Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ben White £50m EXCLUSIVE, Chelsea's Tammy Abraham wanted, Sambi Lokonga picks squad number

ARSENAL are on the verge of sealing the £50m transfer of Brighton's Ben White, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

And the Belgian is said to have already chosen to wear the number 48 shirt with the Gunners next season.

Meanwhile Arsenal are looking to bolster their attacking options with a move for Tammy Abraham of Chelsea.

And defender William Saliba has completed another loan move to France, this time joining Marseille.

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  • Kealan Hughes

    HE'S THE MAN

    Arsenal have reportedly bid around £38.5m for Sassuolo and Italy star Manuel Locatelli, according to Sportsmediaset.

    The bid is thought to satisfy Sassuolo although they are holding out for Juventus to make a move too.

    Locatelli is believed to favour a move to Juve but there is a growing belief in the Arsenal camp they could muscle in on the deal.

  • Kealan Hughes

    BELL SOUND

    Inter Milan are stepping up their pursuit of Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin – but don’t want to commit to paying a fee.

    And they know that Bellerin is keen to move to the San Siro after falling out of favour with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.

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

    And 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 26-year-old Bellerin, who still has two years remaining on his £100,000-a-week contract.

  • Alex Terrell

    ARSENAL PRE-SEASON FIXTURES

    Here are the games coming up for Mikel Arteta's side before the season starts:

    • Saturday July 17: Rangers vs Arsenal – 2pm (Ibrox)
    • Sunday July 25: Arsenal vs Inter Milan – 9pm (Orlando)
    • Wednesday July 28: Arsenal vs Everton/Millonarios (Orlando)
    • Sunday August 1: Arsenal vs Chelsea – 3pm (Emirates)
    • Sunday August 8: Tottenham vs Arsenal – 2pm (Spurs Stadium)
    • Kealan Hughes

      GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

      Arsenal have finally agreed a deal with Brighton for Ben White.

      The Gunners have committed to paying Albion’s full asking price of £50million.

      That is after they previously had bids of £40m and £42m rejected.

      It will make the 23-year-old one of the most expensive English defenders of all time.

      And as one defender arrives another could leave, as Inter Milan are stepping up their pursuit of Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin – but don’t want to commit to paying a fee.

      The Italian champions are in the market for a new right-back after selling Achraf Hakimi to Paris Saint-Germain for £51million.

      And they know that Bellerin is keen to move to the San Siro after falling out of favour with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.

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

      Meanwhile, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta says Aston Villa target Emile Smith Rowe is “100 per cent staying”.

      The Gunners insist talks over a new contract for the England Under-21 midfielder, 20, are progressing “positively”.

    • Ian Tuckey
    • Ian Tuckey

      INTER WORRIED ABOUT BELL TOLL

      Inter Milan are stepping up their pursuit of Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin – but don’t want to commit to paying a fee.

      The Italian champions are in the market for a new right-back after selling Achraf Hakimi to Paris Saint-Germain for £51million.

      And they know that Bellerin is keen to move to the San Siro after falling out of favour with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.

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

      And 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 26-year-old Bellerin, who still has two years remaining on his £100,000-a-week contract.

      But they are willing to consider a loan deal as long as Inter commits to buying the player when their financial situation improves next year.

    • Ian Tuckey

      GUNNERS AGREE £50m WHITE DEAL

      EXCLUSIVE: ARSENAL have finally agreed a deal with Brighton for Ben White.

      The Gunners have committed to paying Albion’s full asking price of £50million.

      That is after they previously had bids of £40m and £42m rejected.

      It will make the 23-year-old one of the most expensive English defenders of all time.

      And it matches the fee Manchester United paid for Aaron Wan-Bissaka in 2019.

      Personal terms have also been agreed for Three Lions star White.

      Now he is set to sign a five-year deal with the North Londoners.

      His medical will not take place until he is back from holiday following his exertions at Euro 2020.

