Arsenal may be cash-strapped in this transfer window but the Premier League club is still in the market to bolster the squad ahead of the 2019/20 campaign and fans of the club will be hopeful that new faces will arrive at the Emirates Stadium imminently.
According to reports by Spanish media outlet AS, Arsenal are interested in the possibility of signing Brazilian star, Dani Alves, on a free transfer, just as Goal is reporting that the Gunners have opened talks with Real Madrid for midfielder, Dani Ceballos.
Alves, who previously featured for Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, is out to find a new challenge for himself after deciding against renewing his contract at PSG and is looking for a club that could offer him a whopping signing-on fee.
The Brazil national team captain, who led the Selecao to lift the 2019 Copa America title, is an ideal target for Arsenal who only have a reported £45 million available to make new signings in the summer transfer window.
And with first-choice right-back, Hector Bellerin, still some months away from full fitness while Stephan Lichtsteiner has left the club at the end of his contract, Arsenal only have Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Carl Jenkinson available in the position with both players not giving assured displays during the 2018/19 season.
While a move for Alves remains far from reality, the Gunners are said to be close to getting Ceballos from Real Madrid, with Goal reporting that the Premier League club are in talks with the La Liga giants to seal a season-long loan deal for the 22-year-old Spaniard.
According to the report, the Santiago Bernabeu outfit have yet to fully agree to the move, but it is believed that manager Zinedine Zidane will not prevent the Spain international from leaving the club which he joined for £15 million in 2017 from Real Betis.
Meanwhile, Arsenal director Josh Kroenke has assured fans of the club that there is reason to be excited with what is to come in the immediate future amid a campaign from the supporters for the owner, Stan Kroenke, to show more interest in sporting affairs of the club.
“I would say ‘be excited’,” Kroenke tole Arsenal.com. “There are a few things that I know our group are working on, and a few things we hopefully have on the doorstep. Nothing is ever a done deal until it’s a done deal, obviously, but we know we have key areas we want to address in our squad, both now and in the future.”
Kroenke added: “Our entire football operations staff have a great grasp on that and I’ve encouraged them to be as expressive as possible.”
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