7am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Willian tells friends he wants to join Gunners, Coutinho ‘advanced’ loan talks – The Sun

7am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Willian tells friends he wants to join Gunners, Coutinho ‘advanced’ loan talks – The Sun

ARSENAL are inching closer towards signing Willian with the Chelsea star reportedly telling friends he wants to join the Gunners.

Meanwhile, fellow client of super-agent Kia Joorabchian – Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho – is said to be in 'advanced talks' over a loan switch to the Emirates.

Get all the latest news and transfer gossip from North London here…

  • MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Magalhaes have edged Willian out of the Emirates' transfer spotlight – at least for now.

    Arsenal are said to be keener than ever on Barcelona's ex-Liverpool playmaker Coutinho.

    And they are locked in a saga of speculation with Manchester United over Lille's £27million-rated defender Gabriel Magalhaes.

    The Gunners remain overwhelming favourites to sign Chelsea winger Willian, 31, on a three-year deal.

    But it's gone a bit quiet on that front over the past 24 hours.

    Likewise, Gunners' fans are still waiting anxiously for more clues over the future of two-goal FA Cup final hero and skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    Meanwhile, Kieran Tierney and Bukayo Saka have emerged as Arsenal's most popular players through sales of new shirts.

    And Ryan Fraser, for so long linked with the Emirates, now seems more likely for a Premier League switch elsewhere.

    The Scotland winger rejected a Bournemouth deal of around £67,000-a-week, whereas Crystal Palace are only offering £50k a week.

    West Ham, Newcastle and Fulham are also reportedly interested.

  • COULD GUNNERS AIM FOR STONES?

    Pep Guardiola hopes Nathan Ake can help solve the back problems that have plagued Manchester City for more than a year.

    Bournemouth centre-back Ake, 25, arrived at the Etihad last night to put the finishing touches to his £41million move.

    And with the Dutchman’s arrival, it seems inevitable John Stones – linked with Arsenal last season – will now leave after a nightmare 18-month spell.

    From the minute they lifted the FA Cup to complete the domestic Treble in May 2019, City have had a gap at the heart of their defence.

    That day, skipper Vincent Kompany announced in the Wembley dressing rooms he was leaving after 11 glorious years.

    Pep wanted Harry Maguire last summer but City were not willing to pay Leicester’s £85m asking price — and rivals United were.

  • FRASER WALK-OUT MIGHT BACKFIRE

    Ryan Fraser's decision to walk out on Bournemouth could backfire.

    The Scot rejected a Cherries deal of around £67,000-a-week — but Crystal Palace are offering closer to £50,000 a week for the winger, who had hoped to earn a move worth at least double that.

    Fraser, 26, is available on a free and was being tracked by elite clubs such as Arsenal and Tottenham after his stellar 2018/19 campaign, when he scored seven Premier League goals and 14 assists.

    After failing to repeat that success, neither club has made a move.

    It means Fraser’s options could be limited to Palace and West Ham, with Newcastle and Fulham also reported to be showing interest today.

    And with the pandemic affecting football finances everywhere, the wages on offer may not be as lucrative as before Covid-19 struck.

  • TOP TIER

    Kieran Tierney and Bukayo Saka have emerged as Arsenal's most popular players through shirt sales.

    talkSPORT reveal how the Gunners pair have sold more shirts than any other of their team-mates since the launch of the new jersey.

    That's including star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang despite his brace in the FA Cup final at the weekend.

  • ALEXIT DAY FINALLY ARRIVES

    Ex-Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez will finally – and officially – leave Manchester United tomorrow morning.

    The £505,000-a-week flop's horror spell finally ends after Inter Milan confirmed they had signed him for free.

    Chile star Sanchez, 31, has been on loan with Antonio Conte's side all season and looked much more the player United expected when they signed him in January 2018.

    His future now lies in Serie A, with Old Trafford chiefs no doubt relieved to get his massive salary off the wage bill.

    Inter CEO Beppe Marotta confirmed Sanchez had put pen to paper on a three-year deal.

    Speaking before Inter's Europa League clash against Getafe in Germany, he said: “Unofficially, we’ll make it official tomorrow morning.

    “The player is entirely owned by Inter. We have a contract with him for three seasons.

    “We believe in him, that he can be a strong part of this squad and are happy to have concluded this deal.”

  • TRIPLE GUNNERS

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta reportedly wants at least three major signings.

    That's £27million-rated Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes – as we've been hearing all day – plus Chelsea winger Willian.

    Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho has shot up the list of contenders this week.

    And Atletico Madrid anchorman Thomas Partey remains a preferred recruit – for a problem position.

    Three out of those four wouldn't be bad…

  • FULHAM JOIN RYAN FIGHT

    Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser seems sure to stay in the Premier League next season – and most likely in London.

