8.30am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aubameyang ‘AGREES £250,000-a-week new deal’, Lacazette to Juventus, Coutinho LATEST – The Sun

8.30am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aubameyang ‘AGREES £250,000-a-week new deal’, Lacazette to Juventus, Coutinho LATEST – The Sun

August 18, 2020

PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG has verbally agreed a £250,000-a-week new contract with Arsenal, according to reports.

And to fund a spending spree, the Gunners may have moved closer to selling Alexandre Lacazette, with the Frenchman is reported to be Juventus' top target.

Get all the latest news and transfer gossip from North London here…

  • DINE OUT FOR DINZ

    Arsenal are set to sign defender Jonathan Dinzeyi, who has been released by Tottenham.

    According to the Athletic, the centre-back, 20, is being drafted in by Mikel Arteta’s side after being released by their North London rivals last month.

    The England Under-18 international has not played a single minute under Jose Mourinho and featured in a friendly in 2018.

    It would be likely Dinzeyi would be a fourth or fifth-choice centre-back at the Emirates, but Arteta clearly thinks he can use the player.

    Arsenal are keen to sign players they can develop to their squad and Dinzeyi would represent exactly that.

  • HERE WE KOE

    Arsene Wenger has offered to succeed Barcelona-bound Ronald Koeman as Netherlands boss.

    That's Fox Sports' claim as Koeman overtook Xavi and Mauricio Pochettino as favourite to replace sacked Barca chief Quique Setien.

    Wenger admits he still craves another hands-on role, having departed Arsenal in 2018 after a legendary reign of 22 years.

    He told Europe 1 earlier this month: “Every day I want to train, I’ve been doing this all my life.

    “I’m 70 years old, I gave a lot. Should I play Russian roulette a bit, even when it comes to my health?

    “I can’t do things by halves, so I ask myself this question.”

  • AUBA THE MOON

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has verbally agreed a new Arsenal deal, according to reports.

    The Gunners captain will earn a minimum of £250,000-a-week under his new contract, which is now being drawn up.

    Both club and player are hoping a new deal can be finalised before Aubameyang's return to pre-season training.

  • GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Football’s return to pre-season training has been thrown into chaos by the quarantine rules.

    And players have been warned they cannot cheat the system by holidaying in a country outside the UK’s safe list then fly back from a different country which does not require 14 days of isolation.

    The Premier League has written to every club to alert them anyone who has travelled to any of the 155 nations with high levels of Covid-19 must go into lockdown before returning to work.

    Even those testing negative for coronavirus will not be exempted.

    It has been suggested that some anxious players have been holidaying in Spain and then returned to the UK via Greece or Germany to avoid going into quarantine.

    A Government spokesperson said: “If you have been in a country that is not exempt from our travel restrictions, you must self-isolate for 14 days.

    “If you travel from that country to one which is exempt for, say, four days, you will still need to isolate for ten days when you return to the UK.”

    And with most top-flight teams returning to training this week, it has left a number of stars struggling to beat the deadline.

    Elsewhere, Arsenal reportedly 'agreed a new contract with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang' with the skipper set to sign long-term £250k-a-week deal.

    And Lukas Podolski slammed the criticism faced by his former Germany teammate Mesut Ozil.

    He told the Athletic: “He's good enough (to be their main man) with support from the coach and the team, but something has happened with the club, you can feel that.

    “Is he in a disagreement with the club?

    “When I talk to him, we don't want to talk to him about that kind of stuff. It's his situation, him and his agent have to deal with that.

    'He's a good character — he's not an a**hole. He doesn't do interviews where he speaks badly of his team-mates or of Arsenal and it's a shame we have this situation because everyone is losing.

    “Ozil is sat in the stands, Arsenal are paying him and there is no winner.”

  • LOCK OUT

    Football's return to pre-season training has been thrown into chaos by the quarantine rules.

    And players have been warned they cannot cheat the system by holidaying in a country outside the UK’s safe list then fly back from a different country which does not require 14 days of isolation.

    The Premier League has written to every club to alert them anyone who has travelled to any of the 155 nations with high levels of Covid-19 must go into lockdown before returning to work. Even those testing negative for coronavirus will not be exempted.

    It has been suggested that some anxious players have been holidaying in Spain and then returned to the UK via Greece or Germany to avoid going into quarantine.

