12pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Dani Ceballos LATEST, Aubameyang ‘new contract DONE’, Gabriel Magalhaes UPDATES – The Sun

PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG'S new contract is done, according to BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey.

Meanwhile the Gunners are said to be very close to agreeing a deal to bring back Dani Ceballos again this season.

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  • HOLDING FIRM

    Arsenal are reportedly set to send Rob Holding on loan to Newcastle despite the centre-back's strong display in the Community Shield.

    Holding, 24, impressed in the Gunners' penalty shootout win over Premier League champions Liverpool.

    Yet talkSPORT claim he will move on loan to Newcastle this week.

    Mikel Arteta played a three-man central defence against Liverpool and is reportedly considering letting Sokratis Papastathopoulos go too.

    Kieran Tierney has been drafted in to the left-sided role of Arteta's central three with David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi also liked by the Arsenal boss.

    The £27million signing of Gabriel Magalhaes is expected to be announced soon, with the Lille star likely to bag a first-choice spot.

  • FIXTURES UPDATED

    A reminder that Arsenal’s opening fixtures and kick-off times have been changed.

    There have been some tweaks to the original schedule so that broadcasters can have their say.

    Here are confirmed kick-off times and TV broadcasters for the opening games.

    • Sat Sept 12 – Fulham (A) 12.30pm – BT Sport
    • Sun Sept 20 – West Ham (H) 2pm – Sky Sports
    • Mon Sept 28 – Liverpool (A) 8pm – Sky Sports

    PIPPED AT THE POST

    Arsenal were serious in their chase for Ajax star Donny van de Beek, who has now all-but been unveiled by Manchester United.

    The Dutchman, 23, was part of the Amsterdam side that tore through Europe’s most prestigious clubs in the Champions League just over 18 months ago.

    And the Gunners were keen to sign him during Ajax’s famous campaign, but when the likes of Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong were close to leaving the club.

    Van de Beek did end up staying for another season in Amsterdam, but is now leaving for United for an initial £35.6million.

    According to the Athletic, United think they have pulled off a serious coup to sign the player.

    Ironically it was Highbury legend Dennis Bergkamp, the father of Van de Beek's girlfriend, who encouraged him to move to Old Trafford.

    ICYMI – CEBALLOS LATEST

    Dani Ceballos reportedly “turned down” three bids from Italy and Spain in order to re-join Arsenal.

    That is the behaviour of a player who likes the club and the manager.

    Another small reminder of what a good job Mikel Arteta is doing.

    Fabrizio Romano tweeted: “Simple loan from Real Madrid.

    “Contracts signed for Gabriel – no problem, it’s 100 per cent done.”

    SOK IT TO 'EM

    Arsenal centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos is reportedly set to sign for Napoli in a £3.5million deal.

    The 32-year-old – who has just one year left on his contract at the Emirates – has been identified by the Serie A side as Kalidou Koulibaly’s replacement.

    Manchester City are believed to have agreed a deal with the Italian outfit to sign Koulibaly.

    And after missing out on Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes to the Gunners, Napoli have turned to the Greek international.

    SunSport reported reported last month how Sokratis was desperate for Arsenal to allow him to join Napoli this transfer window.

    His demand has been granted, with Rai Sport claiming that the North Londoners have accepted a £3.5m bid for him.

    ON THE SCH-ELF

    Arsenal are braced for a double transfer swoop from Schalke for Sead Kolasinac and Emiliano Martinez, according to reports.

    The German side are keen on the Gunners defender and impressive stand-in goalkeeper.

    Kolasinac, 27, has already been strongly linked with his former side after falling behind Kieran Tierney in Mikel Arteta's pecking order.

    And with the club nearing a deal for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes, first-team opportunities may be limited.

    Sky Sports Germany report on Kolasinac's “private reasons” for wanting to return to Schalke.

    The exact nature of the defender's unhappiness in England is unknown but it is noted that he feels at home with the Bundesliga club.

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal fans may have the news they have been anxiously waiting on after reports skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s new contract is “done”.

    BT Sport’s Jake Humphrey tweeted the news that he had been told the Gabon striker’s future was secured.

