Mikel Arteta could put a halt on plans to pursue the signing of Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans this summer. – Sport Media News

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The Gunners are set for an extremely busy summer transfer window as manager Mikel Arteta looks to bolster his squad just 12 months after spending in excess of £150million on six first-team signings. Technical director Edu is keen to sign a defender, a central midfielder and at least one forward, football.london understands.

The Brazilian transfer chief had already brought in three players, American goalkeeper Matt Turner, Brazilian winger Marquinhos and most recently Portuguese playmaker Fabio Vieira, who was officially unveiled on Tuesday evening. Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus and fellow Brazilian Raphinha continue to be linked with a move to north London and football.london understands that Edu has held talks with Jesus’ representatives in recent months.

With that in mind, sit back and let football.london keep you posted with the latest from the Emirates Stadium.

The agent of Arsenal target Gabriel Jesus is reportedly still in Brazil amid reports that he has travelled to London to complete a deal. Recent reports have even claimed that the player’s agent is in London to finalise a deal with Arsenal, although transfer guru Freddie Paxton has now claimed that these reports are wide of the mark.

Writing on Twitter, Paxton said: “Reports that Gabriel Jesus’ agents are in London now are wide of the mark. As it stands, Marcelo Pettinati – the agent working most closely on his future – is still in Sao Paolo. Confirmed to me directly.”

football.london understands that the Manchester City forward is on the club’s shortlist of profiles and technical director Edu has held talks with the player’s representatives in recent times. The 25-year-old has just over 12 months left on his contract at the Etihad Stadium and game time could be hard to come by next term given Pep Guardiola’s men have already signed forwards Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez this summer.

Edu has stepped up Arsenal’s efforts in signing Raphinha this summer amid growing interest from Chelsea and Tottenham. According to Fabrizio Romano, there was a secret clause in Raphinha’s contract that is dependent on whether Leeds were relegated or not.

Had the Yorkshire-based club been relegated it would have reportedly activated a £25million release clause. But, with Leeds evading the drop, the Brazil international now has a £65million release clause, according to The Guardian.

And, while Mikel Arteta is keen for Edu to spend big this summer, the Gunners are reportedly intent on signing Raphinha having already had an opening bid rejected. Barcelona are believed to have have registered their interest too, but the Spanish giants’ well-documented financial woes appear to be holding Xavi back from tabling a bid.

Ajax have reportedly told Arsenal how to complete the signing of Lisandro Martinez this summer, with the Gunners said to have had an opening bid rejected. According to The Athletic, the north London outfit have enquired about the Argentina international’s availability this summer.

Martinez, who sees his contract at The Johan Cruyff Arena expire in 2025, is said to be keen to pen a deal at the Emirates Stadium. Reports claim that the Dutch giants have already rejected a €30million (£25.8m) bid from Edu.

Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Ajax want an ‘incredible’ bid worth €50million (£43m) for Martinez. Therefore, the Gunners must be prepared to increase their opening offer by €20million (£17.2m).

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Mikel Arteta could put a halt on plans to pursue the signing of Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans this summer.

Reports suggest Arsenal’s interest in Tielemans has ‘cooled’ with the club yet to sign the striker the Gunners boss craves. Having welcomed Sao Paulo wonderkid Marquinhos and Porto playmaker Fabio Vieira to the Emirates so far this summer, the club may now move to prioritise using the remaining transfer kitty to bring in a new forward.

The name thought to be at the top of Mikel Arteta’s wishlist is Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus, and the Gunners’ contract offer to the Brazilian has now been revealed. And the Gunners may then try and tempt Juventus into parting ways with midfielder Adrien Rabiot in a player swap deal.

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Arsenal have reportedly ‘cooled’ their interest in signing Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans, and Mikel Arteta could place his faith in a young member of his squad instead.

The Gunners have been on the lookout for fresh options in the middle of the park this summer but having already signed Marquinhos and Fabio Vieira, Arteta may be forced to make do with the resources already at his disposal with the club likely needing to spend big to secure a new forward. That could lead to the Arsenal boss putting his faith in Albert Sambi Lokonga – who was once dubbed “the new Yaya Toure” by Vincent Kompany.

The new Burnley boss says the midfielder “will never hide away from his responsibilities” as he predicted a big future for the young star – and Arteta may now be hoping that predictions comes true if he can’t sign Tielemans.

Arsenal could reportedly offer Juventus Hector Bellerin in an attempt to bring in Adrien Rabiot in a player swap move.

