Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Gunners keen on Mount, Balogun could depart, Charlie Patino buy-back clause – latest | The Sun

Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Gunners keen on Mount, Balogun could depart, Charlie Patino buy-back clause – latest | The Sun

May 2, 2023

ARSENAL are amongst other top clubs interested in a move for Chelsea's Mason Mount.

According to reports, Todd Boehly and the England star are no closer to agreeing an extension to his current contract, which expires at the end of next season.

Meanwhile, Arsenal youngster Folarin Balogun could leave on a permanent deal after impressing on loan at Reims this season.

Elsewhere, Charlie Patino is set to leave the club as he wants to play first-team football, but the Gunners are keen to involve a buy-back clause in any permanent deal.


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  • Alex Smith

    Arsenal want four big signings

    Arsenal reportedly want four big-money signings this summer, according to reports.

    The Gunners view West Ham star Declan Rice as the priority in midfield, yet another player for the middle of the park could arrive.

    A centre-back and forward are also wanted.

    The club think the extra signings can strengthen the squad so they can go for the Premier League and Champions League.

  • Alex Smith

    Edu confident on new signings

    Ian Wright has claimed that Arsenal chief Edu is confident he can bring in talent that can take the club to the next level.

    The ex-striker told The Athletic: "I went to the training ground the other day and I was with Edu and Mikel, and what’s happening now at the club is we’re not having to go out and cajole other people to come and join Arsenal.

    “They can see what we’re doing. Edu is saying his phone is ringing off the hook and they’re very confident about the calibre of player they’re going to sign.

    "If you’re going to challenge this City team, you’re going to have to come correct.

    “Ideally, we want to finish as high as we can, we want to win it, but I’m excited about the next phase.

    "When you speak to Edu and Mikel, everything is about winning, man. They just want to win."

  • Alex Smith

    Wright hails improvement

    Ian Wright has hailed the improvement made by Arsenal compared to the failure of not getting top four last season.

    He told The Athletic: “For us to be where we are… Look back to last season when we lost at Newcastle (on May 16). If we’d beaten them we would have gone above Tottenham to get into the Champions League.

    “For that team to grow into this team, challenging for the Premier League, it’s huge strides. It’s only disappointing because we were so close.

    “We can’t let it fizzle out now because that would be a waste of a season. They’ve worked too hard.

    It’s a massive ask because City are in exactly the position they want to be in, but it’s not over. We’ve got to keep going, hang on to any little bit of hope and make sure heads don’t drop.”

  • Alex Smith

    Neville stresses Arsenal can't give up

    Gary Neville has long believed that Man City were going to win the league this year, to the annoyance of Gunners fans.

    But he has stressed that Arsenal must not give up as there could be another twist to come.

    Neville told Sky Sports: "I think Manchester City will win the league. Still, things can happen.

    "We have seen where a powerful team goes in front but then struggle, like Arsenal have had in the last few weeks.

    “The year that City won the league for the first time in 2012, Man Utd got in front of them and everyone thought: 'Oh here we go, they are going to power forwards' and they didn't, they stumbled.

    “So Arsenal have got to keep going, it's about keeping teams honest at this time of the year. I use that phrase a lot with four or five games to go.

    “I think if you're Arsenal, make sure you are not looking back in three weeks time thinking: 'Oh we thought we lost it. But if we had beaten Chelsea and Newcastle we would have won it as City dropped points.'"

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  • Alex Smith

    Arteta on transfer window

    Mikel Arteta has conceded that some players will leave Arsenal at the end of this season and friendships won't get in the way of improving the club.

    He said: "They are always tough decisions. Whether it's to recruit, or other decisions.

    “Some players sometimes don't want to continue with us, some staff members. It's always tough, especially when you have good relationships with those individuals, but we are here to win.

    “That's the purpose of everybody at the club. We have to win and to win we have to do it in our way and to do that we have to make decisions.”

  • Alex Smith

    Balogun could leave Arsenal

    Folarin Balogun has impressed on loan at Reims this season and he could leave Arsenal for good.

    Fabrizio Romano reports: "Balogun’s agents will talk to Arsenal at the end of the season, with plenty of interest in him after his superb form on loan at Reims.

    “Arsenal need to decide if they want to loan him again or to cash in on him with a permanent sale, so he’ll be one to watch as well this summer.”

  • Alex Smith

    Dybala offered to Arsenal

    Roma star Paulo Dybala has been offered to Arsenal in a cut-price deal.

    When the attacker signed for Jose Mourinho’s side for free prior to the start of this season, a number of releases clauses were reportedly agreed to become active after one year.

    90min claim a fee of £10.5m is enough for a non-Serie A club to bid for him, while Italian sides will have to pay £17.5m.

