Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is willing to raid former club Manchester City twice in the summer with Oleksandr Zinchenko the latest star on his summer transfer shortlist, according to reports.
The Spanish manager has made a top-class number nine his prime target and is looking to tempt Gabriel Jesus to north London, with the Citizens prepared to cash in on a man who only has 12 months left on his deal.
But there are other zones in the Gunners squad that also need addressing, with Mikel looking for fresh legs in the middle of the park and a backup left-back.
According to the Daily Mail, Arteta may be able to kill two birds with one stone by landing the Ukrainian – who is capable of operating in both defence and midfield.
Oleksandr was originally brought in as a central midfielder but was moved to left-back by boss Pep Guardiola.
Mikel, however, believes Oleksandr’s best position remains in the middle of the pitch and is hoping the promise of featuring in his preferred role could be enough to persuade him to forgo UEFA Champions League football and move to the Emirates Stadium.
He enjoyed a good relationship with the Gunners chief when he was working as Pep’s assistant at the Etihad.
Arsenal are allegedly one of several Premier League sides interested in Lens midfielder Cheick Doucoure.
The Londoners are planning a huge summer revamp in the summer after missing out on UEFA Champions League football. There are supposedly twelve names that Gunners manager Mikel Arteta has on his watchlist.
And the Mirror state one player they are tracking is Cheick who’s set to leave Les Sang et Or for the Prem in the transfer window.
The 22-year-old star’s been in stellar form for his team this season, registering four assists and one goal across 34 Ligue 1 matches and the Malian is now keen to try his hand in England where he is not short on interest.
Wolves, Brighton, Crystal Palace, and Everton are tracking him along with the Emirates Stadium outfit, the report adds.
Arsenal have a host of alternative players they can turn to if Cheick chooses to go somewhere else with Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans is one of them.
The Belgian is out of contract in June 2023, and Arteta’s told the Gunners to place a £25 million bid for the midfielder but the Foxes may play hardball and demand more than £40 million for their prized asset.
Arsenal have allegedly made contact with London rivals Chelsea about the possibility of landing wonderkid Levi Colwill in the summer.
The teenage centre-half has had a stellar season on loan at Huddersfield Town, and Mikel Arteta’s side are among a host of English sides set to send scouts to the EFL Championship play-off final this weekend.
He has sparked excitement among Blues fans, and his prospective return to Stamford Bridge could come at the ideal time with a host of senior team defenders set to make way.
But the Gunners may pounce on the transfer lack of certainty that comes with their ownership transition and GOAL state that the side have already enquired about him.
Scouts from Southampton, Crystal Palace, Brighton and Leicester City are also set to descend on Wembley on Sunday to witness a promising young defender who could be playing top-flight football one way or another next season.
Levi joined the Premier League outfit’s youth sector as an eight-year-old schoolboy but is yet to feature in the first team.
The highly-rated player was thrust straight into professional action by the Terriers this season, however, racking up 30 division appearances.