Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Lautaro Martinez BLOW, Conte LATEST, Xhaka NEW contract, Aubameyang and Lacazette to Barca

MARTIN ODEGAARD could sign for Arsenal in days with Real Madrid keen to sell.

The Norwegian has been left without a squad number as his number 21 shirt has been handed to Rodrygo.

But some sources still claim that James Maddison is the club's top target if a deal can be done.

Meanwhile Barcelona are said to be keen on signing both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette if they can offload Martin Braithwaite.

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  • Thomas Blow

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Lautaro Martinez's agent has revealed that the Argentine wants to stay at Inter Milan, in a blow to Arsenal.

    The Gunners duo are interested in the striker, with Spurs having even reportedly lodged a bid of around £60million.

    But the 23-year-old appears set to stay at San Siro, and could even sign a new contract.

    Agent Alejandro Camano told FCInterNews: "Lautaro wants to stay at Inter.

    "He believes in the Nerazzurri project and is aiming to win another Scudetto."

    Meanwhile, Arsenal have reportedly triggered a clause to extend Granit Xhaka’s contract by a further year.

    The Athletic claims the Swiss midfielder is now tied down to the Emirates until 2024 following Arsenal’s decision to exercise his extension option.

    Xhaka, whose deal was previously set to run until 2023, was a top target for Jose Mourinho’s Roma this summer.

    The playmaker was eager to ditch Arsenal for the Italian capital.

    But Roma were unable to come up with a suitable transfer fee, prompting the Gunners to keep Xhaka at the club.

    They have now made sure the ex-Gladbach ace is going nowhere by extending his deal until 2024.

  • Dylan Terry

    GAARD DROPPED

    Real Madrid are 'eager' to sell Martin Odegaard and will let him go for £34million, according to reports.

    And Arsenal are reportedly poised to swoop after they sold Joe Willock to Newcastle for £25m.

    Carlo Ancelotti is set to leave the 22-year-old out Real's squad for their LaLiga opener against Alaves on Saturday.

    His No 21 shirt was also given to Brazilian sensation Rodrygo.

    And the club will now welcome any formal bid and will accept any of £34m and above, according to Goal.

    Arsenal initially signed the Norwegian on loan from Real Madrid in January.

  • Dylan Terry

    GUNNAR CHANGE?

    Brendan Rodgers is favourite to be appointed Arsenal's next manager.

    That's according to bookmakers Betfair, who've priced Rodgers at 13/5 to succeed Mikel Arteta at the Emirates Stadium.

    Arsenal next manager

    Betfair odds

    • Brendan Rodgers – 13/5
    • Antonio Conte – 9/2
    • Massimiliano Allegri – 5/1
    • Eddie Howe – 9/1
    • Rafa Benitez – 10/1
    • Diego Simeone – 10/1
    • Ralph Hasenhuttl – 11/1
    • Gian Piero Gasperini – 14/1
    • Patrick Vieira – 14/1
    • Paulo Fonseca – 14/1
    • Freddie Ljungberg – 16/1
    • Sol Campbell – 17/1
    • Steven Gerrard – 17/1
    • Roberto Martinez – 20/1
    • Thierry Henry – 22/1
    • Maurizio Sarri – 25/1
    • Marco Rose – 25/1
    • Julian Nagelsmann – 33/1
    • Arsene Wenger – 40/1
    • Sam Allardyce – 50/1
    • Dylan Terry

      TOP GUNS

      Barcelona are keeping tabs on Arsenal attacking duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, reports suggest.

      According to Sport, Barca manager Ronald Koeman wants to sign a new striker and Aubameyang as well as Lacazette are among his top targets.

      However, the Blaugrana would only be able to make that move if Martin Braithwaite is sold for a significant fee.

      The Catalan giants' financial struggles wouldn't allow them to trigger either Gunners' star's release clause unless they sell first or exchange one of their players.

      Barcelona have previously expressed an interest for both Aubameyang and Lacazette in the past.

      And the north Londoners' strikers are reportedly open to moving to the Nou Camp.

    • Dylan Terry

      SOD'S LAU

      Lautaro Martinez's agent has revealed that the Argentine wants to stay at Inter Milan, in a blow to Tottenham and Arsenal.

