Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Eddie Nketiah EXCLUSIVE, James Maddison £60m LATEST, Lautaro Martinez SWAP deal

BRIGHTON are ready to offer Arsenal £20million for Eddie Nketiah, exclusively reported by SunSport.

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

And SunSport can reveal fellow Lyon star Houssem Aouar is confident of completing a £25m move to the Emirates this summer.

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

FABULOUS BINGO: WIN A SHARE OF £250K

⚽️Dream Team 2021/22 – pick a team now for the chance to win £100k!⚽️

Stay up to date with all the latest news from the Emirates in our rolling blog…

  • Sam Dymond

    ARSENAL EYEING BERNARDO

    Pep Guardiola admitted this week that Portuguese international Bernardo Silva was keen to leave Manchester City – and that appears to have put Arsenal on red alert.

    Mikel Arteta remains keen to bring in an attacking midfielder, and with the Gunners apparently baulking at Leicester's valuation of James Maddison, the City man has emerged as an intriguing alternative.

    The London club would face stiff competition from some of Europe's top clubs, but Arteta's previous relationship with Bernardo – from when they worked together at City – could help seal the deal.

  • Sam Dymond

    WILLOCK ON HIS WAY?

    After his performances on-loan at Newcastle at the end of last season, many Arsenal fans were hoping that Joe Willock would have a significant part to play at the Emirates throughout 2021-22.

    But now there's the fear that the Gunners may lose the midfielder to the club with whom he scored eight goals in 14 appearances last term.

    The Toon Army have supposedly opened talks with Arsenal regarding a £20m transfer for the player, who is said to be Steve Bruce's number one target.

  • Sam Dymond

    ARTETA'S INJURY WOES

    As well as the news regarding Thomas Partey's injury, Mikel Arteta also looks set to be without Eddie Nketiah for a month.

    The England U21 striker also picked up a knock in the friendly defeat to Chelsea last weekend, and now faces a spell on the sidelines. He has been linked with a move away from the Emirates.

    Joining Partey and Nketiah on the treatment table is defender Gabriel. The Brazilian had been with his victorious national side at the Olympics, but damaged his right knee in training and has since returned home to recuperate. He too is expected to miss at least a month.

    The Gunners begin their campaign at newly-promoted Brentford on Friday evening.

  • Sam Dymond

    MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    Thomas Partey could be out for a month – while the Gunners are in for fellow midfielder Marcel Sabitzer, England right-back Kieran Trippier and QPR keeper Seny Dieng.

    Ghana star Partey, 28, is tipped to return against Norwich on September 11 after hurting his ankle iin last Sunday’s 2-1 pre-season defeat against Chelsea.

    And Arsenal are being linked with £20million-rated Atletico Madrid ace Trippier, who has been targeted by Manchester United for most of the summer.

    The Gunners, Leeds and Crystal Palace are tracking Swiss-born Senegal stopper Dieng, 26.

    And Austria mainstay Sabitzer is understood to have rejected a new deal with RB Leipzig.

    But the £15million-rated playmaker, 27, is said to be also interesting Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

    Manchester United legend Roy Keane is warning England midfielder James Maddison against joining Arsenal.

    Keane said: "Leicester, the group of players they have, they’ve got a new training ground.

    “If he’s leaving Leicester, I don’t think Arsenal is the right option. If I was him I’d sit tight.”

    And Brighton are keen on England Under-21 striker Eddie Nketiah, valued at £20m.

    The Londoner, 22, is thought to be too expensive for Crystal Palace – whereas the Seagulls have just picked up £50m from Arsenal for Ben White.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GUNNERS LINKED TO UTD TARGET TRIPPIER

    Arsenal have made a move for Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier.

    Manchester United had been linked with the former Tottenham and Burnley man all summer.

    But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were unable to agree a fee with the LaLiga club for the England right-back after negotiations which started before Euro 2020.

