Football rumours: Arteta planning overhaul with at least four Arsenal signings

What the papers say

Mikel Arteta is reportedly planning to overhaul his Arsenal squad by signing at least four players this summer using potential Champions League income, according to The Times. The Gunners are understood to be confident of beating Chelsea to the signing of England and West Ham midfielder Declan Rice. The 24-year-old is thought to be valued at at about £80 million.

The same newspaper says Arsenal could also renew their interest in Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Moises Caicedo, 21, as Arteta looks to bring in two central midfielders, a winger and probably a left-back. These signings could be part-funded by the sale of some players, potentially including defender Kieran Tierney, 25.

Brighton and Hove Albion’s Moises Caicedo
Brighton and Hove Albion’s Moises Caicedo (Zac Goodwin/PA)

Elsewhere, the Daily Express says Houssem Aouar is set to join Eintracht Frankfurt on a free transfer this summer, two-and-a-half years after he was the subject of two mega-money bids from Arsenal. The 24-year-old midfielder was once considered to be a top target by both Arteta and Edu.

And West Ham United have joined the clubs that are keen on signing Bristol City teenager Alex Scott, the Daily Mail reports. The 19-year-old midfielder earned plaudits from Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola following his performance against the Premier League champions in the FA Cup on Tuesday night.

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File photo dated 26-04-2022 of Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva
Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva (Martin Rickett/PA)

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Khvicha Kvaratskhelia: Gazzetta dello Sport reports Napoli are aiming to tie down the 22-year-old Georgia forward, who has been linked with Chelsea and Newcastle, to a new contract until 2028.