Arsenal report: Barcelona star linked with huge Emirates move

Arsenal are planning big summer moves to improve the squad, with a high-profile Barcelona player linked with a move.

The Gunners have faltered in the last week in their pursuit of Champions League football, losing at Crystal Palace and Brighton to leave Tottenham in the driving seat of the top four. However, manager Mikel Arteta is still believed to be fully backed by his employers, with plans for new strikers still set for the transfer window.

And a former Manchester United star could be a surprise arrival.

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allsignings (opens in a new tab) they claim the Gunners are looking to make a move for Barcelona striker Memphis Depay, who has fallen out of favor at Camp Nou since Xavi took control of the club.

Ironically, it is former Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who has kept the Dutchman out of the squad, following his free transfer from Lyon. However, Depay had been playing as a false nine up for the Catalan giants under Ronald Koeman.

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Barca may be willing to let one of their standout signings from the latest transfer window go in order to raise capital for summer transfers. Still, Depay may want to fight for his future at Camp Nou, and he did not enjoy a happy time in the Premier League with United.

Depay is valued at around £40m per Transfermarkt (opens in a new tab).

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Arsenal remain linked to new strikers, with Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah both out of contract at the end of this season. Paulo Dybala is a player who has reportedly turned heads, while Cody Gakpo has also been linked with a move this summer.

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira has said he is not surprised by Mikel Arteta’s success and Arteta himself has defended his team’s celebrations in the wake of criticism. Nacho Monreal, for his part, recently spoke about the departure of Mesut Ozil from the club with FFTs.

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