German shot stopper Bernd Leno has been made available for sale ahead of the January transfer window after losing his place as the first choice Arsenal goalkeeper to summer signing Aaron Ramsdale. This is according to the report from Eurosport which stated that the Gunners are keen to sell the 29-year-old goalkeeper who would have one year left on his Arsenal contract next summer.
Leno has been the first choice Arsenal goalkeeper for the past few seasons but his place became threatened when the Gunners paid an initial fee of £24m to sign England national team shot stopper Ramsdale from Sheffield United who were relegated from the Premier League last season.
As the end of the summer transfer window approached, it continues to look highly unlikely that Arsenal will be signing any more players. The Gunners have already signed five players this summer and were also able to convince their prized asset Emile Smith-Rowe to put pen to paper on a new contract which will see him continue his career at the north London club for years to come but Arsenal fans still think that’s not enough. Arsenal have signed Sambi Lokonga, Nuno Tavares, Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale, and Martin Odegaard all in this summer as they try to prove to their fans that they are now set to please them and add some firepower to their squad.
/>However, the Gunners faithful believe that while those players are young and have prospects, they are not up to the quality the club need to be able to fight for titles this season. Odegaard spent last season on loan at Arsenal from Real Madrid but has made a permanent return this time after he was told that he does not have a guaranteed starting spot at the Santiago Bernabeu this season. His arrival at the Emirates Stadium was initially hailed by Arsenal fans but after seeing the transfer businesses being done by other clubs, they have now claimed that the Gunners should have fine more.
It was reported some days ago that English Premier League side Arsenal were interested in signing a striker and that they had set their sights on striking a deal with Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan for the signing of their forward Lautaro Martinez. The Argentina international striker has been linked with an exit from the San Siro amid reports that the club are currently in a financial crisis and need to sell players to raise funds and avoid going into liquidation. The Italian Serie A Champions have already sanctioned the sale of star striker Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea and were also said to be willing to listen to offers for Martinez but that seems to have changed
Inter Milan CEO Beppe Marotta has revealed that he expects Martinez to sign a new contract extension at the club despite reports strongly suggesting otherwise. Martinez and Lukaku formed a great strike partnership last season for Inter as they went on to fire the club to a first Serie A title in so many years. However, they will be playing for different clubs this season as Lukaku has already all but sealed his transfer to England; a return to Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal have made Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale their number one target this summer in their bid to sign a goalkeeper and they have been told to pay £32m for him. English publication The Times revealed that the Gunners have been quoted £32m as the transfer fee required to prise the shot stopper away from his club.
The Gunners are reluctant to pay the said fee for Ramsdale who only moved to Sheffield United last summer. The Blades paid £18.5m to secure his transfer from Bournemouth shortly after they suffered demotion from the English top flight.
Newcastle United have continued to push forward in their attempts to convince Arsenal in letting go of their youngster Joe Willock this summer. The 21-year-old spent last season at St James’ Park and had an excellent campaign as he was in the form of his life for the Tyneside club. Willock was in such great form that he ended the last Premier League season by scoring in seven consecutive games, setting a record, and also doing so while playing most of the games coming on as a second-half substitute.
Newcastle fancy the player a lot and have promised him a lot of game time if he signs for them, something Arsenal may not be able to promise him at the moment. Although Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has vowed to put a lot of faith and belief in younger players at the club, it is still a huge doubt that Willock will have an in portent role to play at the Emirates Stadium next season and it is also one of the huge factors that are going to influence the 21-year-old’s decision in the coming days.
The highly anticipated Tokyo Olympics has continued to draw nearer gradually and the participating countries have already started preparing for the tournament by sending call-plus and invitations to the players they want to represent them at the 2020 edition of the tournament which will hold later this year. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics was originally scheduled to hold last year but was moved to this year following the huge impact made by the outburst of the coronavirus pandemic especially during the beginning of last year.
Alongside Brazil, France has been one of the countries to have been working tentatively to make sure that a list of the players they want to have at the Olympics is ready very soon and according to reports, Arsenal’s French defender William Saliba is set to miss the Olympics as his club want him to report for pre-season duties later this month. Saliva was signed by Mikel Arteta for Arsenal last summer but was loaned out to get some minutes under his belt as he was not able to cement his position as a regular starter at the club since completing his transfer to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal have been told by Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid that if they want to get midfielder Martin Odegaard, they should be prepared to let go of Emile Smith-Rowe in return, according to reports coming from various sources. Odegaard’s fantastic season at Arsenal last season has made the London club establish a serious interest in signing the Norwegian international midfielder on a permanent basis. Their quest to sign the 23-year-old has made them open talks with Madrid over a possible transfer since before the end of the last season, but both clubs have not been able to reach an agreement.
The latest reports coming from the media are now suggesting that Real Madrid have now expressed their interest in Arsenal star Smith-Rowe and want him in return if the Gunners keep insisting that they want to complete a deal for Odegaard.
It is expected to be a long summer for Premier League club Arsenal who have lined up a summer rebuild that will see them let go of a couple of players and have also planned to sign their replacements. However, they are in a very precarious situation at the moment and will find it very hard to attract their first-choice transfer targets this summer because they have missed the chance to participate in the UEFA Champions League next season.
The Champions League is always a competition that every footballer wants to play in and win, and if they are going to sign for a club, it is also a criterion that influences the club they eventually choose to sign for. It’s the current situation at the Emirates Stadium, with midfielder Granit Xhaka reportedly expressing his desire to leave the club in search of Champions League football.
Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has revealed that he still thinks about his failed Arsenal transfer two seasons ago and wishes that the move had happened. The Ivory Coast international attacker was very close to joining the Gunners in the last two summer transfer windows only for the move to break down toward the closure of the window.
The Gunners were asked to pay a sum of £70 million for the Manchester United academy graduate but were reluctant to fork out such a huge sum for the star. Their reluctance to bend to Palace’s demands meant that they would have to go look for other options, and they began scouting for other possible targets.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has reportedly given a confirmation that London club Arsenal will be handling some transfer businesses when the summer transfer window opens for business in a few months. Mikel Arteta has been reported to be highly interested in adding some firepower to his squad ahead of assembling a side that will try to do better next season, and there seems to now be a confirmation that he will engage in some business activities in the window.
Romano was speaking on a YouTube channel SFeatleyTV where he gave the confirmation that will now come as a huge boost to Arsenal fans who have been clamoring for the club to venture into the summer transfer window with a strong statement of intent in order to send out a strong signal to the rest of the Premier League clubs.