Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Pedro Neto wants Emirates move, Moussa Diaby LOVED by Gunners, Tielemans top priority | The Sun

ARSENAL are stepping things up as the transfer deadline edges ever closer.

The Gunners have reportedly held initial talks regarding the signing of Pedro Neto.

They value the Wolves man, who is said to be keen on the move, at £35m while the Black Country side want a fee of £50m.

Should they not be able to sign Neto, it is also claimed that the Gunners hierarchy "love" Moussa Diaby of Bayer Leverkusen.

Youri Tielemans is reported to remain the club's top transfer priority as they look to bring in a central midfielder.

But Lyon's Lucas Paqueta has received high praise from Edu and could come into the Gunners' thinking if they fail to land Tielemans.

IN: Marquinhos, Fabio Vieira, Matt Turner, Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko
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  • James Colasanti

    Gunners eye Tonali and Caicedo

    Arsenal could move for Sandro Tonali or Moises Caicedo if they cannot land Youri Tielemans, according to The Daily Star.

    The Gunners reportedly want to tie up a deal for Leicester midfielder Tielemans this week or they will turn to their alternatives.

    Italy's Tonali, 22, helped AC Milan side win Serie A last season, while Caicedo, 20, is being tracked by a number of Prem clubs after some stunning displays for Brighton.

  • James Colasanti

    Arsenal third favourites for title

    Arsenal's impressive unbeaten start to the season has seen Betfair install them as third favourites to win the Prem.

    Liverpool's poor start has seen the bookies slash their odds on Manchester City defending their crown to 1/3.

    But the big move in the market is with the Gunners, who are now priced behind City and the Reds at 11/1 to take claim their first top-flight crown since 2004.

  • James Colasanti

    Martinelli set for new deal

    Arsenal are set to reward Gabriel Martinelli with a new long-term deal following his fine start to the season, according to PA Sport.

    The Brazil striker has fired in two goals and produced some eye-catching displays to help unbeaten Gunners top the early Prem table.

    That could land the 21-year-old a big pay rise and extension to a contract set to expire in 2024.

    Arsenal's Gabriel Martinelli has scored two goals in a strong start to the seasonCredit: Getty
  • James Colasanti

    Neto's £50m price-tag problem

    Wolves' £50million valuation of Pedro Neto could put Arsenal off trying to sign him, according to the Evening Standard.

    The Gunners are keen on bringing in a new winger and the 22-year-old – who is regarded as one of Wanderers' crown jewels – fits the bill.

    But after shelling out more than £100m on the likes of Fabio Vieira, Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko already this summer, Mikel Arteta's side might have to accept they cannot afford Neto too.

  • James Colasanti

    Arsenal's FFP concern

    Arsenal have been placed on a Uefa watchlist of teams at risk of breaching Financial Fair Play rules, according to The Times.

    European football's governing body is preparing to announce sanctions for clubs who breached regulations up to the 2020-21 season.

    Teams set to come under scrutiny also include Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Roma and Juventus.

    Last summer, the Gunners outspent every other club in Europe, forking out over £140million to bring Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale, Martin Odegaard, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares.

  • James Colasanti

    Ten Blues facing the chop?

    Chelsea could reportedly move out up to TEN players this month -including Hakim Ziyech and Marcos Alonso.

    West Ham-bound Emerson Palmieri and unsettled Christian Pulisic could also be on their way, says The Express.

    Youngsters Calum Hudson-Odoi, Trevor Chalobah, Ethan Ampadu, and Billy Gilmour are set for loan moves, while out-of-favour duo Michy Batshuayi and Ross Barkley could be sold.

  • James Colasanti

    Auba to Chelsea 'imminent'

    A deal to take Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona to Chelsea is "imminent", according to sports journalist Rudy Galetti.

    He tweeted the clubs have reached an agreement over a fee of just under £17million plus bonuses which would see the former Arsenal skipper make a quick return to the Prem.

    The Gabon striker only joined the LaLiga giants in February after his well-publicised disciplinary problems at the Gunners.

  • James Colasanti

    New Chelsea £60m Gordon bid

    AFTER seeing bids up to £45million rejected by Everton for Anthony Gordon, Chelsea look set to up their offer to £60m.

