Our club appear to have already wrapped up our first signing of the summer transfer window, with Granit Xhaka having been seen sporting our official kit for the 2016-17 campaign, but who else could be coming to North-London.
A centre-back is believed to be high on our agenda in the coming window, with Gabriel and Per Mertesacker having struggled to earn a regular starting role this season, and we have two possible defensive additions to bring to you today.
Bayern Munich’s Mehdi Benatia has only featured in 29 league appearances for his side since joining from Roma in 2014, and looks to have fallen further down the pecking order following Mats Hummels return from Borussia Dortmund. The experienced Moroccan is likely to have offers to return to Italy, but is said to be the subject of a move by Arsenal this week.
Another option could be Villarreal’s Mateo Muscchio. We raided the club for Gabriel Paulista 18 months ago, but he is yet to cement his place in the side, and we could now be set to land his former defensive partner. Roma are also believed to be keen, but surely the Premier League would look a more attractive destination?
We are also believe to be set to revive our interest in a fellow Argentine in Maxi Romero. The 17 year-old is claimed to have been set to join us last summer, before an injury scuppered the deal, but we remain keen on his signature. He is said to be likely to cost around £4.5 Million.
Another future star in Alen Halilovic is also on our radar, but this attacking midfielder has claimed he is solely concentrating on his football ahead of the Euro 2016 tournament, which has been twisted to mean he will consider his future after Euros. The Barcelona youth product has enjoyed a loan spell with Sporting Gijon this term, and is not expected to be a part of Barca’s plans for the new campaign.
Which defender could earn a regular role alongside Koscielny? Could we be set to bring in more young stars this summer?