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Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Gunners to make £30m Ramsdale bid, Tammy Abraham EXCLUSIVE, Nelson for Maddison SWAP deal

The US Sun
The US Sun
 2021-07-21

ARSENAL are leading the race to sign Chelsea's Tammy Abraham this summer, even if the deal is on loan, The Sun can reveal.

Abraham will otherwise cost around £40m, but the Blues have struggled to find long-term suitors for the striker so far.

Elsewhere, the Gunners are interested in Leicester's James Maddison and Sassuolo's Manuel Locatelli.

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CHECK MAIT

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been targeted by Leicester, Southampton and Burnley as Mikel Arteta shakes up his Arsenal squad.

Arteta is likely to target at least three more signings after recruiting Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga and Benfica left-back Nuno Tavares.

England defender Ben White is the likeliest next arrival, with Arsenal poised to accept Brighton's £50million valuation.

And all that incoming activity means Maitland-Niles might be tempted to move on after his Emirates career stalled over the past 12 months.

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IRON BRU

Kevin De Bruyne is the bookies’ favourite to win PFA Player of the Year for a THIRD successive season.

Man United star Bruno Fernandes is third in the list from Sky Bet.

And new Red Devil Jadon Sancho is sixth-favourite.

However, unless Arsenal can pull off a shock deal for Jack Grealish, there are NO Gunners players in the top 17.

PFA Player of the Year - Sky Bet odds

  • Kevin De Bruyne 5/1
  • Harry Kane 9/1
  • Bruno Fernandes 10/1
  • Mohamed Salah 11/1
  • Raheem Sterling 11/1
  • Jadon Sancho 12/1
  • Jack Grealish 14/1
  • Mason Mount 16/1
  • Diogo Jota 18/1
  • Kai Havertz 18/1
  • Riyad Mahrez 18/1
  • Joao Cancelo 20/1
  • Phil Foden 20/1
  • Sadio Mane 20/1
  • Timo Werner 20/1
  • Virgil van Dijk 20/1
  • Ruben Dias 22/1
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IVAN SCARE

Former Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has been diagnosed with throat cancer.

But the South African insists he is 'confident' he will make a full recovery from the 'very curable' form of the disease.

Gazidis, now at AC Milan, said: “Of course, there is never a good time for a diagnosis of cancer.

"But I have a very curable form of cancer and a positive diagnosis.

"I have world-class medical expertise, and the support of so many loved ones and everyone at the club, and I am confident based on all advice that the cancer will be treated successfully, with a full recovery."

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NEVER SAY NEVES

Man United are now odds-on favourites to sign Wolves star Ruben Neves ahead of Arsenal.

That's according to bookmakers Sky Bet, who've slashed their odds on the Portuguese midfielder after a flurry of activity in the betting market.

Check out the odds on Neves’ next club below.

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RAM RAID

Arsenal are preparing a £30million bid for Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, according to reports.

The Blades have reportedly rejected two previous offers from the Premier League club for the England Euro 2020 squad member.

According to talkSPORT, Arsenal a lining up a third bid and the fee could be as much as £30m.

The Gunners were previously linked with West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone but it's believed they will now focus on Ramsdale.

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FLOR BLIMEY

Arsenal pulled out of their pre-season trip to America because they feared being forced to quarantine in Orlando.

A club source admitted: “Covid has an incubation period of between five and ten days, so it’s possible that anyone who has been in close contact with the individuals who had tested positive could also develop symptoms.

“It was simply too much of a risk to get on a plane for such a long flight knowing that others might have been in contact with the players who are now isolating at home.”

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LAC LUSTRE

Arsenal are ready to part ways with striker Alexandre Lacazette.

And Premier League rivals West Ham are in contention for his signature, according to bookmakers Betfair.

Check out the latest odds on Lacazette’s next move below.

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FANDEMONIUM

Desperate fans have demanded refunds after Arsenal pulled out of the Florida Cup following a coronavirus outbreak in their camp.

One fan said: "I paid $414, including $22 for insurance. I'm an Arsenal fan and couldn't care less about Everton, Inter Milan or Millonarios. I expect a full refund."

Another roared: "If I tell you how much i paid for 2 tickets (Field seats) + flight + (hotel + rental car from July 24 to July 29) just because of @Arsenal, you'll cry on my behalf."

A third added: "I paid to watch inter Milan vs Arsenal $800 for 4 tickets!!! What happens now?!"

One raged: "Can I get a refund now? I've payed $260 to see Arsenal play???!!!!"

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BAIL STORM

Aston Villa are reportedly plotting a bid for Bayer Leverkusen star Leon Bailey, writes MARC MAYO.

The winger, 23, hit 15 goals last season while helping the Bundesliga side qualify for the Europa League.

