Arsenal are confident of signing Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City, but the Gunners Manager Mikel Arteta is rethinking huge overhaul plans and may sign just three players
And that will leave him relying on many of the players who came up just short in the fight with Spurs for a fourth place finish last season.
Arteta has told technical director Edu that he needs a squad of 22 outfield players to cope with the extra demands of Europa League football next season.
He currently has just 16, although Eddie Nketiah is expected to accept the offer of a new £100,000-a-week contract to keep him at the Emirates for another five years.
William Saliba will join the squad after spending the last three seasons out on loan and Charlie Patino is in line to be promoted to the senior squad to help out on European duties.
Now they are stepping up negotiations for Jesus, who is currently in the Far East on international duty with Brazil.
The 25-year-old striker came on as a late sub for Neymar to score a last minute goal in his team’s 5-1 win against South Korea in Seoul.
He has put all talks on hold until after Monday’s match against Japan but is keen to get his future sorted out as quickly as possible.