This summer, Arsenal FC plans to break their transfer record twice in an effort to strengthen their squad.
Arsenal FC is set to spend £75 million on a record signing this summer, having previously secured an agreement with their top target Declan Rice.
Nicolas Pepe, who spent the previous campaign on loan in Ligue 1 with Nice, is the club’s all-time leading signing. When the Ivorian joined the team from Lille in the summer of 2019, he cost the club £72 million. However, his signing marked the beginning of a fundamental change in Arsenal’s financial practices.
Mikel Arteta has not come close to surpassing that record since taking over at the Emirates Stadium, paying £50 million on Ben White as his most expensive signing. Surprisingly, he may now break that record with a transfer that is extremely similar.
According to Football Transfers, Arsenal have already agreed personal terms with Moises Caicedo, also of Brighton & Hove Albion, from whom Arteta signed White, with the Seagulls confident of agreeing a £75 million price.
By refusing to pay the asking price for stars like Mykhaylo Mudryk, Raphinha, and Houssem Aouar, the north Londoners have historically low-balled sellers. Even in January, Arsenal was apparently interested in Caicedo but declined to sign him because Brighton was demanding an absurd sum for a midseason transfer.
With Chelsea and Liverpool competing with Arsenal for the 21-year-old’s signature and the Gunners being the only one of the three able to now promise Champions League football, Caicedo appears to have reached an agreement in January. Both Caicedo and teammate Alexis Mac Allister have resigned from Brighton, and West Ham United appears to be a little less willing to live with Rice’s potential departure.
Both players may have played their final games for the Sussex team, according to Seagulls boss Roberto De Zerbi, who recently stated, “I’m really sorry if we lose [Mac Allister and] Moises Caicedo, but players like this deserve to play at another level, another level in terms of competition, in terms of importance of the club, prestige of the club.”