By Ben Browning
Published: July 1, 2021 8:50 pm
Last Updated: July 1, 2021 10:47 pm
Arsenal making moves in the market
Arsenal have been at the centre of media speculation so far this summer.
The club look set to complete a trio of deals in the coming days, with Brighton defender Ben White rumoured to be close to moving to North London in a 50 million pound deal.
.@ChrisWheatley_ on Ben White to Arsenal: “Deal is all but complete. Would expect it to be finalised after Euro 2020. White wants to join Arsenal.” [Instagram Q&A: chriswheatley_] #afc pic.twitter.com/msT8UdizH7
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) July 1, 2021
Arsenal journalist Chris Wheatley suggested on an Instagram Q&A that the “deal is all but complete”, but White will not be the only new addition arriving shortly.
In fact, Sambi Lokonga (Anderlecht) and Nuno Tavares (Benfica) are both also set to move to The Emirates Stadium in the coming days.
Arsenal are set to complete both Nuno Tavares and Lokonga signings in the next few days – confirmed and here we go soon ⚪️🔴 #AFC
Lokonga will join for €17.5m + add ons, now final details on future sale %.
Paperworks to be signed soon with Benfica for Tavares [€8m + add ons]. https://t.co/lX6c9RzH5j
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 29, 2021
Ramsdale priced out of move
There is much still to be done for Mikel Arteta and Edu Gaspar, however, with central midfield, right-back, and goalkeeper all positions that need addressing before the new season kicks off next month.
Charles Watts: Sheffield United’s asking price for Aaron Ramsdale is believed to be in excess of £30m, which could be an obstacle for Arsenal. https://t.co/yEmnQXNj6x
— Osman 🎗 (@OsmanZtheGooner) July 1, 2021
Unfortunately, though, according to Charles Watts (the Arsenal correspondent at Goal.com), there could be a snag when it comes to filling the role between the sticks. Watts reports that Aaron Ramsdale, seemingly Arsenal’s chief target in this position, could prove too expensive.
Sheffield United are apparently holding out for around 30 million pounds for their number 1, who only joined the Blades last summer. Such an amount, on top of the money which the Gunners seem intent on spending on other areas of their squad, could prove a bridge too far.
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