Wrapping up the Arsenal transfer news, rumours and gossip in the 2022 summer window.
Udinese show interest in Bellerin
Udinese are the latest club to show an interest in Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin.
Bellerin’s preference is to return to Spain, with three clubs keen to sign him.
The full-back spent last season on loan at Real Betis and has made no secret of his desire to return. However, Betis do not want to pay a transfer fee.
Image: Hector Bellerin returned for Arsenal in their opening pre-season game
As a result, Bellerin is exploring the possibility of terminating his contract at Arsenal to become a free agent. He has entered the final year of his deal at the Emirates.
Nice in talks to sign Pepe
Nice are in talks with Arsenal over a deal to sign winger Nicolas Pepe on loan.
Pepe is not part of manager Mikel Arteta’s long term plans.
The winger has not started a Premier League match since October and has now entered the final two years of his Emirates contract.
Arsenal’s Mari joins Monza on loan
Pablo Mari has joined Serie A side AC Monza on loan for the 2022/23 season.
The 28-year-old initially joined us on loan from Brazilian side Flamengo in January 2020 and made the move permanent in the summer of that year.
He has made 22 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions.
Arteta on more signings: We are going to try
Following Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on the opening day of the 2022/23 Premier League season, Mikel Arteta revealed the club is still hoping to make more signings before the transfer window closes.
He told Sky Sports: “We are going to try. We have a few things going on now and if we get them it will be great – but for now, we have to work with the players we have.”
Fulham sign Leno in £8m deal
Fulham have signed goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Arsenal on a three-year contract in a deal worth up to £8m.
The club also has an option to extend the 30-year-old German’s stay by a further 12 months.
Leno was Fulham’s number one target although the Championship winners did look at Barcelona’s Neto and Manchester United’s Dean Henderson among others.
The Cottagers will pay £3m up front, £1m depending on appearances, £2m if they avoid relegation and a further £2m if they survive the following year.
Tavares joins Marseille on loan
Arsenal have announced that left-back Nuno Tavares has joined Marseille on a season-long loan.
The left-back joined the Gunners from Benfica last summer and made 28 appearances last term.
Mikel Arteta signed Oleksandr Zinchenko to compete with Kieran Tierney at left-back this summer.
Arteta’s Arsenal clear-out gathering pace
Mikel Arteta’s clearout at Arsenal is gathering momentum, with the club close to offloading 11 player who did not travel on the club’s pre-season tour of the United States, reports The Sun.
First-team regulars Hector Bellerin, Nicolas Pepe, Pablo Mari, Lucas Torreira, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson are among those surplus to requirements.
Edu hints at more Arsenal signings
Arsenal technical director Edu has said there is ‘still a lot to do’ for the club in the transfer market.
The Gunners signed Porto’s Fabio Vieira before landing Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus and this week Oleksandr Zinchenko became Mikel Arteta’s latest big-name addition.
Edu said: “There’s still a lot to do, we are in the middle of the transfer window and things can happen.
“We are prepared for every single situation, opportunities maybe can happen.”
Arsenal sign Zinchenko from Man City in £32m deal
Image: Manchester City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko is wanted by Arsenal
Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City in a £32m deal.
The Gunners have paid £30m up front with £2m in add-ons with the Ukraine international signing a long-term contract at The Emirates.
The 25-year-old, who was coached by Mikel Arteta during the Arsenal manager’s spell as assistant to Man City boss Pep Guardiola, can cover a variety of positions, including left-back and central midfield.
It is understood Arteta is excited about the prospect at working with Zinchenko again and values his versatility as a player.
Arteta: New Saka deal ‘a matter of time’
Mikel Arteta has hinted Bukayo Saka is close to agreeing a new deal at Arsenal.
After the England winger scored in their 2-0 win over Everton in pre-season, Arteta was asked about keeping Saka beyond his current contract which expires in 2024.
Arteta said: “We will try and we both have the same intention and it’s a matter of time.”
Who have Arsenal been linked with?
