Arsenal plan a £70m spending spree this week as they target Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus and Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez
- Arsenal are set to spend £70m this week to upgrade their squad.
- The Gunners are set to return with an improved offer for striker Gabriel Jesus
- Ajax demands around £30m for talented defender Lisandro Martinez
Arsenal are planning to spend £70m this week, with Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus and Ajax’s highly rated defender Lisandro Martinez at the top of their shopping list.
The Gunners were turned down in a £35m offer for City striker Jesus but are hopeful they can shake hands near the £50m asking price of the Premier League champions.
Ajax’s player of the year Martinez, 24, is drawn to Mikel Arteta’s project as the Dutch club demands around £30m for the left-footed Argentine defender.
Arsenal are planning a £70m spending spree, with Gabriel Jesus among their targets
The Gunners are also looking to secure the signing of Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez.
Martínez is attracted to the project at Arsenal that coach Mikel Arteta is supervising
He would compete for the places with Ben White and Gabriel, who called fans “ungrateful” on Saturday for criticizing the club’s decision to extend Eddie Nketiah’s contract.
The striker signed a long-term deal, ending long-standing uncertainty about his future, and changed shirt numbers from 30 to 14, like those once worn by Arsenal hero Thierry Henry.
Eddie Nketiah received criticism from some fans online after he was given the number 14 jersey.
Fans expressed unease at the change with defender Gabriel tweeting: ‘How can you be so ungrateful?’
And former Arsenal striker Ian Wright said: “You can never call yourself an Arsenal fan with negativity of this nature.” Would you say this to Eddie’s face? If not, shut up.
Nketiah said: “I really like 14, everyone can guess why: Thierry Henry was my favorite player growing up, my idol.”
Choosing that number could hint that Arsenal are leaving the number 9 shirt free for Jesus, who is expected to leave Pep Guardiola’s side after five years and 236 games. The Brazilian is keen to join Arsenal, despite competition from Tottenham.
The 25-year-old Jesus played 41 times for City last season, scoring eight goals and adding nine assists, but has spent much of his Manchester career playing second fiddle to the likes of Sergio Aguero.
Arsenal are about to sign Fabio Vieira from Porto as they look to bolster their squad
That is unlikely to change with the arrival of £51m Norwegian Erling Haaland and young Argentine international Julián Álvarez from River Plate, another striker who could contend for a place in Guardiola’s first team.
Arsenal are also eyeing Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans, he remains a target, although Arsenal would prefer to release players before signing the Belgian.
Questions remain over Granit Xhaka’s future, while Arsenal are also hoping to sell Lucas Torreira. Nicolás Pepe is another who could be sold to offset the expense, and goalkeeper Bernd Leno is discussing a move to Fulham.
Arsenal made their first approaches to Martínez in May. Ajax are up for a £30m bid for the defender who was instrumental in winning the Dutch title – they conceded just 19 goals all season.
The Gunners are also about to sign 22-year-old Porto midfielder Fabio Vieira. He will be the third arrival from him this summer, after American goalkeeper Matt Turner and Brazilian striker Marquinhos.