Arsenal have three signings in the bag but there’s still lots of work to do in the remaining 32 days of the transfer window.
Here’s our latest gossip round-up.
According to Turkish sources, Fenerbahce, who have already been linked with Cedric Soares, are keeping tabs on Sead amid suggestions he’s angling for his Arsenal contract to be terminated prematurely. Perhaps Mesut needs a body guard? After signing Nuno Tavares as back-up to Kieran Tierney, it’s pretty obvious that the left-back doesn’t have a future at the Emirates but whether we’re ready to call it quits without looking for a transfer fee remains to be seen.
The Athletic claims Arsenal have been alerted to the availability of the Argentina international during Hector Bellerin-related talks with the Serie A champions. The Gunners are tempted by the chance to sign the 23-year-old striker at a doable price with Inter trying to raise funds this summer. Alex Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah would likely have to make way for any such deal to proceed. In response, Sport Mediaset have already suggested Martinez won’t be interested in a move to England if Champions League football isn’t on offer. At least we can tell him we’re not in the Europa Conference League…
Several sources, including Goal.com and Brazilian sites Lance and Globo Esporte, say Arsenal have made contact with the Lyon midfielder. Given Granit Xhaka appears to be staying at Arsenal, it’s questionable whether we’re still looking at the 23-year-old but he has been on our radar for a while; we reported on interest 18 months ago when he was at Athletico Paranaense.
Football.London reports we’re one of a number of Premier League clubs keeping tabs on Preston’s 17-year-old midfielder Lewis Leigh. Once on the books at Liverpool, he’s been part of the Lilywhites’ first team squad during pre-season and would be a candidate to strengthen our youth ranks.
Our 20-year-old midfielder is on the verge of joining Ross County on loan for the season after undergoing a medical last week. He appeared for the Arsenal first team against Hibs a couple of weeks ago and will move north of the border off the back of a year with Oldham. We’re expecting confirmation in the next couple of days.
US reporter Grant Wahl – a man who puts his jeans in the freezer – says Everton and Arsenal are eyeing a move for the 20-year-old USA striker after his impressive debut campaign in the Bundesliga. Hoppe scored six goals in 22 appearances for Schalke – including a hat-trick to help end a long winless run – but is likely to be sold as a result of his club’s relegation. He’s currently performing well for the USMNT at the Gold Cup with a goal and an assist in 4 appearances. Do we need another 20-year-old American striker? It seems a bit greedy.
On the subject of Americans abroad, ESPN report that Barcelona’s Sergino Dest has rejected approaches from a number of clubs, including Arsenal. It makes it very easy to go high on the poo-o-meter.