ARSENAL could have a new-look starting XI next season which will come as a great relief to most Gunners fans.
The North Londoners have already made two signings this summer and are edging closer to deals for Tammy Abraham and James Maddison.
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal team could have a whole new look next season
Arsenal’s only confirmed deals of the summer are Nuno Tavares’ arrival from Benfica and Albert Sambi Lokonga coming in from Anderlecht.
Tavares snubbed a more lucrative offer from Real Sociedad to seal the £8million switch to the Emirates.
And Arsenal confirmed Lokonga has signed a ‘long-term’ contract after the North Londoners agreed to pay £17m for his services.
Left-back Tavares, 21, and centre-midfielder Lokonga, 21, will play in deeper lying roles than Abraham and Maddison who could add a whole new dimension to Arsenal going forward.
Tavares is unlikely to dislodge Kieran Tierney from the first team but one man likely to start is Ben White, 23.
SunSport exclusively revealed on Wednesday Chelsea are prepared to let Abraham join on loan initially to speed up a deal.
The Gunners are emerging as the favourites in a three-way chase for the out-of-favour striker.
Chelsea are demanding around £40m for Abraham but the fee is proving a sticking point for any suitors.
A loan deal with an obligation to buy should the player reach a set amount of appearances look like being an ideal compromise.
It would also take Abraham’s salary of around £80,000-a-week off the wage bill to help finance planned improvements in other areas of the squad.
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Arsenal have been linked with the Foxes playmaker as a replacement for Martin Odegaard, who returned to Real Madrid at the end of last season.
The Arsenal duo have failed to establish themselves as anything more than fringe players in North London.
However, it is also thought Brendan Rodgers’ side are seeking to secure no less than a huge cash sum for the creative midfielder.
Leicester rejected a bid of £70m for Maddison from another Premier League club last summer.
And since then the club have managed to tie him down to a new £100k-a-week, four-year deal.
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