17 Aug 2022 | 08:00 | Football
Wrapping up the Arsenal transfer news, rumours and gossip in the 2022 summer window.
Fulham and Arsenal have resumed talks over a deal for German goalkeeper Bernd Leno, with a £8m deal being discussed.
The structure of payments and add-ons are currently being finalised.
The deal looked difficult in the last couple of weeks with Fulham looking at alternatives like Sergio Rico from PSG and Barcelona’s Neto. But Leno has always been the number one target.
Arsenal are open to selling Leno this summer after they signed USA international goalkeeper Matt Turner. Leno has also entered the final year of his contract.
Arsenal technical director Edu has said there is ‘still a lot to do’ for the club in the transfer market.
The Gunners signed Porto’s Fabio Vieira before landing Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus and this week Oleksandr Zinchenko became Mikel Arteta’s latest big-name addition.
Edu said: “There’s still a lot to do, we are in the middle of the transfer window and things can happen.
“We are prepared for every single situation, opportunities maybe can happen.”
Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City in a £32m deal.
The Gunners have paid £30m up front with £2m in add-ons with the Ukraine international signing a long-term contract at The Emirates.
The 25-year-old, who was coached by Mikel Arteta during the Arsenal manager’s spell as assistant to Man City boss Pep Guardiola, can cover a variety of positions, including left-back and central midfield.
It is understood Arteta is excited about the prospect at working with Zinchenko again and values his versatility as a player.
Youri Tielemans will sit down to discuss his Leicester City future with manager Brendan Rodgers this week.
He currently has one year left on his existing contract and has consistently refused offers of a new deal.
Arsenal have been long-time admirers of the midfielder but the £34m signing of Fabio Vieira, who plays in a similar role to Tielemans, means they are unlikely to pursue a deal with Leicester right now.
Manchester United and Newcastle are also reportedly interested in Tielemans, though they have yet to make any concrete offers.
Mikel Arteta has hinted Bukayo Saka is close to agreeing a new deal at Arsenal.
After the England winger scored in their 2-0 win over Everton in pre-season, Arteta was asked about keeping Saka beyond his current contract which expires in 2024.
Arteta said: “We will try and we both have the same intention and it’s a matter of time.”
Arsenal have completed the signing of Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus on a long-term contract from Premier League champions Man City.
The fee for the 25-year-old is understood to be £45m and he moves to the Emirates after undergoing a medical and agreeing personal terms. Jesus will wear the No 9 shirt recently vacated by Alexandre Lacazette, who left for Lyon on a free transfer.
Victor Osimhen – Arsenal target Osimhen has revealed he will stay at Napoli despite transfer rumours linking him away from the club (The Sun, July 27)
Lucas Paqueta – Arsenal have admitted that they are interested in the attacking midfielder Lucas Paqueta but said that there are no present talks with Lyon about the Brazil international (The Times, July 25); Arsenal’s hopes of landing Lyon star Lucas Paqueta have been handed a huge boost with the Ligue 1 side having dropped their excessive demands (Daily Mirror, July 19); Arsenal have moved on from Houssem Aouar, but one of his Lyon team-mates is of interest this summer. The Gunners along with Newcastle and Roma are all chasing Lyon player Lucas Paqueta (Daily Mirror, July 14); Paqueta has yet to hold any negotiations with Arsenal but would be open to a Premier League switch (Daily Mirror; July 13); Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed bids have come in for Paqueta, with the Brazil international targeted by Premier League clubs including Arsenal and Newcastle United (Daily Express, July 11).
Thomas Muller – The Germany international spared no time in denying Arsenal links after Bayern Munich’s 6-2 pre-season win over Wayne Rooney’s DC United (Daily Mail, July 22).
Arthur – Arsenal will submit an offer for Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo soon, according to reports (Daily Express, July 21); Arsenal have been given the opportunity to secure the signature of long-term target Arthur this summer (Daily Express, July 20); Arsenal are monitoring developments with Juventus midfielder Arthur, who may be allowed to leave on loan (Daily Mail, July 19).
Marco Asensio – Asensio has reportedly sacked his agent – and that could put Arsenal and Newcastle on red alert (The Sun, July 20).
Edmond Tapsoba – Arsenal are set to reignite their interest in Bayer Leverkusen defender Edmond Tapsoba amid uncertainty over William Saliba’s future at the club (Daily Express, July 16).
