Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Maddison interest ramps up, Arteta's MAJOR clearout, fans rally round England ace Saka

ARSENAL have confirmed their first summer transfer with Nuno Tavares joining from Benfica.

Meanwhile deals for Houssem Aouar and Albert Sambi Lokonga are edging closer.

And according to reports, the North London club are stepping up their interest in Leicester City ace James Maddison.

And the Gunners get their pre-season campaign up and running this week, with a match vs Hibs.

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  • Sandra Brobbey

    ALL WHITE

    Arsenal are set to ramp up their efforts to buy Brighton ace Ben White.

    The Gunners are thought to be leading the race to sign the centre-back and are locked in negotiations with Seagulls officials.

    The club have reportedly had two bids knocked back with the Seagulls thought to be after £50million.

    With the Euros finished the Emirates side are expecting to speed up their work on a deal.

     

  • Sandra Brobbey

    SAKA SUPPORT

    Josh Kroenke and Mikel Arteta are reported to have spoken to Bukayo Saka following England's Euros 2020 final loss.

    The Gunners starlet, 18, was left distraught following his spot-kick miss against Italy at Wembley.

    The Evening Standard says Kroenke, Arteta and chief executive Vinai Venkatesham have all contacted the winger since the dramatic match on Sunday.

    And the club's stars, including Emile Smith Rowe and club captain Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, have posted heartfelt messages of support.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    GUNNER GET NEVES

    Ruben Neves is rumoured to be in the running to replace Granit Xhaka in Arsenal's midfield.

    And the CIES Football Observatory reckon the Wolves midfielder's true value could be around £25million to £34million.

    The Wolves midfielder, 24, is reported to have been offered a five-year deal to move to the Emirates.

    Football London says the club are looking to seal a deal before the end of the summer transfer window.

     

  • Sandra Brobbey

    SALIBA SORTED

    William Saliba's loan switch to Marseille looks pretty much done with the player reportedly pictured posing with a scarf of the Ligue One side.

    Saliba has struggled to make a breakthrough at the Emirates under Mikel Arteta.

    And the centre-back, 20,is yet to play a single senior appearance for the club.

    The player hopes his next loan spell will help boost his chances at Arsenal.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    SMALL CHASE

    Arsenal are keeping tabs on Everton Under-18 starlet Thierry Small, according to reports.

    And The Athletic claims the left-back, 16, who is regarded as one of the Toffees' brightest young prospects, is also a Man United target.

    Small, who moved to Goodison Park from West Brom's academy in 2020, was reportedly absent from pre-season training on Monday 5 July.

    And the player is thought to have missed Rafa Benitez's first week leading the Toffees.

    It has been reported the club are keen to offer him his first professional contract when he turns 17 on August 1.

    Small has been linked with a move away from Merseyside with the player being a target for Arsenal, Juventus and Bayern Munich last season.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    NO GO JOE

    Joe Willock could be set to remain at Arsenal following his impressive half-season loan spell at Newcastle.

    Mikel Arteta is thought to want to take a closer look at the player during pre-season, according to 90min.

    And it suggested the midfielder could end up staying at the Emirates.

    Willock, 21, enjoyed a successful stint with the Toons helping them finish twelfth in the top-flight last term.

    And the young Gunner established himself as a fan favourite after netting eight goals in 14 games for Steve Bruce's side.

     

  • Marc Mayo

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Hector Bellerin was pictured travelling to Arsenal's pre-season tour of Scotland amid his uncertain future.

    The right-back is believed to be open to a move away from Arsenal after eight years with the club, where he joined at youth level.

    Inter Milan and PSG are among those linked with him, while manager Mikel Arteta looks set to raise funds this summer by selling unwanted players.

    But for now, Bellerin will feature in Arsenal's pre-season preparation starting with a friendly against Hibernian.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal have told Roma they are only willing to accept an offer of £17million for Granit Xhaka, according to Gazetta dello Sport via FourFourTwo.

    The wantaway midfielder is thought to be close to leaving the Gunners with personal terms with Jose Mourinho's side reportedly agreed.

    But it is thought the Serie A giants are yet to meet the price Arsenal have slapped on the player.

    It is thought of the leadership qualities of the Switzerland skipper – who has made 220 Arsenal appearances – appealed to Roma.

    Finally, Portugal star Renato Sanches has emerged as a midfield transfer target for Arsenal, according to reports.

    Sport Witness claims the Lille ace is one of three attacking midfielders the Gunners are eyeing as they seek to strengthen their options ahead of next season.

    Lyon's Houssem Aouar and Rennes Eduardo Camavinga are also on the Gunners' hit list.

  • Anthony Chapman

    NEVER SAY NEVES

    Arsenal have reportedly started talks with Wolves over signing Ruben Neves.

