Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aouar agent in London, Sambi Lokonga PASSES Gunners medical, Nuno Tavares ANNOUNCED

ARSENAL have confirmed their first summer transfer with Nuno Tavares joining from Benfica.

Meanwhile deals for Houssem Aouar and Albert Sambi Lokonga are edging closer.

Ben White is still wanted by the Gunners, with a hefty £50million price tag on the England defender's head.

And the Gunners get their pre-season campaign up and running this week, with a match vs Hibs.


Stay up to date with all the latest news from the Emirates in our rolling blog…

  • Sandra Brobbey


    Luke Shaw wants Bukayo Saka to keep his head up following England's dramatic loss on penalties to Italy in the Euros finals.

    And the Man United full-back, 26, says he and his Three Lions team-mates are fully behind the Emirates ace.

    The Gunners starlet appeared distraught after his final spot-tick was saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma.

    Shaw said: “He is devastated. But I think the most important thing for us now as a team is to be there for him and give him a big hug and tell him to keep his head up.

    "It happens. It is a penalty shootout – anything can happen, as a lot of people know.

    “It is an experience he will learn from but we will all be behind him – he knows that. It is not just him.

    "There’s Rashy and Sanch also. We’re with them all. With this team, there are no individuals who cost us.”

  • Sandra Brobbey


    Portugal star Renato Sanches has emerged as a midfield transfer target for Arsenal, according to reports.

    Sport Witness claims the Lille ace is one of three attacking midfielders the Gunners are eyeing as they seek to strengthen their options ahead of next season.

    Sanches enjoyed an impressive run at the Euros for Portugal appearing in all four of their games at the tournament.

    And the player provided three assists and netted one goal in 23 Ligue One games.

    Lyon's Houssem Aouar and Rennes Eduardo Camavinga are also on the Gunners' hit list.

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    Jose Mourinho has hit out at the choice to have Bukayo Saka take England's last spot-tick against Italy in their Euros 2020 final shootout.

    The Arsenal ace's effort was among the attempts saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma with the Azzurri going on to win at Wembley.

    The Roma manager and SunSport columnist told talkSPORT: "The decision of the penalty-takers, I think it is hard to leave Saka as the last one.

    "I think it is hard for a kid to have everything on his shoulders at that moment. I just feel very sorry for him.

    “In this situation where was (Raheem) Sterling, where was (John) Stones, where was (Luke) Shaw?

    “I feel that Gareth is such an honest guy. Such a protective coach of his players.

    "I don’t think he would ever say players were not ready.”

  • Jon Boon


    Bukayo Saka may have missed the deciding penalty in the Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy, but he's already getting the support from his club.

    The Arsenal star, 19, was left devastated after seeing Gianluigi Donnarumma save his penalty.

    But a note on Arsenal's website Twitter page has already leapt to his defence.

    It read: "Football can be so cruel. But for your personality. For your character. For your bravery… We’ll always be proud of you. And we can’t wait to have you back with us, @BukayoSaka87"

  • Jon Boon


    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is purring about adding Nuno Taveres to his squad for next season.

    The Portuguese left-back joined from Benfica in a £7million deal over the weekend, and the Spaniard is convinced Nuno will settle in well in North London.

    “We welcome Nuno to the club," Arteta told Arsenal's website.

    "He is a young player with great promise who has developed very well with Benfica in recent seasons and has also shown his quality by being part of Portugal Under-21s.

    “Nuno’s arrival will give the squad extra strength and options in defence, particularly with this energy on the left side of the pitch.

    “We look forward to Nuno’s arrival soon, his integration into the Arsenal family and playing in front of our fantastic supporters.”

    While Arsenal's technical director Edu was equally as impressed

    “Nuno is a talented young player who was wanted by a number of clubs across Europe," he said.

    "He will provide strong back-up in the left-back position. We look forward to him growing and developing with us and becoming an important member of the first-team squad."

  • Jon Boon


    Arsenal's attempts to sign Jules Kounde have become a lot harder, according to reports.

    According to El Desmarque via Calciomercato, Tottenham, Manchester United and Real Madrid are also in the hunt for Kounde's signature.

    The Sevilla defender is reportedly one of Mikel Arteta's primary targets as the Gunners boss looks to strengthen his backline.

    Kounde played for France in their disappointing Euro 2020 campaign.

    But a fee of £50million has been suggested for the highly rated star, with Arsenal crying out for a centre half.

    Ben White has been strongly linked with a move from Brighton.

    However, Arsenal have failed in a number of bids so far for the England international.

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    HOUSSEM AOUAR has poured cold water on internet gossip of an Arsenal switch by firmly shutting down rumours his agent was in London.

    The Lyon ace had been at the centre of speculation concerning a move to the Emirates last summer – and the murmurs have refused to go away.

    Earlier this month SunSport reported Arsenal fans were getting giddy online, amid rumours the player’s brother and agent had been seen in London.

