Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Sambi Lokonga 'announcement TODAY', Bellerin 'agrees Inter terms', 'Locatelli bid'

ARSENAL are expected to announce the signing of Albert Sambi Lokonga today, according to reports from Belgium.

Meanwhile Arsenal and Inter are still in talks after Hector Bellerin reportedly agreed terms with the Italian champions.

And Sassuolo are said to have identified their likely replacement for Arsenal target Manuel Locatelli.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    IRON WILL

    Willian is still expected to leave Arsenal this summer, according to Fabrizio Romano.

    The Brazilian winger joined on a three-year deal last year, but failed to make an impact at the Emirates.

    And he has been linked with a move to the MLS after falling out of favour under Mikel Arteta.

    Roma tweeted: "Still same plans for Willian: he’s expected to leave Arsenal this summer once the right proposal will arrive.

    "AFC Work in progress with his agent to find the best solution in the next weeks. Arsenal board now waiting too."

  • Jake Lambourne

    OH CAM ON

    Eduardo Camavinga is set to snub Premier League interest in favour of LaLiga, according to reports.

    The Rennes wonderkid has drawn admiration from the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

    But according to The Telegraph, Camavinga has his 'heart set' on a move to Spain.

    Neither Real Madrid nor Barcelona are well placed to make a bid for the 18-year-old, given their financial woes.

    But both are expected to be better placed next summer – when Camavinga's contract at Rennes expires.

    Man Utd and the Gunners have been asked to be kept in the loop regarding the midfielder's transfer status this summer.

    Camavinga could see out the remaining year of his contract at Rennes
  • Jake Lambourne

    TOP OR FLOP GUNS

    Arsene Wenger once hailed his Arsenal class of 2008 as his best-ever group of youngsters.

    Wenger’s teenage Gunners were supposed to be the next big thing after a 6-0 demolition of Sheffield United in the Carling Cup that year.

    But where are they now?

    And did they go on to have successful careers?

    Here, SunSport takes a look at Arsenal’s talented teens of 2008.

    Click HERE for more.

  • Jake Lambourne

    LU KIDDING?

    David Luiz has been lined up to play alongside Mario Balotelli – for Turkish minnows Adana Demirspor.

    The Brazil international, 34, is a free agent after his Arsenal contract expired two weeks ago.

    And club president Murat Sancak revealed talks are underway with Luiz and his advisors.

    He told Turkish media: “The discussions with David Luiz are going to continue. I hope we can soon reach an agreement.

    “When salaries are very high, one needs to negotiate a little. We are getting ready for the new season, and I urge our fans to get ready as well.

    “We have signed a world-class star in Balotelli, and added Younes Belhanda to our squad. We will sign three or four more players before the season begins.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    GUNNER GET YA

    Arsenal are expected to announce the signing of Albert Sambi Lokonga today, reports say.

    According to Belgian news outlet L'Avenir, the Gunners will shortly confirm his arrival from Anderlecht.

    The midfielder is likely to war the No48 jersey at the Emirates – the same number he wore for Anderlecht.

    Sambi Lokonga has been self-isolating in London after completing his medical.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BEL TOLLS

    Arsenal reportedly remain in talks with Inter Milan with the Serie A side desperate to sign Hector Bellerin.

    The Spanish right-back has already told the Gunners his intentions to join the Italian top-flight champions.

    According to Di Marzio, Bellerin already has an agreement with Inter.

    Inter are still only seeking a loan option with an option to buy.

    But Arsenal are insisting that any loan deal has to have an obligation to buy clause inserted into the contract.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TOR BLIMEY

    Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira would be willing to return to Italy this summer, reports say.

    The Uruguay international, who joined the Gunners from Sampdoria in 2018, spent the 2020-21 season on loan at Atletico Madrid.

    And with the player not in Mikel Arteta's plans, it seems likely he will be heading out the Emirates.

    According to journalist Alex Martin Rostan, Torreira is currently training in his hometown city Fray Bentos.

    And the has claimed that the player has offers to return to Italy, where Torreira felt extremely comfortable prior to moving to North London.

  • Jake Lambourne

    AS LOC WOULD HAVE IT

    Sassuolo have already identified their replacement for Arsenal target Manuel Locatelli.

    The Italian midfielder will depart the Serie A side this summer, with the Gunners and Juventus keen to sign him.

    Arsenal have already tabled a £34million bid, but Locatelli is waiting for Juventus to make an offer as he looks to link up with the Old Lady.

    And according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Sassuolo are determined to bring in Liverpool outcast Marko Grujic as his replacement.

    He tweeted: "Sassuolo have asked Liverpool for Marko Grujic as potential new signing to replace Locatelli who’s leaving the club this summer."

  • Jake Lambourne

    SAM'S TOWN

    Arsenal are reportedly one of a number of clubs keen to sign West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

    The Gunners are in the market for a new shot-stopper after No2 Mat Ryan departed, while Bernd Leno is still facing an uncertain future.

    And according to The Athletic, Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham are looking to snap Johnstone up.

    The Hammers have already had a £10million bid rejected for the England international.

