Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Odegaard 'to sign in days', Aubameyang and Lacazette can BOTH leave, Aouar loan bid

MARTIN ODEGAARD could sign for Arsenal in days with Real Madrid keen to sell, according to reports in Spain.

The Norwegian has been left without a squad number as his number 21 shirt has been handed to Rodrygo.

Meanwhile the Gunners have tried to take advantage of Lyon's financial plight by making a loan bid for Houssem Aouar.

And Mikel Arteta is said to be willing to let both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette leave with a move for Tammy Abraham mooted.

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    ON GAARD

    Arsenal could sign Martin Odegaard in a matter of days, according to reports from Spain.

    AS journalist Sergio Santos tweeted: "The Odegaard to Arsenal thing, hot, hot…

    "I think it will be closed in the next hours or days.

    "Madrid want to sell and the Norwegian is increasingly convinced about leaving because Ancelotti does not count on him."

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    UNITED

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  • Joshua Mbu

    NOT DONE YET

    Sky Sports' Kaveh Solhekol believes Arsenal are not done in the transfer market just yet.

    He said: "Arsenal still want to sign three more players before the window closes. They want a goalkeeper, a midfielder and a forward. 

    A forward is the priority. They’ve been in talks to sign Tammy Abraham from Chelsea."

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    DAV IT ALL

    David Luiz is out to win trophies this season after leaving Arsenal and the club's 'long term' project, writes MARC MAYO.

    Although the 34-year-old won the FA Cup and Community Shield in a two-year spell at the Emirates, he parted ways with the Gunners earlier this summer in pursuit of further silverware.

    Luiz is still yet to find a new club with the new Premier League season about to get underway.

    Any prospective bidders need not worry about his fitness levels, with the centre-back showing off his ripped physique on a strict training regime.

    Mario Balotelli's Adana Demirspor and a shock return to Paris Saint-Germain have been touted as potential destinations.

    But Luiz is still searching for a perfect offer and is open to remaining in England.

    He added: "It will be the same as before: a club with ambition.

    The offers so far, they did not touch my heart. I want to stay at a high level. Maybe that will be in the Premier League.

    "I am working every single day. I want pressure, to be fighting for titles.

    "I want that feeling of having to win every single week. That is why I have always played football, and why I still play. I want to feel alive."

    JOE WILLOCK ARRIVES FOR MEDICAL

    Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock has arrived at Newcastle's training ground to undergo a medical.

    Willock, 21, will move to the north of England for a fee believed to be around £25million.

    He spent the second half of last season on loan at the Magpies, scoring eight.

    Newcastle take on West Ham on Sunday with the game getting underway at 2PM.

    GUNNING TO GO

    Romelu Lukaku looks set to be unleashed against Arsenal on his Premier League return, writes JOSHUA JONES.

    The striker, 28, completed his £97.5million transfer back to Chelsea from Inter Milan.

    But with the deal only being confirmed and announced on Thursday, the day after landing in London, he is unlikely to be ready to face Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.

    And that means it is Ben White and Co who will be the first defence to try and stop him on English soil again.

    The Gunners, who kick off the new season at Brentford tonight, host Chelsea at the Emirates on August 22. 

    Lukaku has 113 goals in 252 Premier League appearances – although he did not get any in his eight games for Chelsea between 2011 and 2014.

    JOE TO GO

    If Joe Willock completes his £25million transfer to Newcastle United, he will be one of Arsenal's most expensive sales.

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    • Joshua Mbu

      OD CALL

      Real Madrid have not registered Martin Odegaard, Dani Ceballos or Jesus Vallejo for the LaLiga season, at the moment.

      According to Mundo Deportivo, none of the three players mentioned appear on the club website for domestic competitions.

      Odegaard, who spent last season on loan at Arsenal, is currently without a squad number with Rodrygo taking up his No21 Real shirt.

      Arsenal are interested in bringing Odegaard back to the Premier League.

      Real Madrid ace Martin Odegaard spent the second half of last season at ArsenalCredit: Getty
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      BACK OF THE NET

      Arsenal are interested in Barcelona goalkeeper Neto, according to the reports.

      The Athletic are reporting that the Gunners are interested in signing the 32-year-old.

      Neto joined Barca for an initial €26 million in 2019, but has only managed to make nine La Liga appearances.

      Barcelona are trying to find ways of getting their wage bill down and under the salary cap, meaning Neto could be shifted and for a decent fee.

      Neto is represented by Kia Joorabchian, who has a close relationship with Gunners technical director Edu.

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      IT'S GAME DAY

      Are you excited, Arsenal fans?

