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ARSENAL players have returned to training with the Premier League receiving government backing to resume "as soon as possible".

But Gunners fans may never see Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang represent their club in the flesh again with the North Londoners hierarchy prepared to accept a bid as low as £30m for their captain.

Follow all the latest gossip and transfer news from North London below…

  • DEADLINE ON THE TABLE

    Premier League chiefs have been handed a four-week Uefa deadline to produce their restart plans.

    The directive has come from Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin and general secretary Theodore Theodoridis.

    But the chances of any football in Europe getting the green light have suffered a blow.

    AGerman virus expert suggested players would still be at Covid-19 risk, despite the Bundesliga’s safety plans for resuming on May 9, while Italy’s resumption plans were deemed “insufficient”.

    SunSport reported Uefa’s revised August 2 deadline for seasons across the continent to be completed.

    But a new circular stated: “National Associations and/or Leagues should be in a position to communicate to Uefa by May 25, 2020, the planned restart of their domestic competitions — including the date of restart and thecompetition format.”

  • NEXT SEASON'S XI

    Here is how Arsenal could line-up next season with Willian and Partey.

  • COVID SCARE FOR JENS

    Arsenal legend Jens Lehmann has beaten coronavirus – insisting the deadly bug troubled him less than a bout of flu.

    The 61-cap ace has now revealed he fell victim to Covid-19 last month.

    Lehmann said: “I became infected in the middle of March.I suffered from a cough and a mild fever for a day and a half.

    “After two weeks in quarantine, the authorities declared me to be healthy once more.

    “I found it less bad than when I have had the flu.

    “But at-risk people of course need to be careful.It probably helps as well to live a healthy life.”

  • WAGE TO GO

    Willian could price himself out of a move to Arsenal by demanding the same three-year deal Chelsea rejected.

    The Blues star, 31, will become a free agent in the summer with his contract at Stamford Bridge expiring at the end of the season.

    Arsenal have been offered the chance to snap the Brazilian up as a cut-price replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has been linked with Barcelona, Inter Milan and even Chelsea.

    But the Gunners may well be put off by the winger's huge demands.

    Willian is currently on around £120,000 per week as he looks set to be entering the final months of his time at Chelsea.

    However, he is holding out for his next contract to be for another three years, almost taking him up to his 35th birthday.

  • FORWARD THINKING

    Arsenal are looking to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for just £30million.

    Mikel Arteta is desperate not to lose his 20-goal top scorer for nothing next year.

    The £60m Gabon striker is about to enter the final year of his Emirates contract — and has rebuffed all the club’s efforts to extend his stay.

    Now Gunners hierarchy appear happy to let him leave for half of what they paid for him, with the coronavirus pandemic slashing funds in the transfer market.

    With the threat of a fourth successive season out of the Champions League looming, Arsenal have already agreed a 12.5 per cent pay cut with most of their players to tide them through the global crisis.

    Now former Gunners midfielder Arteta is facing a major issue to overhaul his squad — and with a severely restricted transfer budget.

  • UP IS DOWN

    Arsenal and Manchester United have been dealt a huge blow in their pursuit to sign Dayot Upamecano with the player reportedly agreeing a deal to join Bayern Munich.

    The French centre-back is widely expected to leave RB Leipzig at the end of the season with the German side keen to offload him to avoid losing him on a free transfer next year.

    Mikel Arteta's side were believed to be in pole position to land him with the Gunners known to be long-term admirers of the 21-year-old.

    And the Red Devils had also identified him as a key target in the summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to find a defensive partner for Harry Maguire.

  • THROWBACK

    This was Sky Sports' first promo video for the Premier League back in its inaugural season in 1992/93.

    Check out young David Seaman (yes, complete with signature moustache).

  • SWAP IS ON

    Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign Chelsea winger Willian as a cut-price replacement for skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, reports MARK IRWIN.

    But the Gunners are now balking at Willian’s contract demands — as he prepares to quit Stamford Bridge as a free agent.

    The Brazilian ace is understood to be demanding a three-year deal which matches his current £120,000-a-week salary.

    Cash-strapped Arsenal are reluctant to tie themselves to such a long-term agreement for a player who will be 32 in August.

    But Willian’s agent Kia Joorabchian has become an increasingly influential figure at the Emirates over the past year.

    He also represents the Gunners’ technical director Edu — and negotiated the signings of David Luiz and the on-loan Cedric Soares.

  • FAB GESTURE

    Cesc Fabregas has offered to defer his entire £130,000-a-week wages for four months to help Monaco through the coronavirus crisis.

    The former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder has already accepted a 30 per cent pay cut for the next four months but has now gone one step further.

    The kind-hearted gesture from the highly-decorated Spaniard will save Monaco more than £2million.

    Fabregas, whose own great-grandmother, 95, contracted the virus, is also believed to have offered to top up the wages of Monaco’s training ground staff — who have seen their income slashed by nearly a third.

