Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Maddison £60m plus player bid, Aouar Gunners move LATEST, Bruno Guimaraes £25.6m offer

ARSENAL are set to bid £25.6m for Lyon's Brazil Olympic midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, according to reports.

And SunSport can reveal fellow Lyon star Houssem Aouar is confident of completing a £25m move to the Emirates this summer.

This is despite Edu stepping up his pursuit of James Maddison, with a rumoured bid of £60m plus a player having been lodged.

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    MARC-ING ORDERS

    RB Leipzig star Marcel Sabitzer has turned down a new contract from the Bundesliga giants.

    According to Goal, Sabitzer is unlikely to put pen to paper on a new deal with Leipzig.

    The midfielder has been previously linked with a move to Arsenal, who are looking for a playmaker.

    The Austria international has entered the last year of his current deal and is available for just £15million this summer, according to The Athletic

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    MESSI ANNOUNCEMENT

    Barcelona announced that Lionel Messi’s exit comes down to “financial and structural obstacles”.

    A statement from Barca read: “Despite FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi having reached an agreement and the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, this cannot happen because of financial and structural obstacles (Spanish Liga regulations).

    “As a result of this situation, Messi shall not be staying on at FC Barcelona. Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of the player and the club will ultimately not be fulfilled.

    “FC Barcelona wholeheartedly expresses its gratitude to the player for his contribution to the aggrandisement of the club and wishes him all the very best for the future in his personal and professional life”

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    LAUTARO BOOST

    Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez is keen to move to the Premier League amid interest from Arsenal, according to transfer expert Peter O'Rourke.

    O'Rourke told The Done Deal Show: “I think the [Inter] owners do want to sell at least one of their star assets to bring some much-needed funds in, and they would ideally prefer to sell Lautaro Martinez rather than [Romelu] Lukaku,

    “So that’s given Arsenal hope that a deal can be done here, despite reports saying that Martinez would only move to Spain – that’s not true.

    "I’ve heard he would definitely be up for the Premier League, not necessarily just Arsenal, but anybody who may be showing an interest in him”

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    NEVE-S HAPPENING

    Arsenal appear to be out of the race for Wolves star Ruben Neves as Granit Xhaka is set to sign a new deal.

    Xhaka appeared close to joining Roma but it seems like he will be staying at the Emirates after all.

    According to Football London, the Gunners were lining up a bid for Neves to replace the Switzerland international in the middle of the park but it seems like there is no need for that anymore.

    This works as a major boost for Manchester United, who are also on the lookout for a midfielder as Paul Pogba could leave.

    United have also been linked with Neves during the summer transfer window

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    WHITE NOISE

    Arsenal star Ben White's agent Alex Laveck revealed that his client had to "pinch himself" after his move to the Emirates and the recent England call-up.

    Laveck said: "Ben's delighted – I think he's had to pinch himself with the Arsenal move and the England call up.

    "It's all fully deserved for the fantastic footballer, the amazing attitude, and the family support network around him.

    "I think this is now a fantastic foundation for him to kick on and show everybody what he's about"

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    SAKA IS BUK

    Arsenal star Bukayo Saka has been flooded with messages of support on his return to London Colney yesterday.

    Saka's penalty miss in the Euro 2020 final against Italy saw him subject to vile racist abuse on social media.

    But the Gunners received thousands of letters of support for Saka, all of which have been presented to the 19-year-old.

    The winger was the north Londoners' only representative in the summer's Euros

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    AARONS BLOW

    Arsenal have been previously linked with Norwich ace Max Aarons during the summer transfer window.

    According to Football London, Aarons is ‘very highly thought of’ at the Emirates.

    The Gunners are bracing for a potential exit of Hector Bellerin, who would leave a big void at right-back.

    But with Bellerin's move stalling, a move for his replacement looks unlikely at this stage

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    ABRAHAM BLOW

    Arsenal have been dealt with a transfer blow in their pursuit of Chelsea star Tammy Abraham.

    According to transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio, Atalanta are also keen to sign Abraham in the summer.

    That is because Inter Milan have identified La Dea's striker Duvan Zapata as a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who is close to joining Chelsea.

    Plus, the England international wants to move to a Champions League club

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    MESSI ANNOUNCEMENT

    Barcelona announced that Lionel Messi’s exit comes down to “financial and structural obstacles”.

