Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Maddison £60m plus player offer, Bruno Guimaraes £25.6m bid, Reiss Nelson Palace loan

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.

Crystal Palace are also interested in taking Reiss Nelson on loan for the season.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS 

    With the season opener just nine days away rumours continue to swirl on who will be starting up front for the Gunners against Brentford.

    Inter’s Lautaro Martinez has been linked with a move to North London, but with a deal for the Argentinian likely to cost upwards of £70million outgoings are likely before a deal can be done for the 23-year-old. 

    Joe Willock’s future is up in the air, with Newcastle still interested in tying up the 21-year-old on another loan deal following a successful spell at St. James’ Park last season. 

    Arsenal are said to be taking their time on making a decision, as they wait to decide whether Willock’s services will be needed at the Emirates this season. 

    Granit Xhaka is expected to sign a new contract at the club in a matter of days after a proposed move to Roma was cancelled. 

    He’s expected to sign a deal that runs until 2025 and includes a pay rise, with Roma unwilling to pay the £20million asking price for the 28-year-old Swiss international. 

    Meanwhile, the Gunners have reportedly put six players up for sale, according to Football London.

    Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Willian, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah are all reportedly available for transfer as the north Londoners target a squad rebuild.

    A combined £75million has already been spent this summer on Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Ben White, but Arsenal are keen to continue the spending.

    And having been linked with a £70m bid for Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez, six outgoings would go some way to funding that move.

  • Alex Terrell

    EAGLE EYED

    Arsenal are set to loan Reiss Nelson out to Crystal Palace, according to reports.

    The academy product is understood to be on the fringes of Mikel Arteta's plans for this coming season.

    And the Gunners boss is happy for him to be loaned out to another Premier League club to gain more of that experience.

    The right winger, 21, spent the 2018-19 season on loan at Hoffenheim after impressing the season before, but has not quite kicked on as some had hoped.

  • Alex Terrell

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    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.

    That is because the Ghana international's injury isn't a high-ankle sprain as the north Londoners feared.

    Meanwhile, 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

    Finally, 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 Xhaka a new contract until June 2025 with an increased salary.

    Romano tweeted: “Arsenal offered him a new contract until June 2025 with an increased salary, confident to complete the agreement soon after turning down Roma bid [€12m+€3m add ons].”

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

    "He is a key member of our squad"

  • Joshua Mbu

    CASH-PLUS PLAYER

    Arsenal are stepping up their pursuit of Leicester's James Maddison by offering cash-plus a player, according to reports.

    According to Chris Wheatley at Football London, the Gunners want to bring in a No10 after Martin Odegaard's loan expired.

    The Gunners are hoping to reduce the Foxes' asking price for Maddison.

    But there's a long, long way to go.

  • Joshua Mbu

    BIG BEN

    Ben White's £50million transfer is Arsenal's third biggest signing ever, behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe.

  • Joshua Mbu

    DYNAMIC DUO

    Arsenal legend Robert Pires believes Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire will form “an excellent duo” at Manchester United. 

    The Frenchman 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 Maguire, they will form an excellent duo.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    GUNNING FOR GLORY

    Arsenal kick-start their 2021/22 Premier League campaign off against league newcomers Brentford.

    The Bees managed to hold Premier League giants Man Utd to a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford in a pre-season friendly recently.

    But lost to West Ham 1-0 at home days later.

  • Kostas Lianos

    VAR CHANGE

    Premier League officials have confirmed changes to VAR (Video Assistant Refereeing) that could eradicate any ‘trivial’ decisions.

    The system has attracted immense criticism in the last two seasons due to the offside and handball rules offering a lack of clarity to players and fans.

    But that will change going forward as officials look to ‘dial back’ the use of VAR.

    Officials are hoping this decision will reclaim some of the sport’s spirit before technology was introduced to the game.

  • Kostas Lianos

    TAKE THE KNEE

    Premier League players from all 20 teams will continue to take a knee during the upcoming season to highlight the fight against racism.

    Players and staff have been kneeling prior to kick-off since June 2020 to show their support for racial equality.

    That decision is “wholeheartedly supported” by the Premier League.

    The players said in a statement: “We feel now, more than ever, it is important for us to continue to take the knee as a symbol of our unity against all forms of racism.

    “We remain resolutely committed to our singular objective of eradicating racial prejudice wherever it exists, to bring about a global society of inclusion, respect and equal opportunities for all”

  • Kostas Lianos

    TRANSFER ADVICE

    Liverpool legend John Barnes has hinted that Arsenal target Martin Odegaard would be perfect for Liverpool.

    Barnes told BonusCodeBets: "He won’t come to Liverpool. You can always put names out there and people do that all the time.

    "Agents like to do that, to garner interest. I doubt very much that Martin Odegaard is coming to Liverpool.

    "Odegaard is a good player, but I can’t see him coming to Liverpool. But if he does, he would be a good signing"

  • 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

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  • 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

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