Arsenal are set for a major recruitment drive this summer and their midfield is likely to be an area of focus, after seeing their ranks severely depleted this season.
The Gunners are currently poised to lose both Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla when their contracts expire this summer, whilst there is also concern that Aaron Ramsey will also push for a free transfer when his deal comes to an end in 2019.
That leaves just Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka as the only two senior central midfielders who have a secure future and Arsenal want to significantly improve their options in this area, with reports suggesting an interest in Udinese’s Jakub Jankto.
The 22-year-old has attracted a wealth of interest in recent seasons and could be poised for a transfer this summer, whilst Arsenal have been handed a boost by comments from the Czech international as he suggested he wants to leave the Serie A.
Speaking to TuttoUdinese about reports linking him with a move to England, the young midfielder said:
“I have been an Udinese player for the last four years and I have been happy. But I would also like to have a different experience. I would like to know different countries and their cultures. I am not afraid of change.”
Arsenal and other interested parties would have to pay a fairly large sum to tempt Udinese into a deal, as Jankto is currently tied down with a contract that runs until 2021.