Arsenal are set for a busy transfer window, regardless of whether or not Unai Emery can steer them into next season’s Champions League.
Emery is aware the squad left to him by predecessor Arsene Wenger leaves much to be desire and, as a result, he is looking at reinforcements to come in.
Arsenal will have to operate on a strict budget this summer and, if they lose the Europa League final, face being even more frugal.
And the Daily Mail claim the Gunners have been offered Real Madrid and PSG players this summer.
Los Blancos have reportedly given Arsenal the chance to sign Marcos Llorente.
Wenger was previously a fan of the Spaniard and was linked with a move in January 2018, mere months before his retirement.
Arsenal have also been offered the chance to sign Adrien Rabiot.
The PSG star will leave the Parc des Princes having spent the last 12 months out in the cold.
The Daily Mail say Emery’s side have also held talks with United over a deal for Eric Bailly.
Bailly has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford and could be available for a fee of just £30million.
Arsenal also have Getafe’s Djene Dakonam and Espanyol’s Mario Hermoso under consideration.
Should Samuel Umtiti look to leave Barcelona, he too would be in the Gunners’ sights.
BBC reporter David Ornstein, meanwhile, has said Emery could sign as many as six players when the transfer window reopens.
“I don’t think it will be the most spectacular summer for Arsenal but I do think they have some very important business to be done,” he said on Radio 5 Live.
“It all depends on their budget. If they’re playing Europa League football next season it looks like it will be around £40m. If it’s Champions League it would be significantly higher. They also have revenue streams coming on board with the new Adidas kit deal.
“If it’s Europa League you’ve got to remember it’ll be their third year in that competition. They’ve also heavily invested in the last year or so, especially in the striking department, and they are adamant they will not break Financial Fair Play.
“Despite still waiting to appoint a Technical Director/Sporting Director/Director of Football, they still have identified targets and conversations are underway. They are looking for experience and youth in their recruitment.
“Their priorities are a central defender, Jeremy Wilson of the Telegraph mentioned the Getafe and Togo centre-half, Djene Dakonam, 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. Adrien 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.
“As a sort of secondary brief they’d be looking for a wide forward and 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.
“Not to forget they’d be looking to integrate young players too. Reiss Nelson coming back from his loan, Emile Smith Rowe, Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka who is said to be the most highly rated prospect – he’s a wide forward, but extremely young.”