Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has already hinted that more signings are on the way in north London following Gabriel Jesus’ arrival last week.
The Brazilian striker became the club’s fourth summer capture after completing the formalities of a £45million switch from Manchester City. The Gunners have also snapped up Marquinhos, Matt Turner and Fabio Vieira during the break as Arteta bids to bolster a squad that came agonisingly close to clinching a top-four finish last term.
Speaking after Friday’s 5-3 win over FC Nurnberg in Germany, Arteta confirmed that the Londoners are still working hard to “improve the team in the market”; indicating that more new recruits are expected to arrive in the coming weeks.
Paqueta bids confirmed
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed that clubs have already tabled bids for Arsenal target Lucas Paqueta.
A report from Media Foot revealed that the Gunners are keen admirers of the 24-year-old, who has racked up 21 goals and 13 assists in 77 appearances for Lyon. His form has attracted Premier League attention, with Newcastle also believed to be interested in the Brazilian midfielder.
And Aulas has confirmed to Goal that the French giants have already received bids for Paqueta – but hinted that the club do not necessarily need to cash in on the ex-AC Milan man. He said: “There are proposals for him. There are some players who can feel fully fulfilled by the project, and others who can’t. Economically, we have the means to pursue our ideas and our objectives.”
Mourinho targets Torreira
Lucas Torreira has revealed that he has held talks with Jose Mourinho over a possible move to AS Roma.
Torreira has spent the last two years out on loan and was expected to leave Arsenal for good this summer after impressing at Fiorentina last year. However, the Serie A outfit cannot afford a permanent deal for the Uruguayan midfielder – who is set to participate in Arsenal’s pre-season tour of the United States.
But the 26-year-old could still be on the move in the coming weeks – and he hinted that Roma was a possible destination. Speaking to Uruguayan media, Torreira said: “Roma? Yes, there is a possibility. I spoke to Mourinho a while ago. I admire him as a coach. It’s an opportunity that tempts me a lot, but it’s not easy.”
Marseille prioritising Tavares
Nuno Tavares has reportedly emerged as Marseille’s ‘top summer transfer target’ as speculation over his Arsenal future rumbles on.
The Portuguese left-back endured a difficult maiden campaign in the Premier League, and various reports have claimed that the Gunners would be open to letting Tavares leave the club on loan.
And now, a new report from L’Equipe has revealed that Marseille’s new chief, Igor Tudor, has identified Tavares as a key target – and that club president Pablo Longoria is trying to thrash out an agreement with Arsenal.
Berd Leno to complete Fulham move
Arsenal left Bernd Leno out of their matchday squad to face FC Nurnberg on Friday because a transfer exit is so close, according to a report.
German outlet Bild claim Arsenal’s decision not to name Bernd Leno in their squad to face FC Nurnberg this week was because they didn’t want to risk an injury jeopardising the goalkeeper’s transfer to Fulham.
Arsenal and Fulham are reportedly close to agreeing on a fee for Leno, with the player already agreeing personal terms on a contract to 2025 with the London club – and an option to extend to 2026.
Leno wants the move to try and get regular football ahead of the World Cup, with Fulham able to offer him a starting role.
A few days ago, reports suggested that Fulham were looking to tie up a deal to sign Leno from Arsenal, with an agreement appearing close.
David Ornstein initially broke the news of the talks, with Sky Sports later confirming contact between the two clubs.
Kicker have since reported that PSV Eindhoven also hold an interest in signing Leno this summer.
But Fulham are the only club reported by reliable outlets to have actually opened talks. It seems they’re now close to winning the race.
Leno kept a first-half clean sheet in Arsenal’s opening pre-season friendly against Ipswich Town last week, playing his first 45 minutes of the team’s preparations. That may have been his final appearance.