Arsenal 'offered MORE than Aston Villa' for Buendia transfer, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho wanted

ARSENAL have been spurned by Norwich, despite offering the club more than Aston Villa for Emi Buendia.

Despite the bid ultimately being higher, the Canaries chose to accept the Villa bid, which offered a larger sum up front.

But the Gunners have reportedly made contact with Wolves as the Gunners make a move for midfielder Ruben Neves.

Joao Moutinho is also a rumoured target.

Follow all the latest from North London with our live blog below…

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  • Etienne Fermie

    BERND OUT

    Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno was an unused substitute last night, as Germany battered Latvia 7-1 in their final Euro 2020 warm-up match.

    The 29-year-old has moved up Joachim Low's pecking order, on account of Marc-Andre ter Stegen missing the tournament through injury.

    But Manuel Neuer remains No1 choice, and played the full 90 minutes against the Latvians.

    Bernd Leno, left, and Kevin Trapp, right, are playing understudy to Manuel NeuerCredit: Reuters
  • Etienne Fermie

    BACK XHAK

    Arsenal star Granit Xhaka is 'criminally misunderstood by Arsenal fans'. against to a leading analytics writer.

    The Athletic's stats guru Tom Worville has taken to Twitter to opine that Xhaka, 28, would be a 'big miss' should he depart for Roma this summer.

    He wrote: "Xhaka's criminally misunderstood by Arsenal fans

    "Has been key to getting the ball out of build-up + into the attacking third for 3 managers in a row."

    "If the Roma rumours are true, he's going to be a big miss."

    Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka may have played his last game for the clubCredit: PA
  • Etienne Fermie

    PRICE IS WHITE

    Manchester United and Arsenal have been warned Ben White will cost £50million, according to reports.

    The Brighton defender, 23, enjoyed a fine debut Premier League season this term.

    And he was rewarded for his form by replacing the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold in England's final 26-man squad for Euro 2020.

    Brighton are unsurprisingly desperate to keep hold of the Three Lions star beyond this summer.

    And to do so, the Daily Mail say the Seagulls have slapped a £50m price tag on the Dorset-born defender.

    United continue their hunt for a long-term partner for Harry Maguire with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen to cement a solid defensive pairing this summer.

    And Arsenal have lost David Luiz so may well be on the hunt for a new centre-back – but cannot offer European football next term.

    Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Roma, Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund have all also been linked with White.

    Brighton have slapped a £50m price tag on their England defender Ben White
  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Arsenal fans are preparing to say goodbye to Granit Xhaka, with reports suggesting the player is close to joining Jose Mourinho at Roma.

    The Gunners, who are currently being linked with Wolves star Ruben Neves, are believed to have accepted a £22m bid for the Swiss midfielder.

    Supporters were torn with the rumours on social media – some think it will be good business, others think it's a bad idea.

    Elsewhere, Riyad Mahrez won't be joining Arsenal this summer after saying he wants to 'finish his career' at Manchester City.

    And neither will Norwich playmaker Emi Buendia as he's agreed to join Aston Villa.

    But there's a chance ex-Tottenham star Kieran Trippier might as the Gunners are believed to have hijacked Manchester United's bid for the Atletico Madrid star.

    The final bit of transfer news comes from north of the border, with Leicester City agreeing a fee with Celtic for striker and rumoured Arsenal target Odsonne Edouard.

  • Thomas Blow

    BIG TRANSFER STORY

    If you're just joining us, the big Gunners transfer story of the night is Granit Xhaka's reported move to Roma.

    He's rumoured to be joining ex-Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho in Italy this summer, with the fee believed to be £22million plus add-ons.

    The news has split Arsenal fans on Twitter – some see the alleged sale as good business, others think it's a huge mistake.

    Whatever your opinion of Xhaka is, the two-time FA Cup winner appears to be on his way out of the Emirates.

  • Thomas Blow

    ICYMI – ‘HUGE SUMMER’

    Kevin Campbell has urged Arsenal to spend big on transfers this summer if they want to get back to competing for trophies.

    The Gunners will have to splash a large amount of cash to land their main targets and Campbell believes the sum will have to exceed £100 million if they are to become a top side again.

