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Arsenal announce the release of four first-team stars
Arsenal have confirmed Martin Odegaard, Dani Ceballos, David Luiz and goalkeeper Mat Ryan will leave the club when their contract expire at the end of this month.
Luiz, 33, helped Mikel Arteta’s side win the FA Cup and Community Shield after joined the north London club from local rivals Chelsea for a fee of £8million in 2019.
The Brazilian star, who made 73 appearances for the Gunners across all competitions, informed the club of his decision to leave in May, despite Mikel Arteta’s side keen on extending his deal for another season.
Luiz is not the only player to be leaving the club, with Real Madrid duo Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard returning to the Spanish capital club following the end of their loan spells.
Martin Odegaard joined the Gunners in January while Ceballos spent two years on loan with the club.
The Gunners could still attempt to re-sign both players but would have to pay a significant fee given they are both under contract with Los Blancos until 2023.
Goalkeeper Mat Ryan, who joined on loan in the winter, will return to parent club Brighton. The shot-stopper made three appearances five-month spell in north London.
Arsenal submit £30m-plus offer for Norwich City star Emiliano Buendia
Arsenal have submitted a £30million-plus offer for Norwich playmaker Emiliano Buendia, according to reports.
The attacking midfielder has been placed on top of Mikel Arteta wishlist as club recruitment team via him as playmaker that can improve their squad ahead of next campaign.
Buendia, 24, enjoyed another impressive campaign at Carrow Road, helped Norwich get promotion back to Premier League by scored 15 goals and contributed 17 assists in 39 Championship appearances.
His impressive performances attracted interest from Aston Villa and Arsenal, who believed they’re confident of secure the signature of Argentine star.
Norwich, meanwhile, ready to let Buendia alongside Max Aarons and Todd Cantwell leave the club in upcoming summer but if only right offer submit for the players.
However, reports by The The Sun claim both Arsenal and Villa have made £30m-plus offers for Buendia, but the transfer tussle is far from over as Norwich value him at £40million.
The Canaries are under no financial pressure to sell the attacking midfielder and expect Arsenal and Aston Villa to return with improved bids in the next few days.
Arsenal, Chelsea ‘wanted Sergio Aguero’
Arsenal and Chelsea were both expressed their interest in signing superstar striker Sergio Aguero before Barcelona snapped him up, according to the player’s father.
The Argentine, who spells 10-year at Manchester City penned a two-year deal with Barcelona to ending speculation surrounding a move to another Premier League club.
Despite Mikel Arteta had previously ruled his side out of the running to sign Aguero as a free agent, the striker’s father Leonel El Castillo has claimed that the Gunners were indeed interested alongside Chelsea.
Speaking to Radio La Red, El Castillo said: ‘My son was waiting right up to the last moment to renew with City but it didn’t happen.
‘He didn’t know what was going to happen with his future. There were several clubs interested in signing him. Arsenal were interested in him and Chelsea to the last minute. If he didn’t stay in England, it was going to be Italy or Spain.
‘He is happy right now after signing for Barcelona. I see him happy. He’s been friends with Lionel Messi since they were 15 and they’ve always talked. It looks like Messi is going to stay at Barcelona so they’re going to play together.’