Wrapping up the Arsenal transfer news, rumours and gossip in the 2022 summer window.
Lisandro Martinez has told Ajax he wants to move to the Premier League – but has not yet decided between Manchester United and Arsenal.
The centre-back took time out from his holiday last Tuesday to have a meeting with Ajax in Amsterdam to make it clear that a move to the Premier League is the only outcome on his mind this summer.
Martinez was supposed to fly to Ibiza from Argentina for the second part of his holiday before pre-season, but detoured to the Dutch capital for talks instead.
The 24-year-old has now resumed his holiday and is waiting for agreements to be in place between the clubs before making a decision on his next destination.
Although the pull of working again with Erik ten Hag at United is strong, Martinez sees both the United and Arsenal projects as suiting his playing style and is also intrigued by working with Mikel Arteta.
ArsenalÂ are close to completing a Â£45m deal forÂ Manchester CityÂ forwardÂ Gabriel Jesus,Â with an official announcement expected soon.
Arsenal confirm signing of Turner
The Gunners have officially announced the signing of goalkeeper Matt Turner on a long-term contract from MLS club New England Revolution.
The 28-year-old USA international made 102 appearances for his former side.
He joins Brazilian forward Marquinhos and Porto midfielder Fabio Vieira as Arsenal’s third summer signing.
Arsenal set to make improved Raphinha bid
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Arsenal are expected to make an improved bid for Leeds United forward Raphinha.
The Gunners’ opening bid for Raphinha was rejected as it fell below Leeds’ valuation of the Brazil international.
Leeds are under no pressure to sell Raphinha, 25, as he has two years left on his contract – although he is not expected to sign a new deal at Elland Road.
Barcelona are also understood to want to sign Raphinha, whose agent is the former Barca player Deco.
Arsenal announce Â£34m Vieira deal
Arsenal have completed the singing of Porto midfielder Fabio Vieira.
Porto confirmed the deal to sell Vieira earlier this week for Â£34m including add-ons.
The 22-year-old Portuguese is the Gunners’ third summer arrival, after goalkeeper Matt Turner and Brazilian forward Marquinhos. Arsenal will pay Â£30m up front plus Â£4m in performance-related add-ons.
Arsenal interest in Tielemans cools
Arsenal have cooled their interest in Youri Tielemans making it more likely the Belgium midfielder will sign a one-year contract extension at Leicester.
Arsenal have long been admirers of Tielemans, who has just one year left on his existing Leicester deal, but with the Gunners havingÂ agreed a Â£34m deal for Porto midfielder Fabio Vieira on Friday, that interest has waned. It is thought Arsenal will only sign one central midfielder in this window, and their preference is Vieira.
Leicester do not want to lose Tielemans for free next summer and have always had the confidence that, if no deal suited both the club and the midfielder, then he would commit to another year at the King Power Stadium.
Who have Arsenal been linked with?
Lisandro MartinezÂ – Martinez has told Ajax he wants to move to the Premier League – but has not yet decided between Manchester United and Arsenal (Sky Sports News, July 2); the Gunners have increased their bid for Lisandro MartÃnez to Â£34 million as they look to beat Manchester United to the signing of the Ajax centre back (The Times, June 26); Manchester United are ready to gazump Arsenal and sign Martinez after failing in their efforts to land his Ajax team-mate Jurrien Timber (Daily Mirror, June 20); Arsenal have held talks with Ajax over a deal for centre-back Lisandro Martinez.
Alex Grimaldo – Arsenal have reportedly contacted Benfica over a possible deal for Alex Grimaldo having missed out on the signing of Aaron Hickey (The Sun on Sunday, July 3).
Amadou Onana – Arsenal have opened talks with the representatives of the young Lille midfielder Amadou Onana over a possible transfer this summer (The Sun on Sunday, July 3).
Cody Gakpo – Cody Gakpo is keen to test his talents outside the Netherlands and the Â£40m-rated PSV Eindhoven winger already has interest from Leeds United and Arsenal among other clubs (Sunday Mirror, July 3).
Youri Tielemans – Arsenal’s reported interest in Leicester star Youri Tielemans has faded, and now Manchester United have been placed on ‘high alert’ with his future unclear (Daily Star Sunday, July 3); Arsenal have been touted with a move for Leicester midfielder Tielemans for the majority of the opening exchanges of the summer transfer window – but the deal is now in doubt with Mikel Arteta putting his faith in Albert Sambi Lokonga (Daily Mirror, June 22); Arsenal’s interest in Tielemans has cooled following the signing of Vieira, with a one-year extension at Leicester more likely (Sky Sports News, June 17).
Arda Guler – Arsenal are stepping up their efforts to sign “the next Mesut Ozil” with reports in Turkey claiming they have opened talks with Fenerbahce over a deal for teenage midfielder Arda Guler (Daily Mirror, July 1).
Gabriel Jesus – Arsenal are expected to announce they have signed Gabriel Jesus for around Â£45m from Manchester City this week (The Sun, June 28); Gabriel Jesus is poised to join Arsenal from Manchester City after agreeing personal terms on a five-year deal. The striker will move for a fee of Â£45m following an agreement between the two clubs (The Guardian, June 26).
RaphinhaÂ – Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea are in a three-way battle for Brazilian stars Richarlison, Raphinha and Gabriel Jesus (The Sun, June 23); Tottenham are ready to rival Arsenal in the race for Raphinha – but both clubs could miss out on the Leeds star (Daily Star, June 22); Arsenal’s opening bid for Raphinha will be rejected as it falls below Leeds’ valuation of the Brazil forward. Leeds are under no pressure to sell Raphinha, 25, as he has two years left on his contract – although he is not expected to sign a new deal at Elland Road. Arsenal are expected to go back in with an improved offer June 22).
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Gleison Bremer – Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea are ready to potentially enter a bidding war for the services of highly rated defender Gleison Bremer this summer (Daily Express, June 30).
Dominic Calvert-Lewin – Arsenal are ready to shelve a move for Calvert-Lewin this summer after having second thoughts about the Everton star (Daily Star, June 22).
Marco Asensio – Arsenal are considering the signing of Real Madrid winger Asensio at all costs. The Spaniard is set to enter the final year of his current deal at the Bernabeu and has admitted there are “three possibilities” regarding his future (Daily Express, June 20); Arsenal are among a clutch of clubs monitoring Asensio’s contract situation at Real Madrid (Sunday Mirror, June 12).
Alvaro Morata – Arsenal have reportedly made an offer for Atletico Madrid striker Morata as Mikel Arteta looks to bolster his forward line this summer (Daily Mirror, June 19); Arsenal have reportedly been hedging their bets over signing Gabriel Jesus by also making an offer for former Chelsea flop Morata – the Atletico Madrid striker has spent the last two years on long-term loan at Juventus, who are keen to make the arrangement permanent this summer (Daily Mail, June 19).
Tammy Abraham – Manchester United and Arsenal have both shown interest in bringing Abraham back to the Premier League (Daily Mail, June 19).