Arsenal make £30m Tielemans top transfer target, Marseille cleared to sign Saliba, Gabriel Jesus deal edges closer

ARSENAL have opted to go all in for Youri Tielemans over Ruben Neves and Arthur Melo, according to reports.

Meanwhile, Marseille will be able to sign William Saliba if they can find the money, after their transfer ban was suspended by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

And the Gunners are reportedly still in the hunt to sign one of Gabriel Jesus or Richarlison.

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  • James Colasanti

    Brentford eye Arsenal target Hickey

    Brentford are now reportedly after Arsenal target Aaron Hickey.

    The Gunners are thought to be closing in on a deal for the 19-year-old Bologna left-back.

    Now Bees boss Thomas Frank has reportedly added the three-cap Scotland star to his summer transfer shortlist.

  • James Colasanti

    Wenger statute at the Emirates

    Arsenal will erect a statue of their greatest-ever manager Arsene Wenger at the Emirates this summer, according to Gunnerblog.

    Wenger, 72, spent 22 years at the Gunners and revolutionised the club, winning ten trophies into the bargain.

    Former playing legends Thierry Henry, Tony Adams and Dennis Bergkamp already have bronze statues at the north London giants..

  • Kealan Hughes

    Morning, Arsenal fans

    The Gunners face setbacks over Memphis Depay and Jules Kounde.

    But they are tipped to rev up their interest in Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus.

    Youri Tielemans, Lucas Torreira and Aaron Hickey are also in this morning's transfer gossip.

    Barcelona have reportedly told Arsenal they will only sell Holland attacker Depay if they can bring in a replacement first.

    And Sevilla centre-back Kounde is backed to join Chelsea ahead of the Gunners.

    But it's claimed Arsenal are 'very close' to a £51million swoop for Brazil star Jesus as they've lined up a 'great offer'.

    Meanwhile, the Gunners are said to be holding fire on a bid for Leicester superstar Tielemans.

    And despite fellow midfielder Torreira openly saying he'd love to stay at Fiorentina, his agent has admitted it's a long shot.

    The Serie A club failed to trigger theri option of making the loan move permanent.

    Finally, Brentford are rivalling Arsenal's interest in Bologna's Scotland left-back Aaron Hickey.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Memphis delay

    Barcelona have reportedly warned Arsenal they are unwilling to sell Memphis Depay this summer unless they find a replacement.

    Sport claims the Gunners are eager to snap up Barca’s Dutch forward after returning to the Europa League.

    But the Spaniards will not part ways with Depay unless they can find a suitable attacker to fill his shoes.

    Depay, 28, has just one year left on his Nou Camp deal despite only joining Barcelona from Lyon last June.

    And Mikel Arteta reckons he can land a real bargain for Arsenal’s attack in the upcoming transfer window, allowing the club to focus the majority of their resources elsewhere.

    Depay is thought to be keen on a Premier League return despite his horror career at Manchester United, where he scored just seven times in 53 games.

    But the Dutch international rebuilt his career at Lyon with 76 goals in 178 outings.

    And Depay’s first season at Barcelona, having joined a free transfer in 2021, yielded 13 goals in 38 appearances.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Reece battles Saka and Emile for PFA gong

    The PFA Young Player of the Year shortlist has been announced with a number of top Premier League stars nominated.

    Chelsea‘s Reece James will be rivalled by fellow England international and Premier League winner Phil Foden.

    Arsenal duo Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have also been nominated.

    On-loan Chelsea star Conor Gallagher has been recognised, as has Aston Villa‘s Jacob Ramsey.

    Foden is the frontrunner, having picked up his fourth Prem crown.

    The 22-year-old made 28 Prem appearances this term, scoring nine and assisting five. Across all competitions, Foden reached double figures in both goals and assists.

    Should Foden win the award again, he will join Dele Alli in being one of only five players to have won the award in consecutive seasons. Ryan Giggs did it at United in 1993, Robbie Fowler in 1996 and Wayne Rooney a decade later.

  • Ian Tuckey

    PFA shortlist revealed

    Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo has received a shock nomination for the PFA Player of the Year award.

    But there is no room for Tottenham ace Son Heung-Min, despite the South Korean finishing as joint-top scorer this season.

    Elsewhere, Spurs striker Harry Kane and Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne are also in the mix.

    But it’s Liverpool who lead the way with three nominations in Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Virgil van Dijk.

    Ronaldo endured a mixed first campaign upon his return to Man United despite scoring 18 Premier League goals.

    The Portuguese legend was criticised for failing to adapt to the team’s tactics.

  • Ian Tuckey

    PFA shortlist revealed

    Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo has received a shock nomination for the PFA Player of the Year award.

    But there is no room for Tottenham ace Son Heung-Min, despite the South Korean finishing as joint-top scorer this season.

    Elsewhere, Spurs striker Harry Kane and Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne are also in the mix.

    But it’s Liverpool who lead the way with three nominations in Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Virgil van Dijk.

    Ronaldo endured a mixed first campaign upon his return to Man United despite scoring 18 Premier League goals.

