ARSENAL are closing in on the £50m transfer of Brighton’s Ben White, SunSport can exclusively reveal.
The Gunners continued their pre-season campaign this weekend, drawing 2-2 with Scottish champs Rangers.
Meanwhile Arsenal are looking to bolster their attacking options with a move for Tammy Abraham of Chelsea.
And Inter Milan are eyeing Gunners’ right-back Hector Bellerin.
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GRANIT XHAKA LATEST
Granit Xhaka has reportedly given up his bonuses from the 2020-21 season in order to secure a move from Arsenal to Roma this summer.
Roma boss Jose Mourinho has been keen on bringing in Xhaka since moving to Italy, and the Switzerland captain reportedly agreed to a five-year deal with the Serie A club last month.
And the 28-year-old is apparently so keen on a move to Roma that he will give up his bonuses from last season to help get the deal across the line.
This is according to Football Italia, who say that Xhaka has told his club that he wants to leave.
JOE WILLOCK LATEST
Arsenal are likely to allow Joe Willock to leave on loan this summer, according to Chronicle Live.
And if Willock does leave on loan, he may sign a contract extension with Arsenal first.
Willock is keen on first-team football and Newcastle are probably the most likely to offer him that, but he’s still assessing his options at this stage.
The Gunners are believed to have set a £20million asking price for the midfielder which means a loan may be more realistic.
HOUSSEM AOUAR LATEST
Arsenal have been joined by Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool in the transfer race for Lyon’s Houssem Aouar.
Aouar has just two years left on his current deal at Lyon, putting the French club in a difficult situation of stick or twist.
According to ESPN, the Ligue 1 club would prefer to offload the impressive 23-year-old and cash in.
The report states that Tottenham and Arsenal are leading the race between the Premier League giants.
But Liverpool are on the hunt for a Georginio Wijnaldum replacement, who left the club in the summer and joined French giants Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.
And Paul Pogba’s uncertain future at Man Utd has forced the Red Devils to reportedly keep a watchful eye over Aouar.
ARTETA CALLS SCOTLAND TRIP ‘PERFECT’
Mikel Arteta has dubbed Arsenal’s trip to Scotland ‘perfect’ – despite his team failing to win either of their pre-season friendlies.
The Gunners suffered a poor 2-1 loss to Hibernian and needed a late equaliser to earn a 2-2 draw with Rangers.
But the manager is remaining positive, telling the club’s official website: “I think it [the trip] was perfect, even the weather was something that we didn’t expect.
“I think KT’s [Tierney] been really helpful with that and I think the way we’ve been treated by the hotel, the staff, the facilities – I think it was a really positive camp.”
ARTETA PRAISES NUNO
Arteta has also praised Nuno Taveres after he scored his first Arsenal goal in today’s match against Rangers.
The Gunners boss told the club’s official website: “A great debut with his [goal on his] right foot as well!
“He’s only been with us a few days but you can already see his qualities, his physicality and then the quality on the ball that he has.
“He’s integrating with the lads really well, so it’s a good start.”
Mikel Arteta has been speaking about Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Rangers at Ibrox earlier today.
He told the club’s official website: “Overall I’m really pleased with the performance.
“I think we dominated the game, we created so many chances – I counted about eight or ten clear chances to score – but this game is decided in both boxes.
“We weren’t clinical in the opponent’s box and we conceded two goals from two corners, which were the only chances they had apart from the counter-attack from our own corner.
“It’s much better from the other day and you tell that physically we were already better in the second game.
“The organisation was better, individually they played better, but I really liked the collective understanding of the game and how we executed a lot of things we’ve been working on in the training pitch.”
Nuno Taveres scored his first goal for the Gunners today as they earned a draw against Scottish champions Rangers at Ibrox.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official club website, Taveres said: “It was a good game for me and for us.
“A good test. I think we had a good match and we learned a lot.
“I feel very happy to score my first goal with Arsenal. I’m so excited for this and today I did it.
“It’s good to play with the best, like Aubameyang and Laca. They’re very good players and to play with them, it’s so good.
“I’m so excited to play with fans at the Emirates. I can’t wait for this. We will see.”
SANDER BERGE LATEST
Arsenal could reportedly cool their interest in Sander Berge as they are unwilling to meet Sheffield United’s £35million asking price.
According to Sheffield United News, no bid has been forthcoming from the Gunners.
The Athletic has reported that Arsenal don’t see £35m as a fair reflection of Berge’s value in the current market.
Also, Edu seems to prioritised moves for Ben White and Albert Lonkonga.
RANGERS MATCH REPORT
Arsenal twice came from behind to earn a draw against Scottish champions Rangers at Ibrox.
New signing Nuno Taveres and sub Eddie Nketiah were on target in front of 2000 fans in Glasgow.
Leon Balogun and sub Cedric Itten scored for the home side in a competitive encounter.
Arsenal’s side had almost £200m-worth of quality in the starting line-up, with £72m Pepe and £45m Thomas Partey joining Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in Arteta’s opening line-up.
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MIK WANTS JACK
Arsenal have been linked with a move for Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish – but Manchester City are still leading the race, according to reports.
Pep Guardiola’s champions have long been linked with a £100million move for the England ace.
Man City also want Three…
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