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Arsenal boss keen to be reunited with France international at Emirates

Arsenal manager Unai Emery is eager for his side to sign Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe this summer transfer market, according to a report in France.

The French media outlet Le10 Sport, as cited by Metro, is reporting that the Arsenal coach is interested in a deal to land the World Cup winner to bolster his defensive options.

The same article claims that PSG are prepared to part ways with the 23-year-old in the summer transfer period after the French starlet endured a difficult campaign at Le Parc des Princes.

The Gunners could struggle to put together a package to land Kimpembe given Unai’s limited budget to invest in new faces ahead of the new term.

The report goes on to add that the London-based outfit would need to spend around £35 million to sign the French centre-back ahead of the new Premier League campaign.

Arsenal look set to be connected with a host of different players in the summer window as Emery looks rebuilt after a decent but unspectacular first campaign in charge.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid are reportedly keen on Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin and are prepared to offer Vitolo in exchange.

Hector is reportedly still a couple of months away from completing a full recovery, but that hasn’t forced the Gunners to look somewhere else for a new right-back.

According to The Telegraph, Atletico Madrid will try to tempt Gunners into discussing a deal by giving the club the chance to land Vitolo, who won three Europa League trophies with Unai Emery at Sevilla.

Arsenal submit summer offer for 18-year-old AS Nancy starlet

Unai Emery’s Arsenal have reportedly submitted an offer for exciting French forward Bilel Hassaini.

According to the French media outlet Foot Mercato, relayed in an article by HITC, the Gunners have made an offer for the 18-year-old, who currently plies his trade with Ligue 2 side AS Nancy.

Fellow Premier League outfit Crystal Palace have also lodged a bid, with Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain also thought to be interested.

Bilel has never turned out in a senior team encounter for Les Chardons, and if successful, Arsenal would look to place the youngster into their U23 set-up at London Colney.

Boss Unai Emery desperately needs several first-team incomings at the Emirates Stadium over the summer transfer window, with reinforcements in the defence looking like a priority.

With Bilel regarded as a future star, and Gunners limited in wide options, perhaps Arsenal’s pursuing a move for the youngster is a smart idea, with the player possibly breaking into the main team squad during the coming years.

Arsenal could sign Hassaini for an extremely cheap sum, and as a result of their history of bringing exciting French stars to London, a move could prove to be another stunning piece of business by Arsenal in the long run.

Meantime, Arsenal have reportedly placed a transfer value of £45m on Lucas Torreira amid suggestions that AC Milan want to sign the midfielder in this summer’s transfer window, According to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Torreira made 50 appearances for the Gunners last season following his arrival from Sampdoria.

Arsenal want to boost their transfer budget by £30m by selling creative midfielder

Arsenal management are reportedly desperate to increase the summer transfer market budget and will try to offload Mesut Ozil to give the Club a financial boost.

The 30-year-old star experienced a difficult campaign last year, as not only was he limited to 35 matches across all competitions as Mesut struggled to hold down a starting berth sometimes, but he registered just six goals and three assists.

For a midfielder of his quality, that simply is not good enough and Gunners will feel as though they undoubtedly need more from the German if they are to break back into the Top 4 in the Premier League moving forward.

However, according to a British tabloid The Sun, their preference may well be to sell Mesut, as it’s claimed that they are desperate to increase the touted £45 million transfer budget currently in place for the summer by selling him to bring in a possible £30 million fee, and also getting his £350,000-a-week salary off the wage bill will make a significant difference too.

That, in turn, would perhaps give Gunners more financial flexibility when tabling contracts to targets, although normally for that kind of money and with not enough in return during the past 12 months.

It will certainly be a difficult task to reach an agreement with any interested club as few will be able, or willing, to meet those figures.

However, it remains to be seen if the north London heavyweights are forced to keep Mesut on and hope that he can deliver the next campaign.

Serie A giants ready to offer midfielder to Arsenal in order to land £26m signing

AC Milan have made versatile Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira their number one target this summer and are reportedly planning to offer Franck Kessie as part of the deal.