    His actions come after top European clubs have been locked in discussions with their players to take pay cuts during the pandemic.

  • UNDER THE HAMMER

    Declan Rice is the star name up for grabs as West Ham prepare for a huge squad overhaul.

    Club insiders say ‘nobody is safe’ from the cull which will be triggered partly by cash flow issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic but also because boss David Moyes wants to reshape the squad for the long term.

    And although Moyes would rather keep £70million-rated Rice, Chelsea are keen to re-sign the prospect they let go at 15.

    Manchester United and Arsenal have also been linked with the England holding midfielder, 21, who has become a key player for the Hammers.

    N’Golo Kante, talented rookie Billy Gilmour and Jorginho are competing for two midfield spots at Chelsea.

    It is most likely Brazil-born Italy international Jorginho, 28, would be allowed to leave to make way for Rice’s return.

  • AUBA AND OUT

    Arsenal are ready to sell captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for just £30m, writes SunSport's Mark Irwin.

    With the players having already agreed a wage cut, it is clear that the Gunners will have a severely restricted transfer budget this summer.

    And they will therefore stick rigidly to Raul Sanllehi's policy of selling any player who reaches the final year of their contract without signing a new deal – including Aubameyang.

    The Gunners are also reported to be in a strong position to bring in Willian on a free transfer to add some extra firepower up front.

    Technical director Edu has an excellent relationship with Willian's agent Kia Joorabchian and the Gunners are believed to be front runners for the Chelsea star's signature.

    However, they will want him to modify his demands of a three-year deal on his current £120,000-a-year salary for the transfer to go through.

  • GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Yesterday was a busy day as Premier League stars abroad face a two-week quarantine headache with clubs set to recall stars for training restart.

    Prem chiefs have also been given a four week deadline by Uefa to produce restart plans for the season plan to resume in June before mid-July finish and start next season in August after coronavirus delay.

    And the House of Commons was told the government is in talks with England’s top flight to return ASAP to boost bored fans and to 'support whole football community'.

    Gunners stars arrived for training as they became the first Premier League club to return to action after 47 days of isolation.

    In transfer news, Man Utd transfer target Wilfred Ndidi insists he is happy at Leicester with Arsenal showing interest.

    The Gunners have reportedly 'pulled out' of contract negotiations with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after months of talks amid Man Utd transfer interest.

    And Dani Ceballos is hopeful he can leave and return to Real Madrid but admits he has not spoken to Zinedine Zidane about his future.

    There was a boost for the North Londoners as Napoli pulled out the race for Samuel Umtiti as they cannot afford Barcelona star's £44m fee.

    And everyone’s apparent target Declan Rice could be sold as West Ham prepare for huge overhaul of their squad.

    Elsewhere, Arsenal legend Ray Parlour slammed the club’s lack of leaders… but defended Mesut Ozil over the pay-cut row.

    And Wojciech Szczesny revealed all over getting caught smoking in Arsenal changing room and how it ended his career at club.

    Finally, Gunners old boy Cesc Fabregas has offered to defer his ENITRE £130,000-a-week wages to help Monaco during coronavirus.

  • ALL HANDS ON DEC

    Declan Rice is the star name up for grabs as West Ham prepare for a massive squad overhaul.

    Club insiders say ‘nobody is safe’ from the cull which will be triggered partly by cash flow issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic but also because boss David Moyes wants to reshape the squad for the long term.

    And although Moyes would rather keep £70million-rated Rice, Chelsea are keen to re-sign the prospect they let go at 15.

    Manchester United and Arsenal have also been linked with the England holding midfielder, 21, who has become a key player for the Hammers.

    N’Golo Kante, talented rookie Billy Gilmour and Jorginho are competing for two midfield spots at Chelsea.

    It is most likely Brazilian Jorginho, 28, would be allowed to leave to make way for Rice’s return.

  • FOUR YOU TO SORT IT

    Premier League chiefs have been handed a four-week Uefa deadline to produce their restart plans.

    The directive has come from Uefa president  Aleksander Ceferin and general secretary Theodore Theodoridis.

    But the chances of any football in Europe getting the green light have suffered a blow.

    A new circular stated: “National Associations and/or Leagues should be in a position to communicate to Uefa by May 25, 2020, the planned restart of their domestic competitions — including the date of restart and the  competition format.”

  • FAB MOVE

    Cesc Fabregas has offered to defer his entire £130,000-a-week wages for four months to help Monaco through the coronavirus crisis.

    The former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder has already accepted a 30 per cent pay cut for the next four months but has now gone one step further.

    The kind-hearted gesture from the highly- decorated Spaniard will save Monaco more than £2million.Fabregas, whose own great-grandmother, 95, contracted the virus, is also believed to have offered to top up the wages of Monaco’s training ground staff — who have seen their income slashed by nearly a third.His actions come after top European clubs have been locked in discussions with their players to take pay cuts during the pandemic.

