Arsenal '£43m Gabriel Jesus transfer bid', £21m Akanji offered to Gunners EXCLUSIVE, Tielemans wants out of Leicester | The Sun

ARSENAL have stepped up their pursuit of Gabriel Jesus by lodging a £43m bid, according to reports from Brazil.

The report adds that Jesus is likely to end up at the Emirates, but Man City are holding out for an offer of £51m.

Meanwhile, SunSport can reveal that Dortmund have offered Granit Xhaka's Switzerland team-mate Manuel Akanji to the club for £21m.

Elsewhere, the Gunners have received a huge boost with Leicester ace Youri Tielemans admitting he wants to LEAVE Leicester City this summer.

The Belgian has been heavily linked with a move to the Gunners, as Mikel Arteta searches for adequate competition for Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey.

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  • Justin Lawrence

    Arsenal receive Renato Sanches blow

    AC Milan have reportedly reached a "verbal agreement" with Arsenal transfer target Renato Sanches.

    The midfielder looks certain to leave Lille this summer with a number of top European clubs registering an interest.

    But according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Serie A champions Milan have taken the lead in the race to sign Sanches.

    In a blow to interested Premier League outfit Arsenal, Milan have reportedly reached a "verbal agreement" with the Portugal international.

    Sanches is seen as a replacement for midfielder Franck Kessie, who will be joining Barcelona on a free transfer.

    However, Milan are yet to agree a fee with Lille and talks are set to continue in the coming days.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Asensio speaks on Real future

    Marco Asensio has opened up on his future with Real Madrid amid interest from Premier League clubs.

    He said when asked about his future, reported by Fabrizio Romano: “Renew or leave? By the way, there is also the option of staying for the remaining year of my contract.”

    “I’ll speak with Real soon – I’m now looking for regularity for the next few years. It’s important.”

    Man United, Arsenal, and Tottenham have been tracking the striker.

  • Justin Lawrence

    More on Akanji offer

    Akanji's representatives are highlighting the fact that he's a Swiss team-mate of Gunners midfielder Granit Xhaka who impressed in an international friendly against England in March.

    And they are confident that Dortmund’s current £21million asking price – similar to the fee they have just paid to sign Schlotterback from Freiburg – is certain to drop in the coming weeks.

    But the Gunners are still unlikely to take up the offer as Akanji is right-footed and they are looking for a left-footed centre-half to act as back-up to Gabriel Magalhaes.

    With William Saliba set to return to the Emirates from his loan deal at Marseille to challenge Ben White and Rob Holding next season, Mikel Arteta is already well stocked for right-sided central defenders.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arsenal 'offered Manuel Akanji'

    Arsenal are being offered the chance to sign Borussia Dortmund centre-half Manuel Akanji, MARK IRWIN WRITES.

    The 26-year-old Swiss international defender was a regular starter for the Bundesliga runners-up last season.

    But he has been told he can leave following the sacking of head coach Marco Rose and the recent signings of German internationals Niklas Sule and Nico Schlotterbeck.

    Now Akanji’s representatives are looking for a move to the Premier League and are targeting Arsenal as potential buyers.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Jesus ‘keen on Prem stay’

    Gabriel Jesus still has his heart set on a transfer away from Man City this summer.

    And he’s likely to remain in the Premier League despite interest from Real Madrid, Fabrizio Romano revealed.

    Real were exploring a move for Jesus a few weeks ago but are yet to press forward with a concrete bid for the striker, the transfer guru added.

    This will be a huge boost for Arsenal who are in pole position to land the Brazilian.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Prem clubs fear over Nunez

    Premier League clubs are reportedly wary of paying Benfica’s exorbitant asking price for Darwin Nunez.

    Benfica are seeking between £60-100m for Nunez, and Liverpool are said to be planning a £85m bid for the striker.

    But Prem sides fear paying over the odds for Nunez, in case he’s a flop in England like Nicolas Pepe was for Arsenal last season.

    That’s the view of a Prem chief executive who told i news: “The sort of money being asked for him is huge and no club wants to do what Arsenal did with Nicolas Pepe, grossly over paying for someone because of the hype around the number of clubs interested in him.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Fiorentina issue Torreira ultimatum

    Fiorentina have reportedly issued a deadline of this Friday for Arsenal to agree terms for Lucas Torreira.

    Torreira spent last season on loan with Fiorentina and were keen to make his move permanent.

    But talks between the two sides have reached an impasse over Torreira's transfer fee, the Mirror reported.

    The report states Fiorentina are unwilling to pay the previously agreed £12m fee for Torreira, and will pay no more than £8m for the midfielder.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Feyenoord chase Nelson loan extension

    Feyenoord reportedly want to keep hold of Reiss Nelson beyond the expiration of his loan deal.

    Nelson's loan stint with the Dutch side ends at the end of the month.

