What can early Aurier move hint about Arsenal transfer plans this summer?

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If reports of a deal about to be completed for Arsenal to sign Toulouse right-back Serge Aurier come to fruition what could an early signing reveal about Arsene Wenger’s transfer plans this summer?

The 21-year-old Ivory Coast international is widely expected to sign for Arsenal imminently with the summer transfer window not even open yet but should the deal go ahead on July 1st, what could an early dip into his transfer budget mean at the Emirates?

In previous windows Arsenal have shuffled their feet on a number of key deals, much to the frustration of their fans. Last summer they were slow to negotiate a deal for Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain then of Real Madrid and their target ended up signing for Napoli. Arsenal eventually signed his former teammate Mesut Ozil on deadline day for a club record fee of £42.5 million.

Firstly, Arsenal must have known for some time now that it was increasingly likely that Bacary Sagna would leave the club at the end of the season and that must have had an impact as they will have clearly known they needed an adequate replacement for the France international who has been with the club eight years.

Much the same situation can be said for second choice goalkeeper Lukasz Fabiasnki who signed for Swansea this week so, from the clues we can take from a potential Aurier deal being completed soon, I would suspect Wenger and his team will have already decided who their targets are for a replacement for the Poland stopper and perhaps even already have a deal in the making in that department too.

The other areas Arsenal likely need to strengthen are in their forward lines – they almost certainly need to bring in another striker to combine, compete or cover Olivier Giroud next season. A number of names have been thrown into the frame in recent weeks and months but I would suspect Wenger will already have a good idea of a) who might be available potentially and b) who he ideally sees as his primary targets but, as is so often the case, behind the scenes big-money deals for big-name players are often hard to get committed to paper.

It looks to me that the club as well as the manager have learned from their lessons last term and, armed with plenty of cash this time around, I suspect they will prefer not to leave deals until too late in the window as they have done in many previous summers. If the reports we are hearing about young Aurier are to be believed, it certainly looks as though the club are working on bringing key signings in sooner rather than later this year.

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