Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ben White LATEST, new Smith-Rowe bid from Aston Villa, Ramos shock interest, Guendouzi exit

ARSENAL are closing in on the transfer of England's Brighton defender Ben White, according to reports.

And the Gunners are also 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.

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  • Etienne Fermie

    ONE IN EMILE

    Aston Villa are reportedly set to make a third offer for Emile Smith Rowe in their attempt to lure the playmaker away from Arsenal.

    The 20-year-old has been the subject of two failed bids by the Villans, believed to be in the region of £25million and £30m.

    Arsenal are believed to have no interest in parting ways with the England youth international, who still has two years left on his deal.

    And the Gunners are understood to be in talks with the midfielder about extending his stay in North London.

    But due to the slow negotiations between the two parties, Villa have been left hopeful they can persuade Smith Rowe about making a move to the Midlands.

    According to the Mirror, Dean Smith's side are preparing a new bid of over £30m to land the ex-RB Leipzig loanee.

    The Birmingham Mail have even stated that Villa's sporting director Johan Lange has been left encouraged by their pursuit of the youngster following talks with his representaives.

    They add that Smith Rowe has been left 'blown away' by interest from Villa, where he will now discuss his future with boss Mikel Arteta in the coming days.

    Arsenal ace Emile Smith Rowe is being chased by Aston Villa, who are preparing a third offer
  • Etienne Fermie

    GOING, GOING, GUEN

    Marseille have announced the signing of Matteo Guendouzi from Arsenal.

    The midfielder spent last season on loan at Hertha Berlin, after falling out with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.

    Guendouzi, 22, will now return to Ligue 1, having originally joined Arsenal from Lorient.

    The Frenchman moves to Marseille on a season-long loan with an option to buy.

  • Etienne Fermie

    ED'S UP

    Chelsea have reportedly joined Manchester United and Arsenal in the race to prise French starlet Eduardo Camavinga away from Rennes.

    With the midfielder having just one year left on his deal at Roazhon Park, the Ligue 1 side are expected to cash in on the 18-year-old.

    The Red Devils and Gunners are understood to be eyeing up an offer for the Les Bleus international, with transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claiming he could be available for as little as £26million.

    It has been stated that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were making progress in their quest to lure the teenager to Old Trafford.

    But according to Get French Football News, the player's priority is to join Paris Saint-Germain, though they are yet to make a formal bid.

    They also state that Thomas Tuchel is pushing for a move, with the Blues in talks with Camavinga's agent Jonathan Barnett.

    Camavinga is attracting plenty of interest
  • Etienne Fermie

    SUMMER SALES

    Arsenal are reportedly 'open to offers' for a trio of academy starlets.

    The Gunners will NOT entertain bids for Emile Smith-Rowe.

    But Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson could all make way to raise for funds to buy fresh talent.

    Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson are among the Arsenal starlets up for sale this summerCredit: Getty – Contributor
  • Etienne Fermie

    PREM DELIGHT

    The Premier League has reacted with joy at the news that full stadiums will be allowed for the new season.

    And fans will NOT need to show a 'vaccine passport' when attending.

    The Prime Minister officially confirmed the end of lockdown restrictions from July 19 in his press conference on Monday evening.

    From later this month, capacity crowds inside stadiums will be allowed.

    A statement from the Premier League read: "Fans have been hugely missed so we welcome today's announcement by the Government, and are looking forward to full stadiums in the 2021/22 season.

    "As we move towards a Government decision on Step 4 of the roadmap and beyond, we will continue to work with football stakeholders and relevant public authorities to ensure that the return to full capacity is done in a way that keeps everyone safe."

    Unlike in recent pilot events, spectators will NOT need to show evidence of a double Covid-19 vaccination – unless venues demand it or the pandemic problems significantly worsen.

    Football fans will be celebrating soon knowing that stadiums are back to full capacity
  • Etienne Fermie

    THE WRIGHT STUFF

    Arsenal fans have enjoyed pictures of Bukayo Saka on the unicorns while chilling out on England duty.

    And even Ian Wright is loving it.

    The Gunners legend has even changed his Twitter profile picture to one of Saka.

  • Etienne Fermie

    KRAIN HIRE

    Arsenal are reportedly locked in battle with West Ham and Wolves to sign Ukraine forward Roman Yaremchuk.