    But Feyenoord are hoping to retain the winger's services for another season, according to De Telegraaf.

    The report states that Nelson is open to remaining in the Netherlands.

    However, Feyenoord still need to convince Arsenal to let the 22-year-old stay.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arsenal fans share Bissouma hope

    Arsenal fans are hoping to seal a transfer for Yves Bissouma this summer after the midfielder hinted at a move.

    The Brighton star, 25, reposted two comments from an Arsenal supporter who revealed their wish to sign Bissouma.

    The ex-Lille ace re-posted two messages from an Arsenal fan on Tuesday.

    The first comment read: "For me, I think he and Tielemans should be our priority at midfield, we must get [Bissouma] at all cost [Arsenal]."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Jesus 'prefers Real Madrid transfer'

    Arsenal's hopes of signing Gabriel Jesus have been dented as the Man City striker has eyes on a move to Real Madrid, reports claim.

    The Gunners have been heavily linked with the Brazilian striker recently.

    But he's been swayed by interest from Champions League winners Real Madrid, football.london reported.

    However, Real cannot sign Jesus until his Brazilian compatriot Vinicius Junior gets a Spanish passport, as the Spanish giants have reached the maximum amount of non-European players allowed by La Liga.

  • Alex Cole

    Good morning Arsenal fans

    Man Utd and Newcastle are reportedly "leading the chase" to sign Benfica striker Darwin Nunez.

    Arsenal and French giants Paris Saint-Germain are also keen on the forward.

    The Gunners have been dealt a blow after losing top academy bosses Kevin Betsy and Dan Micciche to Crawley Town.

    Betsy helped guide Arsenal’s U23s to a top-three finish in Premier League 2.

    Arsenal and Chelsea have received a boost in their pursuit of Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus.

    According to reports, Jesus and Man City agreed that his price would be set at £43million.

    Bukayo Saka has been urged to remain with Arsenal by ex-Gunner Theo Walcott.

    Walcott warned Saka that he won’t be a big fish at City like he is at the Emirates.

    And Arsenal are adamant that their current Player of the Year is going nowhere and remain confident that he will soon sign a new long-term deal.

  • Alex Cole

    Tielemans hints at exit

    Arsenal have received a boost in their pursuit of Youri Tielemans after the Leicester star declared he is open to depart the King Power Stadium.

    The 25-year-old midfielder has been heavily linked with a move away from the East Midlands with his contract to expire in 2023.

    Speaking in Belgium's pre-match press conference ahead of their Nations League clash against Poland, Tielemans was asked whether he could leave Leicester.

    He replied: "That is not out of the question. But I can also stay. I feel very good at Leicester.

    "I was welcomed with open arms from day one. I give everything for the club until the last day.

    “But of course you have to listen to other opportunities, you have to look at your career, and sometimes you have to make choices. Maybe one will come my way."

    Of course you have to listen to other opportunities.

    Youri Tielemans

  • Alex Cole

    Saka speculation no worries for Arsenal

    Arsenal are shrugging off speculation surrounding Bukayo Saka and are happy to wait for the player to finish his summer holiday before launching contract negotiations.

    Both Manchester City and Liverpool have been linked with the 20-year-old England winger since the Gunners missed out on Champions League qualification last month.

    But Arsenal are adamant that their current Player of the Year is going nowhere and remain confident that he will soon sign a new long-term Emirates deal.

    Saka is currently away on international duty and is not due to return for pre-season training for another five weeks.

    And manager Mikel Arteta is keen for his young star to take a complete break from football before getting down to serious contract talks.

    As SunSport reported back in March, the plan has always been to sort out Saka’s long-term future this summer with the offer of a new deal worth somewhere in the region of £125,000-a-week.

  • Alex Cole

    Toon in for Morata

    Newcastle have reportedly joined the race to prise Alvaro Morata away from Atletico Madrid, writes Jake Lambourne.

    The Spanish striker is on his way back to the Wanda Metropolitano after spending the last two seasons on loan at Juventus.

    Chelsea flop Morata is facing an uncertain future under Diego Simeone, with Arsenal claimed to be eyeing up a shock transfer.

    Serie A giants Juventus remain keen on turning his temporary stay in Turin into a permanent switch.

    It is believed that the Old Lady aren't willing to match Atletico's £30million asking price having already forked out £17m on his loan.

    According to Mundo Deportivo, Newcastle are keeping tabs on Morata ahead of a possible swoop.

  • Alex Cole

    An ode to Martin

    Martin Odegaard’s 2021/22 season…

    7 goals

    5 assists

    81 chances created

    86% passing accuracy

    Player of the Season: 2nd place

    Credit: AFP
  • Alex Cole

    Half time: Germany 0-0 England

    Germany will be keen to show more attacking prowess in the second half for the patient German fans in Munich.

    They are seeing plenty of the ball and are stretching England – they are one pass away from opening their opponents up and scoring.

