Arsenal news and transfers live: James Maddison bid, £70m for Lautaro Martinez, new coach appointed – Football.London

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The summer transfer window is open for another 28 days and the Gunners will be looking to bolster their squad even further following three new additions already.

The need for a few more signings was displayed after the Gunners lacked any real conviction in their 2-1 pre-season defeat to Chelsea.

Nuno Tavares has arrived to provide competition as well as cover for Kieran Tierney, Albert Sambi Lokonga’s move from Anderlecht was next to be completed and Ben White was finally announced as an Arsenal player last Friday.

Depending on what happens with player sales, the next month could be very exciting for Gunners supporters, amid links to Tammy Abraham, Lautaro Martinez, Martin Odegaard, Aaron Ramsdale and James Maddison.

It’s shaping up to be very busy behind the scenes at the Emirates Stadium between now and deadline day, so we will be keeping you right up to date with all the latest on any Gunners-related topics that you can think of.

With that said, make sure you stick with football.london throughout the day.

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Sanches talks open

Arsenal have begun talks to sign Lille maestro Renato Sanches, according to TuttoMercatoWeb.

The report claims that the Portuguese midfielder caught the eyes of the Gunners’ hierarchy whilst playing at Euro 2020 and the north London club have since contacted Lille to open talks regarding a transfer.

The 23-year-old has two years remaining on his contract with the reigning French champions.

Renato Sanches continues to be linked with a move to Arsenal this summer (Image: Getty Images)

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Asensio targeted

Arsenal could move for Marcos Asensio if they fail to sign James Maddison or Martin Odegaard, according to The Sun.

The Spanish playmaker could be available at a cut price of just £34million, almost half what the Foxes are demanding for Maddison.

Asensio notched five goals and two assists in 35 La Liga matches last term.

Could Marco Asensio be the answer to Arsenal’s creative problems? (Image: Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

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Betsy appointed

Arsenal have confirmed that Kevin Betsy has been appointed as the club’s new Under-23 manager.

“It’s an honour and privilege to be joining Arsenal as Under-23s Head Coach,” Betsy told the club’s website.

Arsenal is of course an iconic club in world football with such a rich history. This is also a club with a very strong current record of developing young football players for the highest level, but also placing an emphasis on producing well-rounded young people.”

Arsenal have confirmed the appointment of Kevin Betsy as their new under-23’s head coach. (Image: Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

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Maddison bid

football.london understands that Arsenal have stepped up their chase for Leicester City playmaker James Maddison.

The Gunners have proposed a player plus cash deal for the 24-year-old but at the minute it is unclear what player they have included in the offer.

Hale End graduate Ainsley Maitland-Niles has previously been linked with a switch to the King Power Stadium.

Read more here.

James Maddison has been linked with a move to Arsenal (Image: Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

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Torreira sends message

Arsenal wantaway Lucas Torreira has posted a picture on Instagram at an airport, with a Spain flag emoji used as the caption.

The Uruguayan midfielder could be sending a cryptic message on his future given he wants to leave the London club this summer.

Torreira spent last season on loan with Atletico Madrid, playing 26 times as Diego Simeone’s side clinched their first La Liga title in seven years.

Torreira’s Instagram message

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Arsenal appoint new coach

Arsenal have appointed Kevin Betsy as their new Under-23s coach, according to Training Ground Guru.

Betsy has been heavily linked with the vacant role during the course of the summer and has now been selected as the permanent successor to Steve Bould, who left the club at the end of last season.

The 43-year-old has coached England at a number of different youth levels, including the Under-18s.

Kevin Betsy has been appointed as Arsenal’s new Under-23s coach (Image: Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

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Lokonga gutted

Arsenal’s new signing Albert Sambi Lokonga has revealed he was gutted to lose his first match at the Emirates, with the Gunners losing 2-1 to Chelsea during their pre-season friendly on Sunday.

Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said: “It was really good, a little bit sad because we didn’t get the three points.

“But yeah, my first time at the Emirates, I think it’s a good thing for me, a good start. So I hope the future will be better.

“If I have to speak about the team, we had a really good performance but we gave away the ball and then they scored.