    The 25-year-old striker was one of the shining lights in Ukraine's run to the Euro 2020 quarter-finals – where they were thrashed by England.

    And his club Gent are now fielding calls over a summer transfer from multiple Premier League teams.

    Belgian outlet RTBF quote Gent sporting director Michel Louwagie as saying the club want in excess of £13million for his services.

    Speaking before the Euros quarter-final in Rome, he said: "I never speak of financial amount, but indeed, we expect to touch a large amount for Yaremchuk – 15 million euros?"

    Roman Yaremchuk in action for Ukraine against England on Saturday night
  • Etienne Fermie

    SAK IN BUSINESS

    Arsenal star Bukayo Saka is back in contention for England's Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark tomorrow night.

    The 19-year-old missed the quarter-final triumph over Ukraine in Rome due to a minor injury.

    But he has trained as normal on Monday and is raring to go.

    Manager Gareth Southgate said: "He should be fine.

    "He did declare himself available for the game but we had not really had the chance to see him on the pitch and working at the level we felt would vindicate that decision.

    "He will go back into full training with the group (on Monday) and he should be fine."

    Bukayo Saka is raring to goCredit: Getty
  • Etienne Fermie

    RUNE ESCAPE

    Runar Alex Runarsson is set to leave Arsenal this summer, according to reports.

    The Icelandic stopper struggled in his limited opportunities to play last season, with Mat Ryan arriving in January to add back-up to Bernd Leno.

    According to Ege Engin, Runarsson is set to move to Altay Spor in Turkey.

    And the switch for the 10-cap keeper could be permanent.

    Alex Runarsson is set to leave Arsenal after just one seasonCredit: Kevin Quigley-The Daily Mail
  • Etienne Fermie

    UPDATE YOUR DIARIES

    Arsenal's North London derby showdown with Spurs has been moved for TV.

    Originally set for September 25, the grudge match will now take place a day later at 4:30pm.

    It will be shown live on Sky Sports.

  • Etienne Fermie

    WELCOME MATT

    Arsenal have loaned ‘assist king’ Matt Smith to League One side Doncaster Rovers.

    The midfielder, 20, spent the first half of last season with Swindon Town before joining Charlton Athletic in January.

    Smith said: “I’m buzzing. I’m really looking forward to the season. It’s my second season now in League One so I know what to expect.

    “I worked with the manager at Swindon and Doncaster play the right way and a way that suits me as a player, so it was a no-brainer to come here, especially in the development of my career.

    “Hopefully now I’ve come in here we’ll push on and do well this season.

    “Richie is a top manager and I love working with him. For me personally, he wanted to help me every day to develop and push on.

    “I really enjoyed my time working with him so the decision to come here was an easy one.

    “I spoke to Ben Sheaf and Tyreece John-Jules too, and they both spoke highly of their time here so that pushed me to come here too.

    “I’m really looking forward to the season ahead.”

    Matt Smith is an exciting prospect
  • Justin Lawrence

    GOOD KOMPANY

    Mikel Arteta's relationship with Vincent Kompany allegedly helped Arsenal seal Albert Sambi Lokonga's proposed transfer.

    The Gunners are on the verge of signing Lokonga from Anderlecht, who Kompany is the boss of.

    Kompany worked with Arteta when the Gunners boss was Pep Guardiola's assistant at Manchester City.

    It was here where the pair built there bond, which has helped Lokonga's deal go through, The Mirror report.

    The midfielder is on course to complete his move to North London after the sides reportedly agreed a £17million deal.

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  • Justin Lawrence

    NOT A JOK

    Slaviša Jokanović has revealed that although he understands Arsenal's interest in Sander Berge, he would like to manage him next season.

    The Sheffield United boss joined the club this summer and wants Berge alongside him in future.

    He's aware of the 23-year-old's value and gets why the Gunners would like him at The Emirates.

    And the Serbian would also understand if the Blades decide to sell their star.

    In an interview with their YouTube channel, he said: "I have some information from the club side about Sander Berge.

    “I can accept this guy is a very good player and a very expensive player. And I want to coach him.

    “We will see what will happen – From the other side, I can understand all the movements of the different clubs.

