Confirmed by BBC: Arsenal agree to sign defender and box-to-box midfield star

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Arsenal are aiming to strengthen in six different areas this summer, although with their main focus falling on central defence and a box-to-box midfielder, according to the BBC’s David Ornstein.

The Gunners finished fifth in the Premier League this season and can end the campaign on a high as they face Chelsea in the Europa League final on 29 June.

If they beat the Blues in Baku then they will have a substantially bigger budget to spend on transfers as a Europa League win comes with a spot in next season’s Champions League.

However, with Champions League football or not, Arsenal boss Unai Emery will be looking to sign players in at least two, and preferably six different positions.

‘Their priorities are a central defender,’ Ornstein said on BBC 5 Live.

‘Jeremy Wilson of the Telegraph mentioned the Getafe and Togo centre-half, Djené, he’s under contract until 2023 with a reported value of £13.5m.

‘The other priority is a box to box midfielder. Previously, in January, they came close to a deal for Christopher Nkunku from PSG – this is course is to replace Aaron Ramsey. Adrian Rabiot is a player they’ve tried to sign in the past, and they have a long-standing interest in him, however he is a complex individual and has had some issues off the pitch.’

Emery will be hugely disappointed if he cannot bring in a man in the middle of defence and midfield, but on top of that he wants two forwards and possible two full-backs.

‘As a sort of secondary brief they’d be looking for a wide forward,’ Ornstein continued.

‘In January came close to a deal for Ivan Perisic, and had interest in Yannick Carrasco. Possibly a centre-forward with Danny Welbeck leaving, and Eddie Nketiah would go on loan if they did bring a centre-forward in.

‘There is interest in bringing in a left back and possibly a right back, but again those are secondary to the centre-half and box to box midfielder.’

It is not clear just how much the Gunners would have to spend if they make it into the Champions League next season, but if they fail to then Ornstein sees their budget being ‘around £40m.’

If it was limited to that then six high-quality players would be out of the question unless current players were moved on.