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Summers are often dominated by transfer talk and this one is no different with huge moves happening across the globe to peak the interest of football fans. While Saudi Arabia officials are splashing cash to bring in the biggest names, the Premier League remains the place to be. It’s where the best coaches are plying their trade, where the most money is being spent and where all eyes are on from around the world.
Mikel Arteta has done a fantastic job of turning Arsenal’s fortunes around but even a title challenge last year isn’t enough to guarantee their position as a top-four side – they need more. The signing of Kai Havertz suggested the Gunners mean business this summer and with Granit Xhaka moving on and Thomas Partey linked with a move away, there is space for more incomings.
We have taken a look at the Arsenal transfer odds to bring you the biggest names and the likelihood of their arrival into the Premier League, breaking down why a move may make sense and how the players could improve an already extremely impressive Gunners side.
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Could Bernardo burnout lead him to rejoin Arteta?
Ordinarily, a player of Bernardo Silva’s ability and status would not be linked with a move away from the Premier League champions to join a club hoping to take that mantle, but without having the resources to do so immediately. And yet, Bernardo Silva transfer betting odds have him at 40/1 to join Arsenal this summer.
There are reasons for this. For starters, it has been a long-running saga that Silva is unhappy at Manchester City for various reasons, including living in Manchester. He has regularly been linked with a move abroad to brighter climates and it’s not out of the question that London may be seen as a better move than continuing to live in Manchester. He would interest Arsenal because he’s a quality, quality footballer, one who immediately improves Arteta’s team not just as a naturally gifted footballer but with his intelligence and work ethic too.
However, Silva is now 28, already earning a sum that would put Arsenal off the signing and he is reportedly being offered over 700k a week to move to Saudi Arabia, a number that Arsenal simply cannot compete with. It’s hard to imagine City wanting to sell a player who played such an important role in their treble to a potential challenger, and with Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Real Madrid also being linked, it feels unlikely that Silva is going to join the Gunners.
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Napoli star fits the bill for what Arsenal are looking for
Arsenal’s rise up the Premier League table has come on the back of B and C list players being turned into A listers by a top-quality manager. Khvicha Kvaratshkelia fits the bill as a player with so much more room to develop before becoming a global superstar.
The 22-year-old endured a tough time of things in Russia and a return home paved the way for a move to Italy. He shone, hitting double figures in his first season to help Napoli to Serie A glory for the first time since the days of Diego Maradona. A left-winger, he fills a position Arsenal will look to upgrade with Gabriel Martinelli still raw and his signature would be a real coup and something for fans to really get behind.
The difficulty here will be the price. Arsenal have already outlaid a reported £65 million on a forward in Kai Havertz and are close to doing a deal to bring Declan Rice to the club for over £100 million. Whether the club can afford another forward to sign for over £60 million remains questionable. Yet, at 8/1, it would be worth seriously considering this given how much all parties would benefit from this deal.
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Brighton superstar eyed up by the big guns
When a teenage striker walks into his country and club’s first XI out of virtually nowhere, the big guns take notice. And Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Arsenal are all taking notice.
Arsenal are listed at 16/1 in the Evan Ferguson transfer betting odds but there will definitely be strong interest from the Gunners to sign a player that looks prime to take the world by storm. Ferguson is only 18 years old but has already scored two goals in four matches for an underperforming Republic of Ireland side, and scored ten in 25 appearances across all competitions for Brighton and Hove Albion as they finished in the top six of the Premier League.
The main question again comes down to finance. Kai Havertz has spent much of his recent career playing up top for local rivals Chelsea while Gabriel Jesus remains a key performer for the Gunners. With other positions in the side to fill, getting into a bidding war for a teenager, however precocious, may not be the wisest decision and I suspect the Gunners will step away this summer.
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Diaby to inject extra pace
Another high-profile name but perhaps a more attainable one for Arsenal at a time when they will still be looking to improve their attack with somebody young, hungry and ready to kick on in their career.
Like Kvaratshkelia above, Diaby fits the bill. He’s 24 years old and having initially broken through at Paris St.Germain, he has shone in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen, growing into a more mature forward and clinical finisher. He has since earned a number of caps for France while hitting double figures in all competitions in each of his last three seasons, as Bayer Leverkusen continue to qualify for European football.
The main question here will be around his role. Bukayo Saka is firmly established as the right-footed winger that cuts inside and makes things happen. Arsenal are unlikely to be signing competition for him, certainly not in the form of somebody that will expect to play games if he does sign. However, there is a spot on the left-hand side up for grabs and Diaby’s directness and finishing ability could be seen as a useful tool. He won’t be as expensive as those above either.
Moussa Diaby transfer betting odds list him at 15/8 and I would recommend seriously considering the likelihood of the move happening.