Arsenal could have a very different line-up next season if they land Gabriel Magalhaes and Thomas Partey.
Mikel Arteta is set to press on ahead with his transfer plans with European football on the cusp of coming to an end.
His top targets remain a central midfielder and a centre-back to partner William Saliba.
Several players have been linked with exits as the Spaniard looks to garner some cash.
Matteo Guendouzi, Mesut Ozil, Lucas Torreira and Ainsley Maitland-Niles have all been rumoured to leave.
And it is all to bank enough money to be able to fork out for Partey and Gabriel.
Atletico Madrid are not interested in coming to the table and have told the Gunners they must pay his release clause which stands at around £45m.
Lille, on the other hand, are looking to sell Gabriel for nothing less than £30m after already turning down £20m from an unnamed club.
Both players would exponentially improve Arteta’s squad, which is in need of more defensive discipline.
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the brink of signing a new contract, the former Manchester City coach can turn his attentions to the other side of the pitch.
This is been both Partey and Gabriel’s best seasons in their professional career, on a personal level at least.
The pair have featured heavily for their respective sides but there has been an inkling that the duo are eyeing the exit door.
That works in Arsenal’s favour, but raising funds has always been the tough ask this summer.
With many clubs reluctant to fork out big money for players, clubs will either have to keep them or sell them for knock-off prices.
Arsenal have already gone another way, poaching free transfers with Willian arriving a perfect example.
The Brazilian would go straight into the side, as would his compatriot Gabriel if he is signed.
And Partey would be one of the first names on the teamsheet, with Arsenal desperate for an out-and-out defensive midfielder.
Arsenal possible line-up: Leno, Bellerin, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Willian, Pepe, Aubameyang.