5.40pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aubameyang contract LATEST, Gabriel offer ‘ACCEPTED’, Lacazette a Juventus target – The Sun

ARSENAL have reportedly had an offer accepted for Gabriel Magalhaes with the Brazilian now set to choose between the Gunners and Napoli.

And to fund a spending spree, the Gunners may have moved closer to selling Alexandre Lacazette, as the Frenchman is reported to be Juventus' top target.

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

  • WHERE WIL HE GO?!

    Wilfried Zaha is reportedly set to spark a three-way transfer scrap this summer ahead of his expected Crystal Palace exit.

    Sky Sports claim Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and Monaco have all expressed an interest in the Ivorian.

    Arsenal and Everton both tried to sign the 27-year-old last summer but were priced out of a move with Palace asking for £80million.

    The former Manchester United winger also played down an Instagram video of him pointing at a huge “Zaha to Arsenal” sign in a nightclub.

    However, he is still keen on leaving Selhurst Park and Palace are prepared to let him go for the right price.

  • 'WORTH EVERY SECOND'

    An Arsenal megafan has made good on his promise to name his newborn daughter after Mesut Ozil.

    Back in the spring, Jack Robinson tweeted the 31-year-old asking for a message that would guide his wife in picking a name for their baby.

    And after young Mara's arrival last week, the Gooner revealed he had followed through on his promise.

    Jack optimistically tweeted the star in March, writing: “Wife is expecting in July she said if I can get you to reply I can name the kid Ozil, don't let me down.”

    Ozil got back in touch to confirm the deal was on, tweeting: “It's a deal mate. I don't let you down.

    “Now it's your turn. I want to see the birth certificate of your kid in July.”

  • AKINS AND OUTS

    Arsenal have signed 19-year-old midfielder Tim Akinola on a free-transfer, according to reports.

    Akinola was released by Championship outfit Huddersfield this summer with the Terriers having too much competition in central midfield in their academy ranks.

    And the Gunners moved to snap him up without even seeing him play having been so impressed by video footage, according to the Athletic.

  • BON ANNIVERSAIRE WILLY!

    Chelsea have wished ex-Blues and Arsenal defender William Gallas a Happy Birthday.

    The Frenchman turns 43 today but the Gunner did not acknowledge his birthday on their Twitter.

  • TOP THIERR

    Thierry Henry said he had to earn his stripes at Arsenal when he arrived at the club despite having won the World Cup with France.

  • WAIT A SEC

    Arsenal fans think AC Milan's new away kit looks strangely familiar.

    They're not wrong either.

  • SIGHTS ON GUNNERS

    Arsenal “remain Gabriel Magalhaes' priority” this summer, according to reports in France.

    There have been claims that the Brazil defender, 22, has agreed personal terms with the Gunners.

    But as of yet there has been no announcement from club or player on his future.

    Lille are said to value Gabriel at around £27m, a relative bargain in today's market for a promising young player.

    According to La Voix du Nord, Everton and Manchester United are now out of the race for Gabriel.

  • BOND, JAMES RODRIGUEZ

    James Rodriguez has opened the door to a Premier League move having grown “frustrated” under exile from Real Madrid.

    Joining Gareth Bale in being pushed towards the Bernabeu exit door, Rodriguez appeared only once in LaLiga in 2020 having previously been sent on loan to Bayern Munich.

    Arsenal, along with Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid, are linked with the Colombian and he is ready to contemplate a switch to England.

    James told Daniel Habif's podcast: “Now there are many things, everything is over now, the virus stopped everything.

    “There are many clubs that do not have so much, in a few days I know where I am going.

    “I still don't know; Italy, Spain, England. It's a question that I have and I don't know, but I do want to go where I can play, where I can be happy and where I feel that I am loved by everyone.

    “I've already played in France, I've been in several good leagues. Only Italy and the Premier League are missing.”

  • BON ANNIVERSAIRE

    Happy Birthday to the man, the legend, the va-va-voom – Thierry Henry.

  • CUTTING IT CLOSE

    Arsenal fans are convinced Gabriel's deal is DONE.

    The reason being?

    He's followed football's favourite hairdresser on Instagram!

  • 'HAES IS NICE

    Arsenal have agreed personal terms with Gabriel Magalhaes, according to reports.

