Arsenal want five stars
Arsenal still hope to add five first-team players to their ranks this summer.
Talks are currently ongoing over Kieran Tierney and William Saliba and Unai Emery prioritises strengthening his defence.
And in a bid to secure Champions League qualification next term, Arsenal are trying to bring in some top quality younger stars.
In order to boost the money available for reinforcements, Starsport understands Arsenal will have to sell first, and that has put any other potential deals on hold.
Arsenal are believed to want a midfielder and a winger yet before the window shuts on August 8.
Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser has been linked as an option out wide, while Emery aims to bring in a replacement for Aaron Ramsey following his free transfer to Juventus.
£90m Man Utd trap
Manchester United could be falling victim to a Manchester City trap in their pursuit of Harry Maguire, according to football consultant Ian McGarry.
“I wonder, and this is just me playing devil’s advocate and everyone loves a bit of that, are City trying to play United in this market?” he said on The Transfer Window podcast.
“Is their interest actually 100 per cent? Or are they effectively getting involved in a transfer that they don’t really have a great amount of confidence or belief in completing, but would see a player go at a higher price to their City rivals?
“A player who they don’t value in the same way that United do, but if Guardiola, as he said in that documentary that he’s not quick and you can take advantage of him, is he almost trying to see United buy the player so that they can them play him next season and take advantage of those weaknesses?”
Liverpool plans revealed
Liverpool insist they won’t be splashing the cash this summer after completing their first signing of the window.
Dutch ace Sepp van der Berg joined the European Champions yesterday in a deal worth £1.3m.
Liverpool could add more players to their squad this summer, but they insist big money won’t be spent and Starsport understands the club have no plans to repeat that major outlay this year.
Anfield insiders are ‘adamant’ there won’t be any major signings or huge cash spend on an individual player.
A winger or attacking midfielder is understood to be a target area, but no figure over £20m will be spent.