Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is working hard to strengthen his squad, but the Gunners could miss out on Lyon star Lucas Plaketa, who is being chased by other top clubs.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said last week that more signings are on the way in north London following the arrival of Gabriel Jesus.
The Brazilian striker has become the club’s fourth signing of the summer following the completion of a £45m move from Manchester City. The Gunners dropped Marquinhos, Matt Turner and Fabio Vieira at the break as Arteta offered to strengthen a squad that was close to finishing in the top four last term.
After Friday’s 5-3 win over Germany’s FC Nurnberg, Arteta said the Londoners were still working hard to “improve the team in the market”; This indicates that more new recruits are expected to arrive in the coming weeks. Here, Mirror Football brings together all the latest transfer news in and around the Emirates Stadium…
Paqueta bid confirmed
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed that clubs have submitted an offer for Arsenal target Lucas Paqueta.
Media Foot reports that the Gunners admire the 24-year-old, who has scored 21 goals and provided 13 assists in 77 appearances for Lyon. His form has caught the attention of the Premier League and Newcastle are also believed to be interested in the Brazilian midfielder.
Aulas confirmed to Goal that the French giants had made an offer for Paqueta, but the club said there was no need to cash in on the former AC Milan player. He said: “There are proposals for him. There are players who can complete the project, others who cannot. Economically, we have the means to realize our ideas and goals.”
Mourinho targets Torreira
Lucas Torreira has spoken with Jose Mourinho about a move to AS Roma.
Torreira has spent the last two years on loan and was expected to leave Arsenal permanently this summer after impressing for Fiorentina last year. However, the Serie A outfit will not be able to sign the Uruguayan midfielder on a permanent deal for Arsenal’s pre-season tour of the United States.
But he hinted that the 26-year-old could still be on the move next week, with Roma a possible destination. In an interview with the Uruguayan press, Torreira said: “Roma? Yes, there is a chance. I spoke with Mourinho a while ago. I admire him as a coach. It’s a chance that tempts me a lot, but it’s not easy.”
The transfer of Marcel Tavares is a priority
Nuno Tavares is Marseille’s “top transfer target of the summer”, raising doubts over his future at Arsenal.
The Portuguese left-back has endured a difficult debut in the Premier League and various reports claim the Gunners are ready to let Tavares leave the club on loan.
Now, a new report from L’Equipe has identified new Marseille boss Igor Tudor Tavares as a top target, with club president Pablo Longoria pushing for a deal with Arsenal.
The French giants have a strong relationship with the Gunners, having signed William Saliba and Matteo Guenduzi on loan last year.