Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Odegaard 'set to sign for £29m', Aaron Ramsdale deal still on, Tottenham join Aouar race

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

According to reports, the Norwegian will sign for a fee of around £30m and could even face Chelsea this Sunday if all goes well.

Meanwhile Sheffield United boss Slavisa Jokanovic have confirmed that Arsenal are still in talks to sign goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    REISS LIGHTNING

    Reiss Nelson is being tracked by Brentford, Crystal Palace and Brighton, according to CBC Sports.

    The £50,000-a-week forward posted a photo of himself at the Enter Art gallery in Brighton on Monday, when he should have been in training.

    That hints at a move to the Seagulls, despite the interest from elsewhere.

    It was said that Crystal Palace were leading the race for Nelson but the club has since enquired about Manchester United’s Amad Diallo, so the Eagles may be moving on from Arsenal’s No.24.

    Nelson barely featured for the Gunners last season, playing just 70 minutes of football.

  • Jake Lambourne

    PREM DIG

    Bayern Munich manager Julien Nagalsmann has slammed Premier League clubs for their spending this window.

    It follows Jack Grealish’s £100million move to Manchester City and Romelu Lukaku’s £97.5million move to Chelsea.

    Meanwhile Manchester United have spent £73million on Jadon Sancho and an initial £34million on Raphael Varane that could rise to £42million with add-ons.

    Arsenal have also spent a combined £78million on Ben White, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares.

    And Nagelsmann has aimed a dig at Premier League clubs for their spending in what was supposed to be a low-key window following financial difficulties due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

    When asked whether Bayern would make any more signings, he said: “It is not easy to spend loads of money, we are not in the Premier League.

    “If it is possible then, perhaps, we will get in a new player. If not, it’s okay as well and we will work with the players that we have in our squad.”

  • Thomas Blow

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Arsenal are close to agreeing a deal for Martin Odegaard – this time on a permanent deal.

    That's according to David Ornstein, who reports that the 23-year-old could even feature this weekend against Chelsea.

    A deal worth £29million is said to have been agreed between the clubs, but there is still a substantial amount of paperwork left to be finalised before an official announcement.

    And Sheffield United boss Slavisa Jokanovic says Arsenal remain keen on England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

    Jokanovic said: "He is a talented English player and I understand Arsenal are interested, but this is the business.

    "If he is one of the best players in the league, his price is high and it’s up to Arsenal if they want him. They need to spend a lot of money.

    "I will be disappointed [if he leaves] but it’s part of the realistic situation. Arsenal are pushing from one side and I am pulling from a different side.”

    And transfer guru Fabrizio Romano believes long-term Arsenal target Houssem Aouar is still an option for the Gunners.

    This time, though, the 23-year-old would be available from Lyon for just £17-21m.

    Romano told the Arsenal Lounge Podcast: "It is a completely different situation when they wanted the player last summer, but it was not easy to find an agreement with the player and Lyon at the end of the window.

    "But now he could still be an opportunity for Arsenal and for Tottenham. They are both in contact with his agent."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ODEGAARD-EAL

    Arsenal are closing in on a deal for Martin Odegaard.

    That's according to David Ornstein, who reports that the 23-year-old could even feature THIS WEEKEND against Chelsea.

    A deal worth £29million is said to have been agreed between the clubs, but there is still a substantial amount of paperwork left to be finalised.

    Odegaard's agent was reportedly in London today to discuss a deal, and it seems as though talks have progressed well.

    He will rejoin the Gunners after scoring two goals in 20 games for Arsenal in a loan spell during the second half of last season.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    AOUAR ON FOR ARSENAL

    Long-term Arsenal target Houssem Aouar is still an option for the Gunners.

    That's according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, who revealed Arsenal's interest in the 23-year-old is still there.

    But now Spurs are also interested in the Lyon midfielder, who is said to be available for just £17-21million.

    And Romano told the Arsenal Lounge Podcast: "It is a completely different situation when they wanted the player last summer, but it was not easy to find an agreement with the player and Lyon at the end of the window.

    "But now he could still be an opportunity for Arsenal and for Tottenham. They are both in contact with his agent.

    "So, they are still looking at the situation, and if Lyon gives the green light in the coming days, he could become an option for Arsenal too."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    WHITE NOISE

    Rio Ferdinand thinks that Ben White needs a better partner in defence to help the £50million man in his development.

    The Manchester United legend says 23-year-old White needs an experienced head to help him along.

    He told his YouTube challenge: "I feel that at this stage of his career, Ben White needs a partner to bring him a long, like a Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane or Thiago Silva.

    "Arsenal have needed a centre-back to come in and defend. Ben White will end up being a decent signing but the biggest issue he’s got is if I was being courted by Arsenal now I’m thinking, ‘who am I playing with?’

    "If I’m him I’m sitting there thinking, ‘I’m going to need some help because I’m going to be overexposed’."

