Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Tammy Abraham wanted, Sambi Lokonga picks squad number, Saliba Marseille loan completed

ARSENAL are expected to announce the signing of Albert Sambi Lokonga imminently, according to reports from Belgium.

And the Belgian is said to have already chosen to wear the number 48 shirt with the Gunners next season.

Meanwhile Arsenal are looking to bolster their attacking options with a move for Tammy Abraham of Chelsea.

And defender William Saliba has completed another loan move to France, this time joining Marseille.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    FOX CLEVER

    Former Arsenal target Ryan Bertrand has declared joining Leicester City matches his ‘inner ambitions’.

    The Foxes have confirmed Bertrand, 32 next month, has joined on a free transfer from Southampton.

    Ex-England defender Bertrand said: “I’m really happy to be here, joining Leicester really complimented my inner ambitions and what I still want to achieve in my career.

    “Leicester have built something amazing over the years, especially since Brendan Rodgers has come in.

    "It’s fantastic to be a part of this fantastic club and I’m going to give my all to try and do the fans proud.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    OUT OF LAC

    Arsenal look set to be beaten by Juventus in the race to sign Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli.

    The Gunners have already made a £34million offer to sign the Euro 2020 winner, who has been holding out for the Old Lady to make their move.

    And according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Juve will now enter talks to lure the player to Turin.

    He tweeted: "Meeting in the next hours between Juventus and Sassuolo for Manuel Locatelli. Talks on – Locatelli priority is always joining Juventus.

    "Arsenal are still on the same position: they want Locatelli, bid ready since weeks… but still waiting to see what happens with Juve."

  • Thomas Blow

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Granit Xhaka finally seems poised to complete a £15million switch to Roma – but the Gunners face disappointment if they want Rennes wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga to replace him.

    Swiss star Xhaka is one of a few Arsenal midfielders tipped to depart in boss Mikel Arteta's summer shake-up.

    And Camavinga, 18, who has already won three full France caps, has reportedly been pursued by the Gunners, Manchester United and PSG.

    But it's claimed he would prefer to join a Spanish giant like Real Madrid or Barcelona, although both have financial problems.

    Emirates' technical director Edu insists William Saliba's latest loan return to France is a positive mood for his Arsenal future.

    Edu said: "Together with William, we have decided it will be good for his continued development to spend another season on loan.

    "William joined us as an 18-year-old, and he is still only 20, so he is still developing all the time. 

    "William is a player with strong natural ability and next season has the potential to be really beneficial for him at Marseille, a good club."

    And England's Euro 2020 starlet Bukayo Saka has posted to say he knew "instantly" he would face racial abuse after missing the last penalty in Italy's final shootout win.

    The Arsenal wideman, 19, added: "This message won’t do it justice how grateful I am for all the love that I have received, and I feel that I need to thank everyone who has supported me.

    "It was an honour to be part of an England squad that leads by example, they are brothers for life and I’m grateful for everything that I have learnt from every one of the players and staff who worked so hard."

  • Ian Tuckey

    I'LL ED FOR SPAIN

    Eduardo Camavinga is set to snub Premier League interest in favour of LaLiga, according to reports.

    The Rennes wonderkid has drawn admiration from the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

    But according to The Telegraph, Camavinga has his ‘heart set’ on a move to Spain.

    Neither Real Madrid nor Barcelona are well placed to make a bid for the 18-year-old, given their financial woes.

    But both are expected to be better placed next summer – when Camavinga’s contract at Rennes expires.

    Man Utd and the Gunners have been asked to be kept in the loop regarding the midfielder’s transfer status this summer.

  • Ian Tuckey

    PREM GIANTS ON RED ALERT FOR LEWANDOWSKI

    Bayern Munich legend Robert Lewandowski has clubs ‘putting out feelers’ over a transfer.

    That’s according to the Poland striker’s new boss Julian Nagelsmann, who is unhappy Lewandowski’s future remains uncertain.

    The 32-year-old is reportedly considering his options after seven trophy-laden seasons with Bayern.

