Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Odegaard 'DONE DEAL', Ramsdale back ON, Aouar 'TRANSFER LISTED', Aubameyang latest

ARSENAL are closing in on the crucial signing of Martin Odegaard, and the Norwegian could even face Chelsea this Sunday.

And former target Houssem Aouar could also be available for a cut price fee after reportedly being transfer listed by Lyon.

Meanwhile Sheffield United boss Slavisa Jokanovic has confirmed Arsenal are STILL in talks with his club to sign goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

And finally, Mikel Arteta is listed at evens to be the first Premier League manager to get the sack this season.

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  • Dylan Terry

    LOC AND LOADED

    Juventus have officially announced the signing of Italy star Manuel Locatelli from Sassuolo.

    The midfielder, 23, was linked with Arsenal earlier in the window.

    But the Euro 2020 star only wanted to go to Juve, and has penned a five-year deal.

  • Dylan Terry

    HOUSS LAUGHING NOW

    Tottenham are reportedly set to swoop for Houssem Aouar, after Arsenal secured the permanent signing of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid.

    The Gunners have long been linked with Lyon midfielder Aouar.

    But having moved for Odegaard instead, the Mirror claim that the path is now clear for Spurs to sign 23-year-old Aouar.

    The France international has been transfer listed by Lyon supremo Juninho, and previously excelled alongside Tanguy Ndombele in Ligue 1.

  • Alex Terrell

    I'M STAYING 'EIRRE

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is determined to stay at Arsenal and become a club legend according to reports.

    The Gabon star, 32, has been linked with a move away from the Emirates in recent weeks.

    But according to the Express, Aubameyang wants to see through the contract he signed in September last year.

    He scored 15 goals in all competitions last season, with four assists, compared to his 29 strikes the season before.

  • Alex Terrell

    'BANTER FC'

    Arsenal have been called 'Banter FC' by former Tottenham and Billericay star Jamie O'Hara.

    The talkSPORT pundit has blasted the club's recruitment this summer as they close in on deals for Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale.

    The Gunners have also signed Ben White, Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga during this summer's transfer window.

    But former Spurs midfielder O'Hara has criticised Arsenal's business, telling talkSPORT: "They are Banter FC right now… they are Banter FC!

    "Odegaard, Ramsdale, White, Lokonga and Tavares – they've spent £135m on a B team. Is their team any better than what it was last season?"

  • Thomas Blow

    MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    The Gunners have bolstered their ranks by reportedly completing the signing of Martin Odegaard for around £30million.

    According to Fabrizio Romano, the deal is complete and the North Londoners have agreed on personal terms with the Norwegian.

    Odegaard, 22, is believed to have agreed a five-year contract with Mikel Arteta’s men.

    He starred on loan at Emirates Stadium during the second half of last season, scoring twice and assisting another two goals in 20 appearances.

    Another midfield target Houssem Aouar has reportedly been transfer listed by Lyon supremo Juninho.

    But according to the Mirror, Arsenal’s prioritising of Odegaard has made a further move for Aouar unlikely – with rivals Spurs now in the driving seat for the French international.

    Another former midfield target Manuel Locatelli yesterday completed his move to Juventus from Sassuolo.

    The Gunners had been keen on the Italian after his stellar performances at Euro 2020.

    In other transfer news, Arsenal are set to sign Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, according to reports.

    The North Londoners were linked with the Blades stopper earlier in the window, but baulked at their £35m valuation.

    According to David Ornstein, however, the two parties have agreed on a fee worth an initial £24m, with another £6m in potential bonuses likely to only be reached if Ramsdale becomes Arsenal's No1.

  • Etienne Fermie

    RAM RAID

    Arsenal are reportedly closing in on the £24million transfer of Sheffield United keeper Aaron Ramsdale.

    The England man was left out of Sheffield United's squad for their Championship clash away to West Brom on Wednesday night.

    He has started the Blades' first two games of the season.

    And according to The Athletic a return to the Premier League is on the cards for the 23 year old.

    Arsenal are said to be paying £24m up front with a further £6m to be paid in add-ons.

    It is significantly less than the £40m the Blades were previously demanding for their No1.

    He is expected to provide instant competition for Bernd Leno at the Emirates.

  • Etienne Fermie

    RED HEAD 2 HEAD

    Arsenal have replaced Joe Willock with Martin Odegaard and upgraded their midfield in the process – or have they?

    The Gunners flogged Willock, 21, to Newcastle for £25million and have signed Odegaard, 22, from Real Madrid for £34m.

    Fans are split over whether Norwegian ace Odegaard offers more than Willock.

    And Gunners legend Paul Merson has hit out at his old club for letting academy product Willock go.

    SunSport have unearthed stats from last season to explore whether Gooners should expect their team to be stronger with Odegaard instead of Willock in 21-22.

  • Etienne Fermie

    FERD-CLASS GUNNER

    Rio Ferdinand has revealed he wanted to join Arsenal after leaving Manchester United – but Arsene Wenger rejected the "mad" idea.

    Old Trafford legend Ferdinand believed he could help the "dressing room culture" at United's fierce rivals – but instead joined Queens Park Rangers.

    And the ex-England centre-back admits Wenger was "right" to turn him down as he went on to flop in his one season with the Championship Superhoops.

    Ferdinand, now 42, exited Old Trafford in 2014 after lifting six Premier League crowns and winning the Champions League in his 12 years.

