There is plenty going on at Arsenal concerning transfers at the moment. The club have already confirmed the signings of left-back Nuno Tavares from Benfica and midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht, and are reportedly working on several other deals at the moment. There are also things happening regarding players who could leave the Emirates, and Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth has provided updates on several accounts.
Arsenal have completed and confirmed the signing of Nuno Tavares from Benfica on a long-term contract.
Having risen through the ranks of Benfica’s academy, the 21-year-old spent a season with the ‘B’ side at the Portuguese club before earning his place in the first-team squad in 2019. Overall, the young left-back played 41 matches in all competitions for Benfica under his belt, 25 of which came in 2020-21.
The deal which has seen his move to the Emirates sealed, according to Fabrizio Romano, is set to cost Arsenal an initial amount of €8 million, with add-ons devised to take the total amount a bit higher than that.
The transfer market is looking very lively for practically every club in the world at the moment. Arsenal are no exception of course, particularly given their needs in that aspect and the squad investments so eagerly anticipated since the Kroenkes promised to back manager Mikel Arteta this summer.
The latest rumours on that front involve Hector Bellerin and Emile Smith Rowe, as well as Benfica left-back Nuno Tavares.
At the age of just 26, Hector Bellerin has already spent a decade in North London between the youth team and his professional debut in 2013. For quite a few years he was seen as one of the first names on the teamsheet for the Gunners but in recent times, he’s been falling down the pecking order with poor decision making and pace that isn’t quite up to scratch.
Bellerin can always pull a rabbit out of the hat when we least expect it because he’s got that kind of performance in his back pocket just waiting to use it – but consistency is key. He needs to be able to bring the heat every single week and we haven’t seen that for a long, long time.
Mikel Arteta has ‘completely changed’ Arsenal since he took charge of the team in December 2019, according to Hector Bellerin. However, the Spanish right-back doesn’t expect the fans or the pundits discussing the Gunners to see it, at least not straight away.
There can be no arguing the fact that the 2020 FA Cup and Community Shield triumphs came as a much-needed painkiller at the end of Arteta’s first season in the job. However, the inconsistencies which followed throughout 2020-21 and the failure to qualify for any European competition for next season have been as disappointing as those trophies were encouraging.
A few days ago, reports broke claiming David Luiz and Arsenal have agreed to part ways this summer, and according to Fabrizio Romano, Willian is likely to be on his way out as well.
Luiz’s contract is about to expire and the club haven’t offered him a new one, and as revealed by The Athletic’s David Ornstein, the Brazilian defender has made it clear he wouldn’t accept it even if they did.
Arsenal are not interested in signing Tariq Lamptey from Brighton and Hove Albion anymore, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Many supporters were thrilled with the prospect of seeing the 20-year-old holding an Arsenal shirt this summer, and it’s not really difficult to see why. Lamptey is a highly talented player, full of energy as he runs up and down the right flank, and with the departure of Hector Bellerin reportedly looming, he was seen as a good, long-term replacement. However, it seems that the club have taken his name off the list of transfer targets for the summer, despite preparing to enter the market for a right-back.
Arsenal remain in the dark as to the size of the funds to be made available for incoming transfers this summer, and much of it is expected to depend on whether the Gunners manage to secure Champions League football for next season. The chances of that task being accomplished through Premier League placement are practically non-existent, even if the possibility isn’t yet mathematically ruled out. At this point, the likeliest route towards UEFA’s elite club competition is through winning the Europa League, where Arsenal will be facing Villarreal in Spain in the semifinals, which will see the first leg being played this Thursday.
There is a strong chance Hector Bellerin will be leaving Arsenal at the end of the season, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.
Having taken his first football steps at Barcelona, Bellerin joined Arsenal’s Under-18 side in 2011, and apart from a brief loan spell at Watford, he’s been with the club ever since. Overall, he has made 234 first-team appearances in all competitions, scoring nine and assisting 29 goals, and helping the team win three FA Cups and three Community Shields. Playing primarily as a right-back, the 26-year-old has been known to perform well further up the pitch as a wide midfielder as well.
Paris Saint-Germain are set to revive interest in Hector Bellerin this summer, according to CBS Sports, and the Spaniard is apparently willing to consider leaving the Emirates, despite being contracted to Arsenal until the summer of 2023.
Arsenal are said to have rejected an offer worth up to $35 million (just under £25m) from the Ligue 1 champions last summer, valuing Bellerin’s services at $50m (£35m) at least. This term, the 25-year-old has played 22 times in the Premier League, scoring once and assisting three times.