      White was a late call-up to Gareth Southgate’s squad for the tournament following the injury to Trent Alexander-Arnold.

    • Ian Tuckey

      LAMP CAN FOLLOW GATE

      Frank Lampard has been backed to be Gareth Southgate’s England successor – despite it sounding ‘ridiculous’.

      The current Three Lions boss is set to lead his country into the 2022 World Cup following last week’s heartbreaking Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy.

      Former Chelsea defender Jason Cundy thinks ex-Blues manager Lampard, who was axed in January, would be the perfect man to replace him after the showpiece in Qatar.

      And it is all because of his track record in improving young players.

      Cundy told talkSPORT: “Right now, Southgate is the only man for the job. But if there is a change of manager after the World Cup and Frank is available…

      “Bearing in mind what he did with those young players at Chelsea – don’t forget his record with young players is pretty good.”

      Goldstein then hit back with: “He left the Chelsea side in ninth, your manager [Thomas Tuchel] came in and won the Champions League and got top four with the same team.”

    • Ian Tuckey

      ROWE '100% STAYING'

      Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says Aston Villa target Emile Smith Rowe is "100 per cent staying".

      The Gunners insist talks over a new contract for the England Under-21 midfielder, 20, are progressing "positively".

    • Ian Tuckey

      GUNNER KIT YOU OUT

      Arsenal are already selling their new kit, as unveiled earlier today.

      But fans are more interested in boss Mikel Arteta finally getting around to a decent summer reshuffle of his squad.

    • Ian Tuckey

      ZAPP TRAPPED?

      Chelsea defender Davide Zappacosta could end up stuck at Chelsea as Serie A champions Inter Milan turn to Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin as a Achraf Hakimi replacement.

      The 29-year-old spent last season on loan at Italian outfit Genoa, where he played 25 games and scored four goals from right-back.

      And is a good short-term option to replace Hakimi, who left for Paris Saint-Germain for a whopping £51.3million.

      According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Zappacosta is waiting for Inter’s call to return to Italy on a permanent basis.

      However, Bellerin – who is three years Zappacosta’s junior – is believed to be keen on a move to Inter too.

      The Spaniard handed in a transfer request to leave the Gunners, putting Inter on high alert.

      But Arsenal are unwilling to accept a loan with an option to buy, which is the only option Inter will consider at the moment.

      Bellerin has ambitions of playing in the Champions League, something Inter can offer next season.

    • Ian Tuckey

      ‘PSYCHOLOGIST CAN HELP SAKA OVER PENALTY WOE’

      Glenn Hoddle thinks Arsenal rising star Bukayo Saka should see a psychologist to help him after his penalty agony.

      The 19-year-old missed the decisive spot-kick in the Euro 2020 final against Italy last weekend.

      He was also targeted with sick racist abuse on social media after England’s Wembley woe.

      Brave Saka has a long international career ahead of him, and former Three Lions boss Hoddle thinks a psychologist can help him if he’s faced with another penalty.

      Hoddle told Betfair: “The young man needs to try and put it away for the summer, go on holiday and get it out of his mind.

      “Then he needs to address it in a positive way and perhaps he’ll get some help with that.

      “He could go another ten years in his career before he gets that off his shoulder.

      “Or he could do some work with a psychologist, who will sit him down, go through it with him and turn it around so that he embraces it and feels confident taking penalties.

      “If he doesn’t do that it’ll take a longer period of time to get out of his system. You gain by experience but you don’t have to wait until you’re 28 or 29 to overcome it.”

    • Ian Tuckey

      GUNNERS PARADE NEW KIT

      Arsenal have released their new home kit for the 2021-22 season.

      And the Gunners will sport it for the first time on Saturday, 17 July against Steven Gerrard's Rangers.

      Arsenal release new home kit for 2021-22 season with dramatic new white sleeve look

      Adidas have kept Arsenal's traditional colours of red and white as the two main primary colours.