    The Telegraph report that the Brazilian, 22, is a huge step closer to joining the Emirates imminently.

    Napoli were set to rival Arsenal for the centre-back, but they could not afford his £27million price tag.

    That leaves the path clear for Edu to do business and draft in the exciting Brazil youngster.

    Lille have also had enquiries for Gabriel from Manchester United, but the Red Devils appear to have focused all their efforts on landing Jadon Sancho.

  • ANY MINUTE NOW…

    When are we going to find out, Pierre?

  • LEAKY BLINDER

    The Premier League's opening day fixtures appear to have been leaked – with Manchester United vs Arsenal on the agenda.

    The 2020-21 Fantasy Premier League campaign was launched on Saturday, giving fans the chance to build their teams nice and early.

    But some eagle-eyed supporters have noticed an apparent blunder – with players' next opponents seemingly being listed.

    Should these be correct, the Premier League's September 12 return will be headlined by a blockbuster clash between Man Utd and Arsenal at Old Trafford.

    If true, the pair will meet for the first time since New Year's Day, when Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis goals inspired the Gunners to a rousing 2-0 victory.

  • PARTEY POOPERS

    Arsenal have been dealt a blow with Atletico Madrid convinced Thomas Partey will stay this summer – despite his replacement already having been lined-up.

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is hoping to add some star quality to his midfield ranks this summer, with £45million-rated Atleti ace Partey targeted.

    However, the LaLiga giants are certain they won't part with him – despite being close to signing £36m star Napoli star Allan, according to reports.

    Sky Sports journalist Matteo Moretto revealed Diego Simeone was confident in keeping hold of Partey this summer.

    He tweeted: “To this day, Atletico Madrid is convinced that Thomas Partey is going to stay.”

  • AUBA BREAKTHROUGH

    Arsenal have reportedly agreed a new £250,000-a-week contract with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    The club captain, 31, has just one year remaining on his current Emirates deal.

    And there were suggestions he would be off this summer with interest from Barcelona, Inter Milan and even Chelsea and Manchester United.

    But after his match-winning performance in the FA Cup final a fortnight ago, the Gunners have been working hard to get an extension finalised.

    According to the Daily Telegraph, sources believe the signing is “extremely close”.

    The new deal is thought to be worth £250,000 per week for the next three years.

  • TEEN SPIRIT

    England legend David Platt has bagged a new role in football – as manager of an amateur kids team.

    The former Aston Villa, Sampdoria, Juventus and Arsenal ace will manage Wilmslow Sports Under-15s this year.

    Platt – who scored a famous volley for the Three Lions in the knockout stages of the 1990 World Cup to knock out Belgium – will don his tracksuit again to put the teenagers of Wilmslow Sports through their paces in the Timperley and District League 4 in Cheshire.

    Platt previously spent three years at Manchester City as Roberto Mancini’s assistant before they both left in 2013.

    Two years later the married dad of one was named as boss of FC Pune City in the Indian Super League but left the following year.

    The club said in a statement: “He does a huge amount for grass roots and never for personal praise or acknowledgement.

    “A pleasure to work with and a huge support to his players and the club in general. I cannot speak highly enough of him.”

  • GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dropped a massive hint that he could be on the verge of signing a new contract at Arsenal. 

    The Emirates forward posted a text-free message on Twitter that featured an emoji of a sand timer. 

    The 31-year-old has been on fire for the Gunners this season, scoring both goals in their FA Cup win against Chelsea this year. 

    And SunSport reported Aubameyang has verbally agreed to a new three-year contract worth £250,000 a week. 

    Meanwhile, Bukayo Saka, 18, and Gabriel Martinelli, 19, have been named on a 60-player shortlist for this year’s Golden Boy awards. 

    The two Arsenal starlets, who have been in fine form for the Gunners this term, are shortlisted along with their new teammate William Saliba, who spent last season on loan at Saint-Etienne. 

    Juventus are rumoured to be gearing up to make a move for Alexandre Lacazette. 

    Sky in Italy claims the Serie A giants have added the France international to their striker transfer shortlist with Gonzalo Higuain on his way out of the club. 

    Media in France claim Lille have accepted an Arsenal bid for their defender Gabriel Magalhaes. 

