The transfer window opened Saturday and Arsenal are in danger of making 3 major transfer within the first full-working week.
Arsenal’s deal for 24 year old Bosnian full back Saed Kolasinac from Germany side Schalke 04 on a free transfer was made official as the clock clicked to 00:00 on Saturday morning.
The full back gives Arsenal the option of playing him out wide or at the left side of a back 3. He will be interchangeable with Nacho Monreal and Arsenal will just have to work on getting the combination and positioning right.
A record breaking £45m deal for Alexandre Lacazette from French side Lyon will likely be completed within the next 24 hours.
Arsenal have chased the Frenchman for some time now, and the big money early move shows that the club heave learnt from previous transfer windows where they let key targets slip through the net due to chasing other targets.
Arsenal will potentially rush through a deal for Riyad Mahrez or Thomas Lemar before the week is out.
Arsenal have already placed bids for Thomas Lemar, which have been rejected. Monaco seem to be reluctant to sell any more players, but Lemar seems keen on a deal to take him to Islington.
Despite the rejected bid, Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim said over the weekend that he fully expects more players to leave.
‘Three players have left – Dirar, Valere and Bernardo,’ he said. ‘Other players could leave us.’
As for Mahrez, the news came out of the blue late on Saturday that Arsenal had renewed their interest in the Algerian.
Whether this is because the club believe the Lemar deal is dead in the water, or have now accepted Alexis Sanchez is off it unclear. There is of course the scenario that the news was broken from some journalist on work experience who was just trying to get his profile up.
A move late in the week for Thomas Lemar of Riyad Mahrez will be in the hope of softening Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester City.
It’s going to be a busy week at Highbury House.