Arsenal identify Xhaka replacement, Lazio man targeted, big Onana transfer boost

After a disappointing season that ended with Arsenal not qualifying for Europe entirely, Mikel Arteta’s side have an important summer ahead as they look to rebuild their squad.

Some of the positives of last season was that they were able to integrate academy players like Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe into the side, and they will look to purchase quality players to improve them.

Factor in the return of Joe Willock from loan, and there is a good foundation to build on.

Despite that, there is plenty to do for Arsenal as they aim to return to the higher places on the Premier League table next season.

Daily Star Sport has taken a look at Arsenal’s latest transfer news below.

De Paul Targeted

With Granit Xhaka edging closer to a move to AS Roma, Arsenal have already identified his replacement: Udinese’s Argentine midfielder Rodrigo de Paul.

Reports in Italy say that Arsenal are set to open talks with his club to sign the player, who is currently away on international duty to prepare for the Copa America.

De Paul was linked with a move to Leeds United last summer, but a move never materialised.

Correa Lined Up

Arsenal are interested in signing Lazio forward Joaquin Correa, with their own players Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette either leaving or unable to hit the same form as previous years.

The Italian club are reportedly seeking at least £30m for the player, but the Gunners are willing to pay no more than £17m for him.

The 26-year-old has a contract until 2023 and is also targeted by Arsenal’s Premier League rivals West Ham and Everton.

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Onana Move Edges Closer

After Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana’s ban from football was reduced by three months, Arsenal are poised to sign the Cameroonian.

The Gunners have long targeted a goalkeeper, and the Ajax man seems to be the ideal choice.

He was banned from football in February for mistakenly taking a banned substance and after the ban was reduced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, rumours of a move to London increased.

Ajax’s Marc Overmars is preparing for his departure: “We have not stopped the negotiations [on his contract] for nothing…I think it is likely that he will leave in the summer.”

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