Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Sambi Lokonga £15m transfer AGREED, Ben White LATEST, Ramos interest, Guendouzi exit

ARSENAL are on the verge of announcing the signing of Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht.

The Gunners have already agreed personal terms with the Belgian and the final details are being put on an agreement with Anderlecht, with a fee of £15m plus add-ons expected.

The Gunners are also closing in on the transfer of England's Brighton defender Ben White, according to reports.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    BERGE UPDATE

    Sheffield United have made it clear that they are not prepared to sell Sander Berge for anything less than £35million.

    That is according to Football London, who claim the Blades won't let Berge go for anything less than his release clause.

    Arsenal and Napoli are believed to have been keeping tabs on the midfielder.

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is looking for a quality player to team up with Thomas Partey in the middle of the park

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    HERE WE LO

    Arsenal are close to signing Anderlecht ace Albert Sambi Lokonga.

    That is according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, who claims the final details will be sorted soon.

    Negotiations are at a final stage, which means that a medical has not been scheduled yet

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  • Kostas Lianos

    MAD THING

    Arsenal are planning to raise funds in the summer in order to make a move for Leicester star James Maddison.

    According to Football London, the Gunners could raise up to £72million through the sales of just four players.

    Those could be Joe Willock, Lucas Torreira, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Alexandre Lacazette.

    Manager Mikel Arteta is determined to sign a top player to team up with Thomas Partey in midfield

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    AOUAR REACTS

    Arsenal target Houssem Aouar rubbished recent reports suggesting he wants to leave Lyon by revealing he was sick in hospital and that is why he missed recent training sessions.

    Aouar issued the following statement on social media: "Once again, unfortunately an umpteenth "fake news" story has been released about me on multiple social media accounts.

    "I'm not in the habit of responding to what is said about me…[but I was] sick, I was hospitalised over the weekend. Know that I am a lot better and that I am ready for the future!

    "Thank you to those who have always supported me, in the good times as in the less good times. Allez [go] Lyon."

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    FAB SIGNING

    Cesc Fabregas is still in Monaco's books but his career is slowly coming to an end.

    Fabregas has worked under some of the best ever managers, like Arsene Wenger, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho.

    The legendary midfielder would like to follow in their footsteps and get into coaching as well.

    The former Arsenal and Chelsea star revealed that as a manager there is only one player he would like to sign, and that is Kylian Mbappe.

    Fabregas said: "Cristiano [Ronaldo] is 35 and Leo [Messi] is going to turn 33, they are older. For youth, talent, desire and mentality, I would sign Mbappe"

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    MBAPPE ADVICE

    Former Arsenal and Chelsea star Nicolas Anelka insists Kylian Mbappe should move to the Premier League if he wants to make a real global impact.

    Anelka wrote in his column at The Athletic: "So, if you want to be one of the best, then do what you do in Paris but with Chelsea or [Manchester] United or Arsenal or [Manchester] City or Liverpool.

    "Or go to Spain to Madrid or Barcelona. Or maybe Italy.

    "Then we can speak about a more global impact"

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    GUENDOUZI REACTS

    Matteo Guendouzi has joined Marseille on a season-long loan from Arsenal and stated what an honour it is to be joining the OM.

    Gundouzi tweeted: "An honor and pride to join the @OM_Officiel and to defend the colours of this great historical club which represents the values of the people of Marseilles.

    "Looking forward to playing at the @orangevelodrome and fight for the jersey.

    "GO OM!!"

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    RAMOS INTEREST

    Arsenal are keeping tabs on former Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.

    That is according to Goal, who claim the Gunners are weighing up a potential swoop for Ramos, who is now a free agent.

    The Real legend appears close to joining Paris Saint-Germain but he is still open to the prospect of moving to the Premier League.

    Manchester United and Chelsea have also expressed an interest for the star centre-back

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    EXTRA MILE

    Aston Villa are reportedly ready to make a third bid for Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe.

    Smith Rowe has been the subject of two failed bids by Villa, believed to be in the region of £25million and £30m.

    The Gunners are believed to have no interest in parting ways with the playmaker, who still has two years left on his deal.

    And the north Londoners are understood to be in talks with the England international about extending his stay at the Emirates.

    But due to the slow negotiations between the two parties, the Villans have been left hopeful they can persuade Smith Rowe about making a move to the Midlands.

    According to the Daily Mirror, Dean Smith's side are preparing a new bid of over £30m to land the ex-RB Leipzig loanee.

    The Birmingham Mail, on the other hand, have even stated that Villa's sporting director Johan Lange has been left encouraged by their pursuit of the youngster following talks with his representatives.

    They add that Smith Rowe has been left 'blown away' by interest from Villa, where he will now discuss his future with Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta in the coming days

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    SAK ATTACK

    Gary Neville would rather have Arsenal ace Bukayo Saka start against Denmark but wouldn’t mind if he didn’t as England are full of attacking options.

    Neville told Sky Sports: “I think Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane pick themselves.