  • WILL TO WIN

    Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign Chelsea winger Willian as a cut-price replacement for skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    But the Gunners are now balking at Willian’s contract demands — as he prepares to quit Stamford Bridge as a free agent.

    The Brazilian ace is understood to be demanding a three-year deal which matches his current £120,000-a-week salary.

    Cash-strapped Arsenal are reluctant to tie themselves to such a long-term agreement for a player who will be 32 in August.

    But Willian’s agent Kia Joorabchian has become an increasingly influential figure at the Emirates over the past year.

  • THE GAME IS AFOOT

    Europe's major leagues are ready to give football fans a huge lockdown tonic – with the Prem and especially the Bundesliga firming up plans to resume action.

    England's top flight clubs will tuck into “Project Restart at a meeting on Friday while the German League could resume as early as May 9 – although in Spain LaLiga chiefs are being more cautious.

    Read the full story here.

  • OH LE-NO!

    Bernd Leno finished runner-up in the stayhomewithpes tournament yesterday, losing out 1-0 to Schalke in the final.

  • ICYMI

    I SHOULD HAVE CUT IT OUT

    Wojciech Szczesny has revealed exactly what happened after he was caught smoking in the Arsenal dressing room.

    Speaking about the incident on the Arsenal Nation podcast, he said: “Back at that time I was smoking regularly and the boss knew it very well.

    “He just didn’t want anybody smoking in the dressing rooms and I knew that also.

    “I went in the corner of the showers, so it was at the other end of the dressing room and nobody could see me, and I lit one up.

    “Somebody saw me, it wasn’t even the boss himself, and just reported it back to the boss.

    “I saw him a couple of days later, he asked me if that was true and I said ‘yes’.”

  • KEEP SAFE

    Arsenal have joined in the keeperchallenge with this impressive footage of Bernd Leno from this season's North London derby at the Emirates.

  • IN AUBA YOUR HEAD

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be set to leave Arsenal in the summer after reports of a fresh setback in his contract situation.

    Negotiations over Aubameyang’s £200,000-a-week deal have been protracted and the financial hit being experienced by the Premier League club has made a pay rise even less likely.

    And SunSport explored five clubs the Gabonese could go to this summer…

    MAN UTD

    CHELSEA

    PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

    BARCELONA

    SHANGHAI SIPG

    Read full details here.

  • BREAKING NEWS!

    Premier League football is looking to return ASAP with chiefs holding crunch talks with the government.

    Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Oliver Dowden told the House of Commons that he is speaking with Prem chiefs about a plan to bring football back to the public sooner than expected.

    He said: “I personally have been in talks with the Premier League with a view to getting football up and running as soon as possible in order to support the whole football community.”

  • UM 'N NAH

    Arsenal have been handed a transfer boost as Napoli pull out the race for Samuel Umtiti as they cannot afford Barcelona star's £45m fee.

    The Frenchman, 26, was high on the Serie A club's summer wishlist before the coronavirus crisis cast a shadow over big-money transfer plans.

    According to Sport, Napoli have backed down from the former St Etienne man due to his £45m price, given the financial uncertainty amid the coronavirus crisis.

    Transfer market fees are set to drop with no more megabucks £90m-plus moves as clubs are raking in zero income due to the killer virus putting football across the globe on hold.

    The Serie A side were interested in Umtiti as a replacement for Manchester United transfer target Kalidou Koulibaly.

  • I SHOULD HAVE CUT IT OUT

    Wojciech Szczesny has revealed exactly what happened after he was caught smoking in the Arsenal dressing room.

    Speaking about the incident on the Arsenal Nation podcast, he said: “Back at that time I was smoking regularly and the boss knew it very well.

    “He just didn’t want anybody smoking in the dressing rooms and I knew that also.

    “I went in the corner of the showers, so it was at the other end of the dressing room and nobody could see me, and I lit one up.

    “Somebody saw me, it wasn’t even the boss himself, and just reported it back to the boss.

    “I saw him a couple of days later, he asked me if that was true and I said ‘yes’.”

  • PRICE DROP

    Lionel Messi’s estimated price tag is at just under £101million as the world's most expensive players have seen their valuations drop due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Barcelona legend, 32, is the only person in the list above the age of 30, while Jadon Sancho, Kai Havertz and Joao Felix are the youngest to feature with the trio aged just 20.

    Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo isn't even included in the top 25 most valuable players as Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe sits top of the pile.

    The CIES Football Observatory recently stated how players could see their value drop by 28 per cent with clubs losing money due to the Covid-19 crisis.

    And according to Transfermarkt, every footballer has seen their stock drop, which includes the six Premier League players in the top ten.

    Mbappe, still only 21, has been named as the most valuable player in world football, with the 2018 World Cup winner's price tag estimated at £162m.

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