Arsenal LEAD Sterling race EXCLUSIVE, Calhanoglu free transfer, Odegaard to cost £50million, Mat Ryan set to sign

ARSENAL are the frontrunners in the race for Raheem Sterling, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

The Gunners are leading the race for the England stars signature, with Sterling having slipped down the pecking order at Man City.

We've the latest on Hakan Calhanoglu's future, while Mat Ryan is set to become the first Gunners signing of the summer.

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  • Marc Mayo

    MANOR HOUSE

    Arsenal are in contact with the agent of Shakhtar Donetsk star Manor Solomon, according to reports.

    Football.London claim that Pini Zahavi, the winger’s agent, has spoken to technical director Edu about a move.

    The winger was offered to the club last summer and is once again keen on moving to the Premier League.

    Credit: EPA
  • Marc Mayo

    BUEN-O

    Norwich are relaxed about a potential sale of a star player this summer, such as Emi Buendia to Arsenal.

    The Gunners are strongly linked with the playmaker but Canaries transfer chief Stuart Webber has outlined his comfort ahead of returning to the Premier League.

    He said: “If we do sell one, it’s going to be a club record deal.

    “It’s probably going to start with a number three in front of it.

    “That will give us great opportunities to maybe make the whole better as well. We’re really relaxed on that front.”

  • Marc Mayo

    UN-REAL

    Hector Bellerin is out of Real Betis’ reach, according to reports in Spain.

    The LaLiga side were surprisingly linked with the right-back ahead of a potential summer exit from Arsenal.

    But MuchoDeporte detail Betis being unable to afford his wages unless his future remains unresolved and a deadline day bargain becomes a possibility.

    Credit: Andy Hooper-The Daily Mail
  • Marc Mayo

    MARTI MISSED

    Arsenal are preparing their first signing of the summer, writes Mark Irwin.

    Australian international Mat Ryan is set to complete a free transfer from Brighton after a successful six-month loan spell at the Emirates.

    But he is only seen as a back-up keeper and Arsenal now bitterly regret selling Emi Martinez to Aston Villa last summer.

  • Marc Mayo

    EXCLUSIVE

    Arsenal are leading the race to sign Raheem Sterling in a deal that could see Harry Kane's move to Manchester City scuppered, writes Paul Jiggins.

    The England winger, 26, has slipped down the pecking order under Pep Guardiola thanks to the emergence of superstar in the making Phil Foden.

    Londoner Sterling nearly signed for the Gunners in the summer of 2010 while on the books of QPR's youth team.

    He could now finally move to the Emirates, with Mikel Arteta keen on him.

    Arsenal would be more willing to splash out on Sterling's wages, already paying Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang well over £300,000 per week, while previously paying Mesut Ozil £350,000 weekly.

  • Marc Mayo

    CAL ME, MAYBE

    AC Milan are reportedly ready to let Hakan Calhanoglu leave for free if one more round of contract talks fail.

    The Turkish playmaker's deal is up at the end of the month with Manchester United, Arsenal and Juventus hovering.

    According to TuttoMercatoWeb, negotiations have struggled and a fresh set of talks will be their last shot before heading in seperate directions.

    Credit: PA
  • Marc Mayo

    POWER STRUGGLE

    Gabriel, Willian and Gabriel Martinelli could be set for a quiet summer.

    That is because Brazil has heaped more uncertainty on this year’s Copa America after distancing itself from confirmation by South American football chiefs it was stepping in to rescue the tournament.

    Argentina pulled out of plans to stage the competition over the weekend because of its Covid crisis, 10 days after initial co-host Colombia ruled itself out due to political protests.

    Conmebol announced late on Sunday the tournament would take place in Brazil, thanking the country’s president Jair Bolsonaro and his government for stepping in at such short notice.

    But overnight Bolsonaro’s Chief of Staff Luiz Eduardo Ramos insisted nothing had been decided following a wave of criticism at the idea one of the worst-hit Covid countries in the world would stage the Copa America.

  • Marc Mayo

    THIERR WE GO

    Thierry Henry has returned to his Belgium coaching role for Euro 2020.

    The Arsenal legend, 43, was out of work after quitting Montreal in February.

    He left the post in Canada after a year in charge because of the pandemic's impact on his family life.

    And now he is ready to step back into management by supporting Roberto Martinez as they look to lead the Red Devils to European glory.

    The Frenchman served as a second assistant in Belgium's 2018 World Cup campaign.

    Credit: Reuters
  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal have been forced to scrap plans to sign Brentford goalkeeper David Raya.

    And hopes of concluding a quick deal for Martin Odegaard also suffered a serious setback.

    Brentford’s 2-0 win against Swansea in the final of the Championship play-offs on Saturday ended Arsenal’s hopes of nicking Raya on the cheap.

    Meanwhile, Real Madrid are now looking for more than £50million for Odegaard.

