Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Maddison £60m plus player offer, Bruno Guimaraes £25.6m bid, Lautaro Martinez offer rejected

Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Maddison £60m plus player offer, Bruno Guimaraes £25.6m bid, Lautaro Martinez offer rejected

August 3, 2021

ARSENAL are set to bid £25.6m for Lyon's Brazil Olympic midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, according to reports.

Meanwhile the Gunners are said to have had a bid of Alexandre Lacazette and Hector Bellerin in exchange for Lautaro Martinez rejected.

And Edu is also stepping up his pursuit of James Maddison, with a rumoured bid of £60m plus a player having been lodged.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    LOCK & LOAD

    Newcastle are willing to pay £22million for Arsenal ace Joe Willock.

    That is according to the Daily Telegraph, who claim the Magpies are very keen to sign Willock on a permanent transfer.

    The midfielder spent the second half of last season on loan with the Toon and manager Steve Bruce is determined to bring the Gunners youngster back to the club.

    The Gunners are keen to raise funds in order to boost Mikel Arteta's squad

  • Kostas Lianos

    BIDDING WAR

    Tottenham are looking to rival Arsenal for Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez.

    According to L'Interista, Spurs are considering Lautaro as star striker Harry Kane is pushing for a move away.

    Meanwhile, Mundo Deportivo are claiming that Inter have set their asking price at €80million (£68.2m) for the Argentina international.

    The Gunners are keen on the 23-year-old's signature, with some reports claiming the club would be willing to offer a player-plus-cash offer to land him.

    But the Italian champions are only interested in a straight cash deal this summer

  • Kostas Lianos

    TRANSFER LISTED

    Arsenal are reportedly set to sell six players during the summer transfer window.

    That is according to the Daily Express, who claim that Hector Bellerin, Eddie Nketiah, Willian, Sead Kolasinac, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson could leave this month.

    The Gunners are determined to add to their squad before the transfer window slams shut.

    However, the north Londoners' boss Mikel Arteta will need to sell first in order to raise funds

  • Kostas Lianos

    MAD MEN

    As mentioned earlier, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is not keen at all to sell James Maddison amid Arsenal's interest.

    Rodgers said: In conversations with the club, we don’t have to sell.

    "That’s something that’s been made clear. The players want to stay. It’s a really exciting time at the club.

    "There’s lots of gossip and speculation around but I’m loving working with the guys here, they love being here, and we certainly have no need to sell. So I would suspect we’re looking to keep our best players”

  • Kostas Lianos

    XHAKA STAY

    Arsenal are confident Granit Xhaka is going to sign a new deal soon.

    That is according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, who claims the Gunners have offered him a new contract until June 2025 with an increased salary.

    The north Londoners' boss Mikel Arteta told talkSPORT: "Granit Xhaka is going to stay with us.

    "He is a key member of our squad"

  • Kostas Lianos

    OD MAN OUT

    Real Madrid are looking to include a buy-back clause in any deal to sell Arsenal target Martin Odegaard

    That is according to ABC, who claim that Real manager Carlo Ancelotti has told Odegaard that he is part of his plans but is not guaranteed a regular role.

    That is because Ancelotti looks set to continue with Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Casemiro in midfield.

    This has resulted in the playmaker pondering a potential return to the Gunners.

    However, Los Blancos are reportedly demanding £42.5million as well as a buy-back clause, something that may put the north Londoners off

  • Kostas Lianos

    ONE IN A MILL-ION

    Former Manchester City ace Danny Mills has advised Arsenal to sign Newcastle youngster Freddie Woodman instead ofSheffield United star Aaron Ramsdale.

    Mills told Football Insider: “It’s bizarre.

    “Go and get Freddie Woodman for £10million. If you want a back-up goalkeeper, there you go.

    “He’s got good experience, a decent goalkeeper. He’s coming through and will cost you probably less than half.

    “Aaron Ramsdale is not like, ‘Wow, outstanding goalkeeper worth more than £30m’. It seems like a lot of money for what you’re getting"

  • Kostas Lianos

    PARTEY UPDATE

    Arsenal star Thomas Partey's injury may not be as serious as initially feared.

    Partey suffered an ankle injury during Sunday's pre-season loss to Chelsea and will most likely miss the Gunners' Premier League opener against Brentford on August 13.

    However, there is optimism that the star midfielder will be back sooner than expected.

