Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Conte LATEST, Xhaka NEW contract, Lautaro Martinez BID, Aubameyang and Lacazette to Barca

MARTIN ODEGAARD could sign for Arsenal in days with Real Madrid keen to sell.

The Norwegian has been left without a squad number as his number 21 shirt has been handed to Rodrygo.

But some sources still claim that James Maddison is the club's top target if a deal can be done.

Meanwhile Barcelona are said to be keen on signing both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette if they can offload Martin Braithwaite.

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  • Dylan Terry

    PIER SHAPED

    Piers Morgan agrees with Emmanuel Petit's statement that he's falling out of love with Arsenal.

    The pair vented their frustration with the Gunners after their embarrassing 2-0 defeat to Premier League new-boys Brentford.

    Gunners legend Petit was so disappointed with what he saw, he told RMC Sport, reported by Metro: "Little by little I am losing interest in Arsenal.

    "With this way of playing it does not generate any emotion to see their games.

    "They give me no emotions and I find that I don’t get the trajectory the team have taken in the last few years."

    And die-hard Gunners fan Morgan also revealed he was at the end of his tether with the club.

    Piers raged: "I concur. Arsenal’s soul is disintegrating as fast as our performance levels."

  • Dylan Terry

    BELL ME OUT

    Hector Bellerin is reportedly so desperate to leave Arsenal that he's willing to slash his pay packet to make it happen.

    The 'frustrated' defender is growing increasingly disillusioned with life at the Emirates and is prepared for his pockets to take a hit to get out of there, according to The Athletic.

    They also claim that the 26-year-old has expressed his desire to leave to the Gunners hierarchy, boss Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu, who he feels are preventing him from departing.

    This comes after Inter Milan were interested in ending his North London nightmare but the Gunners played hardball in negotiations.

    Inter are only looking at a one-year loan with an option to make the deal permanent next summer.

    But Arsenal want a guaranteed fee before they will even consider allowing their vice-captain and longest-serving player to leave.

    It is understood that Arsenal are looking for around £15million for Bellerin, who still has two years remaining on his £100,000-a-week contract.

  • Dylan Terry

    LOC ELSEWHERE

    Arsenal are thought to be out of the race to sign Sassuolo and Italy midfielder Manuel Locatelli.

    Journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed the cultured playmaker is set to secure a move to Juventus this summer.

    He said: "Juventus are ready to submit their final bid to Sassuolo in order to sign Manuel Locatelli this week.

    "The agreement is set to be reached for €35m – deal structure still not completed, final details.

    "Arsenal out of the race – Locatelli only wants Juventus."

  • Dylan Terry

    ANTONIO FOR ARSENAL?

    Arsenal have been linked with a shock move for Antonio Conte as a replacement for Mikel Arteta.

    The former Inter Milan boss could reportedly help persuade striker Lautaro Martinez to join the Gunners if he comes in.

    According to Tuttosport, Arsenal have lined up a move for Conte should they decide to sack Arteta.

    The Gunners boss is under immense pressure after failing to secure European football last season and starting the new campaign with a dismal defeat at Brentford.

    Arteta's future will look even more bleak if they are beaten by Chelsea and Manchester City in the next fortnight.

    And Conte, who left Inter this summer after taking them to the Serie A title, is the surprise name being linked with a return to London with Arsenal.

  • Kealan Hughes

    WOOD THE MAN FOR ARSENAL

    Arsenal are still chasing a backup goalkeeper, and Newcastle United’s Freddie Woodman remains on their list along with Barcelona’s Neto.

    Aaron Ramsdale’s potential move to Arsenal as the club’s backup goalkeeper is not going well, with talks appearing to collapse.

    There’s some debate over whether this might just be a negotiating tactic by Arsenal, but for now the sources on the Gunners’ end suggest the club are looking at other targets.

    Almost immediately after the Ramsdale news broke, Barcelona’s Neto was linked with a move by The Athletic. That’s not a surprising rumour, given Neto’s lack of minutes at Barcelona and the fact his agent is Kia Joorabchian.

    Football.London also report that Neto is a potential target, but add that Newcastle United’s Freddie Woodman is on that list as well.

  • Kealan Hughes

    ALL IS FORGIVEN

    The Premier League's 'big six' are among nine Super League founder members who have officially rejoined the European Club Association.

    The six – along with AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid – are now back in the ECA fold after resigning to form the breakaway Super League in April.

    The news follows on from the announcement of a 'peace agreement' between UEFA and those nine clubs back in May.

    The ECA said in a statement: "The ECA executive board took into consideration the clubs' acknowledgement that the so-called European Super League project was not in the interests of the wider football community and their publicly communicated decisions to abandon said ESL project completely.