Yeremy Pino – Arsenal sporting director Edu has been spotted boarding a flight to Valencia amid suggestions the Gunners are ready to move for Yeremy Pino (Daily Mirror, August 15); Villarreal could be forced to let wonderkid Yeremy Pino go for a cut price this summer after manager Unai Emery revealed the player ‘will have to leave’ if a suitable bid is made (Daily Mail, August 13); Arsenal are set to have a £33m offer for midfielder Yeremy Pino accepted by Villarreal according to reports in Spain, with the Spanish club desperate for funds after missing out on Champions League football (Daily Mirror, August 11);Arsenal and Liverpool could go head-to-head in a battle to sign highly-rated Villarreal teenager Yeremy Pino (The Sun, August 9); Arsenal and Liverpool are both looking to make a move for Pino (Daily Mirror, August 9).
Youri Tielemans – Leicester are willing to let star player Youri Tielemans join Arsenal for free next summer (The Sun on Sunday, August 14). Arsenal have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Youri Tielemans with Leicester City looking to replace their in-demand midfielder with Lyon’s Houssem Aouar (Daily Mail, August 6); Leicester expect Arsenal to move for Tielemans but are yet to receive any offers for the Belgium midfielder (Guardian, August 2); Arsenal could now explore the idea of using Bernd Leno as a makeweight in their bid to pry midfielder Tielemans away from Leicester before the window closes later this summer (Daily Mirror, July 28); Arsenal are ready to step up their interest in the Leicester midfielder and are confident £30m will be enough to secure the Belgium international’s signature (The Sun, July 6); Arsenal’s reported interest in Tielemans has faded, and now Manchester United have been placed on ‘high alert’ with his future unclear (Daily Star Sunday, July 3).
Sandro Tonali – Italy midfielder has poured cold water on a move to Arsenal by reiterating he joined Milan at the right moment and is keen to stay with the Serie A champions (Daily Mail, August 13).
Arthur Melo – Arsenal could renew their interest in Juventus outcast Arthur Melo with the midfielder’s proposed move to Valencia at risk of collapse (Daily Express, August 11);Arsenal will submit an offer for Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo soon, according to reports (Daily Express, July 21); Arsenal have been given the opportunity to secure the signature of long-term target Arthur this summer (Daily Express, July 20); Arsenal are monitoring developments with Juventus midfielder Arthur, who may be allowed to leave on loan (Daily Mail, July 19).
Pepe – Arsenal are reportedly interested in bringing FC Porto’s Brazilian forward Pepe to the club (The Sun, August 11).
Pedro Neto – Wolves winger Pedro Neto could join Arsenal if boss Bruno Lage lands Goncalo Guedes from Valencia (Daily Express, August 8)
Cody Gakpo – Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag ‘appreciates’ PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo, who is also linked to Arsenal and Leeds (The Sun, August 8).
Victor Osimhen – Arsenal target Osimhen has revealed he will stay at Napoli despite transfer rumours linking him away from the club (The Sun, July 27)
Lucas Paqueta – Arsenal have admitted that they are interested in the attacking midfielder Lucas Paqueta but said that there are no present talks with Lyon about the Brazil international (The Times, July 25); Arsenal’s hopes of landing Lyon star Lucas Paqueta have been handed a huge boost with the Ligue 1 side having dropped their excessive demands (Daily Mirror, July 19); Arsenal have moved on from Houssem Aouar, but one of his Lyon team-mates is of interest this summer. The Gunners along with Newcastle and Roma are all chasing Lyon player Lucas Paqueta (Daily Mirror, July 14); Paqueta has yet to hold any negotiations with Arsenal but would be open to a Premier League switch (Daily Mirror; July 13); Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed bids have come in for Paqueta, with the Brazil international targeted by Premier League clubs including Arsenal and Newcastle United (Daily Express, July 11).
Thomas Muller – The Germany international spared no time in denying Arsenal links after Bayern Munich’s 6-2 pre-season win over Wayne Rooney’s DC United (Daily Mail, July 22).
Marco Asensio – Asensio has reportedly sacked his agent – and that could put Arsenal and Newcastle on red alert (The Sun, July 20).
Edmond Tapsoba – Arsenal are set to reignite their interest in Bayer Leverkusen defender Edmond Tapsoba amid uncertainty over William Saliba’s future at the club (Daily Express, July 16).