      But have added new collegiate navy stripes on each shoulder.

      The new home kit has received a mixed reaction from fans, with some not pleased as it has striking similarities to the Ajax kit.

      However, others have noticed the classic twist the kit has, emulating the jersey worn between 1998-2000.

      For some who are old enough to remember, the new kit will bring back memories from the early days of Thierry Henry's Arsenal career.

      As well as the likes of Marc Overmars, Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit and David Seaman.

      One fan said on Twitter: "Best thing about our club: our kits."

    • Ian Tuckey

      THREE PREM CLUBS CHASE REISS

      Arsenal academy product Reiss Nelson is wanted by three Premier League teams including Patrick Vieira's Crystal Palace, according to reports.

      Nelson, 21, is out of contract at the end of this season and could move this summer for a small fee.

      The 21-year-old has been offered an extension, with the option to spend the season out on loan.

      But there is no sign of an agreement being reached.

      According to CBS Sports, Crystal Palace, Brentford and Brighton are all interested in signing Nelson.

      A move to south Londoners Crystal Palace would see Nelson be coached by Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, who is looking to reshape Palace into a youthful, pacey, exciting team.

      Similarly, Premier League new boys Brentford, managed by Thomas Frank, tend to hand youngsters opportunities.

      Bryan Mbuemo, Marcus Forss and Josh DaSilva are all under 23 and play a pivotal role for The Bees.

    • Ian Tuckey

      NEW SIX-GUNN SALVO?

      ARSENAL are eyeing as many as SIX transfers this summer, according to reports.

      The Gunners began their spending by recruiting young full-back Nuno Tavares from Benfica.

      Brighton centre-back Ben White is a hot tip to join the Gunners

      And according to The Athletic's David Ornstein, the Spaniard is desperate to sign a right-sided centre-back, with Brighton's Ben White top of his wishlist.

      The Gunners are also after a midfielder, despite having recruited Thomas Partey last summer.

      Anderlecht starlet Albert Sambi Lokonga is on the verge of joining.

      And he could be followed by Ruben Neves. But a deal won't be straightforward, and the Portugal ace has starred in Wolves' new kit launch.

      Lyon's France international midfielder Houssem Aouar is another target. But Tottenham want to reunite him with his former Lyon pal Tanguy Ndombele.

    • Ian Tuckey

      VING ‘N BUY SALE

      Man Utd have received a boost in their quest to lure Eduardo Camavinga away from Rennes.

      The Red Devils, along with Arsenal, Chelsea, Real Madrid and PSG, are looking to sign the midfielder.

      Rennes are willing to cash in on the teenager with the France international entering the final year of his contract.

      And in a boost to Camavinga’s potential suitors, Foot Mercato have claimed that they are eyeing up a move to sign his replacement.

      They state that they have opened talks with AZ Alkmaar over a transfer for Teun Koopmeiners.

    • Ian Tuckey

      TAMMY GUNNER?

      Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has emerged as a shock transfer target for London rivals Arsenal.

      The Blues are looking to offload Abraham and have offered him to a number of clubs to raise funds for their pursuit of a top striker.

      Abraham, despite being made available for a transfer this summer, impressively scored 12 times in 32 appearances for Chelsea last season.

      And he won’t be short of potential suitors.

      According to the Telegraph, Arsenal are interested in bringing the boyhood Gunners fan to the Emirates.

      But they would have to sell some players to get close to Chelsea’s eye-watering £40million price tag.

    • Jake Lambourne

      BRAVE LIONS

      England heroes Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka showed no fear when they were asked to take penalties in the Euro 2020 final shootout.

      Manager Gareth Southgate was seen talking to the brave lions before the team lost on penalties to Italy.

      In the video, Southgate approaches Sancho, Rashford and Saka just before the shootout with notes in hand.

      The players appear to agree with the manager's thoughts before bravely taking a penalty in front of thousands of hopeful England fans.