    Arsenal, Crystal Palace and now promoted Fulham are reportedly keen.

  • PALACE IN FOR ARSENAL TARGET FRASER

    Long-term Arsenal target Ryan Fraser is now rated more likely to join Crystal Palace.

    With the Gunners closing on Chelsea winger Willian, it seems Bournemouth winger Fraser might opt for a better chance of more regular first-team football.

    It is thought the relegated Cherries have offered the 26-year-old a pay rise and new deal to stay.

    But the Scotland star is still tipped to move on and stay in the Premier League.

  • GUNNERS HEAD GAB RACE

    Arsenal are still duelling with Manchester United for £27million-rated Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes.

    The odds have veered one way and the other in the past 24 hours.

    But the Gunners once again seem favourites for the Brazilian.

  • MAG-NIFICENT ACHIEVEMENT

    Gabriel Magalhaes teased Arsenal fans wanting to see the defender sign for the club with a congratulations message on their FA Cup win.

    As Nicolas Pepe broadcast his celebrations after the Gunners beat Chelsea at Wembley, the Lille star dropped a well done message by the Ivorian.

    Two bicep-flexing emojis showed Gabriel's happiness at seeing Arsenal win.

    A handful of fans took the congratulations as a sign that the centre-back wants to join the club.

    However, wary viewers were keen to point out that Gabriel was simply revelling in old Lille pal Pepe's success.

    Twitter user Eddie joked: “Definitely signing now.”

    And one Gooner wrote: “Announce flight info.”

    While an Arsenal fan pleaded: “Stop jinxing it.”

  • STILL GUNNING FOR WILLIAN

    Arsenal remain in pole position to sign Willian with the Chelsea winger reportedly telling friends he wants to become a Gooner.

    Barcelona and Inter Miami are said to be competing with the North London club for Willian, who also has a contract extension on the table from Chelsea.

    An agreement with the Blues has not been ruled out yet the Brazilian's priority is securing a three-year deal.

    Out of contract at the end of the month, Willian has now informed friends of his preference to move.

    The Mirror believe Arsenal to be the 31-year-old's preferred destination, as it will also keep his family settled in the capital.

    David Beckham's new MLS club Inter are thought to have offered the winger the highest salary, on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

  • CHERRIES FIGHT TO KEEP FRASER

    Arsenal target Ryan Fraser has been offered a contract worth around £55,000 a week by Crystal Palace.

    The Scottish winger, 26, is a free agent, having left Bournemouth before the restart in June.

    The former Cherries ace was reportedly seeking a move to a bigger club and a deal of more than £100,000 a week.

    It is understood Bournemouth were willing to offer Fraser a more lucrative, long-term deal but he decided to see his contract down.

    He also rejected a short-term extension to play in the final nine matches of the season.

  • SALE FOR BOAT

    Jerome Boateng looks set to leave Bayern Munich this summer – with the Bundesliga champions “eager” to offload him.

    The Bavarians almost flogged the German ace in January, when the Gunners were said to be keen on a deal, but he stayed put to provide back-up in defence.

    Arsenal bosses were reportedly reluctant to seal a deal for the German defender in January due to concerns over his fitness and £196,000-a-week wages.

    But with his contract expiring next summer the Gunners could still get a discounted transfer fee this time around.

    According to Sport Bild, Bayern want to sell the defender this summer to avoid losing him for free at the end of next term.

    However, Boateng wants to see out his contract or sign an extension.

    He has still featured heavily for the Bundesliga champs this term, making 31 appearances at centre-back alongside David Alaba.

    And the German ace still has a chance to stake his claim at Bayern with the second-leg of the last-16 Champions League tie against Chelsea looming.

  • GUNNERS SET FOR MASS REDUNDANCIES

    Arsenal are set to make 55 staff redundant as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

    And fans online were quick to question the morals of multi-billionaire owner Stan Kroenke and Mesut Ozil who sits on £350,000-a-week.

    The North Londoners are owned by mega-rich American sports tycoon Kroenke whose net worth is a staggering £6.31BILLION – which is 10,286 times Ozil's weekly wage.

    And Ozil, 31, refused to take the 12.5 per cent pay cut Mikel Arteta and the majority of his players and staff took at the end of April.

    But despite the vast amount of wealth in the upper echelons of the club, they are still cutting jobs at the bottom.

  • GUENDOUZI IN VILLARREAL LINK

    Unai Emery is hoping to reunite with Matteo Guendouzi at Villarreal after the French midfielder fell out with Mikel Arteta.

    The final straw for Guendouzi appears to be when he goaded Brighton’s Neal Maupay over his salary.

