Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Odegaard WITHOUT Real Madrid squad number, Aouar LOAN offer, Neto top goalkeeper target

ARSENAL have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Martin Odegaard.

The Real Madrid star has been left without a squad number as his number 21 shirt has been handed to Rodrygo.

Meanwhile the Gunners have tried to take advantage of Lyon's financial plight by making a loan bid for Houssem Aouar.

And Barcelona's Neto is now the club's top goalkeeping target following the collapse in a deal for Aaron Ramsdale.

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  • Joshua Mbu

    BACK OF THE NET

    Arsenal are interested in Barcelona goalkeeper Neto, according to the reports.

    The Athletic are reporting that the Gunners are interested in signing the 32-year-old.

    Neto joined Barca for an initial €26 million in 2019, but has only managed to make nine La Liga appearances.

    Barcelona are trying to find ways of getting their wage bill down and under the salary cap, meaning Neto could be shifted and for a decent fee.

    Neto is represented by Kia Joorabchian, who has a close relationship with Gunners technical director Edu.

  • Joshua Mbu

    IT'S GAME DAY

    Are you excited, Arsenal fans?

    The new Premier League season starts TODAY and you're up first…… no pressure!

    Mikel Arteta's men will face league newcomers Brentford away, who will be looking to claim a big scalp early on.

    All of Arsenal's new signings are expected to be involved this evening.

    Thomas Partey, however, will be a noticeable absence.

  • Joshua Mbu

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    • Marc Mayo

      GOOD MORNING GOONERS

      It appears the Gunners will be willing to consider a move for Lyon ace Houssem Aouar.

      But SunSport reports this will only be as a loan move IF bids for other targets come to nothing.

      Mikel Arteta’s side have been heavily linked with permanent moves for Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard and Leicester’s James Maddison.

      It is reported the club have made replacing Newcastle-bound Joe Willock a top priority.

      Meanwhile, Willock is thought to have agreed on personal terms with the Magpies who made a £25million permanent bid for the midfielder.

      The player enjoyed an impressive loan spell in Steve Bruce’s team last term netting eight goals in 14 games.

      Meanwhile, Tammy Abrahams is reportedly getting cold feet about his heavily reported Roma move with the Chelsea rumoured to be holding out hopes for an Arsenal switch.

      Corriere dello Sport and other outlets in Italy claim the star is still tempted by an Emirates move and is uncertain about leaving London.

      And Ian Wright is hoping Ben White’s £50million Emirates move can help reverse Arsenal fortunes in defence.

      The Highbury legend told Opta Sport: “Ben White brings pace which we didn’t have with David Luiz but he does also bring that diagonal ball, the progression of the ball to get into midfield.

      “Arsenal need to get themselves up the pitch more and start playing where they win the ball. With the pace of Ben White to recover, then they can start maybe getting into teams and really attacking.”

    • Sandra Brobbey

      BEN IS ALL WRIGHT

      Ian Wright hopes Ben White's arrival at the Emirates will help reverse Arsenal's fortunes in the top-flight.

      Mikel Arteta's players endured a below par season last term finishing eighth and missing out on competition in Europe.

      But the Highbury hero hopes that £50million signing of White will give the Gunners a lift.

      Wright, 57, told Optus Sport: "Ben White brings pace which we didn’t have with David Luiz but he does also bring that diagonal ball, the progression of the ball to get into midfield.

      "Arsenal need to get themselves up the pitch more and start playing where they win the ball.

      "With the pace of Ben White to recover, then they can start maybe getting into teams and really attacking."

    • Sandra Brobbey

      NO SILVA LINING

      Man City's Bernardo Silva has reportedly rejected a move to Arsenal.

      And the club, who are on the hunt for a new attacking midfielder, are thought to have turned their attention to Houssem Aouar loan bid.

      Arsenal have been linked with Silva, 27, and a number of other playmakers in the summer transfer window.

      However the Portugal ace, who is reportedly on Man City's for sale list, is thought to have declined the Gunners' approach.

      The Mirror claims City are looking to the sell the former Benfica and Monaco star, their £100m spend on Jack Grealish.

