Arsenal Set to Sign Riccardo Calafiori in Swift Summer Transfer

Gunners Showcase Efficiency in Sealing Deal for Bologna Star

Arsenal’s summer transfer activities are set to kick off with the signing of Riccardo Calafiori from Bologna. The center-back, who shone at Euro 2024 despite Italy’s disappointing performance, has been on Arsenal’s radar for a while. His impressive displays in Serie A further solidified the Gunners’ interest.

The deal for Calafiori, valued at around €59 million (£50 million), is nearing completion, according to transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio. Arsenal’s quick and decisive action contrasts sharply with Manchester United’s slower, less effective transfer dealings.

Arsenal identified Calafiori as a priority target weeks ago, with his Euro 2024 performances confirming his suitability as a left-sided center-back. While Manchester United made lowball offers for players like Jarrad Branthwaite, Arsenal swiftly moved past competitors like Juventus and Chelsea to secure Calafiori.

This efficient approach highlights the successful collaboration between Arsenal’s technical director Edu and manager Mikel Arteta. Their streamlined decision-making process has led to more hits than misses in the transfer market, allowing for agile and effective signings.

In contrast, Manchester United’s complex hierarchy, involving figures like Sir Dave Brailsford, Jason Wilcox, Dan Ashworth, and manager Erik ten Hag, has resulted in slower, less decisive actions. United could learn from Arsenal’s streamlined approach to transfers, exemplified by their swift move for Calafiori.

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