Unai Emery insists Arsenal are working to bring in “three or four” players before the start of the new season.
So far this summer the Gunners have only signed 18-year-old forward Gabriel Martinelli despite being linked with a host of names.
Arsenal have a smaller budget than the majority of their closest Premier League rivals but have still continued to show reported interest in some key targets.
Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, Kieran Tierney of Celtic and young Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba have all attracted attention from the Emirates Stadium hierarchy this summer.
But, with only Burnley, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Norwich forking out less on new recruits so far, the lack of investment is one of the issues highlighted by an alliance of Arsenal supporters’ groups in recent days.
However, speaking ahead of Arsenal’s opening International Champions Cup clash with Bayern Munich in Los Angeles, Emery claims there will be more transfer activity in the coming days as he looks to build a squad to take the club back into the Champions League.
“We are working, the club is working with the possibility to sign some new players to help us,” he said.
“We are doing a lot of meetings with the club, with (technical director) Edu, with Raul (Sanllehi, head of football) and also with Josh and Stan Kroenke on Monday in Denver.
“We have a clear idea to sign players to help us with quality and in the positions we need.
“We are taking with the patience and with the calm because we really want to sign players who can help us with a big performance and also because we think in the team we have very good players and young players and we also need to take the best player in some positions.
“Really, I can say to our supporters that we are going to have a very good team with the players that are there now and also with three or four players who can help us in a few days.
“Other players can come here to help us. We need, really, that they will come with a big performance and also our target is to achieve three or four players who really improve our team and our squad now.
“We are being very, very demanding and we are first speaking about the possibility to sign very big, very expensive players and the first player in our list is our first target. And after, if we cannot achieve that, then the second. But we are thinking every time that they are going to improve our squad.”
Arsenal saw an improved offer for Celtic full-back Tierney rejected over the weekend with the Scottish Premiership champions holding firm over a fee.
A move for Zaha now looks dead in the water after an initial approach was knocked back while a deal for Saliba, which had appeared all-but complete, has now reportedly been complicated following fresh interest from Tottenham.
Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos is another name now linked with north London, and although Emery would not be drawn on whether a loan deal for the Spain international was close he did admit the 22-year-old is a “very good player”.
Matthijs de Ligt has arrived at Juventus to undergo a medical ahead of completing his move from Ajax.
The young defender landed in Turin on Tuesday night via private jet before being escorted to the Serie A champions’ facility on Wednesday morning.
The sought-after centre-back was heavily linked with Barcelona, Manchester United and Manchester City, but he is set to ply his trade in Serie A alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Aaron Ramsey next season after Juventus agreed a reported €75 million deal.
He has played 117 games for Ajax in all competitions, scoring 13 goals, including three as the club reached the last four of the Champions League last season, only to lose in the final seconds to Tottenham.
De ligt scored the winner in Turin as Ajax eliminated Juventus in the quarter-finals.
He has played 17 times for the Netherlands.
WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
Danny Rose is not heading to Singapore for Tottenham’s pre-season tour, the Daily Telegraph reports, in a sign that the 29-year-old is on the verge of being sold. The England left-back has made it clear he is unhappy with Spurs’ pay structure.
The Evening Standard says Rose’s Tottenham team-mate Christian Eriksen, 27, has been identified by Atletico Madrid as the Spanish giants look to add creativity to their midfield. The Denmark international said last month he was interested in a new challenge after six years with Spurs.
St Etienne are hoping to transfer teenage defender William Saliba to Tottenham, but the 18-year-old would prefer to go to Arsenal, according to The Sun. The Gunners have reportedly agreed to terms with Saliba, though the Ligue 1 club have been offered more money by Spurs. That has led Arsenal to match Tottenham’s £30million offer, with the French club now considering whether they can push the price for the defender higher again.
Manchester United are pursuing Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes and have reportedly made him a large offer to switch to the Red Devils. The Portugal international could offer new options in United’s midfield, where uncertainty reigns due to Ander Herrera’s departure and Paul Pogba’s desire to leave Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has expressed interest in Fernandes, 24, and the Daily Mirror says United has offered him £50million – or £5.5million a year – to shift north.
Veteran goalkeeper Andy Lonergan has been added as cover to Liverpool’s pre-season tour of North America, the Daily Mail says. The 35-year-old has not yet been signed by the Reds, who are missing first-choice custodian Allison – on holiday following Brazil’s Copa America win – while youth goalkeepers Caoimhin Kelleher and Vitezslav Jaros are both out injured. Lonergan, currently a free agent following recent stints with Middlesbrough and Leeds United, will serve as back-up to Belgian international Simon Mignolet.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Ademola Lookman: The Everton winger, 21, has followed a productive loan to RB Leipzig by being signed by the Bundesliga side, Sky Sports News reports.
Everton Soares: Arsenal have sent a club doctor to Brazil to check on the Copa America-winning striker, with the Gunners close to signing the 23-year-old from Gremio, according to Metro and Fox Sports.