Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is looking to strengthen his squad with three quality signings this summer.
And, with the Gunners having missed out on the Premier League title once again, the Frenchman must ensure he signs a centre-back, a holding midfielder, and a prolific striker when the transfer window opens on July 1.
Here are some of the options available to Wenger.
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Centre-back: Mehdi Benatia
With Bayern Munich having raided Borussia Dortmund for the services of star defender Mats Hummels, centre-back Mehdi Benatia could leave the Allianz Arena.
The 29-year-old will be the fall guy at the German giants, with Hummels expected to be paired with Jerome Boateng.
Arsenal have struggled at the back this summer – particularly with Per Mertesacker showing his age, and Gabriel not being up to scratch – and Benatia could be the ideal player to strengthen the defence.
However, he is unlikely to come cheap, and could be the subject of interest from many of Europe’s finest clubs if he opts to depart the Bundesliga for a new challenge elsewhere.
Alternative: Juan Laporte
Juan Laporte would also be expensive, but quality. Juan Laporte is wanted by Manchester City but Wenger could pip Pep Guardiola to the Athletic Bilbao defender.
Central midfielder: Granit Xhaka
Arsenal have been regularly linked with a move for Leicester City bulldozer N’Golo Kante, but signing Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach could prove easier.
The 23-year-old, who will be a key part of the Switzerland squad at the European Championships this summer, has also been rumoured to be moving to north London.
He is held in high regard across the footballing world and, with Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta on their way out, Xhaka would have a huge chance of securing a starting berth.
However, timing is pivotal and Wenger would do well to sign the Swiss star before the Euros kick off, in order to keep his transfer fee relatively low.
Alternative: N’Golo Kante
Kante has had a quality season but whether or not he can continue to shine in the future remains to be seen. There is also no reason for Leicester to part with their midfield general now that they have achieved a place in the Champions League.
Centre-forward: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
With Olivier Giroud still far from the finished article and Danny Welbeck out injured until 2017, Wenger simply has to fork out for a forward this summer.
Not since Robin van Persie have the Gunners possessed a world-class marksman and with Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaving Paris Saint-Germain, the Gunners have to pip Manchester United to the Swede’s services.
The deal may hinge on whether or not Jose Mourinho succeeds Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, but if the Dutchman remains at the helm, then Arsenal have a real chance of landing the mercurial striker.
Ibrahimovic is approaching the twilight years of his career, but the fact that he has 154 goals in 179 games for PSG is evidence that he remains just as prolific as ever.
Alternative: Alvaro Morata
He is wanted by Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, but Alvaro Morata would be a shrewd signing. The youngster has much to learn, but he may be reluctant to join Arsenal as it's hard to argue that they would be an improvement on Juventus, his current club.
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