    Mikel Arteta wants to bring the Portuguese in as a replacement for Roma-bound Granit Xhaka.

    The North Londoners are said to be willing to offer the 24-year-old a five-year deal.

    But Wolves want at least £35million for their star midfielder, says Record.

  • Anthony Chapman

    HIB HIB HOORAY

    Is this how Arsenal will line up against Hibernian?

    Mikel Arteta’s men face the Scots in their first pre-season friendly.

    And new boy Nuno Tavares could be among those turning out for the Gunners north of the border.

  • Anthony Chapman

    HAAL ABOARD

    Erling Haaland has condemned racist abuse of Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho.

    The England trio were targeted by sick trolls after missing penalties against Italy.

    And Borussia Dortmund star Haaland, linked with a Premier League move this summer, says he was left ’speechless’ by the attacks.

  • Anthony Chapman

    HEC OFF

    Hector Bellerin was pictured travelling to Arsenal's pre-season tour of Scotland amid his uncertain future.

    The right-back is believed to be open to a move away from Arsenal after eight years with the club, where he joined at youth level.

    Inter Milan and PSG are among those linked with him, while manager Mikel Arteta looks set to raise funds this summer by selling unwanted players.

    But for now, Bellerin will feature in Arsenal's pre-season preparation starting with a friendly against Hibernian.

  • Anthony Chapman

    TIME’S UP

    Arsenal are still struggling to find buyers for an entire team of unwanted stars with the new season just one month away.

    Mikel Arteta’s team face their first pre-season friendly away to Hibernian and have travelled to Scotland with a 30-man squad.

    But with no European football at the Emirates next season, Arteta wants to slash his numbers as part of a major overhaul.

    HERE ARE ELEVEN PLAYERS WHO COULD GO

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM STEVE GOODMAN

    Arsenal star Cedric Soares is poised to begin next season with a smile on his face … after an exotic holiday with his stunning missus.

    Portuguese beauty Filipa, 31, and left-back Cedric have now returned from a lavish beach vacation.

    She posted a series of holiday snaps on Instagram, some showing her footballer husband but a number of her alone.

  • Anthony Chapman

    3AM LIONS

    England Euro stars let their hair down and reunited with loved ones after a rollercoaster ride.

    Gareth Southgate's Three Lions had a Wembley party on Sunday night after an unforgettable month ended in heartbreak.

    They've been in a Covid-secure bubble away from families for six weeks and provided some special memories for the nation.

    And they got to see their loved ones on Sunday night in a suite at Wembley.

    TAKE A LOOK AT THE PARTY HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    MAT’S THE WAY

    Aussie stopper Mat Ryan is reportedly set to join Real Sociedad in a major blow for Celtics.

    The ex-Brighton goalkeeper, who spent half of last season on loan with Arsenal, is said to have agreed terms with the La Liga side.

    Mundo Deportivo report that he passed his medical in Los Angeles, where he spent a few days with ex-Club Brugge team-mate and LA Galaxy star Víctor Vazquez.

    He is now reportedly in Spain to complete the transfer in a bargain £1million deal.

  • Anthony Chapman

    SAKA SUPPORT

    Arsenal stars have rallied around youngster Bukayo Saka after his penalty agony handed Italy Euro 2020 glory over England.

    The likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Emile Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli sent messages of support to their teammate, who was subject to vile racist abuse online.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    CASH XHAK

    Arsenal have told Roma they are only willing to accept an offer of £17million for Granit Xhaka, according to Gazetta dello Sport via FourFourTwo.

    The wantaway midfielder is thought to be close to leaving the Gunners with personal terms with Jose Mourinho's side reportedly agreed.

    But it is thought the Serie A giants are yet to meet the price Arsenal have slapped on the player.

    It is thought of the leadership qualities of the Switzerland skipper – who has made 220 Arsenal appearances – appealed to Roma.

    The club, who finished seventh in Italy's top-flight last term, a targeting a higher spot in Serie A next season.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    INTER HECTOR

    Inter Milan are thought to be keen on prising Hector Bellerin away from Arsenal this summer.

    Sky Sports Italia claims the player has been in talks with the side in regard to a request to leave.

    And it is reported the Gunners would prefer to loan the Spain full-back to the Serie A champions.

    InMay reports claimed Bellerin was among five first-team players believed to be keen on leaving the Emirates.

    The fleet-footed full-back moved to Arsenal from Barcelona's academy as a 16-year-old in 2011.

    And Bellerin has made 239 senior appearances for the Gunners netting nine goals and providing 29 assists.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    SHAW'S SAKA PRAISE

    Luke Shaw wants Bukayo Saka to keep his head up following England's dramatic loss on penalties to Italy in the Euros finals.

    And the Man United full-back, 26, says he and his Three Lions team-mates are fully behind the Emirates ace.

