- Arsenal targeting three midfield signings: Declan Rice, Mason Mount, and Ilkay Gundogan.
- Mikel Arteta prioritizing midfield reinforcements for the team.
- Rice, with one year left on his West Ham contract, is the main target.
- Mount sought for creativity, but faces competition from Liverpool and Manchester United.
Arsenal is reportedly setting their sights on bolstering their midfield options this summer with keen interest in signing Declan Rice, Mason Mount, and Ilkay Gundogan, according to sources at The Athletic.
Manager Mikel Arteta has identified midfield reinforcement as a top priority for the upcoming transfer window.
Arsenal primary target
The Gunners’ primary target is West Ham United’s talented midfielder Declan Rice, who currently has one year remaining on his contract with an option to extend it by 12 months. Arsenal is eager to secure his services and is closely monitoring the situation as talks progress.
In addition to Rice, Arsenal is also eyeing Chelsea’s rising star Mason Mount for a more advanced creative role. However, they face stiff competition from Liverpool and Manchester United, both of whom have expressed interest in the versatile midfielder. Chelsea, on the other hand, is keen on extending Mount’s contract, which is currently set to expire in 2024.
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The pursuit of these English internationals highlights Arsenal’s determination to strengthen their squad, particularly in midfield. Furthermore, should Granit Xhaka depart the club, the Gunners may need to bring in an additional player to fill the void. Talks are reportedly underway with Bayer Leverkusen regarding a potential move for Xhaka.
Another midfield target on Arsenal’s radar is Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan. Arteta, who previously worked with the German midfielder during his time at the Etihad Stadium, views Gundogan as an ideal replacement for Xhaka. Although efforts will be made by Manchester City to retain Gundogan’s services, the situation remains open, and no agreements have been reached thus far. Barcelona is also reportedly interested in the 32-year-old, offering him further possibilities for his future.