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Latest Arsenal transfer rumours: Gunners offered chance to sign long-time target, agent speaks out

Arsenal transfer news includes links from across Europe ahead of the summer transfer window

The international break continues and Arsenal's transfer prospects continue to change.

The Gunners were only able to complete loan deals in January and there is the suggestion their budget will be in the region £40m. That could hold them back as they search for new signings, though if their league form continues Champions League football certainly won't do Unai Emery's side any harm.

The north London side have received a boost in the search for two midfielders, including one former Emery charge.

Check out the best of the latest rumours and updates below.

Adrien Rabiot

Adrien Rabiot’s future has been uncertain for near enough 12 months now. The PSG midfielder becomes a free agent summer and has been banned from the Parisian side’s training centre.

He now trains alone but despite his supposed transgressions the 23-year-old is allegedly asking for a salary of around €10m-per-year, plus a signing-on fee of between €10-15m, as he sits in a position of power given his contract situation in France.


Talks have been reported to be ongoing between Rabiot’s entourage and the three Premier League sides in Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool but the Gunners are in for a boost.

According to the player's mother and agent Veronique Rabiot, the Frenchman still does not have a club for next season and there have been no negotiations with anyone of late.

Unai Emery (R) and Adrien Rabiot (Image: FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

The midfielder has also been linked to the likes of Manchester United and Barcelona but personal circumstances have delayed the negotiating process.

Veronique told L’Equipe -  via Sport Witness - : "Everyone says that we have already signed with a club. But we did not sign anywhere!

"We really did not have the opportunity to worry about it. At the end of last year, I said that I would not speak with any club before January 1st. I have been out of this world for over two months, with all our misfortunes. There are priorities in life. They were elsewhere for us."


Rabiot’s mother further noted that there had been little contact from other agents about her son’s future.

"Not that much. Some have realised that our personal situation is difficult. I dare to believe that there are still some elegant people in this environment. I may have the weakness to believe it," she said.

Nicolas Pepe

Bein Sport believe that Bayern Munich have made a mammoth offer in the region of €80 million for the Lille winger. With Arsenal's budget thought to be around £40 million, it seems Unai Emery and co may have their work cut out to compete for the Ivory Coast international

It is believed that Gunners' new kit manufacturer Adidas may even be involved in that proposal in what is thought to be the Bavarian side's final offer according to Sport.

The Budesliga title-holders have long been considered favourites to sign the winger but they now want to tie the deal up early so as to prevent the star's fee rising too high if Lille qualify for the Champions League.

Nicolas Pepe celebrates (Image: FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP)

In the January transfer window the French side told Bayern that Pepe could only leave at the end of the season and Lille owner Gerard Lopez has claimed that the Ligue 1 club have received bids of over £40 million for Arsenal target Nicolas Pepe.


As reported in the  Birmingham Mail he said:

"[Pepe’s future] does not just depend on the club. It also depends on the player. He deserves to play at the highest level. We have offers, yes.There are clubs in England. We have had offers worth €50m (£43.2m). We will not sell for less, we have even refused a €50 million bid."

Arsenal may have to fact if they still intend on signing Ligue 1 talent.

Gelson Martins

Reports  suggest that Arsenal have been offered the opportunity to sign winger Gelson Martines this summer from Atletico Madrid and according to Portuguese outlet A Bola , Arsenal remain interested.


It's all sounding promising for a summer transfer for the Portuguese international they were keen to sign before he moved from Sporting Lisbon to La Liga.

Monaco's Portuguese forward Gelson Martins celebrates after scoring during the French L1 football match Monaco vs Lyon on February 24, 2019 at the "Louis II Stadium" in Monaco. (Photo by VALERY HACHE / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

There is a suggestion that the Gunners had a £25 million bid rejected before Martins eventually cancelled contract following a difficult summer in Portugal's capital that saw a number of departures.

But the 23-year-old has failed to settle at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium since joining last summer, and has since sealed a loan move to Monaco where he has rediscovered form - scoring three goals and providing an assist in seven games.


And the reports in Portugal claim Unai Emery’s side haven’t lost interest in the player, and could return in the summer transfer window.


Arsenal deliberating on this players for Summer transfer list

Arsenal transfer news includes a look at who the Gunners could target in the summer to transform their squad

It was a tough month for Arsenal in the January transfer window as the club went shopping in the bargain basement in an attempt to strengthen Unai Emery’s squad.

With no money available for transfers, the club could only operate in the loan market - with several players targeted by the north London club.

Only one arrived however, with Denis Suarez coming in from Barcelona after a month-long chase.

Suarez could could join permanently in the summer, with Arsenal able to purchase the attacking midfielder for £18 million, although that looks unlikely given his limited game time since switching the Camp Nou for the Emirates.

Unlike in January, money will be available to Arsenal once the current season comes to an end - with the new commercial deals with Adidas and Emirates helping swell the coffers and the prospect of Champions League football returning next season looking promising.

