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David Ospina Closing In On £3m Napoli Transfer

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Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina is closing in on a permanent move to Italian Serie A giants Napoli this summer.

According to the publication from Football London, David Ospina will join Napoli permanently in the coming days.

The Colombian international shot stopper spent the just concluded season on loan at Napoli having joined them at the start of the campaign.

Ospina signed for Napoli on a season-long loan deal last summer with the obligation of a permanent transfer for £4m if he plays 25 games for the Italians.

The 30-year-old goalkeeper didn’t play the stipulated 25 games thus giving Napoli the upper hand during negotiations for his transfer.

David Ospina played 24 games in all competitions for Napoli during the just concluded season and was given a personal leave towards the end of the campaign.

Napoli are in a strong position and they have agreed on £3m for the transfer of David Ospina instead of the £4m in his loan contract since he didn’t meet up with the 25 games required.

David Ospina signed for Arsenal in the summer of 2014 shortly after the FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil.

The Colombian international goalkeeper joined the Gunners from French club OGC Nice and has spent the majority of his time at Arsenal as the second choice shot stopper behind Petr Cech.

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EPL: Arsenal set to overtake Man United in the chase for Alex Luna

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Man United were earlier reported to be ahead in the race to sign Argentina international wonderkid Alex Luna but they are set to be overtaken by Arsenal with interest already shown.

Alex Luna is the talk in town across Europe for many agents as he has been impressive with Rafaela, especially with his outing in the last season before it was ended by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

A report by AS which cited MilanLive, claims that the 16-year-old is attracting interest from the North London outfit while Man United and Man City are also making moves to land him.

Italian Serie A outfit AS Milan are also in the race for Alex Luna alongside Juventus but Man United and Arsenal have been favoured for the deal if he is to leave his current club in Argentina.

However, due to his age, Alex Luna will not be able to leave Argentina until he is 18 even if he agrees on a deal with any club now.

With every possibility that Alex Luna will be heading straight to the first team of the club he will eventually sign for, his suitors will not get him any cheap because of how highly valued he is.

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EPL: Will Arsenal take This Opportunity For Dele Alli

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English Premier League outfit Arsenal have been told to take the opportunity of sapping up Dele Alli from their North London rivals Tottenham this summer transfer window.

Dele Alli has been linked away from Tottenham this summer transfer window as he seems to have fallen out with manager Jose Mourinho. The speculations became more serious after he was left out of their last league game.

A former Tottenham ad England international Darren Bent has told the Gunners to take advantage of the happenings on the other side of North London to prise Dele Alli away.

While speaking on talkSport, Darren Bent noted that despite all that is happening to the 24-year-old, it is normal for players to have a need for a fresh challenge.

He added that the player has already clashed with the former Man United manager and that makes him need a new start elsewhere. However, he hinted that Dele Alli will be a good fit for Arsenal if manager Mikel Arteta can see the need of him.

It is believed that Arsenal are still in the market for more buys this summer window with Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey as possible deals but it is uncertain if the Gunners will look the direction of the Tottenham man.

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AS Roma’s talks for Alexandre Lacazette deal confirmed

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It has been confirmed by The Athletic reporter David Ornstein that Italian Serie A outfit AS Roma made efforts to sign striker Alexandre Lacazette from the English Premier League outfit Arsenal earlier in the transfer window.

Alexandre Lacazette was earlier linked away from the North London outfit with reports that he is unhappy at the club and would be used as a bait to snap up other targets, including Thomas Partey.

All of the speculations have been laid to rest as it is confirmed that the former Lyon striker will now be staying at the Emirates Stadium and might enter talks of a contract extension in the coming months.

The French man has now scored a total of two goals in his first two league games this season and that has convinced the fans and the club that he is still needed.

Alexandre Lacazette will now continue his friendship with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the Gabon international also recently confirmed his stay at the club by signing a new deal.

However, some names have been listed as part of those that will be leaving Arsenal this season and the French man is not part of the list. Those affected are Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira, and Sokratis Papa.

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EPL: This player Arsenal seek to sell Is already in talks with Serie A outfit

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Arsenal are reported to be in talks with Italian Serie A outfit Lazio over the signature of Shkodran Mustafi and a deal that will take him to Italy is likely to happen this week.

It is understood that the 28-year-old is not in the plans of manager Mikel Arteta this season and has been told to move on as the Spanish manager will prefer Gabriel Magalhaes, Rob Holding, David Luiz, and William Saliba ahead of him.

Shkodran Mustafi has just one year left on his deal at the Emirates Stadium and the North London outfit are keen to cash in from his sale this summer window as there are still other deals to spend on this summer window.\

SunSport reports that two Italian Serie A outfits Lazio and Roma are all interested in the signature of the former Valencia defender but from all indications, Simeone Inzaghi’s team have won the race.