The Uruguayan star only moved to the Emirates the previous year in a £26m move from Serie A side Sampdoria and enjoyed a strong debut campaign, though revealed last week that he has struggled to adapt to life in England.

Lucas’ old Sampdoria manager Marco Giampaolo could offer an escape route, having made the 23-year-old star his ‘dream’ signing as the Italian prepares to take charge at Rossoneri.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, AC Milan haven’t been put off by Gunners’ stance that Torreira isn’t for sale and have already got in touch with his entourage to discuss the feasibility of a deal.

Rossoneri’s move is boosted by the fact that his girlfriend, Vittoria Repetto is not enjoying life in the British capital and would like to return to Italy.

Any deal for Lucas would require AC Milan to stump up around £40 million to tempt Arsenal to sell, though the Italian outfit could lower the sum by including a player in the deal.

According to Tuttosport, Franck is the player Giampaolo is willing to cash in on: either in a trade with Gunners or to another side to raise funds to bring the South American in.

The Gunners have been connected with Kessie before, dating back to his time at Italian giants Atalanta, and is valued at around £35 million himself, while he’s said to be keen on testing himself in the English top-flight.

Bundesliga giants monitoring situation surrounding Arsenal centre-half

Borussia Dortmund are keeping a close eye on Arsenal captain and central defender Laurent Koscielny, according to the latest reports in England.

The Daily Mail is claiming that the France international Koscielny’s long-term future at the north London outfit remains uncertain with less than one year set to run on his current contract.

The same article claims that the Gunners could allow the Frenchman to leave in the upcoming transfer market as Unai Emery aims to continue his rebuild at The Emirates Stadium.

Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund are planning to secure defensive reinforcements following their disappointment in the Bundesliga title race.

A British newspaper adds that Arsenal board could be tempted into selling the player to raise much-needed funds to back their head coach this summer ahead of his second campaign in charge.

Arsenal finished in the fifth place in the Premier League the previous term after narrowly missing out on a Top 4 finish due to Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur’s late surge.

They had the opportunity to secure a return to the UEFA Champions League by winning the UEFA Europa League but Unai Emery’s men suffered a 4-1 loss to city rivals Chelsea in Baku.

The north London heavyweights haven’t won a major title in the last two terms – and Arsenal haven’t won the EPL crown since the 2003-04 campaign when Arsene Wenger’s men went unbeaten throughout the season.

Meantime, according to The Sun, Gunners have been priced out of a summer deal for Yannick Carrasco as Dalian Yifang demand £30m for his services.

Arsenal reportedly launch summer offer for sought-after No.8 forward

According to an Italian media outlet Milan News, Arsenal have submitted an offer for Suso but face stiff competition from the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Atletico Madrid to land the technically gifted AC Milan attacker.

Unai Emery is planning to strengthen his roster this summer following a frustrating season and a new wide player is needed as they had limited options from the wing the last campaign.

It looks like the Spaniard has now emerged as a possible target as Italian source Milan News are reporting that Gunners have put forward an unspecified proposal for the Spanish star.

AC Milan officials held talks about his future this week and assessed the offers on the table with Spurs and Los Rojiblancos are both reportedly joining Gunners in making a move to land the 25-year-old.

It is not stated in the report what any offers are worth but CalcioMercato report Suso’s exit clause is set at around £35 million (€40 million) so you would expect Rossoneri will want close to that figure if they are to cash-in.

The San Siro outfit need to sell at least one of their prized assets in order to balance the book to comply with UEFA Financial Fair Play after missing out on the Top 4 and it appears Suso could be that man.

He has predominantly played on the right-flank for AC Milan but he can also play as an attacking midfielder and Suso has previous experience in the EPL having spent five seasons at Liverpool between 2010 and 2015.

Arsenal to formalise interest in South American wonderboy by lodging bid

Arsenal are reportedly looking to make an offer for highly-rated Flamengo teenager Reinier Jesus.