    "The ECA board also acknowledged the clubs' stated willingness to engage actively with ECA in its collective mission to develop European club football in the open and transparent interests of all, not the few."

  • Kealan Hughes

    PRESIDENTIAL SLAMMING

    The president of Rwanda has criticised Arsenal after they lost their opening match of the new Premier League season to Brentford.

    Paul Kagame, whose government sponsors the Gunners, said fans deserved better than "mediocrity".

    After the game on Friday, which Arsenal lost 2-0, Mr Kagame tweeted: "We just must NOT excuse or accept mediocrity.

    "A team has to be built with purpose to win win win."

    In a separate tweet, he said "Brentford deserved to win" and added that "Arsenal and the fans don't deserve to kind of get used to this.

    "It's been a struggle of about decade(s) – ups and downs – more downs until this point."

  • Kealan Hughes

    PHIL YER BOOTS

    Arsenal have identified three Barcelona players they are interested in swapping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette for, according to reports in Spain.

    Arteta would reportedly be happy to entertain a swap deal as he is an admirer of playmaker Philippe Coutinho, goalkeeper Neto and centre-back Clement Lenglet.

    The Gunners are keen to freshen up their attack before the transfer window slams shut and both of their senior strikers are believed to be available.

    Barcelona are targeting reinforcements up front after Lionel Messi's exit and they are hopeful of signing one of the Arsenal strikers if they can strike a bargain deal.

    That's according to Sport, which claims the Blaugrana will have funds for transfers so long as they can offload defender Samuel Umtiti, midfielder Miralem Pjanic and striker Martin Braithwaite.

    Barca's finances are in a dire state but it is understood these sales would raise enough for the club to sign a striker on a free transfer, on loan or via a swap deal.

  • Kealan Hughes

    ODEGAARD UPDATE

    Transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has provided an update on Arsenal's pursuit of Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard.

    He claims negotiations have opened, saying: "Odegaard has chances to leave the club, and now Arsenal are negotiating with Real Madrid to understand if they can agree on the fee for the Norwegian midfielder to come back at Arsenal, but no longer on loan – [it would now] be a permanent deal.

    “They are working on Odegaard now as one of their priorities.

    “So Odegaard can leave Real Madrid to join Arsenal in the final two weeks of the transfer market.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    FOUR MORE YEARS

    Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has reportedly put pen to paper on a new four-year deal with the Gunners.

    The former Borussia Monchengladbach man was widely expected to depart the Emirates this summer, although an anticipated move to Roma failed to come to fruition.

    After Jose Mourinho's side refused to fork out Arsenal's asking price of £20m, attention soon turned to a new deal for Xhaka, who was due to become a free agent in 2023.

    According to football.london, Xhaka has now committed his future to the Gunners until 2025 after turning his Arsenal career around following the arrival of Mikel Arteta.

    Xhaka boasts a total of 13 goals and 20 assists from 221 games in an Arsenal shirt, and his signing has supposedly ended the Gunners' interest in Manuel Locatelli and Ruben Neves.

  • Kealan Hughes

    BELL ME OUT

    Hector Bellerin is reportedly so desperate to leave Arsenal that he's willing to slash his pay packet to make it happen.

    The 'frustrated' defender is growing increasingly disillusioned with life at the Emirates and is prepared for his pockets to take a hit to get out of there, according to The Athletic.

    The report also claims the 26-year-old has expressed his desire to leave to the Gunners hierarchy, boss Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu, who he feels are preventing him from departing.

    This comes after Inter Milan were interested in ending his North London nightmare but the Gunners played hardball in negotiations.

    Inter are only looking at a one-year loan with an option to make the deal permanent next summer.

    But Arsenal want a guaranteed fee before they will even consider allowing their vice-captain and longest-serving player to leave.

    It is understood that Arsenal are looking for around £15million for Bellerin, who still has two years remaining on his £100,000-a-week contract.

  • Kealan Hughes

    MOR SIGNINGS?

    Arsenal have made contact with to sign Ilaix Moriba as Barcelona’s problems mount up, according to 90Min.

    The highly rated 18-year-old has been banished to the reserves this year after refusing to extend his contract at Camp Nou, leaving Barcelona fearing they may need to find a buyer before he leaves for free next summer.

    There is no shortage of interest in Ilaix, who has long been monitored by the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United, and sources have confirmed to 90min that they are three of several English sides who have held talks over signing the talented teenager.

    Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have all spoken to Ilaix's representatives, and it is understood that West Ham, Leicester, Wolves and Everton have all been offered the 18-year-old in recent weeks.

