Arsenal Lining-Up £75m Double Swoop Ahead Of Liverpool Clash

By on July 24, 2016

The summer transfer window is now open for business so we’ll bring you all the latest transfer rumours and gossip from around the globe. Today, Arsenal are linked with a £75m double swoop…

Riyad Mahrez

Arsenal are looking to pull off a sensational £75m double swoop for Riyad Mahrez and Alexandre Lacazette before their Premier League opener against Liverpool, according to the Mirror.

Arsene Wenger has already brought in Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka and young prospects Rob Holding and Takuma Asano but the French boss is planning to further strengthen his attacking options after a lack of goals once again cost the Gunners in the title race last season.

Several names have been linked with a move to the Emirates in recent weeks but the Mirror claim that Wenger has set his sights on Mahrez and Lacazette and is looking to pull off a £75m double deal this summer.

Mahrez played a key role in helping Leicester City clinch a shock Premier League title last season and the 25-year-old was named as the PFA Player of the Year after scoring 17 goals and providing 10 assists for his team mates.

Eurosport FR claimed on Saturday that the Algerian international has already agreed to join Arsenal after Wenger held talks with his agent last week and the Mirror suggest that it will take an offer of around £35m to tempt Leicester in to a sale.

Should Mahrez make the move to north London, it would cast further doubt on Theo Walcott’s future at Arsenal with the England international tipped to leave following a disappointing campaign last season.

Wenger is also looking to bring in a top class striker to offer competition for Olivier Giroud and the Mirror suggests that Lyon hitman Lacazette is now top of Arsenal’s wish-list after they missed out on Gonzalo Higuain.

Lacazette has become one of the most prolific strikers in France and proved this once again after scoring 23 goals in 44 games to help Lyon to a second placed finish behind champions Paris Saint-Germain last season.

The newspaper says that Wenger held talks with the 25-year-old’s representatives during Euro 2016 about a move to the Emirates and the Gunners are now ready to press ahead with a deal that would cost in the region of £40m.

This proposed £75m double deal would transform Arsenal’s attack if they could pull it off and the Mirror suggest that Wenger wants both deals in place ahead of their Premier League opener against Liverpool on August 14th.

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Arsenal are set to be without Giroud, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny for that clash while Alexis Sanchez is also a doubt with an ankle injury so the Gunners could certainly benefit from having Mahrez and Lacazette on board as quickly as possible.

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One Comment

  1. HChapman

    July 24, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    To get both players would mean Wenger spending £100m of Kroenke’s money this transfer window. That just isn’t going to happen. Git-zadis has already said Arsenal has spent big this window – apparently £35m is now considered spending big, rather than being the standard price this season for a half-decent player (but not a top player).

    If either club hold out for £40m+ for their player, Wenger will not pursue them.

    This annual diatribe of “we will pay big, for the right player” is irrelevant when you understand that no ‘right player’ that demands a big price will come to play for a perennial underachiever. Those players want to win trophies to show their grandchildren, and they have little chance of doing that if they play for Wenger.

    Wenger has done a good job based on the money he has spent. But he has not won the PL for 12 years and that is partly because the teams he has assembled are not good enough to execute the strategy he applies to every game (and it is the same strategy for EVERY game, regardless of opposition or team selection!).

    I do not expect to see the signature of a player that will bring the necessary positive impact the team needs to win the PL next season. Giroud will continue to do what he does, and do it well, but Giroud alone is not sufficient as a strike force. The other perennial underachievers will continue on the same road of not being good enough for the team – Oxlaide-Chamberlain, Walcott. Ramsey will continue to make no aggressive advancement into the opposition territory, but will play the ball sideways and backwards (he didn’t do that for Wales, so why for Arsenal?). Bellerin will continue what he did last season, waste his natural ability to take on the opposition down the right flank, and instead stop and then play the ball backwards (he was so threatening the previous season, why did he change his game?). Ozil will continue to be frustrated by the lack of quality movement from his team mates and their unwillingness to run into space to receive the ball, and he will lose interest by the time the clock hits 70 minutes (why does every Arsenal player want to be standing still when they receive a pass and the pass be no more than 5 yards?).

    Arsenal will gain 65%+ possession, but end up having only a handful shots that are all from outside the box and mostly off target.

    Good players and half-decent players are being made to look like bad players; either by Wenger’s strategy and the tactics he imposes on the players, or by the players themselves being at a lost as to what to do individually and as a team.

    All this adds up to Arsenal having more chance of f****** the Pope than winning the PL next season.

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