5.10pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Juventus chief ‘IN LONDON for Lacazette’, Gabriel ‘deal AGREED’, Aubameyang contract – The Sun

ARSENAL have reportedly won the race to sign Lille's Gabriel Magalhaes, in what could be a very good day on the transfer front.

Other reports claim that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has verbally agreed a new deal at the Emirates and Alexandre Lacazette's representatives are holding talks with Juventus in London.

Get all the latest news and transfer gossip from North London here…

  • WI-UNITED

    Willian is delighted to be reunited with old pal David Luiz at Arsenal.

    The two shared a dressing room for years with Chelsea but first met as youngsters in Brazil when they were just eight years old.

    Willian told Arsenal Digital: “He's very happy. We played together in the national team, we played together at Chelsea, and now at Arsenal again. I think we can do great things together, I hope so, but I'm very happy to be with him again.

    “He said, 'Come to Arsenal, come to Arsenal, I want you to come!' So that was the conversation. He is a very nice guy, a top player and I'm very excited to play with him again.

    “Of course [he helped in the past], many times. Many times when I had difficult times at Chelsea he was helping me a lot. He is this kind of person that wants to help, especially young players without experience. He is the guy that helps everyone.”

  • BRAZILIANT

    New Arsenal signing Willian raved about the potential of youngster Gabriel Martinelli.

    The former Chelsea wideman, 32, believes his compatriot has the ability to reach the top.

    He told Arsenal Digital: “He has a great future I think.

    “He can be one of the best players in the Premier League, no doubt. 

    “It's because of his quality and also without the ball you can see that he is always trying to help his team and do the job without the ball. So I think he can be one of the best players.

    “I think when he starts to play again, I know he is injured now, but when he starts again, it's about time for him to go to the Brazilian national team.”

  • GUNNER BE TOUGH

    William Saliba should not expect to stroll straight into the Arsenal line-up, according to club legend Martin Keown.

    Saliba was signed for £27million last summer but was immediately loaned back to St Etienne.

    But the 19-year-old is set for his debut next term and fans are hopeful he could be the answer to their defensive issues.

    But Keown told The Independent: “There definitely is [pressure on Saliba].

    “It is one of those where I would have been happier if Arsenal had paid more money and brought him in straight at the start of last season.

    “There have long-been questions over the Arsenal defence and Saliba was expensive, but he is also young and has not played that many professional games.

    “It can’t be expected that he will walk straight into Arsenal, right into the team and be on it from the off.”

  • PAUL YOUR SOCKS UP!

    Paul Ince has been mocked for falsely suggesting Arsenal don't have statues of club legends Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp.

    The former Manchester United midfielder was discussing the news that Man City are to honour David Silva's legacy with a statue outside the Eithad.

    Live on BT Sport, he said: “You look at the Henry’s and Bergkamp’s and he’s up there.

    “But I don’t see a statue of Bergkamp or Henry outside the Arsenal so…”

    But Arsenal DO have statues of their iconic pair, Henry's was erected in 2011 and Bergkamp's three years later.

    And fans were quick to pounce on the error suggesting Ince should have done his homework.

  • OLD LADY ON TOUR

    Juventus transfer chief Fabio Paratici is reportedly jetting into London in a bid to sign Alexandre Lacazette or Raul Jimenez.

    Bolstering their frontline is thought to be a key area for the Old Lady this summer with the chief football officer heading to England with goals on his mind.

    According to La Stampa, via TuttoMercatoWeb, Lacazette is the primary target for Juventus.

    The 29-year-old has emerged as a candidate for the Serie A champions across the Italian media with certain outlets detailing a potential swap deal.

    Gonzalo Higuain, Douglas Costa or Cristian Romero are all reportedly on the table should Arsenal be content with an exchange proposal.

    A price tag of around £30million is thought to be placed on the Frenchman's head after 12 goals last season.

  • GIFT OF THE GAB

    Arsenal have beaten Manchester United and Napoli to the signing Gabriel Magalhaes, after AGREEING a £22million fee with Lille, according to reports.

