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Arsenal closing in on £30-million rated defender

Timothy Aiyeku

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With suggestions that the North London side Arsenal will be moving into the winter transfer market which reopens in coming weeks, there are reports that they could have more additions of new defenders.

This is inevitable with the Gunners now going to be without Mustafi and Sokratis in their next league games which will no doubt have an effect on the team.

However, it has been reported that the North London side are already closing in on German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji and will ensure he switches to the Emirates Stadium by sealing a deal in the winter transfer window.

Manuel Akanji is no doubt one of the best defenders in the Bundesliga and has been tipped to be a perfect fit to the Gunners team.

Although the 23-year-old Switzerland international has got a contract with the German Bundesliga side until 2023 with a release clause of £30 million, the North London side will do all it takes to have him join the club by submitting a more lucrative deal.

Manuel Akanji has played 15 games for his side this season and has scored a goal in all competition but there is more to talk about despite his impressive performance for Borussia Dortmund.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.

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Arsenal Target Agrees 5-Year Free Transfer Deal

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Adrien Rabiot

Paris Saint Germain (PSG) midfielder Adrien Rabiot has reportedly agreed on a deal to join Italian champions Juventus this summer.

This is according to media outlet El Chiringuito which claimed that the young French international midfielder has agreed to join the Old Lady on a free transfer.

It was revealed that Adrien Rabiot has agreed on a five-year contract with the Italian champions and he will link up with his new team when his PSG contract ends in a few days’ time.

Adrien Rabiot has previously been linked with Arsenal and club manager Unai Emery is keen to reunite with him this summer, but it seems the Spanish tactician will need to look elsewhere in the quest to sign a replacement for Welsh international midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

Unai Emery worked with Adrien Rabiot for two years while he was the PSG manager between 2016 and 2018.

The former Sevilla and Valencia manager is looking to sign a new midfielder this summer following the exit of Aaron Ramsey who has left Arsenal after the expiration of his contract.

Aaron Ramsey left the Gunners after a decade as an Arsenal player.

The 28-year-old has signed a four-year free transfer deal with Juventus where he will most likely link up with Adrien Rabiot if the PSG midfielder completes his transfer to Juventus.

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AC Milan Open Talks To Sign £22m-rated Arsenal Target

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Seven-time European champions AC Milan have opened talks with fellow Italian Serie A club Fiorentina over the signing of one of their players according to the latest reports emanating from the Italian media.

Fiorentina midfielder Jordan Veretout has been attracting the interest of several European clubs this summer including Premier League giants Arsenal.

Apart from Arsenal and AC Milan, the Italian Serie A duo of Napoli and AS Roma are also interested in the French midfielder.

According to the specific report from popular Italian transfer news portal Calciomercato, AC Milan are the first club to show serious interest in Jordan Veretout after the Rossoneri opened talks with a view to signing him this summer.

Fiorentina have already slapped a £22m asking price on him.

Former Aston Villa player Veretout has scored 15 goals in 75 appearances for Fiorentina since he joined the Italian Serie A outfit.

Arsenal are looking for a midfield replacement for Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey and the aforementioned Veretout is one of several midfielders linked with a move to North London.

Welsh international star Ramsey has ended his decade-long association with the Gunners whom he signed for in 2008.

Aaron Ramsey joined Arsenal from Welsh club Cardiff City after the Gunners beat Manchester United to his signature.

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West Ham In £13.4m Bid To Sign Arsenal Target

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Premier League club West Ham United have been one of the most active clubs on the European football scene as far as the transfer market is concerned.

The Hammers have already signed three players at the start of this summer’s transfer window.

In addition, West Ham United have agreed on a £29m bid to sign highly-rated Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez.

The latest news coming out of Spain revealed that West Ham United are ready to pay the full release clause for Eibar midfielder Joan Jordan who has also been attracting the interest of North London giants Arsenal.

According to the publication from Marca, the Hammers have told Spanish La Liga club Eibar that they will pay the £13.4m release clause in the contract of Joan Jordan.

The 24-year-old has been a key player for Eibar in the Spanish top flight in the last two years.

