Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Eddie Nketiah future EXCLUSIVE, Lautaro Martinez SWAP deal, Maddison £60m LATEST

BRIGHTON are ready to offer Arsenal £20million for Eddie Nketiah – in a move that could help the Gunners sign more players themselves.

And so Arsenal are set to bid £25.6m for Lyon's Brazil Olympic midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, according to reports.

And SunSport can reveal fellow Lyon star Houssem Aouar is confident of completing a £25m move to the Emirates this summer.

This is despite Edu stepping up his pursuit of James Maddison, with a rumoured bid of £60m plus a player having been lodged.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    SEAGULLS SWOOP FOR NKETIAH

    Brighton plan to snatch striker Eddie Nketiah from Arsenal to bring them the missing goal touch.

    Seagulls coach Graham Potter has put the young Gunner at the top of his wanted list for the vacancy in his squad.

    Brighton are hoping to land Nketiah, 22, for around £20million.

    The striker has found it hard to crack the first team with Arsenal but is young enough to still establish himself in the Premier League.

    Brighton have come into some cash recently after selling England defender Ben White to Nketiah's current employers Arsenal for £50m.

    The Premier League club have already signed midfielder Enock Mwepu from Red Bull Salzburg this transfer window.

    Brighton have also handed a new five-year contract to former Bristol City defender Adam Webster.

    Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira is also a fan of Nketiah – but the price may be too high for him and the Eagles are reluctant to go into an auction.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GUNNERS FIGHT PREM RIVALS FOR DIENG

    Arsenal, Leeds and Crystal Palace are tracking highly-rated Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Seny Dieng.

    Dieng, 26, has caught they eye with a series of impressive displays for Mark Warburton’s side this season.

    The Swiss ace has established himself as clear QPR No1 this term.

    The Premier League trio are all looking at their options in goal.

    All three are looking to strengthen their goalkeeping options to provide competition to their current No1s.

    The top-flight clubs ALL brought in a new goalkeeper in the summer.

    Arsenal signed Runar Alex Runarsson, while Palace added ex-Stoke and England star Jack Butland to their ranks.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SANTI CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION

    Social media is oozing with memories of cult hero Santi Cazorla's Arsenal spell – nine years to the day he joined from Malaga.

    The 81-cap ex-Spain midfielder, 36, is now with Qatar club Al Sadd after becoming a legend at the Emirates from 2012-18 and for Villarreal in two stints.

  • Ian Tuckey

    MARCEL ‘SNUBS LEIPZIG DEAL’

    RB Leipzig star Marcel Sabitzer has turned down a new deal with the Bundesliga giants.

    According to Goal, Sabitzer is unlikely to put pen to paper on a new contract with Leipzig.

    The midfielder has been previously linked with a transfer to Arsenal, who are looking for a playmaker.

    The Austria international has entered the last year of his current deal and is available for only £15million this summer, according to The Athletic.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GUNNER BE MADD IF YOU MOVE

    Manchester United legend Roy Keane has warned Leicester midfielder James Maddison against a possible move to Arsenal this summer.

    The England playmaker, 24, has been linked with the Emirates Stadium as Mikel Arteta looks to improve on the Gunners' disappointing eight place finish in the Premier League last season.

    But Keane does not believe it would be in Maddison's interests to join Arsenal, who, unlike Leicester, are not in Europe.

    Speaking on ITV ahead of the Community Shield clash between Leicester and Manchester City, he said: "Maybe he might just fancy a bit of change, maybe just fancy a bit of London? I don’t know.

    "It’s a difficult one, [Jamie] Vardy had an opportunity to go to Arsenal, he turned it down.

    "He got big money, turned it down, he got big money at Leicester let’s not kid ourselves. But Leicester, the group of players they have, they’ve got a new training ground.

    "If he’s leaving Leicester, I don’t think Arsenal is the right option. If I was him I’d sit tight."

  • Ian Tuckey

    GOLDEN GAB

    Arsenal have congratulated their Tokyo 2020 gold medallist – Brazil striker Gabriel Martinelli.

    The South Americans retained their crown with a 2-1 extra-time win over Spain in Saturday's final.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RETURN OF SOCC ‘N ROLL

    Football fans are celebrating the return of Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday as the new season gets underway in England.

    A fresh-looking panel of pundits graced the Sky studio on Saturday afternoon to sit alongside long-standing presenter Jeff Stelling.

    Sue Smith, Michael Dawson, Lee Hendrie, Clinton Morrison and Paul Merson were among those in the Sky centre keeping fans up to date with a host of EFL matches.

    And football supporters across the country were chuffed to see the famous Stelling-led show return to their screens for the first time in several months.