    The Mail reports that a deal has been struck with the Ligue 1 side for the Brazilian centre-back, 22.

    The news will be music to the ears of Gunners fans, who are hoping to see him alongside William Saliba next season.

    But it is also a vote of confidence in manager Mikel Arteta, who has started turning the club around since taking over in December.

    It appears the Gunners have managed to convince Gabriel to move to North London over their illustrious rivals.

  • BIG PAYDAY

    Here is how Mesut Ozil's almighty salary compares to his team-mates, including new signing Willian.

  • ART OF NEGOTIATION

    Mikel Arteta is already lining up a plan B if his bid for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes fails.

    Arsenal have been battling Manchester United and Napoli for the 22-year-old Brazilian’s signature.

    And they appear to have beaten the Italians to it after they failed to offload Kalidou Koulibaly in time to raise the £25million needed to bring in Magalhaes.

    However, the deal is not yet done and Arteta is said to be keeping his options open, according to Goal.

    The Spaniard, 38, had been monitoring 22-year-old French starlet Axel Disasi before he completed his move from Reims to Monaco for £12m earlier this month.

    He is also said to have held talks with fellow French youngster Malang Sarr, 21, who is a free agent after leaving Nice.

  • HE'S OUT OF LUK

    Lukas Podolski has launched a furious defence of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil.

    He said in the Athletic: “He's good enough, with support from the coach and the team, but something has happened with the club, you can feel that.

    “Is he in a disagreement with the club? When I talk to him, we don't want to talk to him about that kind of stuff.

    “It's his situation, him and his agent have to deal with that.

    “He's a good character — he's not an a******.

    “He doesn't do interviews where he speaks badly of his team-mates or of Arsenal and it's a shame we have this situation because everyone is losing.”

  • WAITING NEARLY AUBA

    Arsenal are reportedly drawing up the formal paperwork for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s new contract.

    The Gunners club captain, 31, has just one year remaining on his current Emirates deal.

    And there were suggestions he would be off this summer with interest from Barcelona, Inter Milan and even Chelsea and Manchester United.

    But after his match-winning performance in the FA Cup final a fortnight ago, Arsenal have been working hard to get an extension finalised.

    According to the Daily Mail, Aubameyang has verbally agreed to sign a new three-year deal worth £250,000-per-week.

    The report adds that the finishing touches on the striker’s contract are being prepared by Arsenal chiefs ahead of his return to pre-season training.

  • YOU CAN'T HAVE JIM

    Wolves have rejected Juventus' offer of Aaron Ramsey plus cash to land star man Raul Jimenez, according to reports.

    The Mexican striker has been linked with a move away from the Molineux this summer after the club failed to seal European football.

    Manchester United have also reportedly shown an interest with Mexico's manager urging him to join Old Trafford.

    But Corriere dello Sport write how the Old Lady have made the first move and have offered Welsh international Ramsey as a makeweight in the deal.

    Former Arsenal star Ramsey, 29, is rumoured to be heading for the exit door following Andrea Pirlo's appointment.

    The Italian has a hugely congested midfield and is believed to be open to offers for the former Arsenal man.

  • STOOD UP

    Arsenal have been dealt a major blow in their quest to sign Dayot Upamecano with Real Madrid keen to bring the defender to Spain.

    The RB Leipzig centre-back put an end to speculation regarding his future last month when he agreed a contract extension until 2023.

    His previous deal was due to expire next year, leading Arsenal to become hopeful they could snap him up this summer.

    It was believed that the Gunners were in pole position to sign the 21-year-old – who has a £40million release clause in his contract which can be activated next year.

    But they now face competition from Los Blancos to secure his services, with Zinedine Zidane identifying him as the long-term replacement for Sergio Ramos.

    According to AS, Real were left impressed by Upamecano’s man of the match display in the Champions League quarter-final win against Atletico Madrid.

