Arsenal transfer news and rumours: £100m Nkunku price tag accepted, Bissouma and Raphinha latest
he English transfer market is open with Arsenal ready to splash the cash this summer.
Mikel Arteta is clear that a new attacker will be integral to their push for a top-four finish next season and Christopher Nkunku has emerged as a top target.
Leeds winger Raphinha is also on the Gunners’ agenda after Alexandre Lacazette left the club.
Yves Bissouma has been touted as an option to bolster their midfield particularly with reports out of Italy suggesting Juventus want Thomas Partey.
Here is your latest update of Arsenal transfer news and rumours…
Arsenal are willing to pay £100million to land RB Leipzig winger Nkunku, according to The Independent.
Paris Saint-Germain appear to be the Gunners’ main rivals in bidding for the Frenchman after Manchester United dropped out of the running due to Leipzig’s big price tag.
The Bundesliga side are intent on keeping Nkunku for another season and have reportedly offered him a new contract. Liverpool have also been linked but appear unlikely to get involved after signing Darwin Nunez.
Tottenham have struck a telling blow in their summer battle with Arsenal by having a £25m offer for Bissouma accepted by Brighton.
According to The Times, the midfielder will undergo a medical on Thursday after agreeing a five-year contract.
The Gunners have been caught napping on this deal with Spurs acting decisively by swooping for their third signing of the summer, who only has a year left on his Brighton contract.
Raphinha and his agent, ex-Portugal star Deco, have reportedly shut down any offers not from Barcelona as they look to secure a move to the Camp Nou.
Arsenal were credited with strong interest in the Leeds winger with reports suggesting a £47m fee would be enough to secure his services.
Yet Sport say the Brazilian is only be interested in Barcelona, who are raising funds for the deal by selling Frenkie de Jong.
Italian outlet Tuttosport outline Juventus’ plans to expand their midfield beyond the imminent signing of Paul Pogba.
Arsenal’s Partey is seen as a key signing should they successfully move on Brazilian playmaker Arthur Melo.
In fact, an exchange deal between the clubs for Partey and Arthur is interestingly, and rather ambitiously, talked up too.