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Arsenal Submit Opening Bid for Joaquin Correa
Arsenal have made an opening bid for Lazio striker Joaquin Correa, according to reports in Italy.
The Gunners are in market to strengthen as many as five positions this summer, with including centre-forward after disappointing campaign.
And according to multiple reports in Italy, with including La Repubblica and Il Messaggero, the Gunners have launch €20million bid for Correa, who establish himself as one of best striker in Serie A.
The 26-year-old scored 30 goals and provided 18 assists in 117 appearances across all competitions for Lazio, with including 11 goals in 2020/21 campaign.
Lazio, meanwhile, reportedly want €30million for the highly-rated forward, who his contract at the Stadio Olimpico expires in 2024.
Arsenal eyeing a summer move for Anderlecht star Albert Sambi Lokonga
Arsenal are reportedly willing to make a summer move for Anderlecht star Albert Sambi Lokonga as the Gunners look to bolster their midfield ahead of a pivotal 2021-22 campaign.
The Gunners are endured a disappointing campaign, failed to qualify for Europe for the first time in 26 years after ended up with eighth place finish in the Premier League.
As a result, boss Mikel Arteta is aware that quality recruitment will be key for Arsenal to close the gap to their rivals and return to the European fold next season.
Midfield has been identified as an area that needs strengthening particularly with Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard return to their parent club while Granit Xhaka linked with a move to Jose Mourinho’s Roma this summer.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with a £35m move for Wolves star Ruben Neves and the Portuguese is viewed as a direct replacement for the Swiss midfielder.
However, reports by The Athletic, claimed Anderlecht star Lokonga is also on the club’s radar after club’s scouting department traced the Belgium Under-21 international for some time.
Lokonga, 21, has made 50 appearances in Belgium’s top flight in the last two seasons and would add much-needed verve and dynamism to the Arsenal midfield.
His excellent performances throughout last campaign earned him his first call up to Belgium’s senior squad this year and is on Roberto Martinez’s standby list for the Euros.
Arsenal prepare to launch a bid for Brighton star Ben White
Arsenal have reportedly expressed their interest in signing Ben White from Brighton and Hove Albion this summer.
The Gunners are expected to be extremely busy in the transfer market this summer as they looks to overhaul squad following a disappointing campaign that saw them missed out on European qualification following an eighth placed finish in the Premier League last season.
A new goalkeeper, left-back back-up, right-back and right-sided centre-back is on the agenda after David Luiz left the London club following the expiration of his contract.
Willian Saliba is hoping to be given an opportunity after spending the last two seasons on loan but Gunners still keen on add another defender to their defensive unit.
Therefore, Mikel Arteta’s recruitment team are reportedly identified White as a prime target as they looks to find a long-term partner for Gabriel Magalheas.
According to The Athletic, Arsenal are lining-up a formal move to sign the talented 23-year-old and contact is expected to be made with Brighton over the coming weeks.
White is under contract at the Amex stadium until 2024 but The Athletic, claim the Seagulls are prepared to cash-in if the price is right. David Ornstein suggests that a deal could be agreed at £40m-£50m – a fee the journalist feels is within Arsenal’s reach – while personal terms are not expected to be an issue.
Arsenal open Kieran Tierney talks and confident Smith-Rowe will sign new deal
Arsenal have opened talks with Kieran Tierney and hope the Scotland international will commit his long-term future to the club.
The 24-year-old joined the London club nearly two years ago in a £25million deal from Celtic and has established himself as one of Europe’s best left-back despite a series of injuries.
Tierney still has three years remaining on his current deal, but the Gunners are keen to offer the Scotland international a new contract, one that reflects his standing in the current squad.
According to Football.London, Arsenal technical director, Edu, plans to present the terms of the new deal to the club’s board before Tierney, who is expected to be a key figure in a new-look leadership group, puts pen to paper.
The Gunners remain in the market for left-back back-up with the likes of Crystal Palace’s Tyrick Mitchell and experienced free agent Ryan Bertrand heavily linked, along with Tierney’s compatriot Josh Doig, who is valued at £5million by Hibernian.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are said to be confident that Emile Smith-Rowe will also sign a new deal, although the 20-year-old is not yet close to signing an extension to a contract that expires in 2023.
The 20-year-old attacking midfielder was introduced into Mikel Arteta’s Premier League starting line-up on a regular basis from last December and his impact was immediate, playing an instrumental role in a 3-1 win over Chelsea on Boxing Day.
Smith-Rowe has been linked with a move to Aston Villa, who pipped Arsenal to the signing of Emi Buendia from Norwich earlier this month.