Arteta is also looking to bolster his attacking options, though, as well as his midfield, plans which Tottenham threaten to damage. After surrendering a top-four spot to their bitter rivals last season and narrowly missing out on returning to the Champions League, Arsenal won’t want to endure similar frustrations in the transfer market.
Barcelona will hope to raise funds for such a transfer by offloading Frenkie de Jong, with Manchester United the frontrunners for his signature. That outcome would be the worst-case scenario for both north London clubs, given it’d deny them a transfer target and strengthen next season’s top-four rivals simultaneously.
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