Mikel Arteta 'in love with' Raphinha, Arsenal 'AGREE' Gabriel Jesus fee, Tielemans latest – transfer news live | The Sun

ARSENAL have reportedly verbally agreed a fee with Man City for Gabriel Jesus.

It is added that a move to Arsenal is far more likely for the Brazilian than a switch to Spurs as it is much clearer where he would fit in the team.

Meanwhile, Fabrizio Romano has stated that Mikel Arteta is "in love with" Raphinha and the Gunners are extremely keen to do a deal for the Leeds winger.

Arsenal are also still interested in signing Youri Tielemans, but there has been little progress in negotiations as the club focus on securing the signings of the two Brazilians first.

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  • Jack Figg

    Raph-in for him

    Man Utd and Liverpool have reportedly joined the trace for Raphinha.

    And that has sparked a major Premier League battle for the Brazilian's signature.

    London trio Chelsea, Tottenham and particularly Arsenal are interested in landing him this summer.

    The Gunners saw their first bid rejected but are set to go back to Leeds with an improved offer.

    However, as reported by Sport in Spain, they now face competition from the powerhouses in the North-West.

    But it is understood Raphinha has so far kept the door closed on a transfer within the Premier League.

  • Jack Figg

    Jesus and Raphinha ‘more important’ than Youri

    Arsenal have reportedly prioritised the signings of Gabriel Jesus and Raphinha over Youri Tielemans.

    The Gunners are still keen on Leicester city midfielder Tielemans, but want to recruit Man City ace Jesus and Leeds star Raphinha first,

    That’s according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

    He told Caught Offside: “Arsenal have long had contacts with the player’s camp and with Leicester but have not made official offers so far.

    “Talks are still on, but they are not at the key stages yet because the club is focused on Gabriel Jesus as a priority and is trying to compete for Raphinha, two deals on which you need to be quick.”

  • Jack Figg

    Arsenal given Jesus transfer ultimatum

    Arsenal MUST sign Gabriel Jesus if they want to get back into the top four as Eddie Nketiah isn’t up to the job.

    That’s the view of Paul Merson, who said: “Arsenal must get Gabriel Jesus if they are serious about getting back into the top four. They have got to get him. It’s that simple.

    “Everything goes out of the window if they don’t. It doesn’t matter what else they do.

    “All they’ve got right now up front is Eddie Nketiah. And no disrespect but Nketiah won’t get you into the top four. Absolutely no chance. That’s a fact.”

  • Jack Figg

    Hec of a move

    Atletico Madrid have reportedly joined Real Betis in the race to prise Hector Bellerin away from Arsenal.

    The right-back, 27, looks set to depart the Emirates this summer with the defender having just one year left on his contract.

    Bellerin is not in Mikel Arteta's plans in North London after he allowed him to join Betis on loan for the 2021-22 season.

    The Spain international impressed for his boyhood club where he helped the Seville outfit win the Copa del Rey as well as finishing fifth in LaLiga.

    He has made no secret of his desire to remain at the Estadio Benito Villamarin after releasing an emotional statement to Betis' fans.

  • Jack Figg

    Get some of tat

    Ben White and his fiancee Millie Adams are enjoying a romantic holiday as they plan the rest of their lives together.

    The couple got engaged at the end of last month and showed off matching "I love you" tattoos shortly after.

    Now they are embarking on a post-engagement getaway somewhere extremely sunny – although the location is not known.

    Arsenal man White and partner Millie have unveiled a second set of matching tattoos while away.

    She shared an Instagram picture of the pair holding hands with a heart on each of their thumbs.

    And Millie also posted a snap of the pair together, as well as one of a glorious view from a yacht.

  • Jack Figg

    Leeds identify for Raphinha replacement

    Leeds are looking to sign PSV winger Cody Gakpo as a potential replacement for Raphinha, according to reports.

    Raphinha, 25, has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal over the past few weeks.

    According to FootMercato, Leeds are considering a swoop for 23-year-old Gakpo from Eredivisie giants PSV.

