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Arsenal are looking to spend big this summer

Arsenal looking to spend big this summer (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal are on the verge of making their first major signing of the summer in Porto’s Fabio Vieira and have already identified their next priority target.

The Gunners are set to confirm the Portugal Under-21 international’s arrival in the next few days after the highly-rated playmaker arrived in London for his medical on Friday.

According to The Athletic, Mikel Arteta will now turn his attention to strengthening his defensive lines with the addition of a left center half.

Lisandro Marinez has broken into the Argentina national team

Lisandro Marinez has broken into the Argentina national team (Picture: Getty)

The Gunners are also hoping for deals for Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus, Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans and Leeds United winger Raphinha but a player to rival Gabriel Magalhaes is next on the agenda.

The Brazil international impressed last season and was almost omnipresent, but with European football on the agenda next season, Arteta feels the Gunners are falling short in that department, while Gabriel himself could be a Juventus target target.

Arsenal have reportedly turned down an initial €30m offer for Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez but are expected to return with an improved offer for a player keen to join.

Arsenal remain hopeful of sealing the signing of Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus

Arsenal still confident of sealing the signing of Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus (Image: Getty)

Arteta believes Martinez, 24, could act as cover for Kieran Tierney, who frustratingly missed the run-in last season after suffering another injury setback.

Arsenal have been linked with Tierney’s Scotland team-mate Aaron Hickey but face competition from a number of Premier League clubs.

Arteta is also said to be interested in Oleksandr Zinchenko for his versatility but the Ukraine captain would rather stay at City and sign a new contract.

Erik ten Hag, meanwhile, had earmarked Martinez as one of the players he hoped to bring to Manchester United from Ajax but the Dutchman is enjoying a frustrating start to his rebuilding project.

United are struggling to agree a fee for Frenkie de Jong with Barcelona, ​​while Jurrien Timber has opted to stay at Ajax.

The centre-back is regarded as one of the best young defenders in European football but doesn’t want to give up the guarantee of regular first-team football that broke into Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands national team ahead of November’s World Cup.

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