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Arsenal news round-up: Mkhitaryan bid rejected, Schalke right-back linked, Arteta eyes Real Madrid starlet



Arsenal tell Serie A giants how much they want for Armenia international

The Daily Express have reported that Arsenal have rejected two offers from Roma to land Henrikh Mkhitaryan on a permanent basis in the summer, with the latest bid believed to be in the region of £10 million.

The 31-year-old star joined Roma on loan for the 2019-20 term last summer and although Henrikh endured a difficult start under manager Paulo Fonseca, the Armenia international rediscovered his confidence and has since starred for Giallorossi.

Clocking up 20 appearances across all competitions, the former Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund man has had a hand in 10 goals for the Serie A outfit – netting six times and creating four more before the coronavirus crisis.

Roma want to sign Mkhitaryan on a permanent basis but didn’t include a clause in the loan, and now the Italians are understood to have had two offers rejected – the latter being £10m. It is believed the Gunners want £18 million.

Selling Mkhitaryan to Giallorossi on a permanent basis is a deal that suits all parties in the summer. Mkhitaryan is surplus to requirements at the Gunners, with Mikel Arteta preferring young stars such as Reiss Nelson and Bukayo Saka out wide.

Not only that but Spotrac report Mkhitaryan is earning an enormous £180,000 per week at Arsenal. The star himself has rediscovered his confidence, and a transfer needs to happen.

In spite of the financial restraints of the global health pandemic, the Gunners really need to compromise and if the clubs can meet in the middle between the last snubbed offer and the Gunners’ valuation.

Arsenal set their sights on Everton loanee Jonjoe Kenny

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are reportedly keen on fellow Premier League outfit Everton defender Jonjoe Kenny.

The 23-year-old right-back is currently out on loan at German outfit Schalke, where has turned in some impressive displays.

And now, according to MailOnline, Jonjoe has made the north Londoners’ shortlist of summer transfer targets.

The star is sure to be an area boss Mikel Arteta looks at bolstering once the Premier League campaign finally ends.

Hector Bellerin is the first choice right-back but the defender has looked far from his best since returning from a serious injury.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles is the usual back-up for Hector, but he is more of a midfielder than full-back.

Jonjoe could be a realistic target seen as the full-back has failed to break into the Everton senior-team.

The Liverpool-born defender has featured 26 times for the Germans, and Bild has reported that he wants to stay at the Bundesliga club.

Another player who could make a permanent transfer to Arsenal is Dani Ceballos, who is currently on loan at the club.

The Gunners’ hopes of landing the Spaniard were given a boost as Zinedine Zidane put the midfielder on a list of stars who could depart Real Madrid this summer, according to reports.

He needs to cut down his current roster of 37 – including those out on loan – to fit within the 25-man quota for next term.

And it is thought Dani could well be one of the 12 at risk of facing the chop – as well as the likes of James Rodriguez, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale.

Arsenal could make move for Real Madrid Castilla talent Cesar Gelabert

Arsenal are monitoring promising Real Madrid attacker Cesar Gelabert with a view to a possible summer transfer swoop, according to a report from Spain.

Gelabert is yet to break into Madrid’s senior team and enters the final year of his deal at the Santiago Bernabeu in June.

The 19-year-old ace can play as an attacking midfielder, on either wing or as a centre forward, and would add to the Gunners’ offensive options if he can be prised away from Madrid.

The Gunners are keeping a close eye on the Spain under-19 squad member, with manager Mikel Arteta having seen him in action against Chelsea and Arsenal youth sides, according to Spanish publication AS.

Arsenal would face stern competition for Gelabert if they do decide to move for him, however.

Borussia Dortmund and Lyon are both said to be interested in the talent, who previously scored twice in eight appearances for Spain’s U17s.

With budgets tight at the club, Arsenal will hope to have similar success by landing Cesar as they have with Gabriel Martinelli, who signed for £6 million the previous summer in a deal that now looks a bargain.

The 18-year-old South Amerian was signed from Ituano in his homeland as a player for the club’s future, but in his first season has scored three PL goals, three more in the UEFA Europa League and four in the EFL Cup.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have reportedly paid Argentinean side Independiente half a million euros after finally honouring a clause in the deal of goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

The keeper has established himself as No2 to Bernd Leno this term following Petr Cech’s retirement the previous summer, having featured 11 times across all competitions.