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Arsenal ‘close to transfer agreement’ after price cut brings breakthrough

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Arsenal have slashed their asking price to help facilitate a problem player’s exit, and they’re close to transfer agreement.

Arsenal appear destined to perform major surgery on their midfield unit this summer. Granit Xhaka has been strongly tipped to leave for Jose Mourinho’s Roma. Though after the Swiss’ monumental displays at Euro 2020, a bigger Serie A fish has come calling.

Arsenal showing grit with Granit Xhaka transfer to Roma | Arsenal Times

Arsenal showing grit with Granit Xhaka transfer to Roma | Arsenal Times

Elsewhere, exits for Joe Willock and Emile Smith Rowe have been touted, though neither is expected to leave on a permanent basis.

Far more likely to depart for good are Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.

Both holding midfielders were reported to be the subjects of talks to take them to Lazio and Marseille respectively.

In Guendouzi’s case, it would represent a stark turnaround after being a regular starter in his first season in North London.

However, disciplinary issues got under the skin of Mikel Arteta in the following season, ultimately leading to his loan stint with Hertha Berlin last year.

Marseille were stated to have already agreed personal terms with the 22-year-old in June. The sticking point remains the fee they are willing to pay. Arsenal are said to be seeking £17m while Marseille do not wish to rise above £10m.

However, per the Sun, progress on that front has been made after Arsenal agreed to lower their demands.

Citing French outlet Le10Sport, they reported that a deal is ‘edging closer’ after the price drop. That has aided negotiations and the two clubs are now deemed ‘very close to an agreement’.

By exactly how much Arsenal have lowered their demands is not stated. Nevertheless, it appears to have done the trick.

Arsenal misfit blocks move after previous slight

Saliba has personally rejected a loan approach from Rennes | Arsenal Times

Saliba has personally rejected a loan approach from Rennes | Arsenal Times

Meanwhile, a rarely seen Arsenal star has rejected an opportunity to shine elsewhere after a previous slight left him in the lurch last year, per a report.

It is fair to say William Saliba has not had the impact many believed he would since joining Arsenal. The French centre-half is highly rated in his native country. However, he has still has not featured in a competitive first-team fixture for the Gunners.

Saliba was allowed to be named in the French Olympic squad for this summer’s games in Tokyo. As such, he will miss the majority of pre-season which indicates he is not in his manager’s plans.

A loan move to Newcastle has been touted, but per Sport Witness, a route back home has been soundly closed off by the player.

Citing Ouest France, they reveal that Saliba has personally rejected a loan approach from Rennes. His reasoning stems from the club’s approach this time last summer that ultimately failed to pan out. Saliba reportedly agreed to the move, but after Rennes pulled out late, Saliba was left ‘stuck’ in limbo.

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Lokonga deal ‘complete’, Neves ‘contact’, Locatelli talks

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Today Arsenal Transfer News are that the Lokonga deal ‘complete’, Ruben Neves ‘contact’ and Locatelli talks with Arsenal and Juventus.

Lokonga deal ‘complete’

Albert Sambi Lokonga in action for Anderlecht | Arsenal Times

Albert Sambi Lokonga in action for Anderlecht | Arsenal Times

First things first, you may be wondering about the whereabouts of Arsenal target Albert Sambi Lokonga.

The deal still remains.
According to Belgian outlet HLN, the deal is “99.9% complete” but the midfielder is in quarantine in England before he announces as a Gunner.

He will join his new teammates on Arsenal’s pre-season trip to America.

Ruben Neves contact

Ruben Neves' agent is reportedly in talks with Arsenal over a summer transfer | Arsenal Times

Ruben Neves’ agent is reportedly in talks with Arsenal over a summer transfer | Arsenal Times

On the topic of midfielders, Arsenal appear to still be in the hunt for Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Ruben Neves.

The Gunners have long been linked with the Portuguese and according to The Sun, the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, remains in constant dialogue with Edu.

However, the £35m price tag on his head remains a significant problem for Arsenal.

Locatelli talks

Manuel Locatelli has been linked with a move to Arsenal and Juventus | Arsenal Times

Manuel Locatelli has been linked with a move to Arsenal and Juventus | Arsenal Times

The Manuel Locatelli to Arsenal dream is almost over.

According to reports in Italy, a telephone appointment between Sassuolo and Juventus for the Italy international has been penciled in for this week.

One would assume talks will be about getting this transfer over the line.

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Arsenal Second Signing Arrives In London To Begin Quarantine

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Arsenal summer transfer window missions have started as the second signing arrives in London and will begin quarantine.

Yesterday Arsenal officially announced Nuno Tavares, and Arsenal Times reveal that the second signing Albert Sambi Lokonga is in London after passing the preliminary fitness tests in Belgium.

Player to begin quarantine after arriving in London | Arsenal Times

Player to begin quarantine after arriving in London | Arsenal Times

Les Sports have announced his arrival late last night but warns fans that he won’t be able to join up with Arsenal until he has finished his Covid protocols.

They reported:

“We come to the end of the summer series.

On Saturday morning, Albert Sambi Lokonga (21) arrived in London.

He must pass the rest and the end of the medical tests started the day before. A formality, in theory.
He will then be able to officially sign for five seasons at Arsenal.

He was unable to join his teammates directly in Edinburgh where they are starting a one-week training course (with two friendlies).

Passing through the England box where the health situation is worrying, he must respect a quarantine of ten days before being able to train collectively with the Gunners.

If all goes well, it is during a second internship, in the United States,
that Sambi Lokonga will discover his new partners.

With a preparatory meeting against Romelu Lukaku’s Inter scheduled for July 25.”

Sambi Lokonga is the newest arrival at Emirates | Arsenal Times

Sambi Lokonga is the newest arrival at Emirates | Arsenal Times

Obviously, we will have to wait for Arsenal’s official announcement,
but I think we can all be reassured that this second signing is as good as done.

Who will be our third signing?

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Bukayo Saka’s injury status update ahead of semi-finals for England

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Gareth Southgate has provided an update on Bukayo Saka’s fitness ahead of the EURO 2020 semi-final on Wednesday.

Bukayo Saka missed England’s quarter-final triumph against Ukraine after suffering a knock in training after successive starts against the Czech Republic and Germany. The Arsenal teenager has already returned to training with England. Gareth Southgate provided an encouraging update on the injury issue ahead of the semi-final against Denmark.

“He should be fine,” said Southgate. “He did declare himself available for the [Ukraine] game. But we had not really had the chance to see him on the pitch and working at the level we felt would vindicate that decision.

“He will go back into full training with the group on Monday and he should be fine.”

The major question is whether Southgate will reintroduce Saka into his starting team

England did well enough without Bukayo Saka against Ukraine. But that appeared to be down to a change in formation. And also the fact that Ukraine simply isn’t on the same level as Germany.

Jadon Sancho, in particular, didn’t provide much more than Saka had in the previous two games. With Saka, you know you’re getting both the defensive work rate and the attacking output.

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Saka has come off as a substitute in both of England’s starts this tournament. This is probably unsurprising given how much he runs himself into the ground while on the field.

As a result, opposing defenders become fatigued and are forced to deal with impact subs.

But that is entirely up to Southgate. Along with Saka and Sancho, Gareth Southgate has Phil Foden as a backup option, so he has a lot to ponder about.

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