    He has made it clear that he would like to remain at Arsenal, but is now expected to wait until Zinedine Zidane’s replacement is named before making any decision on his future.

    In other news, Willian has been left red-faced after a claim he made upon signing for Arsenal came back to haunt him.

    Willian said last summer having joined the Gunners from Chelsea: “One of the reasons I wanted a three-year deal was to be part of a plan.

    “When I talked with the manager he told me why he needed me for three years.

    “He first wanted to qualify for the Champions League and win it by the time I left. That’s what I wanted to hear.”

    Finally, Arsenal could be set for a major transfer boost after the agent of Inter Milan star Achraf Hakimi suggested ‘all players have a price’.

    Alejandro Camano told Telelombardia: “When the transfer window opens, we receive calls for all the players.

    “The transfer market begins and if Inter are in trouble we will understand what to do. The market will tell.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM SUNSPORT’S MARK IRWIN

    Arsenal have been forced to scrap plans to sign Brentford goalkeeper David Raya.

    And hopes of concluding a quick deal for Martin Odegaard also suffered a serious setback.

    Brentford’s 2-0 win against Swansea in the final of the Championship play-offs on Saturday ended Arsenal’s hopes of nicking Raya on the cheap.

    Meanwhile, Real Madrid are now looking for more than £50million for Odegaard.

    He has made it clear that he would like to remain at Arsenal, but is now expected to wait until Zinedine Zidane’s replacement is named before making any decision on his future.

  • Anthony Chapman

    WILL WOE

    Willian has been left red-faced after a claim he made upon signing for Arsenal came back to haunt him.

    Willian said last summer having joined the Gunners from Chelsea: “One of the reasons I wanted a three-year deal was to be part of a plan.

    “When I talked with the manager he told me why he needed me for three years.

    “He first wanted to qualify for the Champions League and win it by the time I left. That’s what I wanted to hear.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    TIAGO NO-GO

    Arsenal’s move for Sporting Lisbon striker Tiago Tomas hangs in the balance after failing to qualify for Europe.

    The Gunners have been in talks with the Portuguese side for months to prize away the 18-year-old this summer.

    However, Sporting are determined not to see their squad torn apart after winning the Portuguese title for the first time in 19 years and qualifying for the Champions League.

    And SunSport understands that after Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal failed to guarantee European football next campaign, their chances of snatching him have taken a blow.

  • Anthony Chapman

    NEW FACE

    Arsenal are poised to pinch ex-Manchester United fitness guru Tony Strudwick, according to reports.

    It is the latest step in Mikel Arteta's huge backroom overhaul after a dismal campaign for the Gunners.

    According to the Mirror, Strudwick is to take a role as academy head of sports science and medicine at Arsenal.

    Strudwick will leave his job as head of sports science and medicine at Sheffield Wednesday to work for the Gunners.

    He spent seven years at Old Trafford earlier in his career, working as a first-team coach before moving to head of athletic development.

  • Anthony Chapman

    TAKING THE BISS

    Brighton admit Arsenal target Yves Bissouma could leave the club this summer… for the right price.

    Owner Tony Bloom told the Athletic: "The more big clubs there are interested in our players, the more we’re doing right, so I’m delighted with that.

    "We know some of our best players are not going to be with us forever.

    “If the right offer comes along — and it has to be the right offer — and they want to go, then they will leave. I foresee the vast majority to be here at the beginning of next season.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    MAR-SAY WHAT?

    Matteo Guendouzi is on the verge of a move to Marseille.

    Le10Sport claims a £13million deal has been agreed for the midfielder to return to France.

    Guendouzi has spent the season on loan at Hertha Berlin.

    But he has seemingly failed to do enough to earn a place back in Mikel Arteta's squad.

  • Anthony Chapman

    ED START

    Eddie Nketiah is a £15million target for newly-promoted Watford.

    The Arsenal striker is out of favour under Mikel Arteta.

    And with just a year left on his contract, Nketiah looks set to leave the Emirates.

    The Mirror claims Watford head the list of clubs keen on the forward.

    The Hornets are eager to avoid an immediate relegation and believe Nketiah can fire them to safety next season.

  • Anthony Chapman

    BERT BATTLE

    Arsenal will battle Leicester for outgoing Southampton star Ryan Bertrand.

    Football London claims Mikel Arteta wants the left-back to provide competition for Kieran Tierney.

    Bertrand is leaving Saints when his contract expires next month.

    However, Leicester are thought to be in pole position having already held talks with the veteran defender.

  • Anthony Chapman

    EUR IN TROUBLE

    UEFA are planning to make a ‘robust’ defence after the European Super League attempted to wage war on them.

    Remaining members Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus claim Uefa have violated European Union competition law by seeking to block the ESL, and are now suing.

    But a Uefa statement read: “Uefa takes note of the announcement by the European Court of Justice of the referral from a Madrid court on the so-called European Super League, notwithstanding the withdrawal of nine of its founding member clubs.

