Arsenal are set to seal the signatures of both Paris Saint-Germain defender Amanda Ilestedt and Benfica forward Cloe Lacasse, according to ArseBlog.news journalist Tim Stillman.
The reporter claims that the Gunners expect to sign the pair “in the coming days” as manager Jonas Eidevall looks to strengthen his squad ahead of the 2023/24 Women’s Super League campaign.
Lacasse were first linked with the Gunners earlier this month, with the Canadian international being a prolific scorer during her spells in the US, Iceland and Portugal.
Ilestedt has not been mentioned as a target before, although she is a high-profile player, having had success at both club and international level.
What do Arsenal fans need to know about Ilestedt?
The 30-year-old is a centre-back by trade, having spent a significant portion of her club career in her native Sweden playing for FC Rosengard.
Ilestedt won four Swedish league titles and three Swedish Super Cups in her eight-year stint at the club, before she made the move to Germany in 2017.
The defender had a two-year spell at Turbine Potsdam, as well as spending another two seasons at Bayern Munich, prior to joining current team PSG. She has lifted the French Cup during her time in France.
An international pedigree
Ilestedt has had a great deal of success playing for Sweden. After making her debut against England in 2013, she reached the Olympic final in 2016, losing to Germany and getting a silver medal.
She then went on to lift the Algarve Cup with her country two years later, leading on to further success in the 2019 World Cup where Sweden finished in third place.
With that sort of experience, Ilestedt should have no issues making an impact in the WSL and she should provide a very assured presence at the back as Arsenal look to mount a sustained title challenge.