Arsenal chief Edu eyeing two more transfers for Mikel Arteta after Willian deal

Arsenal are planning at least two more signings after finally snapping up Willian on a free transfer.

They will ramp up efforts to bring in Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid, and are also in the market for a defender.

But while technical director Edu claims Willian is only the start of a “big process”, he also warned there will be sales this summer.

Edu said: “To balance the squad properly, we need to sell players, to buy players and that takes time, not just day and night.

"It will take time but with Willian, we've started a big process.We've identified the needs in the squad and he's the one to start to rebalance the squad as we want to.

"I am really excited and really happy to have a player like Willian because I'm convinced he'll be the one to impact the team straight away.”

Willian, 32, has signed a three-year contract worth more than £150,000-a-week after leaving Chelsea as a free agent.

Arsenal want Ghana midfielder Partey to join him but will not pay his £45m release clause.

The Gunners will accelerate moves to bring in the 27-year-old now Atletico Madrid are out of the Champions League but need the asking price to come down.

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Arsenal are making Alexandre Lacazette available for around £30m and he could even be used in part-exchange, but Atletico's initial interest in the France striker has cooled.

The Gunners are also in the market for a centre back but look set to miss out on Lille’s Gabriel Magalhaes, with Napoli now favourites to sign him.

Star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected to sign a new deal in the coming days, but the future of a host of other players remains in doubt.

Arsenal are currently willing to listen to offers for Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Shkodran Mustafi, Mohamed Elneny, Calum Chambers and Matteo Guendouzi.

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