    • Sandra Brobbey

      FANS' FEAR

      David Seaman wants Arsenal and Mikel Arteta to help ease fans' fears by making a "big surprise signing".

      The club, who finished eighth last term, have sealed deals for full-back Nuno Tavares, Belgium midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga and the £50million ex-Brighton centre-back Ben White.

      And while they have spent more than £70million on their latest buys, Seaman believes they need to spend more in order to please supporters.

      The ex-Gunners keeper told his Seaman Says podcast: "If it’s not a good start, I think things will change really quickly because the fans will let them know and they’re not happy.

      "You go on Twitter and look at the comments about Arsenal and all the fans are frustrated at the lack of signings. Lots of people supposedly coming but nothing ever happens.

      "It would be great for us to just get a big surprise signing that we haven’t really heard about just to settle the fans."

    • Sandra Brobbey

      CARRAGHER SWIPE

      Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher slammed Arsenal's decision to sign ex-Chelsea duo David Luiz and Willian last term.

      And Sky Sports pundit Carragher described Edu's decision to sign the players – who are 34 and 33 – as "stupid".

      The Liverpool icon told The Overlap fan debate: "When you’re talking about Edu as sporting director, you’re bringing David Luiz in and you’re bringing Willian in – two rejects from Chelsea.

      "I’m just scratching my head thinking, 'I can’t get behind this, it’s wrong, it doesn’t work'.

      "Why are you buying rejects from Chelsea who are over 30? And then giving them big deals and you can’t get rid of them? That’s a mistake before it’s happened. That’s just stupid."

    • Sandra Brobbey

      GUNNER LOOK ELSEWHERE?

      Arsenal could turn their attention to Martin Odegaard and Houssem Aouar if their pursuit for James Maddison hits a brick wall.

      The Gunners have been heavily linked with a £60million move for the Leicester ace, 24, but The Athletic claims the club are not desperately chasing the player this summer.

      And SunSport reports Arsenal would be open to considering a Aouar loan swoop if they can't purchase Maddison or Real Madrid's Odegaard.

      Meanwhile Brendan Rodgers insists Maddison is happy at the King Power.

      This week the Foxes boss said: "I know he is very happy here and he wants to be here.

      "If anything comes to the club, Jon Rudkin (director of football) would tell me straightaway and I would deal with it then, but there has been nothing that’s come my way."

       

    • Sandra Brobbey

      MORE TIME TAM

      Tammy Abraham is rumoured to want to have more time to consider a Roma move with Arsenal still thought to be in the picture.

      Corriere dello Sport claim the Gunners target and agent Federico Pastorello met with officials from the Italian club in London today.

      And it claimed the Blues forward, 23, who was reportedly offered Roma's number nine shirt, is after more time to mull over his options.

      It is thought the striker, whose family are reportedly Gunners' fans, is uncertain about moving away from London.

    • Sandra Brobbey

      MADD FOR IT

      Arsenal are reportedly desperate to add a new attacking midfielder to their ranks before the summer transfer window slams shut.

      And football.london claims James Maddison remains a top priority for the club.

      Reports claim the Gunners' technical director Edu has placed the 24-year-old Leicester star at the top of his transfer shopping list.

      However football.london claims discussions are currently slow pace despite the King Power ace reported to be keen on a move.

      And SunSport's Jordan Davies exclusively revealed a loan move for Lyon ace Houssem Aouar will only be considered IF permanent bids for Maddison and Martin Odegaard fall through.

    • Sandra Brobbey

      GUNNER BUY

      Mikel Arteta could be set go on a late transfer trolley dash with the Gunners insisting "there are still a lot of things to be done".

      The club have been heavily linked with summer moves for Chelsea's Tammy Abraham, Leicester's James Maddison and Man City's Bernard Silva.

      The Emirates side have already sealed three summer deals for Albert Lokonga, Nuno Tavares and ex-Brighton ace Ben White.

      Arteta said: "It's been a difficult transfer window and probably a lot of things will happen in the last week or so.

      "They (fans) need to be excited and see a team capable of competing.

      "Our history is related to that. That's the aim. And that should be the objective. Anything is possible and there are still a lot of things to be done."

