Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Smith Rowe NEW deal and iconic shirt No CONFIRMED, £30m Ramsdale bid, Maddison SWAP deal

EMILE SMITH ROWE has signed a new deal with Arsenal, and has been awarded an iconic short number.

Meanwhile, the Gunners are leading the race to sign Chelsea's Tammy Abraham this summer, even if the deal is on loan, The Sun can reveal.

Abraham will otherwise cost around £40m, but the Blues have struggled to find long-term suitors for the striker so far.

Elsewhere, the Gunners are interested in Leicester's James Maddison and Sassuolo's Manuel Locatelli.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    MADD SIGNING

    It's no surprise why James Maddison is being chased by Arsenal.

    He boasts some pretty impressive numbers…

  • Jake Lambourne

    SMITH ROWE CONTINUED

    Technical director Edu has expressed his delight at Emile Smith Rowe's new deal.

    He said: "This is another important step forward for us and we’re all delighted that Emile has signed a new long-term contract.

    "It’s great to see another young player develop through our academy system to become a key part of our first team.

    "Emile is a player who represents the future of the club and this is why we have given him the No 10 shirt.

    "We have trust in Emile and we know he has the potential to be a beautiful player for many years to come."

  • Jake Lambourne

    ROWE YOUR BOAT

    Emile Smith Rowe has signed a new long-term contract at Arsenal and has been handed the vacant No10 shirt.

    The playmaker has already been the subject of two failed bids from Aston Villa, but the Gunners have always been confident of extending his stay.

    Commenting on the news, boss Mikel Arteta said: "As we all saw last season, Emile is an intelligent player with excellent ability. His sharpness on the turn and exceptional vision have already made him a key player for us.

    "His attitude and willingness to learn have also been very impressive. Huge credit to our team in our academy who have given Emile a great education and have worked superbly to help with his development through the age groups.
     
    “Along with the first-team staff, huge credit also goes to our senior players, who have played such an important role to help Emile develop, gain confidence and perform the way he did last season.

    "I know the fans will join us in being delighted that Emile has committed his future to the club.

    "We’re now looking forward to helping him develop further and seeing him become even more important to the strong young team we’re building."

  • Jake Lambourne

    SUMMER LOVIN'

    Transfer season is in full swing with some of Europe's biggest clubs looking to strengthen their squads ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.

    And that could see some of football's most valuable superstars on the move – including Harry Kane, Ben White, Erling Haaland and Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Here SunSport has explored 10 mammoth transfers that could still go through this summer.

    Click HERE for more.

  • Jake Lambourne

    DENNIS THE MENACE

    On this day in 2006, the Emirates hosted its first game with Dennis Bergkamp's testimonial.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ABRA CADABRA

    Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham would reportedly be open to joining Arsenal this summer.

    The Blues forward looks likely to depart Stamford Bridge having found himself out of favour under Thomas Tuchel.

    And according to The Athletic, the Gunners are keen for a loan deal, though Chelsea are seeking a £40millon fee.

    Abraham is claimed to be aware of interest in him from the North London outfity.

    It is claimed that the 23-year-old is willing to make the move to the Emirates should a deal be struck with Chelsea.

  • Jake Lambourne

    GREAT SCOT

    Arsenal reportedly remain keen to Scottish left-back Josh Doig from Hibernian.

    Despite the Gunners already bringing in Nuno Tavares to provide competition for Kieran Tierney, Doig, 19, is still claimed to be of interest.

    And according to the Standard, the North Londoners have asked Hibernian to lower their asking price.

    The Scottish side are seeking a £5m fee, but Arsenal – as well as West Ham – are reluctant to fork out that fee.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SICKENING

    Former Arsenal star Dani Ceballos’ Olympic Games look to be over already as much-fancied Spain were held by Egypt to an opening match stalemate.

    The 24-year-old midfielder was forced off during the first half after he was caught by a naughty challenge from Taher Mohamed at the Sapporo Dome.

    Ceballos, who has spent the last two seasons on-loan with the Gunners from Real Madrid, went in for the tackle during the closing stages of the opening period.

    Taher was receiving the ball on the turn and appeared to be unaware of the Spaniard closing in behind him.

    The Egyptian's foot subsequently planted onto the ankle of Ceballos and sent it sickenly bending in a freakish direction.

    Referee Adham Makhadmeh was advised to check the VAR pitchside monitor as medics rushed on to treat the stricken ace.

    Dani Ceballos' ankle was sickeningly bent in a freakish direction
  • Jake Lambourne

    RED RAMBO

    Liverpool are favourites to sign Juventus star Aaron Ramsey.

    That's according to bookmakers Sky Bet, who've priced Jurgen Klopp's side at 3/1 to clinch the Arsenal icon's signature.

    The Reds were previously available at 6/1, but those odds have halved after some significant activity in the betting market.

    Liverpool are busy searching for a new central midfielder to replace Georginio Wijnaldum, who joined PSG on a free transfer.