    The Gunners starlet appeared distraught after his final spot-tick was saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma.

    Shaw said: “He is devastated. But I think the most important thing for us now as a team is to be there for him and give him a big hug and tell him to keep his head up.

    "It happens. It is a penalty shootout – anything can happen, as a lot of people know.

    “It is an experience he will learn from but we will all be behind him – he knows that. It is not just him.

    "There’s Rashy and Sanch also. We’re with them all. With this team, there are no individuals who cost us.”

  • Sandra Brobbey

    READY FOR REN

    Portugal star Renato Sanches has emerged as a midfield transfer target for Arsenal, according to reports.

    Sport Witness claims the Lille ace is one of three attacking midfielders the Gunners are eyeing as they seek to strengthen their options ahead of next season.

    Sanches enjoyed an impressive run at the Euros for Portugal appearing in all four of their games at the tournament.

    And the player provided three assists and netted one goal in 23 Ligue One games.

    Lyon's Houssem Aouar and Rennes Eduardo Camavinga are also on the Gunners' hit list.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    MOUR'S SAKA SUPPORT

    Jose Mourinho has hit out at the choice to have Bukayo Saka take England's last spot-tick against Italy in their Euros 2020 final shootout.

    The Arsenal ace's effort was among the attempts saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma with the Azzurri going on to win at Wembley.

    The Roma manager and SunSport columnist told talkSPORT: "The decision of the penalty-takers, I think it is hard to leave Saka as the last one.

    "I think it is hard for a kid to have everything on his shoulders at that moment. I just feel very sorry for him.

    “In this situation where was (Raheem) Sterling, where was (John) Stones, where was (Luke) Shaw?

    “I feel that Gareth is such an honest guy. Such a protective coach of his players.

    "I don’t think he would ever say players were not ready.”

  • Jon Boon

    LONDON PRIDE

    Bukayo Saka may have missed the deciding penalty in the Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy, but he's already getting the support from his club.

    The Arsenal star, 19, was left devastated after seeing Gianluigi Donnarumma save his penalty.

    But a note on Arsenal's website Twitter page has already leapt to his defence.

    It read: "Football can be so cruel. But for your personality. For your character. For your bravery… We’ll always be proud of you. And we can’t wait to have you back with us, @BukayoSaka87"

  • Jon Boon

    NU ARRIVAL

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is purring about adding Nuno Taveres to his squad for next season.

    The Portuguese left-back joined from Benfica in a £7million deal over the weekend, and the Spaniard is convinced Nuno will settle in well in North London.

    “We welcome Nuno to the club," Arteta told Arsenal's website.

    "He is a young player with great promise who has developed very well with Benfica in recent seasons and has also shown his quality by being part of Portugal Under-21s.

    “Nuno’s arrival will give the squad extra strength and options in defence, particularly with this energy on the left side of the pitch.

    “We look forward to Nuno’s arrival soon, his integration into the Arsenal family and playing in front of our fantastic supporters.”

    While Arsenal's technical director Edu was equally as impressed

    “Nuno is a talented young player who was wanted by a number of clubs across Europe," he said.

    "He will provide strong back-up in the left-back position. We look forward to him growing and developing with us and becoming an important member of the first-team squad."

  • Jon Boon

    RUNNING THE JULES

    Arsenal's attempts to sign Jules Kounde have become a lot harder, according to reports.

    According to El Desmarque via Calciomercato, Tottenham, Manchester United and Real Madrid are also in the hunt for Kounde's signature.

    The Sevilla defender is reportedly one of Mikel Arteta's primary targets as the Gunners boss looks to strengthen his backline.

    Kounde played for France in their disappointing Euro 2020 campaign.

    But a fee of £50million has been suggested for the highly rated star, with Arsenal crying out for a centre half.

    Ben White has been strongly linked with a move from Brighton.

    However, Arsenal have failed in a number of bids so far for the England international.

  • Jon Boon

    OU-AOUAR

    HOUSSEM AOUAR has poured cold water on internet gossip of an Arsenal switch by firmly shutting down rumours his agent was in London.

    The Lyon ace had been at the centre of speculation concerning a move to the Emirates last summer – and the murmurs have refused to go away.

    Earlier this month SunSport reported Arsenal fans were getting giddy online, amid rumours the player’s brother and agent had been seen in London.

    However, Aouar, 23, whose Lyon contract expires in June 2023, has taken to social media to confirm photos shown in an Instagram story were actually of his best friend.

    And he appeared to dismiss rumours of an impending Groupama Stadium exit by his ending his message with "Allez Lyon".

    In a post on his Instagram account, Aouar wrote: “Guys leave him. He is one of my best friends, not my real brother. By the way… not my agent also.

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