Wrapping up the Arsenal transfer news, rumours and gossip in the 2021 summer window.
Who have Arsenal been linked with?
Tammy Abraham – The striker has agreed terms with Arsenal despite Chelsea agreeing a fee with Roma for the transfer of the forward (Mirror, August 11); Arsenal are in a four-way fight alongside Southampton, West Ham and Atalanta to sign Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham (Daily Mirror, August 10); Chelsea have lowered their asking price for striker Abraham to around £35m to try and drum up interest from Arsenal, West Ham and Aston Villa (The Sun, July 30); Chelsea are prepared to let Abraham join Arsenal on loan to speed through a deal (The Sun, July 21); Arsenal are interested in Abraham, who Chelsea have already offered to a number of clubs as part of their search for a new striker (Daily Telegraph, July 16).
Kieran Trippier – Arsenal have received a boost in their attempts to sign Kieran Trippier after Manchester United ended their interest in the Atletico Madrid defender (Daily Express, August 10); Arsenal have made a move for Trippier at Atletico Madrid, with the Spanish club demanding £34m for their right-back (The Sun on Sunday, August 8).
Yacine Adli – North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham are reportedly set to battle it out to sign the attacking midfielder from Bordeaux (The Sun, August 10).
James Maddison – Leicester are lining up Jesse Lingard as a potential replacement for James Maddison should the Englishman leave for Arsenal (The Sun, August 10); Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has warned Arsenal that James Maddison will cost £100m after Jack Grealish’s transfer to Manchester City (The Sun, August 9); Arsenal remain very interested in doing a deal for Maddison. Sky Sports News has been told Maddison would be “open to the idea” of moving to the Emirates Stadium. (Sky Sports News, August 4); Arsenal have proposed a player-plus-cash deal for Leicester City’s £60m-rated midfielder as they pursue another big-money summer signing (Daily Mail, August 4).
Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson or Eddie Nketiah could be used as makeweights as Arsenal pursue a player-plus-cash deal for Maddison (Daily Mirror, August 4); Arsenal are pursuing a deal for Maddison as part of Mikel Arteta’s squad rebuild with the Leicester midfielder reportedly open to the move (The Guardian, August 4); Arsenal are interested in signing Maddison from Leicester. Leicester do not want to sell Maddison and it is understood it would take a bid in excess of £70m for them to even consider selling the 24-year-old (Sky Sports News, July 28)
Bernardo Silva – Arsenal are exploring a shock move for the Manchester City midfielder as boss Mikel Arteta looks to add more creativity to his side (Sunday Mirror, August 8).
Takehiro Tomiyasu – Arsenal are set to make an offer for Bologna defender Tomiyasu after his proposed move to fierce rivals Tottenham stalled (Daily Express, August 6).
Marco Asensio – Arsenal could turn their attention to Real Madrid’s Asensio if they continue to be frustrated by their pursuit of Leicester’s James Maddison (Daily Mirror, August 5); Arsenal are leading the race for Real Madrid star Asensio (The Sun, August 3).
Sander Berge – Arsenal are set to be considering a double-raid on Sheffield United for midfielder Berge and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale (Daily Mail, August 5).
Aaron Ramsdale – Arsenal are looking to tie up a quick deal for Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, before he potentially becomes cup-tied for the Carabao Cup (Daily Mirror, August 7); Arsenal’s hopes of landing the Sheffield United goalkeeper have hit a stumbling block with new Blades boss Slavisa Jokanovic not wanting to sell (The Sun, August 2); Arsenal are considering a third bid to sign the Sheffield United goalkeeper (Sky Sports News, July 24)
Lautaro Martinez – Arsenal were given a swift “no” by Inter Milan after offering to swap Alexandre Lacazette straight up for Martinez (Daily Mirror, August 3); Arsenal have been dealt a transfer blow with Atletico Madrid the new favourites to sign Martinez (The Sun, August 2); Arsenal have been boosted in their pursuit of the Inter Milan striker after the Italian champions refused to rule out his departure during the current summer transfer window (Daily Express, August 1)
Matthew Hoppe – Arsenal and Everton are both reportedly interested in signing Schalke’s American striker this summer after his impressive displays in the CONCACAF Gold Cup (Daily Star, August 2).
Daniel Bachmann – Arsenal are claimed to have had their interest in Watford keeper Bachmann rejected by the Hornets (Daily Express, July 31)
Manuel Locatelli – Sassuolo’s CEO Giovanni Carnevali has confirmed that Arsenal have indeed launched an offer to sign Locatelli after emerging as one of the players of the tournament at Euro 2020 (Daily Mail, July 30); agent Andrea D’Amico claims Arsenal have made an opening £34m offer for Sassuolo midfielder Locatelli (The Sun, July 21); Arsenal are willing to pay Sassuolo’s £34m asking price for the Italy midfielder but his preference is to join Juventus (The Guardian, July 19).
