In May, he told talkSPORT: “I’m fit as a fiddle and ready to go. I’ve used the time I’ve not been playing wisely.
“This chapter will close and another will open for me without a doubt, so I have a few more years left to play.”
Krystian Bielik (Arsenal)
Bielik has more or less given Arsenal an ultimatum: Play me or sell me.
The Poland Under-21 international has said he has no interest in returning to Arsenal’s Under-23 side and wants to continue playing senior football.
Bielik impressed in midfield and defence in a loan spell with Charlton as he helped Lee Bowyer’s side win promotion to the Championship last term and he then starred at the European Under-21 Championship.
At just 21 years old, Arsenal could turn to Bielik, who is attracting interest from AC Milan, to address their defensive woes.
Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona)
Umtiti has struggled with injuries since playing a crucial role in France’s World Cup triumph last summer.
A knee injury, which required surgery, has seen the Frenchman lose his starting place to countryman Clement Lenglet.
Arsenal have been long-term admirers of Umtiti, who has been linked with a big-money move to Paris Saint-Germain.
If he is surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp, Arsenal would be wise to make a move.