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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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Arsenal ‘very interested’ in Renato Sanches transfer

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Arsenal are very interested to sign Lille’s Renato Sanches as a permanent transfer after linking with him for a long time now.

Arsenal continue to link with a lot of players this summer window until they actually get some deals over the line.

Some names have been fleetingly mentioned while others have gathered momentum,
with the latest of those being Renato Sanches.

This isn’t the first time the midfielder’s name has cropped up alongside Arsenal.

In need of reinforcements in that department,
Manuel Locatelli has risen to the top of the order with Arsenal lodging a bid to sign the Italian from the clutches of Juventus
– but that deal will be very tough to pull off.

Manuel Locatelli could join Juventus | Arsenal Times

Manuel Locatelli could join Juventus | Arsenal Times

Granit Xhaka’s exit from the European Championships
after Switzerland’s heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat to Spain in the quarter-finals will speed up his departure,
leaving a gap that needs filling.

Arsenal ‘very interested’ in Renato Sanches transfer with Liverpool also keen on Lille midfielder in the summer transfer window

Lille stance on Renato Sanches asking price | Arsenal Times

Lille stance on Renato Sanches asking price | Arsenal Times

Should Arsenal fail to secure Locatelli as desired then backups will be needed and L’Equipe (via Sport Witness) claim previously reported rumours to have a backing to them by stating Arsenal and Liverpool are ‘very interested’ in signing Renato Sanches this summer.

There is no mention of what fee it would take but previous indications are that Lille are unlikely to drop too heavily from the €80m asking price they set back in January. If that is the situation then it’s most definitely the case closes.

However, One of Sanches and his teammate Xeka will leave the Ligue 1 champions
this window as Lille prepare to lose key members of their squad.

It will be a summer of change and the new man in the dugout would welcome some money to mould his team therefore the sale of someone like Sanches, who while could be available on a lower fee but would still be expensive, is likely.

Everyone is aware of just how talented the 23-year-old is,
the issue is how risky any move would turn out to be.

Sanches has a career riddled with niggling injuries and has never played more than 24 league matches in a single campaign.

As a technically and tactically flexible midfielder, he can be joyous to watch.
His carries from deep and bursts of acceleration are majestic,
while the diversity he has in his game makes him a complementary option alongside a defensive midfielder.
The prospect of a Sanches and Thomas Partey pivot has real potential.

On the kinds of fees that rumours report? No chance.
Unless he’s available for around what Lille paid for him (£27.5m), which won’t happen,
then the risk would be too great. Huge talent, huge outlay.

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