Bayern set '£33m' asking price for Gnabry, Gunners battling Celtic for defender, Gabriel to get number 9 shirt – updates

ARSENAL have been put on red alert as Bayern Munich reportedly slap a £33 million price tag on transfer target Serge Gnabry.

The German ace is yet to sign a new contract at Bayern and the Gunners are hoping to lure Gnabry back to North London even without Champions League football.

Meanwhile, the Gunners are also in the race for Nottingham Forest's Djed Spence and Gent's Kenya Okumu.

And Gabriel Jesus has been told by Arsenal sporting director Edu that he can have the number nine shirt should he make the switch from Man City to the Emirates this summer.


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  • Justin Lawrence

    Pick of the bunch

    Everton keeper Jordan Pickford has named Arsenal counterpart Aaron Ramsdale as a driving force in his development.

    Pickford told the Daily Mail: "There are always people trying to chase you and get that spot off you so it's about keeping pushing boundaries.

    "I think it's better for me when Rammers is pushing because that's pushing me to go even further to get even better."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arsenal enter Raphinha race

    Arsenal have entered the transfer race for Leeds ace Raphinha.

    But the Gunners face stiff competition from Barcelona and Man United for the Brazilian, according to Italian journalist Gianluigi Longari.

    Barca view Raphinha as the ideal replacement for Man United target Ousmane Dembele, the report adds.

  • Jon Boon

    Arteta key in Jesus decision

    Mikel Arteta will be key in Gabriel Jesus's decision in signing for Arsenal.

    The Brazilian ace has been linked with a move to the Emirates, which would link him up with the former Man City assistant manager again.

    And journalist Pete O'Rourke believes the Spaniard could be the deciding factor.

    O'Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “I think the opportunity to work under Mikel Arteta again would be a big factor in any decision from Jesus and there’s quite a few Brazilian players at Arsenal as well, which would maybe make it easier for him to settle in if he were to leave the Etihad for the Emirates.

    “Arsenal are going the right way under Mikel Arteta, I think it’s fair to say, so I’m sure it’s something that he would definitely consider if Arsenal do follow up their interest.”

  • Jon Boon

    Always a Gooner

    Is Serge Gnabry giving a clue to his next move?

    The Bayern Munich winger is said to be keen on a move away from the Bundesliga, with Arsenal rumoured to be in the mix for his signature.

    And if an interview he gave back in March is any indication, he still follows the Gunners closely.

    “If possible, I’m watching the games because I still carry the gun in my heart," he said.

    "Of course, I’m happy when Arsenal is playing well and win, especially now, while Arsenal is coming back stronger."

  • Jon Boon

    Rekik chased by Lille

    Arsenal youngster Omar Rekik is a surprise target for French side Lille, according to reports.

    The Tunisia defender is highly rated by the Gunners, after starring in the PL2 side.

    And that has attracted the attention of the French giants, who are looking to bolster their defence.

    However, the Gunners see Rekik as key to their future and reportedly don't want to part with their talent, say RMC Sport.

  • Jon Boon

    Okuma battle

    Arsenal face a battle with Celtic and Borussia Dortmund for a centre half.

    The Gunners and the Scottish champions are chasing KAA Gent’s Kenya international Joseph Okumu.

    The Germans and the Premier League team have reportedly already enquired for the young talent.

    Kenyan international Okumu is highly-rated in his homeland.

  • Jon Boon

    Arsenal lead Hickey chase

    Arsenal are leading the race for Bologna full-back Aaron Hickey, according to reports.

    The Gunners are eager to bolster their defence this summer, having missed out on a top four spot.

    Mikel Arteta and Co have identified the left-back position as a key area to improve, with Hickey fitting the bill.

    Kieran Tierney has produced brilliant performances for the Gunners since arriving from Celtic – but has struggled to stay injury-free for prolonged periods.

    Nuno Tavares was acquired last summer, but failed to convince in his debut season at the club.

    According to Football London, Hickey is a "top target" for the Gunners this summer.

  • Jon Boon

    Auba sad over Arsenal failure

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was left "sad" when former club Arsenal fell short in their bid to qualify for next season's Champions League.

    The former Gunners skipper jetted to Monaco to watch this weekend's F1 Grand Prix.

    Aubameyang, 32, had his Arsenal contract ripped up earlier this year before he signed for Barcelona in January.

    Mikel Arteta did not replace the forward and was made to pay for it in the second half of the campaign.

    He told Sky Sports: "Yeah [it was] really close and I think they did a lot of improvement.

    "And I’m a bit sad because I wanted to catch them on the Champions League."

    Auba added: "I have a lot of friends over there.

    "But I’m wishing them all the best for next season obviously."

