Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Kai Havertz move IMMINENT, Jurrien Timber SECOND bid latest, Declan Rice updates | The Sun

Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Kai Havertz move IMMINENT, Jurrien Timber SECOND bid latest, Declan Rice updates | The Sun

June 26, 2023

KAI HAVERTZ is closing in on his transfer to Arsenal, and has already completed part of his medical.

It means the Chelsea ace, 24, is a step closer to sealing his £65million transfer to the Emirates.

Meanwhile, the Gunners have made a second bid for Ajax defender Jurrien Timber.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano states the Gunners want to get the deal done this week.

Arsenal saw their opening bid of £30million for Timber rejected.


Stay up to date with all the latest from the Emirates Stadium…

  • By Martin Lipton

    COMMENT: Premier League clubs flying miles for friendlies makes a mockery of bosses’ fixture moans

    The bleating about too many matches is one racing certainty for next season.

    But before Prem bosses start to moan, they maybe need to look at the real killer schedule they have ALREADY signed up to.

    Just the 64 matches, in 15 countries, in the space of 26 days.

    Top-flight teams crisscrossing the world more than SIX times between them — and clocking up a staggering 170,000 air miles.

    Before a serious ball has been kicked. Players being run ragged? Too many matches? A danger to health? Absolutely . . . 100 per cent.

    But the reality is that this season’s summer-friendly calendar shows, once again, that when it comes down to it, what really matters to club chiefs is cash.

    You can read more of this story HERE.

  • By Tony Robertson

    More on Timber second bid

    Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has revealed more details of Arsenal's second bid for Jurrien Timber.

    Arsenal saw an opening bid of £30million for the Ajax star rejected.

    However, Arsenal have now lodged a significantly improved offer.

    He reports the said bid to be an increased offer of up to £10m, with the bid said to be between £38.5m and £41m.

  • By Tony Robertson

    Premier League legend tells Arsenal Cancelo won't win them title

    Premier League legend Andy Cole has declared Joao Cancelo will not be enough to end Arsenal's title drought.

    Speaking to Genting Casino, Cole admitted Cancelo was a good player.

    However, he questioned why he had fallen out with Pep Guardiola and insisted the full-back would not make enough of a difference to tip the margins into Arsenal's favour next season.

    He said: "I haven't had a teammate like Joao Cancelo before who would fall out with a manager if the reports are true. Nobody actually knows what's gone on between Cancelo and Pep Guardiola.

    "Cancelo is a really good player and would definitely improve any team he joins.

    "If Cancelo was to join Arsenal, he can only do so much to help win games but I don't think it would make a difference in a title race, no footballer has superhuman powers like that.

    "If Guardiola didn't think he would cause him so many problems in years to come, he wouldn't have gotten rid of him like that.

    "Football is a sport of team players who work together to win trophies and succeed."

  • By Tony Robertson

    Saka TikTok boom

    Bukayo Saka has seen his England exploits earn him a boost on TikTok.

    The Arsenal winger's hat-trick heroics against North Macedonia, which included a stunning volley, has seen him earn a boost in both followers and likes on the platform.

    According to research compiled by experts at Gambling ‘N Go, Saka has seen his follower count boosted by 100,000 since the match on June 19 – shooting from 1.8 million to 1.9 million.

    The 21-year-old's likes have also seen a boost, jumping more than 400,000 to 8.9 million likes.

  • By Tony Robertson

    BREAKING: Arsenal submit second Timber bid

    Arsenal have made a second bid for Ajax defender Jurrien Timber.

    Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano states the Gunners want to get the deal done this week.

    Arsenal saw their opening bid of £30million for Timber rejected.

    The report adds personal terms on a five-year contract have been agreed.

  • By Tony Robertson

    Arsenal boost with Xavi Simons not wanting PSG return

    Arsenal transfer target Xavi Simons does not want a return to Paris Saint-Germain according to L'Equipe.

    The report from the French outlet claims the sensation has "not decided on his future", but that his preference is NOT to head back to his former club.

    This hands Arsenal a boost in the race for the PSV star, with previous reports linking the Gunners with a transfer for Simons.

    However, the 20-year-old is expected to command a fee north of £40million.