    The likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Manchester United, Newcastle and Tottenham have been informed of his availability.

    Despite the cheap fee, Dybala is likely to demand high wages and he has to want the transfer himself.

  • Alex Smith

    Arsenal want Patino buy-back clause

    Arsenal youngster Charlie Patino is ready to leave the club permanently as he wants first-team football.

    He has impressed on loan at Blackpool this season and Arsenal want to loan him out again, yet the player would rather know where his future lies.

    The midfielder is concerned that his first-team hopes could be dashed by the Gunners wanting to recruit the likes of Declan Rice or Moises Caicedo this summer.

    Therefore, he reportedly wants to go with interest coming from around Europe and England.

    Arsenal would supposedly like to put a buy-back clause in a deal if possible, claims Fabrizio Romano.

  • Alex Smith

    Mount wanted by Arsenal?

    Chelsea star Mason Mount could move across London and join Arsenal with his contract expiring at his boyhood club at the end of next season.

    The player and Todd Boehly are no closer to agreeing an extension and top clubs are circling.

    GiveMeSport say that Arsenal are now in the race.

    Reporter Paul Brown claims: “I’m pretty sure Mount is already considering a move to Arsenal.

    “He knows the clubs that are interested in him, Arsenal are one of those.

    “There are others who are a bit further down the line in terms of talks and what’s been put on the table.

    “I think Arsenal would be another attractive club for Mount.”

    Liverpool and Newcastle have also been linked with moves for the 24-year-old.

  • Alex Smith

    Arteta maintains hope

    Mikel Arteta has stressed that Arsenal's title dreams are not over and their could be another twist in the race for the Premier League crown.

    He said: “We have achieved what was difficult to achieve and we can still achieve the Premier League because there are five games to go and there are a lot of things that are still going to happen.

    “What we have to do is forget about what happened last week [vs Man City], learn from it and move on to the next game at home with our people for a London derby and put things right.”

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  • Alex Smith

    Lampard compares Arsenal to Chelsea

    Ahead of tonight's game, Frank Lampard believes that the tough moment Chelsea are in is part of the process and highlights Arsenal's struggles in previous seasons when comparing.

    He said: “I think it's interesting to compare the Arsenal story with ours. We all had a little insight into Arsenal and how they operate through the Amazon series and I think what you see is that there's a long process to get to where you want to.

    “I remember playing Mikel's early teams and sometimes it was a five [at the back], sometimes a four – now you see they have a very clear identity in the way they play and a strong vision in terms of recruitment and the profile of player.

    “If we talk about it as just this season in isolation, I think you have to go back to the tougher periods.

    "Do we have the possibility to do that here at Chelsea? Yes. Will it take time and through good decisions along the way? Absolutely yes.”

  • Alex Smith

    Remembering Rocastle

    Today we remember David Rocastle on what would have been his 56th birthday.

    Rocky passed away in 2001 aged only 31 after a battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

    He played 275 times for Arsenal.

  • Alex Smith

    Okonkwo wins Austrian Cup

    Young goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo has won the Austrian Cup with Sturm Graz.

    The 21-year-old has spent the second half of this season on loan at the club, who beat Rapid Vienna in the final.

    Okonkwo played a key part the quarter-final win over RB Salzburg when he saved two penalties.

  • Alex Smith

    Arsenal Women crash out Champions Legaue

    Arsenal Women's team lost their Champions League semi-final thriller 3-2 to Wolfsburg last night.

    The game was played in front of a sell out crowd at the Emirates.

    The tie was poised 1-1 after the first leg and Arsenal raced into an early lead yesterday.

    However, two Wolfsburg goals either side of the break put them in control before Jen Beattie sent it to extra time.

    And it was not meant to be as Pauline Bremer netted in the last minute before penalties as Arsenal suffered a heartbreaking loss.

  • Alex Smith

    Arsenal vs Chelsea: Tonight

    Arsenal welcome Chelsea to the Emirates Stadium tonight as the Gunners look to move back to the summit of the Premier League.

    A win over their London rivals would mean they leapfrog Man City and move two clear of them.

    However, Pep Guardiola's side would then have two games in hand to grab their lead back.

    William Saliba is set to miss another game due to a back injury with Mikel Arteta conceding his condition has not improved.

    As for the Blues, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Kai Havertz are both fit.

    But, Marc Cucurella, Reece James, Kalidou Koulibaly and Mason Mount are out.

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    Mikel Arteta vowed the title race “is not over” ahead of this evening's meeting with Chelsea.

    He even said he would pay money to be in the same position next season as his side are now.

    The Gunners boss said: “We still have the nicest part of the season to play with five games to go.

    “When I look at it, this is not over. We can still achieve the Premier League because there are five games to go and a lot of things are going to happen still.