    A statement from Barca read: “Despite FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi having reached an agreement and the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, this cannot happen because of financial and structural obstacles (Spanish Liga regulations).

    “As a result of this situation, Messi shall not be staying on at FC Barcelona. Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of the player and the club will ultimately not be fulfilled.

    “FC Barcelona wholeheartedly expresses its gratitude to the player for his contribution to the aggrandisement of the club and wishes him all the very best for the future in his personal and professional life”

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    MESSI OUT

    Barcelona have announced that Lionel Messi will be leaving the club effective immediately.

    Barca confirmed that Messi will roll credits on his stunning 17-year stint at the Nou Camp.

    At first it looked like the two sides were close to an agreement over a new five-year contract that would see the star forward taking a 50 per cent pay cut.

    However, negotiations fell through in a meeting on Thursday and thus the Argentina international is now officially up for grabs

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    ARSENAL'S PHIL FODEN

    Arsenal youngster Charlie Patino has been compared to Manchester City star Phil Foden.

    Gunners scout Sean O'Connor discovered Patino, 17, and fellow scout Brian Stapleton believes the midfielder can follow in Foden's footsteps.

    Stapleton told Goal: "Sean O’Connor discovered Jack Wilshere and he said to me that Charlie is the best player who has ever walked through the doors at Hale End.

    "The kid has got so much potential, but he’s not there yet.

    “There is a pathway that Arsenal have got for him and he’s probably going down the same pathway as Phil Foden at Manchester City"

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    LAUT OF HOPE

    Arsenal are still hopeful of landing Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez despite Romelu Lukaku's imminent move to Chelsea this summer.

    According to The Done Deal Show, Inter would much rather keep Lukaku and sell Lautaro.

    That is why the Gunners are still alive in their pursuit of the star striker during this transfer window.

    However, if Lukaku does return to the Blues then the Italian champions are highly unlikely to also offload the Argentina international

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    ON A RAM-PAGE

    Arsenal are making the transfer of a new goalkeeper a priority this summer.

    That is according to The Done Deal Show, who claim the Gunners continue to chase Sheffield United star Aaron Ramsdale.

    The north Londoners are keen to land the 23-year-old this summer after the club’s goalkeeping coach identified him as an ideal purchase.

    However, the England international could cost up to £40million to price away from Bramall Lane

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    MASTER SHEFF

    Sheffield United ace John Egan has praised the professionalism and attitude of Aaron Ramsdale and Sander Berge, who have been linked with a move to Arsenal.

    Egan said: "It's important.

    "There has been speculation with a few of the lads in the summer but their attitude has been very professional and it's been very enthusiastic to see that, too.

    "Sometimes players can get linked with places and they might look a bit moody, but everyone here, including those two players, their attitude has been fantastic and their application and dedication in training, especially when we have a lot of younger lads with us, for them to see that they are a credit to themselves.

    "Whenever they are chosen to play I am sure they will put in good performances."

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    WHEN HURRY MET SALI

    Arsenal loanee William Saliba pushed for a move to Marseille and is looking forward to using his time in France to improve.

    Saliba said: “Marseille is one of the best clubs in France with a lot of support in Marseille and across France.

    “I spoke with the coach and the president [before deciding on the loan]. I was convinced. For a young person like me, it’s good to come here to improve.

    “I chose Marseille because it is the right choice. I pushed to come here. We will see what will happen next season"

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    AOUAR BOOST

    Lyon star Houssem Aouar could indeed leave during the summer transfer window.

    That is according to the Ligue 1 outfit's manager Peter Bosz, who has given a boost to Arsenal and Liverpool amid their bid to sign Aouar.

    Bosz told butfootball.fr: "Aouar? He can leave, this is modern football.

    "Up until the last moment, he can leave"

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    HERTH OF GOLD

    Hertha Berlin are interested in Arsenal ace Reiss Nelson, who appears to have fallen out of favour in north London.

    According to 90PLUS, Hertha are keeping tabs on Nelson after an impressive loan stint at Hoffenheim three season ago.

    The winger, though, has also been subject of interest from fellow Premier League club Crystal Palace.

    The 21-year-old has struggled for first-team football since returning to the Emirates and could be available to leave this summer in search for guaranteed minutes

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    RODGERS REACTS

    Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers expects star midfielder James Maddison to stay at King Power Stadium.