    He told Football Insider: “I will be honest, I don’t know if £100 million would be enough.

    “It would be nice if they could invest £500 million.

    “£100 million does not get you much in the transfer market these days. If you want to sign quality £100 million would only get you two decent players.

    “If you want to sign a top, top player like a Grealish you need to be spending £80 million.

    “If Stan Kroenke would write a cheque for £200 million now I would take it. I think that’s how much money needs to be invested into this side to make the challengers again.

    “It’s a huge summer for Arsenal.”

  • Thomas Blow

    SAKA POTY

    Bukayo Saka has been named Arsenal's Player of the Year.

    The 19-year-old scored five goals in 32 Premier League games this term.

    Here's his reaction to the news…

  • Thomas Blow

    GOING TO MISS XHAKA?

    Are Arsenal fans going to miss Granit Xhaka if he completes a reported £22million move to Roma?

    Some Gunners on Twitter are delighted with the rumours, while others think the club would regret selling him.

    What do you reckon?

  • Thomas Blow

    ICYMI – GO WILLOCK

    Newcastle United may have to pay close to £30m to land Joe Willock this summer, despite the player’s openness to a return.

    Chronicle Live report that Newcastle United have registered their interest in Joe Willock with Arsenal, but a transfer won’t come easy.

    It is believed that Arsenal haven’t made any firm decisions on Willock’s future. They’re still assessing their options at this stage, and a willingness to sell will depend on who the club manage to bring in.

    Even if they decide the best option is a sale, sources in North London reportedly feel Newcastle would have to pay as much as £30m.

    The 21-year-old himself is open to a return, and his family were impressed with Newcastle’s handling of him on loan.

  • Thomas Blow

    NOT GUNNER LEAVE

    Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez has quashed any rumours linking him with a shock move to Arsenal this summer.

    The Algerian was touted as a potential target for Mikel Arteta – whom he worked with during the latter’s time as Pep Guardiola’s assistant.

    The Gunners were also strongly linked with a move for the winger during his Leicester days before he joined the Premier League champions.

    And it was said Arsenal could reignite their interest with City looking to get the 30-year-old off the wage bill to make room for new signings.

    But Mahrez has reaffirmed his commitment to the Sky Blues following his nation’s 1-0 victory against Mali.

    He told DZ Sport: “There is nothing about my future. I am well in Manchester. I will stay God willing.”

  • Thomas Blow

    XHAKA ARSENAL CV

    With reports suggesting Granit Xhaka is on his way out of the Emirates, let's take a look back at his Arsenal career to date.

    Since joining the club in 2016, he's won the FA Cup twice and the Community Shield twice.

    The Swiss midfielder has also played in League Cup and Europa League finals.

    Xhaka has scored nine goals in 161 Premier League appearances for the Gunners.

  • Thomas Blow

    £22M FOR XHAKA

    Roma will reportedly pay £22million plus add-ons for Granit Xhaka.

    The Gunners are believed to have paid £35m for the midfielder back in 2016.

    Good business?

  • Thomas Blow

    WHO'S BETTER – XHAKA OR NEVES?

    Granit Xhaka is reportedly on his way out of Arsenal.

    Rumours suggest he will be replaced by Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves for £35million.

    But is Neves an upgrade?

    Here's some stats to help you decide…

  • Thomas Blow

    NO WAY XHAK

    Granit Xhaka is close to joining Jose Mourinho at Roma, according to reports.

    We're keeping an eye on this story tonight…

  • Thomas Blow

    WHERE NEXT FOR JACK?

    Jack Wilshere was released by Championship side Bournemouth last week.

    Still only 29, the midfielder will be looking for a new club this summer.

    Should Arsenal take him back?

  • Thomas Blow

    ICYMI – GUNNING FOR MOVE

    Ruben Neves has told his Wolverhampton Wanderers teammates that he wants to join Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, according to reports.

    Arsenal are reportedly planning to make an offer for Neves this week and Wolves are open to selling the midfielder at the right price.

    The report has added that the Portugal international midfielder is aware of interest from the Gunners.

  • Thomas Blow

    FLO WON'T GO

    Folarin Balogun will stay at Arsenal this summer and fight for his place in the team, according to reports.

    The 19-year-old striker had been linked with a move away from the Emirates.

