With Arsenal limping to the finish after a hugely disappointing season, thoughts are already turning to the transfer window in the summer.
Mikel Arteta is in dire need of rejuvenation and wants to raise £ 120 million to bring in fresh blood by shedding some players from his squad.
Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah, Matteo Guendouzi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Lucas Torreira and Hector Bellerin are all vulnerable, according to Football London.
Mikel Arteta (left) has to sell to buy this summer and Alexandre Lacazette is one of the players who could leave to collect transfer money
Alassane Plea (left) is interesting and versatile enough to play across the front line
So if Arsenal can manage to clean the house and generate the needed transfer cat, who is on the club’s radar to replace the spending?
Borussia Monchengladbach’s attacker Alassane Plea with a rating of £ 15 million is a man the Gunners have looked at.
The 28-year-old could replace Lacazette if the Frenchman moves to new pastures at the end of this campaign.
Plea averages a goal every three games, but it’s his versatility that can appeal to Arteta as he’s adept at every position over the front three.
Manchester United is also believed to be keeping an eye on Plea, but he is considered a backup option in case they fail to meet primary goals or convince Edinson Cavani to extend his stay.
But after Cavani’s midweek exploits against Roma in the Europa League, United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are doing everything they can to convince him to stay with United for another season.
Julian Brandt could leave Borussia Dortmund for £ 20 million at the end of this season
Arteta is also looking for a groundbreaking and creative spark in midfield with an attacking player.
Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Brandt matters and the 24-year-old is estimated to be worth around £ 20 million.
Martin Odegaard has done a great job with the Emirates, but it is unlikely the club will be able to sign him to a permanent Real Madrid deal, which is why Brandt is emerging as an option.
Brandt, like Plea, is versatile, but his favorite position is the number 10 role behind striker. A similar type of player that is also interesting is Nabil Fekir from Real Betis.
The Frenchman, who previously came close to Liverpool, scored four goals and provided six assists for the LaLiga team in 34 appearances this season.
Nabil Fekir (left) and Glen Kamara (right) are two more interesting players for Arsenal
His form has got him in the mix to go to the European Championship with Didier Deschamps’ World Cup winners and a strong performance this summer could drive up the price.
In terms of true central midfielders, Brighton’s Yves Bissouma and Rangers’ Glen Kamara have been scouted.
Arsenal could compete for Liverpool’s Bissouma and a fee of around £ 40m is expected to be enough for the Seagulls.
Kamara was an integral part of the Scottish Premiership winners from Steven Gerrard, who was picked up by the club two years ago for a meager £ 50,000.
Rangers would now need at least £ 10 million to make him leave, so he would be a significantly cheaper alternative to Bissouma.
Yves Bissouma is likely to charge a higher transfer fee than many of Arsenal’s other goals
In terms of defenders, Arsenal has a stake in Derby star Lee Buchanan. The 20-year-old left back has made 18 championship starts this season in his breakthrough campaign.
Wayne Rooney said, “He’s a top player. I would say he is one of the best young left backs in the country.
“And he can also go to a different level … no … he is a real top player.”
Max Aarons’ net worth is well known and has even led to ties with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, but Arsenal are also excited about the Norwich fullback.
If Bellarin leaves, he would be in the picture to come in as a replacement, while Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey is also on the watch list, along with Barcelona’s Emerson Royal.
Lamptey was a revelation at the start of the season before an injury stole his progress.
Max Aarons is on the radar of a number of clubs so it would be a coup if Arsenal could sign him
Emerson Royal (left) is an attacking right back who would be an exciting addition
He signed a new deal with Graham Potter’s side until 2025, so it could take a significant offer to persuade them to let him go.
Royal, 22, may be a more realistic option and the Brazilian has impressed Real Betis on loan this season.
According to reports in Spain, the Gunners will face competition from Tottenham, PSG and both Milanese emerging talent clubs worth £ 21 million.
In goal, Bernd Leno’s shaky form has sparked interest in a permanent deal for Mat Ryan, who has excelled since being loaned out by Brighton.
Ryan replaced Leno for the 1-1 draw with Fulham after a lead in practice, but was then canceled for the next game against Everton, where the German stopper made a disastrous error that cost his side the game.
It promises to be a summer of immense significance for Arsenal and their activity in the market will determine whether they can close the widening gap with their rivals next season.
Mat Ryan has impressed Arteta in practice and there is interest in a permanent deal