Joan Jordan has made 79 appearances in the colours of Eibar in the last two seasons.

West Ham United had earlier splashed the whopping sum of £25m to sign Pablo Fornals from Spanish La Liga giants Villarreal.

The two-time Spanish international player has penned a five-year deal with the Hammers.

Arsenal were also linked with Pablo Fornals before the move to West Ham United.

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Atletico Eyeing Arsenal Midfielder As Rodri Replacement

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Granit Xhaka

Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid are the latest team to be linked with a move for Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka this summer.

The Gunners’ player had earlier been linked with a move to Italian Serie A side Inter Milan with reports claiming that the Nerazzurri want to sign him for £55m.

The latest transfer interest from Atletico Madrid in the Swiss international player was revealed by Spanish media platform Mundo Deportivo.

It was revealed that the Rojiblancos are targeting Xhaka as the replacement for Rodri whose closing in on a move to Premier League champions Manchester City.

The English champions have agreed to pay the €70m release clause in the Atletico Madrid contract of the aforementioned Rodri.

The Spanish midfielder is in talks with Manchester City over personal terms with the Citizens keen to sign him as a long-term replacement for the aging Fernandinho.

It was revealed that Real Madrid midfielder Diego Llorente is the first choice midfield target for Atletico Madrid as they search for the replacement for Manchester City-bound Rodri but they have been scared off by the €50m asking price from their city rivals.

Granit Xhaka has been at Arsenal since the summer of 2016 and he recently signed a new deal at the Emirates Stadium last summer.

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Arsenal In Talks To Sign Thomas Meunier

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Thomas Meunier

Premier League giants Arsenal are reportedly in talks to sign Paris Saint Germain (PSG) defender Thomas Meunier during this transfer window.

This is according to the publication from the stables of the Daily Mail which claimed that Arsenal want to bolster their squad defensively with a new right-back and PSG star Thomas Meunier is a target.

It was also revealed that PSG want £27m for Thomas Meunier excluding add-ons and the said asking price could rule the Gunners out of the running to sign the Belgian international.

North London giants Arsenal are not the only Premier League club keen to sign Thomas Meunier this summer with rivals Manchester United also interested in him.

The two Premier League clubs want to sign a new right-back this summer and Thomas Meunier is a target for both teams.

First choice Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin might not be fit for the rest of the season after missing the second half of last season with a serious knee injury and the Gunners want to bring in a cover for him.

Young Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles played at right-back for the better part of the second half of last season with mixed results while aging Swiss international right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner has been released after just one season in North London.

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Arsenal Set To Loan William Saliba

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William Saliba

North London giants Arsenal will loan Saint Etienne defender William Saliba back to the French Ligue 1 club this summer after completing a deal for him according to latest French media reports.

William Saliba has been turning heads on the European football stage after his breakthrough season for Saint Etienne.

According to the specific publication from trusted French news platform L’Equipe, Arsenal will sign the £27m defender and then loan him back to Saint Etienne.

William Saliba is on course to become the first summer signing at Arsenal.

The 18-year-old French defender is also attracting the interest of Premier League champions Manchester City.

Arsenal had one of the worst defensive records in the top half of the league during the just concluded season and Gunners boss Unai Emery is keen to address those defensive issues with the signing of quality center backs like William Saliba.

Apart from William Saliba, the Gunners have been linked with other centre backs like Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig in the German Bundesliga, Kostas Manolas of AS Roma in the Italian Serie A and Joachim Andersen of Italian Serie A club Sampdoria.

Arsenal are said to have made an offer for Joachim Andersen as part of the €55m double raid for him and Sampdoria teammate Dennis Praet.

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German goalkeeper Markus Schubert Snubs Arsenal Transfer

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Markus Schubert

North London giants Arsenal have received a transfer blow in their bid to sign young German goalkeeper Markus Schubert this summer with the Gunners poised to lose out to Bundesliga club Schalke 04.

This is according to the specific publication from German media portal Ran which claimed that the young goalkeeper will shun Arsenal to join Schalke 04.

Markus Schubert is a free agent after the expiration of his contract with German Bundesliga 2 side Dynamo Dresden.

