Arsenal next three transfers after Riccardo Calafiori now decided as Mikel Arteta plan starts

Bologna defender Riccardo Calafiori
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Arsenal are still yet to really get going in the summer transfer market. Although on paper a deal for £27million has been completed, bringing in a first-team goalkeeper, David Raya's permanent arrival had been expected for much of the past 12 months.

Now, almost a month into the window, and Mikel Arteta's squad is so far unchanged. There has been no new striker, midfielder, or defender, despite a flurry of activity being anticipated.

Going the other way, the club are still expected to revamp parts of the playing group as well with a host of potential exits across the pitch from rotational options in goal, defence, midfield, and attack. Very little has actually been completed though, and a pre-season tour of America is starting to loom.

Nevertheless, there is no worry yet for Arsenal. They are still closing in on a deal to bring in Bologna defender Riccardo Calafiori, and although there are questions over his fit and the necessity for this deal, it is action.

Personal terms have been agreed with the Italian and there is thought to be optimism between both camps that a transfer will be rounded off, with the real issue the payment structure and end price. For Edu Gaspar and his recruitment team, it leaves room to work on.

In the background, Arsenal's priority is starting to become clear. On Wednesday, it was reported that initial talks with Marseille over a possible exit for Eddie Nketiah had started, whilst Thursday brought suggestions of a move for Reiss Nelson away from his boyhood club.

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Both players are on the outside of Arteta's squad and had peripheral roles in the Premier League last season. The pair of Hale End graduates have also signed new contracts in the past two years which complicates matters, but neither has been able to make a huge impact matching the progression of Arsenal since 2022.

Perhaps more importantly, the two Englishmen would also represent 'pure profit' on the accounts. Therefore, any sales would be accounted in full into the books, and improves the financial position dramatically given the Gunners do have to be wary of complying with profitability and sustainability rules (PSRs).

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The same goes for Emile Smith Rowe, who has also been linked with a move away from north London. Luton, Fulham, and West Ham have been named as clubs interested in signing him, with Julen Lopetegui's new side also said to be keen on bringing in Nelson this summer.

Crystal Palace and Fulham are said be admirers of Nketiah. Arsenal are open to all three departing as long as there is deemed to be ample cover in the squad.

Although nothing is yet close with any of these deals it certainly seems to suggest that alongside Calafiori, the preference is to trim the squad rather than go all out to bring in more big-name signings.