Arsenal may be in the market for a new centre back this summer, but Mikel Arteta’s budget has been hit by the global pandemic.
The Gunners may therefore find it difficult to cough up big money for a new defender. A host of names have been linked, but nothing really seems to be in the pipeline as things stand.
Arsenal may even have to flog a centre back or two before bringing one in. Arteta has David Luiz, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Calum Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding at his disposal, whilst William Saliba will return from his loan in France and Pablo Mari could yet join permanently.
If Arsenal can clear the decks and bring in some cash, then RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano may be a top target for the Gunners.
The Frenchman has become one of the top young defenders in Europe with Leipzig. Arsenal have been linked repeatedly, but Football.London reported in May that he was out of financial reach for the Gunners.
Tuttosport reported over the weekend that AC Milan think Arsenal will end up beating them to Upamecano’s signature, giving Arsenal fans hope of a deal.
However, Guillem Balague has now given his input. He believes that Arsenal don’t really have the money to making huge purchases such as Upamecano.
Balague added that Leipzig have told him that Upamecano is close to renewing his contract, meaning Arsenal’s hopes will be over.
“He has been linked with Arsenal; let me tell you that Arsenal, I don’t think they’ve got a lot of money to put out there, I don’t think they going to be be able to spend 40, 50 million in players, I don’t think that’s the case. We will see but because of expenditure from last year this, this year & the pandemic, it means that they haven’t got a lot of money.”
“Upamecano, I believe RB Leipzig are working hard to convince him to stay, to renew his contract. They told me, the club, that they are close to renewing the contract. He is a top, top centre back, perhaps he feels it is not the time to move. He will have time to do so, but the club is optimistic that he can stay on,” he added.