      The new Premier League season starts TODAY and you're up first…… no pressure!

      Mikel Arteta's men will face league newcomers Brentford away, who will be looking to claim a big scalp early on.

      All of Arsenal's new signings are expected to be involved this evening.

      Thomas Partey, however, will be a noticeable absence.

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      GOOD MORNING GOONERS

      It appears the Gunners will be willing to consider a move for Lyon ace Houssem Aouar.

      But SunSport reports this will only be as a loan move IF bids for other targets come to nothing.

      Mikel Arteta’s side have been heavily linked with permanent moves for Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard and Leicester’s James Maddison.

      It is reported the club have made replacing Newcastle-bound Joe Willock a top priority.

      Meanwhile, Willock is thought to have agreed on personal terms with the Magpies who made a £25million permanent bid for the midfielder.

      The player enjoyed an impressive loan spell in Steve Bruce’s team last term netting eight goals in 14 games.

      Meanwhile, Tammy Abrahams is reportedly getting cold feet about his heavily reported Roma move with the Chelsea rumoured to be holding out hopes for an Arsenal switch.

      Corriere dello Sport and other outlets in Italy claim the star is still tempted by an Emirates move and is uncertain about leaving London.

      And Ian Wright is hoping Ben White’s £50million Emirates move can help reverse Arsenal fortunes in defence.

      The Highbury legend told Opta Sport: “Ben White brings pace which we didn’t have with David Luiz but he does also bring that diagonal ball, the progression of the ball to get into midfield.

      “Arsenal need to get themselves up the pitch more and start playing where they win the ball. With the pace of Ben White to recover, then they can start maybe getting into teams and really attacking.”

      BEN IS ALL WRIGHT

      Ian Wright hopes Ben White's arrival at the Emirates will help reverse Arsenal's fortunes in the top-flight.

      Mikel Arteta's players endured a below par season last term finishing eighth and missing out on competition in Europe.

      But the Highbury hero hopes that £50million signing of White will give the Gunners a lift.

      Wright, 57, told Optus Sport: "Ben White brings pace which we didn’t have with David Luiz but he does also bring that diagonal ball, the progression of the ball to get into midfield.

      "Arsenal need to get themselves up the pitch more and start playing where they win the ball.

      "With the pace of Ben White to recover, then they can start maybe getting into teams and really attacking."

      • Sandra Brobbey

        NO SILVA LINING

        Man City's Bernardo Silva has reportedly rejected a move to Arsenal.

        And the club, who are on the hunt for a new attacking midfielder, are thought to have turned their attention to Houssem Aouar loan bid.

        Arsenal have been linked with Silva, 27, and a number of other playmakers in the summer transfer window.

        However the Portugal ace, who is reportedly on Man City's for sale list, is thought to have declined the Gunners' approach.

        The Mirror claims City are looking to the sell the former Benfica and Monaco star, their £100m spend on Jack Grealish.

      • Sandra Brobbey

        FANS' FEAR

        David Seaman wants Arsenal and Mikel Arteta to help ease fans' fears by making a "big surprise signing".

        The club, who finished eighth last term, have sealed deals for full-back Nuno Tavares, Belgium midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga and the £50million ex-Brighton centre-back Ben White.

        And while they have spent more than £70million on their latest buys, Seaman believes they need to spend more in order to please supporters.

        The ex-Gunners keeper told his Seaman Says podcast: "If it’s not a good start, I think things will change really quickly because the fans will let them know and they’re not happy.

        "You go on Twitter and look at the comments about Arsenal and all the fans are frustrated at the lack of signings. Lots of people supposedly coming but nothing ever happens.

        "It would be great for us to just get a big surprise signing that we haven’t really heard about just to settle the fans."

      • Sandra Brobbey

        CARRAGHER SWIPE

        Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher slammed Arsenal's decision to sign ex-Chelsea duo David Luiz and Willian last term.

        And Sky Sports pundit Carragher described Edu's decision to sign the players – who are 34 and 33 – as "stupid".

        The Liverpool icon told The Overlap fan debate: "When you’re talking about Edu as sporting director, you’re bringing David Luiz in and you’re bringing Willian in – two rejects from Chelsea.

        "I’m just scratching my head thinking, 'I can’t get behind this, it’s wrong, it doesn’t work'.

        "Why are you buying rejects from Chelsea who are over 30? And then giving them big deals and you can’t get rid of them? That’s a mistake before it’s happened. That’s just stupid."

      • Sandra Brobbey

        GUNNER LOOK ELSEWHERE?

