A long, hot summer of transfers is but six days from its frantic conclusion but there’s much business still to be done for most Premier League clubs.
Arsenal, 11/25 to seal Champions League qualification by beating Besiktas, most certainly fall in that category, with notable room for improvement at centre-forward and in defensive midfield, they could also do with more depth in central defence.
Naturally funds are limited when it comes to squad bolstering, with financial fair play regulations adding ever-greater emphasis to balancing the books.
That’s why news.bwin.com/en/ have scoured the list of players who’ll be out of contract this summer to highlight some potential bargains that should tickle Arsene Wenger’s fancy.
Klaas Jan Huntelaar – Schalke
Across a career featuring spells at Heerenveen, Ajax, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Schalke the Dutchman has notched no fewer than 279 times in 435 appearances.
He may be 31, but having scored 15 times in his last 22 outings for his Bundesliga employers there’s no doubting his chops as a goal-getter remains razor sharp.
Nigel de Jong – AC Milan
Huntelaar’s countryman won the league as an integral part of Roberto Mancini’s Man City in 2011/12 and he’s entering the last year of his deal at Giuseppe Meazza.
If the Gunners continue to recoil from the sums required to sign William Carvalho or pay Sami Khedira (another who’ll be available for nothing this summer), De Jong could be a budget alternative that ups the fear factor in Wenger’s midfield.
Fabian Schar – FC Basel
Before a somewhat tepid World Cup, Schar was one of the more talked after young defenders in Europe after 2013/14 Champions League showings that oozed assurance.
Every centre-half at the Emirates has their drawbacks: Per Mertesacker’s sluggishness on the turn, Laurent Koscielny’ s hot-headedness and Calum Chambers’ naivety.
Meanwhile auxillary middle-man Bacary Sagna’s departure means it would be difficult for the roster to absorb two injuries in the position.
Picking up a promising youngster such as the Swiss, every bit the ball-playing, goalscoring practitioner Arsene Wenger must secretly dream of would be immensely shrewd business.