“But yeah for the next time we have to be careful because I think this kind of goal we can avoid.”

Read more here.

Albert Sambi Lokonga made his Emirates Stadium bow in the defeat against Chelsea. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

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Partey update

Thomas Partey’s injury may not be as bad as first thought, according to some reports.

The Ghanian midfielder, who suffered an ankle injury during Sunday’s pre-season loss to Chelsea, will likely miss the Gunners’ Premier League opener against Brentford on August 13.

However, there is some optimism that the 28-year-old’s injury isn’t a high-ankle sprain as some Arsenal fans feared over the weekend.

Read more here.

Thomas Partey suffered an injury scare during Arsenal’s 2-1 loss against Chelsea. (Image: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

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Arsenal urged to sign Ramsdale alternative

Former Manchester City defender Danny Mills has questioned Arsenal’s pursuit of Aaron Ramsdale, urging them to sign Newcastle United youngster Freddie Woodman instead.

“It’s bizarre,” Mills told Football Insider.

“Go and get Freddie Woodman for £10million. If you want a back up goalkeeper, there you go.

“He’s got good experience, a decent goalkeeper. He’s coming through and will cost you probably less than half.

“Aaron Ramsdale is not like ‘Wow, outstanding goalkeeper worth more than £30million’. It seems like a lot of money for what you’re getting.”

Freddie Woodman is once again being linked with a move to Arsenal. (Image: Swans TV).

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Real want Odegaard clause

Real Madrid want to include a buy-back clause in any deal to sell Arsenal target Martin Odegaard, according to Spanish outlet ABC.

The report claims that Los Blancos’ manager Carlo Ancelotti has told the 22-year-old that he is part of his plans but is not guaranteed a regular role in the team as Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Casemiro are still at the club.

This has resulted in the Norway captain pondering his future, with a return to the Gunners thought of as a potential destination.

However, the Spanish giants are reportedly demanding £42.5million as well as a buy-back clause, something that may put the north London club off.

Odegaard could return to the Emirates this summer (Image: Photo by Alastair Grant – Pool/Getty Images)

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Granit Xhaka close to signing new deal

Arsenal are confident that Granit Xhaka will sign a new contract soon, Fabrizio Romano reports.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta stated at the weekend that he wants to keep the Swiss international at the club.

Granit Xhaka is going to stay with us. He is a key member of our squad,” Arteta said as quoted by talkSPORT.

Granit Xhaka playing for Arsenal vs. Chelsea in their pre-season friendly at the Emirates on August 1 (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images). (Image: (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images))

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James Maddison blow

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has insisted that the foxes have no need to sell the midfielder this summer amid strong Arsenal interest.

In conversations with the club, we don’t have to sell. That’s something that’s been made clear,” Rodgers said after full-time of their latest draw with Queens Park Rangers, a match missed by Maddison after the birth of his child. “The players want to stay. It’s a really exciting time at the club. There’s lots of gossip and speculation around but I’m loving working with the guys here, they love being here, and we certainly have no need to sell. So I would suspect we’re looking to keep our best players.”

James Maddison could be the perfect signing for Arsenal this summer. (Image: Tim Keeton – Pool/Getty Images)

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Tottenham set to rival Arsenal for Lautaro Martinez signing

Reports in Spain are claiming that Inter Milan have set their asking price at €80million for Lautaro Martinez this summer, with Tottenham the latest name to be linked with rivalling Arsenal’s attempts to sign him.

Arsenal are claimed to be keen on his signature, with some reports claiming the club would be willing to offer a player-plus-cash offer to land the 23-year-old, but MundoDeportivo (via the Express) insist that they are only interested in a straight cash deal, with €80m set as the asking price.

L’Interista claim that Spurs are expected to consider Martinez with Harry Kane believed to be pushing for a move.

Lautaro Martinez poses with the trophy after winning the final of Copa America (Image: Photo by Gustavo Pagano/Getty Images)

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Good morning

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

We shall be keeping you posted throughout the day with all the very latest, so keep the blog locked to keep on top of everything going on.

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