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Arsenal transfer news: Unai Emery is set to spend his budget on three players

The Gunners are closing in on three deals as Unai Emery’s squad begins to take shape.

Arsenal have already signed Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus on a free transfer.

And now they are set to close out deals for Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno and Sokratis Papastathopoulos, according to the Evening Standard.

Torreira will cost £26m from Sampdoria, Leno £20m from Bayer Leverkusen and Sokratis will be £16m from Borussia Dortmund.

Arsenal set their transfer budget at around £50m for the summer after appointing Emery to replace Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal transfer news

Arsenal transfer news: Lucas Torreira is in talks to join from Sampdoria

But that figure will be added to when taking in player sales with Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez likely to leave.

There is also expected to be interest in Hector Bellerin, although nothing concrete yet.

Emery is meeting Jack Wilshere this week to discuss his future with his contract up later this month.

Aaron Ramsey is also set for talks over a new deal with just 12 months left on his.

Emery would like another central defender to go with Sokratis as Laurent Koscileny will miss the start of the season and Calum Chambers could leave.

Arsenal need to be careful with expenditure after missing out on the Champions League for a second year in a row and have a number of high earners to account for.

Mesut Ozil is on £350,000 a week and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s deal is not far off with bonuses taken into account.

Wilshere has been offered a new deal but he wants to speak to Emery before committing to it.

He was left out of the World Cup squad so will speak to Emery this week to finalise his future.

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