Arsenal news and transfers live: Deal confirmed, Aouar twist, Locatelli decision, Onana blow – Football.London

Hello and welcome along to Saturday’s football.london Arsenal news and transfer news live blog, keeping you right up to date with all the very latest news from the Emirates Stadium as it happens.

With the start of the 2021/22 Premier League campaign now just five weeks away, the Gunners are in a race against the clock to try and get as many new signings over the line as possible ahead of their opening day clash with newly-promoted Brentford.

Although the Gunners, who face Scottish outfit Hibernian in their pre-season opener on Tuesday evening, are yet to complete their first signing of the summer, they are working hard behind the scenes to get deals over the line.

It is understood that Benfica left-back Nuno Tavares is poised to be the club’s first new recruit of the summer, with Anderlecht ace Albert Sambi Lokonga expected to follow suit.

As well as looking to land those two, the Gunners have also rekindled their interest in Lyon sensation Houssem Aouar.

With that in mind, be sure to stay with us for all the very latest from the Emirates Stadium. Refresh the blog for all the very latest throughout the day.

Aaron Catterson-Reid

Arsenal interested in Umtiti

Arsenal and Manchester United are interested in Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti, according to Gol Digital.

The report claims that the Gunners could make a move for the Frenchman with Barca happy to take a small fee.

Samuel Umtiti has been heavily linked with a switch to Arsenal in the past. (Image: Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

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Tavares explains Arteta and Edu’s role in deal

Arsenal’s first summer signing Nuno Tavares has revealed the role that Arteta and Edu played in him choosing to come to the Gunners.

“When I finished the season my agent told me that Arsenal were interested in me. In the first instance I was very happy and after this I dreamed about it, and [spoke about it] with my mum. I was so excited to be here, and now I’m here I’m so happy”, he told Arsenal’s website.

“Mikel and Edu helped me so much. They speak with me every time, and call me and I feel people want me here. I like that because I need this power and I’m so grateful for this.”

Arsenal’s new signing Nuno Tavares poses with Mikel Arteta and Edu (image courtesy of Arsenal.com)

Aaron Catterson-Reid

Tavares reveals his main qualities

Arsenal’s new fullback Nuno Tavares has revealed what his best attributes are after the Gunners announced him as their first signing of the summer.

“I am fast, I am good at shooting with my right foot, but I’m left-footed,” Tavares told Arsenal.com.

“I can dribble, improvising. That’s my qualities, my technique. I have more qualities and I will find more in this club.

“I’m so excited because it is a big club and for me as a young guy, it is a pleasure to be here.”

Nuno Tavares is an Arsenal player (image courtesy of Arsenal.com)

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Arsenal announce signing

More to come on this story.

Aaron Catterson-Reid

Wright reveals Southgate conversation on Saka

Ian Wright revealed what Gareth Southgate said to him about Arsenal ace Bukayo Saka before he had even picked his Euro 2020 squad.

“I spoke to Gareth before the squad was announced and everybody gets 5 minutes with him, and I got in with him and all he said was ‘Ian, tell me about Bukayo Saka.’

“That’s all he said ‘Tell me about him, because we absolutely adore him.’ It was then when I realised my guy was going to be involved and he’s going to be a focal point,” Wright said.

Ian Wright and Bukayo Saka

Aaron Catterson-Reid

Bellerin update

Arsenal will not accept a loan bid with an option to buy for their wantaway right-back Hector Bellerin, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

“There’s still nothing advanced between Inter and Arsenal for Hector Bellerin, as Arsenal want to sell him on permanent deal – not accepting loan with buy option as of today”, Romano said.

Inter have been linked with a move for the Spaniard after selling Achraf Hakimi to Paris Saint-Germain this week.

Hector Bellerin looks set to end his 8 year stay at Arsenal (Image: Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Aaron Catterson-Reid

Aouar twist

Tottenham could rival Arsenal for French midfielder Houssem Aouar, according to Le10 Sport.

The report claims that the Gunners’ local rivals have joined the race for the silky playmaker and could try and gazump Mikel Arteta’s men in the coming weeks.

Houssem Aouar has once again been strongly linked to Arsenal. .(Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images) (Image: Getty Images)

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Arsenal dealt Onana blow

Mikel Arteta has been dealt a blow in his pursuit of Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana, who reportedly favours a move to Ligue 1 side Lyon.

The Cameroonian is one of Arteta’s targets for the goalkeeping position but some reports in France claim that Peter Bosz’s side lead the race for his signature this summer.

Full the full story here.

Arsenal face competition in the race for Andre Onana. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Aaron Catterson-Reid

Arsenal appoint Ellis

Arsenal have reportedly appointed James Ellis to their recruitment team, according to Football Insider.

The report claims that the former Fulham scout Ellis is set to join the club this summer in a new role with the Gunners, reporting to chief executive Edu Gaspar.

Arsenal technical director, Edu (Image: David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

George Smith

Aouar message

Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar has appeared to play down speculation that a move to Arsenal is imminent.

On Friday afternoon, an image was shared on Instagram, believed to be Aouar’s agent and brother in London, fueling rumours that he could be close to joining the Gunners.

However, Aouar has since played down those prospects of a deal being close, saying: “Guys leave him. He is one of my best friends not my real brother. By the way… not my agent also.”

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Houssem Aouar celebrates his goal during the Ligue 1 match between Olympique Lyonnais and FC Lorient (Image: (Photo by Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images))

George Smith

Locatelli decision

Amid Sassuolo chief Giovanni Carnevali confirming that an unnamed overseas club are in ‘advanced talks’ to sign Manuel Locatelli, the Italy midfielder’s feelings towards a move to Arsenal have been revealed.

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Locatelli is not against a move to the Emirates Stadium, despite favouring a move to Juventus.

I can confirm that Arsenal want Locatelli, they consider him a perfect player for Arsenal and the Premier League.

But at the moment Arsenal have a smart strategy with Locatelli, the only one they can have in this situation.

So they are waiting to see what happens with Juventus, because the player’s priority is Juventus.

Locatelli wants to join Juventus, but he isn’t refusing Arsenal, he has the dream of playing Champions League football and joining Juventus because he is Italian.

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Arsenal are keen on signing Italy ace Manuel Locatelli. (Image: Claudio Villa/Getty Images).

George Smith

Pjanic battle

Arsenal are set to go toe-to-toe with north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the battle to sign Barcelona midfielder Miralem Pjanic on loan, according to Catalan media outlet Diario Sport.

Barcelona are desperate to reduce the size of their wage bill this summer and they believe allowing Pjanic to head out on loan will be a suitable step towards making that possible.

Both north London clubs are interested in his signature meaning a tasty transfer battle could be on the cards.

Miralem Pjanic could be on his way from Barcelona this summer as the Spanish giants look to ease their crippling finances (Image: Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

George Smith

Quartet to seal deals

Although Arsenal are yet to confirm a new signing this summer, they have successfully managed to tie young goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo down to a new long-term contract.

The deal was announced yesterday and the Gunners are hoping that him putting pen to paper on a new deal will be just the start of positive announcements that they have to make.

Emile Smith Rowe and Kido Taylor-Hart and set to sign new contracts, whilst Benfica’s Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga of Anderlecht are set to join the club.

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Emile Smith Rowe is poised to sign a new contract at the Emirates Stadium. (Image: David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images).

George Smith

Good morning!

Morning, everyone, and welcome along to today’s Arsenal news and transfer news live blog.

We shall be keeping you posted on all the very latest news from the Emirates Stadium throughout the day, so make sure to stay with us!

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