    The Portuguese legend was criticised for failing to adapt to the team’s tactics.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Chelsea lead Kounde hunt

    Chelsea head Arsenal and other European giants in the hunt for Jules Kounde, Spanish outlet Sport claim.

    Barcelona could take centre-backs Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen from the Blues – and perhaps even wide defenders Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta.

    So backline reinforcements will be central to Chelsea chief Thomas Tuchel's summer plans.

    And Sport suggest the Blues are 'working' on a deal for Sevilla's France star Kounde, 23.

    Credit: AFP
  • Ian Tuckey

    Luc of love for Fiorentina might not be enough

    Lucas Torreira has told Arsenal he wants to stay with Fiorentina even though the Italians failed to trigger their option to buy him, writes MARK IRWIN.

    The Uruguayan midfielder completed a successful season on loan in Florence, helping the club to finish seventh in Serie A and qualify for the Europa Conference League.

    Coach Vincenzo Italiano is keen to keep Torreira but the £12.5million option to sign him permanently expired on Tuesday.

    Now Fiorentina are trying to negotiate Arsenal’s asking price down because they know the 26-year-old does not figure in Mikel Arteta’s plans and only has a year left on his £75,000-a-week Emirates contract.

    Torreira told supporters: “My intention is to stay at Fiorentina but the club will need to find an agreement with Arsenal. I am very happy in Italy and in Florence.”

    But Torreira’s agent Pablo Bentancur is not optimistic.

    He said: “It’s not over yet but the chances of Lucas staying in Florence are very small.

    “There is a contractual problem with Fiorentina and my priority is to find an agreement with them so he is not thinking about other teams for now.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Fight for Aarons and Hickey

    Brentford have put 'Manchester United target' Max Aarons and Arsenal-linked Aaron Hickey on their transfer shortlist.

    Bees boss Thomas Frank has made the full-backs his top priority.

    Aarons, 22, is tipped to leave relegated Norwich to stay in the Premier League.

    And Bologna's Scotland left-back star Hickey, 19, is also wanted by the Gunners – for around £21.25million.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Gunners yet to bid for Youri

    Arsenal are still thought to be holding back on a bid for Leicester lynchpin Youri Tielemans.

    Prem rivals, including at times Manchester United and Liverpool,have been linked with the Belgium midfielder.

    But the Gunners have always been rated the main contenders for the 25-year-old.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Barca warn Gunners over Depay

    Barcelona have reportedly warned Arsenal they are unwilling to sell Memphis Depay this summer unless they find a replacement.

    Sport claims the Gunners are eager to snap up Barca’s Dutch forward after returning to the Europa League.

    But the Spaniards will not part ways with Depay unless they can find a suitable attacker to fill his shoes.

    Depay, 28, has just one year left on his Nou Camp deal despite only joining Barcelona from Lyon last June.

    And Mikel Arteta reckons he can land a real bargain for Arsenal’s attack in the upcoming transfer window, allowing the club to focus the majority of their resources elsewhere.

    Depay is thought to be keen on a Premier League return despite his horror career at Manchester United, where he scored just seven times in 53 games.

    But the Dutch international rebuilt his career at Lyon with 76 goals in 178 outings.

    And Depay’s first season at Barcelona, having joined a free transfer in 2021, yielded 13 goals in 38 appearances.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Ron in, Son out for top PFA gong

    Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo has received a shock nomination for the PFA Player of the Year award.

    But there is no room for Tottenham ace Son Heung-Min, despite the South Korean finishing as joint-top scorer this season.

    Elsewhere, Spurs striker Harry Kane and Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne are also in the mix.

    But it’s Liverpool who lead the way with three nominations in Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Virgil van Dijk.

    Ronaldo endured a mixed first campaign upon his return to Man United despite scoring 18 Premier League goals.

    The Portuguese legend was criticised for failing to adapt to the team’s tactics.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Jesus deal 'back on'

    Arsenal could again be nearing a £51million swoop for Gabriel Jesus.

    Manchester City's Brazil striker has shot back into transfer speculation today.

    And that's not just because Prem champs City have signed fellow frontmen Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez.

    Rodrigo Oliveira of Radio Gaucha told Calciomercato Arsenal are ‘very close’ to signing the 25-year-old- as they line up a 'great offer' for the Sao Paulo-born superstar.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Gunners in with Arthur chance

    Arsenal are again being strongly linked with Juventus midfielder Arthur.

    Italian newspaper Corriere Dello Sport even say an Emirates move is 'in his desires'.

    The Gunners reportedly came in for the Brazil star, 25, in January.

    And Calciomercato claim the 25-year-old is keen to move and Juve 'no longer' want to keep him.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Reece battles Saka and Emile for PFA gong

    THE PFA Young Player of the Year shortlist has been announced with a number of top Premier League stars nominated.

    Chelsea's Reece James will be rivalled by fellow England international and Premier League winner Phil Foden.

    Arsenal duo Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have also been nominated.

    On-loan Chelsea star Conor Gallagher has been recognised, as has Aston Villa's Jacob Ramsey.