    However they are said to be prepared to pay no more with Johnstone in the final year of his contract at the Hawthorns.

  • Jake Lambourne

    XHAK FLIES BACK

    Granit Xhaka's highly anticipated move to Roma from Arsenal is expected to gather pace this week, according to reports. 

    And the wantaway Emirates midfielder is reportedly prepared to shorten his summer holidays in a bid to get the switch over the line.

    It comes amid reports of Arsenal technical director Edu entering talks with agent Jorge Mendes over a move for Wolves ace Ruben Neves. 

    Italian publication Calciomercato claims Arsenal and Roma are yet to agree to a fee on the sale of Xhaka.  

    The Gunners are thought to be after £15million for the Switzerland captain who impressed during Euro 2020. 

    But Roma, who finished seventh in Serie A, are reportedly yet to budge on their offer of £12.7m (15m euros) plus add ons. 

    However, Calciomercato is predicting Xhaka’s Roma transfer will gather pace with new club boss Jose Mourinho thought to want the player in Italy next week. 

  • Gary Stonehouse

    MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    Brighton's England centre-back Ben White is tipped to finally join Arsenal this month – quick on the heels of Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga.

    Everton are also thought to be still keen on White but the suggestion is the Gunners might now be willing to pay near the Seagulls' £50m valuation.

    And Belgium ace Lokonga is on the brink of becoming the first part of boss Mikel Arteta's mid-pitch revamp.

     Arteta was another glimpse at why he needs a midfield shake-up as the Gunners lost their first pre-season friendly, 2-1 at Hibernian.

    But Arsenal fielded many youngsters, including fielding 19-year-old keeper Arthur Okonkwo, fresh from his new long deal and promotion to the first-team squad.

    Meanwhile, Arteta's hopes of re-signing loan hit Martin Odegaard appear to have increased amid reports of Real Madrid's financial woes.

    Portuguese left back Nuno Tavares is Arenal's only newcomer so far, although he was absent at Hibs.

  • Ian Tuckey

    DEBUTANT OMARI HUNGRY FOR MORE

    'Proud' midfielder Omari Hutchinson, 17, is dreaming of a long Arsenal career after making his first senior appearance in the 2-1 friendly loss against Hibs at Easter Road.

    Fellow academy stars Omar Rekik and Jack Henry-Francis were also in Mikel Arteta's squad for the first time.

    And keeper Arthur Okonkwo, 19, celebrated his new deal and promotion to the senior squad by starting.

  • Ian Tuckey

    WHITE ON COURSE

    Brighton's £50million-rated centre-back Ben White could complete his move to Arsenal this month.

    The England squad member, 23, is on holiday after Euro 2020.

    And although the Gunners hope to land the two-cap star for around £40m, it's thought an agreement could soon be finalised.

    Credit: PA
  • Ian Tuckey

    NEVES IN FOR XHAKA?

    Ruben Neves is rumoured to be in the running to replace Granit Xhaka in Arsenal’s midfield.

    And the CIES Football Observatory reckon the Wolves midfielder’s true value could be around £25million to £34million.

    The Wolves midfielder, 24, is reported to have been offered a five-year deal to move to the Emirates.

    Football London says the club are looking to seal a deal before the end of the summer transfer window.

  • Ian Tuckey

    BEES TUNE IN FOR CHALO

    Brentford are targeting a loan swoop for Chelsea prodigy Trevoh Chalobah.

    The versatile 22-year-old can play in either midfield or defence and is attracting interest from several clubs.

    West Brom have been chasing the starlet and wanted him to help lead their promotion charge from the Championship.

    Now the Express & Star claims they face stiff competition from the Premier League for his signature.

    Brentford are reportedly keen on signing Chalobah.

  • Ian Tuckey

    TIER BACK IN GEAR

    Scotland's Euro 2020 main man Kieran Tierney is back in training with Arsenal – ready for a new personal challenge.

    The Gunners signed £8milion Benfica left-back Nuno Tavares, 21, last week.

    And although boss Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu have hailed Tavares' development over the past year, he faces a huge battle to unseat Tierney.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SAMBI-LINE FOR EMIRATES

    Anderlecht's Belgium midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga is tipped to complete his Arsenal move next move.

    The 21-year-old will reportedly sing a contract after exiting isolation in a week's time.

    He could then join Gunners' team-mate for the Florida Cup.

    Credit: Getty
  • Ian Tuckey

    WE'RE GUNNER SHARPEN UP

    Arsenal have returned to trainign at he deep end – with some intesne fitness workouts.

    And the club's media team were quick to show off the hard shifts being put in by the players.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ERLI BIRD

    Erling Haaland kicked off his pre-season training with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday amid talk of Chelsea launching a mega transfer bid for the striker.

    The German side welcomed the Norwegian back after joking that he was on his way to England when sitting out an earlier fitness test.

    A video of his dribbling and control session was posted online before Haaland shared a thumbs-up photo to his Instagram.

    He captioned the shot: “Day one✔️ Ready for the journey 💪🏻.”

