With Martin Odegaard set for a return back to Madrid and the Gunners failing to sign Buendia, Mikel Arteta is in the market to find a new creative playmaker.
The transfer window officially opens on Wednesday and pressure is already mounting on Mikel Arteta and Edu Gaspar to secure deals for top players with a huge squad overhaul already taking place.
Arsenal finished 8th in the Premier League in Arteta’s first full season in charge of Arsenal after a disappointing premier league campaign.
The Gunners will not play any European football for the first time in 25 years and there might be financial implications on the club.
Mikel Arteta’s team managed to score 55 league goals this past season and are now in the hunt for an attacking midfielder to solve their creativity problem.
While missing out on that deal may be a transfer blow to Arsenal, there are cheaper alternatives to get and the Gunners have identified Matheus Pereira as a transfer target.
Pereira bagged 11 goals and six assists in 33 league matches for West Brom despite the club’s confirmed relegation, his versatility and creativity in a struggling West Brom side have earned him recognition.
The Brazilian is worth just £11.7million and the Gunners are now considering signing the 25-years-old should negotiations fall with Madrid for Martin Ødegaard.
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