The Arsenal rumour mill just keeps spinning, and it has been another exciting day for hopeful Gunners waiting for that next big-name signing.
The links with Gonzalo Higuain just will not go away, it seems. But Arsenal don’t seem any closer to landing a deal – or even making an offer – for the forward.
One man who they may be making a bid for is Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi, according to reports. He and his agent/wife Wanda Nara have apparently made it very clear that he would consider a move for the right “package”.
Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund have said defender Matthias Ginter is not for sale, but Arsene Wenger looks close to securing a deal for young Bolton defender Rob Holding.
Higuain departure would be a “betrayal”
Long-term Arsenal target Gonzalo Higuain would be “betraying” himself if he were to leave, according to Aurelio De Laurentiis, the Italian club’s present.
Higuain has also been linked with Real Madrid but De Laurentiis said only Atletico Madrid had made contact with him over a potential move.
“They offered €60m plus two or three players,” De Laurentiis said. If he did leave, I don’t know if it would be betraying Napoli. Mostly, he would be betraying himself.
“Napoli finished second without him. We started in Serie C and I’m proud of our climb and I’m sure we’ll continue to do well.”
Holding heads for the Emirates
Young Bolton centre-back Rob Holding is on the verge of completing a move to Arsenal, according to reports.
Bolton News said earlier that the 20-year-old should complete the move today, while Sky Sports have said it will take a few more days. Either way, both seem pretty convinced that Holding, who has made a couple of appearances for the England under-21 team, is heading south.
Matthias Ginter is not for sale
Arsenal have reportedly been keeping a close eye on Borussia Dortmund centre-back Matthias Ginter, but the German club’s sporting director has today said he is going nowhere.
Michael Zorc told Bild: “Matthias is part of our plans for next season”.
Arsenal in for Sissoko?
Arsenal are interested in Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko, according tothe Sun.
Sissoko has said he wants to move to a Premier League club and Arsenal are believed to be among the teams considering making a move for the midfielder, who impressed at Euro 2016.
Latest on Turan at Arsenal
Bad news Arsenal fans, Arda Turan wants to stay at Barcelona and fight for his place rather than move to another league, according to the player’s agent.
The Turkey midfielder struggled to make an impact at Barça last season, after joining from Atletico Madrid, but the 29 year-old is keen to stay with the Spanish champions, despite reports Arsenal and Chelsea are monitoring his situation, along with Juventus and Borussia Dortmund.
“The interest [in Arda] is normal but the rumours saying he is leaving Barcelona are false, he is happy at the club,” the agent, Ahmet Bulut, told The Guardian.
Napoli could sell Koulibaly to Gunners
Arsenal are reportedly at the head of the queue in the race to sign £37 million-rated Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly.
Goal claims that Koulibaly has been offered to several European clubs, including the Gunners.
Chelsea and Everton have also been strongly linked with a move for the Senegalese international, but it seems that Napoli are willing to lose the defender to the Gunners over Antonio Conte’s side.
We are told this may be because Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis was outraged with Chelsea over what he considered to be an illegal approach for Koulibaly back in June.
Arsenal win race for Norwegian wonderkid
Arsenal have beaten Man Utd to the signature of Norwegian wonderkid Erik Tobias Sandberg, according to The Sun.
The paper says 16-year-old Sandberg is regarded as one of the ‘brightest prospects in Scandinavia’ and is said to have caught the eye of Arsene Wenger when he captained Norway U16s against England back in February.
It is claimed the young centre-back has been offered a scholarship deal that will turn into a professional contract in his 17th birthday.
Icardi agent in London to talk with Arsenal
Arsenal will hold talks with the agent of Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi in London TODAY, according to reports.
Italian daily Corriere dello Sport claims Icardi’s agent, and wife, Wanda Nara has indicated that her husband would consider a move for the right package.
Supposedly Nara will meet Arsenal officials in London today to discuss terms, with the Gunners allegedly willing to offer around £100,000-a-week in wages to the Argentina international.
Latest on Bellerin…
Earlier today I reported how the story linking Hector Bellerin to Man City had been quashed.
However, it has been revived!
Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo is claiming Bellerin is edging closer towards City and boss Pep Guardiola.
And the report suggests the right-back would be keen to team up with Pep Guardiola.
Gunners have free run at Bacca
AC Milan are hoping Arsenal will bid for striker Carlos Bacca, according to The Daily Star.
It seems the Serie A side want to sell the Colombian to the Gunners after the forward rejected an approach from West Ham.
Milan had reportedly agreed a fee with West Ham but Bacca turned the Hammers down as he wants to play Champions League football.
First Vardy, now Mahrez snubs Arsenal
Riyad Mahrez will snub Arsenal and wants to remain at Leicester City for the forthcoming season, according to Claudio Ranieri.
Reports from France earlier this week suggested Mahrez was on the hunt for a new club, with the Gunners favourites to sign the Algerian.
However, Leicester boss Ranieri appears to have put an end to the speculation. “Mahrez wants to stay. The market is finished,” Ranieri has told Sky Sports.
It is understood both Arsenal and Chelsea were interested in a potential move.
London tug-of-war for Turan
Barcelona are willing to sell £20 million-rated Arda Turan this summer amid interest from both Arsenal and Chelsea, reveals talkSPORT.
The Turkey midfielder only arrived at the Nou Camp last summer but had to wait until January to make his first-team debut due to Barca’s transfer ban. He has since made just 18 LaLiga appearances.
Chelsea and Arsenal are not the only clubs interested in signing the 29 year-old, with Galatasaray and Fenerbahce both hopeful of bringing him home to Turkey.
A quick recap of yesterday’s rumours
Arsenal have no intention of selling Hector Bellerin to rivals Manchester City, according to claims made by The Daily Mail.
The 21 year-old has been one of Wenger’s greatest assets, following an excellent first season in 2014/15 covering for the then injured Mathieu Debuchy.
The Gunners have also turned down approaches for Bellerin from Barcelona.
According to The Sun, Olivier Giroud’s agent, Michael Manuello, has confirmed that the striker will be staying put this summer, insisting that he has had no contact from Napoli.
It has been rumoured Giroud could be used by Arsenal as a makeweight as part of a deal to bring Gonzalo Higuain to the club, but Manuello has insisted that this is untrue.
He said: “Everything I’ve read on Giroud is not true. I personally have only said that if Arsenal want to sell, then we will see. But today [he] is an Arsenal player and [not] even for a minute [have] we thought of another project, I would like to stress.
“We never talked to Naples and there are no other persons appointed over me that can do this, we need to clarify this.”
Arsenal have been dealt a hammer blow in their pursuit of Higuain after Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport reported that the Argentine is on his way to Juventus for €95 million.
And finally, Arsenal could make a surprise move for Manchester City defender Jason Denayer, according to The Independent.
Matthias Ginter of Borussia Dortmund has also been lined up as a possible transfer target by Wenger, as the Arsenal boss looks boost the defensive options at his disposal.