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Arsenal’s £200 million transfer wish list including the signing of Pedro Neto and the sale of Nicolas Pepe

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Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, is keen to add to his squad before the summer transfer window closes.

Arsenal’s £200 million transfer wish list including the signing of Pedro Neto and the sale of Nicolas Pepe

Arsenal has been one of the busiest Premier League clubs this summer, with more business expected to be completed before the deadline.

Mikel Arteta has made his transfer demands known to the public, stating that the Gunners intend to sign more players ‘if the market allows it’ following the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Premier League opening day.

Arsenal have signed Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fabio Vieira, Matt Turner, and Marquinhos so far this summer, with the north London club also interested in a central midfielder and a winger.

A number of fringe players have already moved on, with Bernd Leno joining Fulham and Lucas Torreira joining Galatasaray, respectively.

Nuno Tavares, Pablo Mari, and Alex Runarsson have all left the club on loan for the 2022/23 season, but the futures of Nicolas Pepe, Hector Bellerin, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles remain uncertain as we approach the transfer deadline.

Wolves midfielder Pedro Neto is just one name linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium this summer, with reports claiming technical director Edu is looking to sign a ‘mystery winger.’

Neto was reportedly offered to Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea, with the 22-year-old potentially available to sign before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

Arsenal are willing to wait until 2023 to sign Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans after agreeing personal terms with the Belgian months ago.

However, if interest from rival clubs increases in the final weeks of the transfer window, the Gunners may be forced to make a move for the Belgium international sooner than expected.

With that in mind, we examine  Arsenal’s transfer wish list before the transfer window closes at the end of August.

Incoming signings

Pedro Neto

Despite missing most of last season due to injury, Neto has impressed during his time at Wolves.

Thierry Henry previously praised the Portuguese winger in March 2021, when he appeared on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football coverage of Wolves’ 1-0 loss to Liverpool.

Neto’s confidence on the ball, as well as his crossing and finishing abilities, were lauded by Henry.

The French icon said: “I like him a lot. What I like is he’s not scared to beat people on the outside.”

Neto fits Arsenal’s profile of bringing in a young player with potential who has already played at the highest level.

With the ability to play on either flank and potentially as a centre-forward on occasion, the 22-year-old would provide quality competition for the likes of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, and Emile Smith Rowe.

Youri Tielemans

Tielemans is a no-brainer for this summer and next.

The 25-year-old possesses all of the qualities required to excel in Arteta’s team and would be an excellent candidate to compete for a starting spot in midfield.

Arsenal currently lack depth in this position, and if Thomas Partey or Granit Xhaka suffer long-term injuries or suspensions, Arteta will be left short of options, with Mohamed Elneny and Albert Sambi Lokonga the next available options.

The Gunners could use a physical presence in the centre of the park, which they have lacked since the days of Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva, but Tielemans’ class on the ball and ability to contribute to the attack from a deeper position would be welcomed at the club.

With less than a year remaining on his current contract and reports that Leicester would accept a bid in the region of £25 million, Edu could look to secure a deal for the Belgian now rather than waiting another season to sign him on a free transfer.

After all, Tielemans’ contributions could mean the difference between qualifying for and missing out on the Champions League yet again.

Outgoing sales

Nicolas Pepe

Nicolas Pepe has struggled since joining from Lille in a club record £72 million deal.

In the last week, reports have linked the Ivorian winger with a move to Ligue 1 side OGC Nice, with his agent reportedly set to hold talks with the French club about a possible loan deal.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Another player who has struggled to secure a starting spot on the team, with many questioning his best position. 

Maitland-Niles’ versatility makes him a valuable addition to the squad, as he can play right back as well as central midfield, but it may be best for both parties to cut ties after the 24-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan with Roma.

Hector Bellerin

Bellerin’s future looks set to be decided before the transfer window closes, as he is currently Arsenal’s fourth choice right-back behind Ben White, Takehiro Tomiyasu, and Cedric Soares.

The Spaniard is thought to want to return to Real Betis, where he had a successful loan spell last season, but the La Liga club has yet to make a formal offer for the 27-year-old.

If Bellerin leaves north London, it would free up plenty of wage budget for Edu to potentially invest in Bukayo Saka’s contract renewal or bring in a new star player to the squad.

Arsenal’s £200 million transfer wish list including the signing of Pedro Neto and the sale of Nicolas Pepe

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