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Transfer News LIVE! Arsenal in the Edge Offer; Lewandowski wants Chelsea, Raphinha at the latest; Update from Spence to Spurs

Transfer News LIVE! Arsenal in the Edge Offer; Lewandowski wants Chelsea, Raphinha at the latest; Spence to Spurs update – (Author: Gardener)

LewandowskiYou are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Arsenal in the Edge Offer; Lewandowski wants Chelsea, Raphinha at the latest; Spence to Spurs update Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham continue to make big strides in the summer window, with the three London giants looking to bolster their squads and integrate signings when pre-season friendlies begin. Chelsea are set to announce the £50m signing of Raheem Sterling with a medical appointment and Nathan Ake should soon join him at Stamford Bridge. Thomas Tuchel remains interested in Matthijs de Ligt and has received a boost in his pursuit of Raphinha, while the Blues have been linked with Bayern Munich pair Robert Lewandowksi and Dayot Upamecano. Arsenal have spent close to £100m but manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed he wants more after signing Gabriel Jesus. Tottenham remain locked in talks with Middlesbrough to make Djed Spence his sixth summer signing. 12:53 , Alex Young Raheem Sterling will undergo his Chelsea medical today, according to Sky Sports. The forward is set to join a deal worth up to £50million, having already agreed a five-year deal to make him the club's highest-paid player in their history. Chelsea are hoping Sterling will join the squad on their tour of the United States. 12:47 , Alex Young A double dose of cold water for Arsenal fans by Fabrizio Romano. According to the journalist, there are no ongoing talks for Lille winger Edon Zhegrova at Chelsea's N'Golo Kante. Brentford not giving up Eriksen 12:28, Alex Young Despite Christian Eriksen giving Manchester United his word that he will sign a three-year deal, Brentford are still hoping the player will stay. That's according to the Mirror, which reports that Thomas Frank hasn't given up on convincing Eriksen to extend his Bees deal. United, meanwhile, are aiming to finalize the deal so Eriksen can join the squad on his pre-season tour. 12:07 , Alex Young Barcelona and agent Jorges Mendes have come up with a strategy to sign £85m-rated Bernardo Silva from Manchester City. According to Mundo Deportivo, they hope to lure City by paying a small fee up front and then the rest of the number of years. For the avoidance of doubt, this is how almost every transfer is paid for. 11:33 , Alex Young Aymeric Laporte has ruled out leaving Manchester City this summer due to Chelsea interest. Standard Sport understand the Blues made an approach for the centre-back, only for City to have dismissed the prospect outright. However, Chelsea are expected to sign teammates Raheem Sterling and Nathan Ake in the coming days. Laporte was heavily linked with a departure from the Etihad Stadium last summer but is now unwilling to leave after a stellar season in the squad. 11:18 , Alex Young Phil Foden has agreed a new six-year deal with Manchester City for £200,000 a week, the club's highest earners. The Sun report that Foden turned down £150,000-a-week last season just for his performances last season to see the club improve the offer. 