    "I can understand some movement of Sheffield United.”

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  • Justin Lawrence

    LACA-FREE

    Alexandre Lacazette could reportedly leave Arsenal on a free-transfer next season.

    Lacazette is entering the final year of his contract at Arsenal and the club are said to be willing to sell him.

    However, it appears that the Gunners are now desperate to cash in on him at any price, according to Sky Sports.

    When discussing the striker's future, a Sky pundit said: "If an offer does come that Arsenal are happy with.

    "They will let Lacazette go, otherwise Lacazette will see out the remainder of his contract and leave for free next summer."

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    Lacazette may leave Arsenal for free this summerCredit: The Sun
  • Justin Lawrence

    LOKONG MY WAY

    Sambi Lokonga is reportedly set to complete his proposed £18million move to Arsenal this week.

    The Anderlecht midfielder is said to be closer than ever to signing for Mikel Arteta's side after agreeing personal terms, according to Arsenalfever.

    They claim the deal is imminent and the 21-year-old ace is waiting to be given the green light to go to London.

    Lokonga could be one of many new additions at the Emirates this summer.

    Benfica left-back Nuno Tavares is another major target with progress reportedly being made on a £15m deal.

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    Lokonga is reportedly poised to join ArsenalCredit: Getty
  • Justin Lawrence

    DAN YOU BELIEVE IT

    Danny Mills is baffled as to why Arsenal are interested in signing Sheffield United keeper Aaron Ramsdale.

    The ex-Leeds United defender insisted that the Gunners don’t need a new keeper going into the new Premier League season.

    It’s been reported that The Blades want £40million for their No.1 shot-stopper.

    And Mills reckons that’s way too steep for a second-choice goalkeeper.

    If the Gunners were to sign another goalie, it should be one in his 30’s like Manchester United’s newbie Tom Heaton as they won’t crave first-team football on a regular basis.

    While speaking to Football.London, he said: “With Ramsdale, that’s an awful lot for a back-up keeper.

    “You can often pick up a back-up keeper, like Tom Heaton who’s a very capable goalkeeper in his mid-30s.

    “They’re not happy but they understand their role is to sit on the bench. You can find someone like that for not a lot of money.

    “It seems a lot of money to pay for a second-choice goalkeeper.”

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  • Justin Lawrence

    SSOUMA PROGRESS

    Arsenal have reportedly been given a boost in their pursuit of Brighton defender Yves Bissouma.

    Brighton have allegedly been eyeing a move for RB Salzburg midfielder Enock Mwepu, who could fit right into their team as a replacement for Bissouma, according to The Express.

    If this is the case, it opens up the door for the 24-year-old to complete a switch to the Emirates.

    The Gunners have been linked with Bissouma for much of the summer.

    They face competition from Liverpool but it's claimed that the Mali international would prefer a move to London.

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    Bissouma could be on his way to ArsenalCredit: Getty

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    GUNNER GO

    Arsenal are reportedly willing to sell Alexandre Lacazette, Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles to fund the transfers of Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Mendes.

    Mikel Arteta wants to freshen up his squad ahead of the new season and is willing to sacrifice the trio in order to do so, according to The Express.

    Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga is believed to have agreed personal terms with the Gunners ahead of a £17million move.

    While the acquisition of Benfica ace Nuno Mendes is also thought to be close after he travelled to London last week to seal the deal.

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    Arteta is reportedly willing to sell three stars this summer to bring in two new recruitsCredit: AFP
  • Justin Lawrence

    BACK OF THE NETO

    Arsenal have reportedly revived their interest in Barcelona goalkeeper Neto.

    The Gunners made a move for the Brazilian back in January and have returned in a new bid to land the shot stopper.

    According to Mundo Deportivo, Mikel Arteta's side have launched another move for Barca's back-up keeper.

    With no real chance of first-team football, outcast Neto is reportedly keen on a move away from Barca.

    The 31-year-old is on Arsenal's radar with Arteta determined to rebuild their squad after missing out on European qualification.

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    Arsenal have revived their interest in NetoCredit: Getty

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    SMITH EXIT

    Matt Smith is leaving Arsenal to join Doncaster Rovers on loan next season.

    The Gunners youngster spent last term on loan with Swindon Town and Charlton Athletic.

