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Arsenal 24-year-old defender emerged as top transfer target for Juventus

Arsenal have repportedly slapped £43m price tag on Gabriel Magalhaes.

The North London giants have enjoyed a successful summer transfer window thus far with Brazilian centre-forawrd Gabriel Jesus joining the likes of Fabio Vieira and Marquinhos in making the move to the Emirates Stadium.

Mikel Arteta is now believed to turn his attention to the defensive third of the pitch with the North London outfit currently attempting to secure the services Lisandro Martinez from Ajax who has been also a top target for Man Utd.

However, the Gunners may still face a fight to retain the services of their main centre-back Gabriel, who is believed to have an admirer in Juventus.

According to Calciomercato, Mikel Arteta’s side would not consider parting ways with the South American centre-back unless they receive an offer upwards of £43m.

Gabriel played 35 games in the Premier League last campaigns as his side narrowly missed out on securing a return to the Champions League.

With three years left on his current deal, the Gunners are under no pressure to part ways with one of their key assets, however, there is theoretically the realistic option of making a substantial profit on a player who cost £27m plus add-ons two years ago.

Arsenal end interest in signing of 26-year-old Bundesliga forward

Arsenal are reportedly not focused on securing the services of Bayern Munich’s forward Serge Gnabry this summer.

The German attacker has scored one goal for the North London giants in 18 appearances before departing the club to join Bayern back in 2017.

Gnabry has won four league trophies and a Champions League title in his time with the Bavarians, however, with a year left to run on his current deal, rumours have been circulating about a possible exit.

The Citizens are reportedly prepared to make an approach for Gnabry if Raheem Sterling depart from the club this summer, while Liverpool and Man Utd have also been credited with showing an interest.

The Gunners were also rumoured with their former player, however, Fabrizio Romano is claiming that the Gunners are not looking to re-sign 26-year-old forward.

The report also claims that a new Bayern deal is still available to the Germany international, however, the player has not yet made a decision about his future.

Gnabry has managed to found back of the net 64 times in 171 games for the German champions.

Arsenal could miss out signing of Ajax defensive rock

Manchester United managed Erik ten Hag is reportedly becoming increasingly confident of beating Arsenal in securing the services of Ajax centre-back Lisandro Martinez.

The 24-year-old defender was a vital player for his Dutch team last campaign, founding back of the net once and providing four assists in 36 games in all competitions.

Martinez is widely expected to depart from Ajax this summer, with the Argentine defender believed to be determined to secure a switch to the English top-tier; Arsenal continue to be heavily rumoured with the centre-back, while Man United are also firmly in the hunt for his signature.

The Red Devils are believed to have recently plotted a £39.6m bid for Martinez.

According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the 24-year-old defenders representatives have made it clear to the Ajax chiefs that he only wants to move to the Premier League this summer.

Dutch journalist Marcel van der Kraan recently said: “Martinez is very high on Erik ten Hag’s wishlist, so I expect big developments in the 24 or 48 hours,” he told De Telegraaf. “Martinez will also have his hopes pinned on United, who are an absolute top club for him.

“Ajax will really cash out for Martinez and go to €45m (£38.7m)-€50m (£43m), but that is the advantage if two clubs bid, as we saw with Lyon and Manchester United, then it suddenly goes higher.”

Martinez has made 120 appearances for Ajax since arriving in Amsterdam from Defensa y Justicia back in 2019.

Done Deal: Brazilian attacker finalised transfer to Arsenal

Arsenal have finalised the transfer of Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus from Man City for £45m transfer fee.

The 25-year-old forward has become the Gunners fourth addition in the summer, following the arrivals of Fabio Vieira, goalkeeper Matt Turner. Marquinhos.

Mikel Arteta said he was “very excited” by the arrival of Brazilian hotshot.

“The club has done a tremendous job to recruit a player of this stature,” he said.

Spaniard manager, who worked with Gabriel Jesus while being Pep Guardiola’s assistant coach, at City, has been trying to boost the Gunners attacking options following the exits of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette on free transfers.

“I know Gabriel personally very well, and we all know him well from his time in the Premier League and being really successful here,” the Gunners manager said.

“This is a position that’s been on our radar for a long time now and we have managed to get a player that we all wanted, so I’m really happy.”

Gabriel Jesus, who will wear the No.9 jersey for the Gunners, leaves the Citizens after five-and-a-half years at Etihad Stadium.

He played 236 games and founded back of the net 95 times for them, winning four Premier League trophies, three League Cups and the FA Cup.

Done Deal: Arsenal defender made transfer to Championship club

Portsmouth have finalised the transfer of Arsenal defender Zak Swanson for an undisclosed fee, according to BBC reports.

The 21-year-old has agreed a two-year contract at Fratton Park with the team holding an option to extend his deal for one more season.

Swanson, who joined the North London giants aged six, failed to break into the Premier League side’s senior team, although he did make six appearances for their U-21s in the EFL Trophy.

He also spent the 2020-21 campaign on loan at Dutch club MVV Maastricht.

“We’ve highlighted that we want to try to bring talented young players to the club,” Portsmouth manager Danny Cowley told the League One club’s website.

“Zak is exactly that and brings an energy and athleticism to our squad after a fantastic footballing education at Arsenal.

“He’s technically very good and has lovely passing skills, along with the ability to manipulate the ball in tight areas.

“There are still areas of the game for him to work at – like with all young players – but it’s an exciting signing because we see the growth in Zak.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal have finalised the transfer of Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus for £45m free.