    The Toffees have consistently said their versatile 21-year-old forward is not for sale.

    But with serious money on the table their resolve will be tested as the London club look to sharpen up an attack which underwhelmed in Sunday’s 3-0 defeat at Leeds.

  • Matt Penn

    Neto talks ongoing

    Arsenal are still very keen on signing Pedro Neto from Wolves as the transfer window comes to a close.

    The Gunners are prepared to pay £35million for the winger but Wolves want around £50m.

    Arsenal have enjoyed a fruitful start to the season under Mikel Arteta, who has already strengthened his side this summer with the signings of Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Good morning Arsenal fans

    Arsenal have identified Wolves star Pedro Neto as a transfer priority ahead of next month’s deadline day.

    That's according to David Ornstein of The Athletic, who claims that talks between the Gunners and Neto's agent Jorge Mendes have been going on for over a month.

    However, Wolves are reluctant to sell the 22-year-old ace, and the Gunners' spending power is limited after a fruitful summer in the transfer market.

    Financial Fair Play limitations mean the North Londoners have to look for creative ways to land the winger.

    This has all the makings of another saga that will run right up to the close of the transfer window on September 1.

    Nevertheless, Wolves have slapped a £50million price tag on the Portugal international.

    Meanwhile, Leicester star Youri Tielemans has been left out of Brendan Rodgers' starting line-up as he is "not in the right frame of mind" amid transfer interest from Arsenal.

    Rodgers confirmed the reason for Tielemans' absence ahead of the Foxes' Premier League game with Southampton on Saturday.

    He told Sky Sports: "I mentioned in the week about coming into a Premier League game and maybe we have some players that just aren't in the right frame of mind."

    Rodgers added during a press conference: "If the players aren’t totally focused and committed to the club and being here, or for whatever reason just aren’t in the right mindset, that won’t help us.

    "We have to ensure everyone is really focused in order for us to play the best game we can. I will always assess that after the sessions."

    And Arsenal seem to have found a cheaper alternative to Lyon star Lucas Paqueta as they've turned their attention to the "Ukrainian Neymar".

    The Gunners' bid to sign Paqueta appears to have stalled with the Ligue 1 club's incoming owners keen on retaining their star player.

    According to MediaFoot, Shakhtar Donetsk star Mykhailo Mudryk is on the list of players wanted by the North Londoners this summer.

    Mudryk, 21, has attracted comparisons with Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar, and at just €20m (£16.9m) he offers a relatively cheap alternative.

    Finally, Leicester are lining up a shock swoop for Arsenal outcast Nicolas Pepe.

    Pepe has been deemed surplus to requirements at the Emirates and will be allowed to leave before the summer transfer window shuts.

    Nice have been heavily linked with bringing the winger back to France just three years after he left Lille to join the Gunners in a £72million deal.

    The Ivory Coast international was left out of Mikel Arteta's matchday squad on Saturday that defeated Bournemouth 3-0 due to his talks with the French club over a loan deal.

    But it has now been claimed that the 27-year-old ace is a shock target for Leicester.

    According to Media Foot, the Foxes could look to hijack Nice's move for Pepe as Rodgers looks to bolster his attack

  • Kostas Lianos

    Arteta dedicates victory to Braddock

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has dedicated their victory over Bournemouth to their head groundsman Steve Braddock.

    Braddock tragically passed away aged 58 before the trip to the south coast having suffered from a long illness.

    Speaking to the Gunners, Arteta said: “I would like to dedicate this victory to him and his family.

    “It was an honour to meet him, to meet the person, how much he was loved at the football club.

    “The legacy that he is leaving is just tremendous and hopefully he can rest in peace and his family can all get through this”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Ramsdale on Arsenal’s improved mentality

    Arsenal star Aaron Ramsdale has praised his side’s new mentality after they missed out on the top four last season.

    Speaking after their 3-0 victory over Bournemouth, Ramsdale told Sky Sports: “We’re just more ruthless.

    “We saw how close we came last season and what happened at the end of the year. It hurt a lot, it took a few weeks to get over, it hurt more because it was from the others down the road.

