The summer of 2020 promises to be a very busy one for Arsenal.
Mikel Arteta has made an impressive start to life managing the club and will be looking to improve his squad so the Gunners can make a concerted effort to secure a top-four finish in 2020/21.
Arsenal will also be attempting to win the Europa League next season, and with a later start to the campaign than usual, the matches are going to be packed in very tightly.
Arteta will need a deep squad if he is to achieve his ambitions in his first full season in charge. And some players will inevitably be leaving the Emirates Stadium if they are not in the manager’s long-term plans.
With so much activity to be done, there are no shortage of Arsenal transfer rumours at present. Here’s a selection of the latest hot gossip.
Coutinho’s future up in the air due to ‘big numbers’
Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool almost three years ago but has yet to truly settle anywhere since.
Barcelona were happy to let him leave on loan after just 18 months at the club, and though he has done reasonably well for Bayern Munich this season, the German champions chose not to make him a permanent addition to their squad.
Arsenal are among the Premier League teams who are rumoured to be interested in bringing Coutinho aboard for 2020/21.
However, his future will not be resolved yet, as both his parent club and his current team are still in the Champions League – facing each other in Friday night’s quarter-final.
Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian spoke about the matter on talkSPORT, saying: “He loves the Premier League, he wants to come to the Premier League, but finances and the numbers and the situation of Covid are all going to play a big part, because he is a big player with big numbers.”
Mesut Ozil makes stance clear
Mesut Ozil did not play a single minute for Arsenal after football resumed following the lockdown.
That would seem to make it abundantly clear that Mikel Arteta has no intention of using the German international in the future.
Yet Ozil is determined to stay and fight for his place. The 31-year-old has one year remaining on his £350,000-a-week contract, so who can blame him if he wants to stay with the Gunners?
He explained his stance to The Athletic, saying: “My position is clear – I’m here through to the last day of our agreement and I’ll give everything I have for this club.”
While that sounds like a positive soundbite, it’s possibly not what Arteta was hoping to hear.
Joorabchian on Joelson Fernandes
Kia Joorabchian hasn’t just been talking about Coutinho’s future recently.
The agent has been involved in several Arsenal transfers in the last year or so. He…