1.30pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Gabriel Magalhaes ‘offer ACCEPTED’, Lacazette Juventus TOP target, Sanllehi LATEST – The Sun

ARSENAL have reportedly had an offer accepted for Gabriel Magalhaes with the Brazilian now set to choose between the Gunners and Napoli.

And to fund a spending spree, the Gunners may have moved closer to selling Alexandre Lacazette, as the Frenchman is reported to be Juventus' top target.

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

  • ARSENAL'S TRANSFER PLANS

    Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham is expecting an unusual transfer market amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    He said: “I think it's going to be a challenging transfer window post-coronavirus, it's going to be unusual and it's going to be challenging.

    “But we'll continue to work hard to deliver on our objectives to strengthen the squad and Edu and Mikel have a really clear plan around how they'd like to do that.”

    The Gunners have already secured the signing of Chelsea midfielder Willian on a free transfer.

  • ARSENAL'S TRANSFER PLANS

    Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham has outlined the Gunners' plans for the transfer market.

    Head of football Raul Sanllehi left Arsenal on Saturday, in a move that will see technical director Edu and head coach Mikel Arteta lead the club's recruitment process.

    Venkatesham said: “We have, in Edu and Mikel, two individuals who are responsible for our technical plan.

    “Of course, [that is] overseen by me and the board, but those two are the experts and they have a very, very clear plan about how they want to rebalance our squad in the short term, in the medium term and in the long term.

    “We're starting to work on that immediately in this transfer window.”

  • SHEAF TO COVENTRY

    Arsenal youngster Ben Sheaf is on the verge of a move to Coventry.

    The Gunners have accepted a £750,000 bid for the 22-year-old who spent last season on at League 1 side Doncaster Rovers.

    However, personal terms are yet to be agreed which has led Coventry to weigh up other targets.

    Mark Robins' side will play Championship football for the first time since 2012 next season.

  • SANLLEHI LATEST

    Following head of football Raul Sanllehi's departure from the club, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will havea greater influence on transfer decisions at the Emirates.

    Managing director Vinai Venkatesham has absorbed Sanllehi's role as the Gunners attempt to streamline their recruitment process.

    Arteta will now work closely with technical director Edu to decide transfer targets, with Venkatesham signing off budgets, and the Arsenal head coach having the final say on all arrivals and departures.

  • PARL OF WISDOM

    Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has called on his former club to sign out-of-favour Manchester City defender John Stones.

    The 26-year-old has been linked with Chelsea in recent weeks but Parlour would like to see him turn out at the Emirates.

    He said: “I think there will be a lot of clubs interested. Will he go? I'd love to see him at Arsenal.

    “Whether they can get the money up front and have the money to buy him is another matter.”

  • GABRIEL BID ACCEPTED

    Arsenal have had a bid accepted for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes, according to reports.

    Le 10 Sport claim the Gunners and Napoli have both had offers of £27million plus bonuses accepted and are now waiting on adecision from the player.

    Arsenal have already added French central defender William Saliba to their squad this summer but adding a left-footed centre-back, such as the Brazilian, is a priority for Mikel Arteta.

    Napoli have led the race for Gabriel for some time though, and the Gunners will have a fight on their hands to convince the 22-year-old his next destination should be north London.

  • GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Thomas Partey has been told to snub Arsenal and stay at Atletico Madrid because “they always have Champions League football”.

    The stark warning came from his Ghana national team boss CK Akonnor who wants the midfielder to stay pout this summer.

    Reported by CitiSports, Akonnor said: “Honestly, I wouldn’t want him to move to Arsenal because with Atletico, he will always play Champions League football.

    “His position is guaranteed and he will always play.

    “With Arsenal, I’m not too sure. Arsenal fans will kill me [for saying he should not join the Gunners].

    Meanwhile, Arsenal chief Edu has hailed the arrival of Willian on a free transfer from Chelsea.

    He said: “To balance the squad properly, we need to sell players, to buy players and that takes time, not just day and night.

    “It will take time but with Willian, we've started a big process. We've identified the needs in the squad and he's the one to start to rebalance the squad as we want to.

    “I am really excited and really happy to have a player like Willian because I'm convinced he'll be the one to impact the team straight away.”

    Finally, Alan Smith reckons William Saliba can be Arsenal's very own Virgil van Dijk.

    Smith said: “Saliba, by all accounts, has tremendous potential as a classy defender in the Virgil van Dijk mould.