But, with two years left on his contract, the German side may be ready to cash in with a bid of £30million said to be enough to tempt a sale.

According to the Mail, ambitious Villa are confident that they can complete a deal for Bailey.

Manchester United and Arsenal have both previously been linked with the player, along with Tottenham and AC Milan.

NEV NABBED

Man Utd have leapfrogged over Arsenal in the race to sign Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves.

Wolves are reportedly willing to part ways with the midfielder for just £35million, according to talkSPORT.

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LACAGOAL

Alexandre Lacazette finished top of Arsenal's goals chart last season. Will he repeat it this season?

Willian - summer arrival last year - picked up the most assists (5) but has been linked with a move away.

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RAM'S THE MAN

Arsenal are lining up a move for highly rated England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

According to talkSPORT, the Gunners are preparing a whopping £30million move.

Ramsdale is one of the Gunners' top targets, ahead of West Brom's Sam Johnstone.

Current No1 Bernd Leno's future at the club is unclear.

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JORD THE MAN

Arsenal have emerged as SHOCK favourites to sign Liverpool club captain Jordan Henderson.

According to the Star, due to contract talks between Liverpool and Henderson stalling, the captain could leave this summer.

And the Gunners are one of many admirers.

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‘HE MISSES TOO MANY CHANCES’

According to ex Arsenal star Perry Groves, transfer target Tammy Abraham ‘misses too many chances’.

And Groves believes Abraham is better suited to a club like West Ham, who are also interested in signing him.

When asked on talkSPORT if Abraham is good enough to play up front for a top club, Groves said: “No, I don’t think he is.

“I don’t think he’s that level because he misses too many chances. He’s not calm enough in his finishing.

“He had a brilliant season under Frank Lampard where he got 15 goals in 34 appearances, but Chelsea were creating loads of chances and he was still missing lots of them.

“His general play improved under Lampard, to be fair, but that’s an add-on. You don’t get judged on your general play, your hold-up play, as a striker you get judged on your finishing.

“If you’re playing for Chelsea, and we’ve seen Werner miss loads of chances this season, Kai Havertz too, but if you’re playing for the top four clubs you’re going to get two or three expected goals in every game, and you’ve got to be taking at least one of those.

“I don’t think he’s quite at that level.

“He had two brilliant seasons in the Championship with Aston Villa and Bristol City, but I think he’s still got quite a bit to prove.

“If I was him, he needs to go and play now, he needs to play first-team football.

“Thomas Tuchel doesn’t fancy him at all, sometimes last season he wasn’t even in the squad, he wasn’t even on the bench.

“So he needs to go and play and he could suit West Ham… depending on how much it’s going to cost.

“He’s Chelsea’s top scorer, English, young, I think he’s probably worth around £30m. I think a fee like £45m would be too much.

“I think a move to West Ham would be a good fit for him. He’s not a top-four Premier League striker.”

MAIN MAN

Football agent Andrea D’Amico has confirmed that Arsenal have tabled a £34million offer for Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli, writes JAKE LAMBOURNE.

The Gunners are known to be admirers of the 23-year-old who helped Italy win Euro 2020 - their first European Championship since 1968.

But they face competition from Serie A giants Juventus, with the Old Lady believed to be the player's preference.

However it is understood that the Turin outfit are yet to meet Sassuolo's £34m asking price, and are instead eyeing up a swap deal.

ARSENAL TIPPED TO WIN ABRAHAM RACE

Chelsea are prepared to let Tammy Abraham join Arsenal on loan to speed through a deal.

The Gunners are emerging as the favourites in the three-way chase for the out-of-favour striker.

Arsenal’s London rivals Tottenham and West Ham are also keen to sign the England star who has failed to win over new Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel.

Chelsea are demanding around £40million for Abraham but the fee is proving a sticking point for any suitors.

A loan deal with an obligation to buy should the player reach a pre-set amount of appearances look like being an ideal compromise.

It would also take Abraham’s wages of around £80,000 a week off the wage bill to help with financing plans in other areas of the squad.

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GUNNER SWAP

Arsenal are prepared to offer Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles as part of a deal to lure Leicester star James Maddison to the Emirates, writes DYLAN TERRY.

The Gunners have been linked with the Foxes playmaker as a replacement for Martin Odegaard, who returned to Real Madrid at the end of last season following his loan spell.

And the Gunners have identified Maddison as the perfect fit, leading them to offer Nelson and Maitland-Niles as add-ons in a possible deal.

The Arsenal duo have failed to establish themselves as anything more than fringe players in north London.

According to The Mail, Arsenal believe Leicester are willing to negotiate with them.

However, it is also thought that Brendan Rodgers’ side are seeking to secure no less than a huge cash sum for the creative midfielder.

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