Arsenal news: Unai Emery prioritising one signing this summer with NINE players set to go | Football | Sport
The Gunners will have around £40m to spend this summer, however, their budget could be increased if they win the Europa League.
And according to Goal, regardless of whether their budget changes, Arsenal boss Emery is ready to splash the cash.
They say the Spaniard is prioritising a new left-back this summer.
Goal reckon Celtic’s Kieran Tierney is their top target, however, the Scotland international may be out of their price range.
Should the Gunners land a new left-back, Nacho Monreal will likely leave the Emirates.
Monreal is ready to return to Spain after a hit and miss season under Emery this time out.
Goal add that Monreal could be followed out of the Arsenal exit door by eight players.
Petr Cech is retiring, while Danny Welbeck, Carl Jenkinson, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Aaron Ramsey are out of contracts this summer.
Emery is also hoping to cash in on Shkodran Mustafi, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mohamed Elneny before the start of next season.
Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham revealed this week that the Gunners need to be savvy when it comes to spending this summer, meaning there may not be a big-money signing incoming.
“We need to continue to look at our wage bill,” Venkatesham said.
“We’ve got, and it’s well known, a large wage bill – that’s a good thing. That demonstrates the financial power and the financial muscle of Arsenal, which is important for us to be successful.
“But we need to make sure we are spending that money as efficiently as possible, and we are spending a lot of time focusing on that.
“Of course we need to be sensible and we need to be efficient in the transfer window.
“We need to sign excellent players, we need to make sure those players can make a real contribution.
“And if I look back to the last transfer window, with Bernd Leno, Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira, Papa Sokratis and others, we think we bring in players that can make a really big impact.
“And we believe that those players, and many more, can make a bigger impact next season.
“We need to be sure that when we are selling players we are maximising the funds that we can get when we sell players, because all of those funds just get reinvested back into the team.”