Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Sergio Ramos shock interest, Ben White offer improved, Odegaard says goodbye

ARSENAL are keeping tabs on Sergio Ramos after the Spanish ace became a free agent.

Nuno Tavares looks set to complete his move to the Emirates shortly, with the Benfica left-back in England to finalise terms – and he reportedly snubbed a more lucrative deal with Real Sociedad.

The Gunners are also keeping tabs on Piotr Zielinski, while Martin Odegaard has issued an emotional goodbye to Gunners fans after heading back to parent club Real Madrid.

And the North Londoners are also reported to have improved their offer to Ben White.

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  • Richard Forrester

    'I'M CONCERNED'

    Arsenal outcast Matteo Guendouzi has vowed to ‘remain a Gunner no matter what’ amid links with a move to Marseille.

    The Frenchman also revealed he is ‘concerned’ at Arsenal’s ‘failure’ last season.

    Guendouzi, 22, spent the 2020-21 campaign on loan at Hertha Berlin after falling out with boss Mikel Arteta.

    He hasn’t featured for the Gunners since the 2-1 defeat against Brighton in June 2020 where he grabbed Neal Maupay’s throat.

    With just one year left on his contract at the Emirates, Arsenal are understood to be keen to offload the midfielder to avoid losing him on a free transfer.

    Guendouzi is believed to have already agreed personal terms with Marseille as he looks to head back to his native country after departing Lorient in 2018.

  • Richard Forrester

    BRIGHT IDEA

    Chelsea are reportedly ready to upstage Arsenal by making a last-gasp swoop for Ben White.

    The Transfer Window Podcast claims the Blues have told the Brighton defender they want to sign him this summer.

    Chelsea have a space free for a new central defender following Fikayo Tomori’s AC Milan move.

    And England international White could now be set to play for Thomas Tuchel’s European champions next term.

    Arsenal were thought to be leading the race for White after making several bids.

  • Richard Forrester

    GUNNER GO?

    Arsenal ace Reiss Nelson has sparked speculation of a Gunners departure by putting his £3million mansion up for sale.

    The winger’s plush pad in Barnet, North London is up for grabs suggesting the 21-year-old is on the move.

    Nelson has been offered a new contract by Arsenal.

    But it is said to be with the view to sending him out on loan next season.

    The England Under-21 striker has two years left on his current deal but has not broken through under Mikel Arteta.

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  • Richard Forrester

    RED ALERT

    Liverpool have joined Arsenal by keeping tabs on Renato Sanches and Lille are open to selling the midfielder, reports suggest.

    Sanches stood out for the Ligue 1 outfit and played a major role in their shock championship triumph last season.

    The 23-year-old also shone bright during Euro 2020 with Portugal and has reintroduced himself to the world stage following a hapless stint at Bayern Munich, which included a disastrous loan spell at Swansea.

    However, the midfielder's recent performances have proven he has put the past behind him and is currently attracting interest from a host of Europe's top bidders.

    According to L'Equipe, Liverpool are among the clubs who are "very interested" in the Portugal international.

    The same source suggests that Arsenal have also joined the bidding war as manager Mikel Arteta is looking for someone to team up with Thomas Partey in the middle of the park.

  • Richard Forrester

    GUNNER WIN

    Ex-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes England are 'super-favourites' to win Euro 2020 ahead of the semi-finals.

    The legendary coach also believes Gareth Southgate's side produced a 'perfect' performance in their quarter-final victory against Ukraine.

    Speaking to beIN Sports after the match, Wenger said: "It was a perfect night for English football – a perfect night for the England team.

    "They didn't concede a goal, easily qualified, could rest important players. To win a tournament you need a stable defence.

    "He [Southgate] has kept the defence stable and improvised a bit up front.

    "He has not found the complete formula offensively but they have not conceded a goal.

    "They are super favourites, for me, to win this tournament."

  • Richard Forrester

    MADD WORLD

    Arsenal have been urged to seal a stunning summer transfer for Leicester City star James Maddison.

    Gunners legend Michael Thomas believes the Foxes playmaker would be an ideal signing for Mikel Arteta.

    Maddison, 24, has been at Leicester for three seasons after a £20million move from Norwich in 2018.

    Thomas told CaughtOffside: “I like Maddison and I am definitely for Arsenal pushing this move through.

    “We need to act fast, and also deal with the other issues in the squad at the same time.

    “Hopefully we can then get the players in for a full pre-season where possible, ready for the first game.

    “Maddison has the quality to play as a 10 or 8, which would be beneficial as I think Arteta’s preferred formation is with two 8’s.

    “Injuries have hampered his England career thus far, so hopefully he can have a season injury-free and prove how much quality he’s got.”

  • Richard Forrester

    GUNNERS ON THE BERGE

    Arsenal are keeping a close eye on Blades ace Sander Berge with a view to bolstering their midfield ranks ahead of Granit Xhaka possible departure.