Kyle Walker-Peters – Arsenal and Manchester United are reportedly interested in a transfer for Walker-Peters (The Sun, July 13).
Youri Tielemans – Arsenal are ready to step up their interest in the Leicester midfielder and are confident £30m will be enough to secure the Belgium international’s signature (The Sun, July 6); Arsenal’s reported interest in Tielemans has faded, and now Manchester United have been placed on ‘high alert’ with his future unclear (Daily Star Sunday, July 3); Arsenal have been touted with a move for Tielemans for the majority of the opening exchanges of the summer transfer window – but the deal is now in doubt with Mikel Arteta putting his faith in Albert Sambi Lokonga (Daily Mirror, June 22); Arsenal’s interest in Tielemans has cooled following the signing of Vieira, with a one-year extension at Leicester more likely (Sky Sports News, June 17).
Alex Grimaldo – Arsenal have tabled a £6.4m offer for the Benfica left back with negotiations now underway with the Portuguese club, according to reports (Daily Express, July 11); Grimaldo remains on Arsenal’s radar and could be available for a cut-price £6m with his contract winding down (The Sun; July 7) Arsenal have reportedly contacted Benfica over a possible deal for Grimaldo having missed out on the signing of Aaron Hickey (The Sun on Sunday, July 3).
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – Arsenal have been told to pay £55m for the Lazio midfielder, according to reports (Daily Express, July 6).
Paulo Dybala – Manchester United and Arsenal will reportedly fight over the signing of Dybala this summer after his contract at Juventus expired this month (Daily Express, July 4)
Amadou Onana – Arsenal have opened talks with the representatives of the young Lille midfielder over a possible transfer this summer (Sun on Sunday, July 3).
Cody Gakpo – Gakpo is keen to test his talents outside the Netherlands and the £40m-rated PSV Eindhoven winger already has interest from Leeds and Arsenal among other clubs (Sunday Mirror, July 3).
Zinchenko is Arsenal’s fifth recruit of the summer after signing Gabriel Jesus (£45m), Fabio Vieira (£34m), Matt Turner (£7.5m) and Marquinhos (£3m), while Alexandre Lacazette remains the only first-team departure.
Speaking after a 3-1 win over Orlando City during the Gunners’ pre-season tour in the USA, Arteta said: “We have a large squad. We have to make some decisions on the players that we’re not going to be using consistently and be fair and straight with them.
“That’s a process that is going to start very soon as well. We have to, and now we have to make things happen.”
Bernd Leno – Bernd Leno is close to finalising his protracted move to Fulham for £8million after Arsenal dropped their £12m asking price for the goalkeeper (Daily Mail, July 26)
Numerous – Mikel Arteta confessed he will need to offload a number of Arsenal players in order to get his squad down to a reasonable size ahead of the new season – with up to eight players facing the axe (Daily Mirror, July 22).
Granit Xhaka – Arsenal midfielder Xhaka has claimed he was ‘very close’ to leaving the club last summer, insisting the ‘door was open’ to say goodbye to the Emirates Stadium (Daily Mail, July 21).
Nuno Tavares – Atalanta are confident of agreeing a loan deal with Arsenal for Nuno Tavares but want a permanent option to be included (The Times, July 25). Tavares will reportedly reject a loan move to Marseille this summer with Arsenal keen to move the defender on before the end of the transfer window (Daily Mirror, July 19).
Gabriel Magalhaes – Juventus are reportedly lining up a blockbuster offer for Arsenal centre-back Gabriel as they desperately try to sign the Brazilian (Daily Mail, July 15); Juventus are considering Arsenal ace Gabriel as a potential replacement for Chelsea target Matthijs de Ligt (The Sun, July 5); Arsenal are braced for increased interest in Gabriel from Juventus should the Turin club sell De Ligt to the Gunners’ London rivals Chelsea (Daily Mirror, July 2); Gabriel remains a target for Juventus but it remains unlikely Arsenal will sell the defender this summer (Daily Mirror, July 1).
Pablo Mari – Pablo Mari has emerged as a target for Turkish side Fenerbahce – with the defender not part of Mikel Arteta’s plans this season (The Sun, July 17).
William Saliba – Atletico Madrid and Olympique Marseille are looking to sign William Saliba on a permanent deal, with the player set to ask for a permanent transfer this summer if he is not guaranteed a starting place at Arsenal (The Independent, July 16); Arsenal are intending to keep Saliba at the club next season and are hoping to tie the defender down to a new contract (Daily Mirror, July 1).