    Foden is the frontrunner, having picked up his fourth Prem crown.

    The 22-year-old made 28 Prem appearances this term, scoring nine and assisting five. Across all competitions, Foden reached double figures in both goals and assists.

    Should Foden win the award again, he will join Dele Alli in being one of only five players to have won the award in consecutive seasons. Ryan Giggs did it at United in 1993, Robbie Fowler in 1996 and Wayne Rooney a decade later.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Hick up to be first Gunners' signing

    Bologna left-back Aaron Hickey could be Arsenal's first summer recruit after they reportedly bid £21.75million.

    The ex-Hearts defender, 19, wold provide strong competition for injury-hit fellow Scotland star Kieran Tierney.

    Hickey has racked up five goals in 48 games for his Serie A club.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Lucas plan to stay at Fiorentina hits snag

    Lucas Torreira wants to stay at Fiorentina this summer.

    But agent Pablo Bentancur is not optimistic and says: “It’s not over yet, but the chances of Lucas staying in Florence are very small.

    “There is a contractual problem with Fiorentina and my priority is to find an agreement with them so he is not thinking about other teams for now.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    Joining Arsenal a 'fantasy'

    New Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Turner has described his transfer to North London as a "fantasy".

    Arriving from New England Revolution this summer, the American told The Athletic: "You can imagine this stuff, but only in a fantasy.

    “You know that it’s never actually going to happen. Thinking about all the little things along the way that had to break for this to be possible, all the signs and all the omens, it’s all crazy.

    "It’s really crazy. I never thought that this would actually happen for me. I’m just so excited and blessed."

  • Etienne Fermie

    Gunners duo nominated for award

    Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have BOTH been nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

    The duo join Conor Gallagher, Phil Foden, Reece James and Jacob Ramsey on the shortlist.

    The winner will be announced on Thursday, June 9.

  • Etienne Fermie

    Arsenal goalkeeper opens up

    New Arsenal keeper Matt Turner has admitted that he will have to adapt his game to fit in at the North London squad.

    The American, who arrives from New England Revolution, told The Athletic: "I have to train at a higher level.

    “The style of play with the Revolution is mighty old school. If there’s pressure, we don’t really try to play out of it too much.

    “At Arsenal, the goalkeepers are required to play a little bit more with the ball, playing in the system rather than just sort of going out there.

    "They have to follow tactics and game plans a little more closely. Those are things that I know are valued with the national team that I’ll be challenged more with Arsenal.

    “In December and January, I got to spend weeks at a time with the national team in buildup to games. And in all those games, I feel like I was pretty solid with the ball at my feet.

    “Apart from the one blip in Canada, pretty solid connecting passes, making the right decisions. And then I don’t train exactly like that when I’m with the Revs, so I lose it. I get it for a couple of weeks, then I lose it. Now I’ll be training that way all the time.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    Ben Foster wants Arsenal move

    Former England goalkeeper Ben Foster has admitted that he would like to sign for Arsenal this summer.

    The 39-year-old said on the Fozcast: "If I’m signing for a club as a number two goalkeeper, it depends on the first-choice goalkeeper.

    “Say Arsenal or Aston Villa, where the first-choice goalkeeper I know is a world-class goalkeeper – Ramsdale or Martinez – I know I have a world-class goalkeeper in front of me, who’s still at an age where they are learning and they can get there because they’ve got the potential.

    “At that point, I will go ‘I’m going to help you maximise your ability and make sure you become an absolute monster or beast’.

    “I’d love to be able to do that. I would love to do that.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    Scotland missing Arsenal star

    The Tartan Army's World Cup quest continues tonight… WITHOUT star full-back Kieran Tierney.

    Steve Clarke's side host Ukraine this evening aiming to book a place in Sunday's play-off final against Wales in Cardiff.

    Arsenal ace Tierney will NOT be available, due to the knee injury he suffered in March.

    The left-back is aiming to return to fitness in time for pre-season.

  • Etienne Fermie

    Lucas Torreira eager to LEAVE

    The Uruguayan cost Arsenal £26million when he joined from Sampdoria in 2018 as one of Unai Emery’s first signings for the club.

    But while he was a first team regular during Emery’s 18 months in charge, he was unable to impress new boss Arteta and has not played for Arsenal for two years.

    He spent an unsuccessful season on loan at Atletico Madrid in 2020-21 and a much more productive time back in Italy with Fiorentina.

    Arsenal have already made it clear that he has no future at the Emirates after recently handing his number 11 shirt to Gabriel Martinelli.

    But now they need to sort out a transfer fee before his contract enters its final 12 months and his transfer value completely collapses.

  • Etienne Fermie

    Torreira's agent's Fiorentina doubts

    Lucas Torreira wants to stay at Fiorentina this summer.

    But agent Pablo Bentancur is not optimistic and says: “It’s not over yet, but the chances of Lucas staying in Florence are very small.

    “There is a contractual problem with Fiorentina and my priority is to find an agreement with them so he is not thinking about other teams for now.”

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