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Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea in the Europa League final had a significant impact on their summer transfer business. The Gunners were considered to have had a good window with David Luiz, Kieran Tierney, Gabriel Martinelli and Nicolas Pepe all joining on permanent deals.
Dani Ceballos signed from Real Madrid on loan while William Saliba was bought from Saint Etienne but allowed to remain at the French side for another season of development.
But losing 4-1 to Chelsea in Baku meant Arsenal didn’t qualify for the Champions League and reduced their transfer kitty.
And, according to The Athletic, Unai Emery was foiled having wanted to sign Harry Maguire, Wilfried Zaha and Thomas Partey.
Maguire would ultimately join Manchester United to become the world’s most expensive defender and the report says Arsenal had ‘no chance’ in a straight fight with the Red Devils and Manchester City.
It is claimed Atletico Madrid’s Partey was ‘desperate’ to sign for Arsenal but the €50million (£42m) release clause meant that deal was too much.