Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Nuno Tavares ANNOUNCED, Aouar agent in London, Sambi Lokonga PASSES Gunners medical

Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Nuno Tavares ANNOUNCED, Aouar agent in London, Sambi Lokonga PASSES Gunners medical

July 10, 2021

ARSENAL have confirmed their first summer transfer with Nuno Tavares joining from Benfica.

Meanwhile deals for Houssem Aouar and Albert Sambi Lokonga are edging closer.

Ben White is still wanted by the Gunners, with a hefty £50million price tag on the England defender's head.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    NUN'S THE WORD

    Nuno Tavares has spoken of his delight at signing for Arsenal on a long-term contract.

    He told the club's website: "I'm so excited because it is a big club and for me as a young guy, it is a pleasure to be here.

    "It's good for my career and to begin at Arsenal is a big club, and I'm very happy."

    Commenting on when he first heard of interest in him, he added: "When I finished the season my agent told me that Arsenal were interested in me.

    "In the first instance I was very happy and after this I dreamed about it, and [spoke about it] with my mum. I was so excited to be here, and now I'm here I'm so happy."

  • Jake Lambourne

    ED'S UP

    Arsenal technical director Edu believes Nuno Tavares will provide brilliant competition for Kieran Tierney.

    He said: "Nuno is a talented young player who was wanted by a number of clubs across Europe.

    "He will provide strong back-up in the left-back position.

    "We look forward to him growing and developing with us and becoming an important member of the first-team squad."

  • Jake Lambourne

    WORK OF ART

    Mikel Arteta has lauded new recruit Nuno Tavares after Arsenal finally confirmed the defender's arrival.

    He said: "We welcome Nuno to the club.

    "He is a young player with great promise who has developed very well with Benfica in recent seasons and has also shown his quality by being part of Portugal Under-21s.

    "Nuno’s arrival will give the squad extra strength and options in defence, particularly with this energy on the left side of the pitch.

    "We look forward to Nuno’s arrival soon, his integration into the Arsenal family and playing in front of our fantastic supporters.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    TAV SOME OF THAT

    Nuno Tavares has been officially announced as an Arsenal signing.

    The Gunners have secured the services of the left-back from Benfica on a long-term contract.

    And having already self-isolated in England, he will be part of Arsenal's squad to Scotland for their pre-season clashes against Hibernian and Rangers.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SAL SEARCHING

    Arsenal defender William Saliba is reportedly closing in on his third loan spell away from the Emirates.

    Since joining the Gunners in 2019, the French centre-back has enjoyed loan spell at Saint-Etienne and Nice.

    And now according to La Provence, Marseille are set to sign him until the end of the 2021-22 campaign.

    They claim that the 20-year-old could arrive in Marseille on either Sunday or Monday.

    Marseile were keen for an option to buy clause in hos contract, but the Gunners rejected their proposal as they still view him as an important member of their squad.

  • Jake Lambourne

    HEC OF A MOVE

    Inter Milan reportedly remain keen to to bring Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin to the San Siro.

    The Serie A side are looking to replace Achraf Hakimi who was sold to Paris Saint-Germain, and have identified Bellerin as a potential option.

    According to Gianluca Di Marzio, the Gunners and Inter are in talks about finding an agreement.

    Inter prefer loaning Bellerin until the end of the 2021-22 campaign, while having an option to permanently buy him.

    Meanwhile Arsenal are seeking an obligation to buy clause.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SAM'S TOWN

    Albert Sambi Lokonga is closing in on a move to Arsenal after reportedly passing his medical.

    The Anderlecht skipper is understood to have taken his medical his medical in Holland, with the Belgian side on a pre-season training camp in Alkmaar.

    According to Belgian journalist Sven Claes, the 21-year-old has completed his medical.

    He simply tweeted: "And Sambi Lokonga passed his medicals on Friday."

    As well as Lokonga, the Gunners are also closing in on the signing on Nuno Tavares, who is currently self-isolating after arriving in England.

  • Jake Lambourne

    RIP PAUL

    Former Arsenal and England star Paul Mariner has tragically passed away at the age of 68.

    As well at the Gunners, he played for the likes of Ipswich and Plymouth during a 20-year player career.

    During his time in North London between 1984-1986, he chipped in with 17 goals in 70 games.

    Mariner was part of the Tractor Boys' side that memorably won the FA Cup and Uefa Cup.

    "An England statement read: "We're sad to have learned that Paul Mariner, who made 35 appearances for the #ThreeLions, has passed away at the age of 68.

    "Mariner represented England between 1977 and 1985, scoring 13 goals. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family, friends and former clubs."

  • Justin Lawrence

    RING THE BELL

    Emmanuel Petit has given his brutal assessment of Hector Bellerin's future at Arsenal.

    The Gunners legends feels Bellerin's time's up at the Emirates and that he should now move on.

    It's a move that will benefit the full-back and Arsenal, Petit claims.

