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Arsenal linked with a move for Matuidi 1

Posted on June 28, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to 101 Great Goals, Arsenal are keen on Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi this summer but face competition from two other clubs for his signature. Manchester United and Juventus are believed to be interested in the French international who is out of contract in the summer of 2018.

West Ham to bid £50m for Giroud and Walcott 1

Posted on June 28, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

West Ham United are preparing a £50m bid to sign Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud and winger Theo Walcott this summer, reports the Daily Star. The London outfit have been looking to bolster their options in the final third to try and get back into Europe after underperforming last season, but they may have been too ambitious to sign this duo.

Giroud signed a new deal with Arsenal in 2016/17, scoring an impressive 12 goals in 11 Premier League starts, and was described as “vital to the club” by manager Arsene Wenger. The 30-year-old no longer commands a starting place, but he still made 29 Premier League appearances regardless and is keen to fight for his spot.

Everton enter the race for Onyekuru 0

Posted on June 27, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to Football.London, Everton have joined West Ham United and Arsenal in the race for Henry Onyekuru’s signature. The Nigerian striker is reportedly worth around £8m and is expected to leave Belgian outfit KAS Eupen as a result of his impressive season and the increased interest this summer.

The 20-year-old scored an impressive 24 goals in 41 games in all competitions last season. Onyekuru is capable of playing across the frontline out wide or as a centre-forward and won’t break the bank. He’s made a total of 60 appearances for KAS Eupen while having represented his country on one occasion.

Leon Goretzka is not for sale 0

Posted on June 27, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

It’s bad news for Arsenal as Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka is expected to remain at the Veltins-Arena next season despite speculation over his future with 12 months left on his current deal. The club’s sporting director Christian Heidel revealed the club’s plans to have Goretzka and Breel Embolo in the side for the upcoming campaign.

“We will go into an exciting season with Breel Embolo and Leon Goretzka,” he said in a recent AGM. Goretzka himself was coy when asked about his future, hinting that he’s open to an exit after this summer’s Confederations Cup. “I’m not going to give state-of-play updates, but if there are facts, I will announce them,” he said.

Arsenal have bid rejected for Neto 0

Posted on June 27, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to Portuguese publication A Bola, Arsenal have had a bid of £13m, rejected for Braga winger Pedro Neto. The highly-rated teenager made two appearances at the tail-end of the season and has been linked with a host of European sides as a result of his form at youth level.

Arsenal are one of many clubs believed to be interested in Neto and made a bid for his services this summer. However, Braga are holding out for £17.5m, the 17-year-old’s release clause, meaning the Gunners will have to improve their initial offer to stand a chance of signing the starlet.

Barcelona’s bid to sign Azpilicueta could be good news for Arsenal 0

Posted on June 27, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Daily Star, Chelsea are considering selling Cesar Azpilicueta to Barcelona this summer. It could be good news for Arsenal as Hector Bellerin would no longer be a target for the Catalans should they sign the other Spaniard in his stead.

Bellerin has been linked with both Barcelona and Manchester City for the last 12 months despite having signed a long-term deal last season. The 22-year-old was valued at £50m but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had no intentions of letting him leave the club regardless.

Watford withdraw interest in Kieran Gibbs 0

Posted on June 23, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Evening Standard, Watford have pulled out of a deal to sign Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs, with the defender’s asking price too high for the Hornets to match. A host of clubs were previously linked with the Gunners defender but interest has waned as the summer as gone on.

Gibbs is believed to be for sale this summer but will cost £15m to sign, an asking price too lofty for a player who’s hardly featured in the last two seasons, so Watford will now turn their attention to Middlesbrough’s George Friend. Arsenal are keen to cut a left-back off the wage bill as they currently have Nacho Monreal, Gibbs and new-boy Sead Kolasinac as options.

Kroenke reportedly steps in to end Bellerin transfer saga 0

Posted on June 23, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s majority shareholder Stan Kroenke has stepped in and spoken to Spanish right-back Hector Bellerin in a bid to keep him at the Emirates Stadium next season, reports Football.London. Spanish publication Cadena Sar believe the Arsenal owner has personally had words with Bellerin to convince him to reject interest from former side Barcelona to continue developing in London.

The 22-year-old, who was named in the PFA Team of the Year in 2015/16, is one of the best right-backs in the Premier League and overcome poor form last season to end the campaign strongly. Bellerin made 33 Premier League appearances, scoring and creating five goals, and helped the Gunners lift the FA Cup in May’s final against Chelsea.

Forsberg’s agent claims the Arsenal-linked winger is having his “dreams destroyed” by RB Leipzig 0

Posted on June 23, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Independent, Emil Forsberg’s agent Hasan Cetinkaya has spoken out about RB Leipzig fending off interest for the winger this summer, suggesting the Bundesliga club owe it to the player to let him leave amid interest from Arsenal and a host of other sides.

“I and Emil have always accepted the club and the contracts with them. When Emil went there, the ambition was to take the team to the Bundesliga and then the Champions League. He has been involved with them all the way and broke records in their shirt,” he said.

Arsenal’s transfer activity on hold until Sanchez and Ozil’s futures are resolved 0

Posted on June 21, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

European football expert Julian Laurens believes Arsenal won’t make any new signings until they resolve the futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, amid rumours of Olympique Lyonnais striker Alexandre Lacazette being high on their wish list this summer.

“He (Lacazette) is the priority, I think nothing can happen without sorting out the Sanchez and Ozil situation, that’s the problem. That’s why I think people at the club are maybe getting a little bit frustrated,” he said to ESPN, reports the Express.

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