Lazio Press have also confirmed that Shkodran Mustafi’s agent and father have held talks with the Eagles and it seems the outcome is positive.

However, Lazio will have to agree on a deal with Arsenal on a fee for the former Valencia defender so he can move before the close of the transfer window.

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EPL: Arsenal Join Race To Sign Alex Luna

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Arsenal have reportedly joined the race to sign Argentine wonderkid Alex Luna in the current transfer market.

According to Spanish newspaper AS, the North London team is now in the picture as far as the signing of the 16-year-old attacker is concerned.

Alex Luna plays for Argentine second division team Atletico Rafaela and he was in red-hot goalscoring form before the season was cut short by the dreaded Coronavirus Pandemic.

The young player had netted 16 goals before the premature end to the season earlier this year.

Other Premier League sides like Manchester United and Manchester City are also in the race to sign him. As a matter of fact, the Red Devils are said to be in the driving seat for the attacker alongside seven-time European champions AC Milan.

European teams like AS Roma, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich also want the youngster on their payroll.

Manchester United want to sign him and loan him back to his team. The Red Devils don’t want him to join them immediately according to various reports. They are ready to wait until 2022.

Alex Luna will definitely be a signing for the future for any of the aforementioned European teams including the Gunners.

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EPL: Aubameyang Admits He Turned Down Barcelona To Stay With Gunners

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Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted that he turned down a juicy offer from Spanish giants Barcelona to stay with the Gunners.

Auba has he’s fondly called made this known during an interview with Canal Football Club.

Arsenal fans were relieved after the club announced his new contract earlier this year.

The Gabonese international has been the major source of goals since his arrival. He signed for the Gunners almost three years ago.

Auba became an Arsenal player in January 2018 following his multi-million pounds transfer from Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

Arsenal spent a record fee of £57m to secure his signing but that has been eclipsed by fellow attacker Nicholas Pepe who joined the North London giants last summer in a £72m transfer.

Pepe left French club Lille to join the Gunners at the start of last season.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also gave two factors as being crucial behind his decision to stay at Arsenal.

The former AC Milan and Saint Etienne player had less than a year left on his existing Arsenal contract before he signed a two-year contract extension until 2023.

According to him, the love and affection of the Arsenal fans was a major factor in addition to the vision of manager Mikel Arteta for the club.

Inter Milan were also interested in his services.

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EPL: Arsenal Table Houssem Aouar Bid

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Reigning FA Cup champions Arsenal have tabled a bid for Lyon skipper Houssem Aouar as they bid to sign the Frenchman before the transfer window ends in a few days’ time.

According to Football London, the Gunners have made a bid of £36.5m plus £10m in add-ons with the belief that it will be enough to prise Aouar away from Lyon.

The North Londoners had earlier made a bid of £32m for the 22-year-old but it was rejected by Lyon with the French club holding out for more.

Aouar is the main target for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta for the rest of this summer’s transfer window as he looks to improve the creativity in his team.

Arsenal struggled on the creative front during their last league game at home to West Ham United.

Young striker Eddie Nketiah scored the winning goal of the game off the bench to give the Gunners a 2-1 win over the Hammers.

The win ensured that Arteta and Arsenal maintained their perfect start to the season but that will be tested when they face Premier League champions, Liverpool, away from home.

Both Arsenal and Liverpool have a 100% winning record.

Apart from those two teams, Everton and Leicester City also have a perfect record in this season’s Premier League campaign till date.

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Lyon Set Price For Arsenal Target Houssem Aouar

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Former French champions Lyon have set an asking price for skipper Houssem Aouar who has been actively pursued by Arsenal in this transfer window.

According to the club president Jean Michel Aulas, Aouar will leave the club if the Gunners can pay between €40m to €50m.

This is contrary to earlier reports which claimed that Aulas was holding out for €60m for the talented midfielder.

Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas is a tough negotiator but the need for finance has prompted him to soften his stance on the potential Houssem Aouar transfer to Arsenal.

He spoke about Aouar shortly after the league match with Lorient at the weekend.

Aulas was disappointed with the attitude of the Lyon players as they played out a 1-1 draw with Lorient. He further said that players that want to leave Lyon this summer can go ahead.

Key Lyon players such as Houssem Aouar and Memphis Depay have been seriously linked with moves away.

Dutchman Depay is a target for new Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman at the Nou Camp.

For Frenchman Aouar, Arsenal are confident that they will sign him.

The Gunners had earlier made a bid of €36m which was turned down by his team.

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