      The North London duo are interested in the striker, with Spurs having even reportedly lodged a bid of around £60million.

      But the 23-year-old appears set to stay at San Siro, and could even sign a new contract.

      Agent Alejandro Camano told FCInterNews: "Lautaro wants to stay at Inter. He believes in the Nerazzurri project and is aiming to win another Scudetto."

      Camano also revealed that contract talks are set to get underway, with the forward having just two years remaining on his current deal.

      He continued: "A meeting is scheduled for Wednesday. We will do everything possible to stay in the Nerazzurri. Martinez is very happy in Milan, he has an excellent relationship with his teammates and with the new coach.

      "He has considered many offers, but at no point has he taken any of them seriously. He believes – and we believe – that there is still life at Inter."

    • Dylan Terry

      CLUBBING TOGETHER

      Nine members of the failed Super League breakaway have been readmitted into the European Club Association.

      But Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus remain bullishly committed to the hated and failed project.

      All six English teams; Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham have been allowed to return to Europe's decision-making organisation.

      And they have been joined back in the fold by Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan.

      All 12 teams had initially withdrawn from the ECA back in April when they announced their commitment to forming the Super League.

      But after what the ECA describe as an 'exhaustive process of re-engagement', the repentant nine have been allowed back with fines and the promise of heavy punishments if they try and pull a similar stunt in future.

      The governing body, chaired by PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, said in a statement: "The ECA executive board took into consideration the clubs’ acknowledgement that the so-called European Super League project was not in the interests of the wider football community and their publicly communicated decisions to abandon said ESL project completely.

      "The ECA board also acknowledged the clubs’ stated willingness to engage actively with ECA in its collective mission to develop European club football — in the open and transparent interests of all, not the few."

    • Dylan Terry

      RWAN OF A KIND

      Arsenal have renewed their sleeve sponsorship deal with Visit Rwanda, just days after being slated by the country's president.

      The Gunners were slammed by Paul Kagame after losing 2-0 to Brentford, with the 63-year-old claiming that 'fans don't deserve this'.

      Despite this public humiliation, the North Londoners have agreed to a new four-year contract with Visit Rwanda.

      According to Football London's Chris Wheatley, the deal will be worth as much as £10million-a-year to the Gunners.

      The slogan 'Visit Rwanda' has adorned Arsenal sleeves since an initial three-year deal was penned in 2018.

    • Dylan Terry

      LOVE XHAK

      Arsenal have reportedly triggered a clause to extend Granit Xhaka’s contract by a further year.

      The Athletic claims the Swiss midfielder is now tied down to the Emirates until 2024 following Arsenal’s decision to exercise his extension option.

      Xhaka, whose deal was previously set to run until 2023, was a top target for Jose Mourinho’s Roma this summer.

      The playmaker was eager to ditch Arsenal for the Italian capital.

      But Roma were unable to come up with a suitable transfer fee, prompting Arsenal to keep Xhaka at the club.

      They have now made sure the ex-Gladbach ace is going nowhere by extending his deal until 2024.

      And it’s claimed a further clause remains available to add another year on, meaning Xhaka could remain a Gunner until 2025.

    • Dylan Terry

      'STICK IT ON HIM'

      Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville reckons the defender could be identified as a potential weak link due to his height and ability in the air.

      He said: "I said before the game that nobody is going to remember at the end of the season how many good passes Ben White has made. And you know when we say he’s good on the ball, that was something we used to say 15 years ago when a centre-back was good on the ball.

      "I actually think most centre-backs now, in top six clubs, are competent on the ball. They get it out their feet, play good passes, they can play diagonal switches.

      "Harry Maguire is good on the ball, John Stones is good on the ball, Virgil van Dijk is good on the ball. They’re all good on the ball. Thiago Silva at Chelsea is good on the ball.

      "So we’ve got to stop saying he’s good on the ball because every centre-back in the top-six is. The difference will be whether he defend his goal. Can he make a difference to this Arsenal team?

      "And it’s too early. We’re talking about tonight but lets be clear, those Ivan Toney clips, those five or six clips where he’s got nudged around, that’s going to be the pre-match analysis of everyone who is going to play Arsenal.

