Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has his eyes firmly fixed on two major transfer targets ahead of this summer according to the Daily Star.
Arteta and Arsenal are expected to make wholesale changes to the playing squad this summer with several first teamers in danger of losing their place at the club.
The Gunners boss is eyeing a double swoop for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano and Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.
It was revealed that the North London giants will have to spend as much as £55m on Dayot Upamecano if they want to sign the French junior international.
Upamecano will have one year left on his contract at German Bundesliga giants RB Leipzig by this summer and the club will have no choice but to sell him in the summer as they would rather take up that option rather than let him leave the club for free.
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Arsenal were close to signing him at the start of this season but they were unable to agree a transfer fee with RB Leipzig for him. RB Leipzig had bids for him from the Gunners rejected.
£92m was the transfer fee demanded by RB Leipzig last summer and that would be considerably lower this summer. Mikel Arteta wants him and loanee William Saliba to be at the heart of the defence next season.
Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are also keen on Dayot Upamecano.
Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey is also a major target for Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta who believes that the Ghanaian international has the qualities to thrive in a rigorous league like the Premier League.
Thomas Partey has a £42m release clause in his Atletico Madrid contract at the moment and that’s affordable for the Gunners though recent reports claimed that the Spanish giants want to offer the player a new contract and increase that release clause.