    “Uefa is confident in its position and will defend it robustly.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    AAR YEAH

    John Barnes has urged ex-Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey to make a sensational Premier League return… with Liverpool.

    Speaking about the Juventus and Wales midfielder with bettingodds.com, Barnes explained: "What Aaron Ramsey offers is a great work rate, physicality, an ability to get box-to-box, humility and commitment.

    "I think he’d be a great fit for Liverpool, 100 per cent.

    "I think he would suit the type of player that Liverpool would want as he can get up and down the pitch.

    "He’s a strong, all action, box-to-box footballer, which is what Liverpool want from their midfielders.

  • Anthony Chapman

    COME AND GET MI

    Arsenal could be set for a major transfer boost after the agent of Inter milan star Achraf Hakimi suggested 'all players have a price'.

    Alejandro Camano told Telelombardia: "In the future I don't know, all players have a price and I believe that if all of Europe has seen Inter and their title-winning football, all the players will be taken into consideration.

    "There is no situation at the moment (with Hakimi). I haven't talked to any club and I don't think Inter have either. It is a difficult time for football, there is a difficult economic situation.

    "I think it is not possible today to say who will leave Inter to fix this difficult economic situation.

    "He (Hakimi) is very young, joining Inter was a very intelligent decision. When the transfer window opens, we receive calls for all the players.

    "The transfer market begins and if Inter are in trouble we will understand what to do. The market will tell."

  • Etienne Fermie

    PUT A SOK IN IT

    Reiss Nelson could join Sokratis at Olympiacos, according to reports.

    The young winger has struggled for game time under Mikel Arteta, finding himself behind Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Willian and Nicolas Pepe in the pecking order.

    According to SDNA in Greece, Nelson could head out on loan again this summer, and reunite with a familar face.

    Sokratis left Arsenal in January for his home country, after being frozen out by Mikel Arteta.

    Sokratis and Reiss Nelson could link up next seasonCredit: Getty – Contributor
  • Etienne Fermie

    PAT ON THE BACK

    Arsenal legend Martin Keown has compared Chelsea star N'Golo Kante with his former Gunners team-mates Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva.

    He wrote in his Mail column: "Right now, there is not a finer defensive midfielder in the world than the all-action Kante.

    "Is he the best ever? That is hard to say. You could definitely make a case.

    "I was blessed to play behind Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva. Those players provide you with pure protection and you feel safer with them in front of you. Kante gives that to this Chelsea defence.

    "Maurizio Sarri tried playing him in a different position but Thomas Tuchel is playing him where he is at his best. Not only do we have to say Leicester found a gem in Kante but Chelsea got an absolute bargain when they spent £32 million on him in 2016.

    "The Blues had just finished 10th in the Premier League, remember, so were not even in Europe. Yet while other sides went to sleep, Chelsea signed a world beater. Every team in Europe would love to have this midfielder, with a twin engine, starting for them now."

    Kante has been compared with Arsenal legend Vieira and SilvaCredit: PA:Press Association
  • Etienne Fermie

    ON YOUR ED

    Rumoured Arsenal target Edmond Tapsoba will play a 'big role' at Bayer Leverkusen next season, according to sporting director Simon Rolfes.

    The defender, 22, has been linked with a move to North London.

    But Rolfes' comments would suggest that he is going nowhere.

    He told Bild: "Edmond should also play a very important role for us next season.

    Edmond Tapsoba has been linked with a move to LeverkusenCredit: AFP
  • Etienne Fermie

    LIFE ON MARS

    Arsenal outcast Matteo Guendouzi has reportedly agreed to join French side Marseille.

    And the Ligue 1 outfit also want Gunners prospect William Saliba this summer, it is claimed.

    Guendouzi, 22, spent the season on loan at Hertha Berlin in Germany after falling out of favour at the Emirates.

    His Gunners career appears to be over after being frozen out by manager Mikel Arteta following a number of incidents.

    The French former U21 international has a year left on his deal at the Emirates.

    And L'Equipe in France report that he has agreed to join Marseille.

    But the report adds that the clubs are yet to agree a deal and talks may have not even started yet.

    Guendouzi reportedly travelled to the French city in recent days and discussed a move with Marseille officials.

    The Gunners would be keen to move on from him as they look to rebuild their squad after a disappointing campaign.

  • Etienne Fermie

    EMER-GENCY MOVE

    Arsenal are reportedly interested in a £21.5million transfer for Barcelona's forgotten man Emerson Royal.

    The 22-year-old signed for the Catalan giants from Atletico Mineiro in 2019 but is yet to make his debut.

    Royal has a rented house in Barcelona from July 1 but there is a clause in his contract to break the lease should he be let go.

    According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona have called a meeting with Royal's agent to discuss his future.

    And the same outlet report Arsenal could make a move for the defender.

    Barcelona would demand a £21.5m transfer fee to make a healthy profit on Royal.

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