Should that happen, then the expected budget of around £45 million will increase, while there could be more funds generated by the sale of players currently in the squad, such as Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny.

Shkodran Mustafi could be on his way out of Arsenal.

So we’ve taken a look at five players who should be on the agenda at the Emirates this summer, but also included a further five who could probably be more realistic cheaper options, given we all know how the club likes to operate with its money.

Samuel Umtiti

Arsenal will be in the market for a centre-back this summer an there are few more appealing than Samuel Umtiti.

The French defender may have had his issues with injury this season, but when he is fit and available there are few that can match his talent in the heart of the defence.

The prospect of Barcelona selling a player then only tied down last year to a new long-term contract is unlikely, but having already shelled out £65m to bring in Frankie de Jong from Ajax they are expected to go big again to bring in De Jong’s former teammate Matthijs de Ligt at the end of the season.


With funds also expected to be splashed out on a striker and a central midfielder, it could be that the Spanish giants look to cash in on one of their high profile stars to help raise funds.

Given his recent injury record and the expected arrival of  de Ligt, Umtiti could be that man.

Ezri Konsa

A highly-rated young central defender who has had a fine season with Brentford.

Arsenal have been watching Konsa for some time now and the Bees are aware that they will not be able to hang on to their young centre-back for too much longer.

The 21-year-old could be available for around £15 million, a significantly cheaper option than Umtiti.

Matthijs de Ligt

Let’s face it, this one is all but impossible.

But if the supremely talented de Ligt is to leave Ajax in the summer, then Arsenal should certainly at least try and be in the mix for his signature.

Matthijs de Ligt of celebrates scoring for Ajax

The young centre-back is a huge talent and it would take around £70m to land in.

That’s a figure that would be incredibly difficult for Arsenal to hit, however, with Barcelona favourites to sign the young Dutchman.


Fernando Calero

A talented young Spanish centre-back who would not break the bank to sign.

Arsenal have been scouting Calero for some time and there was speculation they could have looked to bring him in during the January window.


The lack of funds made that impossible, however, but Arsenal could make a move for the Real Valladolid defender this summer.

There are even suggestions that Calero has a release clause in his contract which could see him leave for just £10m.

Nicolas Pepe

You feel that Arsenal have missed the boat when it’s come to Lille’s impressive young winger.

The Gunners were interested in Pepe last summer but didn’t make a move and the 23-year-old has now enjoyed a breakthrough season in France.

He has scored 17 goals in 30 games so far and has spearheaded Lille’s bid for a Champions League spot.

Nicolas Pepe celebrates (Image: FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP)

Arsenal want to bring in a wide attacking this summer and Pepe fits the bill perfectly. But unfortunately for the north Londoners his price tag has spiralled given his performances this season.

Bayern Munich are now believed to be leading the chase for Pepe, who is being valued at around the £75m mark.

Robert Skov

While Pepe’s goalscoring exploits this season have been impressive, they are nothing when compared to Robert Skov.

The 22-year-old has been a revelation for FC Copenhagen, scoring 23 goals in 32 appearances - a haul that includes three league hat-tricks.

Skov is a winger who likes to play on the right so he can cut inside on his favourite left foot. His set piece delivery is exceptional, with the youngster scoring eight times from free-kicks already this season.


Several Premier League clubs have been linked with the impressive young attacker, with Spurs said to be keeping tabs on his progress.

Kai Havertz

Arsenal need to find a replacement for Aaron Ramsey and there are few young midfielders in Europe as impressive as Havertz.

The Bayer Leverkusen teenager has already found the net 13 times this season, with 11 of those goals coming in the Bundesliga.

Kai Havertz runs with the ball (Image: PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Former head of recruitment Sven Mislintat was believed to be very keen on Havertz, who has also been attracting interest from several other of Europe’s elite.

It would take a big offer for Leverkusen to be tempted to cash in on their midfielder though, something that could see Arsenal priced out of a move.

Christopher Nkunku

A more realistic option perhaps than Havertz to come in and try to fill the void left by Ramsey.

Arsenal pushed to sign the PSG youngster in January, but were unable to strike a deal. They are expected to rekindle their interest at the end of the season, however.


PSG need to sell players and Nkunku is one is believed to be on his way out at the French champions.

Arsenal’s interest in the attacking midfielder pre-dates Unai Emery’s arrival, but the Spaniard is a fan of the 21-year-old - who has found the net four times this season.

A bid of between £15m-£20m could be enough to get a deal done.

Alex Grimaldo

Bringing in a left-back is seen as key at Arsenal this summer and Grimaldi is a player they have looked at.

The highly-rated Spaniard has impressed massively at Benfica having made the move from Barcelona in 2016 but is believed to be pursuing a switch to the Premier League.

Alex Grimaldo celebrates scoring for Benfica

He has taken on new representatives to help get him his move, although Benfica would not want to lose the 23-year-old.

It would take around £30m/£35m to prize him out of Portugal. Kieran Tierney at Celtic is another option and would command a similar price tag.

