Arsenal have freed up space to make two specific new additions after handy developments regarding Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba, per a report.
The Gunners have wrapped up three deals this summer, with Fabio Vieira the latest and by far most expensive. Signed for an initial £30m, the ex-Porto playmaker will provide a new dimension in Mikel Arteta’s attack. A deal for goalkeeper Matt Turner previously agreed in January has crossed the line, while young Brazilian forward Marquinhos has also joined.
However, Arsenal’s business is not due to end there. Indeed, the club are chasing a series of high profile targets that would all count on the non-homegrown quota in their squad.
A Premier League squad is made up of 25 names with at least eight required to be designated as homegrown.
Foreign players can fall under this category if they were registered in three squads prior to their 21st birthday. The likes of Hector Bellerin and Paul Pogba previously ticked those boxes.
Per the Mirror, Arsenal are poised for a timely boost in that regard with both Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba able to be registered as homegrown talent from next season onwards.
That will give Arteta and co greater leeway to sign non-homegrown players. Transfer targets Lisandro Martinez, Youri Tielemans, Raphinha and Gabriel Jesus all fall into that category.
Martinelli, Saliba poised for big impacts
Both Martinelli and Saliba are expected to play a significant part in the upcoming campaign. Martinelli has been handed the No 11 shirt and will make the left wing his own.
Saliba, meanwhile, is due to make his long-awaited Arsenal debut after another superb loan spell in France. With Marseille last season, Saliba won the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year award. He was also named in the Ligue 1 Team of the Season.
Elsewhere, further exits of fringe stars will give Arsenal more room for manoeuvre.
The club are reportedly open to loaning out Nuno Tavares providing they can sign a suitable replacement first. The latest on that front – and who they’d sign to fill the void – can be found here.
Big season looming at the Emirates
Following the disappointment of being pipped to fourth spot by Tottenham, all eyes will be on how Arteta’s young squad react.
A successful transfer window will give the Gunners new hope entering the campaign. The profile and quality of targets they’re currently chasing suggests the club are aware readymade stars are required.
However, Man City and Liverpool are near certainties to finish inside the top four once again. Chelsea are poised to rid themselves of their Romelu Lukaku problem on loan and will soon unleash their true power in the market.
Elsewhere, Spurs have already bought well in the market. Yves Bissouma’s arrival further characterises the tenacity Antonio Conte has instilled in the club.
If Arteta is unable to guide Arsenal back into the Champions League places, questions will begin to be asked about his tenure.