    Aaron Ramsey next club – Sky Bet odds

    • Liverpool – 3/1
    • Arsenal – 5/1
    • West Ham – 6/1
    • Everton – 9/1
    • Aston Villa – 12/1
    • Manchester United – 12/1
    • Cardiff – 16/1
    • Manchester City – 16/1
    • Tottenham – 25/1
    • Jake Lambourne

      MADD WORLD

      Arsenal are reportedly growing more confident at prising James Maddison away from Leicester.

      The 24-year-old playmaker has been heavily linked with a switch to the Emirates with Mikel Arteta keen to add creativity to his side.

      And according to journalist Pete O'Rourke, the Gunners are hopeful of securing the England international's services/

      He states Arsenal are not only receiving encouragement from Maddison, but also from Leicester.

      A potential £60million deal has been discussed, while there have even been reports of Arsenal offering cash plus Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

    • Jake Lambourne

      SAKA SUPPORT

      Mesut Ozil shared kind-hearted words about Bukayo Saka following sickening online racial abuse aimed at the England starlet after his Euros 2020 penalty miss. 

      The ex-Gunners playmaker revealed he “felt very much” for his former Arsenal team-mate and praised the youngster for taking a pen in a major match. 

      He told Sky Sports: “I felt very much for Bukayo, I know from my own experience how it feels to miss a penalty.

      “In a final, as the last one, to take on the responsibility of an entire nation as a young player – respect. Not many players would dare to do that.

      “There will always be people who racially abuse and scapegoat people of different backgrounds and skin colour when they lose.

      “Unfortunately, there will always be a small part of our community that racially insults and threatens players.

      “We should focus much more on the positive messages that keep players strong.”

      Mesut Ozil said he felt for his former Arsenal team-mate Bukayo Saka following his Euros penalty miss
    • Jake Lambourne

      WORK OF ART

      Arsenal have already announced the signings of Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga this summer.

      And the Gunners could bring in a further FIVE players as Mikel Arteta looks to assemble a squad capable of challenging for the top four.

      Here's how the North Londoners could start if they secure all their targets.

      This could be how Arsenal line-up in the 2021-22 season
    • Jake Lambourne

      RAM RAID

      Arsenal have reportedly been told that they must cough up £32million for Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

      The Gunners were previously linked with West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone but are now believed to have made Ramsdale their top target.

      The Blades have reportedly rejected two previous offers from the Premier League club for the England Euro 2020 squad member.

      Now The Times claims they have informed Arsenal that they will only sell for at least £32m.

      Ramsdale moved to Sheff Utd from Bournemouth on a four-year contract 12 months ago in a £18.5m deal.

      The 23-year-old stopper has suffered relegation twice in each of the last two seasons with the Cherries and Blades.

      During that period he has conceded 125 Premier League goals and kept just ten clean sheets.

      The Gunners have already had two bids rejected for the Sheff Utd goalkeeper
    • Jake Lambourne

      AS LOC WOULD HAVE IT

      Sassuolo are reportedly prepared to loan out Manuel Locatelli to Juventus on a two-year with the obligation to sign him in 2023.

      It had been believed that the Arsenal target would be sold for a flat fee, but it has now been claimed that they have changed their mind.

      According to Calciomercato, Sassuolo would accept an £8.5million loan fee for the two years, with Juve having the obligation to permanently sign him for £30m, with a further £8.5m in add-ons.

      The Gunners have already tabled a £34m offer for the 23-year-old, who is believed to be keen to join the Old Lady.

    • Jake Lambourne

      MAIN MAN

      Football agent Andrea D’Amico has confirmed that Arsenal have tabled a £34million offer for Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli.

      The Gunners are known to be admirers of the 23-year-old, but they face competition from Serie A giants Juventus, with the Old Lady believed to be the player’s preference.

      Reports in Italian media have claimed that Massimiliano Allegri's side are ready to offer £25m plus midfielder Nicolo Fagioli.

      And Fagioli's agent Andrea D’Amico has confirmed that both Juve and Arsenal are after Locatelli, though his client has not been included in any transfer.

      Speaking to Sky Sport Italia via the Standard, he said: "Juventus would like to sign Locatelli and Arsenal have already offered €40m [£34m].

       "But I can assure you that, as of today, Fagioli has not been included in the deal.

      “Massimiliano Allegri wants to see him in training to understand if he can be useful during the season.”

    • Thomas Blow

      GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

      Arsenal are preparing a £30million bid for Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, according to reports.

      The Blades have reportedly rejected two previous offers from the Premier League club for the England Euro 2020 squad member.

      According to talkSPORT, Arsenal a lining up a third bid and the fee could be as much as £30m.

      The Gunners were previously linked with West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone but it's believed they will now focus on Ramsdale.

      Meanwhile, Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been targeted by Leicester, Southampton and Burnley as Mikel Arteta shakes up his Arsenal squad.

      Arteta is likely to target at least three more signings after recruiting Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga and Benfica left-back Nuno Tavares.

      England defender Ben White is the likeliest next arrival, with Arsenal poised to accept Brighton's £50million valuation.

      And all that incoming activity means Maitland-Niles might be tempted to move on after his Emirates career stalled over the past 12 months. 

