Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger expects to make a defensive signing before the World Cup is over.
France pair William Gallas and Mikael Silvestre are both out of contract this summer and appear to be on their way out of the Emirates Stadium.
Meanwhile, veteran centre-half Sol Campbell is also yet to put pen to paper on a new one-year contract and is reported to be interesting Celtic.
That would leave the Gunners short on numbers in defence heading into the new Premier League season.
However, Wenger has revealed he is closing in on the signing of a new defender and expects to complete the deal before the end of the World Cup in mid-July.
"We are not close (to signing anyone) at the moment," he told the club's official website.
"We are quiet. But there will be something happening before the end of the World Cup – certainly on the defensive side."