11:13 , Alex Young Chelsea have been made aware that Robert Lewandowski is open to joining. Amid ties to Dayot Upamecano, the Blues are also considering a move for his Bayern teammate. Barcelona close in on Chelsea target Raphinha and Sport Bild claim the Blues could bring Barca target Lewandowski to England as the striker favors a move to the Premier League. 11:11 , Alex Young A new twist in the Raphinha transfer saga! According to Mundo Deportivo this morning, Ousmane Dembele's imminent new deal at Barcelona means Raphinha could be put on hold. Barca would prioritize signing Robert Lewandowski, Cesar Azipilicueta and Marcos Alonso and Jules Kounde over Raphinha despite weeks of negotiations. 11:09 AM , Alex Young Arsenal are considering a surprise offer for Chelsea's N'Golo Kante. According to the Star, Chelsea are open to conceding the 31-year-old, who has just one year left on his current contract. Mikel Arteta believes Kante, one of the club's top earners who has struggled to stay fit over the past 12 months, would be just the ticket for the defensive midfielder he craves. 11:07 , Alex Young Manchester United are close to signing Lisandro Martinez, reports Fabrizio Romano. A new £42m (€50m) bid has been submitted for the Arsenal target, which doesn't match Ajax's valuation but there is confidence a deal will be reached. Martinez prefers United and manager Erik ten Hag to Arsenal and has told Ajax the same. 11:05 , Alex Young Chelsea have been made aware of the possible availability of Dayot Upamecano as Bayern Munich target Matthijs de Ligt. The Blues see centre-backs as a priority position this summer, with Nathan Ake coming and unlikely to see the end of defensive reinforcements.90min reports Upamecano could emerge as an option with De Ligt favoring Bayern. 11:03 , Alex Young Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder has insisted he wants little to do with the Djed Spence deal as Tottenham continue to discuss a potential move for the full-back. Spurs are keen on Spence, but still have to agree on a deal despite the weeks of negotiations. Wilder told Teeside LIVE: "I have to say I've moved away from it. 11:01 , Alex Young Chelsea have agreed a £50m deal with Manchester City to sign Raheem Sterling. The striker will now undergo a medical examination. related addons. Sterling has already agreed a five-year deal with Chelsea, with an option for a further year during which he becomes the club's highest-paid player at over £300,000 a week. Chelsea are hoping Sterling will complete a medical early next week and then join his new teammates on the pre-season tour of the United States. Spurs in talks to sell four 10:57 , Alex Young The Tottenham squad landed in South Korea this morning for their pre-season tour but four big names are missing. Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Winks and Sergio Reguilon were left back on Hotspur Way after Antonio Conte made them redundant. The Athletic reports Spurs are in talks with clubs about deals for all four. 10:55 , Alex Young Cristiano Ronaldo signaled his desire to leave Manchester United just days after receiving a "six figure bonus" from the club, The Sun reports. Ronaldo was due the payment, which included image rights and performance bonuses, when his second year of contract began on July 1 and his intention to leave him was circulated on July 2. Chelsea remain linked with the 37-year-old's signing but Bayern have ruled themselves out. Wimbledon 2022 LIVE: Novak Djokovic vs Nick Kyrgio's latest score and updates from Center Court Final