    But the Gunners are facing a transfer tug-of-war for the Sheffield United player with Napoli, Lazio and Liverpool reportedly after his signature.

    The Sheffield Star claims the Norway international midfielder is among the names on the club's 'for sale' list following the arrival of new manager Slaviska Jankovic.

    Bramall Lane chiefs are thought to be eager to boost funds following the club’s drop from the Premier League.

    And Berge, 23, who is reportedly unenthusiastic about the prospect of playing in the Championship, is believed to have a £35million clause in his contract.

  • Richard Forrester

    CRYSTAL CLEAR

    Patrick Vieira has been announced as the new manager of Crystal Palace.

    The Arsenal legend, 45, has signed a three-year contract to succeed Roy Hodgson at Selhurst Park.

    It marks his return to the Premier League after leaving Manchester City in 2015, where he was manager of the development team.

    And it is Vieira's first job in management since being sacked by Nice in 2020, having previously managed New York City FC.

  • Joshua Mbu

    SAK BACK, NO JACK

    Gary Neville has picked his England XI for the Euro 2020 semi-final clash with Denmark – with Jack Grealish yet again missing out, writes DAVE FRASER.

    The Three Lions demolished Ukraine 4-0 in their quarter-final clash in Rome with Jadon Sancho given his first start of the tournament.

    The new Manchester United star, 21, looked lively throughout the game and gave England a new dimension in attack – despite being given a bizarrely low 4/10 match rating by L’Equipe.

    Fans have been crying out for Gareth Southgate to utilise Grealish more having played just 115 minutes across England’s five games.

    But Neville reckons the Three Lions boss should turn back to Bukayo Saka over Grealish or Sancho for the semi-final showdown against Denmark.

    The Arsenal whiz, 19, starred in wins over Czech Republic and Germany but missed the Ukraine demolition job with a minor knock.

    And Neville wants him back on the right-wing for the last-four clash at Wembley on Wednesday night.

  • Joshua Mbu

    PARTEY TIME

    Arsenal are set to go big this summer in the transfer market, with Ben White potentially joining the club for £50m.

  • Joshua Mbu

    NOT SO BAD

    Brighton’s Mat Ryan is close to joining Spanish side Real Sociedad, according to Sky Sports. 

    The goalkeeper spent last season on loan at Premier League big boys Arsenal. 

    But failed to impress enough to earn himself a permanent transfer to north London. 

    Personal terms have been agreed, and a medical is due to be completed next week.

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  • Joshua Mbu

    OPTION TO BUY

    Marseille will have an option to buy in William Saliba's loan deal, according to reports.

    The Arsenal defender is set to move back to France after failing to make a single first team appearance.

    And with the Gunners planning on bringing in Brighton's Ben White for a rumoured £50m, Saliba's minutes in north London look limited.

    According to L’Equipe, Marseille, will have an option to buy for the young defender.

    And Marseille could pick Saliba up for less than £10m if they choose to make the deal permanent.

  • Joshua Mbu

    BREAKING: PALACE ANNOUNCE VIEIRA 

    Crystal Palace have announced Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira as their new manager.

    The Frenchman has signed a contract keeping him at the club until 2024.

  • Joshua Mbu

    JET ZETTE

    Arsenal are attempting to sell Alexandre Lacazette as they plot a huge summer of spending, writes KEALAN HUGHES.

    Lacazette has just a year remaining on his contract so the club is keen to cash in to prevent the Frenchman from leaving on a free.

    And it is believed that Arsenal would accept a reduced fee for Lacazette due to his £182,000 a week contract being so expensive, reports transfer expert Ian McGarry.

    He told the Transfer Window Podcast: "Arsenal are desperately, desperately, and as we said aggressively, marketing some of their higher-paid players in order to put money back into the budget with regards to how the club moves forward.

    "Alexandre Lacazette is one of the players they are desperate to sell. In doing so they would get a transfer fee; they don’t mind if the fee was obviously less than what they paid for the player.

    "Because his contract is so expensive, they would happily accept a lower fee in order to get him off the wage bill, and in doing so make room for younger players who Mikel Arteta has identified as the future of Arsenal, rather than the present or the past. 

    "So Arsenal [are] very much in a position where they need to sell before they can buy."

  • Joshua Mbu

    SAK THAT

    Arsenal's Bukayo Saka helped England to reach the Round of 16 at Euro 2020.

  • Joshua Mbu

    NOT GUNNER RETURN

    It looks like Martin Odegaard will not return to the Emirates next season.

    But the Real Madrid winger expressed his gratitude to Arsenal on Instagram.

    He captioned a post of him playing for the Gunners; "Arsenal , thank you so much for these 6 months. 

    "My time with the Arsenal family will always hold a special place in my heart.

    "I wanna thank everyone in and around the club for the way you made me feel like a part of the family since the first day. 

    "Special thanks to the fans, even without you guys at the stadium for the majority of the season, I felt you with me at all times.

    "A huge thank you to the boss and his staff for everything I’ve learned during my stay. 