    Chelsea are thought to be interested, despite making £150million-rated Borussia Dortmund ace Erling Haaland their No1 target.

    And Lewandowski has also been linked with Manchester City as an alternative to Tottenham star Harry Kane.

    Lewandowski’s Allianz Arena contract runs until 2023. And club chiefs are hopeful he will stay despite seeing head coach Hansi Flick leave.

    However, new gaffer Nagelsmann has revealed that Lewandowski is yet to fully commit himself due to interest from other teams.

    The former RB Leipzig boss said: “I think it’s normal for someone who scores so many goals that almost every club puts out a feeler.

    “I’ve already spoken to him and texted him. I’m not very fond of the first official act with a player being to immediately discuss his contractual situation.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    GIROUD ARRIVES TO SEAL AC DEAL

    Olivier Giroud is in Italy to seal his £2million move to AC Milan from Chelsea.

    The ex-Arsenal striker, 34, was pictured arriving in the fashion capital of the world on Thursday wearing a Milan-branded face mask.

    And having already agreed personal terms on a two-year contract, the Frenchman’s transfer is expected to be confirmed on Friday.

    Chelsea gave permission for Giroud to fly to Italy after accepting a £2m offer from Stefano Pioli’s side.

    The Blues triggered an automatic year-long extension in Giroud’s contract earlier this year to prevent him from joining Milan on a free transfer.

    But with all parties still eager to do business, Chelsea have got a nominal fee and Giroud will now be lining up in Milan’s famous red-and-black kit.

    It remains to be seen how the World Cup winner fits into Pioli’s starting XI, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic already at the club.

    However, it appears that both could play in the same team after Milan legend and technical director Paolo Maldini branded Giroud a ‘champion’.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GUNNERS WISH SALIBA WELL ON LOAN

    Arsenal say they agreed with William Saliba his loan move to Marseille was best for both them and him.

    France Under-21 centre-back Saliba shone during a six-month temporary spell with Nice last season, having yet to really break through at the Emirates.

    And Gunners' technical director said: “Together with William, we have decided it will be good for his continued development to spend another season on loan.

    "William joined us as an 18-year-old, and he is still only 20, so he is still developing all the time. 

    "William is a player with strong natural ability and next season has the potential to be really beneficial for him at Marseille, a good club.

    "We will of course be keeping in close contact with William during the season and wish him all the best in France with Marseille."

  • Ian Tuckey

    GRANIT ROCKED BY JOSE INTEREST

    Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is reportedly on the verge of joining Roma for £15million.

    Forza Roma claims the Swiss star is desperate to ditch the Gunners for a link-up with Jose Mourinho.

    And after weeks of negotiations, a deal is said to be close.

    Mourinho apparently wants Xhaka, 28, to partner Italian Euro 2020 winner Bryan Cristante in a midfield pivot.

    Xhaka’s transfer to Rome would bring to an end his tumultuous five-year stay at the Emirates.

    The midfielder joined Arsenal from Gladbach in 2016 for around £30m and made 220 appearances, winning two FA Cups in the process.

    His influence saw him made Gunners captain before being stripped of the honour in 2019 after an infamous public falling out with fans.

    Xhaka would become Mourinho’s second signing of the summer, with Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio confirmed earlier this week.

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    EX-GUNNER GIBBS OFF TO MIAMI

    Kieran Ginbs is preparing to enter Inter Miami's nightmare season after starting training with the MLS team.

    David Beckham's Florida franchise have struggled near the bottom of the table and faced a huge fine for breaking financial rules.

    But the arrival of ex-Arsenal ace Gibbs will be seen as another piece in the jigsaw for the young club, in only its second season.

    The 31-year-old, released by West Brom, joins fellow English football exiles Ryan Shawcross, Brek Shea, and coach Phil Neville in the Inter ranks.

    Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi are also on board to provide much-needed experience and star power yet the French midfielder's arrival has done little to help the Miami coffers.