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Transfer News LIVE! Arsenal in the Edge Offer; Lewandowski wants Chelsea, Raphinha at the latest; Update from Spence to Spurs

Transfer News LIVE! Arsenal in the Edge Offer; Lewandowski wants Chelsea, Raphinha at the latest; Spence to Spurs update – (Author: Gardener)

LewandowskiYou are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Transfer News LIVE! Arsenal in the Edge Offer; Lewandowski wants Chelsea, Raphinha at the latest; Spence to Spurs update Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham continue to make big strides in the summer window, with the three London giants looking to bolster their squads and integrate signings when pre-season friendlies begin. Chelsea are set to announce the £50m signing of Raheem Sterling with a medical appointment and Nathan Ake should soon join him at Stamford Bridge. Thomas Tuchel remains interested in Matthijs de Ligt and has received a boost in his pursuit of Raphinha, while the Blues have been linked with Bayern Munich pair Robert Lewandowksi and Dayot Upamecano. Arsenal have spent close to £100m but manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed he wants more after signing Gabriel Jesus. Tottenham remain locked in talks with Middlesbrough to make Djed Spence his sixth summer signing. 12:07 , Alex Young Barcelona and agent Jorges Mendes have come up with a strategy to sign £85m-rated Bernardo Silva from Manchester City. According to Mundo Deportivo, they hope to lure City by paying a small fee up front and then the rest of the number of years. For the avoidance of doubt, this is how almost every transfer is paid for. 11:33 , Alex Young Aymeric Laporte has ruled out leaving Manchester City this summer due to Chelsea interest. Standard Sport understand the Blues made an approach for the centre-back, only for City to have dismissed the prospect outright. However, Chelsea are expected to sign teammates Raheem Sterling and Nathan Ake in the coming days. Laporte was heavily linked with a departure from the Etihad Stadium last summer but is now unwilling to leave after a stellar season in the squad. 11:18 , Alex Young Phil Foden has agreed a new six-year deal with Manchester City for £200,000 a week, the club's highest earners. The Sun report that Foden turned down £150,000-a-week last season just for his performances last season to see the club improve the offer. 11:13 , Alex Young Chelsea have been made aware that Robert Lewandowski is open to joining. Amid ties to Dayot Upamecano, the Blues are also considering a move for his Bayern teammate. Barcelona close in on Chelsea target Raphinha and Sport Bild claim the Blues could bring Barca target Lewandowski to England as the striker favors a move to the Premier League. 11:11 , Alex Young A new twist in the Raphinha transfer saga! According to Mundo Deportivo this morning, Ousmane Dembele's imminent new deal at Barcelona means Raphinha could be put on hold. Barca would prioritize signing Robert Lewandowski, Cesar Azipilicueta and Marcos Alonso and Jules Kounde over Raphinha despite weeks of negotiations. 11:09 AM , Alex Young Arsenal are considering a surprise offer for Chelsea's N'Golo Kante. According to the Star, Chelsea are open to conceding the 31-year-old, who has just one year left on his current contract. Mikel Arteta believes Kante, one of the club's top earners who has struggled to stay fit over the past 12 months, would be just the ticket for the defensive midfielder he craves. 11:07 , Alex Young Manchester United are close to signing Lisandro Martinez, reports Fabrizio Romano. A new £42m (€50m) bid has been submitted for the Arsenal target, which doesn't match Ajax's valuation but there is confidence a deal will be reached. Martinez prefers United and manager Erik ten Hag to Arsenal and has told Ajax the same. 11:05 , Alex Young Chelsea have been made aware of the possible availability of Dayot Upamecano as Bayern Munich target Matthijs de Ligt. The Blues see centre-backs as a priority position this summer, with Nathan Ake coming and unlikely to see the end of defensive reinforcements.90min reports Upamecano could emerge as an option with De Ligt favoring Bayern. 11:03 , Alex Young Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder has insisted he wants little to do with the Djed Spence deal as Tottenham continue to discuss a potential move for the full-back. Spurs are keen on Spence, but still have to agree on a deal despite the weeks of negotiations. Wilder told Teeside LIVE: "I have to say I've moved away from it. 11:01 , Alex Young Chelsea have agreed a £50m deal with Manchester City to sign Raheem Sterling. The striker will now undergo a medical examination. related addons. Sterling has already agreed a five-year deal with Chelsea, with an option for a further year during which he becomes the club's highest-paid player at over £300,000 a week. Chelsea are hoping Sterling will complete a medical early next week and then join his new teammates on the pre-season tour of the United States. Spurs in talks to sell four 10:57 , Alex Young The Tottenham squad landed in South Korea this morning for their pre-season tour but four big names are missing. Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Winks and Sergio Reguilon were left back on Hotspur Way after Antonio Conte made them redundant. The Athletic reports Spurs are in talks with clubs about deals for all four. 10:55 , Alex Young Cristiano Ronaldo signaled his desire to leave Manchester United just days after receiving a "six figure bonus" from the club, The Sun reports. Ronaldo was due the payment, which included image rights and performance bonuses, when his second year of contract began on July 1 and his intention to leave him was circulated on July 2. Chelsea remain linked with the 37-year-old's signing but Bayern have ruled themselves out. Wimbledon 2022 LIVE: Novak Djokovic vs Nick Kyrgio's latest score and updates from Center Court Final

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Arsenal set up surprise day for N'Golo Kante as report details why Chelsea could authorize shock sale

