Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is reportedly dreaming of beating AC Milan to the signing of two players in the summer transfer window.
Arteta is well aware that he needs fresh blood at The Emirates, but financial constraints left by the coronavirus pandemic and the club’s faltering attempts to finish in the Champions League places means the Spaniards hands will be tied.
According to football.london though Arteta is determined to make three quality signings of to improve Arsenal’s defence, midfield steel and creativity.
Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey is a well documented target of Arteta’s and he has a release clause of €50m.
Reports recently claimed Arsenal had confirmed their interest but were unwilling to meet the £45m exit clause in his contract.
Despite being contracted to 2023, it was claimed the Gunners were looking at paying less and had made a lowly first approach.
Indeed, Atletico boss Diego Simeone admitted last month that the “best clubs” in Europe are after Partey.
Arteta though is also chasing Dayot Upamecano and Dominik Szoboszlai and those are apparently two of the ‘dream’ signings targeted.
AC Milan are also tracking the pair though and SempreMilan recently reported that Szoboszlai is on Ralph Rangnick’s wish list and the German has received reassurances from the club that they remain committed to landing the midfielder.
The Rossoneri have already been in contact with Szoboszlai’s agent to collecting the player’s approval, and, per the source, appear happy to meet the Hungary international’s €25m release clause.
The Milan source also claim that they reported via transfer pundit Vito Angele that Milan are keeping a close eye on centre-back Upamecano, who has a €60m buy-out clause.
Red Bull are unlikely to get that price for the centre-back though, due to him entering the final year of his contract.
Chelsea have also been linked with a move for Upamecano after recently raiding Leipzig for Timo Werner.
Speaking to bulinews.com, however, RedBull CEO Oliver Mintzlaff confirmed that he is close to preventing losing his star player for free next summer.
“I assume that he will also play for us next season,” he said. “We are in good talks to find a solution to prevent him from leaving on a free transfer next year.
“It worked out with Timo Werner, and I assume that we will do our homework with regard to Dayot as well.”