Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings and Chelsea playmaker Willian are on Mikel Arteta’s transfer shortlist at Arsenal, according to reports.
Arteta has already made sure experienced duo David Luiz and Cedric Soares will be with the Gunners next season, while Pablo Mari has also seen his loan deal made permanent.
It appears that Arteta is looking to add an experienced element to his squad with The Athletic claiming that Mings and Willian are on his wanted list.
Arteta’s men look destined to miss out on Europe this season and he will have been briefed to get them back into UEFA competition in his first full season in charge. To do that the former Man City boss looks like chasing experienced players with 27-year-old England international Mings on that list.
The former Ipswich defender has developed into a reliable performer for Dean Smith and they will be loathed to lose the player, who is understood to be under contract until 2022.
Aston Villa are believed to have paid £25m to make Mings’ loan from Bournemouth permanent last summer and they are expected to put a high price tag on him to ward off Arsenal.
Mings is believed to be on around £25,000 a week and Arsenal will almost certainly offer him an increase on that. The report, which comes via reliable Arsenal source David Ornstein, doubts whether Arsenal can afford him, but Mings may well fancy a chance in the big time entering his peak years as a professional.
Arteta is also keen on Willian, who signed a short-term contract until the end of the season at Chelsea on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old Brazilian does look set to step away from Stamford Bridge in the summer though. He is after a three-year extension and Frank Lampard’s side are only offering the winger a two-year deal.
According to France Football, Manchester United have made contact with the wide man’s representatives, but now Arteta is now very keen on the player.