Arsenal are on the verge of completing their first summer signing with the capture of former Chelsea winger Willian.
The Brazilian posted a farewell message to Blues fans at the weekend ahead of his free transfer across the capital.
Chelsea were unable to meet his demands but the Gunners tabled a three-year deal to get their man.
Elsewhere, the future of Mesut Ozil is also a top priority for Arsenal chiefs.
The Gunners are looking to get the German playmaker off their wage bill and willing to cancel his contract in a bid to free up funds.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future remains up in the air but the Arsenal board are confident their talisman will put pen to paper.
Arsenal Trying For Fresh Ceballos Loan
Arsenal are in talks with Real Madrid over signing Dani Ceballos on another season-long loan deal, reports The Athletic.
The Gunners are not in a position to seal a permanent transfer for the midfielder but are keen for him to return to the club for next season.
Gunners Get Gabriel Boost
Arsenal transfer target Gabriel Magalhaes has been left out of Lille’s pre-season squad against AZ Alkmaar for this Saturday.
The 22-year-old has been attracting interest from The Gunners as well as Everton and Man Utd and is expected to move on this summer.
Lille are reportedly close to signing Bruno Fuchs from Inter Milan, which could allow Gabriel to complete his transfer elsewhere, with his preference believed to be a switch to Arsenal.
Besiktas Eye Reiss Nelson Loan
Turkish side Besiktas are reportedly eyeing a move for Reiss Nelson on a season-long loan, according to Sport Witness.
The 20-year-old has been in and out of the side under Mikel Arteta, but the Gunners’ boss is not keen to let him go.
Ramsey unwanted at Juventus
The former Gunners star, who joined Juventus on a free transfer last summer, is surplus to requirements under the new regime.
Ramsey, 29, started only 11 Serie A matches last season. But his wages of £250,000-a-week limit his options.
He is one of several big names Juventus are looking to get rid of this summer… continue reading.
Gunners Chiefs ‘Ignored Hojbjerg Recommendation’
Arsenal chiefs ignored a recommendation to sign Tottenham-bound Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, reports The Athletic.
The Southampton midfielder is due to join Spurs in a £15m deal, but the Gunners had also been advised to make a move.
Scout Peter Clark – who is among those being made redundant by the club – suggested Hojbjerg as a cheaper alternative to Thomas Partey.
Willian ‘Has Medical’ Ahead of Move To Arsenal
Willian is close to completing his switch to Arsenal after undergoing a medical.
reports the Brazilian has already been through all the necessary checks with regards to his fitness.
That raises the possibility that he could be unveiled as the club’s new signing this week.
Arsenal Aiming To Hijack Reguilon Deal
Arsenal are reportedly looking to hijack Chelsea’s attempts to sign Sergio Reguilon by snapping up the defender themselves.
Reguilon, 23, has been attracting interest while on loan at Sevilla from Real Madrid.
But The Gunners hold an ace up their sleeve as they hold strong links with his agent Kia Joorabchian, who they’ve been working closely with on the Willian deal.
As per reports from journalist Nicolo Schira, Arsenal and Chelsea are now in a four-way race to sign Reguilon with Napoli and Atletico Madrid also linked.
Gunners Look For Ozil Solution
Arsenal will make a new push to reach an agreement over Mesut Ozil’s £18m contract nightmare.
They are ready to make an offer to pay him off and reach a deal or subsidise his £350,000-a-week wages if he moves to another club.
Ozil, 31, has one year left on his deal, does not want to leave Arsenal and is ready to sit tight but the club want to find a compromise to help free up money in their wage bill for transfer business this summer.
There are no obvious takers for Ozil as there is simply not the money in Turkish football to make it a reality but the Germany World Cup winner was frozen out in the final weeks of the season.
They must now try to find a solution but it will be difficult with no obvious takers for Ozil.
Arsenal Set Guendouzi Fee
Arsenal will demand Barcelona pay £40million for Matteo Guendouzi – with Paris-Saint Germain having reportedly entered the race for the midfielder.
Guendouzi looks set to leave the Emirates this summer, having fallen out of favour since clashing with Brighton players during the Gunners’ defeat in June.
The club’s £40m price tag for Guendouzi would represent a serious profit on the £5m they paid Lorient two years ago – and would help Arteta in his efforts to sign Willian, Thomas Partey, Gabriel Magalhaes and Dani Ceballos.
Ozil Picture Surfaces
Mesut Ozil was pictured in the company of Istanbul Basaksehir boss Okan Buruk in an image that was shared on social media.
The Arsenal highest paid player has been in Turkey since prior to the end of the Gunners’ season, with Mikel Arteta allowing him to leave the UK before the FA Cup final against Chelsea because he wasn’t set to be involved in the matchday squad.
Ozil still has a year left on his contract at Arsenal, but there appears to be little chance of him finding a way back into Arteta’s plans as the long-running saga over his future continues.
Zaha Responds To Arsenal Link
Wilfried Zaha has hit back at speculation linking him with a switch to Arsenal by insisting he “can’t control everything everyone does.”
The Crystal Palace star may finally be on the moving following several years at Selhurst Park.
Arsenal were one of the clubs heavily linked with his signature last summer after he attempted to seek pastures new.
And an Instagram story has gone viral appearing to suggest that the forward is heading for the Emirates.
Zaha was spotted in a club in front of the sign in the background alongside the caption “So me and Wilfried Zaha have a message for you guys @Arsenal”.
But the 27-year-old has since responded on his own social media distancing himself from a move by saying: “I’m just enjoying my time off and can’t control everything everyone does.”
Willian Holds Luiz Call
Willian held a video call with Arsenal’s David Luiz on the same day he confirmed he is leaving Chelsea after seven years.
The Brazilian announced his Stamford Bridge exit in a statement, in which he also paid tribute to the Blues supporters.
Willian is expected to join Arsenal at the end of the month once his contract has officially expired at Chelsea.
Willian will put pen to paper on a deal worth £150,000 per week and link up with compatriot, and former Chelsea team-mate Luiz.
On Sunday, the duo spoke to each other via video call, with Luiz wishing Willian a happy birthday.
“Always together,” read the caption: “Happy bday my bro @willianborges88.”
Arsenal Looking To Raise Funds
Arsenal want to offload several players in a bid to raise cash for new signings.
Midfield misfit Matteo Guendouzi and Greek defender Sokratis are both surplus to requirements and they are looking to get Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s wages off the books by turning his loan to Roma into a permanent switch.
Arsenal may also sell Ainsley Maitland-Niles despite him insisting he is keen to stay while Sead Kolasinac could also be on his way.
Arsenal Plan Lacazette Sale
Arsenal plan to sell Alexandre Lacazette to Atletico Madrid as soon as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang commits to a new contract at the club.
That is according to a report from the Daily Star, which claims the Gunners are ready to sell the Frenchman in a £30million deal this summer.
That would give Arsenal vital funds to reinvest elsewhere in their squad, with Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah set to be given more first-team opportunities as a result of Lacazette’s departure.
Torreira Set For Spain Switch
Atletico are eyeing a move for another Arsenal player, with central midfielder Lucas Torreira a target for the La Liga club.
That is according to a report from Mundo Deportivo, which says the Uruguayan has been a long-term target for Diego Simeone’s side and a move may finally come to fruition this summer.
The Gunners could explore a potential swap deal with Atletico which would see Thomas Partey move in the other direction.
Fiorentina are mentioned as another possible destination for the combative midfielder, whose stock at Arsenal has fallen recently.