Kyle Walker-Peters – Arsenal and Manchester United are reportedly interested in a transfer for Walker-Peters (The Sun, July 13).
Alex Grimaldo – Arsenal have reportedly been joined by Manchester City in the race to sign Benfica’s Alex Grimaldo (The Sun, July 28); Arsenal have tabled a £6.4m offer for the Benfica left back with negotiations now underway with the Portuguese club, according to reports (Daily Express, July 11); Grimaldo remains on Arsenal’s radar and could be available for a cut-price £6m with his contract winding down (The Sun; July 7) Arsenal have reportedly contacted Benfica over a possible deal for Grimaldo having missed out on the signing of Aaron Hickey (The Sun on Sunday, July 3).
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – Arsenal have been told to pay £55m for the Lazio midfielder, according to reports (Daily Express, July 6).
Arteta: We have a big squad, things must happen
Zinchenko is Arsenal’s fifth recruit of the summer after signing Gabriel Jesus (£45m), Fabio Vieira (£34m), Matt Turner (£7.5m) and Marquinhos (£3m), while Alexandre Lacazette remains the only first-team departure.
Speaking after a 3-1 win over Orlando City during the Gunners’ pre-season tour in the USA, Arteta said: “We have a large squad. We have to make some decisions on the players that we’re not going to be using consistently and be fair and straight with them.
“That’s a process that is going to start very soon as well. We have to, and now we have to make things happen.”
The latest players linked with an Arsenal exit
Hector Bellerin – Hector Bellerin has requested that Arsenal terminate his £110,00-a-week contract at the club as he enters the final 12 months of his deal (Daily Mail, August 16); Arsenal have held talks over cancelling Hector Bellerin’s contract with Real Betis waiting to bring the full-back in on a free transfer (Daily Mail, August 10);Real Betis’ Borja Iglesias has revealed Bellerin wants to return to the Spanish club and joked he would start up a crowdfunding effort to secure the Arsenal right back (The Sun, July 23); Question marks remain over Bellerin’s future at Arsenal after he returned to training with the Premier League club on Thursday. Atletico Madrid and AS Roma are interested in Bellerin, but he would prefer a return to Real Betis after a successful 2021/22 loan spell (Daily Star, July 1).
Kieran Tierney – Manchester City are plotting a late swoop to sign Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney this summer following Oleksandr Zinchenko’s move to the Emirates Stadium (Daily Mirror, August 12).
Lucas Torreira – Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira has reached an agreement on personal terms to join Turkish team Galatasaray (Mail on Sunday, August 7); The Uruguay international has agreed to join Galatasaray, who will pay Arsenal between £5m and £6m (Fabrizio Romano, August 5); Arsenal are close to selling Torreira to Galatasaray and complete his long-awaited departure from the club (Daily Mirror, August 2)
Nicolas Pepe – Arsenal are looking to offload eight players, including record signing Nicolas Pepe, to pay for their summer signing spree (The Sun, August 4). Leeds are interested in signing Nicolas Pepe to replace Raphinha, according to reports (The Sun, July 16);Arsenal are aiming to offload seven more players, including record signing Pepe and former first-choice ‘keeper Bernd Leno, to finance further moves in the transfer market this summer. (The Sun; July 7) Arsenal are struggling to find a taker for club-record £72m signing Pepe and might have to allow him to leave on loan despite reportedly reducing their asking price £25m (The Sun on Sunday, July 3).
Charlie Patino – Highly-rated Gunners midfielder Charlie Patino will be heading out on loan to Blackpool this season (Jeorge Bird, August 3).
Bernd Leno – Fulham have reached an agreement with Arsenal to sign Bernd Leno for a fee in the region of £8m (The Athletic, August 1); Bernd Leno is close to finalising his protracted move to Fulham for £8m after Arsenal dropped their £12m asking price for the goalkeeper (Daily Mail, July 26).
William Saliba – Marseille are reportedly growing increasingly optimistic that they can complete a move for William Saliba, despite Mikel Arteta making it clear the defender is part of his plans at Arsenal (L’Equipe, July 29); Atletico Madrid and Olympique Marseille are looking to sign William Saliba on a permanent deal, with the player set to ask for a permanent transfer this summer if he is not guaranteed a starting place at Arsenal (The Independent, July 16); Arsenal are intending to keep Saliba at the club next season and are hoping to tie the defender down to a new contract (Daily Mirror, July 1).