    “But then you bring in the likes of [Oleksandr] Zinchenko and Gabi Jesus, who know what it’s like to win, ruthless every day in training and then [William] Saliba who is 20 I think, who is a French international and has won [young] player of the year.

    “We’ve added great to the squad and long may it continue”

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Will I never

    Arsenal ace William Saliba was the hero in the Gunners' dressing room after scoring his first goal for the club against Bournemouth.

    Saliba curled a brilliant effort into the top corner from outside the area to seal the three points in a convincing 3-0 win.

    That sent the Gunners' travelling fans wild and they responded by singing a new song for the centre-back.

    Saliba's name is sung to the tune of 'Tequila' – the song made famous by The Champs.

    The catchy chant has caught on amongst the players too, with manager Mikel Arteta revealing it was sung by his squad after the match.

    Arteta said: "The boys were singing it in the dressing room it is a good song.

    "For sure that’s [the goal] the last thing I would expect, but credit to the boy for the way he is playing, he’s performing"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Gun & forgotten

    Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong revealed he planned to join Arsenal as a stepping stone before making his dream move to the Nou Camp.

    De Jong, who is being targeted by Manchester United and Chelsea, was unveiled by Barca in 2019 having agreed a £65million deal from Ajax.

    The midfielder rose to prominence during Ajax's heroic Champions League run and he revealed he was inspired by his countryman Marc Overmars.

    De Jong told Voetbal International: "In my mind, I have had the following list for a long time: Ajax-Arsenal-Barcelona, ​​call it the Marc Overmars route.

    "But then again, if you can go directly to Barcelona, ​​then you are right where you want to be. Faster than you ever dared to dream"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Rest in peace

    Arsenal head groundsman Steve Braddock has passed away aged 58 after suffering from a long illness.

    Braddock joined the Gunners in 1987 following a chance meeting with then manager George Graham, who needed someone to look after the pitch at Highbury.

    He exceeded in his job, winning the Premier League Pitch of the Season award on several occasions as well as ‘Turf’s Top Influencer’ in 2019.

    A year later 2020 he became only the second person in history to enter the Grounds Management Association’s Hall of Fame.

    A statement read: "Our thoughts are with Steve’s wife Shuk, their daughters Jasmine and Lily, Steve’s sisters Janice and Susan, and all Steve’s family and friends"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Loan transfer move

    Arsenal have allowed teenage right-back Brooke Norton-Cuffy to continue his development at Rotherham in the Championship.

    After a stunning loan spell at Crawley last season, Norton-Cuffy, 18 has now been shipped off again with Mikel Arteta keen for him to play regular football.

    The right-back only joined the League One side for the second half of the last campaign, but he impressed having scored once from 17 matches.

    The teenager also showed his class at the European Under-19 Championship earlier this summer where he helped England beat Israel in the final.

    Norton-Cuffy is highly-rated at the Emirates, with the Gunners tying him down to a long-term deal earlier this month.

    But Arsenal have announced he will be spending this season at the New York Stadium

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Arsenal's Sak race

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is increasingly confident that Bukayo Saka will sign new long-term deal.

    Arteta said: "I am very confident that we as a club and Bukayo, his family, his agent, everybody, we are very much aligned in what we want to achieve.

    "And now it is about putting it on a piece of paper.

    "I would like that to get done, because I don't want the player or anybody else distracted while we are in the middle of the season.

    "But those things take time and they have to go through the right process, and I think the process has been really good"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Parlour on Aubameyang

    Arsenal legend Ray Parlour still thinks Barcelona star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can succeed at Chelsea.

    Parlour added: "For me it’s a no brainer for Chelsea, it really is.

    "[Timo] Werner has gone back to RB Leipzig, so they’re lacking goals.

    "So Aubameyang will definitely score. Before he signed his new contract at Arsenal, he was brilliant. He won the FA Cup for Arsenal on his own.

    "So he’d be a good signing, if you can get him for one season, he’ll be coming back to prove people wrong that’s what he’ll be trying to do"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Aubba to you

    Arsenal legend Ray Parlour believes Barcelona star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could harm Chelsea's Champions League pursuit.

    Parlour told TalkSPORT: "I don’t think Arsenal fans would be too happy.

    "[Chelsea are] Arsenal’s rivals, that’s who they’re going to be competing with if they’re going to try and get in that top four this season.