  • Kealan Hughes

    GUNNER CHANGE?

    BRENDAN RODGERS is favourite to be appointed Arsenal's next manager.

    That's according to bookmakers Betfair, who've priced Rodgers at 13/5 to succeed Mikel Arteta at the Emirates Stadium.

    Rodgers was 3/1 ahead of the opening round of fixtures but is now priced at 13/5.

    Massimiliano Allegri is next at 5/1 although the Italian has only recently returned to Juventus after two years away from management.

    Free agent Eddie Howe is offered at 9/1 with Everton's Rafa Benitez and Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone both locked at 10s.

    Ralph Hasenhuttl is a fraction behind at 11/1 with highly-rated Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini, Patrick Vieira and Paulo Fonseca all available at 14s.

    The outsiders of the field are Arsene Wenger and Sam Allardyce, who are priced at 40/1 and 50/1 respectively.

  • Kealan Hughes

    PIER SHAPED

    Piers Morgan agrees with Emmanuel Petit's statement that he's falling out of love with Arsenal.

    The pair vented their frustration with the Gunners after their embarrassing 2-0 defeat to Premier League new-boys Brentford.

    Gunners legend Petit was so disappointed with what he saw, he told RMC Sport, reported by Metro: "Little by little I am losing interest in Arsenal.

    "With this way of playing it does not generate any emotion to see their games.

    "They give me no emotions and I find that I don’t get the trajectory the team have taken in the last few years."

    Piers raged, saying: "I concur. Arsenal’s soul is disintegrating as fast as our performance levels."

    The 56-year-old carried on his rant by saying if Petit was still marshalling the Gunners midfield then they wouldn't be in this mess.

    He said: "We need passionate leaders & winners like Petit with champion mentalities.

    "Not weak headless chickens run by an out-of-his-depth manager & disinterested owners."

  • Kealan Hughes

    SACK RACE

    Mikel Arteta is favourite to be the first Premier League manager sent packing this season.

    The Arsenal boss was available at 16/1 before the opening round of fixtures took place.

    But an abject defeat to newly-promoted Brentford has seen his price shorten to 11/4.

    Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira is offered at 6/1.

    The Eagles were comfortably beaten by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, although little else was expected against the title challengers.

    Ralph Hasenhuttl has shortened from 10/1 to 15/2 after a 3-1 defeat to Everton on Saturday.

  • Kealan Hughes

    RIVALLING SPURS

    Arsenal could make a shock double swoop for a player and a manager with Mikel Arteta’s future supposedly in doubt, according to reports in the Italian media.

    Inter Milan attacker Lautaro Martinez is believed to be a target, but his arrival could reportedly come in tandem with a new head coach.

    According to Tuttosport, Arsenal want to sign Martinez and will also try to appoint former Inter boss Antonio Conte if Arteta is sacked.

    Conte walked out of the Nerazzurri last season over a disagreement with the club’s hierarchy about their ambitions, despite helping them win their first Serie A title since 2010.

    It would therefore be surprising if Conte considered a move to Arsenal, who have not finished in the Premier League’s top four since 2016.

  • Kealan Hughes

    HECTOR DEAL

    Arsenal are reportedly plotting a swap deal with Barcelona which sees Hector Bellerin return to the Nou Camp.

    Bellerin spent time in the Barca academy before moving to Arsenal 10 years ago. However, the Spaniard is now said to be "desperate" to leave the Gunners in this window.

    Bellerin struggled for game time under Mikel Arteta in the second half of last season.

    He has been unable to reach the form he showed before the anterior cruciate knee ligament injury he suffered in early 2019.

    Inter Milan were linked with the 26-year-old earlier in the window but were not willing to match the Gunners' demands.

    Arsenal wanted to sell the player or at least have an obligation to buy clause in a loan deal.

  • Kealan Hughes

    GUNNER STAY?

    Fulham boss Marco Silva says he wants to try and keep hold of Arsenal-linked midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa.

    The 25-year-old has been talked up for a move back to the Premier League, with both the Gunners and Aston Villa said to be interested in signing him.

    The Cameroon international has two years remaining on his Fulham contract, with the option of a further year.

    When asked about speculation linking the midfielder with a move away, Silva said: “It’s something we will keep inside our football club. With Frank and all the others, I want them 100 per cent involved.

    “I want all of them with a desire to work and win football matches in this shirt. All the other things are for us to talk about inside our club.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    TURKISH DELIGHT

    Mesut Ozil scored his first goal in 18 months on Sunday and celebrated passionately after breaking his duck.