Napoli 23-year-old striker linked with summer move to Arsenal

Serie A giants, Napoli’s forward Victor Osimhen has confirmed that Premier League teams are interested in securing his services this summer.

The 23-year-old forward has enjoyed a successful season at Napoli, founding back of the net 18 times in 32 games in all competitions.

Osimhen’s form has attracted interest from Real Madrid and Man Utd while the Evening Standard claims that the Gunners have already bid £51m for the Nigeria international forward, which falls short of Napoli’s reported asking price of £85m.

With rumours circulating about a possible switch away from Italy, Osimhen addressed his future while on international duty with Nigeria.

The 23-year-old forward was quoted by Calciomercato, stating: “I know there are many people that would like me in Spain or England, but I don’t think it’s the right time to talk about it now that I’m with the national team. I always go out on the pitch to do my best both with the national team and with my club.

“I don’t know my future, I know anything can happen, but now I just want to go on holiday with my family, clear my head and recharge my batteries. Then we’ll take care of everything else.”

The attacker has found back of the net five times in the current international window, including a four-goal haul in Nigeria’s 10-0 victory over Sao Tome & Principe.

Arsenal head coach eyes reunion with Man City No.11 star

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is willing to raid former club Manchester City twice in the summer with Oleksandr Zinchenko the latest star on his summer transfer shortlist, according to reports.

The Spanish manager has made a top-class number nine his prime target and is looking to tempt Gabriel Jesus to north London, with the Citizens prepared to cash in on a man who only has 12 months left on his deal.

But there are other zones in the Gunners squad that also need addressing, with Mikel looking for fresh legs in the middle of the park and a backup left-back.

According to the Daily Mail, Arteta may be able to kill two birds with one stone by landing the Ukrainian – who is capable of operating in both defence and midfield.

Oleksandr was originally brought in as a central midfielder but was moved to left-back by boss Pep Guardiola.

Mikel, however, believes Oleksandr’s best position remains in the middle of the pitch and is hoping the promise of featuring in his preferred role could be enough to persuade him to forgo UEFA Champions League football and move to the Emirates Stadium.

He enjoyed a good relationship with the Gunners chief when he was working as Pep’s assistant at the Etihad.

Arsenal keen on to agree deal for Premier League No.8 star

Arsenal have allegedly been dealt a blow in their long-running pursuit of Ruben Neves with Barcelona aiming to prise the star away from Wolves.

The Sun reported last month how the Gunners were readying a summer swoop for the Portuguese midfielder as part of a transfer overhaul.

It is said that the 25-year-old former Porto captain is seen as a potential successor for Granit Xhaka.

The Switzerland international is claimed to be a target for Jose Mourinho’s Roma once again with the Special One desperate to secure his signature having failed to nab him in 2021.

But Spanish media report that the North London giants could miss out on Ruben’s signature to the Blaugrana.

According to Sport, the boss Xavi has identified Neves as the long-term replacement to Sergio Busquets.

They state that the La Liga club would have to shell out at least £35m in order to tempt Bruno Lage’s side into selling.

The news outlet also says that the club president Joan Laporta has a good relationship with the player’s agent Jorge Mendes.

Barcelona are known to boast great relations with the Midlands club with the two teams involved in a host of transfers in recent windows.

Arsenal joined the race to sign in-demand 27-year-old Serie A star

Chelsea and Arsenal have reportedly placed Thomas Strakosha on a list of potential transfer targets this summer as both are seeking a replacement for their second choice stoppers, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Brand Leno

The West London giants, head coach Thomas Tuchel has constantly talked up the professionalism of the ex-club-record signing, who has not always impressed during his spell at Stamford Bridge.

However, as well as heaping praise on the Spain international, German boss has also hinted that conversations will be held about the second-choice goalkeepers future.

Mikel Arteta is also looking a replacement for Brand Leno who is likely to be on his way out from the Emirate Stadium after his agent confirmed interest from Arsenal.

As it stands, it is unclear whether Kepa hands in transfer request this summer, Nevertheless, Chelsea are in a position where they need to consider alternatives.

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the Premier League heavyweights have taken an interest in soon-to-be free agent Stravosha.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Fulham were closing in on a deal for Strakosha, however, now they are in talks with Arsenal stopper Brand Leno.

While Strakosha would become first choice should be make the switch to Craven Cottage, he would make a move to Chelsea aware that Edouard Mendy would retain his role as first choice.

Arsenal set their sights on €10m-rated in-demand playmaker

Arsenal are allegedly one of several Premier League sides interested in Lens midfielder Cheick Doucoure.

The Londoners are planning a huge summer revamp in the summer after missing out on UEFA Champions League football. There are supposedly twelve names that Gunners manager Mikel Arteta has on his watchlist.

And the Mirror state one player they are tracking is Cheick who’s set to leave Les Sang et Or for the Prem in the transfer window.

The 22-year-old star’s been in stellar form for his team this season, registering four assists and one goal across 34 Ligue 1 matches and the Malian is now keen to try his hand in England where he is not short on interest.

Wolves, Brighton, Crystal Palace, and Everton are tracking him along with the Emirates Stadium outfit, the report adds.

Arsenal have a host of alternative players they can turn to if Cheick chooses to go somewhere else with Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans is one of them.

The Belgian is out of contract in June 2023, and Arteta’s told the Gunners to place a £25 million bid for the midfielder but the Foxes may play hardball and demand more than £40 million for their prized asset.