Arsenal started talks with 6 ft 5 in Premier League centre-back

The London club are reportedly one of several Premier League clubs interested in Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings this summer, but they may be unable to afford him. Arsenal’s defensive woes continued with back-to-back losses to Man City and Brighton last week.

Spanish boss also lost Pablo Mari to a severe ankle injury which could rule him out until November, while the future of David Luiz looks increasingly uncertain with his one-year deal ready to expire on June 30. Tyrone is a player that the Gunners ‘like’, but there are doubts over whether they could afford the fee Villans are looking for.

Villa signed Mings on a permanent deal for a fee of £20m last summer, but less than a year later, Tyrone is already on the radar of a couple of big PL clubs. Arsenal boss is also said to be on the lookout for a forward, with Chelsea’s Willian an ‘attractive’ option as he is ready to become a free agent in the next transfer window.

The London giants also have to contend with the urgent deal situations of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Bukayo Saka. All three footballers deals at Arsenal are due to expire in 2021, and if extensions are not agreed, they will walk away for free.

Top scorer Aubameyang has recently been the subject of interest from the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid, while Gunners chiefs reportedly want to offload Mesut Ozil this summer. Arsenal signed Pablo Mari from Flamengo and Cedric Soares from Southampton during the winter transfer window.