Martin Odegaard – Real Madrid want £42.5m for Odegaard and that could be enough to tempt Arsenal into making a move for the Norwegian star (The Sun, July 30); Arsenal are “keeping an eye” on Odegaard’s situation at Real Madrid (Sky Sports News, July 28); Arsenal’s hopes of re-signing Odegaard might not be over, but they will almost certainly depend on whether Real Madrid are able to offload Isco (Daily Express, July 28); Arsenal are “ready to pounce” should the Real Madrid playmaker become available this summer (Daily Mirror, July 17).
Bruno Guimaraes – Arsenal are reportedly eyeing a £30m move for Lyon midfielder (The Sun, July 30).
Renato Sanches – Barcelona are preparing to make an offer for Lille and Portugal midfielder Sanches, although Arsenal are believed to still be top of the list of clubs trying to sign him (Daily Express, July 22).
Houssem Aouar – Aouar’s agents are said to have been left surprised by Arsenal’s move for James Maddison after the Frenchman was on the Gunners’ radar last summer (Daily Mirror, August 5); Lyon have increased their asking price for Aouar, who is a possible target for multiple Premier League clubs, to in excess of £25m (Daily Express, July 21); Arsenal will go on a £100m spending spree with the Lyon midfielder set to join White in signing for the club next week (Daily Star, July 18).
The latest players linked with a Arsenal exit
Joe Willock – Newcastle have agreed a fee in the region of £25m with Arsenal for midfielder Joe Willock (Sky Sports, August 9); Newcastle have opened negotiations with Arsenal over a £20m deal for Willock (Mail on Sunday, August 8); Arsenal have agreed to let Joe Willock join Newcastle United on a permanent basis (Daily Express, August 5); Newcastle are hopeful Emile Smith Rowe’s new contract at Arsenal might accelerate their move for Gunners team-mate Willock (Sky Sports, July 22).
Eddie Nketiah – Brighton could swoop for £20m-rated striker Nketiah to help address their goalscoring form (The Sun on Sunday, August 8).
Granit Xhaka – Xhaka is close to agreeing a new contract at Arsenal (Sky Sports News, August 3); Arsenal midfielder Xhaka has returned for pre-season training and remains a “key part” of Mikel Arteta’s plans this season (Sky Sports News, July 30).
Alexandre Lacazette – Arsenal are willing to sell Alexandre Lacazette for £15m (Daily Mirror, July 26); the Gunners will not be offering a new contract to Lacazette and are inviting bids for their former record signing (The Sun, July 24).
Hector Bellerin – Bellerin’s agent is heading to London for talks over the Arsenal defender’s future (Daily Star, July 29); the agent was in Milan last week negotiating a move to Serie A champions Inter Milan.
Inter want to sign the Arsenal right-back on loan but Arsenal want a sale, or at least a loan with an obligation to buy (Sky Sports News, July 28); Bellerin appears to be heading closer to the Arsenal exit door following reports Mikel Arteta is set to leave him out of his starting XI for the opening game of the season (Daily Mirror, July 26).
Reiss Nelson – Crystal Palace are interested in signing the Arsenal forward on loan. Arsenal will allow the academy product to leave in the summer transfer window as his game time is likely to be limited next season (Sky Sports, August 3); Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira is going back to Arsenal with a bid for the winger (Sun, Aug 1).
Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock, Eddie Nketiah and Ainsley Maitland-Niles – Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson or Eddie Nketiah could be used as makeweights as Arsenal pursue a player plus cash deal for Leicester City’s James Maddison (Daily Mirror, August 4); Arsenal could offer fringe players Nelson and Maitland-Niles to Leicester City as part of an offer for James Maddison (Daily Mail, July 21).
Alex Runarsson – The Arsenal goalkeeper is on the verge of a loan transfer to Altay S.K (Sun, July 27).
Sead Kolasinac – The Arsenal outcast is reportedly in negotiations to terminate his deal with the club (Sun, Aug 1).
Confirmed Arsenal signings
Ben White – Brighton, £50m
Nuno Tavares – Benfica, undisclosed
Albert Sambi Lokonga – Anderlecht, £15m
Confirmed Arsenal departures
Dani Ceballos – end of loan
Mat Ryan – end of loan
Martin Odegaard – end of loan
David Luiz – contract expired
Mark McGuinness – Cardiff, undisclosed
Trae Coyle – FC Lausanne-Sport, undisclosed
Zech Medkley – KV Oostende, undisclosed
Dinos Mavropanos – Stuttgart, loan
Daniel Ballard – Millwall, loan
Ben Sheaf – Coventry, undisclosed
Matt Smith – Doncaster, loan
Matteo Guendouzi – Marseille, loan
William Saliba – Marseille, loan
Tyreece John-Jules – Blackpool, loan
Harry Clarke – Ross County, loan
Arsenal contract news
Granit Xhaka – The Arsenal midfielder is close to agreeing a new contract with the club. The 28-year-old’s current deal is up in 2023, with the player strongly linked with a move to Jose Mourinho’s Roma side this summer (Sky Sports, August 3).
Emile Smith Rowe – The midfielder had been the subject of two bids from Aston Villa, but signed a new contract at Arsenal on July 22.