German midfielder Max Meyer is to remain in the Bundesliga, who will Arsenal turn to instead?
In recent days, it has been reported by SportBuzzer that Schalke midfielder Max Meyer has agreed a deal to join Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim.
This has come as a shock to some, who expected the midfielder to move to England as Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham had all registered interest in the number 10. Arsenal, having recently appointed Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger's successor as manager, will now need to find a new potential midfield signing; especially with the rumours that Aaron Ramsey could be leaving the Emirates.
The first potential name on Emery's shopping list is Jean-Michael Seri, the Nice midfielder who Emery had previously expressed an interest in signing for PSG in January. The Ivorian has been attracting interest from the Premier League for some time and with his passing ability, and he would do very well indeed amongst the Arsenal ranks. He is also more defensively-minded than Max Meyer, giving Arsenal some much needed reinforcement in the middle of the park.
This season, Seri has achieved a pass accuracy of 90.6% according to WhoScored and has played an average of 2.1 key passes per game, one of the highest in Ligue 1 this season. Seri has a £35 million release clause in his contract and would be a huge statement of intent, should Emery get the deal wrapped up as soon as possible.
The second player that Emery could sign for Arsenal's midfield is one whom he has already worked with; during his time at PSG. Italian midfielder Marco Verratti signed for PSG from Pescara in 2012 for a fee of around £10 million and has since become a vital part of the Paris project. Now, with PSG looking to further upgrade their team, Verratti could be on his way out of the French capital.
He has played 35 times in all competitions for Paris this season and has achieved a pass completion rate of 91.3%, scoring twice and assisting five in the process. He is likely to be far more costly than Seri, and could cost the Gunners up to £60 million. However, it would certainly be a statement of intent and a huge upgrade of the likes of Mohamed Elneny and Jack Wilshere.
This final option is a player whom has been more-so linked with the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and PSG, yet could prove to be a Premier League challenging signing if Emery could get there first.
According to reports from TheLaziali, Milinkovic-Savic's agent has stressed that Sergej is in "no rush" to be playing in the Champions League and if Arsenal could part with enough cash to tempt the Lazio chairman, then there is no reason why Milinkovic-Savic could not be a realistic target.
The 23-year-old Serbian scored 14 times in 48 games for Lazio this season, assisting another six and receiving eight man-of-the-match awards. He would be a valuable asset for Arsenal and to deny Manchester United of his services would be an added bonus.