    “But between Saka, [Jack] Grealish, [Phil] Foden, [Jadon] Sancho, [Marcus] Rashford, I honestly think you could flip a coin between them all and it could land on any of them and you wouldn’t be disappointed. We have such strength in those positions.

    “We are so blessed, that actually I pick one – Bukayo Saka to come back in for Sancho – but it’s not because I favour one over the other. I just thought Saka brought such energy to the game against Germany at Wembley, and such energy to the game against Czech Republic that I feel he comes back in.

    “The Danish team won’t enjoy playing against him – that’s not to say they’d enjoy playing against Sancho or any other – I just think Saka had such an incredible influence on that crowd at Wembley.

    “But it may not even be a four-man defence system – Gareth may match Denmark up. He did that against the German team, and I do think that because of the experience against Scotland, where England struggled against the wing-backs, that he may match them again”

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    STOP WHITE THERE

    Brighton have rubbished reports suggesting that Arsenal have reached an agreement to land Ben White.

    That is according to The Argus, who claim that a well-placed source within the Seagulls labelled these claims as ‘absolute rubbish’.

    The same source claims the club is not giving up hope of holding on to White, who has been an integral part of Graham Potter's defence.

    The Gunners are determined to sign a top centre-back ahead of the coming season and had two offers rejected for the England international

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    CAM AND GET HIM

    Arsenal have found themselves in a bidding war with Chelsea and Manchester United over Rennes star Eduardo Camavinga.

    The Ligue 1 side are expected to cash in on Camavinga as his deal expires next year.

    The Red Devils and Gunners are understood to be eyeing up an offer for the young midfielder, with Fabrizio Romano claiming he could be available for as little as £26million.

    Manager Mikel Arteta is determined to sign a top midfielder to partner up with Thomas Partey in the middle of the park.

    But according to Get French Football News, the France international’s priority is to join Paris Saint-Germain, although the French giants are yet to make a formal bid.

    They also state that Blues boss Thomas Tuchel is pushing for a move, with the west Londoners in talks with Camavinga’s agent Jonathan Barnett

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    EUROS RETURN

    Euro 2020 action returns tonight as we have reached the semi-final stages after a series of exciting matches.

    Italy are going to square off against Spain at Wembley in what poses as the most fascinating match of this round.

    The winner will go on to meet either England or Denmark in the final on Sunday.

    The Three Lions will be in action tomorrow against Kasper Hjulmand’s side in a match that could see Arsenal star Bukayo Saka starting

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    GIFT OF THE GABS

    Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Magalhaes have both been called up to Brazil's Olympic squad.

    The Arsenal duo will have the honour of representing their country at the Games in Japan.

    But they will most of pre season in North London to do so.

    Their first game will take place against Germany on July 22 in Yokohama.

    And if they go all the way, the final is set for Yokohama on August 7.

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    DOING A RUNAR

    Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Runarsson is reportedly set to join Turkish side Altay Spor after just a year spent at the Emirates.

    The Icelandic shot-stopper has failed to impress since joining from French outfit Dijon last year in a £1.5million deal.

    Runarsson, 26, was guilty of a howler against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup in December after fumbling Riyad Mahrez's free-kick into his own net.

    He has played just once since the 4-1 defeat against the Citizens, with Mat Ryan brought in on loan during the winter transfer window to provide back-up for Bernd Leno.

    And according to journalist Ege Engin, he is close to linking up with newly-promoted Super Lig side Altay Spor on loan.

    Goal have confirmed that Runarsson is set to depart, with a report stating that it could be a permanent transfer.

    Meanwhile Football.London has declared the player will be leaving on loan, with it unclear if Altay Spor have an option-to-buy clause.

    The Express have claimed that Arsenal will not sign a replacement for the outgoing Runarsson.

    Instead, they will promote highly-rated academy star Arthur Okonkwo to provide competition for the No1 spot.

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    AOUAR-TOPILOT

    Houssem Aouar has reportedly skipped Lyon pre-season training amid transfer interest from Man Utd and Arsenal.

    The 23-year-old has allegedly been AWOL for five days and looking to force through a move away from the club.

    Arsenal, Man Utd and Liverpool have all been linked with the French midfielder.

    And Get French Football News claim he hasn’t been seen for days despite Lyon saying he is not sick.

    The report adds that Aouar is unhappy that Memphis Depay left on a free to join Barcelona.

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    'GOONER FOREVER'

    Matteo Guendouzi left Arsenal today, but will be a 'Gooner forever'.

    He has joined Marseille on a season-long loan, with the French side possessing a £9.4m option to buy at the end of the season.

    Despite leaving under a cloud, the French midfielder tweeted: "I will never forget the Emirates Stadium.

    "I will never forget the fans. I won’t forget the city. I will never forget everything I’ve been through here.

    "I will never forget that my only will was to defend with pride Arsenal colors.

    "Thanks to all of those who believed in me during my time here, during the good and the bad moments.

    "I can only wish the best to the club and its fans who deserve so much, trust me! Good bye Arsenal, I will never forget and will be a gooner forever."

