Arsenal transfer news and rumours: Summer transfer window 2021
Wrapping up the Arsenal transfer news, rumours and gossip in the 2021 summer window.
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Antonio Conte – Arsenal will give Mikel Arteta until the October international break to improve their Premier League fortunes but are likely to make Antonio Conte their first choice should they need a replacement (Daily Telegraph, August 24).
Kieran Trippier – Arsenal are ready to revive their interest in Trippier – but need Atletico Madrid to slash their asking price (The Sun, August 24); Atletico Madrid are refusing to budge on their stance that Trippier will not leave for less than his £51m release clause, after an enquiry from Arsenal (Daily Mail, August 19); Arsenal have received a boost in their attempts to sign Kieran Trippier after Manchester United ended their interest in the Atletico Madrid defender (Daily Express, August 10); Arsenal have made a move for Trippier at Atletico Madrid, with the Spanish club demanding £34m for their right-back (The Sun on Sunday, August 8).
Various – Arsenal are continuing to revamp their transfer department with the addition of three new scouts (The Sun, August 19); Arsenal are prepared to sanction three more transfers for Mikel Arteta before the transfer window deadline at the end of the month (Daily Mirror, August 17).
Philippe Coutinho – Arsenal have no interest in Coutinho, following reports in Spain the Gunners are linked with the former Liverpool man (Daily Mirror, August 20); Barcelona are willing to offer former Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho in part exchange for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Sky Sports, August 16).
Dusan Vlahovic – Arsenal and Tottenham have been quoted £60m by Fiorentina as they eye a transfer for striker Vlahovic (Sunday Mirror, August 15).
James Maddison – Leicester City are refusing to budge on their £60m transfer valuation for the Arsenal target (Daily Mail, August 14); Leicester are lining up Jesse Lingard as a potential replacement for James Maddison should the Englishman leave for Arsenal (The Sun, August 10)
Houssem Aouar – Arsenal will turn to Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar if they are unable to secure deals with either Martin Odegaard or James Maddison (The Sun, August 13)
Lautaro Martinez – Arsenal are ready to offer Martinez a lucrative £275,000-a-week contract to tempt him to leave Inter Milan and have a crack at the Premier League (The Sun, August 12); Arsenal were given a swift “no” by Inter Milan after offering to swap Alexandre Lacazette straight up for Martinez (Daily Mirror, August 3).
Corentin Tolisso – Arsenal could have a free pass at signing the Bayern Munich midfielder this summer, with Manchester United reportedly having dropped their interest in a cut-price £8.5m deal (Daily Express, August 12).
Takehiro Tomiyasu – Arsenal are set to make an offer for Bologna defender Tomiyasu after his proposed move to fierce rivals Tottenham stalled (Daily Express, August 6).
Marco Asensio – Arsenal could turn their attention to Real Madrid’s Asensio if they continue to be frustrated by their pursuit of Leicester’s James Maddison (Daily Mirror, August 5); Arsenal are leading the race for Real Madrid star Asensio (The Sun, August 3).
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Willian – Brazilian club Corinthians are in talks with Arsenal over a potential deal for Willian (Sky Sports, August 24).
Eddie Nketiah – Crystal Palace remain interested in signing Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah, who is now in the final year of his contract at the Emirates – but there is a gap in their valuation, with Arsenal expecting £20m (Sky Sports, August 24); Brighton could swoop for £20m-rated striker Nketiah to help address their goalscoring form (The Sun on Sunday, August 8); Nketiah could be used as makeweights as Arsenal pursue a player-plus-cash deal for Leicester City’s James Maddison (Daily Mirror, August 4);
Lucas Torreira – The midfielder is close to joining Fiorentina (Sky in Italy, August 23); Torreira is back in London but he could soon be on his way to Italy, according to reports (The Sun, August 20)
Alexandre Lacazette – Lacazette could be set to leave the club by the end of the week (Daily Express, August 18); Arsenal attacking duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are reportedly wanted by Barcelona (Daily Star, August 16); Arsenal are willing to sell Alexandre Lacazette for £15m (Daily Mirror, July 26); the Gunners will not be offering a new contract to Lacazette and are inviting bids for their former record signing (The Sun, July 24).
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Barcelona are interested in signing Aubameyang (Sky Sports, August 16); Arsenal attacking duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are reportedly wanted by Barcelona (Daily Star, August 16); Arsenal are willing to sell their star striker just a year after he signed a lucrative new contract at the Emirates (Daily Mail, August 14).
Hector Bellerin – Bellerin is growing increasingly frustrated at Arsenal and could see further competition at right-back added to the squad in the form of Barcelona’s Emerson (Daily Star, August 17); Bellerin’s agent is heading to London for talks over the Arsenal defender’s future (Daily Star, July 29); the agent was in Milan last week negotiating a move to Serie A champions Inter Milan. Inter want to sign the Arsenal right-back on loan but Arsenal want a sale, or at least a loan with an obligation to buy (Sky Sports News, July 28)
Reiss Nelson – Arsenal hope Nelson will sign a new contract before sending him out on loan (The Sun on Sunday, August 15); Crystal Palace are interested in signing the Arsenal forward on loan. Arsenal will allow the academy product to leave in the summer transfer window as his game time is likely to be limited next season (Sky Sports, August 3); Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira is going back to Arsenal with a bid for the winger (Sun, Aug 1).
Alex Runarsson – The Arsenal goalkeeper is on the verge of a loan transfer to Altay S.K (Sun, July 27).
Sead Kolasinac – The Arsenal outcast is reportedly in negotiations to terminate his deal with the club (Sun, Aug 1).
Confirmed Arsenal signings
Ben White – Brighton, £50m
Nuno Tavares – Benfica, undisclosed
Albert Sambi Lokonga – Anderlecht, £15m
Martin Odegaard – Real Madrid, undisclosed
Aaron Ramsdale – Bournemouth, £30m including add-ons
Confirmed Arsenal departures
Joe Willock – Newcastle, £25m
Dani Ceballos – end of loan
Mat Ryan – end of loan
Martin Odegaard – end of loan
David Luiz – contract expired
Mark McGuinness – Cardiff, undisclosed
Trae Coyle – FC Lausanne-Sport, undisclosed
Zech Medkley – KV Oostende, undisclosed
Dinos Mavropanos – Stuttgart, loan
Daniel Ballard – Millwall, loan
Ben Sheaf – Coventry, undisclosed
Matt Smith – Doncaster, loan
Matteo Guendouzi – Marseille, loan
William Saliba – Marseille, loan
Tyreece John-Jules – Blackpool, loan
Harry Clarke – Ross County, loan
Arsenal contract news
Granit Xhaka – Xhaka has signed a one-year contract extension with Arsenal. The 28-year-old Switzerland captain’s new deal will run until at least 2024, with the option for a further year; Stan Kroenke appeared to confirm Xhaka has signed a new deal running until 2025 in his programme notes for the Chelsea game, although no official announcement has been made (Daily Mail, August 23).
Emile Smith Rowe – The midfielder had been the subject of two bids from Aston Villa, but signed a new contract at Arsenal on July 22.
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