    One ecstatic viewer said: “Oh @JeffStelling and the team how I’ve missed you!!! Football is back.”

    Another added: “Soccer Saturday with Jeff Stelling again. I love this game!”

    And a third said: “Soccer Saturday is back! My life is complete again.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    THOM GLUM

    Arsenal have suffered a huge blow with Thomas Partey ruled out of the upcoming matches against Chelsea and Manchester City.

    The Gunners midfielder picked up an ankle knock in last week's 2-1 pre-season defeat against the Blues at the Emirates.

    Boss Mikel Arteta spoke after the game that his injury was 'not looking good', and now the North Londoners have delivered an update on his fitness.

    The 28-year-old sustained ankle ligament damage following Ruben Loftus-Cheek's strong challenge.

    An Arsenal statement said: "Thomas sustained an injury to ligaments in his right ankle during the friendly match against Chelsea last Sunday.

    "Thomas continues to be assessed and is expected to be back in training in approximately three weeks."

    Not only will he miss Sunday's pre-season North London derby, but also next Friday's Premier League opener away at Brentford.

    And in a further blow to Arsenal, he is now set to miss the home clash against Chelsea, as well as the trip to the Etihad to face the Citizens on August 28.

    He is likely to return to first-team duty against Norwich on September 11 following the international break.

  • Ian Tuckey

    CHELSEA AGREE £97.5M LUKAKU DEAL

    Chelsea have agreed a £97.5million deal to re-sign Romelu Lukaku – after they refused Inter Milan’s demands to break the British transfer record for the ex-Manchester United striker.

    The Blues finally settled on the cash-only price after refusing to cough up a further five million Euros – around £4.2m.

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    That would have taken the fee o £101.7m, surpassing the record £100m Manchester City splashed out on Jack Grealish last week.

    But the two clubs eventually reached an agreement after a week of haggling.

    Chelsea are hopeful of announcing the return of the Belgian on Monday.

    Lukaku has agreed a £200,000-a-week contract to make the switch back to Stamford Bridge for the second time in his career.

    The Belgian had previously been on the books of the Blues between 2011 and 2014, between the ages of 18 and 21.

    There is a slim hope the deal will be done and Lukaku in England in enough time for the opening day Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ARSENAL TARGET MARCEL 'REJECTS NEW LEIPZIG DEAL'

    RB Leipzig star Marcel Sabitzer has turned down a new deal with the Bundesliga giants.

    According to Goal, Sabitzer is unlikely to put pen to paper on a new contract with Leipzig.

    The midfielder has been previously linked with a transfer to Arsenal, who are looking for a playmaker.

    The Austria international has entered the last year of his current deal and is available for only £15million this summer, according to The Athletic

  • Ian Tuckey

    NO NEED FOR GOODBYE BISS

    Brighton star Yves Bissouma has been urged by former Seagulls ace Brian Horton to snub Arsenal and stay for at least another year.

    Horton said: “I think it will do him [Bissouma] good to stay at Brighton and help him progress for another season.

    “If he is good enough, will the big boys come knocking again?

    “Eventually people have to sell. It is like Jadon Sancho going for £73million to Manchester United.

    “Did Borussia Dortmund want to sell him? They made a massive profit, can you stand in his way and refuse that kind of money?”

  • Kostas Lianos

    DEAL CLOSE

    Chelsea are close to agreeing a £97.5million deal with Inter Milan for Romelu Lukaku.

    According to Sky Sports, the Blues are making tremendous progress in their bid to re-sign Lukaku.

    That could be bad news for Arsenal's bid to land Inter star Lautaro Martinez.

    That is because the Italian champions are not willing to sell both the Belgium international and Lautaro as that would significantly weaken their attack

  • Kostas Lianos

    BERN-ING QUESTION

    Arsenal are considering a shock move for Manchester City star Bernardo Silva.

    According to the Daily Mirror, Silva's future has become uncertain at City following Jack Grealish's £100million move.

    The forward would like to return to Spain but the financial situation in LaLiga has opened the door for the Gunners.

    The Citizens' manager Pep Guardiola admitted that the Portugal international and two others could leave the club

  • Kostas Lianos

    INJURY NEWS

    Arsenal have shared some injury news ahead of Sunday's pre-season friendly with north London rivals Tottenham.

    Thomas Partey is still dealing with an ankle injury but will be back in training in approximately three weeks.

    Eddie Nketiah has also sustained an ankle injury and will rejoin training in four weeks.

    Gabriel Magalhaes is nursing a knee injury and there is no clear return date

  • Kostas Lianos

    MESSI FAREWELL

    Lionel Messi is set to hold a press conference tomorrow after his shock departure from Barcelona.