    PSV are demanding around £26m for their star man, so he will be well within Leeds’ price range if they did sell Raphinha.

    Arsenal have also been linked with a swoop for Gakpo, who could prove to be the perfect alternative if they cannot secure a deal for the Brazilian.

  • Jack Figg

    Arsenal receive Gnabry transfer boost

    Arsenal have received a huge boost in their pursuit of ex-Gunner Serge Gnabry.

    That’s as Bayern Munich transfer chief director Hasan Salihamidzic has refused to rule out selling Gnabry, although he insisted the club want him to stay put.

    Salihamidzic said, reported by Fabrizio Romano: We really want to keep him. I hope that he chooses Bayern.

    “If a player doesn’t want to decide for the club, then we can find a solution that makes everyone happy.”

  • Jack Figg

    Ozil unfollows Fenerbahce on social media

    Mesut Ozil unfollowed Fenerbahce on social media after being told he will never play for the club again.

    Ozil has since closed the door on his Fenerbahce career by unfollowing the club on social media, despite the fact he still has two years remaining on his current contract.

    The Super Lig giants are now looking to sell him this summer as he is one of the club’s highest earners.

  • Jack Figg

    Jovic ‘completes Fiorentina transfer’

    Arsenal transfer target Luka Jovic is close to completing his switch to Fiorentina, reports claim.

    The Serbian striker was swayed to join the Italian side by compatriot Nikola Milenkovic, who plays for the club, La Nazione reported.

    The report claims Milenkovic detailed the strengths of club boss Vincenzo Italiano and the team’s long-term project.

    And Jovic is open to the move as he looks to relaunch his career, it was also added.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arsenal defence receives praise

    Arsenal's defence has been praised by Man United legend John O'Shea.

    And Gunners centre-back Ben White was singled out for his progress since last season.

    He told Paddy Power: "“For a number of years, people have always said that Arsenal need to sort out their defence but they seemingly got their back four settled last season.

    "After a shaky start, Ben White looks really solid now."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Spence transfer woes revealed

    Tottenham and Middlesbrough remain a way apart in their negotiations for Djed Spence.

    Boro are looking for around £15million plus add-ons for the England Under-21 right wing-back.

    Spurs are currently looking to pay considerably less than that for the 21-year-old.

    Talks have been ongoing for the last few weeks but there is confidence on the player’s side that an agreement will eventually be reached.

    Yet there is interest from other Premier League clubs and Borussia Dortmund in Germany should a deal not be struck.

    Arsenal have also been linked with Spence.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Bellerin linked with Atletico transfer

    Arsenal have reportedly joined Real Betis in the race to prise Hector Bellerin away from Arsenal.

    The right-back, 27, looks set to depart the Emirates this summer with the defender having just one year left on his contract.

    It is believed that Betis could struggle to turn Bellerin's temporary stay into a permanent switch due to financial reasons.

    But Arsenal are refusing to release him to allow him to join Betis on a free transfer as they hold out for a fee.

    Real's struggled has seen Atletico look to pip Manuel Pellegrini's side to his signature, with Goal stating Bellerin is on Diego Simeone's radar.

    Atletico were keen to sign the ex-Watford loanee last year but failed to secure his services, and they appear to have retained their interest.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Brazilian connection discussed by O’Shea

    Man United legend John O’Shea reckons Arsenal’s transfer supremo Edu can help them land fellow Brazilians Raphinha and Gabriel Jesus.

    O’Shea told Paddy Power: “When good players pop up like Raphinha and Gabriel Jesus and the transfers make sense financially. They’re both Brazilian players and they have a Brazilian Director of Football at Arsenal [Edu] that will be an attractive link too.

    “Arteta knows Jesus from working with him at Man City and Raphinha has looked really exciting for the last couple of years as well as breaking into the Brazil national team.

    “So, I wouldn’t be surprised if there were more teams than just Arsenal looking at him.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Mikel Arteta 'loves Raphinha'

    Arsenal are pushing to sign Leeds star Raphinha as manager Mikel Arteta is "really in love" with the player, reports suggest.

