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Mikel Arteta is still hoping to make additions to his Arsenal squad this summer despite the pending arrival of Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus.

The Brazilian has been one of the Gunners main targets this summer to help replace former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who left for Barcelona in January, and Alexandre Lacazette who has moved back to Lyon after his contract in north London expired. The deal is now in its final stages with a £45million fee having been agreed with City, and the Arsenal will now move on to landing their other targets.

It comes up to five players could leave the Gunners to help raise £67million for Arteta’s transfer kitty. And there are good signs for Stan Kroenke’s ownership of the club as he celebrates a third major triumph of 2022.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will look to move for Leeds United star Raphinha and Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez once the club finalises the signing of Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus.

The 25-year-old was made Arteta’s top target heading into the summer transfer window and the deal finally looks set to go through after a £45million fee was agreed with his current club City. The move could also have repercussions for current members of Arteta’s squad, with Raphinha’s arrival set to signal the end of Nicolas Pepe’s Arsenal career.

There will also be huge competition for places next season, with Martinez and Saliba due to put pressure on Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes at the heart of the defence. It appears Arteta’s masterplan is finally coming to fruition and the Gunners may well go into the new season with a squad capable of challenging for silverware.

Gabriel Jesus is set to join Brazilian wonderkid Marquinhos, Portuguese playmaker Fabio Vieira and American goalkeeper Matt Turner in signing for Arsenal this summer.

But to offset the incomings, some departures may also be needed. With Turner arriving to challenge Aaron Ramsdale in goal, Bernd Leno could depart. The German has just a year left on his contract at the club and the Gunners will be hoping they can cash in now rather than lose him for nothing in a year’s time.

Record signing Nicolas Pepe has never hit the heights expected of him and with the club targeting Raphinha, the Ivory Coast international could leave. Rob Holding is also facing increased competition for a first-team place with William Saliba returning from his loan spell with Marseille and the Gunners still hoping to beat Manchester United to the signing of Lisandro Martinez.

While Lucas Torreira and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are also returning from loan spells, with the club hoping they can raise some funds by securing their departures permanently.

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke is celebrating his third major success of the year after his NHL side Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup.

It follows his lacrosse side Colorado Mammoth winning the title and his Los Angeles Rams franchise claiming NFL Super Bowl victory in February. The victories could be a good sign for Arsenal fans, with Kroenke obviously aware of how to build successful teams with his other sides.

And with the Gunners set to spend big once again in the summer transfer window, it may just be a matter of time before that success is replicated in north London.

The Gunners are set for yet another busy summer window ahead. Mikel Arteta and director Edu will be looking to strengthen their squad ahead of a huge 2022/23 campaign, where Europa League football is back on the cards.

The club have already added two signings in Marquinhos and Fabio Vieira, while USMNT goalkeeper Matt Turner is expected to join too. More incomings are expected, with Gabriel Jesus and Raphinha heavily linked with a move to the Emirates.

With that in mind, sit back and let us keep you up to date with the latest from north London.

The transfer window is beginning to simmer nicely as deals are completed across the globe. One side that is expected to be busy are Arsenal, who have already made some additions in the market.

Three players have already come through the door, with goalkeeper Matt Turner the latest to be announced on Monday. A number of other high profile players are still being linked and it is unlikely to be the end of business for the Gunners.

This has been reinforced by director Edu, who said: “We will now continue to work hard and are looking forward to finishing this transfer window as strongly possible.”

With that said, football.london takes a look at the latest transfer rumours surrounding Arsenal this summer.

Raphinha twist

Arsenal’s pursuit of Leeds United winger Raphinha has been full of twists and turns, and it looks like that is set to continue. According to the Northern Echo, Newcastle have been in talks with officials at the Yorkshire club over a move for the Brazilian.

It remains to be seen whether the Magpies will table an official offer for the 25-year-old though, with plenty of competition for his signature.

Lisandro Martinez price

Ajax have set a price of €50million (£43million) on defender Lisandro Martinez this summer, according to Mike Verweij. It comes after interest from both Arsenal and Manchester United in the transfer market.

The Gunners are said to have shown the most interest, however, tabling two bids already for the Argentina international.