      Finally, Arsenal pulled out of their pre-season trip to America because they feared being forced to quarantine in Orlando.

      A club source admitted: "Covid has an incubation period of between five and ten days, so it’s possible that anyone who has been in close contact with the individuals who had tested positive could also develop symptoms.

      "It was simply too much of a risk to get on a plane for such a long flight knowing that others might have been in contact with the players who are  now isolating at home."

    • Anthony Chapman

      RED REVOLUTION

      Arsenal are in for a number of top stars this summer.

      And their team could look very different in the new campaign.

      Mikel Arteta is ready to embark on a spending spree, having already been active in the transfer market.

      Is this how Arsenal will look next term?

    • Anthony Chapman

      WHAM BAM TAM

      Tammy Abraham might fulfil one of his childhood dreams if the Chelsea striker seals his loan move to Arsenal.

      The Blues star has admitted he was a Gunners fan who idolised their strike legend Thierry Henry.

      Speaking in 2017, Abraham said: “To be honest I was an Arsenal fan. 

      "It didn’t make any difference at Chelsea.

      “When you’re young and you choose who to support, it’s a family thing… so it wasn’t really a problem at Chelsea.”

    • Anthony Chapman

      GOR BLIMEY

      Man United are standout favourites to sign Leon Goretzka.

      That's according to Betfair, who've priced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side at 6/4 to lure the Bayern Munich midfielder to Old Trafford.

      However, there are plenty of interested parties also considering an approach with PSG, Barcelona, Chelsea and Arsenal all featuring in the latest betting market.

      Leon Goretzka next club – Betfair odds

      • Manchester United – 6/4
      • Barcelona – 6/1
      • Chelsea – 6/1
      • Paris Saint-Germain – 9/1
      • Arsenal – 10/1
      • Manchester City – 10/1
      • Borussia Dortmund – 15/1

      CHECK MAIT

      Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been targeted by Leicester, Southampton and Burnley as Mikel Arteta shakes up his Arsenal squad.

      Arteta is likely to target at least three more signings after recruiting Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga and Benfica left-back Nuno Tavares.

      England defender Ben White is the likeliest next arrival, with Arsenal poised to accept Brighton's £50million valuation.

      And all that incoming activity means Maitland-Niles might be tempted to move on after his Emirates career stalled over the past 12 months. 

      IRON BRU

      Kevin De Bruyne is the bookies’ favourite to win PFA Player of the Year for a THIRD successive season.

      Man United star Bruno Fernandes is third in the list from Sky Bet.

      And new Red Devil Jadon Sancho is sixth-favourite.

      However, unless Arsenal can pull off a shock deal for Jack Grealish, there are NO Gunners players in the top 17.

      PFA Player of the Year – Sky Bet odds

      • Kevin De Bruyne 5/1
      • Harry Kane 9/1
      • Bruno Fernandes 10/1
      • Mohamed Salah 11/1
      • Raheem Sterling 11/1
      • Jadon Sancho 12/1
      • Jack Grealish 14/1
      • Mason Mount 16/1
      • Diogo Jota 18/1
      • Kai Havertz 18/1
      • Riyad Mahrez 18/1
      • Joao Cancelo 20/1
      • Phil Foden 20/1
      • Sadio Mane 20/1
      • Timo Werner 20/1
      • Virgil van Dijk 20/1
      • Ruben Dias 22/1

      • Anthony Chapman

        IVAN SCARE

        Former Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has been diagnosed with throat cancer.

        But the South African insists he is 'confident' he will make a full recovery from the 'very curable' form of the disease.

        Gazidis, now at AC Milan, said: “Of course, there is never a good time for a diagnosis of cancer.

        "But I have a very curable form of cancer and a positive diagnosis.

        "I have world-class medical expertise, and the support of so many loved ones and everyone at the club, and I am confident based on all advice that the cancer will be treated successfully, with a full recovery."

      • Anthony Chapman

        NEVER SAY NEVES

        Man United are now odds-on favourites to sign Wolves star Ruben Neves ahead of Arsenal.

        That's according to bookmakers Sky Bet, who've slashed their odds on the Portuguese midfielder after a flurry of activity in the betting market.

        Check out the odds on Neves’ next club below.

      • Anthony Chapman

        RAM RAID

        Arsenal are preparing a £30million bid for Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, according to reports.

        The Blades have reportedly rejected two previous offers from the Premier League club for the England Euro 2020 squad member.

        According to talkSPORT, Arsenal a lining up a third bid and the fee could be as much as £30m.

        The Gunners were previously linked with West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone but it's believed they will now focus on Ramsdale.

      • Anthony Chapman

        FLOR BLIMEY

        Arsenal pulled out of their pre-season trip to America because they feared being forced to quarantine in Orlando.

        A club source admitted: “Covid has an incubation period of between five and ten days, so it’s possible that anyone who has been in close contact with the individuals who had tested positive could also develop symptoms.

        “It was simply too much of a risk to get on a plane for such a long flight knowing that others might have been in contact with the players who are  now isolating at home.”

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