      "If you’re playing Arsenal next week, you’ll be thinking, 'We’ll stick it on him, we’ll put it up against him, we’ll put our big man on him on set-pieces', and he will be a target.

      "He’s got a £50m price tag and he’ll have to come through those early months of pressure and expectation and people like us talking about him.

      "That’s what happens. This is not an attack on Ben White, it’s just a reality club that he’s at a club where he’s going to be judged differently than he was last season at Brighton."

    • Dylan Terry

      PIER SHAPED

      Piers Morgan agrees with Emmanuel Petit's statement that he's falling out of love with Arsenal.

      The pair vented their frustration with the Gunners after their embarrassing 2-0 defeat to Premier League new-boys Brentford.

      Gunners legend Petit was so disappointed with what he saw, he told RMC Sport, reported by Metro: "Little by little I am losing interest in Arsenal.

      "With this way of playing it does not generate any emotion to see their games.

      "They give me no emotions and I find that I don’t get the trajectory the team have taken in the last few years."

      And die-hard Gunners fan Morgan also revealed he was at the end of his tether with the club.

      Piers raged: "I concur. Arsenal’s soul is disintegrating as fast as our performance levels."

    • Dylan Terry

      BELL ME OUT

      Hector Bellerin is reportedly so desperate to leave Arsenal that he's willing to slash his pay packet to make it happen.

      The 'frustrated' defender is growing increasingly disillusioned with life at the Emirates and is prepared for his pockets to take a hit to get out of there, according to The Athletic.

      They also claim that the 26-year-old has expressed his desire to leave to the Gunners hierarchy, boss Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu, who he feels are preventing him from departing.

      This comes after Inter Milan were interested in ending his North London nightmare but the Gunners played hardball in negotiations.

      Inter are only looking at a one-year loan with an option to make the deal permanent next summer.

      But Arsenal want a guaranteed fee before they will even consider allowing their vice-captain and longest-serving player to leave.

      It is understood that Arsenal are looking for around £15million for Bellerin, who still has two years remaining on his £100,000-a-week contract.

    • Dylan Terry

      LOC ELSEWHERE

      Arsenal are thought to be out of the race to sign Sassuolo and Italy midfielder Manuel Locatelli.

      Journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed the cultured playmaker is set to secure a move to Juventus this summer.

      He said: "Juventus are ready to submit their final bid to Sassuolo in order to sign Manuel Locatelli this week.

      "The agreement is set to be reached for €35m – deal structure still not completed, final details.

      "Arsenal out of the race – Locatelli only wants Juventus."

    • Dylan Terry

      ANTONIO FOR ARSENAL?

      Arsenal have been linked with a shock move for Antonio Conte as a replacement for Mikel Arteta.

      The former Inter Milan boss could reportedly help persuade striker Lautaro Martinez to join the Gunners if he comes in.

      According to Tuttosport, Arsenal have lined up a move for Conte should they decide to sack Arteta.

      The Gunners boss is under immense pressure after failing to secure European football last season and starting the new campaign with a dismal defeat at Brentford.

      Arteta's future will look even more bleak if they are beaten by Chelsea and Manchester City in the next fortnight.

      And Conte, who left Inter this summer after taking them to the Serie A title, is the surprise name being linked with a return to London with Arsenal.

    • Kealan Hughes

      WOOD THE MAN FOR ARSENAL

      Arsenal are still chasing a backup goalkeeper, and Newcastle United’s Freddie Woodman remains on their list along with Barcelona’s Neto.

      Aaron Ramsdale’s potential move to Arsenal as the club’s backup goalkeeper is not going well, with talks appearing to collapse.

      There’s some debate over whether this might just be a negotiating tactic by Arsenal, but for now the sources on the Gunners’ end suggest the club are looking at other targets.

      Almost immediately after the Ramsdale news broke, Barcelona’s Neto was linked with a move by The Athletic. That’s not a surprising rumour, given Neto’s lack of minutes at Barcelona and the fact his agent is Kia Joorabchian.

      Football.London also report that Neto is a potential target, but add that Newcastle United’s Freddie Woodman is on that list as well.