William Saliba talks

Arsenal are in talks over a contract extension with William Saliba, according to Fabrizio Romano. The Frenchman has two years remaining on his deal at the Emirates but it is yet to make a first team appearance for the Gunners.

It comes after a successful loan spell with Marseille, however, his return to the Gunners has raised questions about where his future lies.

Arsenal are looking like a force to be reckoned with in the current summer transfer window as they look to get a number of deals over the line before the start of next season, with the Gunners expected to continue spending money over the next month to bolster their squad.

A deal for Gabriel Jesus is all but completed, while the north London outfit have recently announced their third signing of the summer with a new back-up goalkeeper. Elsewhere, negotiations are still ongoing to try and find the right price for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez.

Arsenal ’s pursuit for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez remains ongoing as Mikel Arteta looks to strengthen his backline this summer ahead of a top four break-in next season, with the Argentine now one of their top targets for the remainder of the transfer window.

And according to a fresh report from Dutch outlet De Telegraaf, the Gunners are now looking to hit Ajax with a fresh bid for Martinez worth €40 million, including bonuses, as they look to prize the clubs’ Player of the Season away from Amsterdam this summer.

However, the Eredivisie champions are standing firm on their valuation of the player and will hold out for their €50m asking price, although Arsenal will be hoping that their slightly lower offer which includes bonuses could be enough to get them over the line to secure a deal.


Arsenal have officially confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Matt Turner for a reported transfer fee of $6 million, that could potentially rise to $10 million, from MLS side New England Revolution, where he will become back-up to current no.1 Aaron Ramsdale.

It had already been announced back in February that the 28-year-old had agreed a deal with the Gunners to join them following the end of the 2021-22 Premier League campaign, but the north Londoners have now officially confirmed the signing with Monday’s announcement.

Turner has signed a long-term contract with Arsenal after making 111 appearances in all competitions for The Revs since making his debut in 2018, while he was named as the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year for the 2021 season. He has also made 18 appearances for the United States.

William Saliba’s Arsenal future has been up in the air this summer following a remarkable campaign with Marseille during 2021-22, in which he made 52 appearances and won the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year award and made the Ligue 1 Team of the Year whilst in France.

Despite signing for the Gunners from Saint-Etienne for £27m in 2019, Saliba is yet to make a single appearance in north London after spending the last three seasons out on loan in his homeland and despite his impressive form, a future with Mikel Arteta’s side remained in doubt.

But following the news that Saliba is set to enter new contract talks with Arsenal this summer and return to their London Colney training base for pre-season, Metro have now revealed that they will only sell the 21-year-old if a ‘crazy bid’ is made for the defender.

Arsenal have submitted an improved offer to sign Ajax centre-back Lisandro Martinez in an attempt to beat Manchester United to his signature this summer. The Gunners are vying to wrap up their priority centre-back transfer target before United turn their attention towards bolstering Erik ten Hag’s defence.

According to Telegraaf, Arsenal have made a second, improved bid worth £34million (€40m), including bonuses, for Martinez. However, Ajax look set to turn the Premier League outfit away again because they’re holding out for a guaranteed £41m (€50m) to sanction his sale.

The transfer offer is a signal of Mikel Arteta’s intent to strengthen his defence with Martinez in the summer transfer window. But while it’s an upgrade on the £26m (€30m) Arsenal bid the first time, Ajax are not yet budging on one of their most prized assets.

The 24-year-old’s versatility will undoubtedly appeal to Arteta – capable of playing as a left-back and defensive midfielder. With Nuno Tavares in talks over a loan move away from the Emirates Stadium, he would be battling for a starting berth in central defence while providing cover for Kieran Tierney on the left.

Erik ten Hag has also made Martinez his primary defensive target after Jurrien Timber snubbed a potential switch in favour of guaranteed game time ahead of the 2022 World Cup. However, United are yet to make an official approach for the Argentine and are unlikely to until they seal a deal for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

The Red Devils could also come to a crossroads when they eventually launch their pursuit, considering Ten Hag wants to reunite with Brazilian winger Antony at Old Trafford as well. Ajax will unlikely allow both players to depart after already losing Ryan Gravenberch and Sebastien Haller.

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