Arsenal are keeping close tabs on Sampdoria duo Joachim Anderson and Dennis Praet, according to reports in Italy.
Unai Emery has his eye on a number of big names this summer despite only having around £40 million to spend on new recruits if Arsenal fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The Gunners are prioritising moves for a centre-back and an attacking midfielder and Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser has been heavily linked ahead of a possible £30m move.
According to Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport, Sampdoria central defender Anderson and midfielder Praet are two other players firmly on Emery’s radar.
The report claims that Arsenal have been tracking the pair for some time and have sent scouts to watch them as Sampdoria host Juventus for their final match of the Serie A campaign on Sunday.
Arsenal have good relations with Sampdoria following Lucas Torreira’s move last summer which could aid them in their pursuit of Anderson and Praet.
Tottenham have also registered an interest in Anderson this summer.
Charlie Nicholas believes Shkodran Mustafi should be shown the exit door this summer with Arsenal’s defence in need of an overhaul. ‘We need a whole new backline,’ Nicholas told Sky Sports.
‘I am disappointed that Petr Cech is retiring. I would have encouraged them to give him another year.
‘Bernd Leno has got mistakes in him and would have benefited from Cech giving him a helping hand.
‘We are looking for four defenders, so on top of the crazy situation of letting Aaron Ramsey go for nothing, it is not great. They need two centre-backs and two full-backs.
‘Hector Bellerin will come back and play right-back, as Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be pushed on potentially. Sokratis and Sead Kolasinac are good to have as squad players.
‘Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny are getting on a bit now. Shkodran Mustafi must be released in my opinion.
‘Konstantinos Mavropanos and Rob Holding are still to come back when they are fit.’