  • sstreet

    MAD FOR IT

    David Ornstein has contradicted previous reports from the AFC Bell.

    While Martin Odegaard appears to have trained with Real Madrid today, he is not reported to have trained with the main group.

    Ornstein added that Odegaard is close to reaching an agreement to join Arsenal.

  • sstreet

    OD ONE OUT

    Martin Odegaard's agent is in London with a view to securing a move to Arsenal.

    However, the player has yet to follow him with sources telling the AFC Bell that the Norwegian trained at Real Madrid as normal today.

  • James Orr

    GUNNER CHANGE?

    Eddie Howe has been installed as the new favourite to become the next Arsenal manager.

    Howe has gone from being a 9/1 outsider to the favourite at 5/2 to succeed Mikel Arteta at the Emirates Stadium.

    Betfair odds:

    • Eddie Howe 5/2 (was 9/1)
    • Brendan Rodgers 10/3
    • Antonio Conte 9/2
    • Ralph Hasenhuttl 11/1

    See the full list here

    • Giacomo Pisa

      RAM RAID

      According to The Star, the Gunners will submit a ‘decisive’ bid for the 23-year-old goalkeeper.

      Arsenal are hopeful that a deal can be done with Ramsdale’s ‘desire’ to move to north London playing a key role in the transfer.

      Mikel Arteta has been chasing Ramsdale for the majority of the summer transfer window.

      The Gunners have had two bids rejected by the Blades, but are confident a third bid of £28million will be enough to bring Ramsdale to North London.

    • Giacomo Pisa

      IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

      Arsenal’s hopes of signing Atletico Madrid ace Kieran Trippier have been dashed by the club.

      The La Liga Champions will reportedly stop listening to offers for the defender who they say is an integral part of their future plans, according to AS.

      Only a bid that meets their £51million valuation of the ex-Tottenham right-back could potentially entice the Spaniards to start any negotiations.

      The Gunners’ previous offers have fallen short of the hefty figure.

      Manchester United were linked with a £30million switch for the Atletico Madrid star throughout the summer as they looked to bolster their defence.

       

    • Giacomo Pisa

      'SOMETHING ISN'T RIGHT'

      Former Arsenal man Kevin Campbell thinks there's conflict within the Gunners camp.

      Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette missed Friday's 2-0 defeat against Brentford with a mystery illness, and it's not confirmed how long they will be out for.

      Campbell played over 200 games for Arsenal, and told Sky Sports: “I am not too sure what’s going on, something isn’t right.

      “Right up until the game, they were going to be in the starting line-up, then all of a sudden, they are out.

      “So, if they are ill then let us know why they are ill. But I just think there is some infighting going on and Arsenal don’t need this because there’s some serious work to be done.”

    • Giacomo Pisa

      TOP TWO TARGETS

      The Gunners are "obsessed" to sign Martin Odegaard, Fabrizio Romano has revealed via his Twitch stream.

      Odegaard's agent is reportedly in London today to discuss terms with Arsenal, with the 23-year-old himself desperate for an Emirates return after spending the second half of last season on loan in North London.

      But if Real Madrid don't allow the Norwegian international to leave, Arteta will turn his attention to James Maddison.

      Fabrizio Romano has revealed the Leicester man is Arsenal's second target, with the 24-year-old being linked with a £70million move to North London earlier this summer.

    • Giacomo Pisa

      KIERAN FOR CAPTAIN?

      Former Arsenal man Nigel Winterburn has called for Mikel Arteta to name a new Gunners captain.

      Granit Xhaka skippered the side against Brentford on Friday in the absence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after the Swiss international was previously stripped of the captaincy in 2019.

      And Winterburn told PaddyPower: "Mikel Arteta handed Granit Xhaka the captaincy back on Friday night and obviously feels he is a player that could take that responsibility.

      "Some Arsenal supporters will never forgive him, and others are already calling for Kieran Tierney to become captain. You don’t need to be massively vocal; a captain can lead by example, and Tierney is someone who does so.

      "I couldn’t quite believe it myself, I was surprised to see Xhaka being given the armband back, but that probably says a lot about who else is there to step up and take it.

      "For some players when you give them the captaincy, they step up. For me, the only other possible captain is Kieran Tierney. Where else could it go?"

    • Giacomo Pisa

      LATERS LACA

      Alexandre Lacazette could be on his way out of the Emirates.

      That's according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, who claims the 30-year-old has a greater chance of leaving than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

      Both players missed Friday's dismal 2-0 defeat to Brentford with a mystery illness, and could soon seal a move away from the Emirates.

      Romano said: "I would keep an eye out on Lacazette more than Aubameyang, talking about transfers.

      "Because there is a chance Lacazette will be leaving in the next days, and so let’s see what happens."

    • Giacomo Pisa

      NO JOKING

      Sheffield United boss Slavisa Jokanovic says Arsenal remain keen on England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

      The talented stopper, 23, is desperate to join Mikel Arteta’s side after being relegated to the Championship.