    The ex-midfielder told Paddy Power: "It’s time for Hector Bellerin to move on from Arsenal.

    "He’s been at the club for eight years and hasn’t really improved a lot. So it’s time for him to leave."

    Petit reckons Petit's time's up at ArsenalCredit: Getty

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    QUID PRO KWO

    Arsenal keeper Arthur Okonkwo has thanked Bernd Leno and Alexandre Lacazette after winning promotion to the first-team squad AND his first long-term contract.

    Nigerian-born Okonkwo, 19, has played for England at Under-16, U-17 and U-18 level, having been with the Gunners for ten years.

    And after training with Mikel Arteta's senior squad last term, he praised fellow stopper Leno and striker Lacazette for making him 'feel at home".

    Asked about his step-up by Arsenal's social media team, Okonkwu replied: ""Ever since I went over with the first team, they have always made me feel welcome and it just helps me. moving over, to feel one of them.

    "I think that has been the biggest help for me."

    And when questioned about individual influences, he said: "I would say when I first went over…Laca. He always made me feel at home.

    "With all the youngsters, he helps welcome everyone and speaks to you and tells you things to do, so he's been a big help.

    "I would also say Bernd. As a goalkeeper he has made me feel very welcome from the first time I was up there with him, so a big help from both of them."

    Arthur Okonkwo says he has already been made to feel part of the first-team set-up by Arsenal's senior playersCredit: Getty

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    AOUAR RAID

    Tottenham reportedly plan to hijack Arsenal's move for Lyon ace Houssem Aouar.

    The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Gunners who have allegedly made a £17million bid for the star.

    And the Frenchman sent Arsenal fans wild when he was pictured in London fuelling reports he was completing his move.

    But their North London rivals Tottenham are allegedly lining up a last-gasp offer to steal Aouar from under Arsenal noses. according to The Express.

    Spurs reportedly want to hijack Aouar's alleged move to ArsenalCredit: Getty

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    POD ALMIGHTY

    Lukas Podolski was unveiled like a king as Gornik Zabrze fans filled their stadium, screamed his name and set off flares after he kept a promise to eventually join his local Polish club.

    The former Arsenal striker, 36, won 130 Germany caps but is a lifelong Gornik supporter, having lived nearby until he was two.

    And despite being a 2014 World Cup winner, Podolski will never have received a welcome as spectacular as this.

    Red smoke drifted around the Gornik stadium as fans chanted for the ex-Bayern Munich hero as he joined a team in his home country for the first time ever.

    He even went topless before putting on his new team's shirt following his move from Turkish club Antalyaspor.

    And Podolski also walked round the ground signing autographs as fans leaned over.

    Podolski was unveiled like a king as Gornik ZabrzeCredit: Rex

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    PETIT FLEET

    Ex-Arsenal star Emmanuel Petit thinks his old club needs to make at-least five new signings this summer.

    And each of the five need to possess quality and character the Frenchman reckons.

    In an interview with the Metro, Petit said: "If Arsenal want to be competitive again.

    "They need at least five players with both talent and character."

    Petit thinks Arsenal need to make five new signings this summerCredit: Rex

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    GUNNER WHITE

    Ben White has reportedly told his England team-mates that he expects to be at Arsenal next season.

    The Brighton defender's proposed £50million switch to the Gunners is all but complete, according to multiple reports.

    The Gunners faced competition from Everton for White's signature, but the 23-year-old has his eyes on a move to the Emirates, journalist Peter O'Rourke has claimed.

    Speaking on the Football Terrace podcast, he said: "Ben White really wants this move even though there was a bit of late interest from Everton.

    “The defender has his heart set on a move to the Emirates, I think he wants to stay down south predominantly as well so that puts Arsenal in a real good position to finalise this move.”

    "He’s been telling some of his England teammates that the deal is pretty much done. He expects to be an Arsenal player at the start of next season."

    White has his heart set on a move to Arsenal reports claimCredit: PA

     

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    MADDISON BOOST

    Arsenal's pursuit of James Maddison has reportedly been given a boost by his club Leicester City.

    The Foxes are said to be interested in signing Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho, according to The Mirror.

    And if the rumours prove to be true, Coutinho's arrival at the King Power Stadium could open the door for Maddison's departure.

    Barca are said to open to selling Coutinho for as little as £20million to raise funds, The Mirror claim.

    If the Brazilian attacking midfielder does make a switch to Foxes, it would see him link back up with old boss Brendan Rodgers who he played under at Liverpool.

    Maddison could be on his way to Arsenal if Leicester get CoutinhoCredit: Getty

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    COLE PREDICTS

    Joe Cole has predicted that Arsenal's Bukayo Saka will get the better of Chelsea's Emerson Palmieri when they meet in the Euro 2020 final.

    Ex-Blues star Cole reckons Saka could be the difference for England in the game and that he'll be difficult for Italian defender Palmieri to handle once he gets going.

    Speaking on his YouTube channel, he said: "I think Saka will give Emerson so much problems,” Joe Cole told his JOE’s YouTube channel.

