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Arsenal may go for Florian Grillitsch on free transfer

Transfer Arsenal, Six Sports

Arsenal are interested in signing Grillitsch this summer transfer window. Austria international’s deal with the Bundesliga side expires in June. This means he can tie up a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs. The Gunners will be looking for a midfield replacement next summer after Mohamed Elneny’s contract expires.

Arsenal have added Grillitsch to their list of summer targets, but there is competition from a number of other clubs. Premier League clubs Everton and Leeds, as well as clubs from Germany and Spain, are monitoring the 26-year-old.

He may also be helpful to Arteta due to his versatility. As he has also been known to start at centre back for Hoffenheim. In the transfer market, Edu is expected to back the Spaniard wholeheartedly, as long as he remains employed come season’s end. Arsenal are in the market for two strikers, possibly three, as well as two midfielders and a right-back.

Arteta on Arsenal summer transfer window

Mikel Arteta has said the Arsenal manager knows the summer is going to be busy, saying:

‘I think both competitions [the Champions League and Europa League] will require a bigger team because there are so many games in both, so I don’t think [qualification] changes much or makes a big difference to the team.’

If you can financially afford it and we don’t have to do the turnaround in the squad that we’ve had to do. If you ask me what I want it’s 22 outfield players and three goalkeepers. You have to come a long way in the aspects that you see on the pitch, it’s a lot of things that have to be put in place. And that takes time.’

Alex Lacazette, Mohamed Elneny, Eddie Nketiah, and several other first-teamers are expected to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer because their contracts have ended. Arsenal may have found the Egyptian’s replacement. However, Edu will pursue at least two midfielders before the new season begins.

After successive losses to Crystal Palace and Brighton, Arsenal’s chances of finishing in the top four have been diminished.

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