        Arsenal could turn their attention to Martin Odegaard and Houssem Aouar if their pursuit for James Maddison hits a brick wall.

        The Gunners have been heavily linked with a £60million move for the Leicester ace, 24, but The Athletic claims the club are not desperately chasing the player this summer.

        And SunSport reports Arsenal would be open to considering a Aouar loan swoop if they can't purchase Maddison or Real Madrid's Odegaard.

        Meanwhile Brendan Rodgers insists Maddison is happy at the King Power.

        This week the Foxes boss said: "I know he is very happy here and he wants to be here.

        "If anything comes to the club, Jon Rudkin (director of football) would tell me straightaway and I would deal with it then, but there has been nothing that’s come my way."

         

      • Sandra Brobbey

        MORE TIME TAM

        Tammy Abraham is rumoured to want to have more time to consider a Roma move with Arsenal still thought to be in the picture.

        Corriere dello Sport claim the Gunners target and agent Federico Pastorello met with officials from the Italian club in London today.

        And it claimed the Blues forward, 23, who was reportedly offered Roma's number nine shirt, is after more time to mull over his options.

        It is thought the striker, whose family are reportedly Gunners' fans, is uncertain about moving away from London.

      • Sandra Brobbey

        MADD FOR IT

        Arsenal are reportedly desperate to add a new attacking midfielder to their ranks before the summer transfer window slams shut.

        And football.london claims James Maddison remains a top priority for the club.

        Reports claim the Gunners' technical director Edu has placed the 24-year-old Leicester star at the top of his transfer shopping list.

        However football.london claims discussions are currently slow pace despite the King Power ace reported to be keen on a move.

        And SunSport's Jordan Davies exclusively revealed a loan move for Lyon ace Houssem Aouar will only be considered IF permanent bids for Maddison and Martin Odegaard fall through.

      • Sandra Brobbey

        GUNNER BUY

        Mikel Arteta could be set go on a late transfer trolley dash with the Gunners insisting "there are still a lot of things to be done".

        The club have been heavily linked with summer moves for Chelsea's Tammy Abraham, Leicester's James Maddison and Man City's Bernard Silva.

        The Emirates side have already sealed three summer deals for Albert Lokonga, Nuno Tavares and ex-Brighton ace Ben White.

        Arteta said: "It's been a difficult transfer window and probably a lot of things will happen in the last week or so.

        "They (fans) need to be excited and see a team capable of competing.

        "Our history is related to that. That's the aim. And that should be the objective. Anything is possible and there are still a lot of things to be done."

      • Sandra Brobbey

        NO SALE RAMSDALE

        Slavisa Jokanovic insists Aaron Ramsdale is not on the market despite the Gunners making two bids for the Blades stopper.

        Sheffield United's £30million asking price for their 23-year-old goalkeeper is yet to be met by Arsenal.

        And it is reported the Gunners are considering other targets to compete with Bernd Leno for a starting spot between the sticks.

        Jokanovic told BBC Sport: "I don't have any intention to sell him. He will be in my starting 11 for the next game.

        "He is a very good keeper and I am really happy working with him. He's a really expensive keeper too."

      • Sandra Brobbey

        BID FOR MID

        Nigel Winterburn reckons Arsenal should make signing a new attacking midfielder a transfer priority.

        And the Gunners legend wants his old side to strengthen this part of their squad, amid links with James Maddison and Martin Odegaard, ahead of the summer transfer deadline.

        The retired left-back, 57, was speaking to the Metro ahead of Arsenal's first game of the new Prem season on Sunday against Chelsea.

        Winterburn said: "I don’t think we need any more holding players, but an attacking, creative midfielder should be one on the radar.

        "(James) Maddison keeps getting mentioned, but it’s a bit frustrating that we’ve been linked with these players for a long period of time, and nothing has happened. You start to doubt whether one of those types of players will end up coming.

        "We need a creative player to inject some vision into the game going forward and by the players being linked it looks as if Arteta feels we need it too."

      • Jake Lambourne

        HERE WE JOE

        Newcastle have reportedly made major strides in their £25million pursuit of Arsenal ace Joe Willock.

        The Toon have allegedly agreed personal terms with the 21-year-old who spent the latter part of last season on loan with them, according to Sky Sports.

        And his permanent switch to St James' Park is practically a formality, Sky Sports tweeted.

        Sky Sports claim that Willock and the Magpies have reached a deal in principle, and that all he needs to do is complete his medical.

        The Gunners and Newcastle had already agreed to a fee potentially rising to £25m for the midfielder, who scored eight goals in 14 games during his short spell with the Geordies.

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