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Five Arsenal targets to keep an eye on at Euro 2020

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At long last, Euro 2020 is here. Arsenal fans, and football supporters in general, aren’t big fans of international games, but there’s something quite special about a major tournament.

Reigning champions Portugal will have to defend their crown against 23 other countries from across Europe. Club football will have to take a back seat for about a month, but as Arsenal fans in what is our most important transfer window in over two decades, it’s hard to ignore what’s happening on the market.

Plenty of our reported targets will feature for their countries at the Euros. It’s time for us to put our scouting hats on to see if the players Mikel Arteta and Edu are reportedly looking to sign this summer are any good.

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Five Arsenal targets you should keep an eye on at Euro 2020

Zeki Celik:

The Evening Standard revealed last week that Arsenal are battling Tottenham and Manchester United in the race to sign the Lille defender.

Celik, 24, is a fantastic right-back. With Hector Bellerin set to leave the Gunners in the coming weeks, Arsenal need a replacement and there aren’t many options on the market better than the recently-crowned Ligue 1 champion.

We can watch Celik in action for Turkey against Italy on the opening night at the Stadio Olimpico.

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Ruben Neves:

The Wolverhampton Wanderers star has been the talk of the town over the last few days. The Times revealed last weekend that Arsenal are keen to sign Neves to replace Granit Xhaka, and some fans are really excited.

There isn’t a more like-for-like replacement available for the Gunners in the Premier League than Neves. He can do everything that Xhaka has been doing for us and more, and he would really be a great signing.

We’ve all seen him perform brilliantly at club level, but international football is completely different. We could see him in action for Portugal against Hungary at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium on Tuesday.

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Manuel Locatelli:

A very ambitious target for Arsenal, but a target nonetheless. Il Resto del Carlino revealed about a month ago that the Gunners are interested in signing Locatelli, who was absolutely brilliant for Sassuolo in the Serie A last season.

As discussed earlier, Arsenal need a player to replace Xhaka and Locatelli would be perfect. He is almost everything that we need in the middle of our park, but with Manchester City, PSG and Juventus all reportedly keen, it won’t be easy for us to sign him.

You can see why Locatelli is a wanted man when Italy face Turkey on the opening day.

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Hakan Calhanoglu:

Arsenal need a new attacking midfielder but the Gunners don’t have a lot of money. A free agent would solve a lot of problems, and that’s probably why Arteta and Edu are in contact with Calhanoglu’s agents over a free transfer. (Sky Sports)

The 27-year-old was phenomenal for AC Milan last season, scoring nine goals and providing 12 assists in all competitions. Dubbed as ‘the new Mesut Ozil‘, Calhanoglu will not be short of offers this summer, and a good Euro 2020 campaign will make him an even more attractive option for clubs looking for a new creator.

He is almost a guaranteed starter for Turkey against Italy on Friday.

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Alexander Isak:

The Athletic raised the excitement level among Arsenal fans this week by claiming that Edu and Mikel Arteta really like Alexander Isak.

The Swede has had a fantastic couple of seasons at Real Socieded and he will reportedly be Arsenal’s top target if Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are sold. He would be a really good signing, but we’ll surely face some stiff competition for his signature, especially if he bangs in a few goals at the Euros.

He is expected to lead Sweden’s line against Spain on Monday.

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