    MLS fined the team £1.4million in May for incorrectly registering his arrival under targeted allocation funds, when he was meant to be a designated player.

    Inter chief Jose Mas was fined £176,000, amid a number of charges for the club, with Beckham and other co-owners cleared of any wrongdoing.

  • Ian Tuckey

    BOLT BACKS LIONS’ RACISM VICTIMS

    Usain Bolt thinks the racist abuse suffered by England’s Euro 2020 penalty-missers is ‘horrible’.

    The sprint legend spoke out after Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, Arsenal teenager Bukayo Saka and incoming Old Trafford wideman Jadon Sancho were targeted with vile messages.

    The Three Lions trio all missed penalties against Italy in the shootout at Wembley.

    And all were sent racist messages on social media after the final defeat on Sunday.

    Jamaican athlete Bolt, 34, became the latest star to support the England trio.

    The eight-time Olympic champion said: “First of all that’s horrible to know – for me it’s very tough to see these things.

    “As an African and a Black person, I can tell it must be rough on them and you can’t blame these guys, they don’t make the decision of who takes the penalties.

    “It’s football, you win some, you lose some and it’s tough for you to lose. I’ve gone through it with my team, but I won’t curse anybody or try to put them down when it comes to race or anything.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    SAKA EXPECTED ABUSE

    England superstar Bukayo Saka has revealed he knew he would be racially abused ‘instantly’ after his Euro 2020 penalty miss.

    The Three Lions wideman, 19, saw his decisive fifth spot-kick saved in the Euro 2020 final shootout defeat by Italy, before being hit by a wave of racist abuse.

    Now the Arsenal ace has released an emotional statement saying he will ‘not be broken’.

    Saka wrote: “I have stayed away from social media for a few days to spend time with my family and reflect on the last few weeks.

    “This message won’t do it justice how grateful I am for all the love that I have received, and I feel that I need to thank everyone who has supported me.

    “It was an honour to be part of an England squad that leads by example, they are brothers for life and I’m grateful for everything that I have learnt from every one of the players and staff who worked so hard.

    “To help that team reach our first final in 55 years, seeing my family in the crowd, knowing what they’ve given to help me get there, that meant everything to me.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    ARSENAL TARGET NEVES POSES IN NEW WOLVES KIT

    Wolves proudly displayed their new 2021-22 home kit with Arsenal target Ruben Neves featuring in the unveiling.

    The Gunners are chasing the Portuguese midfielder as part of Mikel Arteta’s summer transfer plans.

    But Thursday’s announcement hinted at Neves staying put after he was chosen to pose in the new shirt.

    Conor Coady, Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore were also enlisted for the unveiling.

    It is the first of Wolves’ new multi-year sponsorship deal with British sportswear manufacturer Castore.

    The Liverpudlian brand also provides the Rangers and Newcastle kits, plus the apparel of the McLaren Formula One team.

    Arsenal transfer target Ruben Neves models new 2021-22 Wolves home kit in hint he is staying put

    The design is based around Wolves’ traditional golden colour schemes with black panels and trim matching the black shorts.

    Neves, 24, has been at Molineux for four seasons after a £15million move from Porto. SunSport revealed this week that the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, remains in talks with Arsenal over a possible deal.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ‘CLUBS PUT OUT FEELERS’ FOR LEWANDOWSKI

    Bayern Munich legend Robert Lewandowski has clubs ‘putting out feelers’ over a transfer.

    That’s according to the Poland striker’s new boss Julian Nagelsmann, who is unhappy Lewandowski’s future remains uncertain.

    The 32-year-old is reportedly considering his options after seven trophy-laden seasons with Bayern.

    Chelsea are thought to be interested, despite making £150million-rated Borussia Dortmund ace Erling Haaland their No1 target.

    And Lewandowski has also been linked with Manchester City as an alternative to Tottenham star Harry Kane.

    Lewandowski’s Allianz Arena contract runs until 2023. And club chiefs are hopeful he will stay despite seeing head coach Hansi Flick leave.