    Rovers are happy to have secured the midfielders services and have labelled him as a playmaker.

    A club statement describing Smith read: "A deep-lying playmaker, controlling the tempo of games and picking out runners in the final third."

     

  • Justin Lawrence

    TIP OF THE BERG

    Arsenal will reportedly face competition from Atlanta and Napoli on their bid to land Sheffield United ace Sander Berg.

    The Gunners see the midfielder as the perfect replacement for Granit Xhaka who's been linked with a move to Roma this summer.

    Berg's performances for the Blades last season have seen the two Serie A sides wade into the race for his signature.

    But the Blades have no intention to sell the Norwegian national in their bid to gain Premier League promotion after their relegation in the previous campaign.

    They hope Berg's £35million release clause will be enough to scare off any potential interest in the star.

    Berg is at the centre of a transfer battle between Arsenal, Atlanta and NapoliCredit: Getty
  • William Pugh

    HOT AIR BALLON

    Former Arsenal striker Nicolas Anelka is urging Kylian Mbappe to consider taking his red-hot striking skills to one of England’s or Spain’s football giants.

    In a letter published by the Athletic, Anelka, 42, wrote: “The French league is not easy, don’t get me wrong, but I think the toughest league is in England. So, if you want to be one of the best, then do what you do in Paris but with Chelsea or United or Arsenal or Manchester City or Liverpool.

    “Or go to Spain to Madrid or Barcelona. Or maybe Italy. You have done so well since coming through at Monaco and taking it to a new level at Paris-Saint Germain.

    “It seems you will stay for another year, then there is a big choice to make. You have at least two choices — stay in Paris or move to Real Madrid. Both of them can win the Champions League these days.

    “When I was at PSG, that wasn’t the case. That choice depends on what you want to achieve in football. If you want the biggest accolades, you will have to move from PSG at some point. The best leagues are in England and Spain, so you didn’t compete with the best players in the best league.

    “You will have to decide. If you want to win the Ballon d’Or, which is what you should be looking at to echo Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, you will have to compete with the best. You can’t say you compete with the best all the time when you are at PSG.”

    Credit: Reuters
  • William Pugh

    TIME TO CELEBRATE

    UK sports are set to welcome back full crowds this summer WITHOUT the need for vaccine passports, according to reports.

    The PM will announce plans to end lockdown restrictions on July 19 in a press conference this evening. And part of that is expected to permit capacity crowds inside stadiums from that date onwards.

    However, unlike in recent pilot events, The Times reports spectators will NOT need to show evidence of a double Covid-19 vaccination – unless the pandemic problems significantly worsen.

    The British Grand Prix, on July 18, has already been confirmed as another test so will have 140,000 people at Silverstone on race day.

    But other fixtures such as the Goodwood races at the end of July and England’s Test cricket series against India which starts on August 4 should see full stands.

    And football clubs across the pyramid, including in the Premier League and EFL, will follow suit when the new 2021-22 season gets underway next month. However, should England win Euro 2020, a public celebration or parade would not take place until after July 19.

    Credit: Reuters
  • William Pugh

    ROME ROW – EXCLUSIVE

    Sol Campbell confronted a coward who called him a 'Judas c***' in Rome before England's win over Ukraine.

    The spineless yob was filming the former Arsenal and Tottenham centre-back as he left a restaurant on Saturday lunch time and also yelled: "Jelly and ice cream when you go."

    The video was posted on Twitter but what can't be seen in the footage is the female companion sitting with the abuser who SunSport understands looked 'mortified' by his actions.

    SunSport also understands the man – believed to be in his early 30s – who shouted the abuse broke Covid rules by travelling from England to be in the Italian capital for the Three Lions' 4-0 win.

    He was also heard bragging about his intention to ignore quarantine requirements when he returned to the UK. The clip shows him pointing the camera at the 46-year-old former Southend and Macclesfield manager and heard shouting: "Here he is, Sol Campbell."

    Campbell looks over but proceeds to walk out the restaurant when the abuser goads him again. Unprovoked, he says: "Judas… C***!" It's at this point Campbell turns back and walks towards the man. As the England legend approaches, the man adds: "Jelly and ice cream when you go mate."

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  • William Pugh

    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.

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