After a report in The Times (£) which says that Arsenal are targetting both Declan Rice and Moises Caicedo for midfield reinforcement this summer, David Ornstein told Sky Sports that the club will try and move quickly when the market opens.
The Gunners made a strong play for the Brighton man in January but were rebuffed. However, it looks as if we’ll try again a time that might better suit a potential move.
Meanwhile, a lot of work has already gone on behind the scenes to convince the West Ham captain to make the switch to North London, and this week David Moyes admitted that Rice will more than likely leave the Hammers in the summer.
On Sky Sports ‘Back Pages Tonight’ show, Ornstein said, “I think it’s going to be a huge summer at the Emirates Stadium, and they look like they’re trying to move quickly to get stuff done sooner rather than later.
“They might need to strike while the iron is hot, and really turn the screw in the transfer market to pounce on some of these players, while they have shown the world that they are competitive again.”
Recruitment this summer will happen in tandem with outgoings, with players like Nicolas Pepe, Kieran Tierney, Emile Smith Rowe, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Nuno Tavares, and Rob Holding – among others – all potential departures.
Arsenal haven’t necessarily sold well in recent years, and this will be a challenge for the club and Sporting Director, Edu.
“Clearly they’ve got an opportunity here to trade,” continued Ornstein.
“A lot of eyes will be on Edu, their Sporting Director, and what he’s able to do. He’s built quite a good reputation. But now, I think Arsenal are really going to be tested.”