    Now Arsenal have sounded out the Spanish champions, who have financial fair play issues and are demanding £34million for Trippier, 31, who has two years of his contract to run.

    United have been only willing to offer about £20m, the fee which saw Trippier leave Spurs two years ago.

    Arsenal want to sign a new right-back with Hector Bellerin set to leave and Trippier is now top of boss Mikel Arteta’s list.

    The North London club, who signed Ben White for £50m from Brighton, do have money to spend and are certain to also strengthen in other areas before the transfer window closes.

    Arsenal have yet to make an official bid for Trippier but any offer will have to be well in excess of £20m.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SEAGULLS SWOOP FOR NKETIAH

    Brighton plan to snatch striker Eddie Nketiah from Arsenal to bring them the missing goal touch.

    Seagulls coach Graham Potter has put the young Gunner at the top of his wanted list for the vacancy in his squad.

    Brighton are hoping to land Nketiah, 22, for around £20million.

    The striker has found it hard to crack the first team with Arsenal but is young enough to still establish himself in the Premier League.

    Brighton have come into some cash recently after selling England defender Ben White to Nketiah's current employers Arsenal for £50m.

    The Premier League club have already signed midfielder Enock Mwepu from Red Bull Salzburg this transfer window.

    Brighton have also handed a new five-year contract to former Bristol City defender Adam Webster.

    Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira is also a fan of Nketiah – but the price may be too high for him and the Eagles are reluctant to go into an auction.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GUNNERS FIGHT PREM RIVALS FOR DIENG

    Arsenal, Leeds and Crystal Palace are tracking highly-rated Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Seny Dieng.

    Dieng, 26, has caught they eye with a series of impressive displays for Mark Warburton’s side this season.

    The Swiss ace has established himself as clear QPR No1 this term.

    The Premier League trio are all looking at their options in goal.

    All three are looking to strengthen their goalkeeping options to provide competition to their current No1s.

    The top-flight clubs ALL brought in a new goalkeeper in the summer.

    Arsenal signed Runar Alex Runarsson, while Palace added ex-Stoke and England star Jack Butland to their ranks.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SANTI CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION

    Social media is oozing with memories of cult hero Santi Cazorla's Arsenal spell – nine years to the day he joined from Malaga.

    The 81-cap ex-Spain midfielder, 36, is now with Qatar club Al Sadd after becoming a legend at the Emirates from 2012-18 and for Villarreal in two stints.

  • Ian Tuckey

    MARCEL ‘SNUBS LEIPZIG DEAL’

    RB Leipzig star Marcel Sabitzer has turned down a new deal with the Bundesliga giants.

    According to Goal, Sabitzer is unlikely to put pen to paper on a new contract with Leipzig.

    The midfielder has been previously linked with a transfer to Arsenal, who are looking for a playmaker.

    The Austria international has entered the last year of his current deal and is available for only £15million this summer, according to The Athletic.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GUNNER BE MADD IF YOU MOVE

    Manchester United legend Roy Keane has warned Leicester midfielder James Maddison against a possible move to Arsenal this summer.

    The England playmaker, 24, has been linked with the Emirates Stadium as Mikel Arteta looks to improve on the Gunners' disappointing eight place finish in the Premier League last season.

    But Keane does not believe it would be in Maddison's interests to join Arsenal, who, unlike Leicester, are not in Europe.

    Speaking on ITV ahead of the Community Shield clash between Leicester and Manchester City, he said: "Maybe he might just fancy a bit of change, maybe just fancy a bit of London? I don’t know.

    "It’s a difficult one, [Jamie] Vardy had an opportunity to go to Arsenal, he turned it down.

    "He got big money, turned it down, he got big money at Leicester let’s not kid ourselves. But Leicester, the group of players they have, they’ve got a new training ground.

    "If he’s leaving Leicester, I don’t think Arsenal is the right option. If I was him I’d sit tight."

  • Ian Tuckey

    GOLDEN GAB

    Arsenal have congratulated their Tokyo 2020 gold medallist – Brazil striker Gabriel Martinelli.

