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La Liga giants ready to sell their prized asset to Arsenal on one condition

Real Madrid will reportedly demand a buyback clause in any summer permanent deal with Arsenal for midfielder Martin Odegaard.

The Gunners have been alerted to the Norwegian’s availability and have reignited their efforts to land the ace for a second spell at the club.

Manager Mikel Arteta made it clear at the end of last term that he was keen for Arsenal to keep Martin, and the north Londoners were interested in extending the player’s loan deal for another season.

However, Los Blancos had initially planned to keep the player and gave Carlo Ancelotti the chance to make a final decision over the playmaker’s future.

According to ABC, the Italian has told Odegaard that he is part of his plans but isn’t able to guarantee him a regular role in the first team as Casemiro, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are still at the club.

The report states that Odegaard is now unsure over his long-term future and is considering a return to the Emirates as he knows he will be handed more minutes by Arteta.

ABC report that the Gunners have not yet submitted an offer to the La Liga side, while Madrid are demanding a €50m (£42.7m) transfer sum plus a buyback option as part of the deal.

Arsenal, meantime, are considering a swoop for James Maddison as an alternative to Odegaard but Leicester City rate the 24-year-old at £70m.

Arsenal handed blow in their chase for Wolves midfield maestro

Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves has distanced himself from talk that he could be set for an eye-catching summer move, insisting he is ‘really happy’ to work with new boss Bruno Lage and ‘completely focused’ on the campaign ahead.

He notched up five goals and an assist in the Premier League last season and his performances across the term have reportedly made him a target for both Manchester United and Arsenal.

Reports last month claimed the Gunners had held talks with Neves’ entourage, Jorge Mendes, over a possible deal, while the 24-year-old star has also been identified as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba at Old Trafford.

However, Ruben appears to have ruled out a summer switch as the club step up their preparations for the new campaign under Lage.

Quizzed for the lowdown on his new boss, the star told Wolves TV: ‘He is a very good coach. I am really happy to work with him.

‘He’s a very good coach with lots of good ideas. I think that when things are completely together, we’ll be a really hard team to beat.’

Ruben stressed that he was fully concentrated on his side’s forthcoming season as he brushed off the rumours surrounding his long-term future.

‘When you want to play at the highest level of football you have to be ready,’ the former Porto captain said.

‘It’s my job and I need to work hard. I had a great time with family and now I’m completely focused here, to be fit for the start of the Premier League.

‘It’s about pre-season and hard work – getting fit for the Premier League. That’s the main thing.’

Arsenal renewed negotiations with 25-year-old Germany international

The London giants are in the market for a new attacker in this transfer window. The Spanish manager has already scattered through many options in the market and they have renewed their interest in the services of Borussia Dortmund playmaker Julian Brandt.

Germany international was a target for the Gunners earlier in the year. But reports had died down after Arsenal managed to secure a deal for Martin Odegaard. Although the Gunners are actively trying to sign Odegaard, it appears the idea of signing Julian has once again been floated, perhaps as a cost-effective option.

Indeed, Los Blancos value Martin at €50m, which is exactly double Julian’s current valuation at Bundesliga giants. However, the 25-year-old attacker has gone through a steady decline since joining the German club in 2019.

Once regarded as the future of German football, Julian was brought in as a possible long-term replacement for Marco Reus. But in the two years, Julian has struggled to compete with the likes of Sancho, Dahoud, Hazard and Reyna for a place in the first-team, ending up becoming a bit-part footballer under Lucien Favre.

The German attacker notably played only 17 starts last campaign, scoring only two goals. His lack of consistency, therefore, makes the attacker a risky target for the Gunners, though Arsenal have entertained the same level of a gamble by also expressing the desire to add Real Madrid playmaker Isco.

It appears the Gunners are genuinely struggling to attract in-demand footballers due to the financial restraints as well as their lack of participation in European football.

La Liga giants keen on signing €30m-rated Arsenal centre-forward

The London giants centre-forward Alexandre Lacazette is interesting Atletico Madrid, with the Argentine tactician aiming to add the centre-forward for the next campaign. Los Colchoneros are also willing to meet the striker’s asking price of a reported £15m to complete a transfer.

France international was signed by Arsene Wenger back in 2017 after his transfer to La Liga giants failed as UEFA sanctioned a transfer ban for Atletico Madrid. Lacazette has been a consistent performer for the Gunners, scoring at least 10-goals in each of his four campaigns at Arsenal.

Alexandre is revered for his all-around displays and rarely has a bad match. These are qualities appreciated by the Argentine manager at Wanda Metropolitano, the very reason why they were so keen to add the striker in 2017.