    "Thank you also to all my teammates for such a great time on and off the pitch. Will miss you all.

    "Thank you, gunners family. Always in my heart."

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  • Joshua Mbu

    DERBY DAY

    arsenal kick off their Premier League season against league newcomers Brentford.

  • Joshua Mbu

    SAM'S THE MAN

    Arsenal have identified West Brom and England goalkeeper Sam Johnstone as a transfer target.

    According to the Daily Star, Arsenal have been put off by Sheffield United's high valuation of Aaron Ramsdale.

    And the Gunners have now switched their attention to Johnstone who could be available for less than £20m

    The Blades were demanding upwards of £35m to sign Ramsdale, putting off any interest.

    Ramsdale (left) and Johnstone (right)Credit: GETTY IMAGES
  • Joshua Mbu

    'ONE OF THE PLAYERS' OF EURO 2020

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright has praised potential Arsenal target Raheem Sterling as "one of the players" of Euro 2020.

    Sterling has scored three goals for England and set up Harry Kane's opener yesterday night.

    Wright said: "Raheem Sterling is one of the players of the tournament.

    "He finds Harry Kane with a brilliant pass (for the opening goal).

    "He comes inside. We need players who can run with the ball, progress the ball, into Harry Kane who can take our half-chances. That’s a half-chance.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    GUNNERS FAN

    West Ham will have to move fast to sign Antonin Barak from Hellas Verona.

    The attacking midfielder is a life-long Arsenal fan, and that could be problematic.

    He told Gazzetta dello Sport in 2017: "I was and still am an Arsenal fan.

    "I know that I need to develop, and it doesn’t bother me where I end up, we’ll see.

    "In Europe, Arsenal and Barcelona appeal to me."

  • Joshua Mbu

    GUNNING FOR GLORY

    Arsenal have a stacked trophy cabinet, but will they add any more to the collection?

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Martin Odegaard has said an emotional goodbye to the club, after returning to Real Madrid.

    The Norwegian spent the second half of last season on loan in North London from the Spanish giants.

    He wrote: "Thank you so much for these 6 months.

    "My time with the Arsenal family will always hold a special place in my heart.

    "I wanna thank everyone in and around the club for the way you made me feel like a part of the family since the first day.

    "Special thanks to the fans, even without you guys at the stadium for the majority of the season, I felt you with me at all times.

    "A huge thank you to the boss and his staff for everything I’ve learned during my stay.

    "Thank you also to all my teammates for such a great time on and off the pitch. Will miss you all.

    "Thank you, gunners family. Always in my heart."

    But more positively, the Gunners' hopes of signing Sevilla star Jules Kounde have been boosted after Manchester United turned their attention elsewhere, reports suggest.

    Kounde enjoyed a stunning campaign with the Andalusians as he made 49 appearances across all competitions and earned immense interest from the Premier League.

    United, Arsenal and Tottenham are said to be keeping tabs on the star centre-back, whose impressive performances in LaLiga earned him an international call-up by France for Euro 2020.

    But Dean Jones recently told The Done Deal Show that the Red Devils are prioritising other defensive targets, mainly Real Madrid star Raphael Varane.

    And finally, Nuno Tavares snubbed a more lucrative contract from Real Sociedad to sign for Arsenal instead, according to reports.

    The 21-year-old jetted into London on Friday to seal the £7million move from Benfica but could have ended up in Spain after Sociedad’s last-gasp bid.

    Left-back Tavares is believed to have agreed a contract until 2026 in North London in a deal worth £7m plus add-ons.

    Portuguese agent Cesar Boaventura and UK-based agency Sync Global were vital in ensuring Tavares chose Arsenal instead of Sociedad, according to the Mail.

    Despite the LaLiga outfit being willing to cough up more cash, Boaventura is said to have convinced him to stick with Mikel Arteta’s men.

  • Joe Brophy

    ENGLAND 4 UKRAINE 0

    Three years ago, England fell back in love with its football team in a joyous, but ultimately doomed, summer romance.

    Yet this march to a major tournament has been far more impressive than that Russian odyssey at the 2018 World Cup.

    Read more HERE.

  • Joe Brophy

    CROWN JULE

    Arsenal's hopes of signing Sevilla star Jules Kounde have been boosted after Manchester United turned their attention elsewhere, reports suggest.

    Kounde enjoyed a stunning campaign with the Andalusians as he made 49 appearances across all competitions and earned immense interest from the Premier League.

    United, Arsenal and Tottenham are said to be keeping tabs on the star centre-back, whose impressive performances in LaLiga earned him an international call-up by France for Euro 2020.

    But Dean Jones recently told The Done Deal Show that the Red Devils are prioritising other defensive targets, mainly Real Madrid star Raphael Varane.

  • Joe Brophy

    ODE TO JOY

    Martin Odegaard has said an emotional goodbye to Arsenal, after returning to Real Madrid.

    The Norwegian spent the second half of last season on loan in North London from the Spanish giants.

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