      But Jokanovic has warned Arteta he will not let Ramsdale go for pennies.

      The Blades boss said: “It’s natural he wants to be a Premier League player. I am talking with him, he believes it can be a good move for himself.

      “Right now he is a United player. It will depend on our club and Arsenal too because they are pushing for him but at this moment there is no change.

      “He is a talented English player and I understand Arsenal are interested, but this is the business.

      “If he is one of the best players in the league, his price is high and it’s up to Arsenal if they want him. They need to spend a lot of money.

      “I will be disappointed [if he leaves] but it’s part of the realistic situation.

      “Arsenal is pushing from one side and I am pulling from a different side.”

    • Giacomo Pisa

      NEXT IN LINE

      Eddie Howe has been installed as the new favourite to become the next Arsenal manager, JAMES ANDERSON reports.

      Howe has gone from being a 9/1 outsider to the favourite at 5/2 to succeed Mikel Arteta at the Emirates Stadium.

      The previous frontrunner was Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers who has now drifted to second in the market.

      Arteta's position is already under scrutiny after a woeful opening defeat to Brentford.

      Antonio Conte is third-favourite at 9/2.

      Arsenal next manager

      Betfair odds

      • Eddie Howe 5/2 (was 9/1)
      • Brendan Rodgers 10/3
      • Antonio Conte 9/2
      • Ralph Hasenhuttl 11/1
      • Roberto Martinez 14/1
      • Gian Piero Gasperini 14/1
      • Paulo Fonesca 14/1
      • Freddie Ljungberg 16/1
      • Diego Simeone 16/1

      NO DEAL

      Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has revealed Barcelona are NOT interested in signing Arsenal club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

      The 32-year-old missed Friday's game against Brentford with a mystery illness, and has been linked with a move to Camp Nou.

      It's been reported that Ronald Koeman's side were interested in a potential swap deal that involved Aubameyang moving to Barcelona, and Camp Nou outcast Philippe Coutinho heading in the other direction.

      But Romano has put those rumours to bed, saying in a Tweet: "Barcelona have no interest in Pierre Aubameyang, confirmed – he’s not even a target for Barça, no swap deal with Philippe Coutinho."

      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.

      FIXTURE LIST

      How many points would you be happy with from the next five Premier league games, Arsenal fans?

      A trip to West Brom in the Carabao Cup is sandwiched between mouthwatering clashes against Chelsea and Manchester City.

      Following that are two more favourable fixtures, as Mikel Arteta's side take on newly promoted Norwich and Burnley.

      TAM TALKS

      Arsenal target Tammy Abraham has spoken after his move to Roma was confirmed.

      The 23-year-old was reported to have agreed personal terms with the Gunners, but Arsenal never made a concrete offer for the striker.

      Abraham said: "You can sense when a club really wants you – and Roma made their interest clear immediately.

      "Roma is a club that deserves to be fighting for titles and trophies. I've had the experience of winning major trophies and I want to be in those competitions again.

      "I want to help this team to achieve that and get to the level where Roma should be.

      "It's a massive honour to be the number nine at this club and I just can't wait to get started and to help the team."

      • Giacomo Pisa

        TRAINING SNAPS

        The Gunners are hard at work at London Colney ahead of Sunday's first home Premier League clash of the season.

        Mikel Arteta's side host London rivals Chelsea, and will be desperate to bounce back from Friday's dismal 2-0 defeat to newly promoted Brentford.

      • Kealan Hughes

        JOKANOVIC ON RAMSDALE

        Slavisa Jokanovic does not want to lose Aaron Ramsdale in this transfer window, even if the Gunners offered Sheffield United £100 million for his signature.

        Arsenal’s interest in Ramsdale has been apparent for around a month or so and despite the speculation, the former England U21 international has played every minute of Championship action so far this term, keeping a clean sheet against Swansea City last time out.

        Jokanovic said: “It is natural he wants to be a PL player. If you ask me if I want to sell him for £100m, ‘no’. But I understand the business side of the club.”

      • Kealan Hughes

        LOC-ED DOWN

        Arsenal transfer target Manuel Locatelli has completed a move to Juventus according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

        The midfielder is set to be announced as a Juve player soon on a five-year deal.

        Locatelli has been determined to move Turin since the end of Euro 2020 and it appears Juventus have finally paid the £30million asking price Sassulo set for the 23-year-old.

      • Kealan Hughes

        LUC OUT

        Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira, who has been linked with Lazio, has reportedly been offered to rivals Roma.

        As reported by Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, the 25-year-old Uruguayan midfielder is set to leave the Gunners this summer, not being a part of coach Mikel Arteta’s plans in North London.

        Lazio will not make a move for Torreira until they manage to sell Argentinian midfielder Gonzalo Escalante, who has been linked with a move to Ligue 1 side Olympique de Marseille.

        And Roma are in a similar situation, as they need to sell Amadou Diawara or Carles Perez before making a move for Torreira.

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