Unai Emery 'working on deal' to make surprising first signing at Arsenal

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With a budget of just £50 million to play this summer, new Arsenal manager Unai Emery is going to have to be very shrewd in the transfer window.

That amount is only enough to buy one world-class player in today's market and it's widely acknowledged that Arsenal need at least two or three new faces.

A new goalkeeper is an absolute priority for the Gunners following a season where Petr Cech made six errors that led to goals in the Premier League - more than anyone else.

David Ospina is the Czech Republican's understudy but in his four years at the Emirates Stadium he's become renowned for making mistakes, too.

Reinforcements in defence - particularly in the middle - are also needed, while a new central midfielder wouldn't go amiss.

Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere are all fine players on their day but none possess authority in the middle of the park like Nemanja Matic or Fernandinho.

Emery is reportedly interested in signing five players this summer yet David Ornstein claims he's already begun talks over a free transfer for Juventus veteran Stephan Lichtsteiner.

Lichtsteiner, 34, is due to become a free agent and Emery is keen to bring the experienced right-back to north London.

"Arsenal are working on a deal to sign Switzerland right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer when the 34-year-old’s Juventus contract expires this summer," wrote Ornstein.

"Lichtsteiner a long-term target who Arsenal see adding experience/leadership to head coach Unai Emery’s squad."

Arsenal fans will undoubtedly hope Emery has something better up his sleeve this summer than Lichtsteiner, but they're actually very happy about the potential signing.

The Swiss is a solid and experienced full-back who will not only provide competition for Hector Bellerin but also help the Spaniard improve.


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