Arsenal are hoping to get two incoming deals over the line before Thursday’s deadline, according to reports.
The Daily Express claim that with Laurent Koscielny agreeing to join Bordeaux, Arsenal are chasing a replacement and that they will also pursue a move for Kieran Tierney.
Sky Sports report that Arsenal “remain hopeful” of signing Tierney despite his injury problems, despite seeing offers of £15m and £25m rejected by Celtic.
Sky also say Arsenal are “looking at” Dayot Upamecano, while German source Bild claim that Arsenal have made a bid for Upamecano, who has already established himself as one of the strongest defenders in the Bundesliga despite only being 20 years of age.
Arsenal’s offer was worth in excess of €60m (£55m), but it was quickly rejected by Leipzig, who have inserted a €100m (£92m) release clause into his contract, which runs until 2021.
Boss Unai Emery sounded hopeful when he was asked about transfers following Sunday’s friendly defeat to Barcelona.
“But it has not changed, our idea and our message,” said Emery. “Only if we can sign a player who really, really can improve our squad, then we are going to do that.
“If not, then not. We have good competitive players to achieve or try to achieve our target this season and we are going to be looking at something if we can sign someone, but with this idea. Only, and only, if we can improve.”
Sky though claim a deal for Upamecano will be “difficult” due to the player’s price tag and the player’s desire to play in the Champions League. And that could well lead to a move for Daniele Rugani.
The same source report that Juventus are understood to be willing to release Rugani following the arrival of Matthijs de Ligt and may consider a loan with an option to buy.
In March, Rugani signed a new deal with Juventus, but De Ligt’s arrival may well have changed the landscape in Turin.