Arsenal keen to sign £90,000-a-week centre-back to solve defensive woes

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are among the sides ready to battle it out with Manchester United over the landing of £60m-rated Leicester City star Harry Maguire this summer window, according to The Sun.

The Englishman has enjoyed a rapid rise since coming through the youth system at Sheffield United as he enjoyed three seasons at Hull City before joining Leicester City in a £17 million deal in the summer window of 2017.

The 26-year-old star has developed into one of the best centre-halfs in the EPL over the past two seasons and he has also cemented himself as a regular first-team player in Gareth Southgate’s England side having made an impression at last summer’s FIFA World Cup finals.

Harry’s form in Russia led to speculation connecting him with a move to Old Trafford the previous summer after Jose Mourinho reportedly pinpointed him as a possible signing but the player ended up staying at the King Power.

However, another huge campaign has seen Maguire’s market value rise even further and The Sun states that Red Devils are ready to reignite their pursuit as coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plots to overhaul his roster in summer.

Arsenal’s problems at the back are well documented and manager Unai Emery desperately needs fresh legs at the back to shore things up with Germany international Shkodran Mustafi enduring another disposing campaign and Harry could be viewed as the perfect replacement.

Arsenal stepping up efforts to bring La Liga defensive midfielder to Emirates

Arsenal and league rivals Manchester United have both lodged bids to sign Real Madrid star Marcos Llorente, according to the latest report in Spain.

Spanish news outlet Diario AS, as cited by the Metro, is reporting that the EPL duo have both launched offers for the highly-rated 24-year-old midfielder ahead of the summer transfer market.

The same article claims that Arsenal and Manchester United could face heavy competition from Italian giants AS Roma, who are also interested in acquiring the services of the Spanish playmaker this summer.

The report adds that Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane does not view him as part of his plans moving forward, opening the door for Marcos’ exit.

The Spain U21 international Llorente has come through the youth ranks at Real Madrid but he has failed to convince the Los Blancos boss that he has a future at The Santiago Bernabeu outfit.

The Madrid-born holding midfielder has scored two goals in 15 matches in all competition (La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League) in the 2018-19 campaign, but his time in the Spanish capital emerges to be running out.

The Gunners and Red Devils are both eager to add to their roster in the summer transfer market to improve their variants ahead of what will be a pivotal campaign for both underperforming clubs next season.

Arsenal can still end the 2018-19 season on a positive note if they beat Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea in the UEFA Europa League final to secure a spot in next term’s UEFA Champions League.

Arsenal want to tie key duo down to fresh deals to avoid another Ramsey saga

Arsenal will offer Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang huge new contracts to fend off possible interest from other sides, reports claim.

The star forwards have carried Arsenal to a large extent this campaign, netting almost half of the club’s EPL goals between them.

And according to a British newspaper the Daily Mail, the duo are set to be rewarded with proposals for new contracts worth £250,000 per week.

Their future at the Emirates Stadium may depend on whether or not Gunners qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League.

Aubameyang and Lacazette grabbed all seven goals in the Gunners’ 7-3 aggregate win over Valencia in their UEFA Europa League semi-final to set up a showdown with Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea in Baku.