    The Ligue 1 club have signed the midfielder on loan with an obligation to buy
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    ONE IN EMILE

    Aston Villa are reportedly set to make a third offer for Emile Smith Rowe in their attempt to lure the playmaker away from Arsenal.

    The 20-year-old has been the subject of two failed bids by the Villans, believed to be in the region of £25million and £30m.

    Arsenal are believed to have no interest in parting ways with the England youth international, who still has two years left on his deal.

    And the Gunners are understood to be in talks with the midfielder about extending his stay in North London.

    But due to the slow negotiations between the two parties, Villa have been left hopeful they can persuade Smith Rowe about making a move to the Midlands.

    According to the Mirror, Dean Smith's side are preparing a new bid of over £30m to land the ex-RB Leipzig loanee.

    The Birmingham Mail have even stated that Villa's sporting director Johan Lange has been left encouraged by their pursuit of the youngster following talks with his representaives.

    They add that Smith Rowe has been left 'blown away' by interest from Villa, where he will now discuss his future with boss Mikel Arteta in the coming days.

    Arsenal ace Emile Smith Rowe is being chased by Aston Villa, who are preparing a third offer
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    GOING, GOING, GUEN

    Marseille have announced the signing of Matteo Guendouzi from Arsenal.

    The midfielder spent last season on loan at Hertha Berlin, after falling out with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.

    Guendouzi, 22, will now return to Ligue 1, having originally joined Arsenal from Lorient.

    The Frenchman moves to Marseille on a season-long loan with an option to buy.

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    ED'S UP

    Chelsea have reportedly joined Manchester United and Arsenal in the race to prise French starlet Eduardo Camavinga away from Rennes.

    With the midfielder having just one year left on his deal at Roazhon Park, the Ligue 1 side are expected to cash in on the 18-year-old.

    The Red Devils and Gunners are understood to be eyeing up an offer for the Les Bleus international, with transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claiming he could be available for as little as £26million.

    It has been stated that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were making progress in their quest to lure the teenager to Old Trafford.

    But according to Get French Football News, the player's priority is to join Paris Saint-Germain, though they are yet to make a formal bid.

    They also state that Thomas Tuchel is pushing for a move, with the Blues in talks with Camavinga's agent Jonathan Barnett.

    Camavinga is attracting plenty of interest
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    SUMMER SALES

    Arsenal are reportedly 'open to offers' for a trio of academy starlets.

    The Gunners will NOT entertain bids for Emile Smith-Rowe.

    But Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson could all make way to raise for funds to buy fresh talent.

    Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson are among the Arsenal starlets up for sale this summerCredit: Getty – Contributor
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    PREM DELIGHT

    The Premier League has reacted with joy at the news that full stadiums will be allowed for the new season.

    And fans will NOT need to show a 'vaccine passport' when attending.

    The Prime Minister officially confirmed the end of lockdown restrictions from July 19 in his press conference on Monday evening.

    From later this month, capacity crowds inside stadiums will be allowed.

    A statement from the Premier League read: "Fans have been hugely missed so we welcome today's announcement by the Government, and are looking forward to full stadiums in the 2021/22 season.

    "As we move towards a Government decision on Step 4 of the roadmap and beyond, we will continue to work with football stakeholders and relevant public authorities to ensure that the return to full capacity is done in a way that keeps everyone safe."

    Unlike in recent pilot events, spectators will NOT need to show evidence of a double Covid-19 vaccination – unless venues demand it or the pandemic problems significantly worsen.

    Football fans will be celebrating soon knowing that stadiums are back to full capacity
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    THE WRIGHT STUFF

    Arsenal fans have enjoyed pictures of Bukayo Saka on the unicorns while chilling out on England duty.

    And even Ian Wright is loving it.

    The Gunners legend has even changed his Twitter profile picture to one of Saka.

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    KRAIN HIRE

    Arsenal are reportedly locked in battle with West Ham and Wolves to sign Ukraine forward Roman Yaremchuk.

    The 25-year-old striker was one of the shining lights in Ukraine's run to the Euro 2020 quarter-finals – where they were thrashed by England.

    And his club Gent are now fielding calls over a summer transfer from multiple Premier League teams.

    Belgian outlet RTBF quote Gent sporting director Michel Louwagie as saying the club want in excess of £13million for his services.

    Speaking before the Euros quarter-final in Rome, he said: "I never speak of financial amount, but indeed, we expect to touch a large amount for Yaremchuk – 15 million euros?"

    Roman Yaremchuk in action for Ukraine against England on Saturday night
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    SAK IN BUSINESS

    Arsenal star Bukayo Saka is back in contention for England's Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark tomorrow night.

    The 19-year-old missed the quarter-final triumph over Ukraine in Rome due to a minor injury.

    But he has trained as normal on Monday and is raring to go.

    Manager Gareth Southgate said: "He should be fine.

    "He did declare himself available for the 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."

    Bukayo Saka is raring to goCredit: Getty

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