Nuno Tavares – Arsenal have agreed to send Nuno Tavares on loan to Marseille for the season (The Guardian, July 29); Atalanta are confident of agreeing a loan deal with Arsenal for Nuno Tavares but want a permanent option to be included (The Times, July 25). Tavares will reportedly reject a loan move to Marseille this summer with Arsenal keen to move the defender on before the end of the transfer window (Daily Mirror, July 19).
Pablo Mari – Arsenal have been keen to clear out their unwanted players this summer and the outgoings are now gathering pace, with Pablo Mari and Alex Runarsson both set to leave the club imminently (Daily Telegraph, August 10). Arsenal centre-back Pablo Mari could be on the move to Fenerbahce with the defender keen to be reunited with boss Jorge Jesus (The Sun, July 28); Mari has emerged as a target for Turkish side Fenerbahce – with the defender not part of Mikel Arteta’s plans this season (The Sun, July 17).
Numerous – Arsenal have included sell-on fees after flogging Omari Hutchinson and Matteo Guendouzi, reports suggest (The Sun, July 28); Mikel Arteta confessed he will need to offload a number of Arsenal players in order to get his squad down to a reasonable size ahead of the new season – with up to eight players facing the axe (Daily Mirror, July 22).
Arthur Okonkwo – Arsenal goalkeeper Okonkwo is set to join Crewe Alexandra on a season-long loan (Fabrizio Romano, July 29).
Gabriel Magalhaes – Juventus are reportedly lining up a blockbuster offer for Arsenal centre-back Gabriel as they desperately try to sign the Brazilian (Daily Mail, July 15); Juventus are considering Arsenal ace Gabriel as a potential replacement for Chelsea target Matthijs de Ligt (The Sun, July 5); Arsenal are braced for increased interest in Gabriel from Juventus should the Turin club sell De Ligt to the Gunners’ London rivals Chelsea (Daily Mirror, July 2); Gabriel remains a target for Juventus but it remains unlikely Arsenal will sell the defender this summer (Daily Mirror, July 1).
Omari Hutchinson – Arsenal youngster Omari Hutchinson is reportedly closing in on a move to Chelsea (Daily Mirror, July 16)
What are the latest contract talks?
Bukayo Saka – Arsenal have offered Saka a new long-term contract that would see him become one of the club’s best-paid players (Daily Mail, July 23); Arsenal are to accelerate their attempts to lock Saka into a new contract amid concerns that Man City view their youngster as Raheem Sterling’s dream replacement (Daily Mail, July 16).
Eddie Nketiah has signed a new long-term contract at Arsenal, with the striker also being given Thierry Henry’s iconic No 14 shirt in the process. Nketiah believes he can play alongside Gabriel Jesus, the summer arrival from Manchester City (The Athletic, July 22).
Mohamed Elneny has signed a new one-year contract with Arsenal keeping him at the club until next summer (May 25).
Confirmed Arsenal signings
Fabio Vieira – Porto, £34m
Matt Turner – New England Revolution, undisclosed
Marquinhos – Sao Paulo, undisclosed
Gabriel Jesus – Manchester City, £45m
Oleksandr Zinchenko – Manchester City, £32m
Confirmed Arsenal departures
Charlie Patino – Blackpool, loan
Folarin Balogun – Stade Reims, loan
Bernd Leno – Fulham, £8m
Alexandre Lacazette – Lyon, free
Matteo Guendouzi – Marseille, £10m
Harry Clarke – Stoke, loan
Tyreece John-Jules – Ipswich, loan
Daniel Ballard – Sunderland, undisclosed
Konstantinos Mavropanos – Stuttgart, £2.9m
Jordi Osei-Tutu – VfL Bochum, undisclosed
Zak Swanson – Portsmouth, undisclosed
Omar Rekik – Sparta Rotterdam, loan
Auston Trusty – Birmingham, loan
Omari Hutchinson – Chelsea, free
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