    The South Americans retained their crown with a 2-1 extra-time win over Spain in Saturday's final.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RETURN OF SOCC ‘N ROLL

    Football fans are celebrating the return of Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday as the new season gets underway in England.

    A fresh-looking panel of pundits graced the Sky studio on Saturday afternoon to sit alongside long-standing presenter Jeff Stelling.

    Sue Smith, Michael Dawson, Lee Hendrie, Clinton Morrison and Paul Merson were among those in the Sky centre keeping fans up to date with a host of EFL matches.

    And football supporters across the country were chuffed to see the famous Stelling-led show return to their screens for the first time in several months.

    One ecstatic viewer said: “Oh @JeffStelling and the team how I’ve missed you!!! Football is back.”

    Another added: “Soccer Saturday with Jeff Stelling again. I love this game!”

    And a third said: “Soccer Saturday is back! My life is complete again.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    THOM GLUM

    Arsenal have suffered a huge blow with Thomas Partey ruled out of the upcoming matches against Chelsea and Manchester City.

    The Gunners midfielder picked up an ankle knock in last week's 2-1 pre-season defeat against the Blues at the Emirates.

    Boss Mikel Arteta spoke after the game that his injury was 'not looking good', and now the North Londoners have delivered an update on his fitness.

    The 28-year-old sustained ankle ligament damage following Ruben Loftus-Cheek's strong challenge.

    An Arsenal statement said: "Thomas sustained an injury to ligaments in his right ankle during the friendly match against Chelsea last Sunday.

    "Thomas continues to be assessed and is expected to be back in training in approximately three weeks."

    Not only will he miss Sunday's pre-season North London derby, but also next Friday's Premier League opener away at Brentford.

    And in a further blow to Arsenal, he is now set to miss the home clash against Chelsea, as well as the trip to the Etihad to face the Citizens on August 28.

    He is likely to return to first-team duty against Norwich on September 11 following the international break.

  • Ian Tuckey

    CHELSEA AGREE £97.5M LUKAKU DEAL

    Chelsea have agreed a £97.5million deal to re-sign Romelu Lukaku – after they refused Inter Milan’s demands to break the British transfer record for the ex-Manchester United striker.

    The Blues finally settled on the cash-only price after refusing to cough up a further five million Euros – around £4.2m.

    Credit: Getty

    That would have taken the fee o £101.7m, surpassing the record £100m Manchester City splashed out on Jack Grealish last week.

    But the two clubs eventually reached an agreement after a week of haggling.

    Chelsea are hopeful of announcing the return of the Belgian on Monday.

    Lukaku has agreed a £200,000-a-week contract to make the switch back to Stamford Bridge for the second time in his career.

    The Belgian had previously been on the books of the Blues between 2011 and 2014, between the ages of 18 and 21.

    There is a slim hope the deal will be done and Lukaku in England in enough time for the opening day Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ARSENAL TARGET MARCEL 'REJECTS NEW LEIPZIG DEAL'

    RB Leipzig star Marcel Sabitzer has turned down a new deal with the Bundesliga giants.

    According to Goal, Sabitzer is unlikely to put pen to paper on a new contract with Leipzig.

    The midfielder has been previously linked with a transfer to Arsenal, who are looking for a playmaker.

    The Austria international has entered the last year of his current deal and is available for only £15million this summer, according to The Athletic

  • Ian Tuckey

    NO NEED FOR GOODBYE BISS

    Brighton star Yves Bissouma has been urged by former Seagulls ace Brian Horton to snub Arsenal and stay for at least another year.

    Horton said: “I think it will do him [Bissouma] good to stay at Brighton and help him progress for another season.

    “If he is good enough, will the big boys come knocking again?

    “Eventually people have to sell. It is like Jadon Sancho going for £73million to Manchester United.

    “Did Borussia Dortmund want to sell him? They made a massive profit, can you stand in his way and refuse that kind of money?”