With Arteta desperate to sign a new midfielder this summer, a report claims the Gunners are preparing a surprise move to land Kante from Chelsea (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaArsenal are reportedly reading a shock approach to signing N'Golo Kante - and the Gunners appear to have strong reason to believe they can pull off the surprise transfer coup. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu have gotten off to a fast start in the summer window. Indeed, they have secured their No.1 target in a new striker by signing Gabriel Jesus and taking over the No.9 shirt. And the Brazilian joins fellow newcomers Marquinhos, Fabio Vieira and Matt Turner. To allow for such lavish spending, a report this week claims Arsenal are open to offers for seven players, including record signing Nicolas Pepe. A new left-back and a midfield commander remain at the top of the list. At left-back, Edu appears to be preparing an offer for Alex Grimaldo, with the Spaniard available at a decent price. However, it is an experienced midfielder who would really cap off an excellent summer for Arsenal. To that end, they are reportedly looking into a deal for Youri Tielemans. The Leicester star has just a year left on his contract and is expected to leave at a bargain price this summer. Arsenal also seem more ambitious towards Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. Now the Daily Star claims Arsenal are exploring the possibility of a deal for Kante. The world champion is one of the most likeable stars in the Premier League. And while he remains a key cog in Thomas Tuchel's side, the report claims he could be sacked with just a year left on his contract. Chelsea, 31, seem unsure how long the deal is for which hand is edge. Therefore, Arsenal reportedly believe Chelsea are open to the possibility of his sale. Kante will also miss Chelsea's US tour. Both Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are reportedly left behind as a result. The Gunners' transfer ethos since Arteta took office has been to only sign young, hungry, rising stars. In that sense, last summer's signings of Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, Martin Odegaard and Albert Sambi Lokonga made that clear. However, they seemed to lack that certain leadership and know-how in the final weeks of the season. Signing someone like Kante could seriously help in the coming seasons. Not only is he still an excellent player, his experience would prove invaluable to some of their younger stars. He's certainly someone that people like Odegaard can look up to and learn from. Therefore, if the price is right, he would be an excellent signing for Arsenal. Still, a deal for N'Golo Kante could prove to be a transfer feat for Arteta and Edu if they pull through. The article 'Arsenal prepares surprise move for N'Golo Kante as report details why Chelsea may sanction shock sale' appeared first on Teamtalk.com.

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Arsenal set up surprise day for N'Golo Kante as report details why Chelsea could authorize shock sale

With Arteta desperate to sign a new midfielder this summer, a report claims the Gunners are preparing a surprise move to land Kante from Chelsea (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaArsenal are reportedly reading a shock approach to signing N'Golo Kante - and the Gunners appear to have strong reason to believe they can pull off the surprise transfer coup. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu have gotten off to a fast start in the summer window. Indeed, they have secured their No.1 target in a new striker by signing Gabriel Jesus and taking over the No.9 shirt. And the Brazilian joins fellow newcomers Marquinhos, Fabio Vieira and Matt Turner. To allow for such lavish spending, a report this week claims Arsenal are open to offers for seven players, including record signing Nicolas Pepe. A new left-back and a midfield commander remain at the top of the list. At left-back, Edu appears to be preparing an offer for Alex Grimaldo, with the Spaniard available at a decent price. However, it is an experienced midfielder who would really cap off an excellent summer for Arsenal. To that end, they are reportedly looking into a deal for Youri Tielemans. The Leicester star has just a year left on his contract and is expected to leave at a bargain price this summer. Arsenal also seem more ambitious towards Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. Now the Daily Star claims Arsenal are exploring the possibility of a deal for Kante. The world champion is one of the most likeable stars in the Premier League. And while he remains a key cog in Thomas Tuchel's side, the report claims he could be sacked with just a year left on his contract. Chelsea, 31, seem unsure how long the deal is for which hand is edge. Therefore, Arsenal reportedly believe Chelsea are open to the possibility of his sale. Kante will also miss Chelsea's US tour. Both Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are reportedly left behind as a result. The Gunners' transfer ethos since Arteta took office has been to only sign young, hungry, rising stars. In that sense, last summer's signings of Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, Martin Odegaard and Albert Sambi Lokonga made that clear. However, they seemed to lack that certain leadership and know-how in the final weeks of the season. Signing someone like Kante could seriously help in the coming seasons. Not only is he still an excellent player, his experience would prove invaluable to some of their younger stars. He's certainly someone that people like Odegaard can look up to and learn from. Therefore, if the price is right, he would be an excellent signing for Arsenal. Still, a deal for N'Golo Kante could prove to be a transfer feat for Arteta and Edu if they pull through. The article 'Arsenal prepares surprise move for N'Golo Kante as report details why Chelsea may sanction shock sale' appeared first on Teamtalk.com.

