Emery says he’s ready to buy big
Arsenal boss wants ‘three or four’ new players
18 July, 2019 — By Steve Barnett
Unai Emery: ‘We are being very demanding and we are also first speaking about the possibility to sign very big players, very expensive’
UNAI Emery has given weary Arsenal fans just the boost they needed by insisting that the club are targeting “very big, very expensive” deals in the transfer market.
The Gunners boss says he wants to add “three or four” players to his squad before they kick off the new season away at Newcastle on Sunday, August 11.
There has already been one addition in the shape of 18-year-old Brazilian striker Gabriel Martinelli. And Emery now wants to sign more talent that can go straight into his first-team.
“Our target is to achieve three, four players to really improve our team and squad now,” said Emery, ahead of Arsenal’s pre-season game against Bayern Munich in the US in the early hours of Thursday morning.
“We are being very demanding and we are also first speaking about the possibility to sign very big players, very expensive. If we cannot have our first target, then we try to sign the second, but thinking every time that they are going to improve our team.”
Another new addition has been made behind the scenes, with the Gunners appointing their former player Edu as the club’s first ever technical director.
Emery says the pair are in regular contact with the Arsenal owners regarding the club’s recruitment strategy.
“We are having a lot of meetings with the club, with Edu, and also with Josh [Kroenke] and Stan Kroenke in Denver,” Emery added.
“We have a very clear idea, to sign the players who can help us with a good performance and in the positions we need. We are working hard to make this happen.”
Another headline that would have brought a smile to the faces of the Arsenal faithful was that Dani Ceballos is ready to snub north London rivals Spurs and move to the Emirates Stadium.
According to reports, the Gunners are just waiting for Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane to approve a loan deal for the 22-year-old midfielder, which would leave them with more money to spend on permanent transfers.
One signing that is proving more difficult than perhaps Arsenal would have thought is Kieran Tierney. Celtic manager Neil Lennon says the Glasgow club will not be “pushed” into selling their Scotland left-back for less than they believe he is worth.
The Scottish champions have rejected the Gunners’ second offer, believed to have been in the region of £25million, with Lennon worryingly adding that the 22-year-old is a more “rounded” full-back than Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who recently moved from Crystal Palace to Manchester United in a £50m deal.