Arsenal blow as Everton in for Ben White EXCLUSIVE, Locatelli bid, Renato Sanches drops HUGE Arsenal transfer hint

Arsenal blow as Everton in for Ben White EXCLUSIVE, Locatelli bid, Renato Sanches drops HUGE Arsenal transfer hint

ARSENAL hit a blow in their bid for Brighton ace Ben White, with Everton joining the race.

Elsewhere, the Gunners have made an official bid for Manuel Locatelli, according to Sassuolo's CEO Giovanni Carnevali.

The Gunners are also keeping tabs on Renato Sanches if they can offload multiple flops this summer.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    RES IS HISTORY

    Benfica ace Nuno Tavares plans to travel to London today to sign a deal with Arsenal.

    That is according to reports in Portugal, who claim Tavares will have to quarantine for five days once he lands in England.

    So if everything goes well then the Gunners will be able to present the left-back from next Tuesday.

    The Portuguese ace will likely support Mikel Arteta's starting left-back Kieran Tierney

  • Kostas Lianos

    SHAW PRAISE

    Manchester United star Luke Shaw has praised England team-mate and Arsenal ace Bukayo Saka.

    Shaw said: "Honestly, I love him.

    "I would just love it if he was my child or something, I love him like that and you could ask anyone in the squad and they would say how nice a guy he honestly is.

    "I didn’t know him before I came to the camp and I didn’t know what he would be like but I have got on so well with him, I would love him to be my brother"

  • Kostas Lianos

    XHAKA HIJACK

    Juventus are interested in hijacking Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka, who is close to joining Roma.

    That is according to CalcioMercato, who claim Juve are impressed with Xhaka and may make a move if they fail to sign Manuel Locatelli from Sassuolo.

    The midfielder has reportedly agreed terms with Roma ahead of a potential move but the Serie A side are struggling to meet the Gunners' asking price.

    The 28-year-old is enjoying a stunning Euro 2020 campaign with Switzerland as he helped his country advance to the quarter-finals after eliminating reigning world champions France

  • Kostas Lianos

    SANCHES HINT

    Lille star Renato Sanches has told Arsenal defender and former team-mate Gabriel Magalhaes that he is waiting for an 'invitation' to join the Gunners.

    Sanches was one of the driving forces behind the French champions' stunning campaign and stood out during Euro 2020 as part of Portugal.

    According to 90Min, Arsenal have asked Lille to keep them informed about the star midfielder.

    And the 23-year-old has teased fans with a cheeky message on his personal Instagram page.

    Gabriel wrote a message to the Portugal international, saying, 'Come to Arsenal' along with a smiley face.

    Sanches replied to the comment, saying: 'I wait for your invitation'

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  • Kostas Lianos

    LOC & LOAD

    Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevali has confirmed that Arsenal have submitted an official offer for Italy star Manuel Locatelli.

    But he warned that Juventus are also keeping tabs on Locatelli…

    Carnevali told Sky Italy: "Arsenal have made an official bid for Locatelli.

    "They’re pushing hard to sign Manuel and it’s an important bid… we will see.

    "Also Juventus want Locatelli and we’ve a special relationship with them. We’ve a new meeting scheduled with Juve"

  • Etienne Fermie

    MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Everton have told Brighton they will pay £50million for Ben White – on the instruction of new boss Rafa Benitez.

    Arsenal have been trying to persuade the Seagulls into selling them the England defender but have had trouble coming up with the money to match their valuation.

    So Everton have moved straight in to tell Brighton that they will pay the guaranteed money they are looking for, and are now attempting to put together bonus packages to try to get the deal secured.

    New boss Benitez highlighted signing a new central defender as one of the key areas to strengthen when he was in negotiations to take charge.

    And he made it clear White, 23, is his number one choice and the Merseysiders would rather not mess around so told the Seagulls board they will match the £50m they are looking for.

    In contrast, Arsenal have only gone as far as offering £42million guaranteed with a further £6m in add-ons, a bid that was quickly dismissed.

    Elsewhere, Inter Miami have pulled out of a move for Willian.

    SunSport understands the Arsenal man wanted around £8.7million a year – £167,000 per week – to play in MLS which is too much for David Beckham’s side.

    It’s a blow for boss Phil Neville who hopes to offload Mexican international Rodolfo Pizarro this month to a club back home in Liga MX.

    That would then free up a designated overseas player spot which Neville wanted to use for Willian, 32, before his demands proved too much.

    Out-of-sorts Gonzalo Higuain is the club’s current top earner, bagging an annual salary of £4.19million or £80,500 per week.

    Willian’s Arsenal contract expires in 2023 but he wants to quit the Gunners after a difficult first season.