    The Ghana international's injury isn't a high-ankle sprain as the north Londoners feared

  • Kostas Lianos

    LOKON-GUTTED

    Arsenal signing Albert Sambi Lokonga has revealed he was gutted to lose his first match at the Emirates.

    The Gunners lost 2-1 to to London rivals Chelsea during their pre-season friendly on Sunday.

    Lokonga told the club's official website: "It was really good, a little bit sad because we didn't get the three points.

    "But yeah, my first time at the Emirates, I think it's a good thing for me, a good start. So I hope the future will be better.

    "If I have to speak about the team, we had a really good performance but we gave away the ball and then they scored.

    "But yeah for the next time we have to be careful because I think this kind of goal we can avoid"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    SAFE BERT

    Arsenal great Robert Pires is certain fellow countryman Raphael Varane will succeed at Manchester United.

    Pires said: “Yes, Raphael will certainly adapt to English football.

    “Surely there will be matches in which he will suffer physical clashes, but he is now a player of great experience.

    “I see him well paired with [Harry] Maguire, they will form an excellent duo.

    “On my part there was a bit of surprise. In my opinion, president [Florentino] Perez wants to renew his team, but replacing [Sergio] Ramos and Varane will not be easy.

    “For sure, the signing of David Alaba is a good choice”

  • Kostas Lianos

    MADDISON BID

    Arsenal have stepped up their chase for Leicester star James Maddison.

    According to Football London, the Gunners have proposed a player-plus-cash deal for Maddison but it is not yet known what player they have included in the offer.

    Ainsley Maitland-Niles has previously been linked with a switch to the King Power Stadium.

    However, the Foxes haven't given the impression that they're keen to let the England international go

  • Kostas Lianos

    SAFE BET

    Arsenal have announced that Kevin Betsy has been appointed as the club's new Under-23 manager.

    Betsy told the club's official website: “It’s an honour and privilege to be joining Arsenal as Under-23s Head Coach."

    "Arsenal is of course an iconic club in world football with such a rich history.

    "This is also a club with a very strong current record of developing young football players for the highest level, but also placing an emphasis on producing well-rounded young people"

  • Kostas Lianos

    MAKES SENS

    Arsenal are leading the race for Real Madrid star Marco Asensio, who has also been linked with Tottenham and Liverpool.

    Asensio could be sold by Real this summer, as they look to clear the decks for Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe.

    Los Blancos are hoping to drum up interest from England and it's working so far as the Gunners, Spurs and Reds are all keeping tabs on the forward.

    But according to Fichajes, it is the north Londoners that have shown the strongest desire to sign him.

    They also expect the Madrid giants to ask for just £34million for the Spain international

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  • Kostas Lianos

    OFFER REJECTED

    Arsenal have tried to swap Alexandre Lacazette and Hector Bellerin for Lautaro Martinez but Inter Milan turned them down.

    That is according to SportMediaset, who claim the Gunners have opened talks for Lautaro, but both the Italian champions and the player are yet to be swayed.

    To make matters worse, the Argentina international is not particularly keen on moving to the Premier League and wants to play in the Champions League next season.

    The 23-year-old prefers a move to LaLiga and Real Madrid, Barcelona as well as Atletico Madrid have all shown interest in him.

  • Kostas Lianos

    PARTEY REMINDER

    Arsenal are set to miss Thomas Partey in the opening weeks of the Premier League season.

    According to ESPN, Partey will see a specialist this week for a full diagnosis on the thigh injury he sustained in the 2-1 Mind Series defeat to Chelsea on Sunday.

    The midfielder's debut season with the Gunners was marred by injury, with that poor fortune set to continue after he hobbled off moments before half-time on Sunday.

    The 28-year-old was injured in the North London derby last season and was forced to miss 10 games with a hip injury at the end of 2020.

    Arsenal bosses will hope the injury is not as bad as initially feared but the Ghana international is set to miss the north Londoners' opening Premier League clash against Brentford at the very least

  • Kostas Lianos

    GUIMARAES UPDATE

    Arsenal are preparing an opening bid of €30million (£25.6million) for Lyon star Bruno Guimaraes

    According to Globo Esporte, Guimaraes is one of the Gunners' top midfield targets during the summer transfer window.

    The north Londoners have held a long-standing interest in the 23-year-old and may renew their bid in the near future.

