Emery turns to free agents as Arsenal eye four-man transfer raid

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is hoping to bolster his ranks with the signing of two experienced free agents as part of a potential four-man transfer swoop.

According Algerian source La Gazette Du Fennec, Algeria international Yacine Brahimi is close to a move to Arsenal after his five-year spell with Porto came to an end on Sunday.

Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Besiktas have all made offers for the left winger, but Brahimi is said to be eager to sign for the Gunners to match his “sporting and financial challenge”.

Emery is working under strict transfer limitations this summer after the club missed out on a place in the Champions League and has been handed an estimated £45m to spend.

The Gunners have had a bid for Wilfried Zaha rejected by Crystal Palace amid reports that Arsenal wanted to pay their £40m offer – which falls well short of the Eagles’ valuation – in installments.

And that has led Emery to consider a move for Brahimi, while another free-transfer arrival could also be in the pipeline.

As such, Emery was also reported to have held talks over a surprise deal to sign Gary Cahill on a free transfer following his departure from Chelsea at the end of last month.

Cahill would arrive on a free transfer and could be handed a one-year deal by Emery with the former England man seen as a stop-gap signing only. The 33-year-old, however, is said to be looking for a two-year deal, so the two parties may yet settle on some sort of compromise, whereby he would trigger a second year if he fulfilled an appearance criteria at Emirates Stadium.


Matuidi linked to Arsenal

The Gunners, meanwhile, are also being mooted as suitors for Juventus midfielder Blaide Matuidi, who will be sold off this summer to free up spaces in Maurizio Sarri’s midfield.

The Italian champions on Monday welcomed Aaron Ramsey to the club, while Adrien Rabiot has also joined the club as a free agent. The Italian champions are, of course, also being linked with Paul Pogba.

According to Calciomercato both Matuidi and fellow midfielder Sami Khedria have been told they can leave – with cut-price fees of €20m stuck on their heads.

Arsenal are in the market for a new midfielder and are said to be keen on Matuidi as they look to fill the gap left by Ramsey and amid doubts over the future of Lucas Torreira.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are also being linked with a move for Brazil winger Malcom – with talk of a potential loan-to-buy deal reportedly tempting Emery.

The 22-year-old forward started just six LaLiga matches under Ernesto Valverde last season following a surprise switch from Bordeaux, but now looks set to leave as Barca look to free up spaces in their squad.

With Arthur Melo and Arturo Vidal, as well as Malcom, already on Barca’s books not to hold an EU passport, one will be required to leave if Barca are to push through with the proposal to resign Neymar this summer.

And Malcom is seen as the fall-guy with Barcelona prepared to allow him to leave to free up space in their squad.

According to AS, Arsenal are leading Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund in the hunt to sign the winger, though his signing would surely be shelved if a deal for Brahimi comes to fruition.



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