    However, Aouar, 23, whose Lyon contract expires in June 2023, has taken to social media to confirm photos shown in an Instagram story were actually of his best friend.

    And he appeared to dismiss rumours of an impending Groupama Stadium exit by his ending his message with "Allez Lyon".

    In a post on his Instagram account, Aouar wrote: “Guys leave him. He is one of my best friends, not my real brother. By the way… not my agent also.

  • Jon Boon


    Arsenal target Andrea Belotti is set to make a decision about his future in the next few days, according to reports from Sky Italia.

    Belotti is still under contract with Torino until 2022 and has so far refused to sign a new contract with the club.

    For that reason, the Serie A giants could look to cash in on their prized asset or fear losing him for nothing at the end of his contract.

    It has been claimed Torino could be tempted to part with the striker if his £30million valuation is met.

    Belotti is currently on international duty with Italy at the European Championships.

  • Jon Boon


    Arsenal have been dealt with a blow that goalkeeping target Andre Onana has agreed to join French side Lyon, according to reports.

    The Ajax star, who is serving a ban after breaking doping rules, is said to have signed a five-year deal with the Ligue 1 team, according to L’Equipe.

    The Dutch club are said to want £9million for the shotstopper, with Lyon said to have offered £5million plus bonuses.

    Voetbal Primeur has said Onana's agent has told them his client is in discussion with a move to France.

    However, the same report suggests the Gunners haven't given up hope on signing Onana.

    The Cameroon goalie is banned at the moment and will not be eligible to play until November.

  • Jon Boon


    Patrick Vieira is hoping his old club do him a favour as Crystal Palace boss.

    The newly installed Eagles coach is eager to raid his former club as he looks to improve his own squad.

    A large-scale overhaul, as well as a change in playing style has been mooted at Selhurst Park.

    And Vieira is aware that he needs different players to achieve his goal.

    The Frenchman has reportedly reached out to the Gunners to enquire about potential signings – with Callum Chambers and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, according to 90min.


  • Jon Boon


    JAMES Maddison has been linked with a move to Arsenal this summer, as the Gunners are desperate to bring a playmaker to their ranks.

    According to reports, the Gunners have made the Leicester City midfielder their primary target.

    And Maddison's camp are reportedly expecting an approach for the Foxes star.

    However, BBC presenter Gary Lineker has chimed in with his thoughts – tagging Maddison in a tweet.

    Lineker wrote: "From my experience, taking a backward step never ends well. @Madders10"

    An earlier report claims Maddison has been offered a four-year deal by Arsenal and would earn twice as much as he does at the King Power Stadium.

  • Jon Boon


    Gunners’ striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is lapping up pre-season freedom in Mykonos – in contrast to the drama of last summer.

    The Gabon superstar eventually signed a new three-year contract in September 2020 – but struggled to match that big-money deal during a disappointing season.

    Arsenal posted a picture of Aubameyang doing an impressive head-over-heals into a swimming pool, labelling it: “Checking in from Mykanos.”

  • Jake Lambourne


    Emmanuel Petit has given his brutal assessment of Hector Bellerin’s future at Arsenal.

    The Gunners legends feels Bellerin’s time’s up at the Emirates and that he should now move on.

    It’s a move that will benefit the full-back and Arsenal, Petit claims.

    The ex-midfielder told Paddy Power: “It’s time for Hector Bellerin to move on from Arsenal.

    “He’s been at the club for eight years and hasn’t really improved a lot. So it’s time for him to leave.”

  • Jake Lambourne


    Arsenal have cooled their interest in signing Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves, reports say.

    Portuguese midfielder have claimed in recent days that the Gunners were in talks with the Midlands outfit about a possible £35million deal.

    A four-year deal was even said to be on the table for the ex-Porto skipper.

    But according to Football.London, those reports are wide of the mark.

    They state that while Mikel Arteta admires the player, he is not believed to be a priority signing.

    Their interest has cooled in Neves, with the likes of Manuel Locatelli, Yves Bissouma and Houssem Aouar preferred instead.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Houssem Aouar has poured cold water on internet gossip of an Arsenal switch by firmly shutting down rumours his agent was in London.

    Earlier this month SunSport reported Arsenal fans were getting giddy online, amid rumours the player’s brother and agent had been seen in London. 

    However, Aouar, 23, whose Lyon contract expires in June 2023,  has taken to social media to confirm photos shown in an Instagram story were actually of his best friend.

    In a post on his Instagram account, Aouar wrote: “Guys leave him. He is one of my best friends, not my real brother. By the way… not my agent also.

    “Once again, unfortunately, an umpteenth "fake news" story has been released about me on multiple social media accounts. 

    “I'm not in the habit of responding to what is said about me…[but I was] sick, I was hospitalised over the weekend.  Know that I am a lot better and that I am ready for the future!

    “Thank you to those who have always supported me, in the good times as in the less good times. Allez Lyon."

