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Arsenal handed midfield blow as they reopen talks with Wolves target

Arsenal handed midfield blow as they reopen talks with Wolves target

Arsenal’s midfield search

Arsenal need midfield reinforcements. With Matteo Guendouzi having departed the club, Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira are expected to follow this summer.

This would leave just Thomas Partey, Joe Willock and Mohamed Elneny as senior options for Mikel Arteta to turn to.

Fortunately, the Gunners have already begun to remedy the situation. Anderlecht’s promising midfielder Sambi Lokonga is on the verge of making the switch to North London, according to reports, adding another young profile to the squad.

Another one in?

However, it seems unlikely that Arsenal’s recruitment drive will stop there. Granit Xhaka, one of the more influential players in Arteta’s squad, is on the verge of departing the club for Roma. It would be unfair to expect Lokonga to replace the Swiss international in his first season in English football.

Instead, the Gunners are thought to be in the market for a more senior central midfielder to partner Partey. They are understood to have had their sights set on Sassuolo’s Manuel Locatelli, but have been dealt a blow, with the Italian’s preference to play for Juventus.

As per the reliable Gianluca Di Marzio, this has led to Arsenal re-igniting their interest in Ruben Neves, Wolves’ 24-year-old midfielder.

It will be fascinating to see how this saga develops across the summer.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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