    • Sandra Brobbey

      NO SALE RAMSDALE

      Slavisa Jokanovic insists Aaron Ramsdale is not on the market despite the Gunners making two bids for the Blades stopper.

      Sheffield United's £30million asking price for their 23-year-old goalkeeper is yet to be met by Arsenal.

      And it is reported the Gunners are considering other targets to compete with Bernd Leno for a starting spot between the sticks.

      Jokanovic told BBC Sport: "I don't have any intention to sell him. He will be in my starting 11 for the next game.

      "He is a very good keeper and I am really happy working with him. He's a really expensive keeper too."

    • Sandra Brobbey

      BID FOR MID

      Nigel Winterburn reckons Arsenal should make signing a new attacking midfielder a transfer priority.

      And the Gunners legend wants his old side to strengthen this part of their squad, amid links with James Maddison and Martin Odegaard, ahead of the summer transfer deadline.

      The retired left-back, 57, was speaking to the Metro ahead of Arsenal's first game of the new Prem season on Sunday against Chelsea.

      Winterburn said: "I don’t think we need any more holding players, but an attacking, creative midfielder should be one on the radar.

      "(James) Maddison keeps getting mentioned, but it’s a bit frustrating that we’ve been linked with these players for a long period of time, and nothing has happened. You start to doubt whether one of those types of players will end up coming.

      "We need a creative player to inject some vision into the game going forward and by the players being linked it looks as if Arteta feels we need it too."

    • Jake Lambourne

      HERE WE JOE

      Newcastle have reportedly made major strides in their £25million pursuit of Arsenal ace Joe Willock.

      The Toon have allegedly agreed personal terms with the 21-year-old who spent the latter part of last season on loan with them, according to Sky Sports.

      And his permanent switch to St James' Park is practically a formality, Sky Sports tweeted.

      Sky Sports claim that Willock and the Magpies have reached a deal in principle, and that all he needs to do is complete his medical.

      The Gunners and Newcastle had already agreed to a fee potentially rising to £25m for the midfielder, who scored eight goals in 14 games during his short spell with the Geordies.

    • Jake Lambourne

      TAM TO GO

      Arsenal plan to offer Alexandre Lacazette to Roma to clear the path for a move for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, according to reports.

      Roma boss Jose Mourinho is a big fan of Abraham and it is believed a loan deal has been agreed between the two clubs.

      According to Calciomercato, the Rome-based club have agreed to pay a £4.2million loan fee with a £29.6m option to buy.

      However, Abraham would like to stay in the Premier League.

      And boyhood club Arsenal appears to be the forward's favoured destination.

      West Ham as well as Atalanta and Southampton are also keen on Abraham.

    • Jake Lambourne

      AOUAR OF NEED

      EXCLUSIVE – Arsenal will consider a loan move for Houssem Aouar IF other targets are missed.

      But the Gunners remain committed to bringing in players on permanent deals rather than temporary ones – with Martin Odegaard and James Maddison on that list.

      Lyon midfielder Aouar has been linked to a move to north London for the past two summer windows.

      In the summer of 2020 the French giants rejected a £40m bid – with the player's value now dropping to £25m following their failure to get Champions League football.

      SunSport understands that Arsenal would be willing to get Aouar in on loan as a last resort with the need to replace the outgoing Joe Willock a high priority.

      The loan option would only come into play if a last-minute deal is needed towards the end of the window and other funds have been used elsewhere.

      But there is still hope that a move for either Real Madrid's Odegaard – who spent last season on loan at the Emirates – or Leicester's Maddison is still on the cards.

    • Jake Lambourne

      PLAYING FOR KEEPS

      Arsenal are still chasing a goalkeeper, after a £30million swoop for Aaron Ramsdale fell through.

      The Gunners were willing to splash out on the Sheffield United stopper, but the Blades dug their heels in, insisting on receiving £35m.

      Ramsdale had his heart set on a transfer, but Arsenal informed the Championship side in a meeting yesterday that they'd be moving on to other targets, leaving Ramsdale 'gutted'.

      The 23-year-old was set to become back-up to Bernd Leno, at least initially.