He made 32 appearances for Dynamo Dresden in all competitions last season including 31 games in the German Bundesliga II.

Earlier reports had claimed that Arsenal had agreed on a free transfer move for the 21-year-old goalkeeper and that the Gunners are already planning to send him out on loan to a club in the English Championship or a non-English club.

Arsenal are in the market for a new goalkeeper after the retirement of Petr Cech.

The veteran Czech Republic shot stopper had earlier announced his decision to retire this summer.

His last game was the Europa League final which the Gunners lost 4-1 to London rivals Chelsea.

Apart from Markus Schubert, the Gunners have been linked with other goalkeepers like Sampdoria shot stopper Emil Audero and Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland in recent weeks.

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Arsenal Prised Out Of Transfer Move For £30m Winger

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North London giants Arsenal have reportedly been prised out of a move for Dalian Yifang winger Yannick-Ferreira Carrasco.

This is according to the publication from The Sun which claimed that the Gunners can’t afford the asking price of one of their transfer targets.

It was revealed that Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang are demanding £30m for Carrasco who’s keen to leave Asia for Europe this summer.

The new development is a far cry from recent reports which claimed that the Gunners are closing in on a move for the former AS Monaco and Atletico Madrid player.

In his recent interview, Carrasco confirmed that an offer is on the table from an unnamed European club which many believed is Arsenal.

The Belgian international left Atletico Madrid for China in February 2018 but he’s keen to return to European football after failing to adapt to life in the Asian country.

Yannick-Ferreira Carrasco was linked with Arsenal and the Milan clubs, Inter and AC Milan, during the winter transfer window but his Chinese club was not willing to release him.

The 25-year-old is more determined to leave Dalian Yifang this summer but it remains to be seen whether Arsenal will be able to reach an agreement for his transfer.

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Serie A Giant Plotting Swap Deal For £35m-rated Arsenal Star

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Seven-time European champions AC Milan are eyeing a swap deal for Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira according to the latest reports emanating from the Italian media.

Uruguayan international Lucas Torreira has emerged as a top transfer target for AC Milan this summer.

The 23-year-old is presently with the Uruguayan national team at the ongoing COPA America tournament in Brazil.

Uruguay is bidding for a first COPA America title in eight years and Lucas Torreira is expected to be a big part of that quest for glory.

According to the specific publication from La Gazzetta dello Sport, AC Milan are willing to offer Frank Kessie in exchange for Lucas Torreira though it remains to be seen whether the Gunners would sanction a deal for the £35m-rated midfielder.

Lucas Torreira is an important player for Arsenal having joined the Gunners from Italian top flight club Sampdoria last summer.

Ivorian international Frank Kessie has spent the last two seasons on loan at AC Milan from fellow Italian Serie A club Atalanta with the obligation to sign him for £30m this summer.

Sampdoria manager Marco Giampaolo is expected to take over the managerial role at AC Milan this summer.

Marco Giampaolo is keen to reunite with Lucas Torreira whom he worked with at Sampdoria.

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EPL Club In £13m Bid For Arsenal Midfield Target

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Premier League club West Ham United have moved closer to the signing of one of the midfield targets with Arsenal after Spanish club Eibar accepted a £13m bid for Joan Jordan.

This is according to Sky Sports who also confirmed that Spanish La Liga giants Valencia have had a £13m bid accepted for the 24-year-old.

The Gunners have been linked with a move for Joan Jordan as they search for a replacement for Aaron Ramsey but the North Londoners are yet to make a concrete offer for the Eibar player who has made 75 appearances for his club in the last two seasons.

Arsenal will have to do without Aaron Ramsey who has left the club after his contract expired.

The 28-year-old will join Juventus on a free transfer ahead of the new season after he agreed on a four-year contract worth £400,000 on a weekly basis.

Welsh international Ramsey was an Arsenal player for one decade.

Joan Jordan is on the verge of becoming the fourth summer signing at West Ham United who have already made four transfers as at the early stage of this summer’s transfer window.

West Ham have signed goalkeepers David Martin and Roberto as well as midfielder Pablo Fornals.

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