    “I can just imagine Arteta on that training ground, working hard with the 19-year-old to instil good habits.”

  • TOUGH SAL

    Alan Smith reckons William Saliba can be Arsenal's very own Virgil van Dijk.

    The centre-back is finally ready to play for the Gunners after joining from St Etienne.

    Smith said: “Saliba, by all accounts, has tremendous potential as a classy defender in the Virgil van Dijk mould.

    “I can just imagine Arteta on that training ground, working hard with the 19-year-old to instil good habits.

    “Depending on how that goes, we might see the Frenchman let loose early on. Next to whom is another matter though.”

  • THE HATEFUL EIGHT

    Arsenal are ready to axe eight senior stars this summer.

    Mikel Arteta has informed chiefs he has no use for some big names in his squad, claims The Star.

    The players reportedly are threat are Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Shkodran Mustafi, Mohamed Elneny, Calum Chambers and Matteo Guendouzi

  • WHERE THERE'S A WILL

    Arsenal chief Edu has hailed the arrival of Willian on a free transfer from Chelsea.

    He said: “To balance the squad properly, we need to sell players, to buy players and that takes time, not just day and night.

    “It will take time but with Willian, we've started a big process. We've identified the needs in the squad and he's the one to start to rebalance the squad as we want to.

    “I am really excited and really happy to have a player like Willian because I'm convinced he'll be the one to impact the team straight away.”

  • WHEN THE PARTEY’S OVER

    Thomas Partey has been told to snub Arsenal and stay at Atletico Madrid because “they always have Champions League football”.

    The stark warning came from his Ghana national team boss CK Akonnor who wants the midfielder to stay pout this summer.

    Reported by CitiSports, Akonnor said: “Honestly, I wouldn’t want him to move to Arsenal because with Atletico, he will always play Champions League football.

    “His position is guaranteed and he will always play.

    “With Arsenal, I’m not too sure. Arsenal fans will kill me [for saying he should not join the Gunners].

    “I hope that, and I’m sure money issues will come in, but I hope that whatever he asks for, Atletico will be able to pay.”

  • GUNNER GO

    Arsenal are reportedly set to offload Lucas Torreira in a swap deal with Roma for Amadou Diawara.

    Italian paper Il Romanista reports Torreira has agreed to the deal after Arsenal decided against a £45million move for Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey.

    Club chiefs appear to have found a cut-price option by bringing Diawara in without splashing any cash.

    Roma had reportedly slapped a £27m asking price on the 23-year-old.

  • WELCOME MATT

    Unai Emery is keen on linking up with Matteo Guendouzi at new club Villarreal.

    Football Insider claims the unwanted Arsenal midfielder looks set for a move to Spain this summer.

    Old boss Emery is ready to sign Guendouzi on loan with the option of a £30m switch in 2021.

    Guendouzi would become the second Gunner to join Villarreal this summer after they signed Francis Coquelin from Valencia.

  • PIE IN THE SKY

    Arsenal fans are dumbstruck after seeing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang listed as a MIDFIELDER in the new Fantasy Football season.

    The veteran has spent most of his career playing as a central striker.

    But his time at Arsenal has seen him mainly deployed on the left.

    However, Aubameyang continues to be Arsenal's top scorer with a striker's haul.

    And fans are baffled as to why he's now being classed as a midfielder.

  • SMITH EXCITED BY SALIBA

    Alan Smith believes Arsenal have signed their very own Virgil Van Dijk in new defender William Saliba.

    The Gunners signed Saliba from Saint-Etienne last summer but allowed the French side to keep him on loan for the 2019-20 season.

    Smith said: “Saliba, by all accounts, has tremendous potential as a classy defender in the Virgil van Dijk mould.

    “I can just imagine Arteta on that training ground, working hard with the 19-year-old to instil good habits.

    “Depending on how that goes, we might see the Frenchman let loose early on. Next to whom is another matter though.”

  • NO JOEL HEIST

    Arsenal are not considering a move for Sporting Lisbon teenager Joelson Fernandes, says his agent Kia Joorabchian.

    The Gunners were rumoured to have had two bids rejected for the 17-year-old winger earler this month but these claims have been refuted by Joorabchian.

    He said: “He's young and a phenomenal talent, but we've never, ever spoken about him to Arsenal.

    “I've probably seen about 25 articles about him and Arsenal and it's so untrue, because I've never even spoken about him, I've never even mentioned him to Arsenal.”