    A Government spokesperson said: “If you have been in a country that is not exempt from our travel restrictions, you must self-isolate for 14 days.

    “If you travel from that country to one which is exempt for, say, four days, you will still need to isolate for ten days when you return to the UK.”

  • GOOD WILLING

    As part of Arsenal's online celebrations for Thierry Henry's birthday, they uploaded a picture of Women's star Leah Williamson wearing his shirt when she was a kid.

    https://twitter.com/ArsenalWFC/status/1295379608200609792?s=20

  • DAN FOR IT

    Juventus will offer Arsenal Daniele Rugani in a swap deal for Hector Bellerin, according to reports.

    The Gunners have been heavily linked with the Italian in the past.

    And the Serie A champs will try and tempt the North Londoners with him to try and prise their Spanish right-back to Italy, according to TuttoJuve.

  • LUK ELSEWHERE

    Ex-Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski claims Mesut Ozil is not an a**hole.

    He told the Athletic: “He's good enough (to be their man man) with support from the coach and the team, but something has happened with the club, you can feel that.

    “Is he in a disagreement with the club?

    “When I talk to him, we don't want to talk to him about that kind of stuff. It's his situation, him and his agent have to deal with that.

    'He's a good character — he's not an a**hole. He doesn't do interviews where he speaks badly of his team-mates or of Arsenal and it's a shame we have this situation because everyone is losing.

    “Ozil is sat in the stands, Arsenal are paying him and there is no winner.”

  • GOAL MACHINE

    Thierry Henry won the Golden Boot a staggering FOUR times during his time at Arsenal.

  • AU-REVOIR ALEXANDRE

    Arsenal would listen to offers for Alexandre Lacazette, according to ESPN.

    Speaking on TalkSPORT, football journalist James Olley said: “I think the club would be open to listening to offers for Lacazette.

    “He’s got two years left on his contract, he’s not been happy there and he was particularly unhappy under Unai Emery.

    “I thought after the restart there were signs of life in him again; he was coming deeper to be more involved, he was really helping to link the play well ,and I thought he played well in the FA Cup semi-final and final.

    “But he’s 29 and you get into a stage where either you re-sign him or you sell him now while he’s got some negotiation power.

    “It would raise some funds; they could get £30m, maybe a little more, for him.”

  • MATT HIS MARK

    Arsenal youngster Matt Smith has joined newly-promoted League One side Swindon Town on loan for the 2020/21 season.

    A Gunners statement read: “The 19-year-old has been at the club since under-9 level and progressed through our Hale End Youth Academy, signing his first professional contract with us in February 2019.

    “A composed midfielder, the Harlow-born youngster captained us to the Under-18 Premier League South title in 2018/19, playing every single minute during the victorious campaign.

    “Matt was a regular in the under-23s last season and frequently trained with the first-team squad.

    “His fine performances were rewarded with his selection into the first-team matchday squad on six occasions after the season’s restart, including being an unused substitute in our Heads Up FA Cup final victory over Chelsea.

  • WHERE WIL HE GO?!

    Wilfried Zaha is reportedly set to spark a three-way transfer scrap this summer ahead of his expected Crystal Palace exit.

    Sky Sports claim Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and Monaco have all expressed an interest in the Ivorian.

    Arsenal and Everton both tried to sign the 27-year-old last summer but were priced out of a move with Palace asking for £80million.

    The former Manchester United winger also played down an Instagram video of him pointing at a huge “Zaha to Arsenal” sign in a nightclub.

    However, he is still keen on leaving Selhurst Park and Palace are prepared to let him go for the right price.

  • 'WORTH EVERY SECOND'

    An Arsenal megafan has made good on his promise to name his newborn daughter after Mesut Ozil.

    Back in the spring, Jack Robinson tweeted the 31-year-old asking for a message that would guide his wife in picking a name for their baby.

    And after young Mara's arrival last week, the Gooner revealed he had followed through on his promise.

    Jack optimistically tweeted the star in March, writing: “Wife is expecting in July she said if I can get you to reply I can name the kid Ozil, don't let me down.”

    Ozil got back in touch to confirm the deal was on, tweeting: “It's a deal mate. I don't let you down.

    “Now it's your turn. I want to see the birth certificate of your kid in July.”