    Arsenal are keeping tabs on Maddison, who is reportedly keen on moving to north London.

    Rodgers said when asked if the England international will stay: “I believe so. I haven’t been told anything different.

    "James is a very important member of our squad"

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    GUIMARAES UPDATE

    Arsenal are preparing an opening offer of €30million (£25.6million) for Lyon ace Bruno Guimaraes

    According to Globo Esporte, Guimaraes is one of the Gunners' top transfer targets.

    The north Londoners have held a long interest in the 23-year-old and may renew their bid soon.

    Arsenal chief executive Edu reportedly attempted to land the Brazil international from Athletico Paranaense back in January 2020 but he opted for Lyon instead

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    HOLDING AOUT

    Lyon star Houssem Aouar is still holding out for a move to Arsenal, reports SunSport's Jordan Davies.

    Aouar has been linked to the Gunners for the past two summers and the north Londoners have held talks with the French giants in the last few weeks.

    However, SunSport understands that the midfielder's representatives have been stunned by the club's recent progress in their attempt to sign Leicester star James Maddison.

    Maddison is reportedly interested in a potential move to Arsenal, with the Foxes holding out for at least £60m.

    The France international, whose own contract expires in 2023, would cost significantly less as Lyon look to offload names and build up their own kitty.

    Yet the 23-year-old's camp are still hopeful that Arsenal’s pursuit of Maddison will fall flat, leaving the Gunners to resort back to Lyon’s playmaker

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    MAD MAN

    Arsenal are willing to offer Leicester a cash only deal for James Maddison.

    That is according to Sky Sports, who claim the Gunners are giving up on their bid to strike a swap deal with the Foxes.

    The north Londoners had been trying to add Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah or Ainsley Maitland-Niles to reduce the cash fee.

    But now the Emirates outfit could accept the only way to secure Maddison's signature is cash-only.

    Leicester want around £60million for the 24-year-old, but Arsenal will have to free up some funds before making their move.

    Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Willian, Nelson and Nketiah are all reportedly available for transfer as the north Londoners target a move for the England international.

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    DOUBLE DEAL

    Arsenal are reportedly looking to raid Sheffield United in a £50million double swoop for Aaron Ramsdale and Sander Berge.

    The Gunners are hoping to persuade the Blades with what is a substantial offer for a Championship club.

    According to The Star, Berge is back on Arsenal's radar despite cooling their interest after unofficial talks between the two clubs earlier this year.

    And Ramsdale has been on Arsenal's radar for some time, although the goalkeeper's £40m price tag is putting the Gunners off.

    So Arsenal are trying to find a compromise by putting together a transfer package the Championship club cannot refuse.

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    SAK'S BACK

    Arsenal favourite Bukayo Saka is back at London Colney.

    The winger took an extended holiday after his involvement in England's run to the Euro 2020 final.

    But he has now returned to Gunners training, as Mikel Arteta's side gear up for their season opener at Brentford next Friday.

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    TAM TOO MUCH

    Southampton have asked Chelsea for Arsenal target Tammy Abraham on loan – but were told he is only available on a permanent transfer.

    Unless that stance changes, that is likely to kill off any hopes Ralph Hasenhuttl has of replacing Danny Ings with fellow England star Abraham.

    The Blues value Abraham, 23, at £40million but are yet to have any takers at that price.

    Hasenhuttl wanted a new forward anyway but signing a striker is now a major priority after Wednesday night’s shock sale of Ings to Aston Villa.

    Tammy Abraham is on Arsenal's radar
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    THAT'S MADD

    Former England striker Darren Bent believes that Arsenal are wrong to be targeting Leicester playmaker James Maddison.

    He said on talkSPORT: "[Maddison] is a fantastic player. I’d love to see him in an Arsenal shirt, but I believe there’s other positions that are probably more important than maybe getting that playmaker,” the pundit said.

    “We’ve just seen [Emile] Smith Rowe, who was brilliant last season, signing a new contract. “We’ve still got [Bukayo] Saka there too.

    “Of course you want good players in, and Maddison is a very good player, but maybe another central midfielder?

    "Maybe a right-back? A right-back would be important."

    Darren Bent doesn't believe that Arsenal should go for James Maddison nextCredit: Getty

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