  • Jake Lambourne


    Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny has turned 29 today.

    And the Gunners have posted a clip of some of the Egyptian midfielder's best strikes from distance.

    Take a look at his goals below.

  • Jake Lambourne


    William Saliba is edging closer to joining Marseille on loan.

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is keen for the centre-back to play regular first-team football.

    Saliba, who has already spent time on loan at Saint-Etienne and Nice since arriving at the Emirates in 2020, is yet to make his debut for the Gunners.

    And he will have to wait at least another year as TF1 claim Marseille are set to sign him on loan for the 2021-21 campaign.

    They state there is no option to buy clause in his contract with Arsenal still believing he has a role to play at the club.

    Only a few details need to be ironed out before the move is made official where Saliba will link up with Matteo Guendouzi.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Arsenal are battling Tottenham for the signature of Real Madrid playmaker Isco, reports say.

    The Spanish star may see his game time limited next term with Martin Odegaard expected to feature prominently under Carlo Ancelotti.

    And with Isco having just one year left on his contract, Los Blancos could cash in on the 29-year-old.

    The Mirror state that both the Gunners and Spurs are keen on securing his services.

    Though it remains to be seen if Arsenal turn their interest into a formal offer with Leicester's James Maddison understood to be the No1 target.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Arsenal's hopes of swooping for Andre Onana have hit a snag with the Ajax goalkeeper keen on a Lyon switch, according to reports.  

    The shot-stopper, who is thought to be Arsenal’s top goalkeeping target, has just one year remaining on his contract. 

    And Football London claims the Gunners may have to offer incentives to Onano to beat Lyon in the race for his signature. 

    It is thought the guarantee of first-team starts ahead of Bernd Leno, 29, could help swing things in Arsenal’s favour. 

    However, some outlets in France claim Lyon – who finished fourth in Ligue One last term – are leading the chase for Onana.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Leicester player James Maddison is reportedly expecting a move from Arsenal in the coming weeks.

    The England international has been linked with a £60million switch to the Emirates as Mikel Arteta looks to add creativity to his side.

    And according to reputable Gunners account TheAFCBell, Maddison in the club's No1 target.

    They claim that the playmaker expects to depart the King Power Stadium this summer, with Arsenal ready to snap him up.

    It has also been stated that Arsenal are willing to double his wages and offer Maddison their iconic No10 shirt.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Arsenal are reportedly NOT in the race to sign Bologna's versatile defender Takehiro Tomiyasu.

    It had been claimed that the Gunners were rivalling Tottenham for the Japan international, who can play as a centre or right-back.

    But transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has declared that it is only Spurs that are in for the 22-year-old.

    He tweeted: "Tottenham are currently the only English club negotiating to sign Takehiro Tomiyasu.

    "Talks ongoing with Bologna – Atalanta want him too but Spurs are leading the race.

    "Tomiyasu wants to join Tottenham. Final decision soon. Arsenal are NOT in the race, as of now."

  • Jake Lambourne


    Roma are reportedly no closer to finding an agreement with Arsenal over a deal to sign Granit Xhaka.

    According to Sky Sport Italia, the two clubs are still locked in negotations.

    But the Italian club are refusing to meet the Gunners' asking price for the Swiss international.

    It is understood that Arsenal are looking to receive a £20million fee.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Former Arsenal shot-stopper Emiliano Martinez has won the Copa America with Argentina.

    As well as helping his country win their trophy in 28 years, he was also named as the goalkeeper of the tournament.

    And the Aston Villa star was clearly enjoying himself after picking up the award.

  • Jake Lambourne


    Top Gunners' target Ruben Neves might cost £35million.

    Mikel Arteta has made midfield his transfer priority now that left-back Nuno Tavares has arrived for £8m from Benfica to fight for Kieran Tierney's place.

    And Wolves' Portugal star Neves, as well as Anderlecht’s Belgium star Albert Sambi Lokonga, are among the likeliest recruits.

    Granit Xhaka seems bound for Roma while loan hit Dani Ceballos is heading back to Real Madrid.

    So Arteta needs not just cover but new first-choice options in the centre.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal technical director Edu insists Tavares, 21, is an ideal rival for last season's star turn Tierney.

    He said: "Nuno is a talented young player who was wanted by a number of clubs across Europe.

    “He will provide strong back-up in the left-back position.

    “We look forward to him growing and developing with us and becoming an important member of the first-team squad.”

    Finally, new Crystal Palace boss and Arsenal legend Patrick Vieria is being linked with Gunners' striker Eddie Nketiah.

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    Arsenal technical director Edu believes Nuno Tavares will provide brilliant competition for Kieran Tierney.

    He said: “Nuno is a talented young player who was wanted by a number of clubs across Europe.

    “He will provide strong back-up in the left-back position.

    “We look forward to him growing and developing with us and becoming an important member of the first-team squad.”

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