    That is according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, who claims Arteta is very keen on the winger but there is also competition from Chelsea who have made contact with the Whites.

    Romano reports that the transfer saga surrounding the Brazil international, who has a contract until 2024, is one of the "craziest" in recent times and could last a little longer.

    The 25-year-old initially agreed personal terms with Barcelona in February but the club's €40million (£34.3m) bid doesn't meet Leeds' £65m asking price.

    The Gunners have also made an offer but that too has been turned down by the Yorkshire giants.

    The North Londoners' task got even tougher as Chelsea's new owner Todd Boehly made a "direct call" with Elland Road chiefs exploring a possible deal.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arteta's Jesus plans revealed

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta wants to build his attack around Gabriel Jesus next season.

    But the Gunners are struggling to agree on a transfer fee for the striker, the Athletic reported.

    City are holding out for £50m, which is significantly less than the £35m bid Arsenal initially submitted.

    However, negotiations should be smooth once the two clubs reach an agreement as Jesus is keen on joining the Gunners to secure regular first-team football, the report adds.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Higuain on failed Arsenal transfer

    Gonzalo Higuain has opened up on his failed move to Arsenal.

    The ex-Real Madrid striker scoffed at the Gunners' claim that he was too expensive, while highlighting the £68m they subsequently spent on Mesut Ozil.

    Speaking with TyC Sports, he said: “I remember that I was on the verge of going to Arsenal when I went to Napoli, but they said I was too expensive.

    "And a few days later, they paid €80m for Ozil!”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arsenal 'agree terms with Tielemans'

    Arsenal have reportedly agreed personal terms with Leicester City ace Youri Tielemans.

    That's according to CBS Sports anchor Ben Jacobs who said: "It’s incorrect to say anything other than that Arsenal have advanced things with Tielemans in the last seven days.

    "The feeling was that Arsenal would swoop in after the international break and get it done. Instead they progressed things with Vieira, but Tielemans is still on their radar.”

    “Arsenal have put in a heck of a lot of work on this deal, dating back a year, they’ve agreed terms with the player, but at no point have they tabled an offer with Leicester City. Arsenal always felt they wanted to pay £25m all in, but Leicester want closer to £30m, £31m or £32m."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Raphinha transfer race heats up

    Tottenham will only continue their transfer pursuit of Everton ace Richarlison if they fail to land Leeds ace Raphinha.

    That’s the view of Fabrizio Romano, who told wettfreunde: “It depends on Raphinha I think.

    “They are not going to sign both Raphina and Richarlison. But they are discussing for both of them.”

    “For Raphinha, they are in direct contact with Leeds.

    “For Richarlison, there’s not a direct conversation yet between Tottenham and Everton.”

    “So it’s still in different stages of the negotiations with these two deals.”

    Arsenal have also been heavily linked with a move for Raphinha.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Jesus to Arsenal 'works perfectly'

    Man City star Gabriel Jesus' proposed transfer to Arsenal suits all parties involved perfectly.

    That's according to Steve McManaman, who told horseracing.net: "Is he better than what Arsenal have got?

    "The answer is yes. Manchester City are more than happy to let him go because they brought in Erling Haaland, so have Man City improved in that area?

    "Probably, yes. It’s only natural that Gabriel Jesus will start to look at Haaland and think that it’s time to leave. He has the potential to go to Arsenal and be their star man.

    "There are Brazilian and Portuguese-speaking players at Arsenal already.

    "Mikel Arteta has worked with him before and he’ll be the main man. Alexandre Lacazette has moved on and I know they’ve just re-signed Eddie Nketiah to a new deal, but Jesus will probably come in and know that he’s playing every week and that centre-forward spot is his own.

    "It works for everybody, It’s pointless Manchester City keeping him if he's going to be really unhappy. Arsenal need a centre-forward and he can be the main man as he already has huge amounts of Premier League experience, and it pays the bills for the Erling Haaland move."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Bale will fail at Arsenal

    Jack Wilshere thinks Gareth Bale isn't good enough to get a game at Arsenal these days.

    He told talkSPORT: "No. I look at the players who would be playing in that position and they’re young players who have arguably been Arsenal’s best players over the last few years.