    Arsenal chief executive Edu reportedly attempted to land the Brazil international from Athletico Paranaense back in January 2020 but he opted for Lyon instead.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    WHERE THERE'S A WILL

    Newcastle have agreed to pay £22million for Arsenal's Joe Willock, according to the Telegraph.

    The Gunners have reportedly set a £22million price tag on the 21-year-old, which Newcastle are prepared to pay.

    The Magpies were thought to have preferred another loan deal for Willock due to being short of cash, but the Telegraph report they are prepared to pay more than £20million for the midfielder.

    Willock enjoyed a successful loan campaign at Newcastle last season, scoring eight goals in 14 games for the Toon Army, with a return to Tyneside looking likely, whether it be on loan or a permanent deal.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    PARTEY BLOW

    Arsenal are set to be without Thomas Partey for the opening weeks of the Premier League season.

    According to ESPN Partey will see a specialist this week for a full diagnosis on the thigh injury he sustained in the 2-1 Mind Series defeat to Chelsea on Sunday.

    Partey has been unlucky with injuries in his year in North London so far, with that poor fortune set to continue after he hobbled off moments before half time on Sunday.

    The 28-year-old was injured in the North London derby last season was forced to miss ten games with a hip injury at the end of 2020.

    Arsenal bosses will hope the injury is not as bad as initially feared but Partey is set to miss the Gunners opening Premier League clash against Brentford at the very least.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TALKS BEGUN

    Arsenal have opened talks with Lille over the signing of Renato Sanches, according to TMV.

    The French Champions are willing to sell the Portugese international, but are holding out for a reported £30million.

    The Gunners are on the lookout for a creative midfielder as they continue their search for a long-term replacement for Mesut Ozil, with Martin Odegaard and James Maddison also being linked with the club.

    But talks have reportedly begun for the 23-year-old who played 29 times for Lille last season, as well as all four of Portugal's games at Euro 2020.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    BRUCE WANTS WILLOCK

    Despite Newcastle's interest in Aarom Ramsey, the Magpies are still keen to tie up a loan deal for Joe Willock.

    Willock impressed on loan at St. James' Park last season, scoring eight goals in 14 games for the Toon Army, but Arsenal are set to be stalling and are yet to make a decision on Willock's future.

    When quizzed on whether there is a cut-off point for the Willock transfer happening, Bruce said:

    "No.

    "But I would kick myself if it happened [Willock left on loan] and we didn't get him.

    "So no I haven't got a cut-off point in my head."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ON THIS DAY

    Twenty-two years ago today, a certain Thierry Henry signed for the Gunners…

  • Giacomo Pisa

    LUCAS ON HIS WAY

    Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira is edging ever-closer to a move away from the Emirates.

    The 25-year-old posted a picture of him boarding a plane to Spain, fuelling rumours of a switch to Atletico Madrid.

    The Uruguayan has struggled for game time at the Gunners in recent years, with Fiorentina also said to be interested in the £15million rated man.

    He's yet to appear in pre-season for Arsenal and a move away from the club seems to be inevitable.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    MOVE FOR MATHEUS?

    West Brom playmaker Matheus Pereira took to Twitter yesterday to publicly ask for a move away from the Baggies.

    And the 23-year-olds transfer situation has put the Gunners on red alert.

    Mikel Arteta is on the lookout for a playmaker as a long-term replacement for Mesut Ozil, with Martin Odegaard and James Maddison both linked with a move to North London.

    But with Pereira desperate for a West Brom exit, a cut-price deal for the Brazilian may be available with the Gunners said to be interested.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    CONTRACT LATEST

    And on the subject of Granit Xhaka he's on the verge of signing a new contact with the Gunners.

    According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano a deal until 2025 is on the cards, with the final details yet to be agreed.

    Despite being strongly linked with a move to Roma Xhaka is set to stay at the Emirates with Roma unwilling to pay the £17million Arsenal want for the Swiss international.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ANOTHER U-TURN

    Joe Willock may join Granit Xhaka as another Gunner to stay at the Emirates despite being widely linked with a move away.

    Newcastle are reportedly interested in a deal to sign former Gunner Aaron Ramsey from Juventus, according to Goal.

    The Welshman is likely to leave Turin this summer after two seasons in Italy with the Old Lady keen to get the 30-year-old off the wage books.

    And if Ramsey does join up with Steve Bruce at St. James' Park it could mean Joe Willock stays at the Emirates to fight for his place in Mikel Arteta's squad.

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