    However, new gaffer Nagelsmann has revealed that Lewandowski is yet to fully commit himself due to interest from other teams.

    The former RB Leipzig boss said: “I think it’s normal for someone who scores so many goals that almost every club puts out a feeler.

    “I’ve already spoken to him and texted him. I’m not very fond of the first official act with a player being to immediately discuss his contractual situation.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    SEVEN ‘N HELL

    Euro 2020 is over, the Copa America is complete and all eyes now turn to the start of the 2021-22 Premier League campaign.

    And that means fans are getting their first glimpses of their team’s pre-season festivities.

    Top-flight clubs have been swarming supporters’ social media feeds with behind-the-scenes snaps from training.

    Scattered among the superstars, some forgotten faces have been spotted getting down to work, from Sead Kolasinac at Arsenal to Liverpool’s Loris Karius.

    We’ve taken a look at SEVEN players you might be forgiven for forgetting were still in the Premier League as pre-season rumbles on.

    CHELSEA – Danny Drinkwater & Ross Barkley

    MAN UTD – Andreas Pereira & Phil Jones

    ARSENAL – Sead Kolasinac

    TOTTENHAM – Ryan Sessegnon

    LIVERPOOL – Loris Karius

    FULL DETAILS in our story here.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GUNNERS ARE HIBER ACTIVE AFTER DEFEAT

    Arsenal have hit the training ground ahead of their second pre-season match against Rangers on the back of a miserable defeat against Hibernian.

    The Gunners were seen putting in the work at the Oriam Performance Centre in Edinburgh ahead of their game with the Scottish champions on Thursday.

    Mikel Arteta will know there's plenty of work to be done too after their horror show on Tuesday.

    Earlier this week, a youthful Arsenal side lost 2-1 at Hibs, who had been beaten by League One side Accrington Stanley – with #ArtetaOut quickly trending on Twitter.

    The Gunners had been trailing for much of the game, only pulling one back thanks to a superb volley from Emile Smith Rowe – quickly making his place in the team untouchable.

    Debutant goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo made a mess of a Cedric Soares back-pass, allowing Martin Boyle to score – before Daniel MacKay grabbed their second with 20 minutes to play.

    After the game, Arteta revealed his players hardly had any training time ahead of their first friendly game – also bemoaning a series of refereeing decisions, leaving fans in stitches.

  • Ian Tuckey

    MESSI ‘NO OFFERS’ SHOCK

    LaLiga chief Javier Tebas is shocked that Barcelona haven’t received any bids for free agent Lionel Messi.

    Despite several major European clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, declaring their interest in the Argentinian mega-star, none of them made a concrete offer.

    This comes as a huge surprise to Tebas, who thought the 34-year-old would’ve been swamped with options by now.

    He told Marca: “Right now I can only give my opinion, and that is that it is odd that there has been no offer [for Messi] from Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain.

    “And I firmly believe there isn’t and that the player wants to stay.”

    Messi’s been out of contract since his previous deal expired at the end of last month.

    Financial implications caused by Covid-19 and a strict wage bill set by LaLiga chiefs has meant Barca can’t match Messi’s salary demands.

    And although Tebas wants the six-time Ballon d’Or winner to remain at the Nou Camp, he refuses to bend the rules to accommodate Messi.

  • Ian Tuckey

    WHAT HAPPENED TO BLADES STUNNERS?

    Arsene Wenger once hailed his Arsenal class of 2008 as his best-ever group of youngsters.

    Wenger’s teenage Gunners were supposed to be the next big thing after a 6-0 demolition of Sheffield United in the Carling Cup that year.

    But where are they now?

    And did they go on to have successful careers?

    Here, SunSport takes a look at Arsenal’s talented teens of 2008.

    Click HERE for more.

  • Ian Tuckey

    CAMAVINGA SET TO SNUB PREM

    Eduardo Camavinga is set to snub Premier League interest in favour of LaLiga, according to reports.

    The Rennes wonderkid has drawn admiration from the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

    But according to The Telegraph, Camavinga has his ‘heart set’ on a move to Spain.