    Arsenal have offered academy product Reiss Nelson a new contract.

    And the Gunners have reportedly reduced their asking price for bad-boy Matteo Guendouzi.

    Marseille are edging closer to agreeing a deal to sign the midfielder, according to French journalist Alexis Bernard.

    The Gunners initially wanted £17million but the Ligue 1 side did not want to pay more than £10m.

    And finally, Arsenal have been dealt a major transfer blow as Sweden star Alexander Isak has signed a five-year deal with Real Sociedad.

    The Swedish international has put pen to paper on a new contract with the LaLiga side which will force the Gunners to look elsewhere for attacking reinforcements.

  • William Pugh

    BENI IN FOR BEN – EXCLUSIVE

    Everton have told Brighton they will pay £50million for Ben White – on the instruction of new boss Rafa Benitez.

    Arsenal have been trying to persuade the Seagulls into selling them the England defender but have had trouble coming up with the money to match their valuation.

    So Everton have moved straight in to tell Brighton that they will pay the guaranteed money they are looking for, and are now attempting to put together bonus packages to try to get the deal secured.

    New boss Benitez highlighted signing a new central defender as one of the key areas to strengthen when he was in negotiations to take charge.

    And he made it clear White, 23, is his number one choice and the Merseysiders would rather not mess around so told the Seagulls board they will match the £50m they are looking for.

    In contrast, Arsenal have only gone as far as offering £42million guaranteed with a further £6m in add-ons, a bid that was quickly dismissed.

  • William Pugh

    WILL I NEVER

    Inter Miami have pulled out of a move for Willian, writes STEVE BRENNER.

    SunSport understands the Arsenal man wanted around £8.7million a year – £167,000 per week – to play in MLS which is too much for David Beckham’s side.

    It’s a blow for boss Phil Neville who hopes to offload Mexican international Rodolfo Pizarro this month to a club back home in Liga MX.

    That would then free up a designated overseas player spot which Neville wanted to use for Willian, 32, before his demands proved too much.

    Out-of-sorts Gonzalo Higuain is the club’s current top earner, bagging an annual salary of £4.19million or £80,500 per week.

    Willian’s Arsenal contract expires in 2023 but he wants to quit the Gunners after a difficult first season.

  • William Pugh

    NEVER GUNNER FORGET

    Arsenal have been posting a series of memorable moments online.

    And the latest is a throwback video to the club's most famous season – the Invincibles campaign.

  • William Pugh

    SIGHT FOR SUAR EYES

    Former Arsenal target Luis Suarez has admitted that it would be difficult to play for any Premier League team other than Liverpool.

    The Uruguayan striker was one of the best to play at Anfield in the modern era before he sealed a £75million move to Barcelona back in 2014.

    Yet he looked set to move to Arsenal the summer before his Merseyside exit after the Reds failed to qualify for the Champions League.

    Although Suarez ended up staying for another year, the 34-year-old has also linked with a move to another of Liverpool’s rivals – Manchester United – last year before they signed his compatriot Edinson Cavani.

    But the Atletico Madrid star has now claimed that it would be weird to play for any other team in England due to his bond with the Kop.

    He told World Soccer Magazine: “Playing for any team other than Liverpool in England would be hard. I had, and hope I still do have, such a good relationship with Liverpool fans that it would be strange for me to play for somebody else.”

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  • William Pugh

    CED'S FIRST GOAL IN RED

    Arsenal were quick to remind fans of full-back Cedric's first goal for the club on this day in 2020.

    The full-back signed from Southampton and got off the mark in spectacular fashion with this effort against Norwich.

  • William Pugh

    BUKAYO BROMANCE FOR SHAW

    Luke Shaw has revealed he loves Bukayo Saka and wishes he was his son.

    The England left-back gushed about Arsenal ace Saka who has been one of the Three Lions' best players during their march to the Euro 2020 quarter-finals.

    And Manchester United ace Shaw says he admires the 19-year-old for 'taking it all in his stride'.

  • William Pugh

    PAIN IN THE ARSENAL

    Arsenal have been dealt a major transfer blow as Sweden star Alexander Isak has signed a five-year deal with Real Sociedad.

    The Swedish international has put pen to paper on a new contract with the LaLiga side which will force the Gunners to look elsewhere for attacking reinforcements.

  • William Pugh

    GUEN, NOT IF

    Arsenal have reportedly reduced their asking price for bad-boy Matteo Guendouzi.

    And Marseille are edging closer to agreeing a deal to sign the midfielder, according to French journalist Alexis Bernard.

    The Gunners initially wanted £17million but the Ligue 1 side did not want to pay more than £10m.

    However, the North Londoners are said to have reduced their valuation and talks are ongoing.