    “So one, I don’t think he gets a game. And if he does, I think he’d be holding one of those players back.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Lokonga's going nowhere this summer

    Albert Sambi Lokonga will reportedly stay at Arsenal this summer despite the arrival of Fabio Vieira.

    There had been rumours Burnley boss Vincent Kompany could make a loan swoop for the 22-year-old midfielder, who he previously coached at Anderlecht.

    But boss Mikel Arteta wants a strong squad next season in order to be competitive on four fronts.

    And football.london report Lokonga is set to stay at the Emirates rather than head out on loan.

    The Gunners recently confirmed the £34million capture of Vieira and there is continued interest in Youri Tielemans, both of who play in Lokonga's position.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Saliba's staying put

    William Saliba looks set to be part of Arsenal's plans next season.

    The defender's impressed during his loan spell with Marseille.

    So much so that the French club have enquired about making his switch permanent, Foot Mercato reported.

    But Arsenal aren't keen on the idea and rejected the Ligue 1 side's offer, the report adds.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Morning, Arsenal fans

    Gabriel Jesus and Raphinha are rated the Gunners' transfer priorities ahead of Youri Tielemans.

    And the claim in Spain is that Arsenal have bid £48million for Leeds winger Raphinha.

    Mundo Deportivo revealed the offer without naming the club – but another Spanish journalist insisted it WAS the Gunners.

    Meanwhile, Manchester City striker Jesus is reportedly just the 'final details' away from an Emirates move.

    But the suggestion yesterday was that the Prem champs might hold out for nearer £65m than the £50m it's thought Arsenal or Tottenham would be happy to pay.

    The Gunners are still the club most mentioned for Leicester midfield star Tielemans.

    And although he's not regarded as one of their main two targets it's understood boss Mikel Arteta hopes to nab him for as little as £25m.

    Arsenal could also fight Chelsea and Spurs for Everton frontman Richarlison

    Defender Nuno Tavares might join Marseille on loan – ahead of a potential permanent move.

    And striker Eddie Nketiah, who signed a lengthy new contract last week, says Arteta made it 'almost impossible' for him to leave.

    But the Gunners' Northern Ireland centre-back Daniel Ballard is closing in on a £2m switch to relegated Burnley.

  • Ian Tuckey

    London calling for Jesus, Richarlison, Raphinha

    London's Premier League giants are in a three-way battle for a hat-trick of Brazilian stars, writes TOM BARCLAY.

    Samba boys Gabriel Jesus, Richarlison and Raphinha are all being eyed up by a  trio of the biggest clubs in the capital.

    Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has dropped his interest in Gabriel Jesus, giving Arsenal and Chelsea a clearer run at the Manchester City forward.

    But Conte’s Spurs and Chelsea are vying for Richarlison, who wants to leave Everton but is rated at more than £50million.

    And Spurs are also in a fight with arch-rivals Arsenal for Leeds wideman Raphinha, coveted by Barcelona too but who would command a similar fee.

    It makes for a Selecao-themed sideshow to the summer transfer market and one that could see each London club end the window with a shiny, new Brazilian international in their ranks.

    Jesus, 25, has a year left on his City contract and is expected to leave following the signings of strikers Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez.

    Arsenal have a long-term interest in the former Palmeiras forward, whom Mikel Arteta worked with during his time as Pep Guardiola’s No2 at City.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Kompany closes on Ballard as first Burnley buy

    Arsenal defender Daniel Ballard is closing in on a £2million move to Burnley.

    New boss Vincent Kompany is desperate for defensive reinforcements with skipper Ben Mee and James Tarkowski expected to leave on frees following their relegation from the Premier League.

    But after having their bid accepted by The Gunners, Ballard is now set to discuss personal terms with The Clarets before having a medical.

    Kompany's legacy at Manchester City is said to have had a huge role in persuading the 22-year-old to join him at Turf Moor.

    Ballard has not made a competitive first-team appearance for Mikel Arteta's side.

    But the club have inserted a clause to allow them to match any future bids.

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