    “I’d pay a lot of money next season to be in this position, believe me.”

    The Gunners host the struggling Blues at the Emirates tonight with the Blues on a five-game losing run.

    Elsewhere, Arsenal are reportedly keeping tabs on Crystal Palace centre-back Marc Guehi.

    The Daily Mail claim there are concerns over William Saliba’s long-term fitness.
    Palace would be likely to demand more than the £18million they paid to sign Guehi from Chelsea in 2021.

    And finally, Charlie Patino is set to leave Arsenal on a permanent deal in the summer.

    Patino spent the season on loan at Blackpool, and The Athletic claim that Arsenal don’t see him as ready to play for them just yet and would prefer to loan him out again next season.

    However, this does not suit Patino, with the club ready to help facilitate his wishes to get a transfer away.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Arteta – Title race NOT over

    Mikel Arteta declared the title race "is not over" ahead of Tuesday's game against Chelsea.

    The Gunners boss said: "We still have the nicest part of the season to play with five games to go.

    "When I look at it, this is not over.

    "We can still achieve the Premier League because there are five games to go and a lot of things are going to happen still.

    "I'd pay a lot of money next season to be in this position, believe me."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Arteta gives Aubameyang plea

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has urged fans to "pay respect" to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during Tuesday's game against Chelsea.

    Arteta froze Aubameyang out of his squad, with the striker having his contract terminated in January 2022.

    Speaking ahead of the game, Arteta said: "Let's say thank you, pay respect and gratitude for what he was.

    "He was an incredible player for us, scored a lot of goals, he was our captain, and he deserves that."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Agbonlahor on Rice to Arsenal

    Gabriel Agbonlahor has urged West Ham to accept a £70million bid from Arsenal for Declan Rice this summer.

    That's despite reports claiming the Hammers will demand over £100m for his services.

    Agbonlahor told Football Insider: “I don’t think Arsenal will pay £100million. £70million is more realistic for someone with a year left on their contract.

    “West Ham are in a tough predicament. If they turn down that bid of £60-70million and Rice leaves on a free a year later – it’s really bad business.

    “They are a club who can use that revenue after spending so poorly this season.

    “£70million would be a fair price considering his situation at West Ham.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Arsenal scouting Marc Guehi

    The Gunners are reportedly keeping tabs on Crystal Palace centre-back Marc Guehi.

    That is according to the Daily Mail, who say there are concerns over William Saliba's long-term fitness.

    Saliba is currently sidelined with a back injury.

    It is unknown how much Palace would demand for Guehi, but it is expected to be more than the £18million paid to sign him from Chelsea in 2021.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Title chance all but over

    Arsenal now have just a 5.5 per cent chance of winning the Premier League title.

    That is according to Opta's Supercomputer, and following last week's defeat at Manchester City.

    However, City still have to play the likes of Chelsea, Brighton and Brentford.

    So there could yet be a twist in this title race.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Gunners tipped for win over Chelsea

    Opta’s Supercomputer reckons Arsenal will get back to winning ways against Chelsea on Tuesday.

    The Gunners have not played since losing 4-1 at title rivals Manchester City last week.

    But Mikel Arteta's side are heavy favourites to beat the lowly Blues at home, with a 43.7 per cent chance of claiming all three points.

    Chelsea meanwhile have just a 27.8 per cent chance of victory at the Emirates, according to Opta.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Stopping the slump

    Frank Lampard is still yet to win, or even draw, a game since returning as Chelsea manager.

    The Stamford Bridge icon has overseen five straight defeats.

    Overall the Blues are on a run of eight games without a win.

    But what better place to stop the rot than at the home of bitter rivals Arsenal on Tuesday night?

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Lampard hints at Auba involvement

    Chelsea caretaker boss Frank Lampard suggested ex-Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be involved against his former employers tomorrow.

    The forward has struggled since joining the Blues from Barcelona last summer.

    And while Lampard did not give away his team selection, he revealed Aubameyang is "fit and ready" to play at the Emirates.

    When asked about Aubameyang's involvement, Lampard said: We'll see, I've got Auba, I've got Kai [Havertz], I've got David [Datro] Fofana. I won't divulge the team right here. He's fit and ready."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Morgan lauds Arteta 'winner's mentality'

    Arsenal fan Piers Morgan is pleased with the team's mentality – despite their collapse in the title race.

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta said his squad are "unsatisfied" following the defeat at Manchester City, despite facing a return to Champions League action next season.

    The Spaniard said: "The thing I like the most is that we are in the Champions League and everyone is still unsatisfied with the situation.

    "This is what we need if we want to move forward as a club and as a team."

    And a delighted Morgan reposted the quote on Twitter and wrote: "LOVE this new quote from @m8arteta – THIS is the right winner's mentality."

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