    • Kealan Hughes

      ALL IS FORGIVEN

      The Premier League's 'big six' are among nine Super League founder members who have officially rejoined the European Club Association.

      The six – along with AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid – are now back in the ECA fold after resigning to form the breakaway Super League in April.

      The news follows on from the announcement of a 'peace agreement' between UEFA and those nine clubs back in May.

      The ECA said in a statement: "The ECA executive board took into consideration the clubs' acknowledgement that the so-called European Super League project was not in the interests of the wider football community and their publicly communicated decisions to abandon said ESL project completely.

      "The ECA board also acknowledged the clubs' stated willingness to engage actively with ECA in its collective mission to develop European club football in the open and transparent interests of all, not the few."

    • Kealan Hughes

      PRESIDENTIAL SLAMMING

      The president of Rwanda has criticised Arsenal after they lost their opening match of the new Premier League season to Brentford.

      Paul Kagame, whose government sponsors the Gunners, said fans deserved better than "mediocrity".

      After the game on Friday, which Arsenal lost 2-0, Mr Kagame tweeted: "We just must NOT excuse or accept mediocrity.

      "A team has to be built with purpose to win win win."

      In a separate tweet, he said "Brentford deserved to win" and added that "Arsenal and the fans don't deserve to kind of get used to this.

      "It's been a struggle of about decade(s) – ups and downs – more downs until this point."

    • Kealan Hughes

      PHIL YER BOOTS

      Arsenal have identified three Barcelona players they are interested in swapping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette for, according to reports in Spain.

      Arteta would reportedly be happy to entertain a swap deal as he is an admirer of playmaker Philippe Coutinho, goalkeeper Neto and centre-back Clement Lenglet.

      The Gunners are keen to freshen up their attack before the transfer window slams shut and both of their senior strikers are believed to be available.

      Barcelona are targeting reinforcements up front after Lionel Messi's exit and they are hopeful of signing one of the Arsenal strikers if they can strike a bargain deal.

      That's according to Sport, which claims the Blaugrana will have funds for transfers so long as they can offload defender Samuel Umtiti, midfielder Miralem Pjanic and striker Martin Braithwaite.

      Barca's finances are in a dire state but it is understood these sales would raise enough for the club to sign a striker on a free transfer, on loan or via a swap deal.

    • Kealan Hughes

      ODEGAARD UPDATE

      Transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has provided an update on Arsenal's pursuit of Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard.

      He claims negotiations have opened, saying: "Odegaard has chances to leave the club, and now Arsenal are negotiating with Real Madrid to understand if they can agree on the fee for the Norwegian midfielder to come back at Arsenal, but no longer on loan – [it would now] be a permanent deal.

      “They are working on Odegaard now as one of their priorities.

      “So Odegaard can leave Real Madrid to join Arsenal in the final two weeks of the transfer market.”

    • Kealan Hughes

      FOUR MORE YEARS

      Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has reportedly put pen to paper on a new four-year deal with the Gunners.

      The former Borussia Monchengladbach man was widely expected to depart the Emirates this summer, although an anticipated move to Roma failed to come to fruition.

      After Jose Mourinho's side refused to fork out Arsenal's asking price of £20m, attention soon turned to a new deal for Xhaka, who was due to become a free agent in 2023.

      According to football.london, Xhaka has now committed his future to the Gunners until 2025 after turning his Arsenal career around following the arrival of Mikel Arteta.

      Xhaka boasts a total of 13 goals and 20 assists from 221 games in an Arsenal shirt, and his signing has supposedly ended the Gunners' interest in Manuel Locatelli and Ruben Neves.

    • Kealan Hughes

      BELL ME OUT

      Hector Bellerin is reportedly so desperate to leave Arsenal that he's willing to slash his pay packet to make it happen.

      The 'frustrated' defender is growing increasingly disillusioned with life at the Emirates and is prepared for his pockets to take a hit to get out of there, according to The Athletic.

      The report also claims the 26-year-old has expressed his desire to leave to the Gunners hierarchy, boss Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu, who he feels are preventing him from departing.

