This morning alone, Arsenal have been linked with moves for Rice, Caicedo, Gundogan, Cancelo, and Fresneda. Reports suggest that Tierney, Xhaka, Holding, Balogun, Tavares, and Lokonga may be on their way out. The club is also reportedly expecting bids for Smith Rowe and Patino. Meanwhile, a new contract offer is in the works for Nelson, with Ødegaard, Saka, and Ramsdale’s contracts nearly finalized, and Saliba’s also under consideration. It’s shaping up to be a highly eventful summer for the Gunners.
It’s been an extremely busy morning for all Arsenal news outlets.
Firstly, let’s start with the players linked to Arsenal. Declan Rice has been connected with a move to Arsenal from West Ham, with a reported transfer fee of £92 million. Arsenal have also been linked with two current Manchester City players – İlkay Gündoğan and Joao Cancelo – in what would be shock transfers. Gündoğan could even join on a free transfer, though I suspect he will end up at Barcelona. As for Cancelo, the former Manchester City left back, I don’t foresee him making a move to the Emirates. Given Manchester City’s recent success after selling Zinchenko and Jesus to us last summer, I doubt they’ll be eager to do more business with Arsenal anytime soon.
Ivan Fresneda has also been linked to Arsenal, which would provide good cover for the right back position. He can also play as a left back, adding versatility to his appeal. Despite his limited experience at the top level, he has attracted interest from Real Madrid, which speaks volumes about his potential. If we manage to secure him, he would undoubtedly be a great addition to our defensive core.
There are indeed many reports suggesting that up to 14 first-team players could be sold in the upcoming summer transfer window. The funds from these sales could significantly aid Arsenal in navigating this summer’s transfer market. Below are some of the players rumoured to be leaving, along with some potential price tags:
- Runar Alex Runarsson
- Cedric Soares
- Kieran Tierney
- Nuno Tavares
- Rob Holding
- Tyreece John-Jules
- Pablo Mari
- Ainsley Maitland-Niles
- Nicolas Pepe
- Reiss Nelson
- Gabriel Magalhaes
- Granit Xhaka
- Charlie Patino
- Albert Sambi Lokonga
- Folarin Balogun
It appears to be a period of significant change for Arsenal. According to the latest reports, Kieran Tierney is leading an Arsenal overhaul as he is linked to Newcastle United. Granit Xhaka is on the brink of leaving Arsenal, with Bayer Leverkusen close to securing a £13m deal.
Defender Rob Holding has reportedly piqued the interest of Sheffield United and Leeds United. Furthermore, Folarin Balogun is definitely departing the club, with Nuno Tavares and Charlie Patino also being earmarked for sale. Albert Sambi Lokonga, on the other hand, is heading to Burnley.
In terms of contract negotiations, Arsenal are due to hold talks with Emile Smith Rowe about his future at the end of the season. New contract offers have been made for Reiss Nelson and Martin Ødegaard. Contracts for Bukayo Saka and Aaron Ramsdale are almost complete, while William Saliba’s contract is still being worked on.
Rumors are swirling that the future of Emile Smith Rowe at Arsenal is currently hanging in the balance. Simultaneously, Granit Xhaka’s future appears to be away from the club, with an imminent move to Bayer Leverkusen expected to materialize soon after the summer commences.
New contracts have been offered to several key Arsenal players in an attempt to secure the team’s future. The club is keen to solidify the core of the team that led us to a tense race this season. The last thing we want is to lose valuable players like Martin Ødegaard, Bukayo Saka, William Saliba, Aaron Ramsdale, Gabriel Martinelli, and Gabriel Magalhaes. The aim is to lock in new contracts with them before the onset of the next season.
That wraps up the news for today, but there’s certainly a lot happening. It’s shaping up to be a busy transfer window, with the Kroenkes possibly injecting over £200m for us to spend, in addition to the funds raised in the summer transfer window. As such, this summer promises to be an eventful one for Arsenal.