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The latest players linked with a move to Arsenal…
Willian – The forward has confirmed he is leaving Chelsea, with Arsenal close to completing his signing on a three-year deal (Sky Sports, August 10); Arsenal are close to completing the signing of the Chelsea midfielder on a three-year deal (Sky Sports, August 7); Arsenal are likely to sign Willian having chosen the out-of-contract Chelsea man over Philippe Coutinho this summer (Daily Mirror, August 6); Arsenal have offered a three-year contract to Willian as he edged closer to leaving Chelsea as a free agent. The midfielder has rejected a two-year deal to stay at the west London club (Times, August 5); The forward is edging closer to leaving Chelsea on a free after rejecting the club’s latest attempts to persuade him to sign a new two-year deal and has held talks over a move to Arsenal (Guardian, August 4).
Gabriel – Arsenal have made the defender a transfer priority – and are willing to clear out others to make room for the Brazilian (Star, August 11); Lille defender Gabriel is said to be closing in on a move to Arsenal after holding face-to-face talks with the club this week (Daily Record, August 6).
Ousmane Dembele – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is keen for Arsenal to sign Barcelona’s Dembele, according to reports (Daily Mirror, August 4).
Danny Ings – The Southampton striker has been backed as the man to replace Aubameyang at Arsenal should he leave this summer (Daily Star, August 4).
Diego Carlos – Arsenal will step up their recruitment plans after victory in the FA Cup final brought some much-needed clarity to their financial situation, with the Sevilla defender one of their potential targets (Telegraph, August 3).
Wilfried Zaha – The Crystal Palace forward is wanted by Arsenal (Daily Star, August 3).
Ivan Rakitic – Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has reportedly made personal contact with the Croat as he aims to convince the Barcelona star to move to the Emirates (Mirror, Aug 3).
Abdoulaye Doucoure – Arsenal are lining up a swoop for the Watford midfielder (Daily Express, August 1).
Dani Ceballos – Arsenal have been joined in the race for the midfielder by Real Betis (The Sun, August 1); Arsenal are close to agreeing a new loan deal with Real Madrid for the midfielder (Daily Mail, July 29); Spain midfielder Dani Ceballos, 23, would be happy to return to Arsenal next season after helping the Gunners reach the FA Cup final during his loan spell from Real Madrid (Sky Sports, July 21).
Dayot Upamecano – The defender has put pen to paper on a new contract with RB Leipzig in news which will come as a blow to Arsenal and Manchester United (Daily Mirror, August 1).
Ricardo van der Laan – Arsenal and Liverpool are reportedly chasing the 17-year-old goalkeeper from Portuguese side Belenenses (The Sun, August 1).
Philippe Coutinho – Arsenal, Tottenham and Leicester are all options for the Barcelona and Brazil midfielder (Sport, July 29); Coutinho has reportedly changed his mind about Arsenal after initially snubbing an approach from the Gunners (Daily Mirror, July 29); Coutinho has asked Arsenal for more time to make a decision over his future, with Tottenham and Leicester interested in the 28-year-old (Sport, July 28); The Brazilian has asked his agent to pause talks until Bayern Munich’s Champions League campaign is complete (Daily Express, July 24).
Thomas Partey – Arsenal have been dealt a blow in pursuit of the Atletico Madrid midfielder after seeing a second bid rejected (Guardian, July 28); Arsenal will only be able to sign the midfielder Thomas Partey this summer if they pay the 27-year-old Ghanaian’s £45m release clause in full (Express, July 26); Arsenal have offered to triple the wages that Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey (Diario AS, July 4);
Raul Jimenez – Arsenal are considering a move for the Wolves striker if Alexandre Lacazette or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave the club this summer (Daily Mirror, July 27)
Douglas Luiz – Arsenal are considering a summer move for the Aston Villa midfielder (90min, July 24)
The latest players linked with an Arsenal exit…
Mesut Ozil – Arsenal will make a new push to reach an agreement over Ozil’s £18m contract nightmare; Arsenal will reportedly offer to pay the German off or subsidise his £350,000-a-week wages if he moves on to another club (Daily Mirror, August 10); Ozil has rejected an approach from Turkish side Fenerbahce (Bild, July 21); Ozil has seemingly taken aim at his manager Mikel Arteta after posting that he is ‘ready’, ahead of Arsenal’s game against Liverpool on Wednesday. (Daily Mail, July 15); The German midfielder is planning an Arsenal getaway and has told friends he will only consider playing in the USA or Turkey (Sun, July 9).
Alexandre Lacazette – Lacazette will be on his way to Atletico Madrid for £30m – as soon as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signs a new Arsenal deal (Daily Star, August 9)
The French striker is being pursued by Juventus, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid as his future at Arsenal remains uncertain (L’Equipe, July 7); Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says he wants to keep the 29-year-old France forward at the club (Evening Standard, July 18).
Ainsley Maitland Niles – The defender may be allowed to leave Arsenal this summer, with three clubs preparing to bid for him (Sky Sports, August 10); Tottenham are eyeing a shock move for the Arsenal academy graduate after he was told he was free to leave the Emirates this summer (Star, August 9); Arsenal have told the midfielder he will be available for a transfer this summer even though Mikel Arteta would prefer the player remains (Telegraph, August 8); Arsenal have put the defender up for sale in a desperate bid to raise money – just days after he helped win them the FA Cup (Sun, August 7); Brighton are eyeing the Arsenal midfielder for a summer move (Mirror, July 31).
Lucas Torreira – AC Milan are plotting another move for Arsenal midfielder Torreira, who could be allowed to leave the club as part of their summer rebuild under Mikel Arteta (Daily Telegraph, August 8).
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – The striker is close to ending speculation about his future by signing a new contract with Arsenal (August 6); Arsenal will offer the striker a new £250,000-a-week deal in a bid to keep him at the Emirates (Star, August 3); The Arsenal skipper plotted a shock move to Chelsea in January but the deal collapsed due to his wage demands (Daily Mail, August 1).
Matteo Guendouzi – Arsenal will demand £40m for the midfielder after PSG reportedly entered the race for the player (Sun, August 11); The midfielder appears to have no future at Arsenal following his radio silence in the aftermath of the FA Cup final (Star, August 3); Arsenal have explored using the French midfielder as a makeweight in their summer transfer business (Daily Mail, July 1); The wantaway Arsenal midfielder is being lined up for a sensational swap deal with Philippe Coutinho at Barcelona (Mail on Sunday, July 19).
Sokratis Papastathopoulos – The Arsenal defender is reportedly being eyed by German outfit Stuttgart (Sun, July 16).
David Luiz, Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari – The three Arsenal defenders have all signed new contracts. Luiz has agreed a new one-year deal while Mari and Soares have signed permanent, long-term deals from Flamengo and Southampton respectively.
The latest Arsenal contract talk
Emiliano Martinez – The goalkeeper’s fine recent performances for Arsenal look set to be rewarded, with the club reportedly hoping to tie Martinez to a new deal (Daily Mirror, August 4); Arsenal are set to keep Martinez after the back-up ‘keeper impressed Mikel Arteta (Daily Mirror, July 10)
The summer transfer window will run for 10 weeks from July 27 and close at 11pm on October 5. A domestic-only window for trades between the Premier League and EFL then runs from October 5 and closes on Friday October 16 at 5pm. Follow all the news and analysis on Sky Sports News and across Sky Sports’ digital platforms.