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Transfer News LIVE! Arsenal plan Kante bid; Lewandowski wants Chelsea, Raphinha at the latest; Spurs in Spence talks

Transfer News LIVE! Arsenal plan Kante bid; Lewandowski wants Chelsea, Raphinha at the latest; Spurs in Spence talks - (Author: Gardener)

KanteArsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham remain key players in the summer window. Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham remain key players in the summer window. Chelsea have agreed a £50m deal for Raheem Sterling and Nathan Ake is on the verge of joining him at Stamford Bridge. The Blues could follow up their Manchester City heist with a similar Bayern Munich sack that has both Robert Lewandowksi and Dayot Upamecano linked. The Blues could follow up their Manchester City heist with a similar Bayern Munich sack that has both Robert Lewandowksi and Dayot Upamecano linked. Raphinha and Matthijs de Ligt remain linked. Raphinha and Matthijs de Ligt remain linked. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed he wants more signings following the £45million arrival of Gabriel Jesus. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed he wants more signings following the £45million arrival of Gabriel Jesus. Tottenham continue to hunt for a move for Middlesbrough star Djed Spence. Tottenham continue to hunt for a move for Middlesbrough star Djed Spence. Follow the latest transfer news, gossip and rumors below! Follow the latest transfer news, gossip and rumors below!

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Three alternatives to Lisandro Martinez for Arsenal

Football Man UTD Transfer Talk offers three alternatives to Lisandro Martinez for Arsenal 489717 (Author: Gardener)

Lisandro MartinezArsenal could be frustrated in their efforts to bring Lisandro Martinez to the club from Ajax as the Argentina international is reportedly backing a move to Manchester United in the summer. Martinez was awarded the 2021-22 player of the season for his heroics at the heart of Ajax's defence, and journalist Gaston Edul claims the centre-back would prefer to be reunited with Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford. It was believed Mikel Arteta was enthusiastic about the idea of ​​using Martinez at left-back given his qualities on the ball and Nuno Tavares' efforts to adapt to the Premier League last season. Here, Sports Mole look at three other players Arsenal could target who could take on the role of Martinez in Arteta's XI. Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo could be one of the summer's bargains for potential suitors as the defender is still only 26 and is set to become a free agent at the end of next season. Grimaldo's exploits with Roger Schmidt's side are likely to attract the interest of a number of clubs this summer, most notably Barcelona where he learned his craft as a youth player before moving across the Iberian Peninsula. Manchester City's Oleksandr Zinchenko was seen as one of Arsenal's top summer targets in the early days of the transfer window, with Arteta knowing the 25-year-old well from his Etihad era. The chance to reunite with Arteta and Gabriel Jesus could be on Zinchenko's mind in the coming weeks and the Ukraine international has just two years left to complete his contract at Manchester. Zinchenko's skills in the middle of the park for Ukraine will certainly come in handy for Arsenal, who could still be looking to strengthen their ranks in the engine room before the window closes, and it wouldn't be a surprise if the Gunners expressed their interest in Man City Mann would revive if Marc Cucurella's proposed move to the Etihad comes to fruition. Hoffenheim's David Raum went to the Bundesliga like a duck to water and the Germany international proved to be one of the standout free transfers of the 2021 summer window. The 24-year-old's exploits have helped him find his feet in Germany under Hansi Flick and he was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United before the Red Devils crashed out for Tyrell Malacia. With no competition from Old Trafford, Arsenal shouldn't turn up their noses to offer space and director Alexander Rosen has admitted the defender could leave for the right price this summer.

