Arsenal Round-Up: Battle For Brazilian Defender, New Deal For Saka, French No.9 Forward on Radar

By | June 1, 2020

Arsenal set to make summer move for 27-year-old La Liga defender

Arsenal are reportedly contemplating whether to make a summer move for Diego Carlos.

Liverpool have also been rumoured with a move for the Sevilla defender as they look to strengthen in the defensive third of the pitch, Jurgen Klopp has identified Sevilla star as a perfect defensive partner for Virgil van Dijk.

Due to the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic, it has previously been suggested that the Gunners will not be major players in the upcoming transfer window.

However, according to El Desmarque, the North London club head-coach, Mikel Arteta is keen to secure a contract for the 27-year-old defender after an impressive first season at Sevilla.

Since making a move from Nantes, Carlos has played 31 games in all competitions, which includes 25 starts in the Spanish top-tier.

Although the Gunners will not contemplate paying the player’s release clause, believed to be around £67.5m, the Premier League outfits may attempt to negotiate a deal with Sevilla to lower the asking price as neither Liverpool and Arsenal are refusing to pay his full release clause.

La Liga another defender Pau Torres has been also a transfer target for both Liverpool and Arsenal.

Arsenal keen on to agree on a new deal for versatile forward

Saka’s current contract at Arsenal is set to end next summer, with Liverpool are said to be keeping tabs on developments surrounding the youngster.

The Gunners are reportedly confident of tying their starlet down to a new long-term deal at the Emirates Stadium despite interest from Premier League rivals, while La Liga giants Valencia also eyeing a move for his services.

The 18-year-old has enjoyed a stellar breakthrough season with the Gunners scoring three goals and providing nine assists across all competitions from the left-back position.

However, Saka’s future at the North London club has been the subject of much speculation recently, however, Mikel Arteta’s side are believed to be hopeful of keeping the talented versatile forward on the books at the Emirates.

According to Football.london writer James Benge, Saka has not yet signed a new deal with the Gunner, however, Mikel Arteta’s side are confident that he will remain at the Emirates Stadium and sign new long-term contract.

Benge also echoed previous reports that Arteta’s side were not looking to secure the services of Philippe Coutinho in the summer, and a potential move for La Liga giants Atletico Madrid midfield destroyer Thomas Partey is likely to be hindered by the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic.

Arsenal determined to sign 22-goals French forward

Arsenal have reportedly made talks with the entourage of Lyon forward Moussa Dembele over a proposed move for the centre-forward in the summer.

The French forward has been linked with a number of top European teams including Premier League rivals Liverpool.

Earlier this week it was reported that the Merseyside Reds have cooled interest in Timo Werner as they refuse to meet his release clause and Dembele seems to be a cheaper alternative.

The Gunners could be forced to sell their skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the summer transfer window if the Gabon international forward does not agree on terms over a new contract, and the North London club have supposedly made their interest in 23-year-old French forward clear amid speculation over Aubameyang’s future.

According to L’Equipe, the Gunners have been in touch with the player’s agents regarding a potential switch, however, Dembele’s price tag could potentially scupper a deal.

The report suggests that Lyon are holding out for a fee of £60m for their star player, and the Gunners have turned their attention to swap deals and securing the services of free agents given the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic.

Dembele has managed to found back of the net 22 times across all competitions for Ligue 1 giants during the 2019-20 season, with top-flight football in France concluded early following the ongoing outbreak.