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Arsenal's most ridiculous transfer bid yet explained as Mikel Arteta copies Man Utd

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal FC at Etihad Stadium on March 31, 2024 in Manchester, England.
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Arsenal have launched a new bid in an attempt to complete their second summer signing - though it was not for priority defensive transfer target Riccardo Calafiori.

The Gunners have been in talks with Bologna over a move for the defender throughout the last week having already reached an agreement on personal terms. Discussions over the fee that will be paid are ongoing with the Italian club keen to get a considerable package as half of the funds will go to Calafiori's former club Basel.

Mikel Arteta wants Calafiori to be an Arsenal player before the squad head overseas for their pre-season tour in the United States which kicks off on Wednesday, July 24 with a friendly against Bournemouth. One player very unlikely to be involved in that game though is David Raya, fresh off being announced as the club's first permanent summer signing.

The 28-year-old is still away with Spain at the European championships and will be until Sunday after his nation secured a spot in the final by beating France 2-1 on Tuesday evening. With Aaron Ramsdale also still at the tournament representing England, Arteta may have no senior shot-stoppers for the beginning of pre-season, however he is clearly hoping that will change soon.

On Wednesday, the Athletic revealed Arsenal had seen their opening offer to sign Dan Bentley immediately turned down by Wolves. football.london understands the Gunners will have to significantly up their initial £50k bid to sign Bentley. It has also been claimed Wolves want a minimum of £1million with Gary O'Neil viewing him as a valuable player in the squad.

While hardly the most inspiring transfer, it is an important one for Arteta and Co. for a number of reasons. Firstly, as mentioned above, the Gunners will have a senior player ready to play in goal during pre-season and for first-team training sessions with those returning before Raya and Ramsdale.

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The 31-year-old will also count as a homegrown player and is believed to be a great character to have in the building. While there may be no intention to play him in competitive games next season, Man United have proven how important the selection of a third-choice goalkeeper is.

Back in 2021, United added Tom Heaton to their goalkeeping department with his experience having proven key over the last three years. The 38-year-old recently signed a one-year extension at Old Trafford and is currently away with England in order to help the goalkeepers in Gareth Southgate's squad.

While Arsenal's Bentley bid was a surprise and also astronomically lower than what Wolves want, there is clear proof it is a transfer absolutely worth completing.