Arsenal face a stern test this summer to rejuvenate their underperforming side, with the Gunners in danger of missing out on Champions League football for the second year in a row after slipping way behind the Premier League’s top-four.
That leaves Europa League glory as the only path ahead for the Gunners to return to Europe’s elite competition and, whilst they earned a stellar 2-0 victory against AC Milan in last night’s Round of 16 first-leg, there’s still a wealth of talented sides in the competition.
Following the loss of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United in January, Arsenal are in need of reinforcements in attack to improve their threat down the left side- as neither Danny Welbeck or Alex Iwobi have excelled in his absence.
The Gunners were heavily linked with the services of Bordeaux’s exciting winger Malcom during the January transfer window and remain keen on his signature. However, the London Evening Standard report that Bayern Munich have joined the hunt.
Serial Bundesliga winners Bayern are seeking replacements for ageing duo Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, with the 21-year-old identified as a prime target- and manager Jupp Heynckes has confirmed the Bavarian giants’ interest.
Speaking to Sport Bild, he said:
“He’s certainly in the focus of our scouting department, like many other players as well. [Sporting director] Hasan Salihamidzic has very clear ideas and is driving forward the plans for next season. He knows exactly who is in our sights and which players he would like to have. He has high quality players in mind.”
Arsenal could have to part with as much as £45m to bring the Brazilian starlet to the Emirates Stadium and Bayern’s interest may drive the price up significantly.