  • Jon Boon

    Central role for Jesus

    Gabriel Jesus has been told he would play a more central role at Arsenal if he signs for the club, according to reports

    The Gunners are chasing the Man City ace, who has been used out wide by the Premier League champions on many occasions throughout his career

    And it is likely, should he stay, he would be pushed out again to the wing to accommodate new signing Elring Haaland.

    But, GiveMeSport say through Sky Sports journalist Michael Bridge that the Gunners hold the trump card because they could play him in a striker role, which he craves.

    Spurs are also interested, but would find it hard to move Harry Kane from his favoured No9 position.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arsenal given Torreira ultimatum

    Arsenal have just one month to agree a transfer deal with Fiorentina over Lucas Torreira.

    Fiorentina are keen on making Torreira's loan deal permanent.

    But according to La Nazione, the Serie A side will turn to alternative options if they can't come to an agreement with Arsenal.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Just being Franck

    Franck Kessie has confirmed his exit from AC Milan ahead of a switch to Barcelona.

    He wrote on Instagram: “After 5 years I couldn’t hope to end this great experience in a better way! A unique emotion: we are Italian champions!

    Proud to have worn this glorious shirt and to have shared this journey with some fantastic team-mates!

    Thanks for everything! Thanks to everyone! Your ‘President’.”

    Arsenal and Man United were also linked with the midfielder.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Jesus slammed for transfer flirting

    Man City striker Gabriel Jesus has been criticised by David James for flirting with a transfer away from the club.

    Jesus, 25, is believed to be considering his options this summer with Arsenal and Tottenham keen on a move for him.

    James told Genting Casino: “Jesus will have a shared role if he stays at Man City. They aren’t going to buy Haaland and start him every game, so there is still room for Jesus.

    “Why would he want to leave? You’ve at the best team in England over the past five years, so would he risk it by moving somewhere else to Arsenal, who aren’t even in the Champions League?

    “Or would he rather stay at Man City and try to get the Holy Grail, which is the Champions League?”

  • Justin Lawrence

    In the Nket of time

    Eddie Nketiah is set to sign a new long-term deal at Arsenal that will see him net £100,000 a week, according to reports.

    The Gunners striker is out of contract this summer, but after an impressive end to the season which saw him score five goals in eight games, Nketiah and Arsenal changed their respective stances.

    And now according to Fabrizio Romano, Nketiah is set to sign a new deal which will keep him at The Emirates until 2027.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ramsey set to be released

    Ex-Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey is set to be a free agent this summer.

    His loan deal with Rangers expires and the Scottish club have opted against keeping him.

    And Juve also don't want him to return, and are planning to offer him a pay-out to end his contract, according to Tuttosport.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Taking the Mkhi

    Inter Milan are on the brink of signing ex-Arsenal star Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Roma.

    Mkhitaryan joined Roma from the Gunners in 2020.

    But now he’s set to join Inter in a deal worth £2.9m over two years, according to Football Italia.

    However, Roma are still hoping they can retain him next season, the report adds.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Merson makes Chelsea transfer plea

    Paul Merson has urged Chelsea not to sign Raheem Sterling from Man City.

    Chelsea need to bolster their attacking options and have been linked with Sterling.

    But Merson thinks the England star plays the “Man City way”, which will be hard to change.

    He told the Daily Star: “They might go for Raheem Sterling but he plays the Manchester City way. I don’t think Raheem Sterling scores 20 goals a season for Chelsea.”

    Merson's old club Arsenal have also been linked with the winger.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Pepe to Paris?

    PSG have been offered the opportunity to sign Arsenal flop Nicolas Pepe.

    Pepe made just five starts for the Gunners last season.

    And he could make a move to Paris as a replacement for Angel Di Maria who announced his departure from the Ligue 1 champions, according to Foot Mercato.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Raphina transfer battle heats up

    Arsenal have joined the transfer race for Leeds star Raphina.

    Man United and Chelsea are already tracking the Brazilian playmaker.

    But now the Gunners have entered the fray for Raphina, who Leeds won't sell for less than £64m, Football London reported.

  • Alex Cole

    Good morning Arsenal fans

    Arsenal are set for a busy summer transfer window as they prepare for the demands of European football next season.

    Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus is the current favourite to join.

    Reports now believe that Arteta also wants team-mate Oleksandr Zinchenko.

    The Ukrainian has been identified as a player to not only boost the Gunners’ midfield, but to competently fill in at left-back when Kieran Tierney is injured.

    Barcelona have reportedly entered the race to sign Aston Villa starlet Carney Chukwuemeka with Arsenal also keen on the midfielder.

    The 18-year-old has been linked with a summer exit away from the Midlands with his contract at Villa Park to expire in 2023.