    Neither Real Madrid nor Barcelona are well placed to make a bid for the 18-year-old, given their financial woes.

    But both are expected to be better placed next summer – when Camavinga’s contract at Rennes expires.

    Man Utd and the Gunners have been asked to be kept in the loop regarding the midfielder’s transfer status this summer.

  • Jake Lambourne

    DUTCH COURAGE

    Arsebal are reportedly one of a number of clubs eyeing up a swoop to sign AZ Alkmaar star Teun Koopmeiners.

    The 23-year-old midfielder impressed in the Eredivisie in the 2020-21 campaign where he chipped in with 15 goals and five assists.

    And according to Dutch news outlet De Telegraaf, the Gunners are keeping tabs on the player.

    Arsenal could also have the advantage in the race to secure his services with the Holland international claimed to have been a fan of the club growing up.

  • Jake Lambourne

    COVID CHAOS

    Arsenal have been forced to undertake a deep clean of their training ground after a swell of positive coronavirus tests inside the academy.

    A small number of Under-23s and Under-18s players have caught Covid-19, forcing a handful of youth team friendlies to be cancelled.

    The Gunners have insisted that the infections were transmitted away from their London Colney base.

    And those who have tested positive are not said to be suffering from any severe symptoms.

    A club statement to The Athletic read: “There have been a small number of positive tests at London Colney which has required some U23 and U18 players to quarantine.

    “All these positives were transmitted off site and the players are well.”

    Mikel Arteta's first-team squad are said to be unaffected by the outbreak having travelled to Scotland for a pre-season camp earlier this week.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TOKYO SHIFT

    With Euro 2020 and Copa America now in the history books, it's time to turn our attention back to domestic football – or is it?

    For most clubs, pre-season is now well underway ahead of the Premier League's return on August 13.

    But a number of top-flight teams will be without at least one star for the majority of pre-season after seeing players called up to their nation's Olympics squad.

    A total of 16 countries have qualified for the tournament in Tokyo, including France, Spain, Brazil and Argentina.

    And a total of nine Premier League clubs WILL have to make do without at least on player, with Arsenal missing a key first-team player.

    Check out the full list by clicking HERE.

  • Jake Lambourne

    PICTURE THIS

    Arsenal are gearing up for their friendly clash against Rangers on Saturday.

    Take a look at the Gunners in training below.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    IRON WILL

    Willian is still expected to leave Arsenal this summer, according to Fabrizio Romano.

    The Brazilian winger joined on a three-year deal last year, but failed to make an impact at the Emirates.

    And he has been linked with a move to the MLS after falling out of favour under Mikel Arteta.

    Roma tweeted: "Still same plans for Willian: he’s expected to leave Arsenal this summer once the right proposal will arrive.

    "AFC Work in progress with his agent to find the best solution in the next weeks. Arsenal board now waiting too."

  • Jake Lambourne

    OH CAM ON

    Eduardo Camavinga is set to snub Premier League interest in favour of LaLiga, according to reports.

    The Rennes wonderkid has drawn admiration from the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

    But according to The Telegraph, Camavinga has his 'heart set' on a move to Spain.

    Neither Real Madrid nor Barcelona are well placed to make a bid for the 18-year-old, given their financial woes.

    But both are expected to be better placed next summer – when Camavinga's contract at Rennes expires.

    Man Utd and the Gunners have been asked to be kept in the loop regarding the midfielder's transfer status this summer.

    Camavinga could see out the remaining year of his contract at Rennes
  • Jake Lambourne

    TOP OR FLOP GUNS

    Arsene Wenger once hailed his Arsenal class of 2008 as his best-ever group of youngsters.

    Wenger’s teenage Gunners were supposed to be the next big thing after a 6-0 demolition of Sheffield United in the Carling Cup that year.

    But where are they now?

    And did they go on to have successful careers?

    Here, SunSport takes a look at Arsenal’s talented teens of 2008.

    Click HERE for more.

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