Marseille have completed the signing of midfielder Matteo Guendouzi from Arsenal on a one-year loan with an option to buy.
It is understood the deal agreed between the clubs is an initial loan with an option to buy next summer dependent on certain achievable conditions.
The French midfielder, who joined Arsenal from Lorient in 2018, spent last season out on loan at Hertha Berlin, making 24 appearances and scoring two goals before injury cut his campaign short.
He made 82 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions, becoming a key member of the side under previous manager Unai Emery but fell quickly out of favour following Mikel Arteta’s arrival at the Emirates in December 2019.
Arsenal are expected to make a third bid for Brighton defender Ben White after having their initial two offers rejected for the centre-back.
The clubs are in continued talks over the England international with Arsenal remaining hopeful they can reach a deal, but Brighton have not made their valuation public.
Brighton owner Tony Bloom is understood to be happy to let White leave if he desires – provided his valuation is met.
The Gunners are also closing in on the signings of Benfica left-back Nuno Tavares and Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga.
Defender Tavares is currently in quarantine in London and will have his final medical checks later this week before completing his switch for a fee understood to be worth £8m.
Tavares has been brought in to provide competition for first-choice left-back Kieran Tierney.
Arsenal have agreed a deal in principle for Lokonga and are in the process of finalising the payment structure of a £17m deal.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s relationship with Anderlecht boss Vincent Kompany, who he worked with at Manchester City, helped get the transfer over the line.
Despite Sassuolo chief executive Giovanni Carnevali’s claims Arsenal made a concrete offer for midfielder Manuel Locatelli, it is understood the Premier League side have not made an offer despite holding interest in the player.
They also remain interested in Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale and are expected to make a formal approach once his involvement in Euro 2020 with England is over.
Arsenal in the market for a keeper to compete for the number one spot with Bernd Leno. They were also looking at Brighton’s Mat Ryan having had him on loan last season but the Australian is now on the verge of joining Real Sociedad.
Guendouzi, Saliba and Xhaka set to depart
Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is in France finalising a move to Marseille. The deal under discussion is an initial loan with an obligation to buy dependent on certain achievable conditions.
Centre-back Saliba looks set to join him at Marseille on loan as a result of Arsenal’s pursuit of White.
After talks with technical director Edu and Arteta, it has been decided his development would be best served with another loan spell.
Saliba has made 31 league starts in the last two seasons on loan at Saint Etienne and Nice but Arsenal feel he needs a full season playing before being integrated into their first-team plans.
Granit Xhaka’s potential move to Roma is expected to accelerate following Switzerland’s exit from Euro 2020.
A deal is close to being agreed though Roma have yet to meet Arsenal’s valuation.
Arsenal are also open to letting Hector Bellerin leave the club on a permanent transfer with Serie A side Inter Milan interested in a deal.
Sead Kolasinac and Lucas Torreira are surplus to requirements and will be allowed to leave, while Eddie Nketiah has failed to agree a new contract with the club and is expected to be sold amid interest from Bayer Leverkusen and three Premier League clubs.
Smith Rowe contract talks continue, club open to Lacazette and Willock offers
Negotiations between the club and Emile Smith Rowe’s representatives continue over a new contract, with the midfielder’s current deal set to expire in 2023.
Arsenal have rejected two bids from Aston Villa and are not entertaining anymore offers, but Villa are expected to return with a third offer.
No talks are planned with Alexandre Lacazette as he enters the final year of his contract with the striker expected to see out the remainder of his deal at the Emirates. The club remain open to offers.
Arsenal are also listening to offers for Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson, with all three having two years left on their deals.
Willock has given Arteta food for thought, though, following his impressive loan spell at Newcastle, during which he scored in six consecutive Premier League games at the end of last season.
Arsenal appoint Jover as first-team coach
Arsenal have appointed Nicolas Jover as a first-team coach. He joins from Mikel Arteta’s former club Manchester City and will be the set-piece specialist.
He replaces Andreas Georgson, who has left the club to join Swedish side Malmo.
Arsenal Women have confirmed the signing of England international Nikita Parris from Lyon for a club-record fee.
The deal for the 27-year-old striker is worth up to £86,000, with £67,000 being paid up front and the rest in bonuses.
Parris is currently preparing to compete in the Tokyo Olympics with Team GB and will join up with the Gunners in pre-season.
Prior to leaving Manchester City for France, she held the record as the all-time leading scorer in the Women’s Super League with 49 goals.
She also won the 2016 league title, the 2016 and 2018/19 Women’s Super League Cup, as well as the 2016/17 and 2018/19 Women’s FA Cup.
On signing for Arsenal, she told the club’s official website: “I’m very happy to be here. Arsenal has an unbelievable history and I want to be a part of this.
“I want to achieve all domestic titles and compete in the Champions League here. I’m happy to be back in the WSL which has grown and improved so much since I left.”
Parris was named the FWA Women’s Footballer of the Year in 2019 and was included in The Guardian’s list of The 100 Best Female Footballers In The World in 2018 and 2019.
She won the 2019/20 UEFA Women’s Champions League during her time at Lyon, as well as the 2020 Coupe de France Feminine, the 2019 Trophee des Championnes, and the 2019 Women’s International Champions Cup.
Parris also played a key role for England as they reached the semi-finals of Euro 2017 and achieved a fourth-place finish at the 2019 Women’s World Cup.
Her six goals during World Cup qualification ranked first within UEFA nations and secured England’s place at the top tournament.
Parris also helped England win their first SheBelieves Cup in 2019 and will be competing in the Tokyo Olympics next month.
New Arsenal head coach Jonas Eidevall added: “I’m very pleased to have signed Nikita and add to our strong strike force.
“She is a talented player and has a winners mentality and I’m looking forward to working with her once she returns from the Olympics.”
Meanwhile, Lyon remain keen on signing Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema and have been in discussions this summer. The French club are also trying to secure the services of USA midfielder Lindsay Horan.
Arsenal face Okzhetpes in Champions League
Arsenal will face Kazakhstan’s Okzhetpes in the first qualifying round of the new-look Women’s Champions League.
The Gunners, who finished third in the Women’s Super League last term, are scheduled to play the match on August 18 in what will be their first competitive outing under Eidevall.
The winners of the contest will then face the victors of PSV Eindhoven vs Lokomotiv Moscow three days later in one of the first qualifying round ‘finals’.
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Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles was involved in a car accident on the M25 on Wednesday but was “unhurt” in the incident.
The club have confirmed they “are aware Ainsley was involved in an accident and is at home and thankfully unhurt”.
The Metropolitan Police said they “were called at approximately 06:10hrs on Wednesday June 30 to reports of two cars in collision on the M25 anticlockwise carriageway at junction 25.
“Officers and London Ambulance Service attended. No reports of any injuries. Enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing.”
Pictures emerged on social media overnight of an overturned G-class Mercedes by the side of the motorway, with reports the accident had taken place near Enfield and that Maitland-Niles had been involved.
The 23-year-old is due to return to pre-season training with Mikel Arteta’s side in the coming weeks, after spending the second half of last season on loan at relegated West Bromwich Albion.
He is a graduate of Arsenal’s academy and has made 79 Premier League appearances for the Gunners.