25 May 2022 | 10:15 | Football
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has missed a lot of outstanding players, emerging as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Under Mikel Arteta, the Emirates Stadium team is no longer able to attract top stars, but the failure of the Vlahovic deal will be painful for them, after lengthy negotiations with Fiorentina.
Dusan Vlahovic – £63 million
Quite understandable when Arsenal is ready to ‘break the safe’ for the 21-year-old striker. Vlahovic has 17 goals in Serie A this season, after scoring 21 last season. Meanwhile, Arteta desperately needs a top striker.
Vlahovic is likely to become one of the most expensive signings in the history of the Bianconeri. And if he continues with the current development momentum, he can completely be a bargain for Juventus, and also a regret for Arsenal.
Lautaro Martinez – £60m
Martinez has built a reputation as one of the most exciting talents in European football. Arsenal’s link with the Argentinian striker has certainly kept Gunners fans excited throughout the summer.
Tottenham and Barcelona were also interested in Martinez, but their hopes were dashed when the striker signed a new contract with Inter Milan, keeping him at the San Siro until 2026.
Emi Buendia – £38 million
Arsenal were very close to Buendia, but the former Norwich player went to Aston Villa, the team made a lot of money after selling Jack Grealish to Man City for 100 million pounds.
The Gunners went in a different direction, which was to buy out Martin Odegaard – who became an indispensable name in Mikel Arteta’s squad. Meanwhile, Buendia has had a rough start in the Midlands.
Ruben Neves – £36 million
The Wolves midfielder is Arteta’s long-term target. Many believe that Neves is a perfect replacement for Grant Xhaka when the Swiss star seems to have left the Emirates. However, things did not go as planned for the Gunners.
In the first half of the season, Arsenal showed themselves wrong when they were not determined to recruit Neves. The Portuguese player is the soul in the play of the Wolves, helping the team to fly high in the rankings. Meanwhile, Xhaka continues to frustrate with his lack of sanity.
Going forward, Wolves could value Neves significantly more than the £36m fee charged last summer.