  • DINE OUT FOR DINZ

    Arsenal are set to sign defender Jonathan Dinzeyi, who has been released by Tottenham.

    According to the Athletic, the centre-back, 20, is being drafted in by Mikel Arteta’s side after being released by their North London rivals last month.

    The England Under-18 international has not played a single minute under Jose Mourinho and featured in a friendly in 2018.

    It would be likely Dinzeyi would be a fourth or fifth-choice centre-back at the Emirates, but Arteta clearly thinks he can use the player.

    Arsenal are keen to sign players they can develop to their squad and Dinzeyi would represent exactly that.

  • HERE WE KOE

    Arsene Wenger has offered to succeed Barcelona-bound Ronald Koeman as Netherlands boss.

    That's Fox Sports' claim as Koeman overtook Xavi and Mauricio Pochettino as favourite to replace sacked Barca chief Quique Setien.

    Wenger admits he still craves another hands-on role, having departed Arsenal in 2018 after a legendary reign of 22 years.

    He told Europe 1 earlier this month: “Every day I want to train, I’ve been doing this all my life.

    “I’m 70 years old, I gave a lot. Should I play Russian roulette a bit, even when it comes to my health?

    “I can’t do things by halves, so I ask myself this question.”

  • AUBA THE MOON

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has verbally agreed a new Arsenal deal, according to reports.

    The Gunners captain will earn a minimum of £250,000-a-week under his new contract, which is now being drawn up.

    Both club and player are hoping a new deal can be finalised before Aubameyang's return to pre-season training.

  • GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Football’s return to pre-season training has been thrown into chaos by the quarantine rules.

    And players have been warned they cannot cheat the system by holidaying in a country outside the UK’s safe list then fly back from a different country which does not require 14 days of isolation.

    The Premier League has written to every club to alert them anyone who has travelled to any of the 155 nations with high levels of Covid-19 must go into lockdown before returning to work.

    Even those testing negative for coronavirus will not be exempted.

    It has been suggested that some anxious players have been holidaying in Spain and then returned to the UK via Greece or Germany to avoid going into quarantine.

    A Government spokesperson said: “If you have been in a country that is not exempt from our travel restrictions, you must self-isolate for 14 days.

    “If you travel from that country to one which is exempt for, say, four days, you will still need to isolate for ten days when you return to the UK.”

    And with most top-flight teams returning to training this week, it has left a number of stars struggling to beat the deadline.

    Elsewhere, Arsenal reportedly 'agreed a new contract with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang' with the skipper set to sign long-term £250k-a-week deal.

    And Lukas Podolski slammed the criticism faced by his former Germany teammate Mesut Ozil.

    He told the Athletic: “He's good enough (to be their main man) with support from the coach and the team, but something has happened with the club, you can feel that.

    “Is he in a disagreement with the club?

    “When I talk to him, we don't want to talk to him about that kind of stuff. It's his situation, him and his agent have to deal with that.

    'He's a good character — he's not an a**hole. He doesn't do interviews where he speaks badly of his team-mates or of Arsenal and it's a shame we have this situation because everyone is losing.

    “Ozil is sat in the stands, Arsenal are paying him and there is no winner.”

  • LOCK OUT

    Football's return to pre-season training has been thrown into chaos by the quarantine rules.

    And players have been warned they cannot cheat the system by holidaying in a country outside the UK’s safe list then fly back from a different country which does not require 14 days of isolation.

    The Premier League has written to every club to alert them anyone who has travelled to any of the 155 nations with high levels of Covid-19 must go into lockdown before returning to work. Even those testing negative for coronavirus will not be exempted.

    It has been suggested that some anxious players have been holidaying in Spain and then returned to the UK via Greece or Germany to avoid going into quarantine.

    A Government spokesperson said: “If you have been in a country that is not exempt from our travel restrictions, you must self-isolate for 14 days.

    “If you travel from that country to one which is exempt for, say, four days, you will still need to isolate for ten days when you return to the UK.”