    Credit: Getty
  • By Tony Robertson

    Everton consider hiring former Arsenal director

    Everton are reportedly considering a move to sign former Arsenal and Barcelona director Raul Sanllehi.

    According to the Daily Mail, “Sanllehi has admirers on Merseyside”, though it is not certain whether he would be offered the same head of football role he had at the Emirates.

    The 56-year-old left Arsenal during the Covid-19 pandemic, seeing him lay off 55 members of staff before he himself was laid off too.

  • By Tony Robertson

    Havertz completes part of Arsenal medical

    Kai Havertz has completed the first part of his Arsenal medical, according to Fabrizio Romano.

    It means the Chelsea ace, 24, is a step closer to sealing his £65million transfer to the Emirates.

    Romano adds contracts will be signed by the Gunners with the transfer to be completed this week.

    Havertz is set to be the first signing in a spree which could see Arsenal spend a record-breaking £200m.

  • By James Orr

    Jorginho drops Havertz hint

    Jorginho has hinted that Kai Havertz could be closing in on a move to Arsenal.

    The footballers were reunited as they attended Kepa Arrizabalaga's wedding with stunning wag Andrea Martinez.

    Jorginho and Havertz were team-mates at Chelsea before the Italian left the club in January for London rivals Arsenal.

    This summer however Jorginho could be joined at the Gunners by the German forward.

    Mikel Arteta's side are thought to be on the verge of completing a £65million deal to sign Havertz from Chelsea.

    And Jorginho has now cheekily teased the deal on Instagram, by posting a selfie with Havertz while adding in a bunch of eye emojis.

    Credit: Instagram @jorginhofrello
  • By Kieran Davies

    Skipper still hurting from title collapse

    Martin Odegaard has spoken about how Arsenal's failure to win the Premier League this season still haunts him:

    There are so many things that can affect the season, we were close and we must use the disappointment to go closer. I think this will bother me for the rest of my life. We were very close, I almost managed to achieve my dream, I think it will be painful for the rest of my life but we have to try again next year.

    Martin OdegaardArsenal

  • By Kieran Davies

    Edu at risk of being 'fall guy'

    As the man brokering Arsenal's transfer business, Edu risks facing the wrath of the fans if they miss out on key targets.

    West Ham have turned down two offers from The Gunners for Declan Rice due to payments being spread over six years.

    Allegedly, Arsenal have a round £200m to spend this summer which brings into question why they are getting clubs backs up with such long winded financial packages.

    Credit: Getty
  • By Kieran Davies

    Personal terms offer false flag to fans

    Arsenal seem to have no issues with agreeing personal terms with potential targets.

    For most, this is an indication that the transfer is close to be being done but as we are seeing more and more, this is far from the case.

    The Gunners seem to have a real issue with meeting club's valuations of their players, allowing competitors to trump their offers.

    This is something the North London outfit will need to address this week if they intend on getting three of their summer targets into the club.

  • By Kieran Davies

    Gunners still keen on Portugal star

    Reports are suggesting that Arsenal still have a huge interest in signing Joao Cancelo this summer.

    However, they are currently completely focussed on getting the Declan Rice deal done.

    It is rumoured that once they have addressed their midfield problem, they will contact Man City over the wantaway full back.

  • By Kieran Davies

    Arteta should not have so much control

    Former Head of Football, Raul Sanllehi, believes that Arsenal are wrong in allowing Mikel Arteta to have the control that Arsene Wenger had at the club.

    Previously speaking with The Athletic, he said "I do not agree when clubs call the first-team coach 'the manager'.

    "First-team coach is first-team coach, that is enough. Nowadays, the workload is overwhelming, and I need him to concentrate on the first team.

    "They have betrayed the model a little bit now. By going back to the manager at the top, that is a mistake, but that is their mistake.

    "I would have not allowed that to happen. But that’s fine, it is working so far for them."

  • By Kieran Davies

    Rose-tinted glasses for German

    While the hype has been huge for the impending signing of Kai Havertz, you have to wonder whether this is going to be another Nicolas Pepe.

    His goal return is average at best and during his time at Stamford Bridge he has failed to impress his employers.

    Deployed as a striker last season, he missed many gilt-edged chances at important periods of the game for The Blues.

