MIKEL ARTETA is planning a major summer overhaul at Arsenal and his starting XI could look very different next season.
The Gunners have signed Willian, Gabriel Magalhaes and William Saliba – while also being linked with a move for Philippe Coutinho.
This is how the Gunners could look in the new campaign
Arteta’s FA Cup win in his debut managerial campaign has encouraged the owners to back the boss this summer as he looks to transform his side into top four challengers once again.
But the North Londoners’ transfer activity is under intense scrutiny after football fans across the land hammered the club for their decision to make 55 staff redundant.
Former Chelsea star Willian has agreed a three-year deal on wages of £100k-a-week.
And the Gunners’ pursuit of ex-Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho on loan is said to be at an advanced stage, with Barcelona desperate to raise funds.
SunSport told you how the Gunners were in negotiations with the Blaugrana about a season-long loan, with the two clubs to share the burden of paying the Brazilian’s wages.
In holding midfield, Atletico Madrid’s Ghanaian star Thomas Partey has also been a long time target of Arteta’s as he looks to get his team ready to play his favoured 4-3-3 system.
But it emerged today the North Londoners will have to pay the full £45million release clause if they want to land the 27-year-old.
New centre-back Saliba could slot in with Dayot Upamecano – although it looks most likely he will be paired up with new boy Magalhaes – who has been given the No6 shirt.
Reports did claim Arsenal were also looking at James Rodriguez – but he is going to sign for Everton.
European big-hitters PSG are also thought to be interested in the 29-year-old as he is offered around by agent Jorge Mendes.
And it was previously reported that Rodriguez was set for a sensational cross-city move to join Real’s rivals Atleti.
Source: Soccer - thesun.co.uk