    Gareth Southgate could no doubt put a good spin on a draw in Munich, but it is very difficult to win World Cups without scoring any goals.

    Not have these two nations played out such a stalemate since the fields of France many moons ago.

    Tactically, this is a better showing by both – they just seem unable to break each other down.

    Both managers have plenty of attacking options on the bench.

    Follow the game with SunSport’s live blog.

  • Alex Cole

    A plus for Aaron

    Aaron Ramsdale’s 2021/22 season…

    37 games

    96 saves

    14 clean sheets

    71% save percentage

    Player of the Season: 3rd place

    Credit: Getty
  • Alex Cole

    Betsy says his goodbyes

    Kevin Betsy said his goodbyes to Arsenal whilst thanking the club for a wonderful experience.

    He said: ” I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Arsenal, all of the staff and players for a wonderful time at the club.

    “The club has been first class in how things have been conducted and allowing me to take this chance to progress myself with the opportunity at Crawley Town.”

  • Alex Cole

    Arsenal lose two academy coaches

    Arsenal have been dealt a blow after losing top academy bosses Kevin Betsy and Dan Micciche to Crawley Town.

    Betsy helped guide Arsenal’s U23s to a top-three finish in Premier League 2.

    He also spent five successful years in the England youth setup, taking charge of the Three Lions’ U15s, 16s, 17s and 18s, before joining the Gunners in the summer of 2021.

    Betsy has penned a two-year deal with the mid-table League Two outfit.

    Joining as his assistant manager is Arsenal U18s boss Micciche.

    Like manager Betsy, Micciche spent time with the England youth setup before making the switch to Arsenal.

  • Alex Cole

    Germany vs England

    England will be hoping to make what happened in Budapest a distant memory when they take on Germany TONIGHT.

    But the Germans won’t make it easy as they’ll be eager to get revenge for the Euro 2020 round of 16 defeat.

    Germany XI: Neuer; Schlotterbeck, Rudiger, Klostermann; Hofmann, Gundogan, Kimmich, Raum; Muller, Musiala, Havertz

    England XI: Pickford; Trippier, Maguire, Stones, Walker; Phillips, Rice; Mount; Sterling, Kane, Saka

    Follow the game with SunSport’s live blog.

  • Alex Cole

    Arsenal’s highest-ranked stars

    Arsenal have four players in the world’s top 100 most valuable list.

    Bukayo Saka is the priciest of them all at £85.4m – a value which sees him slot in two spots below Sancho in 15th.

    Then comes Emile Smith-Rowe down in 62nd position at £53.1m, followed by Martin Odegaard in 75th at £49.2m.

    And the final Gunners player to make it into the list is keeper Aaron Ramsdale – who squeezes into the top 100 in 94th at £43.6m.

  • Alex Cole

    Nunez blow to Gunners

    Man Utd and Newcastle are reportedly leading the chase to sign Benfica striker Darwin Nunez.

    Arsenal and French giants Paris Saint-Germain are also allegedly keen on the forward.

    The Uruguayan star has hit the headlines with his red-hot form this season, finding the net 32 times in all competitions.

    Now ESPN claims that United and Newcastle “are bidding” for the hotshot and they are “closest to signing him” at present.

  • Alex Cole

    World Cup to have ‘ROBOT LINESMEN’ for first time in history

    FIFA remains on track to introduce “robo linesmen” at the 2022 World Cup, writes Martin Lipton.

    World boss Gianni Infantino is keen to introduce the “semi automated offside” system for Fifa’s global showpiece which starts in November. 

    Trials of the system, which uses 10 cameras to track 29 body points of each player, took place in the Club World Cup won by Liverpool and the Arab Cup held in four of Doha’s eight World Cup stadiums.

    And with all the signs that the technology does work, bringing far quicker offside calls than under the current VAR line-led system, world chiefs are due to give a positive update at Monday’s delayed annual general meeting of the law-making International FA Board.

    England’s opener against Iran on November 21 will be only the second game in which the technology is deployed.

  • Alex Cole

    Walcott issues Saka stark warning

    Bukayo Saka has been urged to remain with Arsenal by ex-Gunner Theo Walcott.

    Walcott warned Saka that he won’t be a big fish at City like he is with Arsenal.

    Speaking to talkSPORT, Walcott said: ” He needs to understand that the playing opportunities will be limited at Manchester City.

    “He will, of course, be more likely to win things, but it is not saying Arsenal won’t win things.

    “I think they are in that phase, they are slowly starting to get there. They would have taken fifth at the start of the season, given how it went.

    “I am hopeful he will be at Arsenal next season, I am pretty sure of that.”

  • Alex Cole

    An ode to Martin

    Martin Odegaard's 2021/22 season…

    7 goals

    5 assists

    81 chances created

    86% passing accuracy

    Player of the Season: 2nd place

    Credit: AFP

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