    "Emerson is a good player, but he has not played all year. He has come into the tournament.

    "I think Saka will run at him and twist and turn him off that right side."

    Cole reckons Saka will get the best of PalmieriCredit: Getty

     

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    SIGN ON

    Arsenal have reportedly announced they've extended youngster Arthur Okonkwo's contract.

    The 19-year-old keeper's initial deal had run out on June 30, but the Gunners have been working tirelessly to tie him down for a longer period.

    The Londoner will now join Mikel Arteta's first-team and will don the No.33 shirt over the coming seasons.

    And Arteta revealed his delight at retaining Okonkwo's services.

    He said: "We welcome Arthur to the first-team squad.

    "We are so happy another academy player has come through our system at the club.

    "Together with Arthur’s huge talent and hard work, we thank our colleagues at the academy for developing Arthur in recent years to get to this stage.

    "They are doing great work with the players’ development here and should be really proud."

    Okonkwo has signed a contract extension with ArsenalCredit: Getty

     

  • Kealan Hughes

    SAKA A KEY THREAT

    Joe Cole claims that Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka will give Emerson Palmieri plenty of problems to deal with when Italy take on England at the Euro 2020 final on Sunday.

    The former England star said on his Youtube channel: "I think Saka will give Emerson so much problems.

    "Emerson is a good player, but he has not played all year. He has come into the tournament. I think Saka will run at him and twist and turn him off that right side.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    CORREA-L DEAL

    Maurizio Sarri has confirmed Joaquin Correa wants to leave Lazio.

    The Argentinean striker has been linked with Arsenal and PSG.

    Il Corriere dello Sport reported last month that Arsenal had offered £17million to sign the former Sevilla striker, while PSG are considering including Pablo Sarabia in a player-plus-cash swap deal.

    Italian transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio, reported Lazio value Correa at €45m and prioritise cash offers over swap deals.

    As quoted by Football Italia, Sarri said: “I know the player has expressed his desire to leave, I’d be happy if he changes his mind when he returns from the Copa America.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    HOU'S THAT?

    Houssem Aouar’s agent has been spotted in London amid rumours that Arsenal want to sign his client.

    ESPN say that Arsenal want to bid for Aouar, who looks to be up for sale.

    Lyon are in financial peril and need to cash in on their more valuable assets, which is what Aouar remains, despite a rather poor season.

    Arsenal have been long term admires of Aouar, after making a move for him last summer, but failing to get a deal done.

    Intriguingly, Aouar’s brother has now posted on Instagram today that he is in London.

  • Kealan Hughes

    RU THE DAY

    Arsenal will reportedly press ahead with a move to sign Wolves midfielder Ruben should they fail to tempt Manuel Locatelli into joining.

    The Gunners are in talks with Sassuolo over bringing the Italy international to the Emirates having made a formal offer.

    Though the player is understood to be keen to remain in Serie A as he longs to join Juventus.

    Sassuolo's CEO Giovanni Carnevali told Sky Italy: “We’re in talks for Locatelli with one club from abroad, and it’s really advanced.

    And according to Gianluca Di Marzio, should Arsenal fail to secure Locatelli's services, Neves will be considered a priority for Mikel Arteta.

  • Kealan Hughes

    'EMIRATES IS THAT WAY'

    Sanchez Watt has reacted on Twitter to a photo of Arsenal ace Bukayo Saka and Jack Grealish that appeared on social media.

    Grealish is being strongly linked with a move to Manchester City this summer but ex-Arsenal man Watt clearly wants Grealish at Arsenal, reacting to a photo with Saka.

  • Kealan Hughes

    'PEAK COMEDY'

    And here is how fans have been reacting to the documentary news.

  • Kealan Hughes

    'ALL OR NOTHING'

    Arsenal will be the next Premier League club the subject of Amazon’s ‘All or Nothing’ documentary series.

    The Gunners will be the third top-flight club to get the Amazon treatment, following Manchester City and Tottenham.

    Filming will begin shortly to cover the upcoming 2021-22 season as Mikel Arteta looks to improve upon the worst domestic season in a generation.

    Arsenal’s Media and Communications Director Mark Gonnella said: "All or Nothing will give our fans and sport lovers an opportunity to learn more about what makes Arsenal such a special club, our trophy-laden history and our ambitions for future success."

    The documentary will launch exclusively on Prime Video in 2022.

  • Kealan Hughes

    ART OF THE DEAL

    Arsenal have tabled a new bid to sign White from Brighton this summer, adding millions onto their £50m offer, according to the Transfer Window Podcast.

    It comes as several other Premier League clubs ramp up their interest in the England international, who is currently with the Three Lions at Euro 2020.

    City, Chelsea and Everton are looking to make a deal with Brighton for White’s services, with the latter even matching Arsenal’s bid.

    Gunners coach Arteta is desperate to land the centre-back, who is a top target after the departure of David Luiz.

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