Albert Moreno

The Liverpool left-back is available on a free transfer this summer and is a player Unai Emery knows well from his days with Sevilla.

Moreno has hardly covered himself in glory at Anfield but with his contract up in the summer, he could represent of a cheap way of Arsenal bolstering their options at left-back.

Sead Kolasinac, who has been hugely impressive in recent weeks, could remain as first choice, with the 26-year-old Moreno providing back up with Nacho Monreal, should the 33-year-old stay at the Emirates.



Arsenal willing to use highly-rated duo as makeweight in 21-year-old star deal

According to a British newspaper the Sun, Arsenal are prepared to use two of their fringe stars as makeweights to attempt and convince Crystal Palace to get a potential deal done for English ace Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the summer transfer market.

The same source has claimed that the Gunners have sent delegations to catch the Eagles youngster in action and the group of scouts have been so impressed by his displays this season.

The North London side are now ready to let Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson move to Selhurst Park just so that they can land Wan-Bissaka.

The highly-rated English talent has enjoyed a rich vein of form for his side of late and has put in a string of stunning performances at the back under Roy Hodgson.

Aaron has managed to become the first team player in Hodgson’s side and has undoubtedly been one of the best defenders in the EPL this season.

The London born defender has also been quite popular in the Fantasy Premier League as his high productivity and bargain price has seen a lot of FPL gamers rely on his talents.

The 21-year-old star is a product of Eagles’ youth system. He worked his way up the side’s youth ranks before finally breaking into their senior-team at the beginning of 2018.

The full-back has shown enough this campaign to merit a nomination for the EPL’s Young Player of the Year award.

His effort at both ends of the pitch has helped Crystal Palace steer clear of the relegation area heading into the business end of this season.


Arsenal star Denis Suarez reacts to speculation Unai Emery will send him back to Barcelona

Denis Suarez is still waiting to make his first Arsenal start since his move from Barcelona (Picture: Getty)

Denis Suarez appears to have hit back at reports Unai Emery will send him back to Barcelona at the end of the season.

The Spaniard joined Arsenal on loan until the end of the season in January but has struggled to make an impression and is still waiting to make his first start.

Suarez has made just six substitute appearances and has struggled to oust the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi, having been recruited to give his manager another option in wide areas.

The Sun claimed on Monday that Emery holds reservations over the midfielder’s ability to withstand the physical demands of English football and will not take up the option to make the deal a permanent one for £18million come the summer.

Arsenal can sign Denis Saurez on a permanent basis for £18million (Picture: Instagram)

Suarez, however, took to Instagram on Wednesday, posting a picture of himself taken during first team training with the caption ‘let them keep talking’.

Emery is said to be already considering Suarez alternatives, incuding the likes of PSG’s Christopher Nkunku and Rennes’  Ismaila Sarr.

Last month, the Arsenal manager insisted he believed the player he coached during their time together at Sevilla would be capable of making an impact in north London.

Unai Emery tried to sign Christopher Nkunku of Paris Saint Germain in January (Picture: Getty)

He said: ‘I think Suarez is improving with his adaptation every day. Then his quality can give us a lot.

‘I think he is not OK today to play 90 minutes because he needs rhythm. But one positive is he can start [against Bournemouth] knowing that, or he can stay on the bench and then help us.’


What Reiss Nelson has told the Arsenal academy staff about his Hoffenheim loan spell

Latest Arsenal news includes comments from Per Mertesacker on Reiss Nelson

Arsenal academy manager Per Mertesacker has a challenge for Reiss Nelson.

The young winger is one of several Gunners stars out on loan this season after he joined Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim in the summer and has made quite the impression during his short time there.

He netted on his debut against Fortuna Duesseldorf and then enjoyed a hot-streak in front of goal in the autumn which at one stage saw him level with Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski in the goalscoring charts.

Although injury and a loss of form since the turn of the year has disrupted Nelson's rise and was dropped from Hoffenheim's matchday squad to take on Nuremberg earlier in the month.

Head coach Julian Nagelsmann confirmed that the winger's absence was an "educational measure" and not to do with his performance or fitness.

Mertesacker and the Academy staff have kept a close eye on Nelson's progress in Germany and the former Gunners captain has revealed what the youngster has told him about the loan spell.

"It's quite interesting for him, the journey he's facing in Germany," Mertesacker told Goal . "The challenges and he's describing it as a tough time.

"Everyday in training there's something he takes on. With a young manager [Julian Nagelsmann] who really believes in him and gives him chances, sometimes he comes off the bench and makes the difference.

"So for him the next step is really to play regularly, playing from the start.

Reiss Nelson runs with the ball (Image: Paul ELLIS / AFP)

"That's his next challenge but at the moment he's making an impact coming off the bench, he's getting minutes, he's learning a new culture, a new language.

"I think it's very beneficial to him."

Nelson was back in the Hoffenheim squad at the weekend, coming off the bench for the final five minutes in the 1-1 draw away at Stuttgart.


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