“There Is Still A Chance…” Romano Reveals What Arsenal’s Next Transfer Could Be After Rice And Timber

“There Is Still A Chance…” Romano Reveals What Arsenal’s Next Transfer Could Be After Rice And Timber

Arsenal could sign another midfielder before the transfer window closes next month, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.

With three deals already sewn up, it has been suggested that the Gunners may have already bought their last player of the summer. When asked for his thoughts on the ‘Here We Go’ podcast, Romano said he wouldn’t rule out a fourth addition in the coming weeks, especially if Thomas Partey is sold:

“It’s still very early, just July. If today was 20th August, I would say yes, probably. But it’s still open because sometimes you can have opportunities. The first part of the transfer window had to be three important players.”

“Now the focus is going to be on selling players, so Granit Xhaka. Then we will see. If something important arrives for Thomas Partey there is still a chance for Arsenal to sign a new midfielder. So to replace Partey with a new midfielder.”

“They looked at Romeo Lavia, but it’s not the only one, so let’s see what they decide to do. They are done for this moment but I would never say they are done until the end of the window because things can happen.”

A move for Lavia seems the most likely for Arsenal

Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia has been heavily linked with the Gunners over the past couple of months but there is a feeling that the London club are holding back from making an offer for financial reasons.

Having spent just over £200m on Kai Havertz, Declan Rice and Jurrien Timber, it is understandable that they need to balance the books first, especially if you factor in Financial Fair Play considerations.

Lavia’s price tag is said to be £50m, so the club may have to sell more than one player to get together the funds required for a bid. It is believed that up to eleven could leave the Emirates in what would be a massive clearout.

Will Lavia still be available by the time they are ready to make an offer?

The Belgian international does have other suitors, including Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United so there is a danger that, if Arsenal wait too long, they may lose out on the midfielder.

As Romano says, though, sales will now be prioritised by the Gunners so another signing may be dependent on how long it takes to offload some of the club’s out of favour stars.

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.