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Thomas Strakosha moves to Old Trafford, Arsenal want N'Golo Kante

HITC Sport bring you the latest from the rumor mill as Arsenal look to push N'Golo Kante and Manchester United for Thomas Strakosha. (Author: Gardener)

N'Golo KanteHITC Sport brings you the latest deals from the rumor mill. Manchester United are expected to add a new goalkeeper, with free agent Thomas Strakosha on the verge of arriving. The Albania international is ready to join United after leaving Lazio this summer and will serve as David De Gea's back-up next season. Rangers are about to sign winger Rabbi Matondo from Schalke. The Wales international will join Ibrox for €3m (£2.6m) after returning to Germany from a loan spell at Cercle Brugge. (Sport1) Midfielder Joe Aribo has opted to leave Ibrox to join Southampton on a four-year deal with the Saints. (Southampton official website) Celtic are in touch over a deal to sign Jordan Larsson - the son of former Bhoys hero Henrik Larsson. (Sky Sports) Chelsea have now agreed to sign Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling. City have decided to sell Sterling before his contract expires in 2023, with the Blues now paying around £47.5m to bring in Sterling as the first major signing of the Todd Boehly era. Arsenal's hunt for a new midfielder now leads them to N'Golo Kante. The Gunners are planning a shock attack on the France international, who has now entered the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge, although you can imagine Chelsea would be reluctant to sell him to Arsenal. (Daily Star) Everton are on the lookout for a new full-back and are now turning their attention to Southampton's Kyle Walker-Peters. Frank Lampard is said to be a huge Walker-Peters fan but whether Southampton can be persuaded to sell remains to be seen. Newcastle have been offered both Maxwell Cornet and Emmanuel Dennis as they hunt for a new winger. Vivianne Miedema was the main attraction at Bramall Lane but she failed to score when Wolfsburg's Jill Roord saved a point for the Dutch. Chelsea are traveling to the United States for their pre-season tour, but N'Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are banned from traveling due to their vaccination status. (Chelsea official website) Tottenham have named their squad for the pre-season trip to South Korea. Sergio Reguilon, Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Harry Winks were all left at home by Antonio Conte. (Tottenham official website) In other news, report: Brentford now looking to sign Arsenal target after abandoning Tottenham's £20m target

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The journalist drops Arsenal's transfer claim on the £58.5million-rated Wenger-loved striker

Arsenal have Bayern Munich winger Serge Gnabry on their radar, although they are unlikely to sign him this summer, according to journalist Pete O'Rourke. The £58.5million-rated star has been linked with a return to the Emirates Stadium with just 12 months left on his contract at the Allianz Arena. What's new about Gnabry? (Author: Gardener)

58.5millionArsenal have Bayern Munich winger Serge Gnabry on their radar, although they are unlikely to sign him this summer, according to journalist Pete O'Rourke. The £58.5million-rated star has been linked with a return to the Emirates Stadium with just 12 months left on his contract at the Allianz Arena. According to CBS sports reporter Ben Jacobs, Arsenal are monitoring Gnabry's situation after he failed to sign Raphinha, who is expected to join either Chelsea or Barcelona. Gnabry, who was admired by ex-manager Arsene Wenger, made just 18 appearances during his first spell with the Gunners, although each of those came when Mikel Arteta was still at the club, which could help the Spaniard when they enter the negotiation phase . Since leaving north London, the 26-year-old has developed into one of the best attacking players in European football. His impressive rise has helped him win multiple trophies with Bayern Munich. But Gnabry could cost Arsenal in the region of £50m and while that's similar to what they would have had to pay for Raphinha, they know they could land the German on a free transfer once his contract expires after a 12-month wait . Therefore, despite Arsenal's interest in re-signing the forward, O'Rourke does not expect Gnabry to return to the Emirates before the September deadline. He told GIVEMESPORT: "I think Gnabry has been on Arsenal's radar, although I don't think it's a deal they can do this summer. Although it didn't reach the heights of previous years, it was still another impressive goals and assists campaign. Across all competitions, he has scored 17 goals and provided 10 assists for his team-mates to help Bayern win another Bundesliga title, with his WhoScored ranking fifth best in the squad. Only Robert Lewandowski (35) has scored more goals than the ex-gunner, while only five other players in Bayern's squad have had more assists at the German top flight. Gnabry has also been in the top six for most shots, key passes and dribbling per appearance, proving he's still a top-level operator at the highest level and would therefore be a good addition to Arteta, be it this summer or in 2019 2023

