Arsenal face another busy summer transfer window as technical director Edu looks to continue Mikel Arteta’s rebuild.
The Gunners are hoping to end their six-year hiatus in the UEFA Champions League next season by adding some quality players to Arteta’s talented young squad. At least one striker will be targeted following the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January, while Alexandre Lacazette is also set to leave on a free transfer later in the month.
A number of high-profile talents have been linked with a move to north London, including Youri Tielemans and Gabriel Jesus. Having said that football.london delves into the latest rumors linking players to a move to Emirates Stadium.
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Gabriel Jesus preferred
The aforementioned Edu has been in talks with City forward Jesus’ representatives for the past few months. football.londonunderstands, but Spanish outlet SERDeportivos have now reported that the player prefers a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid. The report claims that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is keen to sign the 25-year-old this summer.
However, it is claimed that the reigning La Liga champions cannot secure a deal for Jesus until fellow Brazilian striker Vinicius Junior receives a Spanish passport, with Los Blancos already having reached the maximum number of non-European players La Liga allows. The former Palmeiras star has just 13 months left on his contract with City, who signed Norwegian starlet Erling Haaland last month.
Bissouma is “destined” for a move.
Italian outlet Calciomercato have reported that Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma is set to join the Gunners this summer. Their report claims the north Londoners are ahead of Serie A club AS Roma in the race to land the Malians international.
The 25-year-old delighted some Arsenal fans over the weekend when he shared a message on his Instagram Story about the possibility of him being a target for Arteta and company. The caption read: “For me I think he [Bissouma] and [Youri] Tielemans should be ours [Arsenal] Midfield priority.
“We must get Bissouma at all costs.”
Leicester City star Youri Tielemans is another Premier League midfielder who has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal this summer. The Belgian playmaker has just over a year left on his current contract at King Power Stadium and has now admitted a move from the East Midlands club cannot be ruled out.
Asked if he could leave the Foxes this summer, he told The Daily Mail: “It’s not out of the question. I feel very comfortable at Leicester, I was welcomed with open arms from day one.
“I give everything for the club until the last day. But of course you have to listen to other opportunities, you have to look at your career and sometimes you have to make decisions.
“Maybe one will come to me.” 90min also reported on Tuesday afternoon that the north London side are “confident” a deal will materialize in the coming weeks, with Arsenal reportedly hoping they can get their man for less than £25million.