  • AKINS AND OUTS

    Arsenal have signed 19-year-old midfielder Tim Akinola on a free-transfer, according to reports.

    Akinola was released by Championship outfit Huddersfield this summer with the Terriers having too much competition in central midfield in their academy ranks.

    And the Gunners moved to snap him up without even seeing him play having been so impressed by video footage, according to the Athletic.

  • BON ANNIVERSAIRE WILLY!

    Chelsea have wished ex-Blues and Arsenal defender William Gallas a Happy Birthday.

    The Frenchman turns 43 today but the Gunner did not acknowledge his birthday on their Twitter.

  • TOP THIERR

    Thierry Henry said he had to earn his stripes at Arsenal when he arrived at the club despite having won the World Cup with France.

  • WAIT A SEC

    Arsenal fans think AC Milan's new away kit looks strangely familiar.

    They're not wrong either.

  • SIGHTS ON GUNNERS

    Arsenal “remain Gabriel Magalhaes' priority” this summer, according to reports in France.

    There have been claims that the Brazil defender, 22, has agreed personal terms with the Gunners.

    But as of yet there has been no announcement from club or player on his future.

    Lille are said to value Gabriel at around £27m, a relative bargain in today's market for a promising young player.

    According to La Voix du Nord, Everton and Manchester United are now out of the race for Gabriel.

  • BOND, JAMES RODRIGUEZ

    James Rodriguez has opened the door to a Premier League move having grown “frustrated” under exile from Real Madrid.

    Joining Gareth Bale in being pushed towards the Bernabeu exit door, Rodriguez appeared only once in LaLiga in 2020 having previously been sent on loan to Bayern Munich.

    Arsenal, along with Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid, are linked with the Colombian and he is ready to contemplate a switch to England.

    James told Daniel Habif's podcast: “Now there are many things, everything is over now, the virus stopped everything.

    “There are many clubs that do not have so much, in a few days I know where I am going.

    “I still don't know; Italy, Spain, England. It's a question that I have and I don't know, but I do want to go where I can play, where I can be happy and where I feel that I am loved by everyone.

    “I've already played in France, I've been in several good leagues. Only Italy and the Premier League are missing.”

  • BON ANNIVERSAIRE

    Happy Birthday to the man, the legend, the va-va-voom – Thierry Henry.

  • CUTTING IT CLOSE

    Arsenal fans are convinced Gabriel's deal is DONE.

    The reason being?

    He's followed football's favourite hairdresser on Instagram!

  • 'HAES IS NICE

    Arsenal have agreed personal terms with Gabriel Magalhaes, according to reports.

    The Telegraph report that the Brazilian, 22, is a huge step closer to joining the Emirates imminently.

    Napoli were set to rival Arsenal for the centre-back, but they could not afford his £27million price tag.

    That leaves the path clear for Edu to do business and draft in the exciting Brazil youngster.

    Lille have also had enquiries for Gabriel from Manchester United, but the Red Devils appear to have focused all their efforts on landing Jadon Sancho.

  • ANY MINUTE NOW…

    When are we going to find out, Pierre?

  • LEAKY BLINDER

    The Premier League's opening day fixtures appear to have been leaked – with Manchester United vs Arsenal on the agenda.

    The 2020-21 Fantasy Premier League campaign was launched on Saturday, giving fans the chance to build their teams nice and early.

    But some eagle-eyed supporters have noticed an apparent blunder – with players' next opponents seemingly being listed.

    Should these be correct, the Premier League's September 12 return will be headlined by a blockbuster clash between Man Utd and Arsenal at Old Trafford.

    If true, the pair will meet for the first time since New Year's Day, when Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis goals inspired the Gunners to a rousing 2-0 victory.

  • PARTEY POOPERS

    Arsenal have been dealt a blow with Atletico Madrid convinced Thomas Partey will stay this summer – despite his replacement already having been lined-up.

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is hoping to add some star quality to his midfield ranks this summer, with £45million-rated Atleti ace Partey targeted.

    However, the LaLiga giants are certain they won't part with him – despite being close to signing £36m star Napoli star Allan, according to reports.

    Sky Sports journalist Matteo Moretto revealed Diego Simeone was confident in keeping hold of Partey this summer.

    He tweeted: “To this day, Atletico Madrid is convinced that Thomas Partey is going to stay.”

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