The Brazil sensation is regarded as one of the most exciting young midfielders in the world and manager Unai Emery is desperate to bring the South American to the Emirates, Tuttomercatoweb report.

The 17-year-old Reinier who has captained his country at youth level, has an exit clause in his contract worth a staggering £60m.

The creative midfielder plays with style and elegance and has been dubbed a ‘Kakaclone’ after Brazil and AC Milan’s former Ballon d’Or winner.

However, Jesus revealed he grew up idolising and aiming to emulate a different midfield legend.

“I’m heavily inspired by Zidane,” Reinier said. “I’ve watched a lot of videos on the internet of him playing. I’m always trying to execute plays like he did.”

It is unlikely Gunners will be able to afford his release clause, however, considering the fact that they will allegedly have a transfer kitty of just £40m this summer transfer window.

The Gunners finished the fifth in the Premier League table and in their last chance of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League final, Emery’s men were beaten 4-1 by Chelsea to face a third successive campaign outside Europe’s top competition.

Meanwhile, Brighton are understood to be in advanced negotiations to land Genk forward and long-term Arsenal target Leandro Trossard, According to Sky Sports News

The 24-year-old star has previously been courted by Gunners but the Seagulls are now poised to procure his signature in what could be a club-record deal, according to a sports TV channel Sky Sports.

Not Manolas: Arsenal want to strengthen defence by signing Serie A centre-back

According to an Italian outlet Toro News via an Italian outlet La Stampa, it is understood that Arsenal chiefs will meet with the agents of Torino defender Armando Izzo in the coming weeks to discuss a transfer to the Emirates Stadium for the 27-year-old centre-half.

Toro News report that Granata’s president, Urbano Cairo is reluctant to sell the player who impressed last campaign, the Gunners could also face stiff competition to land the Italy international’s signature as AS Roma and AC Milan are thought to be keen on the 6ft tall defender.

Armando only arrived in Turin the previous summer from Genoa, it is not surprising to see the ace connected with a move to an elite club following his solid displays for Walter Mazzarri’s side.

The Gunners are in desperate need of new faces at the back, Unai Emery’s side are short of quality variants on central defence, Rob Holding looked as though he would made the centre-back position his own before Englishman was hit with a devastating long-term injury.

Veteran centre-half Laurent Koscielny is approaching the final years of his professional career and the Frenchman looks as though he can not handle the pressure of the EPL anymore, Shkodran Mustafi has been a top target of fan criticism for his disappointing showing at the heart of Arsenal’s defence.

Signing a centre-half should be a top priority for Arsenal this summer, the club have been crying out for a commanding central defender for seasons now and Izzo could be the defender that Arsenal supporters have been longing for.

Arsenal in battle with Premier League duo for France international valued at €45m

Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe is reportedly attracting interest from England, with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur among clubs chasing the French star.

According to France Football, the Parisians’ pursuit of Matthijs de Ligt could create unwanted outcomes for Presnel Kimpembe.

The player could lose his starting slot and might thus, look for a move somewhere else.

Kimpembe, as per the report, is attracting attention from Premier League clubs Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham.

Presnel Kimpembe is one of the players who, in spite of the free-flowing cash on new players, is an academy product who managed to forge a place for himself in the senior-team setup and not just as a roster player but a regular face in the squad.

Kimpembe played in all of his side’s Champions League matches while featuring 24 times for Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1.

But, the club’s inability to be a force in Europe is potentially to see wholesale changes being made to the roster in the current transfer market.

Matthijs de Ligt is tipped to be closing a switch to PSG, in spite of early news making Barcelona the frontrunners for the Netherlands international.

And if the Ajax defender arrives at Parc des Princes, he’s likely to partner Thiago Silva in central defence, which will push Presnel out of the starting eleven.

The 23-year-old star could thus, seek new pastures to restore his reputation of being a regular starter, which has reportedly alerted the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City.

France Football reports that Ligue 1 giants board value Kimpembe at €45m, which could be a fair price for both the suitors and Thomas Tuchel’s side.