    He played six times for the Gunners this term but is yet to make his Premier League debut.

  • Thomas Blow

    ARSENAL MISS OUT ON EMI

    Arsenal have missed out on signing Emi Buendia after the Norwich playmaker agreed a move to Aston Villa.

    Can the Gunners – without European football – still attract quality players to the Emirates?

  • Thomas Blow

    MUST TRUST

    Ex-Arsenal flop Shkodran Mustafi has told the club's fans to 'trust the process' by backing manager Mikel Arteta.

    Do you trust the Spanish manager to rebuild the team?

  • Dylan Terry

    EDDING TO ELLAND ROAD

    Arsenal have offered Eddie Nketiah to Leeds for £20million, according to reports.

    The Gunners are willing to sell the striker who previously spent time at Elland Road on loan.

    Leeds are said to be in the market for a new forward to challenge star man Patrick Bamford and have been offered Nketiah, according to Football Insider. And Arsenal are open to offers for the 22-year-old.

    Mikel Arteta is said to have sanctioned the sale. But the North Londoners want at least £20m for their academy product.

    Nketiah’s contract has a year left to run so the club are looking to cash in now.

  • Dylan Terry

    GUNNERS TO BE?

    Arsenal summer transfer odds – Betfair

    • Yves Bissouma – 4/6
    • Ruben Neves – 5/6
    • Sander Berge – 2/1
    • Max Aarons – 6/4
    • Tariq Lamptey – 3/1
    • Houssem Aouar – 3/1
    • Ben White – 4/1
    • Wilfried Zaha – 6/1
    • Jack Grealish – 7/1
    • Aaron Ramsey 8/1
    • Allan Saint-Maximin – 8/1

    • Dylan Terry

      OTHER GUNNERS TARGETS

      Here are some other transfer targets that the bookies feel Arsenal are likely to sign this summer.

      Sander Berge – 2/1

      Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge is also under consideration at Arsenal.

      The midfielder's release clause is thought to have decreased after the Blades' relegation to the Championship – but still stands at around £35m.

      Max Aarons – 6/4

      Interest in Norwich's youthful right-back appears to have cooled in recent weeks.

      But bookmakers Betfair think it's still a very real possibility at 6/4.

      Aarons had looked likely to join Everton but that deal looks dead in the water with Arsenal now the leading candidates for his signature.

    • Dylan Terry

      MISSING OUT ON EMI

      Arsenal reportedly matched the salary offered to Emi Buendia from Aston Villa, but the deal on Norwich's part was less enticing.

      He is now set to complete his move to Villa subject to a medical.

    • Dylan Terry

      ED-ING TO THE KP

      Leicester City are closing in on Arsenal transfer target Odsonne Edouard after agreeing a £15million transfer in principle with Celtic.

      The 23-year-old French striker cost Celtic a club-record £8million from Paris Saint-Germain in 2018.

      He formed a strong bond with Brendan Rodgers, who described him as the best young player he had ever worked with.

      Now the Foxes boss is set to be reunited with the prolific striker who has scored 55 goals in 75 Scottish Premiership starts for Celtic to become the pin-up boy of Parkhead.

      Rodgers’ relationship with Edouard gave him the edge over fellow admirers Arsenal and Inter Milan who were also keen on the striker, who has entered the final year of his Celtic contract.

      The Gunners remain on the hunt for a new striker, especially as Eddie Nketiah looks set to leave the Emirates this summer while Alexandre Lacazette may also be offloaded.

      Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang endured a below-par season last term but Mikel Arteta cannot offer Eduoard European football.

    • Dylan Terry

      GUNNER TRY

      Arsenal are odds-on to sign two players this summer as they look to bolster their squad.

      Yves Bissouma – 4/6

      The tireless Brighton midfielder is ranked as Arsenal's most likely signing this summer at odds of 4/6.

      Bissouma, 24, was outstanding for the Seagulls last season and has reportedly told his agent that he wants a move to the Gunners.

      Ruben Neves – 5/6

      Arsenal are huge admirers of the talented 24-year-old and have already lodged their interest with Wolves.

      Reports claim the two clubs are already discussing a potential transfer with the Midlands outfit open to a sizeable deal.

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