Arsenal believe the signing of Fabio Vieira will kickstart a hectic period at Emirates Stadium with Raphinha one of three major signings eyed by the club in the coming weeks.
The Portuguese star is closing on a switch to Emirates Stadium with Arsenal striking a £34.1m deal with Porto. The Portugal U21 star weighed in with an incredible 16 assists last season – and his sale to the Gunners has seen a row break out.
His signing looks an astute piece of business by Edu – and it seems the Arsenal technical director is far from done yet.
Indeed, he is looking to make more exiting signings with The Athletic serving notice as to their three next targets.
Top of their list of targets is a new striker. With Alexandre Lacazette joining Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out the exit door, they need a new No 9 to speardhead their attack.
A number of top names are reportedly on their shopping list. Indeed, offers for Victor Osimhen and Gianluca Scamacca have seemingly been knocked back.
However, Saturday’s Transfer Gossip reveals there is a growing confidence at Arsenal that a deal can be reached for Gabriel Jesus.
The Brazilian appears destined to leave the Etihad this summer following City’s signing of Erling Haaland.
The Cityzens are seemingly holding out for a fee of around £50m. However, the latest news states that Arsenal believe they can ultimately secure his signing for around the £30m mark.
Raphinha very much an Arsenal transfer target
The Gunners, however, won’t stop there and also remain on the trail of Raphinha. Their interest in the Leeds United star first emerged last weekend, with the Gunners seemingly being given a very quick response.
He remains very much focused on a transfer to Barcelona. But Leeds’ refusal to accept less than £50m remains a stumbling block.
Barcelona are likely to boost their coffers with an imminent deal relinquishing 50% their TV and merchandising rights.
And the sale of Frenkie De Jong could further increase their pot.
However, they are still reportedly uneasy about Leeds’ valuation – which is where Arsenal could come in.
As per The Athletic, any move from the Gunners depends on the ability to move on Nicolas Pepe.
The Ivorian has expressed a desire to move on with his club-record signing not working out as planned. And while they will accept a significant loss, his departure will free up a space in their squad for Raphinha.
He will still need some convincing to make the move, though, with his heart very much set on Barcelona.
Arsenal mean business this summer
The Gunners are also pushing to sign Lisandro Martinez from Ajax.
They want the Ajax centre-back as cover and competition for Gabriel. As such, the Gunners are reportedly already to have seen a £25.75m (€30m) offer declined.
But they are expected to try again for the seven-times capped Argentina international with Martinez described as a ‘priority target’.
His arrival increases the chances of Nuno Tavares leaving on loan, though the Portuguese is happy in north London.
And in The Athletic‘s words, the plan at Arsenal is to recruit all three players.
To make this happen, there will be some sarifices made. As well as Pepe and Tavares, Arsenal are also looking to offload several more.
Indeed, Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira are also expected to leave in the coming weeks.
Arsenal agree deal for Fábio Vieira
Arsenal have struck a deal for Porto midfielder Fábio Vieira.
Either way, you cannot fault Arsenal’s ambition. After going so close to a top-four finish last season, they are clearly looking to push on this. The Thursday-Sunday factor that Europa League football brings will have its own distractions.
However, by having a squad boasting additional quality, Arsenal have impressive ambitions to elevate themselves back among the top four.