As Arsene Wenger heads into the final year of his current contract, he knows there is significant work to be done if he is to leave the Emirates on a high after 23 years in charge.
The Gunners defensive woes are well-documented this season and as the club’s new scouting structure begins to make its’ effects felt, Skriniar emerged as their key defensive target for the summer.
Internazionale are bracing themselves for Arsenal to make a bid and have warned it will cost the north London giants €70m to prise the 23-year-old away from the Nerazzurri.
Arsenal failed with a late bid for Jonny Evans, West Bromwich Albion’s 30-year-old central defender, in the winter transfer window and are now considering longer-term solutions.
Per Mertesacker retires at the end of the season while Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny are both the wrong side of 30, leaving the Gunners short of experience at the back.
As Inter return to the upper echelons of Serie A, their FFP woes are likely to see them sell off key assets to rebuild the club’s financial health. Skriniar, as well as Mauro Icardi, are the likeliest of to depart the San Siro as they seek to build for the future.