Emirates Stadium side to end summer transfer window with a bang.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has set his sights on securing no less than three more signings this summer with bids for two of those he has targeted having already been accepted.
The Gunners secured a narrow last gasp win over Crystal Palace on the opening day of the Premier League season, a result that isn’t likely to have left Wenger feeling no more additions were needed, and the north London side are keen to secure more strength in depth with two targets.
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A move to bring in Greek defender Kostas Manolas seems imminent with an £8m fee agreed for the 23 year old and the centre-back being set to undergo a medical.
The Olympiakos defender will presumably be seen by Wenger as an ideal replacement for Thomas Vermaelen, with the Belgian having completed his £15m move to Barcelona earlier this month.
Manolas had an excellent season last term, helping his Athens based side to a domestic title, his displays helping Olympiakos to a superb defensive record of conceding just 19 goals in 34 fixtures.
Arsenal have also agreed a £5.5m fee for highly-rated PSG starlet Adrien Rabiot with the teenager offering Wenger a rangy midfield presence that could help boost options in the centre of the park.
The 19 year old has just a year to run on his current contract but has steadfastly refused to sign a new deal that has been on the table for some weeks, leaving the Ligue 1 side ready to cash-in on the French Under 21 international.
Wenger is a long term admirer of the Parc des Princes youngster and will be well aware of Rabiot’s obvious potential.
Finally Wenger will step-up their pursuit of Southampton battler Morgan Schneiderlin with Arsenal ready to slap in a £22m bid for the 24 year old as they look to take advantage of the player’s uncertain future at St Mary’s.
The talented box to box performer is said to be keen on leaving the south-coast side but having already seen a number of their top performers leave this summer Southampton are trying their utmost to keep the former Strasbourg man from joining the mass exodus.
Schneiderlin feels that having given six seasons of sterling service, helping Southampton rise from League One to the upper reaches of the Premier League, that his wish to leave this summer should be accepted.
Having fought his way into Didier Deschamps’ 2014 World Cup finals squad Schneiderlin feels it’s imperative he secures a ‘big’ move and wants to join a club that can offer him a first taste of Champions League football and is said to be hopeful of making a move to Arsenal to work under Arsene Wenger.
Wenger is willing to ‘sweeten’ any potential to sign Schneiderlin by offering a number of young talents on season long loan deals with the likes of Frances Coquelin, Ryo Miyaichi and World Cup star Joel Campbell among those who would be used in this manner.
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