Arsenal are setting in motion their transfer plans this summer after their FA Cup win and are reportedly plotting a move for highly-rated Sevilla centre-back Diego Carlos.
The north London outfit received a financial boost after their triumph at Wembley stadium on Saturday, which meant they qualified for next season’s Europa League.
As such, manager Mikel Arteta is outlining his top transfer targets and according to The Telegram, Arsenal are one of a number of Premier League clubs interested in sign the Brazilian defender Diego Carlos.
However, the reports explains in details that Arsenal would have to negotiate a fee with Sevilla, with Carlos’ £68million release clause out of their price range.
It adds that the Spanish club could accept less, with a fee of £54.5million reportedly mooted by the Sevilla, but even that would represent a significant outlay.
The 27-year-old joined Sevilla in May 2019 from French side Nantes, and missed just three games this season as the LaLiga club qualified for the Champions League.
A chapter alternative for Mikel Arteta in defence would be free agent Malang Sarr, who left French side Nice at the end of the season after his current deal with the club expired.
Meanwhile, DailyMail reported on Sunday night that Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is considering offloading as many as nine first-team players in order to raise funds for players this summer.
The reports explains in details that Mikel Arteta know he must sell players to generate the money required to land his first-choice transfer targets – and he could even offload Hector Bellerin or Alexandre Lacazette if a suitable offer is made for either player.
Others included Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Sokratis and Sead Kolasinac — as well as Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding, who have played key roles for Arteta in recent weeks — are also in the shop window.
Mikel Arteta wants Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, and the club have a long-term interest in Chelsea forward Willian, whose contract is set to expire.
Arsenal are interested in Barcelona outcast Philippe Coutinho but financing a deal for the former Liverpool star could prove difficult. They also want to extend midfielder Dani Ceballos’s loan from Real Madrid.