      Although all three stars missed from the spot, the country were proud of them for not shying away when it mattered.

      England's heroes suffered vile racist abuse on social media after the final.

    • Jake Lambourne

      REISS LIGHTNING

      Arsenal winger Reiss Nelson looks set to depart the Emirates next summer.

      The England youth international has just one year left on his deal.

      And according to CBS Sports, the Gunners have offered a contract extension, though there has been no breakthrough in negotiations.

      They state that Crystal Palace, Brighton and Brentford are all weighing up a move for the 21-year-old.

      Nelson hasn't started in the Premier League since scoring against Liverpool in the 2-1 victory in July 2020.

      Arsenal have offered extension to contract that expires next summer but no breakthrough in talks.

    • Jake Lambourne

      SEVEN HEAVEN

      Arsenal reportedly want to bring in even more new faces this summer once they complete the proposed signings of Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale.

      The English duo top Mikel Arteta's wish-list as he looks to improve on his team's eight-placed finish last season.

      According to the Athletic, if Arteta gets his way, White and Ramsdale will only be the start of his summer revamp.

      He's already signed left back Nuno Tavares for £8m from Benfica.

      And Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga's £17m arrival at the Emirates is said to be imminent.

      The Athletic reckon the 39-year-old still would like to bring in a new right-back, another centre midfielder to partner Thomas Partey and a playmaker.

    • Jake Lambourne

      HOUSS WANTED

      Arsenal have been joined by Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool in the transfer race for Lyon's Houssem Aouar.

      Aouar has just two years left on his current deal at Lyon, putting the French club in a difficult situation of stick or twist.

      According to ESPN, the Ligue 1 club would prefer to offload the impressive 23-year-old and cash in.

      The report states that Tottenham and Arsenal are leading the race between the Premier League giants.

      Liverpool are on the hunt for a Georginio Wijnaldum replacement, who left the club in the summer and joined French giants Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.

      And Paul Pogba's uncertain future at Man Utd has forced the Red Devils to keep a watchful eye over Aouar.

    • Jake Lambourne

      TOP GUN

      Will it be a big season for striker Folarin Balogun?

      The Arsenal striker will be hoping for more first-team opportunities after signing a long-term contract at the Emirates.

      Balgoun scored twice for the Gunners in the 2020-21 campaign.

    • Jake Lambourne

      TAKE XHAK

      Roma are reportedly waiting for Arsenal to announce the signing of Albert Sambi Lokonga before stepping up their pursuit in Grank Xhaka.

      Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano tweeted: "AS Roma are waiting for Arsenal to announce Albert Sambi Lokonga as new signing to progress in talks for Granit Xhaka.

      "Bid still on the table – clubs are in direct contact, Xhaka wants to join Roma.

      "Arsenal already completed paperworks with Anderlect for Lokonga."

    • Jake Lambourne

      ABRA CADABRA

      In case you missed it, Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has emerged as a shock transfer target for London rivals Arsenal.

      The Blues are looking to offload Abraham and have offered him to a number of clubs to raise funds for their pursuit of a top striker.

      Abraham, despite being made available for a transfer this summer, impressively scored 12 times in 32 appearances for Chelsea last season.

      And he won't be short of potential suitors.

      According to the Telegraph, Arsenal are interested in bringing the boyhood Gunners fan to the Emirates.

      But they would have to sell some players to get close to Chelsea's eye-watering £40million price tag.

      Abraham helped Chelsea win the Champions League last season
    • Jake Lambourne

      STRIP TEASE

      Arsenal have officially launched their new home kit for the upcoming season.

      The Gunners are yet again sponsored by Adidas, with the new strip resembling the jersey worn by Dutch giants Ajax.

      It is understood the North Londoners will wear the shirt in their friendly clash against Rangers on Saturday.

      Watch the video below of Arsenal stars seeing the top for the first time.

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