Mikel Arteta is already trying to make the right moves Arsenal need to reinforce their ranks. The Spaniard boss has reportedly set his sights on Napoli star Dries Mertens as his first signing as the Gunners’ manager.
After the announcement of Arteta as Arsenal’s new boss on Friday afternoon, replacing Unai Emery, rumors have started to surface linking the former midfielder with the Belgium international, who has exceeded with Napoli.
According to Calciomercato, Arteta is already lining up transfer business and is ready to fight it out for the signature of Mertens. But, that’s not it, as the Gunner will face big competition from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
Mertens is currently in the final year of his Napoli contract and everything points out that he will be allowed to walk for as little as £8.5 million in January. This would be a great deal for Arteta and his side, as they would be getting a player who has 118 goals and 71 assists in 303 matches for Napoli.
Arteta left Manchester City, where he worked with Pep Guardiola as an assistant, to join Arsenal, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract at the Emirates. Right now Arsenal sit 11th in the Premier League, already six points behind the top four, having played a match more.
Fortunately, the newly-appointed boss is already trying to turn things around, identifying the pieces that could get Arsenal back to the headlines.