The Premier League season hasn’t yet been completed, but already some attention has been switched to the upcoming transfer window.
It has recently been reported that the date the window may open could be delayed until August, which could mean that the season will be ended before players are able to bring in any new signings.
Arsenal will be active in the upcoming window, as Mikel Arteta attempts to build a squad in his image. There will certainly be outgoings, with David Luiz already reportedly set for the exit. But, which players do the bookmakers believe will be moving in the opposite direction over the summer?
Ryan Fraser could be on his way to the Emirates according to the latest odds. Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are both reportedly interested in the Bournemouth winger, with the Scottish international available on a free transfer when his contract expires.
Fraser has been an integral part of the Bournemouth set-up throughout their stay in the Premier League, and he will likely be an important part in their team as they look to consolidate their position in the top-flight.
The 26-year-old has scored 16 goals in 120 games in the Premier League. He would add a new option for Arteta on the wings, with one of his main strengths being his crossing ability. Throughout his career in the Premier League, he has made 705 crosses, with a cross accuracy of 23%. He has registered 26 assists and has a tackle success rate of 65%. His attitude will be a welcome addition to the Arsenal dressing room and will be an astute signing for the club.
The Gunners are also the favourites to bring in Odsonne Edouard from Celtic. The dialogue between the two clubs seems to be strong after the Gunners previously did business with the Scottish champions last summer to bring in Kieran Tierney.
Edouard has been a revelation since joining Celtic from Paris Saint-Germain, as he has scored 62 goals in 126 appearances in all competitions. This season had been the best one for the 22-year-old to date, as he had scored 22 goals in just 25 starts in the SPL.
The Frenchman is already being linked to a number of Premier League sides, which means Arsenal will likely need to make a big offer to get their man. He also has European experience, which would be seen as a positive by Arteta, as Edouard scored three goals and made two assists in six appearances in the Europa League this season.
The Gunners could yet face stern competition from Manchester United and Everton for the striker.
The name on the lips of all Arsenal fans this summer will be Thomas Partey. Atletico Madrid are reportedly open to doing business with the Gunners for the combative midfielder, but the Spanish side may demand Alexandre Lacazette to be included in any potential deal. Arsenal fans are hoping that he deal can be completed, as he will add some much-needed steel into the Arsenal midfield.
The Gunners may still face competition for his signature, with Manchester United and PSG also showing an interest. The 26-year-old has been an important part of the Atletico team this season, as he has made 34 appearances in all competitions and has scored one goal.
He will help Arsenal improve their defensive record immeasurably as he makes an average of 2.5 tackles per game and 1.4 interceptions.
Arteta will be hoping to improve his discipline; however, as the Ghanaian international has already been booked ten times in La Liga this season.
Here we have it. The transfer window will be a horse race as exciting to watch as the Triple Crown 2020 races. Who will come out on top we don’t know, but we are hopeful that Arsenal makes some key signings to give Arteta the depth he deserves.