    To play in a wide position would mean picking him instead of either Martinelli or Saka who both had great seasons.

    The only other option would be to play him behind the striker which would mean ditching a centre midfielder.

    With a reported £65m being the fee involved, this seems like quite the gamble for Mikel Arteta.

    Credit: Getty
  • By Kieran Davies

    Eagles planning North London swoop

    Crystal Palace are becoming increasingly interested in Folarin Balogun.

    With a price set of £35m for the 21-year-old, it seems a cheap price in the current transfer market.

    If Kai Havertz is to arrive in North London this week, the USMNT striker will find his first-team options even more slim and may be forced to leave The Emirates.

  • By Kieran Davies

    Gunners legend praises young star

    Aaron Ramsey has spoken about Arsenal's Folarin Balogun, whose future is uncertain in North London:

    He’s a very good player. We played against him a couple of times and, from what I saw, he’s a very exciting player. Arsenal have many great players but he’s definitely got the quality. He’s good enough for the Premier League.

    Aaron RamseyEx-Arsenal

  • By Kieran Davies

    Arteta to be wary of previous experiences

    With Arsenal looking to spend big in this transfer window to strengthen, the club will need to learn from a dark episode in previous transfer windows.

    The signing of Nicolas Pepe will rank as one of the Premier League's biggest flops with The Gunners parting with £72m for the player.

    Mikel Arteta is still struggling to recoup any of that money and the club are considering letting the player leave for free.

    The Spanish manager will hopefully have done his homework on any potential signings this summer to avoid a repeat of that saga.

  • By Kieran Davies

    Defender edges closer to move

    Jurrien Timber has reportedly agreed personal terms with Arsenal.

    While the clubs have yet agree a fee with a £20m difference in both of their valuations, it is expected they will find a middle-ground.

    That figure could be in the region of £39m while the player is very keen to join Mikel Arteta's side at The Emirates.

  • By Kieran Davies

    Gunners have clear summer strategy

    Mikel Arteta's side have tried to cover all eventualities for their summer spending.

    While Declan Rice and Moises Caicedo were high on the targets, they do have a 'Plan C' if these do not come off.

    That involves Southampton's Romeo Lavia, with The Gunners planning on a move if the other transfers are not possible.

  • By Kieran Davies

    Arsenal midfielder teases fans on arrival

    As Chelsea players past and present attended the wedding of Kepa Arrizabalaga, Arsenal's Jorginho has sent a teasing message on his Instagram.

    He posed for a selfie with Kai Havertz, tagging the forward in the post.

    Arsenal fans are convinced he is suggesting the pair will be reunited at The Emirates very soon.

    Credit: Getty
  • By Kieran Davies

    Arsenal player stars for England U-21s

    Emile Smith-Rowe has put in a starring performance for England as they reached the quarter-finals of the U21 European Championships.

    Given a start against Israel, Smith-Rowe was on the scoresheet as he scored their second goal in a 2-0 victory.

    Anthony Gordon had given England the lead before the Arsenal youngster added the second.

    Smith-Rowe will be hoping to make it three goals in three games when they play Germany in their final group game.

  • By Kieran Davies

    Arsenal offered Liverpool flop

    Juventus are preparing to offer Arthur Melo as part of a swap deal for Thomas Partey.

    The 26-year-old only made one appearance for Liverpool after spending the year on loan at Anfield in an injury-plagued season.

    The Serie A giants want to spend as little money as possible on Partey and are looking for ways to drive the price down, with a swap deal seeming a viable option as Arteta looks to strengthen his squad.

  • By Kieran Davies

    Fans reading into player's social media activity

    Arsenal fans have been monitoring the activities of Jurrien Timber on social media.

    As the Ajax defender shared a song by American rapper 'Gunna' on Instagram, it sent fans of the North London side into overdrive.

    Many fans believe this was the player hinting at his next move and hope to see the transfer confirmed soon.

  • By Kieran Davies

    Chelsea readying to swoop on starlet

    The West London club have tabled a contract offer to Ethan Nwaneri.

    With his schoolboy contract in its last week, The Gunners are trying to convince his to sign a scholarship contract which will turn into a professional one when he turns 17.

    However, Chelsea have been impressed with the attacking midfielder's form and have offered him a contract also.

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