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Arsenal transfer roundup | Updates on Leno, Torreira, and Marí

Mikel Arteta and Edu Gaspar have done exceptionally well for the second summer running when it comes to player recruitment but must still shed numbers off the books if business is to continue


Few would argue how well Arsenal has conducted itself this summer in the transfer window under the continued guidance of club technical director Edu Gaspar and manager Mikel Arteta.

The pair of former Gunners midfielders are primed to push the club into a hopeful top-four finish this season after 2021-22 showed that the new project under the Spanish manager was no longer just a goal, but a current reality.

Deals for Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fábio Vieira, Marquinhos, and Matt Turner have conceptually moved the needle for the north London giants as they look to improve on last season’s fifth-place finish, with further business expected this summer with persisting links regarding interest in midfield pair Youri Tielemans and Sergej Milinković-Savić, Cody Gakpo, and other assorted names around the continent.

But Arsenal will have to trim some of the fat from around the senior squad if they are to add further quality to the team under Arteta this summer before the window closes, with the futures of Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno, and Pablo Marí all on the cusp of being sorted according to transfer insider Fabrizio Romano.

Turkish giants Galatasaray have already tabled a proposal for Torreira with Arsenal keen to finally cut ties with the Uruguayan international as one of the remaining signings of the old regime under Raul Sanllehi and Sven Mislintat, though Torreira has yet to make a final decision despite rumors of the player already agreeing to an initial three-year deal.

Bernd Leno also looks set for a move away from the Emirates Stadium but would remain in the English capital as he is set to complete his medical with the Cottagers imminently, with Marco Silva keen on bringing in the German international to immediately become his first-choice goalkeeper at Craven Cottage. Arsenal is set to receive £8m for the former Bayer Leverkusen star, and though perhaps some will feel the club is taking a hit given the financial restitution involved, it was clear that the 30-year-old had become third-choice under Arteta.

As for Pablo Marí, many Arsenal fans bemoaned the deal for the Spanish center-back from the moment of conception and are happy to see the back of him after multiple Serie A clubs are said to be keen on the 28-year-old. AC Milan, AC Monza, and Hellas Verona are all linked with interest after Udinese were unable to afford a fee this summer despite his half-season loan in 2021-22 that could have earned him a move to Dacia Arena.


Andrew Thompson

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