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Arsenal transfer round-up: Gunners make Rob Holding decision as Ben White deal closes in

Arsenal’s summer transfer business is gathering pace as Mikel Arteta looks to reshape his squad following a disappointing season.

Arsenal transfer round-up: Gunners make Rob Holding decision as Ben White deal closes in 2

Ben White is closing in on completing a move to the Emirates Stadium, with the Gunners set to pay Brighton a fee in the region of £50million for the defender.

Arteta and his recruitment will now turn to the other areas of the squad that require reinforcements.

An attacking midfielder and defensive midfielder are both high on the agenda, with a new striker also on the shopping list.

Here, Mirror Football rounds up the latest Arsenal transfer news…

Arsenal size up Calvert-Lewin bid

One of Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s secondary priorities in this summer’s transfer window is to sign a new striker.

Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both failed to fire last season, with scoring goals becoming a major problem for the Gunners.

But in a move they hope will boost their attacking output after finishing as the lowest scorers in the top-eight, Arsenal are sizing up a bid for Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

The Englishman impressed for the Toffees last term, scoring 21 goals in all competitions under Carlo Ancelotti.

And it seems that Arteta believes Calvert-Lewin can be the man to solve his side’s attacking issues as he looks to guide a recovery from a disappointing season.

According to The Telegraph, the Gunners will be willing to pay as much as £50million to sign the England international.

White deal bad news for Holding

Arsenal transfer round-up: Gunners make Rob Holding decision as Ben White deal closes in 3

Arsenal’s pursuit of Brighton star Ben White appears to be bad news for the future of Rob Holding.

Holding became one of Mikel Arteta’s first-choice centre-backs last season, making 30 appearances in the Premier League.

The 25-year-old formed an impressive partnership at the back with Pablo Mari, as the Gunners secured the third-best defensive record in the top-flight.

But Arteta is looking to boost his defensive options in this summer’s transfer window, with a deal for Ben White edging closer.

The Gunners are set to shell out a fee in the region of £50million for the Brighton star, meaning one of Arsenal’s seven centre-backs will have to make way.

That player appears to be Holding, with The Times reporting that the former Bolton defender will “likely be available for sale” this summer.

Lokonga states transfer preference

Arsenal transfer round-up: Gunners make Rob Holding decision as Ben White deal closes in 4

Arsenal have received a major boost in their pursuit of Anderlecht star Albert Sambi Lokonga amid interest from several Serie A clubs.

The Gunners are searching for the ideal partner for Thomas Partey in the second holding spot in Mikel Arteta’s 4-2-3-1 formation.

Lokonga has emerged as one of their top targets to fill that position in their squad after he impressed for the Belgian giants.

He made 37 appearances last season, mainly in the holding role, as Anderlecht finished third in the Jupiler Pro League.

Reports had previously emerged that Arsenal had agreed personal terms with the midfielder, though Napoli have since emerged as possible contenders.

According to Sky Italia though, Lokonga would “prefer” to join Mikel Arteta’s side and that the ball is now in the Gunners’ court to complete the deal.

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