As the 2019/20 Europa League edges closer to resumption, Arsenal are attempting to get into good shape for next seasons edition of the competition.
The Gunners will again be competing in Europe next season thanks to their FA Cup win over Chelsea, and will be keen to put themselves in a position to challenge on multiple fronts in the upcoming season.
That will mean new signings, as well as one or two exits, and heres the latest on what Mikel Arteta is up to as he gets stuck into his first summer transfer window as Arsenal manager.
Lucas Torreira has struggled for game time (Image: Pool via REUTERS)
Incoming Torino boss keen to reunite with Torreira
Lucas Torreira is one of the Arsenal players whose future remains up in the air, and a potential reunion with one of his former coaches could prompt an exit.
Marco Giampaolo was in charge of Sampdoria when Torreira impressed enough to earn his move to north London, and the 53-year-old looks set for a new job after his brief spell in charge of AC Milan.
Giampaolo is reportedly on the verge of taking over at Torino and, according to Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness), he wants to reunite with the Uruguayan.
Torreira played 71 times for Sampdoria under the Italian coach before moving to Arsenal in 2018, but has been in and out of the team since Arteta replaced Unai Emery as manager.
Torino finished the 2019/20 campaign just above the relegation spots in Serie A, with Walter Mazzarri losing his job in February and his replacement Moreno Longo due to make way for Giampaolo, according to reports in Italy.
Willian’s contract at Stamford Bridge is winding down (Image: Pool via REUTERS)
Arsenal one of two sides in Willian hunt
Arsenal remain keen on a move for Willian, who will be available on a free transfer when his Chelsea deal expires later this month.
And now, after widespread interest in the Brazil international, the Gunners are believed to have only one rival in their pursuit of the 31-year-old.
Thats according to The Athletic, who report a move to Arsenal is thought to appeal to the former Shakhtar and Anzhi winger.
Arsenal are reportedly prepared to offer Willian a three-year deal, potentially giving them the upper hand over Chelsea, who only want to hand two further years to a player who turns 32 this weekend.
The Brazilian has played more than 40 games in each of his seven seasons at Stamford Bridge, but injury kept him out of Saturdays FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal.
Gunners end interest in Zaha
In previous summers, the availability of Wilfried Zaha for just £30m would have been a no-brainer for Arsenal.
However, despite Crystal Palace reportedly lowering their demands for a man who would have likely cost twice as much last summer, Artetas side are not thought to be in the running for the Ivorian international.
According to the Sun, the emergence of Bukayo Saka at the Emirates Stadium means the Gunners are not expected to revive their interest in Zaha, who was linked with a switch during Unai Emerys tenure as manager.
Saka, who filled in at left-back as well as playing further forward under Arteta, made 26 Premier League appearances for Arsenal last season.
The academy product ended speculation about his future in July, signing a new long-term deal as a reward for his performances in a breakout season in north London.