    Le 10 Sport claim the Gunners and Napoli have both had offers of £27million plus bonuses accepted and are now waiting on a decision from the player.

  • JUVE LIKE LACA

    Juventus are reportedly interested in signing Alexandre Lacazette, according to Sky in Italy.

    The Gunners forward is thought to be on a list of attacking targets wanted by the Turin club.

    Other names of interest to the Serie A side include Wolves striker Raul Jimenez and former Man City forward Edin Dzeko.

    Juve are after a replacement for former Gunners target Gonzalo Higuainwho is expected to leave the side with just a year remaining on his contract.

  • PRICEY PEP

    Lille president Gerard Lopez says he believes Raul Sanelhi should not be blamed for Nicolas Pepe's £72million move to the Emirates.

    Sanelhi was sacked by the FA Cup winners this week after a two and a half year stint as Arsenal's head of football.

    An internal investigation into why the club spent so much money on Pepe has been launched.

    Lopez told Sky Sports: “There are always going to be stories that try to be interesting, Arsenal are going through a restructuring which is part of what happens.”

  • WILL IS BRILL

    Ian Wright reckons Arsenal have pulled off a “brilliant” move in signing Willian despite his age.

    The Arsenal icon believes the former Blues veteran, who is 32, could play a significant role in the development of young Gunner Gabriel Martinelli.

    On his official YouTube channel Wright, 56, said: “There’s that Brazilian connection and getting a player like Willian has got to be good for our young players because he’s a winner,” he added. “The more winners we can get in there the better.”

  • PIERRE POST PUZZLE

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has teased Gunners fans with a social media post hinting that he could be on the verge of signing a new deal with the club.

    The Arsenal frontman shared a post on Twitter earlier this afternoon showing an emoji of a sand timer.

    The 31-year-old has been in top form in attack netting twice to help the Gunners win their 14th FA Cup.

    And Mikel Arteta says he hopes to build his squad around the striker.

    Following their FA triumph Arteta said: “He is loved by everybody at the club. Hopefully he can continue with us.”

  • GUNNERS DIRECTOR IMPATIENT

    Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham is “impatient” for more trophy glory for the Gunners.

    Venkatesham recently took over the club's head of football mantle following the sacking of Raul Sanelhi.

    And Goal say the FA Cup winners have carried out a top to bottom reshuffle of their non-playing personnel.

    Ventakesham told Arsenal's web site: “Our fans expect and our fans demand that this football club wins trophies and is at the top of the game both here in England but also in Europe.

    “What fuels me is delivering on the expectations and delivering in regard to what our fans demand of us.”

  • GABRIEL BID ACCEPTED

    Arsenal have had a bid accepted for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes, according to reports.

    Le 10 Sport claim the Gunners and Napoli have both had offers of £27million plus bonuses accepted and are now waiting on a decision from the player.

    Arsenal have already added French central defender William Saliba to their squad this summer but adding a left-footed centre-back, such as the Brazilian, is a priority for Mikel Arteta.

    Napoli have led the race for Gabriel for some time though, and the Gunners will have a fight on their hands to convince the 22-year-old his next destination should be north London.

  • LEEDS IN FOR MARTINEZ

    Leeds United are among the teams chasing Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

    The 27-year-old claimed this week ten clubs in Europe have enquired about his availability following an impressive end to the season for the Gunners.

    After an injury to first-choice Bernd Leno, Martinez enjoyed his first run in the team since joining Arsenal eight years ago.

    The Argentine stopper helped Mikel Arteta's side to FA Cup glory and an eighth-place finish in the Premier League.

    Martinez wants assurances over whether he will remain first-choice once Leno returns before committing to the Gunners.

  • ELNENY BACK TO TURKEY

    Galatasaray have entered the race to sign Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny, according to Turkish-Football.

    The Egypt international spent last season on loan at Besiktas in the Turkish SuperLig but could now move to their Istanbul rivals.

    Talks with the Gunners have begun and Galatasaray will soon make a formal loan offer for the 28-year-old.

    Besiktas were also interested in another loan deal for Elneny but are currrently involved in a pay dispute with the player.

    Trabzonspor may challenge Galatasaray for the ex-Basel midfielder's signature but Fatih Terim's side can offer Elneny European football next season.

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