Mikel Arteta faces Bukayo Saka decision after Johan Bakayoko enquiry as £33m move unlikely

Arsenal star Bukayo Saka in action.
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Arsenal have had a quiet opening two weeks of the summer transfer window, but needless to say, work will be ongoing behind the scenes at London Colney. Mikel Arteta's side will reconvene for their preparations ahead of the upcoming Premier League season, but there is plenty of work to be done before the curtain rises in August.

Unlike some of their top-flight rivals, the Gunners aren't bowing to the pressure of Profit and Sustainability sanctions as clubs sweat over straying over the line and into the danger zone. Spending at the Emirates Stadium will have to be shrewd in order to stay within the parameters of the financial restrictions, which Arteta has eluded to previously, but it hasn't stopped links in and out of North London.

Marbella will reportedly be the destination for Arsenal to begin their preparations as they look to dethrone Pep Guardiola's Manchester City after suffering at the hands of the Citizens in the previous two campaigns. On the last day, City's win over West Ham United thwarted their hopes of ending a two-decade wait for Premier League success, with the East Manchester club earning a record-breaking fourth consecutive crown in the process.

Here, though, has the latest from the world of Arsenal and the transfer window.

Johan Bakayoko subject of Arsenal enquiry

Arsenal have reportedly enquired over PSV Eindhoven star Johan Bakayoko. Reports in Holland suggest that the Gunners have made a move to sound out the availability of the Belgian attacker.

It has been claimed that the 21-year-old is expected to leave the Dutch champions this summer as speculation mounts over his future in the Eredivisie. Arteta's side are said to be at the front of the queue, with admirers gathering from across Europe, with Liverpool previously reported to be among them.

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Rik Elfrink has claimed that the club have done nothing more than enquire with no offer tabled with no indication that the North London club will take further action. It is likely that any decision over Bakayoko's future will be determined upon the conclusion of Euro 2024 due to his involvement with Domenico Tedesco's side. says: It is no surprise to see Arsenal joining the queue for Bakayoko. The Dutchman has been on the thoughts of most elite clubs in Europe, and the interest will intensify the more he features in Germany.

The question for Arsenal is: where will he fit in? Bukayo Saka has cemented his place as the starter in the wide position, but last season, his performances in key matches raised questions and further scrutiny over the competition in his position.

Bakayoko, who is one year Saka's junior, could provide that level of competition but also offer much-needed respite for Saka, should he need it. But the problem would be that the arrival of the Belgian will hamper the progression of both players. Additionally, can Arsenal afford to splash out on a player who will not be performing week in, week out? It's unclear, but what is evident is that Bakayoko is a fantastic option for every club in Europe.

Arsenal learn Dovbyk release clause

Arsenal have emerged as a possible destination for Artem Dovbyk. The Ukranian striker took the Spanish top-flight by storm last season as Girona defied the odds and qualified for the Champions League for the first time in their history.

In an interview with 'Diario de Girona', as quoted by Mundo Deportivo, Quique Cárcel confirmed that Artem Dovbyk has a €40m (£33.9m) release clause in his contract. The Girona sporting director said: "We don't have to buy to sell, we have to buy to consolidate the project.

"I don't want to sell Dovbyk, but if they pay 40 million you can't do anything – he has to be sold. The most important thing is to take advantage of all this to consolidate Girona in the elite."

According to Mundo Deportivo, Atletico Madrid and Napoli are also interested in signing Dovbyk. The report states that Diego Simeone's side have recently lodged a €25m (£21.2m) bid, while Napoli have submitted a €35m (£29.7m) offer, both of which remain some way from Girona's asking price. says: Whoever lands Artem Dovbyk will be a lucky club. But for Arsenal, these links don't seem to add up. The Gunners are in the market for a forward, there is no question, but the 27-year-old appears to be edging away from the characteristics that the club are looking for.

Ivan Toney is another forward option linked with Arsenal, but with his recent form and the price he is available for, it does make for a debatable piece of business. Strikers will be at a premium for Arsenal this summer, with clubs knowing their ambitions to strengthen the department.

Dovbyk could leave Girona this summer in a heavily profitable sale, but the links to Arsenal feel futile, especially with younger prospects around.