  • GOOD WILLING

    As part of Arsenal's online celebrations for Thierry Henry's birthday, they uploaded a picture of Women's star Leah Williamson wearing his shirt when she was a kid.

    https://twitter.com/ArsenalWFC/status/1295379608200609792?s=20

  • DAN FOR IT

    Juventus will offer Arsenal Daniele Rugani in a swap deal for Hector Bellerin, according to reports.

    The Gunners have been heavily linked with the Italian in the past.

    And the Serie A champs will try and tempt the North Londoners with him to try and prise their Spanish right-back to Italy, according to TuttoJuve.

  • LUK ELSEWHERE

    Ex-Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski claims Mesut Ozil is not an a**hole.

    He told the Athletic: “He's good enough (to be their man man) with support from the coach and the team, but something has happened with the club, you can feel that.

    “Is he in a disagreement with the club?

    “When I talk to him, we don't want to talk to him about that kind of stuff. It's his situation, him and his agent have to deal with that.

    'He's a good character — he's not an a**hole. He doesn't do interviews where he speaks badly of his team-mates or of Arsenal and it's a shame we have this situation because everyone is losing.

    “Ozil is sat in the stands, Arsenal are paying him and there is no winner.”

  • GOAL MACHINE

    Thierry Henry won the Golden Boot a staggering FOUR times during his time at Arsenal.

  • AU-REVOIR ALEXANDRE

    Arsenal would listen to offers for Alexandre Lacazette, according to ESPN.

    Speaking on TalkSPORT, football journalist James Olley said: “I think the club would be open to listening to offers for Lacazette.

    “He’s got two years left on his contract, he’s not been happy there and he was particularly unhappy under Unai Emery.

    “I thought after the restart there were signs of life in him again; he was coming deeper to be more involved, he was really helping to link the play well ,and I thought he played well in the FA Cup semi-final and final.

    “But he’s 29 and you get into a stage where either you re-sign him or you sell him now while he’s got some negotiation power.

    “It would raise some funds; they could get £30m, maybe a little more, for him.”

  • MATT HIS MARK

    Arsenal youngster Matt Smith has joined newly-promoted League One side Swindon Town on loan for the 2020/21 season.

    A Gunners statement read: “The 19-year-old has been at the club since under-9 level and progressed through our Hale End Youth Academy, signing his first professional contract with us in February 2019.

    “A composed midfielder, the Harlow-born youngster captained us to the Under-18 Premier League South title in 2018/19, playing every single minute during the victorious campaign.

    “Matt was a regular in the under-23s last season and frequently trained with the first-team squad.

    “His fine performances were rewarded with his selection into the first-team matchday squad on six occasions after the season’s restart, including being an unused substitute in our Heads Up FA Cup final victory over Chelsea.

  • WHERE WIL HE GO?!

    Wilfried Zaha is reportedly set to spark a three-way transfer scrap this summer ahead of his expected Crystal Palace exit.

    Sky Sports claim Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and Monaco have all expressed an interest in the Ivorian.

    Arsenal and Everton both tried to sign the 27-year-old last summer but were priced out of a move with Palace asking for £80million.

    The former Manchester United winger also played down an Instagram video of him pointing at a huge “Zaha to Arsenal” sign in a nightclub.

    However, he is still keen on leaving Selhurst Park and Palace are prepared to let him go for the right price.

  • 'WORTH EVERY SECOND'

    An Arsenal megafan has made good on his promise to name his newborn daughter after Mesut Ozil.

    Back in the spring, Jack Robinson tweeted the 31-year-old asking for a message that would guide his wife in picking a name for their baby.

    And after young Mara's arrival last week, the Gooner revealed he had followed through on his promise.

    Jack optimistically tweeted the star in March, writing: “Wife is expecting in July she said if I can get you to reply I can name the kid Ozil, don't let me down.”

    Ozil got back in touch to confirm the deal was on, tweeting: “It's a deal mate. I don't let you down.

    “Now it's your turn. I want to see the birth certificate of your kid in July.”

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