    That is according to reporter Fabrizio Romano, who reports that Messi will speak from the Nou Camp.

    The Barcelona legend is likely to bid farewell to the fans after a glittering 17-year stint in Catalonia.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    COMMUNITY SHIELD

    Leicester star James Maddison is of course in London today.

    Obviously, Maddison will have nothing to do with Arsenal as he is in the capital with the rest of the Foxes for today's Community Shield at Wembley.

    Brendan Rodgers' men, who won the FA Cup last season, will take on Premier League champions Manchester City.

    The Gunners are trying hard to land the star midfielder but Leicester are rating him in the region of £70million

  • Kostas Lianos

    BRAZIL VS SPAIN

    Brazil and Spain are goalless in the men's football final of the 2020 Olympics.

    Arsenal ace Gabriel Martinelli has started on the bench for this important match.

    However, fellow Premier League star Richarlison is on the Selecao's starting line-up – same goes for Aston Villa ace Douglas Luiz.

    Gunners target Bruno Guimaraes has started in midfield next to Luiz

  • Kostas Lianos

    DON'T LEAVE SO SOUM

    Brighton star Yves Bissouma has been urged by former Seagulls ace Brian Horton to snub Arsenal and stay for at least another year.

    Horton said: "I think it will do him [Bissouma] good to stay at Brighton and help him progress for another season.

    "If he is good enough, will the big boys come knocking again?

    "Eventually people have to sell. It is like Jadon Sancho going for £73million to Manchester United.

    "Did Borussia Dortmund want to sell him? They made a massive profit, can you stand in his way and refuse that kind of money?"

  • Kostas Lianos

    GOOD LUCK

    Arsenal stars Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette wished Brazilian team-mate Gabriel Martinelli luck ahead of the men's football final in the Tokyo Olympics.

    Brazil take on Spain and Martinelli has been representing the Selecao during the summer Games.

    Aubameyang, Lacazette and the rest of the squad also posed with the forward's shirt.

    The game takes place soon

  • Kostas Lianos

    SABITZER LATEST

    RB Leipzig star Marcel Sabitzer has turned down a new deal with the Bundesliga giants.

    According to Goal, Sabitzer is unlikely to put pen to paper on a new contract with Leipzig.

    The midfielder has been previously linked with a transfer to Arsenal, who are looking for a playmaker.

    The Austria international has entered the last year of his current deal and is available for only £15million this summer, according to The Athletic

  • Kostas Lianos

    LOCATELLI UPDATE

    Arsenal have given up on Sassuolo star Manuel Locatelli because he wants to go to Juventus.

    That is according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, who confirmed that Locatelli won't be joining Arsenal.

    Romano told the Don Robbie YouTube channel: “They know that the player wants to go to Juventus and they are focusing on other things.

    "So, that’s why I don’t see Locatelli joining Arsenal this summer”

  • Kostas Lianos

    SILVA LINING

    Manchester City star Bernardo Silva has been linked with a move to Arsenal after Pep Guardiola announced the player wants to leave the Etihad.

    Guardiola said: "He's our player.

    "Not just Bernardo, there are two, three or four players that want to leave.

    "But they are our players under contract and when they bring some offer and their agents come here and they want to leave we are open to discuss absolutely everything but it depends on them"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    NOT YET LOCK-ED

    Arsenal ace Joe Willock's future at the Emirates is still uncertain.

    That is according to Football London, who claim that Willock still took part in the club's pre-season media duties at London Colney on Friday.

    Newcastle have been trying to sign the midfielder on both loan and permanent deals.

    The 21-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at St James' Park and impressed manager Steve Bruce

  • Kostas Lianos

    LAUT OF OFFERS

    Arsenal have made a 'much improved' offer for Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez.

    According to Football Terrace, the Gunners have proposed a player-plus-cash offer involving Hector Bellerin and Alexandre Lacazette.

    Inter are looking to free up some funds and that is why they are open to selling some of their biggest names.

    Lautaro is among those players who could leave and the Italian champions would prefer to offload the Argentina international instead of fellow striker Romelu Lukaku

  • Kostas Lianos

    TAMMY BOOST

    Arsenal have received a major boost in their bid to sign Chelsea star Tammy Abraham as Atalanta can't afford his wages.

    That is according to Tuttosport, who claim that the Dea are trying to sign Abraham as they prepare for life without Duvan Zapata, who has been linked with a move to Inter Milan.

    Inter are considering a move for Zapata as they are likely to lose Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea.

    However, the aforementioned report claims that the England international may not move to Bergamo after all, giving the Gunners hope that they can still bring him to the Emirates if Alexandre Lacazette departs this month

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