Mislintat working his magic: Arsenal set to wrap-up £75m triple swoop

By on May 16, 2018

According to the Sun, Arsenal are ready to wrap-up a £75m triple swoop as Sven Mislintat continues to revamp the squad ahead of a busy summer in north London.

We haven’t even announced our new manager yet with Mikel Arteta the heavy favourite to replace Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman ended his 22-year stay at the club.

However, no matter who comes in, Mislintat has been tasked with overseeing our summer transfer business and our head of recruitment is wasting no time in trying to land his targets.

A new goalkeeper is a priority as Petr Cech’s best days are behind him and the Sun claims Bernd Leno is the man we want to bring in as a long-term replacement for the 36-year-old stopper.

Leno has been one of the best keepers in the Bundesliga in recent years and the newspaper says we’re ready to pay Bayer Leverkusen £25m for the 26-year-old – who’s understood to be keen on a switch to the Emirates.

We also desperately need to overhaul our defence as we shipped an embarrassing 69 goals in all competitions last season and easily had the worst defensive record in the top six.

Per Mertesacker has retired and Laurent Koscielny will never get back to his best as he turns 33 later this year and is facing six months on the sidelines with an Achilles injury.

Shkodran Mustafi is being tipped to leave after failing to live up to his £35m price-tag since joining from Valencia two years ago so Arsenal are in the market for two new centre-backs.

The Sun claims that we’re closing-in on a £35m deal to sign Freiburg star Caglay Soyuncu after stealing on a march on the likes of Manchester City and Roma.

The 21-year-old Turkish international has been an excellent signing for Freiburg since arriving from at the club two years ago and he’s considered to be one of the most talented young defenders in German football.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos is the second centre-back Arsenal are targetting with the Sun reporting that a £15m deal for the Borussia Dortmund star in on the cards.

The 29-year-old is available at a cut-price as he has just one year remaining on his contract and has made it clear he won’t be signing an extension so Dortmund are ready to cash-in.

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The Greek international is a powerful, tough centre-back so he should have no problem adjusting to life in the Premier League and Mislintat knows him well having played a key role in signing him for Dortmund five years ago.

If we manage to get all three deals completed then it will cost us around £75m but the outlay should be balanced by the departures of Mustafi, David Ospina and several other fringe players.