    The much-maligned former Arsenal winger got off the mark for the Turkish club against Adana Demirspor on Sunday.

    The 2014 World Cup winner struck just 11 seconds into the second half after tapping home a cross from close-range.

    That proved to be the only goal of the game as he sealed the points for Fenerbahce and he was mobbed by his team-mates afterwards – and the usually muted ace even struggled to keep the grin off his face.

    The last time the attacker hit the target was way back in February 2020 for Arsenal – he struck against Newcastle in a 4-0 home Premier League win.

    That proved to be the only goal he managed that term and his last for the Gunners before leaving 11 months later.

    Ozil joined Fenerbahce back in January on a free transfer following a miserable end to his stint at the Gunners.

  • Kealan Hughes

    SELLING STARS?

    Barcelona have reportedly identified Arsenal duo Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette as potential transfer signings.

    According to Sport Koeman wants to sign another forward in the hopes that they improve their chances at making a run to the top of La Liga.

    Barcelona had a solid start to their season as they beat Real Sociedad four goals to two at home, but the belief around the club is that they can always be better.

    It will take a team effort to take up the mantle of Messi’s role, and Aubameyang and Lacazette both have the tools to help plug some of the holes.

    Arsenal reportedly wants to shed off parts of their wage bill because Aubameyang and Lacazette are making a combined £420,000 per week with Arsenal on their base salaries, and they’d like to free some of that up for future deals.

  • Kealan Hughes

    'IT'S WORRYING'

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright has urged the club to make more signings before the end of the transfer window.

    The Gunners were humiliated on the opening day of the Premier League season after losing 2-0 to Premier League newcomers Brentford in what was an extremely toothless performance by Mikel Arteta’s side.

    Wright said: "They are going to need to do something (in the transfer market) because if you are going to play against a promoted team and you are not going to at least match them for the endeavour and the intensity that they are going to have then it’s going to be a long season for Arsenal. It’s worrying."

    James Maddison and Martin Odegaard are two players being targeted by Edu and the Gunners are set to make a formal offer to sign the latter, according to Football.London.

  • Jack Figg

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal and Real Madrid are £17million apart in their valuation of Martin Odegaard, according to reports.

    The 22-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at the Gunners.

    And Odegaard is reportedly keen on a return to the Premier League.

    Spanish outlet ABC claim that Real want £42m for the midfielder but Arsenal are only willing to offer £25m, leaving the two clubs miles apart.

    Arsenal are hoping academy product Reiss Nelson signs a new deal before being shipped out on loan for the remainder of the season.

    The 21-year-old has just two years left on his current deal at the north London club.

    A huge £275,000-a-week contract offer has reportedly been prepared for Lautaro Martinez.

    Arsenal are desperate to improve their squad in the final fortnight of the window despite already spending big so far.

    Italian outlet Sport Mediaset details a mega personal terms bid to sign Inter Milan star Martinez.

    But the sale of Romelu Lukaku and the Argentine’s desire to stay in Serie A could scupper the deal.

    Martinez’s agent, Alejandro Camano, told TyC Sports: “To date, he is not leaving Inter, despite offers from England.

    “He is happy there and loves the club. Next week we will meet to talk about the renewal. Our will is clear, but it will also depend on them.”

    Arsenal are still in the hunt for Aaron Ramsdale, despite being put off by his £35million price tag.

    It is now said that the Gunners ‘hope’ to complete the deal before the window ends.

  • Joshua Mbu

    AUBA OUT

    Arsenal are willing to listen to offers for club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to reports.

     The skipper put pen to paper on a new three-year deal last summer, but his performance on the pitch has dropped drastically.

    According to the Sunday Times, Arsenal will listen to offers for Aubameyang as a result.

    And Barcelona are one of the clubs who hold an interest in the forward.

  • Joshua Mbu

    THIS AIN’T ODE

    A bid for Martin Odegaard WILL be launched this week, according to reports in Spain.

    A loan bid or £25million transfer fee will be Arsenal’s offer, although Real Madrid are said to want £42m.

    The Norwegian has not been registered for LaLiga by Los Blancos, with Spanish outlet ABC asserting that he wants to be a regular starter.

    They even add that Odegaard is Arteta’s ‘pretty boy’ and that it is ‘better to be a mouse’s mouth than a lion’s tail’. Meow.

  • Joshua Mbu

    TAKING THE MIK

    Mikel Arteta apologised to Arsenal fans after their disappointing 2-0 loss at the hands of Premier League newcomers Brentford.

    Goals from Canos and Norgaard sealed the win for the Bees.

    Mikel Arteta apologises to fans for Brentford shambles

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