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Arsenal now confident star will sign new contract with them
Arsenal are still said to be confident that starlet Bukayo Saka will sign a new contract with the club aim of attracted interest from Liverpool, Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund.
Saka’s current deal at Emirates stadium is due to expire in just over a year, and that has sparked concerns that one of their most promising talents could depart in the summer.
The Gunners have so far been unable to tie Bukayo Saka down to a new deal, with plenty of clubs growing interested in the situation.
However, the Gunners are said to believe that they can sort things out with the 18-year-old and get him to commit his future to the club.
Arsenal have posted about Saka on multiple occasions on their official social account, while the academy graduate has also put some cryptic messages on his Instagram account.
However, those posts are not believed to indicate that a deal has been signed yet.
Bukayo Saka has enjoyed a wonderful breakthrough season at the Emirates Stadium this term, where he has made 30 appearances, scoring three times and claiming nine assists.
Edu and Arteta are desperate for Brazilian to be at Arsenal next term
David Luiz could face the exit door at Emirates stadium this summer, according to Sky Sports.
The Brazilian fullback played a key role under Mikel Arteta at the Emirates stadium and the Gunners manager is said to be ‘desperate’ for the 33-year-old to stay.
However, with Arsenal making cut backs, it could be that David Luiz leaves.
David Luiz only has months left on his current deal at Arsenal, and it is claimed that no contract talks are planned.
Even though Edu would like to keep David Luiz around, his high wages may mean that Arsenal have to let him go, in a bid to cut costs.
The 33-year-old hasn’t fully convinced in his first season in North London, but he has been talked up as a very good mentor to Arsenal’s young players.
The Gunners’ options are already short at the back, so losing David Luiz could be a tough blow for Arteta.
Arsenal are still ready to hijack Everton’s Gabriel move
Arsenal remain interested in a possible deal for Lille fullback Gabriel Magalhaes, according to a report from Le10 Sport.
The Brazilian defender looked set to be joining Everton this summer until the global health crisis crippled football across the continent.
The Guardian claimed in mid-April that Everton had seemingly concluded a deal to bring the 22-year-old to Goodison Park as Carlo Ancelotti’s first signing in a £30 million deal but no announcement has since been made with a host of other teams seemingly getting in on the act.
Gunners were one those and L10S seem to suggested that Mikel Arteta’s side remain keen.
The report claims that Everton are struggling to finalise any deal with Lille for the player amid a debate over his transfer fee.
Arsenal could now be willing to swoop, with the club looking for an ideal centre-back partner for incoming newbie William Saliba.
Arsenal made move for Adil Aouchiche
Arsenal are reportedly interested in Paris Saint-Germain midfield prodigy Adil Aouchiche, according to ESPN.
The 17-year-old France youth international is one of the most highly rated youngsters in world football, being ranked at number 16 on Goal.com’s NxGn 2020 list, which came out in March.
Aouchiche has already debuted and scored for the Ligue 1 champions this season, and scored nine times in just four outings at last summer’s European Under-17 Championship in Ireland.
However, his contract with PSG expires at the end of the season and the prospect of him upping sticks is growing more likely with each passing day.
ESPN claims that Aouchiche’s entourage are asking for a €4million (£3.6million) signing on fee and wages of €25,000-a-week (£22,500-a-week), and Saint-Etienne, Lille and Bordeaux have been put off by these financial demands.
The outlet then claims that Aouchiche fits Arsenal’s recruitment strategy in terms of signing talented young players who don’t cost much, like Gabriel Martinelli and Matteo Guendouzi, who cost a combined £13million.
Sir Chips Keswick, 80, retires as Gunners chairman after spending 15 years on the board
Sir Chips Keswick has retired as Arsenal chairman after spending 15 years on the board at the north London club.
Keswick, who turned 80 in February, is a lifelong Arsenal fan and joined the club’s board as a director back in 2005, later becoming chairman in2013.
In a statement, he revealed he had always planned to retire at the end of the season, but the global coronavirus pandemic has brought forward his decision.
In a joint statement, Arsenal owners Stan and Josh Kroenke said: ‘We would like to express our immense gratitude for everything Sir Chips has done for Arsenal Football Club as a board member and chairman of the board over the past 15 years.
‘His extensive business knowledge and experience coupled with his deep love of Arsenal have made him the perfect chairman. It has been a privilege to work with him and he will always be a very welcome visitor when we return to playing matches at Emirates Stadium.’
Premier League agree to restart the season in three weeks
English Premier League clubs have agreed to restart the season in just three weeks’ time in what is a huge breakthrough for their Project Restart plans.
The Premier League have desperately been trying to finalise plans to get the season back underway again following its suspension at the beginning of March amid the coronavirus crisis.
June 20 has been lined up as the first full round of fixtures following the Premier League’s resumption although Manchester City vs Arsenal and Aston Villa vs Sheffield United are set to go ahead on Wednesday June 17.
Arsenal make Coutinho transfer decision after Barcelona outline terms
With the summer transfer market set to be hugely affected by the ongoing coronavirus crisis, ESPN report that Barcelona are also willing to sanction another loan deal for Philippe Coutinho in order to get him off the books for a year.
However, any club who wants to take the Brazilian playmaker on board for the 2020/21 season would have to stump up a loan fee of around £10million and cough up all his £250,000 a week wages.
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