BBC Sport reporter reveals two Arsenal transfer ‘priorities’

Date published: Wednesday 15th May 2019 7:28

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BBC Sport reporter David Ornstein reveals two Arsenal transfer “priorities” and their “secondary” targets in the summer transfer window.

The Gunners finished fifth in the Premier League in their first season since Arsene Wenger decided to leave the club, while they still have a chance to qualify for the Champions League when they play Chelsea in the Europa League final in a couple of weeks.

And Ornstein has claimed that Arsenal‘s summer recruitment plan is well underway.

“Despite still waiting to appoint a technical director, sporting director, director of football, they have identified targets and conversations are underway,” Ornstein told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“They’re looking for experience and youth in their recruitment. Their priorities are a central defender and a box-to-box midfielder.

“Previously in January they came close to a deal for Christopher Nkunku from PSG. This is of course is to replace Aaron Ramsey [who is joining Juventus on a free transfer].

“[PSG’s] Adrien Rabiot is among the players they’ve tried to sign in the past and have a long-standing interest in but he’s quite a complex individual and has had some issues off the pitch.

“As a secondary brief they’d be looking at a wide forward. In January they came close to a deal for Ivan Perisic and had interest in Yannick Carrasco.

“Possibly a centre forward with Danny Welbeck leaving. Eddie Nketiah would then go out on loan if they brought a centre forward in.

“There is interest in bringing in a left back and possibly a right back, but again, those are secondary to the central defender and box-to-box midfielder.”

 

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