Arsenal transfer round-up as Arteta hints at summer plans and £43m swoop close

With only four Premier League fixtures remaining, attentions have already turned to the summer transfer window.

It could prove to be a decisive period for Mikel Arteta as Arsenal look to close the gap to the top four next campaign.

Attracting new faces to the Emirates Stadium could prove challenging, but there is no doubting that change is needed at the club.

The ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic will mean many clubs are restricted in their efforts to improve, with Arsenal among those, though winning the Europa League and qualifying for the Champions League will surely boost their hopes of landing big name signings.

Mirror Sport have taken a look at the latest gossip, with updates provided on the Gunners’ latest targets.

Mikel Arteta drops hint about summer plans

Mikel Arteta has dropped some serious hints about his summer transfer plans

Mikel Arteta has strongly hinted at a mass clear out this summer as he looks to drag them up from the mid-table mediocrity Arsenal have had to deal with this season.

Ahead of last night’s second leg in the Europa League semi-finals, the Spaniard was asked whether this would be the last chance for plenty of his squad to win silverware in a Gunners shirt.

“I don’t want to think like that,” he replied.

“I want to think they always have the hunger to win any competition that they’re involved in.

“It’s true for some players that this might be the last season for different reasons and I can see how much it means for them.

“How much they want it and hopefully, we can do that tomorrow.”

Gunners close in on £43m move

Guido Rodriguez would add some serious quality and experience into the Arsenal midfield

Arsenal are reportedly closing in on a £43m move for Real Betis midfielder Guido Rodriguez.

According to reports from Spanish outlet Estadio Deportivo, Betis are willing to forgo Rodriguez’s £68m release clause to raise funds and help their financial situation.

Transfer chief Edu is believed to be looking for an alternative to Dani Ceballos, with the Spaniard set to return to Real Madrid when his contract expires.

And Rodriguez could slot in perfectly alongside Thomas Partey in that defensive-midfield pivot.

Edu to get ball rolling on swoop for PSG star

Paris Saint-Germain’s German defender Thilo Kehrer (L) controls the ball with during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain and RC Lens at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on May 1, 2021. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP) (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal are said to be ready to submit an £8m bid for PSG defender Thilo Kehrer, though it is highly likely that the offer will be rejected.

German centre-back Kehrer has slipped down the pecking order in Paris this season, as shown by his lack of appearances in the latter stages of the Champions League.

According to Le10Sport, PSG would be willing to accept an offer in the region of £21m for the 24-year-old, who can still hit his stride in the right set up.

And with David Luiz set to leave this summer, the pacey Kehrer could provide a superb option to rotate Arteta’s backline, with the ability to play at right-back also a valuable asset.

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