      This comes after Inter Milan were interested in ending his North London nightmare but the Gunners played hardball in negotiations.

      Inter are only looking at a one-year loan with an option to make the deal permanent next summer.

      But Arsenal want a guaranteed fee before they will even consider allowing their vice-captain and longest-serving player to leave.

      It is understood that Arsenal are looking for around £15million for Bellerin, who still has two years remaining on his £100,000-a-week contract.

    • Kealan Hughes

      MOR SIGNINGS?

      Arsenal have made contact with to sign Ilaix Moriba as Barcelona’s problems mount up, according to 90Min.

      The highly rated 18-year-old has been banished to the reserves this year after refusing to extend his contract at Camp Nou, leaving Barcelona fearing they may need to find a buyer before he leaves for free next summer.

      There is no shortage of interest in Ilaix, who has long been monitored by the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United, and sources have confirmed to 90min that they are three of several English sides who have held talks over signing the talented teenager.

      Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have all spoken to Ilaix's representatives, and it is understood that West Ham, Leicester, Wolves and Everton have all been offered the 18-year-old in recent weeks.

    • Kealan Hughes

      GUNNER CHANGE?

      BRENDAN RODGERS is favourite to be appointed Arsenal's next manager.

      That's according to bookmakers Betfair, who've priced Rodgers at 13/5 to succeed Mikel Arteta at the Emirates Stadium.

      Rodgers was 3/1 ahead of the opening round of fixtures but is now priced at 13/5.

      Massimiliano Allegri is next at 5/1 although the Italian has only recently returned to Juventus after two years away from management.

      Free agent Eddie Howe is offered at 9/1 with Everton's Rafa Benitez and Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone both locked at 10s.

      Ralph Hasenhuttl is a fraction behind at 11/1 with highly-rated Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini, Patrick Vieira and Paulo Fonseca all available at 14s.

      The outsiders of the field are Arsene Wenger and Sam Allardyce, who are priced at 40/1 and 50/1 respectively.

    • Kealan Hughes

      PIER SHAPED

      Piers Morgan agrees with Emmanuel Petit's statement that he's falling out of love with Arsenal.

      The pair vented their frustration with the Gunners after their embarrassing 2-0 defeat to Premier League new-boys Brentford.

      Gunners legend Petit was so disappointed with what he saw, he told RMC Sport, reported by Metro: "Little by little I am losing interest in Arsenal.

      "With this way of playing it does not generate any emotion to see their games.

      "They give me no emotions and I find that I don’t get the trajectory the team have taken in the last few years."

      Piers raged, saying: "I concur. Arsenal’s soul is disintegrating as fast as our performance levels."

      The 56-year-old carried on his rant by saying if Petit was still marshalling the Gunners midfield then they wouldn't be in this mess.

      He said: "We need passionate leaders & winners like Petit with champion mentalities.

      "Not weak headless chickens run by an out-of-his-depth manager & disinterested owners."

    • Kealan Hughes

      SACK RACE

      Mikel Arteta is favourite to be the first Premier League manager sent packing this season.

      The Arsenal boss was available at 16/1 before the opening round of fixtures took place.

      But an abject defeat to newly-promoted Brentford has seen his price shorten to 11/4.

      Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira is offered at 6/1.

      The Eagles were comfortably beaten by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, although little else was expected against the title challengers.

      Ralph Hasenhuttl has shortened from 10/1 to 15/2 after a 3-1 defeat to Everton on Saturday.

    • Kealan Hughes

      RIVALLING SPURS

      Arsenal could make a shock double swoop for a player and a manager with Mikel Arteta’s future supposedly in doubt, according to reports in the Italian media.

      Inter Milan attacker Lautaro Martinez is believed to be a target, but his arrival could reportedly come in tandem with a new head coach.

      According to Tuttosport, Arsenal want to sign Martinez and will also try to appoint former Inter boss Antonio Conte if Arteta is sacked.

      Conte walked out of the Nerazzurri last season over a disagreement with the club’s hierarchy about their ambitions, despite helping them win their first Serie A title since 2010.

      It would therefore be surprising if Conte considered a move to Arsenal, who have not finished in the Premier League’s top four since 2016.

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