    The 20-year-old is reportedly strongly fancied by Premier League side Chelsea for a summer move.

    Borussia are intent on keeping Haaland, having already given Jadon Sancho the green light to join Manchester United.

    A price tag of £150million has been slapped on the Norway forward ahead of his release clause, thought to be set at £65m, becoming active next summer.

    Reports in Germany suggest Roman Abramovich is personally driving Chelsea’s bid for Haaland.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ART PAINTS AMUSING PICTURE

    Arsenal fans were in stitches when Mikel Arteta reeled off his list of excuses for the club's dismal 2-1 pre-season loss to Hibs.

    The Gunners made a complete hash of their first friendly in Scotland and were trailing 2-0 for most of the game.

    They only managed to pull one back through Emile Smith Rowe who scored with just ten minutes left.

    The Spaniard's decision to field two non-first team players, keeper Arthur Okonkwo and centre-back Harry Clarke, ended up backfiring on him.

    Okonkwo had a dismal start to the game as he missed Cedric Soares' poor back pass after only 21 minutes.

    Hibs ace Martin Boyle pounced on the error, before sub Daniel MacKay scored their second with 20 minutes to go.

    Despite the nightmare result, Arteta tried to focus on the positives, which were shared by Goal journalist Charles Wyatt.

    The Gunners boss revealed the players hardly had any training time ahead of their first friendly game.

    Arteta also blamed the loss on a bunch of injustices, claiming the Scots first goal was an accident and that the second was clearly offside.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GUNNERS' ODE BOOST

    Arsenal's dream of bringing Martin Odegaard back to North London could be on once again amid reports of financial woe at Real Madrid.

    Los Blancos are subject to a decreased wage limit this season after suffering a collapse in revenue during the pandemic.

    LaLiga enforce a salary cap that has come into focus amid the coronavirus crisis, with Barcelona at particular risk of exceeding their allocation.

    According to The Athletic, a number of stars have been earmarked for a potential sale after Real's limit dropped by over £140m from its pre-pandemic figure.

    First-team players Eden Hazard, Isco, Marcelo, Mariano Diaz, Gareth Bale and Raphael Varane have all been described as up for sale.

    Two players potentially joining them are 22-year-old Odegaard and fellow former Arsenal loanee Dani Ceballos.

    While Ceballos will contend with his future after playing for Spain at the Tokyo Olympics, Odegaard is already in pre-season training.

  • Ian Tuckey

    JULES WON'TBE CROWNING SPURS' SUMMER SPREE

    Former Arsenal target Jules Kounde is reportedly snubbing Tottenham’s advances in the hope of securing a move to a Champions League club.

    Marca claim that the Sevilla ace is keen on a move to Manchester United with the Old Trafford side set to battle for Europe’s top club prize next season.

    And Football journalist Fabrizio Romano admitted that the Red Devils could be set to join the race for the defender’s signature with the club looking to strengthen their defensive options.

    Romano told the Here We Go Podcast: “We need to keep an eye on Manchester United for Kounde.

    “It’s true they want Varane but Kounde has always been on the list. The situation is open.”

  • Joe Brophy

    EXCLUSIVE BY EMMA JAMES

    A racist has posted a video online abusing England stars Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho after their loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final.

    The Three Lions stars have been subjected to horrific online abuse after their penalty misses on Sunday.

    One England fan posted a hateful rant on social media after the final whistle went at Wembley on Sunday evening, as cops arrested a 49-year-old from Kent in relation to a malicious communications offence.

    Posting on Facebook the man, who had an England flag painted on his face ranted: “Where do I start where do I start. Sick, gutted like all of us.

    “Proper deflated. Gotta be proud of the boys, be proud, but anyone and everyone that knows me well will understand what I'm talking about.

    Three lions on a shirt, right. How many times have we seen England players, w* take penalties for us and f* it up.

    “Three fing lions, three fing cs fed it for us.”

  • Joe Brophy

    GUNNER GET NEVES

    Ruben Neves is rumoured to be in the running to replace Granit Xhaka in Arsenal’s midfield.

    And the CIES Football Observatory reckon the Wolves midfielder’s true value could be around £25million to £34million.

    The Wolves midfielder, 24, is reported to have been offered a five-year deal to move to the Emirates.

    Football London says the club are looking to seal a deal before the end of the summer transfer window.

  • Joe Brophy

    ODE TO JOY

    Martin Odegaard's return to Arsenal could be back on with Real Madrid set to axe seven players in their pursuit of Kylian Mbappe.

    According to Goal, a number of star names have been earmarked for exits including Wales winger Gareth Bale.

    Experienced first-teamers Isco and Marcelo are also reportedly up for sale after a quiet season largely spent on the bench.

    Dominican striker Mariano Diaz, once linked with Arsenal, is the fourth player up for grabs having scored just once in 2020-21.

    And Raphael Varane joins the names who Real are ready to wave goodbye to, for the right price.

    Dani Ceballos and Odegaard, both back from loan spells at Arsenal, are set to join up with the squad for the new campaign but Madrid would listen to 'significant' offers for either.

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