Arsenal are implementing their transfer plans this summer after their FA Cup win and are said to be eyeing Sevilla center-back Diego Carlos.
The Gunners received a financial boost after their triumph at Wembley on Saturday, which means they have qualified for the Europa League next season.
As such, manager Mikel Arteta describes his main transfer goals and according to The telegraph, Arsenal are one of the many Premier League clubs interested in Brazilian defender Carlos.
Sevilla’s Diego Carlos is watched by a number of Premier League clubs including Arsenal
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta describes his main transfer goals after FA Cup win on Saturday
However, the report details that Arsenal would have to negotiate fees with Sevilla with Carlos’ £ 68million release clause out of their price bracket.
Sevilla could accept less, with a fee of £ 54.5million reportedly raised by the LaLiga club, but even that would be a significant expense.
Carlos joined Sevilla in May 2019 from Nantes, and has only missed three league appearances this season as the Spaniards advance to the Champions League.
A cheaper alternative for Arteta in defense would be free agent Malang Sarr, who left Nice at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, Sports messaging reported on Sunday night that Arteta is planning to offload up to nine first-team players to raise money for the players this summer.
Arteta knows he has to sell players to generate the cash to land his prime transfer targets – and he could even offload Alexandre Lacazette or Hector Bellerin if a big offer is made for either player. .
Forward Alexandre Lacazette could be sold if a suitable offer is made for the Frenchman
Right-back Hector Bellerin is another player who could leave the Emirates this summer
Sokratis, Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Sead Kolasinac – as well as Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding, who have played key roles for Arteta in recent weeks – are also in the showcase.
Arteta wants Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, and the club have a long-term interest in Chelsea striker Willian, whose contract is about to expire.
Arsenal are interested in Barcelona striker Philippe Coutinho, but funding a deal for the former Liverpool star could prove difficult. They also want to extend the loan of midfielder Dani Ceballos to Real Madrid.