Date: 7th June 2017 at 2:05pm
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Towards the end of last season Arsene Wenger spoke positively about Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. However, the Arsenal boss, who hadn’t seen his future confirmed at that point, insisted he wasn’t in the market for another keeper.

Wenger said he was happy with the four keepers he had at the Emirates Stadium, but with Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina both expected to leave Arsenal this summer there could be the opening after all?

According to the Sun, Pickford is indeed a possibility for Wenger, who would be willing to use the monies generated from the exits of Szczesny to Juventus and Ospina’s probable move into Turkish football on the Sunderland no.1.

Valued at £30m, Everton have so far been put off by the asking price, which wouldn’t be matched by Arsenal either but a large chunk of this could be received in transfer fees for the departing keepers, Pickford could then arrive as strong competition for Petr Cech, in fact become his long-term success.

Pickford isn’t likely to be short of offers but the England keeper would, in all honesty, probably feel he’s better off staying as Sunderland’s first choice option for a season than move on to another club where he would be second fiddle, which could quite possibly be the case at the Emirates?

Another report in the Sun has claimed an ongoing interest in Alexandre Lacazette.

Lyon’s highly rated striker, Lacazette, 26, was expected to join Atletico Madrid this summer after terms had been agreed. However, the Spanish clubs transfer ban was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport recently, meaning Atletico can’t sign anyone until January 2018.

It’s possible that Lacazette could wait until the New Year, but Wenger reportedly wants to take advantage of Atletico’s woes with a £50m deal for the Frenchman something the Arsenal boss wants the clubs hierarchy to ‘thrash out’ this summer.

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