With the Gunners facing being priced out of a move for top target Youri Tielemans, a swap deal for Rabiot could make sense as it would involve little money changing hands. Bellerin is also thought to be on his way out of the club this summer following his loan spell at Real Betis last season.

But Arsenal would face competition to sign Rabiot, with Manchester United also reportedly interested in the Frenchman.

Gabriel Jesus could reportedly earn around £264,000-a-week if he secures his move from Manchester City to Arsenal this summer.

Mikel Arteta has made the Brazilian his top target to fill the void left by the departures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. A contract offer is now believed to be on the table worth around £13.8m – and that figure could rise to around £14.7m if Arsenal secure Champions League qualification.

The Gunners have a long way to go in order to persuade Manchester City to sell Jesus, however, with their opening offer of £35million having already been rejected.

Arsenal could complete the signing of Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus ‘in hours’ as Mikel Arteta closes in on his No 1 summer transfer target. The Gunners have seemingly fended off rival interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain with Arteta reportedly on the brink of reuniting with Jesus.

After six trophy-laden years at Man City, Jesus looks set to depart this summer for regular football after Pep Guardiola added Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez to his all-star attack. And with the 25-year-old understood to favour a Premier League stay, Arsenal look to be in the driving seat to make an exciting addition for the 2022-23 campaign.

In an interview with wettfreunde, Fabrizio Romano revealed Arsenal are leading the race for Jesus, with negotiations at an advanced stage. He claimed they are in the process of laying out the finer details of the deal, indicating it’s close to completion.

He said: “I’m sure that Arsenal are absolutely leading the race [for Gabriel Jesus]. Arsenal are in really advanced talks. So they have the chance to complete this deal. If they want, it could be a matter of hours or days to complete this deal. They are in the final stages, but it is really important to complete these key details that sometimes could create some problems.”


Jesus has reportedly opted for a move to Arsenal over Tottenham because of the lesser attacking competition he would face at the Emirates Stadium. The Brazil international would face the challenge of breaching Antonio Conte’s first-choice front three – Dejan Kulusevski, Son Heung-min and Harry Kane.

Meanwhile, at Arsenal, Eddie Nketiah is currently Arteta’s sole first-team striker after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s January switch to Barcelona and Alexandre Lacazette’s impending July 1 exit as a free agent. Jesus will be planning to arrive in north London, potentially inherit Lacazette’s No 9 shirt, and make the position his own.

Arsenal are also eyeing a deal for Leeds United winger Raphinha, whose dream transfer to Barcelona is in doubt due to the La Liga giants’ financial woes. But with Leeds refusing to sell the Brazilian for less than £65m, the Gunners and other suitors could shelve their interest.

It wouldn’t be a disaster, given Arteta boasts one of the most exciting left-footed wingers in Europe in Bukayo Saka. And Jesus can also make an impact on the right, as he regularly proved throughout Man City’s latest Premier League-winning campaign.

Watford are close to completing a deal that would see the Danish attacking midfielder Philip Zinckernagel join Olympiakos on a permanent deal.

It’s understood final paperwork is now being prepared.

Zinckernagel — who has won back-to-back promotions from the Championship with both Watford and Nottingham Forest (loan) — still has four years left on his contract.

The 27-year-old has arrived in Athens and is now scheduled to take his medical to move the transfer closer to completion.

West Bromwich Albion have confirmed the permanent departure of 22-year-old Callum Morton to League One club Fleetwood Town.

The forward joined Albion’s academy in 2017 from Yeovil Town, where he spent a season, before joining Northampton Town on loan in 2020, where he scored five goals in nine matches.

He has since had loan spells with Lincoln City, Peterborough United and Fleetwood, where he scored four goals in 18 matches.

Morton did not register a league appearance for Albion.

Sadio Mane has revealed Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was left “a little bit sad” about his departure to Bayern Munich.

Mane, 30, finalised his £35 million transfer to the Bundesliga champions on Wednesday after completing his medical earlier this week.

The former Liverpool forward said Klopp wished him well ahead of his move to Germany but felt sad at seeing him leave Anfield after an impressive six-year spell.

Patrick Vieira had a fine first season in south London but he will not rest on his laurels.

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Arsenal technical director Edu says the club are committed to having a young squad — and suggested more signings will arrive this summer.

The north London club recently confirmed the signing of Portugal Under-21 international Fabio Vieira, who follows American goalkeeper Matt Turner and Brazilian forward Marquinhos through the doors.

On Wednesday morning, The Athletic reported that Leeds United had rejected Arsenal’s offer for winger Raphinha, with the offer falling well below the valuation set by the Yorkshire side. It is also understood Arsenal are interested in signing Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez.

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