    Another man who is set to stay is midfielder Dani Ceballos.

    The Spaniard had returned to Real Madrid after his loan deal expired and was spotted training with Los Blancos.

    But reports suggest Mikel Arteta has convinced him to return to the Emirates and Real Madrid will green light another loan deal.

    And another big signing should be announced any day now with Gabriel Magalhaes waiting in the wings.

    Indications are the Brazilian defender could be officially confirmed in the next 24 hours or so.

    Outcast Mesut Ozil has lucrative offers on the table from Saudi Arabia and Qatar but is set to stay.

    The £350,000-a-week man has received contact via his agent from Saudi side Al-Nassr, according to The Telegraph.

    And in a shock U-turn, Ainsley Maitland-Niles is set to be offered a new contract once Aubameyang’s deal is done.

    The new England call-up had been set to leave and will be retained alongside Argentine keeper Emi Martinez, The Mirror reports.

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan has joined Roma on a permanent deal and Sead Kolasinac could also be heading for the exit after Bild reported he may rejoin Schalke.

    UP AND AWAY

    Long-term Arsenal target Dayot Upamecano has been linked with Manchester United.

    ESPN reports the Red Devils are interested in the RB Leipzig star.

    But Sky Sports suggest it will be “very difficult” for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to poach him this summer.

    Upamecano signed a new deal until 2023 at the end of July.

    KOL IT OFF

    Sead Kolasinac could be heading to Germany to rejoin Schalke, according to reports.

    Bild reports Schalke want a one-year loan with an option to buy.

    The report states Kolasinac is willing to accept a pay cut to £85,000 a week and the clubs will split the cost.

    It is thought he wants to walk straight in as club captain.

    MAIT ME AN OFFER

    Arsenal want to tie down Emiliano Martinez and Ainsley Maitland-Niles to new contracts… once they agree a new deal with skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    FA Cup final sensation Martinez kept the No1 shirt ahead of fit-again Bernd Leno for last Saturday's Community shield clash with Liverpool.

    While Wolves target and England squad new-boy Maitland-Niles also shone at Wembley.

    The Mirror say Arteta is also focusing on retaining Argentine keeper Martinez, 27, whose situation is being monitored by Aston Villa.

    And the Spanish boss has in effect done a U-turn on versatile Maitland-Niles, who seemed on his way out at the end of last season.

    OH DANI BOY

    Dani Ceballos is set to return to Arsenal for a second loan spell from Real Madrid.

    Spanish outlet Sexta and transfer guru Fabrizio Romano confirmed the news.

    EN-EMERY

    Former Arsenal boss Unai Emery was blasted by new Chelsea signing Thiago Silva's agent.

    The two spent time together at PSG but Paulo Tonietto has laid into the former Gunners manager.

    He told L'Equipe: “PSG lost two years the day they appointed him.

    “His problem is that he has trouble managing the stars. When he went to Arsenal, the first player he got angry with was Mesut Ozil.

    “He's a good coach to play in the Europa League, not the Champions League. The suit was too big for him. He was a terrible coach for PSG.

    “If there had been a coach of another calibre during these two years, PSG would have already won the Champions League.”

    TAKING THE MKH

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan has left Arsenal to join Serie A side Roma permanently.

    The former Manchester United man spent last season on loan in the Italian capital.

    And now the Gunners have confirmed they agreed to terminate his contract by mutual consent to allow the permanent transfer.

    The Armenian made 59 appearances for Arsenal in all comps, bagging nine goals and 13 assists.

    STAYING PUT

    Mesut Ozil has lucrative offers coming in from Saudi Arabia and Qatar BUT does not plan on leaving Arsenal.

    The German midfielder is an Emirates outcast after not featuring since Project Restart.

    Despite collecting £350,000 a week in wages.

    The Telegraph reports Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr have contacted Ozil's agent.

    And an unnamed Qatari side are keen to offer him similar wages to make the move to the Middle East.

    But Ozil is thought to be unlikely to make the move.

    PIERRE-FECT NEWS

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's new Arsenal contract is reportedly “done”.

    The Gunners skipper has left fans on tenterhooks over his future at the club.