Fast forward to 2021, and the 30-year-old striker is available for transfer again as the Gunners are willing to ship the centre-forward out to raise funds. Arsenal are searching for a new centre-forward after being strongly linked with Tammy Abraham and very recently with Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan.

Both those footballers will fetch enormous transfer fees, and the Gunners, having splashed £50m on Ben White, might have a shortage of funds. Arsenal are expected to add either of those targets and hope to sell their unwanted footballers to raise funds.

The French centre-forward’s importance in the side has never been in question, as the Spanish manager is prepared to play him through the last year of his deal. However, the Gunners are open to selling him for £15m if an offer arrives.

Arsenal eager to sign €20m-rated Premier League midfielder

The London giants have reignited their interest in Sheffield United player Sander Berge. The 23-year-old midfielder was a known target for Arsenal, but recently their interest cooled off due to the pursuit of other transfer targets. The Gunners look to be back in the battle as they wish to close deals before deadline day.

The Gunners are re-evaluating their midfield targets after recent twists surrounding their transfer plans. Arsenal initially searched for a top-quality midfielder as a replacement for Granit Xhaka alongside a defensive footballer. Sander was being considered for a backup role to provide defensive cover to the defence.

After the Giallorossi failed to agree to terms over the move for Granit, though, Arsenal are ready to offer a new contract for the 28-year-old midfielder.

That could stop the Gunners from pursuing his replacement targets such as Manuel Locatelli or Ruben Neves and focus their attention towards getting a defence-minded midfielder before the window closes.

Arsenal were interested in Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma when the campaign ended, but since then, interest in the African has cooled off. In the same case, the Gunners were keen on Berge, and while pursuing star players, seemingly put the midfielder’s name on the backburner.

However, the Gunners are set to rekindle their interest in the midfielder as the Spanish manager seeks more depth to his midfield. Additionally, an injury to Thomas Partey in the friendly game with Chelsea could also have a bearing effect on transfer plans.

The severity of the damage stays under wraps, but if serious, the African midfielder could miss a few weeks of action. The Norwegian midfielder would be a good cover for Partey in case his injury is serious.

Kevin Campbell urges Arsenal to sign 28-year-old Premier League right-back

The London giants’ right-back situation stays unknown. Hector Bellerin’s expected exit hasn’t materialised with concrete offers yet to arrive despite some reliable interest from Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid. Meanwhile, things have progressed during the Gunners’ pre-season.

The Spanish manager looks to be content with Calum Chambers and Cedric Soares featuring right-back next campaign. Arsenal stay linked with options, including whispers of a move for Norwich City defender Max Aarons, yet nothing concrete with those so far.

Mikel Arteta has time to assess his team before the August 31st transfer deadline. However, the PL campaign starts in under two weeks, and the Spaniard needs a stable team before that. There is also the possibility of Hector Bellerin remaining put, similar to what Roma-linked Granit Xhaka has done in the last few days.

However, one ex-Arsenal’s star has suggested that the Gunners add West Ham United defender Vladimir Coufal before the deadline. The 28-year-old defender is in the middle of a deal stand-off with the Hammers. Vladimir is not happy with the Hammers’ offer citing a lack of a big increase in his wages as the problem.

Last summer, Coufal signed on a three-year contract while the Hammers holds the option for two years. However, things have been sour with a new deal, and there is a possibility the defender could be available this transfer window.

Kevin Campbell insisted the Gunners take advantage of Vladimir’s contractual situation and move for the excellent defender. While the argument is there to be debated, Vladimir may not be an easy target for the Gunners. As it stands, Arsenal have far more pressing issues in attacking midfield to be solved.

€25m-rated midfielder set to pen long-term contract with Arsenal

The Spanish coach has confirmed that midfielder Granit Xhaka will not be leaving the Emirates Stadium this summer. Switzerland international has been with the Gunners since the summer of 2016 when he arrived from Borussia Monchengladbach.

A mainstay in the side for most of his stint, Xhaka has racked up 220 games, in which the midfielder has netted 13 goals and set up 20 more, winning two FA Cups in the process. Always a divisive figure among the supporters, Granit had come close to leaving last winter but was convinced to remain by the Spanish manager.

While the 28-year-old midfielder was a vital club member over the past year or so, the footballer looked to have his heart set on an exit this transfer window, with Roma keen on his addition. Indeed, the Serie A giants, now managed by Jose Mourinho, made many attempts to land the Swiss midfielder.

However, the Giallorossi were unable to meet the Gunners’ valuation of their former captain, leading to a breakdown in negotiations. Now, it seems like Xhaka, who was brilliant for Switzerland at the UEFA Euro 2020, seems ready to remain put at Arsenal.