  • Kostas Lianos

    DEAL CLOSE

    Chelsea are close to agreeing a £97.5million deal with Inter Milan for Romelu Lukaku.

    According to Sky Sports, the Blues are making tremendous progress in their bid to re-sign Lukaku.

    That could be bad news for Arsenal's bid to land Inter star Lautaro Martinez.

    That is because the Italian champions are not willing to sell both the Belgium international and Lautaro as that would significantly weaken their attack

  • Kostas Lianos

    BERN-ING QUESTION

    Arsenal are considering a shock move for Manchester City star Bernardo Silva.

    According to the Daily Mirror, Silva's future has become uncertain at City following Jack Grealish's £100million move.

    The forward would like to return to Spain but the financial situation in LaLiga has opened the door for the Gunners.

    The Citizens' manager Pep Guardiola admitted that the Portugal international and two others could leave the club

  • Kostas Lianos

    INJURY NEWS

    Arsenal have shared some injury news ahead of Sunday's pre-season friendly with north London rivals Tottenham.

    Thomas Partey is still dealing with an ankle injury but will be back in training in approximately three weeks.

    Eddie Nketiah has also sustained an ankle injury and will rejoin training in four weeks.

    Gabriel Magalhaes is nursing a knee injury and there is no clear return date

  • Kostas Lianos

    MESSI FAREWELL

    Lionel Messi is set to hold a press conference tomorrow after his shock departure from Barcelona.

    That is according to reporter Fabrizio Romano, who reports that Messi will speak from the Nou Camp.

    The Barcelona legend is likely to bid farewell to the fans after a glittering 17-year stint in Catalonia.

    More below:

  • Kostas Lianos

    COMMUNITY SHIELD

    Leicester star James Maddison is of course in London today.

    Obviously, Maddison will have nothing to do with Arsenal as he is in the capital with the rest of the Foxes for today's Community Shield at Wembley.

    Brendan Rodgers' men, who won the FA Cup last season, will take on Premier League champions Manchester City.

    The Gunners are trying hard to land the star midfielder but Leicester are rating him in the region of £70million

  • Kostas Lianos

    BRAZIL VS SPAIN

    Brazil and Spain are goalless in the men's football final of the 2020 Olympics.

    Arsenal ace Gabriel Martinelli has started on the bench for this important match.

    However, fellow Premier League star Richarlison is on the Selecao's starting line-up – same goes for Aston Villa ace Douglas Luiz.

    Gunners target Bruno Guimaraes has started in midfield next to Luiz

  • Kostas Lianos

    DON'T LEAVE SO SOUM

    Brighton star Yves Bissouma has been urged by former Seagulls ace Brian Horton to snub Arsenal and stay for at least another year.

    Horton said: "I think it will do him [Bissouma] good to stay at Brighton and help him progress for another season.

    "If he is good enough, will the big boys come knocking again?

    "Eventually people have to sell. It is like Jadon Sancho going for £73million to Manchester United.

    "Did Borussia Dortmund want to sell him? They made a massive profit, can you stand in his way and refuse that kind of money?"

  • Kostas Lianos

    GOOD LUCK

    Arsenal stars Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette wished Brazilian team-mate Gabriel Martinelli luck ahead of the men's football final in the Tokyo Olympics.

    Brazil take on Spain and Martinelli has been representing the Selecao during the summer Games.

    Aubameyang, Lacazette and the rest of the squad also posed with the forward's shirt.

    The game takes place soon

  • Kostas Lianos

    SABITZER LATEST

    RB Leipzig star Marcel Sabitzer has turned down a new deal with the Bundesliga giants.

    According to Goal, Sabitzer is unlikely to put pen to paper on a new contract with Leipzig.

    The midfielder has been previously linked with a transfer to Arsenal, who are looking for a playmaker.

    The Austria international has entered the last year of his current deal and is available for only £15million this summer, according to The Athletic

    Source: Read Full Article