  • SANLLEHI LATEST

    Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke has released a joint statement with son Josh following the sudden departure of head of football Raul Sanllehi.

    Sanllehi was in charge of Arsenal's transfer strategy and the Kroenkes thanked him for his hard work in a statement posted to the club's website.

    They said: “Raul has made a big contribution during his time with us and will always be a part of the Arsenal family.

    “We thank him for all his hard work and expertise and wish him every future success.”

  • PARTEY POOPER

    Thomas Partey has been told by Ghana coach Charles Akonnor to reject a transfer to Arsenal.

    The 27-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to north London but the Gunners have so far been unable to afford the midfielder's £45million release clause.

    Akonnor said: “Honestly, I wouldn’t want him to move to Arsenal because with Atletico, he will always play Champions League football. His position is guaranteed and he will always play.

    “With Arsenal, and Arsenal fans will kill me [for saying this], I'm not too sure.”

  • WOODMAN TO SWANSEA

    Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman is set to head back to Swansea City on loan next season.

    The 23-year-old had been targeted by Arsenal, as well as Scottish champions Celtic, following an impressive loan spell at the Liberty Stadium.

    The Gunners were looking at Woodman as a potential replacement for the injured Bernd Leno before Emiliano Martinez's emergence.

    Woodman kept 12 clean sheets in 43 appearances for Swansea in 2019/20.

  • SANLLEHI LEAVES ARSENAL

    Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi has left the club with immediate effect.

    His role will be taken over by managing director Vinai Venkatesham.

    Sanllehi's departure comes days after it was reported the club were launching an investigation into the club record £72million signing of Nicolas Pepe last summer.

    Several key members of the Gunners' recruitment department were among the heavily-criticised 55 staff redundancies announced at the club this summer.

  • LEEDS IN FOR MARTINEZ

    Leeds United are among the teams chasing Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

    The 27-year-old claimed this week ten clubs in Europe have enquired about his availability following an impressive end to the season for the Gunners.

    After an injury to first-choice Bernd Leno, Martinez enjoyed his first run in the team since joining Arsenal eight years ago.

    The Argentine stopper helped Mikel Arteta's side to FA Cup glory and an eighth-place finish in the Premier League.

    Martinez wants assurances over whether he will remain first-choice once Leno returns before committing to the Gunners.

  • COUT-ING CORNERS

    Arsenal have “proposed a formula” for signing Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona this summer.

    The Brazilian has spent this season on loan at Bayern Munich and scored twice for the German giants in their 8-2 thrashing of his parent club in the Champions League quarter-finals.

    Bayern decided not to take up the option to sign Coutinho permanently meaning he would return to Barca this summer.

    Mundo Deportivo claim Arsenal have proposed taking the 28-year-old on loan with an option to sign him permanently next summer, in a similar format to the Bayern deal.

    Barca though, “need to sell” and will wait as long as possible before sanctioning any loan move.

  • NO GUEN DO

    According to L'Equipe, Arsenal have had a swap bid rejected for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.

    The Gunners offered frozen-out midfielder Matteo Guendouzi in return for the 22-year-old but the bid was rejected by Lyon.

    It is understood the Ligue 1 side would prefer a transfer fee paid in full rather than a swap deal.

    Aouar has contributed nine goals and eight assists for Lyon in 2019-20 and is also being tracked by Les Gones Champions League quarter-final opponents Manchester City.

  • TORR-AWAY

    Lucas Torreira is keen to join Roma this summer as the Gunners line up a swap deal involving the Uruguayan.

    Arsenal have been in discussions regarding a potential player exchange for Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara, 23, with Torreira going in the other direction.

    The two clubs maintain a good relationship after agreeing to extend Henrikh Mkhitaryan's loan spell in Italy last week.

    Torreira, 24, is likely to leave Arsenal this summer after failing to settle in London and a return to Serie A appears to be on the cards, with AC Milan also linked to the midfielder.

  • CLEAR-OUT

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta wants to clear out as many as EIGHT first-team players this summer, according to reports.

    After confirming the signing of Willian yesterday on a free transfer, sporting director Edu admitted the club will attempt to rebalance the squad in the transfer window.

    The Star claims the futures of Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Shkodran Mustafi, Mohamed Elneny, Calum Chambers and Matteo Guendouzi are all in doubt.

    Ozil and Guendouzi were both frozen out by Arteta following the season's restart while Mkhitaryan and Elneny spent this season out on loan at Roma and Besiktas, respectively.

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