It now stays to be seen whether Granit remaining changes Gunners summer transfer plans. Arsenal had been ardently pursuing another midfielder despite signing Albert Sambi Lokonga. Indeed, the Spanish manager has now confirmed that Granit will not leave and stay a crucial part of the Gunners.

This came after the Swiss midfielder had scored for the Gunners in their friendly defeat to Chelsea. “Xhaka is staying. He wanted to play. He is a key player for us,” Mikel Arteta said in his post-game interview.

Arsneal continue chase for 27-year-old Real Betis midfielder

The London giants are in pursuit of Guido Rodriguez, while Real Betis are set to accept an offer of nearly €30m for the footballer. Los Verdiblancos have to raise funds to recruit in important areas and acknowledge a deal with Arsenal could be possible for their 27-year-old midfielder.

Real Betis have sounded out the possibility of doing this deal for Guido after lowering their asking price for the player. Earlier in the window, when the Gunners were looking at multiple options for their central midfield recruitment, Guido’s name popped up. Still, the PL giants were willing to pay just €30m.

Rodriguez has an €80m release clause in his deal and harbours dreams of playing for Real Madrid and Barcelona. With neither of those sides interested, Argentina international understands the need to leave the Benito Villamarín, and the Spanish club also need to raise funds to begin their defensive recruitment this summer.

However, since that point, Gunners have been locked in pursuit of other targets, not particularly of the Argentine midfielder’s profile of a more defensive-minded midfielder. Ruben Neves and Manuel Locatelli have become priority targets, while Houssem Aouar has also been mentioned as a potential option.

Gunners are waiting on Manuel Locatelli and Juventus’s situation while recently making a reported new offer of €45m to Sassuolo for the footballer. However, Arsenal understand the difficulties in acquiring the Italian midfielder and are now re-focusing their efforts on more realistic targets, such as Guido.

Whether Guido Rodriguez fits the mould of a midfielder the Spanish manager needs in the side remains a question. The Gunners are on the verge of signing Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht.

Fenerbahce eyeing move for Arsenal experienced defender

Fenerbahce are keeping close tabs on the London club defender Cedric Soares. Portugal international joined the Gunners from Southampton, initially on loan in winter 2020. Soares eventually made the move permanent the next summer after his deal at Southampton’s ran out.

Cedric has since played 29 games for Arsenal, scoring once and assisting twice. A bit-part player, Soares has shown little to suggest he has a future at Arsenal. The Portuguese defender could now be offered an escape route thanks to newly appointed Fenerhance boss Vitor Pereira.

The Portuguese manager has identified his countryman as the perfect fit for the defender spot and is keen to make a move for Cedric this transfer window.

Vitor Pereira is eager to use Soares as a right wing-back in his 3-4-3 system and as a right-back in the more traditional 4-4-2 formation. Fenerhance are hamstrung by their financial position and cannot make an outright offer for the Portuguese right-back.

However, they are open to taking Soares on loan with the option to make the deal permanent next summer. Arsenal are well stocked in the position and could be open to letting the veteran full-back go. With the likes of Hector Bellerin and Chambers available, Arsenal will do well to rid themselves of Cedric and free up salary space for reinforcements.

A move to Turkey would be a welcome challenge for Soares, who has a better chance of playing regularly at Fenerbahce. He seems ready to request Gunners to sanction the move. Whether that will happen remain to be seen.

Arsenal keen on to agree deal for 25-year-old midfielder

The London giants have set their sights on Glen Kamara. The Rangers midfielder has emerged as the latest target for the Spanish manager, as he continues his plans to undergo a major overhaul, especially in the midfield department. Despite enjoying a successful season with the Gers, Finland international is facing an uncertain future at the Ibrox.

His current deal expires in two years. While Rangers are in a position to keep hold of his services, they are running the risk of losing the valuation, with even now Kamara being valued at only nearly £10m. Glen joined the Scottish club for a fee of only £50k back in winter 2019.

It has been quite a bargain for the Teddy Bears, as the 25-year-old midfielder has gone on to become one of the key components in Steven Gerrard’s midfield unit. Indeed, the Finnish midfielder has notched up over 100 competitive games for the Scottish Premiership champions.

His contributions in the middle of the park were essentially in helping Rangers secure the Scottish Premiership title last campaign, remaining unbeaten throughout the season.

His displays haven’t gone unnoticed either, with Glen’s former club Arsenal now exploring the possibility of the midfielder’s possible come back to the London club. It appears the ex-Dundee United footballer is being courted as an alternative for top target Ruben Neves.

Arsenal have already brought in Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht, adding some much-needed depth after the end of Real Madrid duo Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard’s respective loan spells. In addition, Arsenal has had to deal with the departure of Matteo Guendouzi to Marseille on a season-loan long deal.