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Arsenal news round-up: Gakpo trnasfer setback, Samuel Umtiti offered, Arthur price tag

Forward fails to rule out Eredivisie stay despite Arsenal transfer rumours

Arsenal target Cody Gakpo has hinted that he could stick with PSV Eindhoven for another term, although he also says that ‘anything can happen this summer’ amid reports Arsenal are keen to bring him to the Premier League.

The star has enjoyed his best term to date with the Eredivisie club, scoring 21 goals across all competitions, with 12 of those coming in the Dutch top-flight.

He only penned a new contract in the winter, which is valid until 2026, but his showings have seen the 23-year-old linked with a big transfer to England.

The Gunners are believed to be keen on the Netherlands international, who mainly plays from the left wing, but can operate across the front three.

Cody is aware of the talk over his long-term future and will evaluate his options, although he appears in no rush to leave Rood-witten and would be happy to stay at the club to maintain stability ahead of the FIFA World Cup.

‘Anything can happen this summer. I will now calmly compare all the options and see what is best for me,’ he told De Telegraaf.

‘Staying another year is also an option. It would be a shame if I went somewhere where I wouldn’t get a game at all and I could miss the World Cup.

‘I’ll keep that in mind. I have been with PSV since I was six. I have been coming here almost every day for seventeen years. PSV is almost my second home. I also consider my love for the club in the decision I ultimately make.’

Arsenal to be given chance to bring in former Lyon star

Arsenal are to be handed the opportunity to snap up Samuel Umtiti from Barcelona in the summer, according to the latest reports.

The 28-year-old is set to depart Camp Nou at the end of the season as Xavi looks to reinforce his defence ahead of a possible La Liga title challenge.

Meanwhile, the Londoners are looking for a centre-half to beef up their roster ahead of a return to Europe next season.

According to the Daily Star, a deal for him is on the table for manager Mikel Arteta this summer with Blaugrana keen to offload the France international.

In January, the Gunners were linked with a move for the former Lyon star but a transfer collapsed because of him incurring a broken toe.

The injury-prone player’s arrival would almost surely spell the end of William Saliba’s Emirates career. The 21-year-old joined the north London side three years ago but has yet to play a first-team game.

Having spent the term out-on-loan at Marseille, he is set to return to the English outfit and fight for his place with Gabriel, Ben White and Rob Holding ahead of Saliba in the pecking order.

However, Mikel reportedly holds doubts about his attitude and these latest links to Samuel suggests he’s planning ahead without William.

Arsenal discover how much it will cost to bring in Juventus creative playmaker

Juventus demand a considerable sum before agreeing to offload Arsenal-linked Arthur in the summer transfer market, it has been stated in Italy.

The Gunners wanted to sign the Brazil international in January and he was also interested in the move but the Premier League giants failed to reach an agreement with the Old Lady.

He has made just 11 starts in the Serie A this season and I Bianconeri are prepared to sell the player as part of their plans to reinforce their midfield ahead of next term.

Mikel Arteta’s side are again keen on the player and considering taking him to north London in the summer transfer market.

But it’d cost them a notable fee as, according to Italian source TuttoJuve, Massimiliano Allegri’s side still want big money from the star’s sale.

It has been stated that they will call for somewhere around €40 million before agreeing to part ways with the South American.

The 25-year-old is not a big part of their plans, but the outfit is also awake not to lose money on Arthur.

It remains to be seen whether the English side are prepared to splash the money on the midfielder in the coming months.