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Arsenal face transfer battles on multiple fronts as £100m release clause debate rages

Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes
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Arsenal could be busy in the summer transfer window as they look to bolster their squad ahead of another potential Premier League title challenge alongside Manchester City.

The Gunners finished second last season, two points behind City, and Mikel Arteta is keen to add to his squad going into the 2024/25 campaign. A new centre forward and midfielder are among the positions that Arsenal could strengthen, with a plethora of names linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.

Another position the Gunners seem keen to add another player too is on the right wing. Arsenal are making strides to sign Girona star Viktor Tsygankov, who has scored eight goals and added seven assists in 30 appearances this season. He has been impressive, and the Gunners have already 'made contact' to sign him, according to AS.

Taking a look at some of the other reports around Arsenal, football.london has the latest...

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Bruno concern

Newcastle are increasingly concerned about the prospect of losing Bruno Guimaraes this summer.

The Brazilian, who joined the Magpies for £42million from Lyon in January 2022, only signed a new deal last year to make him their highest earner, but it also included a clause that could see him move this summer. His release clause is understood to be worth around £100m, which if met, would represent a club record sale.

Although the Magpies insist they are confident he will remain on Tyneside, their failure to qualify for European football and Man City's potential pursuit of the midfielder has changed things, according to HITC. Arsenal are also said to be admirers of the 26-year-old but have little appetite of triggering the release clause.

football.london says: With the Gunners not having the biggest budget to spend due to FFP rules this summer, they should hold off spending another £100m on a midfielder. Edu and the Arsenal board would be more astute going to spend that money on a striker and potentially adding a cheaper midfielder instead.

It's understood that Arsenal won't trigger the release clause anyway, but the Gunners should opt to sign someone such as free agent Wilfred Ndidi, who is capable of playing in a number of positions in midfield and would be a cheap squad option with plenty of Premier League experience.

Sekso rival

Chelsea are confident that they can rival Arsenal to sign Benjamin Sesko if they progress in their plans to bring in a new centre forward this summer.

Sesko, 21, has enjoyed an impressive second-half of the season for RB Leipzig. The 21-year-old scored in each of his final seven Bundesliga appearances this campaign and has already been linked with a mega-money move away from Germany, despite only joining Leipzig last July.

Arsenal are said to be interested in signing the Slovenian international. Alongside the Gunners, Chelsea and Manchester United appear to be keen on his services. Sesko has a €65m (£55m) release clause in his current deal, though a bidding war between a number of clubs could increase that price.

But now, according to Evening Standard, Chelsea believe they can still go head-to-head with Arsenal for Sesko, despite not being able to offer him Champions League football. While the Gunners are thought to have been given encouragement that they hold an early edge over Sesko, that will not deter Chelsea.

football.london says: Arsenal are said to be among the frontrunners to sign Sesko and they should try their best to sign him this summer. Although the Gunners might try and lower the fee, £55m for a 21-year-old who has scored freely in the Bundesliga and has plenty of potential should not be turned down.