    The 21-year-old has a reported Achilles tendon problem, but Mikel Arteta is understood not to be impressed with his temperament.

    Emery signed Guendouzi for the Gunners from Lorient in 2018 and he impressed at the start of his Emirates career, but this season has been a difficult one for the highly-tipped youngster, whose career appears to be at a crossroads.

    According to Foot Mercato, Barcelona have also looked at the midfielder.

  • TRANSFER COU FOR MIK

    Arsenal are reportedly closing in on the loan signing of Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona with talks said to be at an advanced stage.

    SunSport reported last week how the Gunners were in negotiations with the Blaugrana about a season-long loan, with the two clubs to share the burden of paying the Brazilian’s wages.

    And Sport have now claimed that the North Londoners are on the verge of securing Coutinho’s services.

    Mikel Arteta is understood to be a huge fan of the playmaker, with the Spanish news outlet stating Arsenal ‘love’ Coutinho’s talents.

    The 28-year-old – who has spent the 2019/20 season on loan at Bayern Munich – has been deemed as surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp.

  • MORE ON COVID WARNING

    The Gunners statement continues: “We all hope there will be no 'second wave' but we also need to accept that is one of the many uncertainties ahead of us and plan accordingly. 

    “Over recent years we have consistently invested in additional staff to take the club forward but with the expected reduction of income in mind, it is now clear that we must reduce our costs further to ensure we are operating in a sustainable and responsible way, and to enable us to continue to invest in the team.

    “Our aim has been to protect the jobs and base salaries of our people for as long as we possibly can.

    “Unfortunately, we have now come to the point where we are proposing 55 redundancies.”

  • JOBS HAVE TO GO

    Arsenal have confirmed that they are proposing to make 55 redundancies as part of cost-saving measures, due to the impact of coronavirus.

    The Gunners released a lengthy statement, which says:“It is now clear that we will be facing more significant and longer-lasting reductions in our revenue than we all hoped.

    “Current indications are that we will not have fans back at Emirates Stadium for the start of next season and fans will only be able to return in limited numbers after that. The global economic projections are also very negative. 

    “This will impact the disposable income of our fans, the money corporate clients have to spend on hospitality and sponsorship, and the ability for broadcasters to invest in TV rights.”

  • BOAT SHIPPED OUT

    Jerome Boateng looks set to leave Bayern Munich this summer – with the Bundesliga champions “eager” to offload him.

    The Bavarians almost flogged the German ace in January, when the Gunners were said to be keen on a deal, but he stayed put to provide back-up in defence.

    Arsenal club bosses were reportedly reluctant to seal a deal for the German defender in January due to concerns over his fitness and £196,000-a-week wages.

    Despite having seven centre-backs on their books, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu have identified their backline as their main weakness.

  • DOG DAYS AREN'T OVER

    Mikel Arteta has become the latest high-profile name to invest in a guard dog to protect his home from raiders.

    SunSport exclusively revealed in May how many footballers are purchasing guard dogs after Tottenham star Dele Alli’s house was broken into by knife-wielding thugs.

    The Arsenal boss has been snapped posing next to a Dutch Shepherd, which has been provided by Elite Protection Dogs.

    According to the Daily Mail, the 38-year-old forked out £20,000 on the canine to protect his family from intruders ahead of the FA Cup final win over Chelsea.

    Elite Protection Dogs – an ‘exclusive dogs for exclusive people’ service – also sold Arteta’s former team-mate Jack Wilshere a dog two weeks ago.

  • BRONZE FOR YOUNG BUK

    Starlet Bukayo Saka has finished third in Arsenal's player of the season award, as the club counts down the top three.

    In all competitions, the 18-year-old has four goals and 11 assists.

    What a breakthrough season it has been.

  • OH MY WORD

    Andre Arshavin is a dead ringer for Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

    The midfielder used to Excel for Arsenal but his latest Instagram post had fans comparing him to the Microsoft genius rather than discussing his football talent.

  • OFF SCOT FREE

    Arsenal target Ryan Fraser has been offered a contract worth around £55,000 a week by Crystal Palace.

    The Scottish winger, 26, is a free agent, having left Bournemouth before the restart in June.

    The former Cherries ace was reportedly seeking a move to a bigger club and a deal of more than £100,000 a week.

    It is understood Bournemouth were willing to offer Fraser a more lucrative, long-term deal but he decided to see his contract down.

    He also rejected a short-term extension to play in the final nine matches of the season.

  • KIE CUTTING

    Kieran Gibbs is set to be offloaded by West Brom as Slaven Bilic gets set to cut his squad down.

    The former Arsenal left-back, 30, is one of three players whose futures are at risk.

    Kenneth Zohore and Oliver Burke are also at risk of being sold by the Baggies, according to the Telegraph.

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