  • William Pugh

    ON THE PAUL

    Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit has slammed Paul Pogba following France’s Euro 2020 exit as he claimed he ‘lost the plot’ against Switzerland.

    The World Cup champions crashed out at the last-16 stage after losing on penalties against Vladimir Petkovic’s men having squandered a two-goal lead.

    Pogba thought he had banged in the winner for Les Bleus after his curling strike from distance nestled into the top right corner to put his side 3-1 up.

    But a lapse in concentration moments later allowed Haris Seferovic to pull one back, before Mario Gavranovic fired in a dramatic stoppage time equaliser.

    Petit has hit out at his compatriots for their early exit, as he told Paddy Power: “There was one incident – Pogba lost the ball for the second Swiss goal – and France collapsed.

    “We lost everything. Concentration, team spirit, desire – and the tie. Worst of all, we started fighting on the pitch between ourselves. There was a big clash between Rabiot and Pogba, who lost the plot, after the second Swiss goal and from then on we had no control, no confidence."

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  • William Pugh

    NEW DEAL

    Arsenal have offered academy product Reiss Nelson a new contract.

    According to reputable Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the Gunners have offered Nelson a three-year deal.

    The winger currently has one year left on his current deal, and is yet to accept.

    Nelson is weighing up other options, with three English clubs interested in signing him, as well as Olympiacos.

  • William Pugh

    RAM RAID

    Arsenal are reportedly set to launch their bid to sign Aaron Ramsdale after his involvement in Euro 2020.

    The Sheffield United keeper was called up into the England squad after the 1-0 win over Croatia as a replacement for injured Dean Henderson.

    Ramsdale then emerged as a surprise name on Arsenal’s summer wanted list with the future of Bernd Leno unclear.

    Yet according to the Star, any deal for the 23-year-old would have proved difficult while he was away with Gareth Southgate’s squad.

    But the report adds that Arsenal are understood to have told the Blades to expect an offer for Ramsdale once the Euros are over.

    The Gunners’ opening bid is said to likely fall short of United’s £40million price tag but will prove the club are serious about a deal.

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  • William Pugh

    LUK BACK FONDLY

    It is nine years to the day since German icon Lukas Podolski signed for Arsenal.

    The forward bagged 31 goals in 82 games for the Gunners and is fondly remembered by fans of the North Londoners.

  • Joshua Mbu

    THROWBACK THURSDAY

    Cedric made his Arsenal debut a year ago today!

  • Joshua Mbu

    TAVARES MEDICAL

    Nuno Tavares is travelling to London today to complete his medical ahead of a proposed move to Arsenal.

    According to Portuguese journalist Goncalo Lopes, Tavares will have his medical today.

    The fee for the left-back is reportedly under 8m Euros.

    Tavares could be the first of many signings this summer for the Gunners.

  • Joshua Mbu

    SAB THAT

    Arsenal could be tempted into making a move for Austria and RB Leipzig star Marcel Sabitzer.

    According to Bild, Leipzig are willing to part ways with their versatile captain for just under £15m.

    Sabitzer would add some much needed depth and quality in the middle of the part.

    And offers both strong offensive and defensive attributes.

    The Gunners are expecting a big summer, with moves for Anderlecht midfielder Lokonga and Benfica's Tavares expected to be completed soon.

    Ben White is also a top target and a deal worth £50m is on the cards.

  • Joshua Mbu

    MAGIC LEFT FOOT

    Podolski had a wand of a left foot!

  • Joshua Mbu

    LACA-GOAL

    Lacazette was Arsenal's top-scorer in the Premier League last season.

    However, the Frenchman's future in north London is in doubt – and the Gunners are eyeing Torino's Belotti.

  • Joshua Mbu

    BERT BATTLE

    Leicester City have agreed a deal to sign Arsenal transfer target Ryan Bertrand.

    According to Fabrizio Romano, the former Saints left-back has signed a two-year deal with an option for a further year.

    Bertrand will be announced as a Leicester player in the coming days.

  • Joshua Mbu

    RED CARPET

    Emile Smith Rowe looks set to stay at Arsenal with a 'verbal agreement' in place to sign a new deal, writes RICHARD FORRESTER.

    The highly-rated youngster has been the subject of two bids from Premier League rivals Aston Villa.

    The second offer, in the region of £30million, was turned down by Arsenal as Mikel Arteta looks to the future. 

    Smith Rowe, 20, has two years left on his current contract but the Gunners are determined to sign him to a new deal.

    The midfielder enjoyed a breakthrough season under Arteta, scoring four goals and providing seven assists across all competitions last season.

    Arsenal insist the player is not for sale at any price. 

    Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claims Smith Rowe will sign a new contract at Arsenal and end speculation over his future.

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