    Serie A runners-up Inter Milan are demanding in excess of £20million for left-back Federico Dimarco.

    Arsenal are interested in a move for the 24-year-old Italian defender.

  • Alex Cole

    Gunners rocked by Marquinhos ‘Wolves deal’

    Arsenal could face a legal battle with Wolves to sign Sao Paulo winger Marquinhos.

    The Gunners were thought to have all but tied up a £3million deal for the Brazilian, 19.

    But it’s claimed he’s already inked a pre-contract agreement with Wolves.

    That could mean a huge battle to sort out where he ends up this summer.

  • Alex Cole

    Ambitious Arsenal in for Zin

    Mikel Arteta and Arsenal are already preparing for the new campaign despite the disappointment of missing out on Champions League football.

    And the Spaniard is ready to raid his former club Manchester City for two stars in order to ensure there are no such setbacks next season.

    His interest in striker Gabriel Jesus has been well documented, but The Mail now believe he also wants Oleksandr Zinchenko.

    The Ukrainian has been identified as a player to not only boost the Gunners’ midfield, but to competently fill in at left-back when Kieran Tierney is injured.

  • Alex Cole

    Arsenal interested in Aston Villa wonderkid Carney Chukwuemeka 

    Barcelona have reportedly entered the race to sign Aston Villa starlet Carney Chukwuemeka with Arsenal also keen on the midfielder.

    The 18-year-old has been linked with a summer exit away from the Midlands with his contract at Villa Park to expire in 2023.

    Chukwuemeka was linked with the likes of Manchester United, City and Liverpool last season, with Bayern Munich and Juventus also keen.

    And fellow European sides Monaco, PSV Eindhoven and RB Leipzig have also been claimed to be keen on prising him away from England.

    And following a breakthrough campaign which has seen him feature in 12 Premier League games, clubs are keen to test Villa's resolve of the player.

    It was claimed in March how Mikel Arteta had eyed up the Young Lions ace as a possible replacement for Granit Xhaka should the Swiss star depart.

    Reports stated how the Gunners have sent scouts to watch the youngster in action numerous times this term.

    And according to Sport, the North London outfit remain interested in the teenager ahead of a possible swoop.

  • Alex Cole

    Arsenal and Tottenham fight for Spence

    Tottenham are eyeing a summer transfer move for Middlesbrough right-back Djed Spence.

    The youngster has spent the season on loan at Nottingham Forest and impressed as his performances have helped his side reach the Championship play-off final.

    He has caught the eye of a number of clubs and Antonio Conte views him as a potential right wing-back upgrade.

    The Italian is happy to let Emerson Royal leave and has made £15million Spence his prime target.

    But to land the whizkid Spurs may have to fight off interest from rivals Arsenal.

    Spence's ambition is to play at the highest level and Boro will sell to the highest bidder – Bayern Munich are said to have scouted the defender too.

  • Alex Cole

    Who’s Gunning a move?

    Arsenal are set for a busy summer transfer window as they prepare for the demands of European football next season.

    Betfair have revealed the four most likely players to arrive at the Emirates Stadium with Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus the current favourite.

    Mikel Arteta will be in the market for new players in a number of positions, with improving their squad depth being the main focus point due to a much busier fixture list for next season.

    For much of the run-in towards the end of the Premier League season it looked as though Arsenal would be preparing to welcome Champions League football for the first time in six years.

    Two losses in their final three games, to Tottenham and Newcastle, meant a four point cushion over their North London rivals vanished, with the Gunners finishing fifth, two points shy of Spurs.

    Arsenal’s eighth-place finish in 2021 meant that the Gunners had no European football to deal with this season, so the requirement of having to play twice a week for most weeks next season will encourage the need for a deeper, stronger squad.

    Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus is the name most heavily linked with Arsenal at the moment.

    Arsenal are in need of a striker with the departure of Alexandre Lacazette looking likely, and the contract saga of Eddie Nketiah still looking uncertain.


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    • James Maddison 4/1

    Fed up

    Serie A runners-up Inter Milan are demanding in excess of £20million for left-back Federico Dimarco.

    Arsenal are interested in a move for the 24-year-old Italian defender.

    The Gunners are keen to add a back-up full-back to their ranks after Kieran Tierney's campaign was cut short by injury.

    Nuno Tavares struggled while deputising for the Scotland international.

    Mikel Arteta had been keen on recruiting Dimarco to act as cover for Tierney.

    But Inter's £20m price-tag is beyond Arsenal's budget for a player who would not start week in, week out.

    Dimarco is yet to establish himself as a regular starter at San Siro – 19 out of his 32 Serie A appearances last season coming from the bench.

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