Omari Hutchinson – Arsenal youngster Omari Hutchinson is reportedly closing in on a move to Chelsea (Daily Mirror, July 16)
Lucas Torreira – Torreira is expected to make a permanent move to Italy this summer, although he is now back with Arsenal ahead of their pre-season tour of the United States (Daily Telegraph, June 12); Torreira appears to be part of Mikel Arteta’s plans at Arsenal as he has been called up to the club’s pre-season tour of the USA (Sunday Mirror, July 10); Arsenal outcast Torreira has revealed he has no chance of staying at the club after being brutally told there is no place for him in Arteta’s side (The Sun, June 30): Arsenal are telling miserly rivals to put up or shut up after pulling the plug on Torreira’s cut-price move to Fiorentina (Sun, June 16); Arsenal could be stuck with midfielder Torreira next season after Fiorentina saw a half-price offer rejected for the player they could have signed for £12.8m at the end of his 2021-22 loan spell (Daily Mirror, June 14).
Nicolas Pepe – Leeds are interested in signing Nicolas Pepe to replace Raphinha, according to reports (The Sun, July 16); Arsenal are aiming to offload seven more players, including record signing Pepe and former first-choice ‘keeper Bernd Leno, to finance further moves in the transfer market this summer. (The Sun; July 7) Arsenal are struggling to find a taker for club-record £72m signing Pepe and might have to allow him to leave on loan despite reportedly reducing their asking price £25m (The Sun on Sunday, July 3); Arsenal fear they could be left stuck with flop Pepe this summer (The Sun, June 22).
Hector Bellerin – Real Betis’ Borja Iglesias has revealed Bellerin wants to return to the Spanish club and joked he would start up a crowdfunding effort to secure the Arsenal right back (The Sun, July 23); Question marks remain over Bellerin’s future at Arsenal after he returned to training with the Premier League club on Thursday. Atletico Madrid and AS Roma are interested in Bellerin, but he would prefer a return to Real Betis after a successful 2021/22 loan spell (Daily Star, July 1); Atletico are reportedly in talks with Arsenal over a move for Bellerin (The Sun, June 30); Bellerin is willing to waiver the rest of his £5.7mi Arsenal salary on his current deal to return to Betis next season following a successful loan campaign. (Sunday Mirror, June 19).
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – Nottingham Forest are planning to make a move for Arsenal’s versatile defender or midfielder Maitland-Niles (Daily Mail, June 27).
Kieran Tierney – Arsenal left-back Tierney has emerged as a shock transfer target for Man City, according to reports (The Sun, June 19).
Bukayo Saka – Arsenal have offered Saka a new long-term contract that would see him become one of the club’s best-paid players (Daily Mail, July 23); Arsenal are to accelerate their attempts to lock Saka into a new contract amid concerns that Man City view their youngster as Raheem Sterling’s dream replacement (Daily Mail, July 16); Arsenal are shrugging off speculation surrounding Saka and are happy to wait for the player to finish his summer holiday before launching contract negotiations (The Sun, June 8).
Eddie Nketiah has signed a new long-term contract at Arsenal, with the striker also being given Thierry Henry’s iconic No 14 shirt in the process. Nketiah believes he can play alongside Gabriel Jesus, the summer arrival from Manchester City (The Athletic, July 22).
Mohamed Elneny has signed a new one-year contract with Arsenal keeping him at the club until next summer (May 25).
Fabio Vieira – Porto, £34m
Matt Turner – New England Revolution, undisclosed
Marquinhos – Sao Paulo, undisclosed
Gabriel Jesus – Manchester City, £45m
Oleksandr Zinchenko – Manchester City, £32m
Alexandre Lacazette – Lyon, free
Matteo Guendouzi – Marseille, £10m
Harry Clarke – Stoke, loan
Tyreece John-Jules – Ipswich, loan
Daniel Ballard – Sunderland, undisclosed
Konstantinos Mavropanos – Stuttgart, £2.9m
Jordi Osei-Tutu – VfL Bochum, undisclosed
Zak Swanson – Portsmouth, undisclosed
Omar Rekik – Sparta Rotterdam, loan
Auston Trusty – Birmingham, loan
Omari Hutchinson – Chelsea, free
Who will be on the move this summer when the transfer window opens on June 10 and closes at 11pm on September 1?
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