    "But Aubameyang has been pushed out, he might want to play in the Premier League still, Mikel Arteta made it clear he’s going to be leaving"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Ring the Bell

    Barcelona have held an "internal meeting" regarding a potential bid for Arsenal ace Hector Bellerin.

    Bellerin spent last season on loan at Real Betis and has fallen out of favour ever since his return to the Emirates with Takehiro Tomiyasu, and Cedric Soares ahead of him in the pecking order.

    According to Sport, Barca are interested in the full-back and held talks as they consider a bid to sign him ahead of transfer deadline day on September 1.

    Barcelona manager Xavi needs a new right-back urgently but the club has failed to land Borussia Dortmund's Thomas Meunier and Villarreal's Juan Foyth as they were deemed too expensive.

    However, Bellerin, 27, has one year left in his Arsenal contract and thus carries a cheaper asking price.

    The Spain international is also considered a sensible solution as he understands the "Barca way" after coming out of the club's famous La Masia academy

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Fol lot of history

    Arsenal ace Folarin Balogun has already made history with loan club Reims.

    Balogun joined the Ligue 1 outfit on a season-long loan deal earlier this month.

    The 21-year-old scored in his first two matches for the French side and later made history in his third.

    The England youth international betted an 81st minute equaliser against Strasbourg, cancelling out Alexander Djiku's opener.

    The striker's goal earned his side their first point of the season… as well as a slice of history.

    Balogun became the first player to score in his first three matches for Reims in 47 years, with Jacques Vergnes being the last player to do it all the way back in August 1975

  • Kostas Lianos

    Ian Wright reacts

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright has slammed the Premier League claiming it would be "f*****g" "s**t" without Liverpool.

    Wright said: "I thought Fulham were amazing on the first [weekend, drawing with Liverpool 1-1].

    "They put the pressure on Liverpool and the reason why they done that is because you know that Liverpool, who have chased down a Man City side that are imperious…

    "Right, if it wasn’t for Liverpool this f*****g league would be s**t.

    "Simply because, City beat them on two occasions by one point, and then they hammered them out of sight.

    "If it weren’t for Liverpool it would be a procession"

  • Kostas Lianos

    More on Neto

    Arsenal are trying to negotiate a deal for Wolves star Pedro Neto but will not be held to ransom.

    The Gunners' manager Mikel Arteta has been looking to replace Nicolas Pepe all summer and has identified Neto as a potential signing.

    But after being priced out of a deal for Ruben Neves earlier in the summer, the North Londoners are wary of Wolves’ demands for their 22-year-old.

    It is understood that Arsenal are prepared to offer as much as £35million for the winger.

    But Wolves are asking for at least £50m despite just signing a ready replacement in £27.5m Goncalo Guedes.

    And that is a price which Arsenal are reluctant to pay after already splashing £120m this summer on Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fabio Vieira, Matt Turner and Marquinhos

  • Kostas Lianos

    Foxes' Nic knack

    Leicester are lining up a shock swoop for Arsenal outcast Nicolas Pepe.

    Pepe is surplus to requirements at the Emirates and will be allowed to leave before the summer transfer window shuts.

    Nice have been heavily linked with bringing the winger back to France – three years after he left Lille to join the Gunners in a £72million deal.

    The Ivory Coast international was left out of Mikel Arteta's matchday squad on Saturday that beat Bournemouth 3-0 due to his talks with the French club over a loan deal.

    But it has now been claimed that the 27-year-old is a shock target for Leicester.

    According to Media Foot, the Foxes could look to hijack Nice's move for Pepe as manager Brendan Rodgers looks to bolster his attack

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Lucas Paqueta alternative

    Arsenal seem to have found a cheaper alternative to Lyon star Lucas Paqueta as they've turned their attention to the "Ukrainian Neymar".

    The Gunners' bid to sign Paqueta appears to have stalled with the French club's incoming owners keen on retaining their star player.

    According to MediaFoot, Shakhtar Donetsk star Mykhailo Mudryk is on the list of players wanted by the North Londoners.

    Mudryk, 21, has attracted comparisons with Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar, and at just €20million (£16.9m) he offers a relatively cheap alternative

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