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Arsenal Reject Second Aston Villa Bid For Emile Smith-Rowe
Arsenal have rejected a new bid from Aston Villa for young attacker Emile Smith-Rowe as they insist the academy product is not for sale.
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.
The Englishman, who his current deal with the London club runs for another two years, scored seven goals and contributed eight assists in 36 appearances across all competitions last season.
His stellar performances at Emirates attracted interest from Aston Villa, who lodged an opening bid of £25million earlier this month, but was rejected by the north London club.
Villa, meanwhile, added another £5million to the initial offer but reports by David Ornstein of The Athletic, claimed Mikel Arteta’s side have rejected a new £30 million bid from Aston Villa for Emile Smith-Rowe.
The Gunners firmly insist the player is not for sale, Smith-Rowe, meanwhile, ready to commit his future at Emirates by sign a new long-term contract extension with the London club.
Jose Mourinho eyes shock move for Bukayo Saka
AS Roma boss Jose Mourinho is eyeing a shock move for Arsenal starlet Bukayo Saka, according to report.
The 19-year-old has been established himself as one of the pivotal player in Mikel Arteta’s team since made breakthrough into first-team squad in 2019/20 campaign.
Saka, who delivered eye-catching performances in England’s 1-0 win over Czech Republic, has reportedly monitoring by Italian side AS Roma.
The Serie A side are expected to sign Gunners midfielder Granit Xhaka in the coming weeks and reports by Roma Today, cited by The Boot Room, claimed boss Jose Mourinho is also plotting a move for England star Bukayo Saka.
The report bizarrely claims Arsenal would demand £45m – but Gunners fans can feel pretty confident the club wouldn’t entertain selling the 19-year-old starlet, who scored six goals with additional of seven assists across all competitions last season.
Gunners eye attacking right-back
Arsenal have reportedly identified Sassuolo right-back Mert Muldur as a potential replacement for Hector Bellerin.
Bellerin, 25, eyeing exit from Emirates this summer, with Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid interest in signing Gunners defender.
And report by The Athletic, claimed the Gunners are interested in signing Sassuolo right-back Mert Muldur as potential replacement of Bellerin, who struggled with couple of injuries problem in recent season.
Report by Cult of Calcio, claimed Sassuolo would want around €15m for the 22-year-old Turkey international.
Arsenal ‘reach agreement’ on first summer signing
Arsenal have reportedly reached an agreement with Benfica to make defender Nuno Tavares their first signing of the summer transfer window.
The left-back has impressed in Portugal and will come to the Emirates Stadium as the back-up to Kieran Tierney.
Now, Journal de Notices report that the Gunners have agreed a deal with Benfica for the 21-year-old, who will sign a five-year contract with Mikel Arteta’s side.
Sambi Lokonga left out of pre-season plans
Arsenal transfer target Albert Sambi Lokonga has been left out of Anderlecht’s pre-season plans, as he edges closer to joining the Gunners.
It is understood that this deal will soon take place, with Mikel Arteta looking to start his rebuild at the club.
It also appears as though the Belgian side are resigned to losing the 21-year-old midfielder and are already planning for life after Lokonga.
According to HLN (via Sport Witness), Lokonga is no longer expected at Anderlecht’s training base for pre-season and Vincent Kompany’s side are already planning to begin their preparations for the 2021/22 without him.
Granit Xhaka latest
It has been an impressive performance from Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka at Euro 2020 last night as Switzerland seeing off France to book place in quarters-finals stage of the competition.
The Gunners star, who is on verge to join Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma played a key role in his team’s strong display and immediately handed man of the match award, Xhaka was made thought on his propose switch to Italian side.
‘Arsenal know what I want to do,’ he said. Football is a team sport and you’re only as good as your team.
‘Of course, it was a good year for me personally. I’ve always played and performed. But the place at the end of the season is, of course, really bitter & disappointing for us.’