    But it appears he will be staying after lifting both the FA Cup and Community Shield in the space of a month.

    BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey revealed on Twitter that he had been told the contract was done.

    KOL IT OFF

    Sead Kolasinac could be heading to Germany to re-join Schalke, according to reports.

    Bild reports Schalke want a one-year loan with an option to buy.

    The report states Kolasinac is willing to accept a pay cut to £85,000 a week and the clubs will split the cost.

    It is thought he wants to walk straight in as club captain.

    BIRTHDAY BOYS

    A couple of birthdays for Arsenal defenders today.

    Pablo Mari turns 27.

    And Cedric Soares has turned 29.

    The club wished both a happy birthday on social media.

    DAN THE MAN?

    Dani Ceballos has been snapped training with Real Madrid.

    The former Gunners loanee returned to the Bernabeu after helping Arsenal lift the FA Cup.

    His 2019-20 loan spell may have ended but reports suggest Mikel Arteta is keen on a second temporary move for his compatriot.

    But he has also been linked with a return to Real Bets in LaLiga.

    DON'T PANIC

    Gabriel Magalhaes is set to be announced as an Arsenal player imminently.

    Gunners fans are becoming concerned that the transfer may not go through, expecting an answer last week.

    But all indications from the club are that the Brazilian will be announced in the next 48 hours and supporters can put their minds at ease.

    Let's not forget the glitzy, polished player reveal videos can take a while to edit and put together.

    MES-Y SITUATION

    Mesut Ozil has been offered an escape route from his Arsenal nightmare, with a move to Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr.

    The 2014 World Cup winner does not look like getting into Mikel Arteta’s first team any time soon.

    The ‘offer’ amounts to £258,000 a week from Al Nassr, but it remains to be seen how serious the bid is.

    Ozil has a year left on his current Arsenal contract and Turkish site Fanatik speculates the Saudi club can afford his wages.

    SAMP-ADORE YA

    Sampdoria are negotiating a deal to take Mohamed Elneny on loan for the season, according to reports.

    The Egyptian midfielder spent last season on loan at Besiktas and has two years left on his current deal.

    Arteta does not seem particularly interested in keeping him on either, but he did play the entire 90 minutes of the Community Shield on Saturday.

    Tuttomercato claim the Serie A side could offer him first-team football next season.

    OTD

    It was on this day NINE years ago that Arsenal signed a Spanish midfielder from Everton.

    Nearly a decade later, he is back at the Emirates, with the most important job at the club.

    Mikel Arteta is forging quite a reputation.

    FIXTURES CONFIRMED

    Arsenal’s opening fixtures and kick-off times have been announced.

    There have been some tweaks to the original schedule so that broadcasters can have their say.

    Here are confirmed kick-off times and TV broadcasters for the opening games.

    Sat Sept 12 – Fulham (A) 12.30pm – BT Sport

    Sun Sept 20 – West Ham (H) 2pm – Sky Sports

    Mon Sept 28 – Liverpool (A) 8pm – Sky Sports

    GOING, GOING, GUEN

    Valencia have joined Villarreal in the race to sign Matteo Guendouzi.

    The Arsenal midfielder is valued at £40million and has been ousted by Mikel Arteta ever since his infamous row with Brighton’s Neal Maupay.

    According to reports, Guendouzi has been encouraged to find a new club by the Gunners boss, a move that has sent a warning to the rest of his squad over player behaviour.

    UP' TO THE TASK?

    Manchester United are aiming to make a move for Arsenal target Dayot Upamecano after landing Donny van de Beek, according to reports.

    The Red Devils have been quiet in this summer's transfer window, with Jadon Sancho a top priority.

    But with Dortmund so far playing hard ball with United over Sancho, they have targeted other areas, with centre-back a big priority for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    There have been question marks over Victor Lindelof as an adequate partner to Harry Maguire, especially after the way they conceded the winning goal to Sevilla in the Europa League semi-finals.

    ESPN report that Upamecano is the next target in United's sights, with just 12 days to go until the start of the Premier League season.

    The RB Leipzig defender, 21, has long been a target for Arsenal, but the Gunners have struggled to find the spare cash to spend on such a signing without making sales first.

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