Mikel Arteta wants Arsenal’s transfer business done before Euro 2020

Mikel Arteta is pictured during a game for Arsenal
Arteta is planning a busy summer (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta will aim to complete three transfer deals before Euro 2020 starts, reports say.

The Arsenal boss oversaw a quiet January window, but expects to be backed in the summer.

The Daily Mail claim Arteta wants to bring in three big signings, with two midfielders and a centre-back on the wishlist.

Arteta is targeting a box-to-box midfielder and creative midfielder, but Arsenal are concerned about what effect this summer’s European Championships could have on asking prices.

The competition has a habit of driving up transfer fees and Arsenal are worried they will be priced out of moves if their priority targets perform well in the tournament.

Arsenal signed defenders Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares on loan last month, but Arteta aims to significantly strengthen his side in the summer.

Pablo Mari speaks with the Arsenal coaching team during training
Mari was one of just two signings for Arsenal in January (Picture: Getty)

Feyenoord teenager Orkun Kokcu is one player on Arsenal’s radar and the Gunners are reportedly ready to open talks over a summer switch.

Arsenal are expected to command a much larger budget in the summer after being restricted to loan deals in January.

Arteta’s rebuild, however, could become more complicated if star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaves the club.

Barcelona were interested in Aubameyang last month and sporting director Eric Abidal confirmed this week the club were still tracking the goalscorer.

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