Wolves keen on selling Arsenal defensive target for £30m

Wolves would reportedly demand ‘in excess of £30m’ for central defender Willy Boly amid talks that Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are keen on the Frenchman.

Boly, who joined Nuno Espirito Santo’s side on a permanent deal in July 2018 after making an impression on loan, was linked with a switch to the Gunners earlier this month before a later report stated that Tottenham Hotspur were also in the hunt.

The former Auxerre ace, who has scored once in 14 matches during the 2019-20 campaign, will see his current contract at Molineux expire in June of 2021.

According to the Birmingham Mail, Wolves would call for a fee over £30m before even considering parting ways with the 6ft 5in central defender either in January or at the end of the campaign.

Tottenham are seemingly in the market for a new centre-back with Belgium international duo Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld both out of contract at the end of the 2019-20 term.

The Gunners, meanwhile, remain unconvincing in a defensive position in spite of signing David Luiz from the city rivals Chelsea in the latter stages of the summer transfer market.

In other news, according to El Desmarque, the Gunners are among a number of clubs who are considering whether to make a concrete approach for the Real Madrid forward Lucas Vazquez.

The report adds that AS Roma and Bayer Leverkusen are also in the running for him, with Real ready to demand a sum of £17.2m.

Bundesliga club ready to accept offers for Arsenal-linked French ace

Arsenal have received a major boost in their pursuit of Dayot Upamecano, with RB Leipzig prepared to sell the defender for a cut-price fee at the end of the campaign.

Upamecano was identified as a potential replacement for Laurent Koscielny in the summer – after the veteran centre-half forced a move to Bordeaux – but the Gunners eventually had to settle for David Luiz.

The club reportedly only turned to Luiz after failing with a £55million offer for Dayot and the highly-promising 20-year-old ace remains firmly on Unai Emery’s radar.

Football Leaks revealed the previous year that Upamecano’s contract at Leipzig has a €100m exit clause which reduces by €20m every year.

Therefore, interested sides would have had to spend €60m (£52m) to land the player next summer.

According to Kicker, though, Leipzig are prepared to accept a lower sum for Upamecano to remove the risk of losing him for free when his contract expires in June of 2021.

Arsenal have already shown that they’re willing to stretch to £55 million for Dayot, a player they feel has the potential to be the bedrock of their defence for the next 12 years.

Though Leipzig had initially been interested in tying Upamecano down with a new long-term deal, the club are now resigned to losing the youngster.

Upamecano has his heart set on a transfer away from Leipzig and would be ready to force his way out of the club.