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Arsenal sent Youri Tielemans' demand as Leicester City dealt a transfer blow

LeicestershireLive brings you the latest news from Leicester City on Sunday 10th July (Author: Gardener)

Leicester CityArsenal have been urged by former Foxes and Gunners centre-forward Alan Smith to get the transfer of Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans "over the line". As Smith adds, the north London side have "longstanding links with him" but sealed four summer signings before coming close to signing the Belgium international. After three of the quartet made their debuts in Arsenal's opening pre-season test, manager Mikel Arteta was asked about Tielemans but remained silent about any interest. READ MORE: Leicester City vs Notts County player ratings as Hamza Choudhury and Callum Wright stand out READ MORE: Brendan Rodgers explains why Kasper Schmeichel will miss Leicester City's pre-season Evian trip Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has responded to a question about the reported interest in Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans. The north London club were adamantly accused of signing the Belgium international last season and those links have continued into this summer. Both clubs are well underway with their preparations for the season, with Arsenal playing their first friendly on Friday while City's schedule begins this afternoon. Arteta's side got off to a winning start against German second division club Nuremberg, with standout summer signing Gabriel Jesus helping with two goals to turn a two-goal deficit into a 5-3 win with a brace on the debut. AC Milan 'believe' they will beat Leicester City and Leeds United after signing Belgian striker Charles De Ketelaere. City have been linked with the 21-year-old since the January transfer window, with speculation continuing into the summer months. Italian giants AC Milan, who caused a stir against all odds by winning Serie A last season, are now on the verge of signing the highly rated player. De Ketelaere's performances for Club Brugge last season caught the attention of clubs across Europe, scoring 18 goals in 49 games in all competitions. The pre-season trip from Leicester City to Evian will offer Brendan Rodgers the opportunity to undertake another aspect of the 'healthy restructuring' he has planned for his squad this summer. Barring any significant progress over the next few days, City will not take any new recruits with them as the club has yet to sign this transfer window. Rodgers said earlier this year he wanted a "healthy reshuffle" of his roster and was hoping for five or six new faces. But while progress has been slow on that front, he has now said part of the team's overhaul will involve reminding players of his ideologies, which he believes he will be able to do in Evian. Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has spoken out about a tactical change his team is working on ahead of the new season. During coverage on LCFC television this afternoon, former City defenseman Danny Simpson, who was on pundits duty, noted a tactical change Rodgers made during the game. Simpson noted that first-half full-backs Ricardo Pereira and Shane Flynn often took inside positions during the game. When Simpson asked Rodgers about this game, Rodgers said, "It's a rotating part of the game. When he (the full-back) comes in, the midfielder is in a more advanced position and we have to be more aggressive higher up the pitch.

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Arsenal are reportedly stepping up efforts to sign Alex Grimaldo

Arsenal have been linked with Alex Grimaldo in recent days and the Gunners are reportedly stepping up their efforts to sign him. (Author: Gardener)

Alex GrimaldoArsenal have been linked with Alex Grimaldo in recent days. Now a report from Portugal has claimed the Gunners may soon step up their efforts to sign him. Jornal do Noticias - via Sport Witness - claim Arsenal have stepped up their efforts to land Grimaldo. Any deal would then be conditional on Grimaldo accepting the move, the report added. In fact, Benfica have already eyed a replacement for him in Borussia Dortmund's Raphael Guerreiro. Like Grimaldo, Guerreiro is in the last year of his current contract. With the reported Arsenal target 'not looking to extend' it opens the door for the Gunners to sign him. Grimaldo has developed into one of the best players in the Primeira Liga in recent years. In his final season, Grimaldo contributed 10 goals in just 28 games. Given Kieran Tierney is Arsenal's first choice, anyone coming in would likely be a deputy. In fact, Manchester City's Pep Guardiola appeared to have had his eye on Grimaldo last summer. And now Arsenal could potentially land him for as little as £6million - sounds like a steal.

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