The Arsenal transfer feed was flooded with creative attackers in January. Martin Odegaard’s arrival on loan was our big move last month in an otherwise underwhelming window.
The summer transfer period, however, is likely to be a very busy and exciting one for everyone associated with a club.
A decision on Dani Ceballos and Odegaard’s futures, a new left-back, potentially another centre-half and most importantly, a new striker could all be on the agenda once this season comes to an end.
Alexandre Lacazette will enter the final year of his contract this summer and Arsenal cannot take any risks. We will either have to renew his deal or sell him immediately; else, we will have to be prepared to lose him for free a year later.
The Frenchman has had a decent season so far. He is a quality player when things are going well and Mikel Arteta clearly is a big fan. However, he will be 30 in the summer and handing a big-money deal to someone of that age isn’t a wise move.
Arsenal will likely move him on in the summer and if a report from The Express is to be believed, Brentford sensation Ivan Toney is on our shortlist to replace the former Lyon man.
Toney has been a revelation in the Championship this season. He has scored 22 goals and has provided seven assists in 31 games, and it is almost certain that he will end up at a bigger club than Brentford this summer.
West Ham could now beat Arsenal to Toney’s signature
EuroSport claim today that the Hammers want the Brentford man to replace Sebastien Haller at the London Stadium. West Ham have even let Winston Reid join the Bees just to maintain an excellent relationship going forward.
The Hammers also recently signed Said Benrahma and that would’ve strengthened the relationship even further. David Moyes’ men have been really clever here, and this could seriously hurt Arsenal’s chances of signing Toney.
The 24-year-old, who once claimed he’s ‘similar’ to AC Milan superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic, (Sun) would be a very interesting option for us in the summer if we sell Lacazette.
West Ham’s interest makes things difficult, but if we really are keen and decide to act quick, we should be able to beat our London rivals for his signature.