Mikel Arteta and sporting director Edu are looking to strengthen in the short term, but are also looking ahead to what’s hopefully a brighter future for Arsenal
Arsenal have reportedly made an approach to sign Barcelona teenager Ilaix Moriba as Granit Xhaka has penned a new deal at the club.
The Gunners are desperately trying to add reinforcements before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month as their promised rebuild has not gone to plan so far.
Mikel Arteta and sporting director Edu are looking to strengthen in the short term, but are also looking ahead to what’s hopefully a brighter future for the Gunners.
Time is running out for the club to make additions, however, and there is even more pressure building following their 2-0 defeat to Brentford on Friday night in their Premier League opener.
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But they will look to ease those concerns by targeting a move for Barca youngster Moriba who looks set to leave the Spanish side.
The 18-year-old has been moved to the reserves after refusing to sign a new contract and could be sold this summer to ensure he doesn’t walk for free in 12 months’ time.
90min.com claim that Arsenal have spoken to highly-rated Moriba over a potential move, but he has also been in contact with several other Premier League clubs including Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham.
One player who has committed his future to the north London club is Granit Xhaka as the experienced midfielder signed a contract extension on Monday.
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The Swiss international, who captained the Gunners against Brentford, looked destined to be one of the casualties of Arsenal’s rebuild as he was linked with a move to Roma.
But Jose Mourinho’s men didn’t meet the club’s valuation which prompted Arteta’s men to have a change of heart and hand him a new deal.
And football.london are reporting that Xhaka has signed on the dotted line with the 28-year-old extending his stay at the Emirates until 2025.