      Click HERE to see five options Mikel Arteta and Co could consider as Ramsdale alternatives.

    • Jake Lambourne

      ALL GUNNS BLAZING

      Arsenal get their 2021-22 Premier League season underway with a short trip to North London rivals Brentford on Friday night.

      But boss Mikel Arteta will head to the Brentford Community Stadium without three first-team stars.

      The Gunners will be without Thomas Partey, Gabriel Magalhaes and Eddie Nketiah through injury.

      On top of that, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli have only recently returned from international duty and may not be match-ready.

      Here is how the North Londoners could start against the Bees.

    • Jake Lambourne

      S-MART MOVE

      Arsenal are reportedly prioritising a move for Martin Odegaard over James Maddison, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

      And he also insisted that Joe Willock is closing in on a return to Newcastle

      Romano tweeted: "Martin Odegaard has always been Arsenal priority, more than Maddison.

      "Arsenal board now waiting for Real Madrid final decision on Odegaard future – they’d be ready to bid for the Norwegian talent.

      "Joe Willock deal with Newcastle will be ‘completed soon.'"

    • Jake Lambourne

      TEAM NEWS

      Arsenal have given an update on the fitness of Thomas Partey, Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel.

      Ghana midfielder Partey is not expected to be back in training for another three weeks.

      Striker Nketiah is suffering with an ankle knock like Partey, though he won't be back in action for a month.

      And centre-back Gabriel continues to be assessed over a knee injury with the club giving no time frame on when he will return to duty.

    • Jake Lambourne

      VLA VA VOOM

      Arsenal have reportedly been set a deadline of August 15th to sign Fiorentina target Dusan Vlahovic.

      Both the Gunners and rivals Tottenham are eyeing up a move to bring the Serbia international to North London.

      And according to Corriere dello Sport, the two clubs have been given until Sunday to find an agreement to sign the 21-year-old.

      Vlahovic has earned rave reviews in Italy after banging in 21 Serie A goals in 37 games last season.

    • Jake Lambourne

      LOU SERIOUS?

      Former Man Utd and Tottenham striker Louis Saha believes Arsenal have no chance of finishing in the top four this season.

      He told GentingBet: "To be honest, I don’t see any chance that Arsenal can reach the Champions League places this season.

      "They haven’t done enough in the transfer market.

      "I don’t see any kind of inspiration in the friendlies, so I don’t know.

      "Maybe I’m wrong but I will be very, very surprised if they make the top four."

    • Jake Lambourne

      IT MIGHT BE TAM

      Roma are on the verge of completing a deal for Tammy Abraham as the Chelsea striker ponders a £34million move to Italy.

      Reports suggest a fee has been agreed between the two clubs with the Blues keen to cash in on a homegrown talent who has failed to impress since Thomas Tuchel took charge.

      Roma transfer chief Tiago Pinto is currently in London to do the deal and a £34m bid has been accepted, according to Goal.

      The offer includes a 'large' buy-back clause that could one day see Abraham return to Stamford Bridge.

      Arsenal remain in the mix for the 23-year-old with Southampton and Atalanta also linked with a move.

      It is said that Abraham wants to stay in the Premier League but Italian media detail Chelsea's preference that he moves abroad, so as to not strength a local rival.

      Jose Mourinho reportedly called the striker on Tuesday and was told that a decision would be made in the following 48 hours.

    • Jake Lambourne

      WHERE WIL HE GO?

      Jack Wilshere has admitted that 'nothing has come up yet' with regards to finding a new club after being released by Bournemouth.

      Asked on talkSPORT about his future by co-host Darren Bent, he said: "Erm… woah… that’s a big question, Benty.

      "I’ve actually had a good pre-season. I’ve been training with a club just to keep myself fit. I’m in a good place, physically. I’m 29…

      "I’m waiting for the right opportunity to come up, to be honest, mate. But, having said that, nothing has come up at the minute and there’s nothing happening.

      "I don’t know the answer to that question to be honest, mate."

      He added: "I’m just waiting. I don’t really know how long I can wait, I don’t really want to wait as long as I did last time when I left West Ham in the summer, and then I didn’t get a club until January when I went to Bournemouth."

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