is believed to have said he wants to leave in pursuit of Champions League football.
Arsenal are the first to show their hand, but only want to pay £40 million for him, whereas Palace want double that, according to The Sun on Sunday.
Gunners boss Unai Emery is seeing to boost his squad this summer but how much of a budget he has is dependent on whether or not the side makes the Champions League. They finished outside the automatic places in the Premier League, but if they beat Chelsea in the Europa League final they will win a place in the tournament.
Arsenal’s qualification for the Champions League could also influence Zaha on whether to sign or not.
Should the Gunners qualify, then they could go back in with a better offer. They could also offer a player in part exchange, such as highly rated youngster Reiss Nelson.
Chelsea are also thought to be interested, but they are currently appealing against a transfer ban so can’t sign anyone at the moment.
Palace bosses won’t let Zaha leave on the cheap, so Arsenal will have to come back with a better offer.