    And he told his YouTube channel: "The maddest thing is I thought about [joining] Arsenal.

    "I said, 'Arsene, listen, I am leaving Man United and if you want, I will come and try and help the dressing room etc. because I think you need help in that department'.

    "'I will obviously play but, more importantly, I will come for the culture'.

    "He didn't take me up on the offer and he was right because my performances at QPR weren't up to the levels.

    "But in the changing room, I believe I could have helped him, because that is where a lot of the culture derives from."

    Arsene Wenger turned down the chance to sign Ferdinand
  • Etienne Fermie

    LAC OF THREAT

    Danny Murphy believes Arsenal should look to sell striker Alexandre Lacazette this summer if they need money to sign more players.

    The French forward, who missed Arsenal’s 2-0 opening day defeat against Brentford on Friday due to illness along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has been linked with a move away from the club during this window.

    Murphy told talkSPORT: “If I was Arteta I’d make some definitive decisions and stick to a team that’s capable and some tactics that you can actually see.

    “We were quite enthused [with Arteta] at the beginning, there was some positivity there. Then some negativity came and he became proactive not reactive. It’s like they’ve lost their way a bit.

    “But when I say definitive I’d be telling Aubameyang that he’d play week in, week out up front. Whatever it, needs you play him, week in, week out and he’ll score you goals. And if you need funds then let Lacazette go.”

    Alexandre Lacazette is not Danny Murphy's favourite strikerCredit: Getty
  • Etienne Fermie

    ODE TO JOY

    Arsenal have reportedly completed the permanent £29m signing of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid.

    The Norwegian shone on loan in North London last season, and has returned on a full-time basis.

    With the attacking midfielder set to be available to Mikel Arteta this weekend, let's remind ourselves of the magic that he's capable of.

  • Etienne Fermie

    LOC AND LOADED

    Juventus have officially announced the signing of Italy star Manuel Locatelli from Sassuolo.

    The midfielder, 23, was linked with Arsenal earlier in the window.

    But the Euro 2020 star only wanted to go to Juve, and has penned a five-year deal.

  • Etienne Fermie

    RAM RAID

    Arsenal are on the verge of signing Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, according to reports.

    The Blades were initially after £40million for the stopper.

    But according to The Athletic's David Ornstein, the Gunners have settled on a fee of £24m, plus £6m in potential add-ons.

    Ornstein adds that these add-ons are likely to only come into play if Ramsdale becomes Arsenal's first choice.

    The 23-year-old has been offered a four-year deal with an option for a fifth.

    Aaron Ramsdale is set for a move to ArsenalCredit: PA
  • Etienne Fermie

    IT ALL ADS UP

    Tony Adams has celebrated going 25 years sober by praising those who helped him kick the drink.

    A quarter of a century of 'peace and serenity' has seen the former Arsenal and England star turn his life, on and off the pitch, around.

    Adams, 54, struggled with alcoholism while performing on the biggest stage throughout the 1980s and early 1990s.

    But he was able to get the help he needed and has since spoken openly and honestly about his past addiction.

    On Wednesday, Adams revealed he had reached 25 years sober and posted a heartwarming message to his Instagram.

    He wrote: "There it is! Officially an old timer today.

    "At 5pm on the 16/08/1996 I took my last alcoholic drink.

    "25 years of peace and serenity later, I would just like to thank all those recovering addicts that freely carried the message of recovery to me.

    "Thank God I surrendered and asked for help. Keep coming back. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻."

  • Etienne Fermie

    HOUSS LAUGHING NOW

    Tottenham are reportedly set to swoop for Houssem Aouar, after Arsenal secured the permanent signing of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid.

    The Gunners have long been linked with Lyon midfielder Aouar.

    But having moved for Odegaard instead, the Mirror claim that the path is now clear for Spurs to sign 23-year-old Aouar.

    The France international has been transfer listed by Lyon supremo Juninho, and previously excelled alongside Tanguy Ndombele in Ligue 1.

    Houssem Aouar could be set for Spurs
  • Etienne Fermie

    ARSENAL 4 OKZHETPES 0

    Nikita Parris and Mana Iwabuchi helped Arsenal get off to a flyer in the Women’s Champions League qualifiers with a crushing defeat of FC Okzhetpes.

    Goals from the summer signings were among the efforts that saw the WSL side seal a thumping 4-0 win and their first in Europe under Jonas Eidevall.

    The result saw the North London outfit reach the first round final of the Champions League qualifiers where they will face PSV Eindhoven or Locomotiv Moscow.

    A win for the Gunners in that game will see them secure a spot in the second round of the qualifiers for the contest.

  • Etienne Fermie

    TREASURE HUNT

    Arsenal are continuing to revamp their transfer department with the addition of three new scouts.

    An overhaul was kicked off last year when ten talent spotters were axed by technical director Edu.

    Head of recruitment Francis Cagigao, France scout Ty Gooden and head of youth scouting Steve Morrow were all let go in the space of a few months.

    Last month, a trio of new scouts began working for the Gunners with the aim of bringing in hidden gems.

    Former Manchester United employee Romain Poirot will look after Arsenal's French network.

    Now in charge of Arsenal's Spanish scouting system is former Andorra international Toni Lima.

    And James Ellis has also joined Arsenal to help scout the domestic market, with all three starting their work for the club in July.

  • Etienne Fermie

    PAUL THE OTHER ONE

    Arsenal icon Paul Merson has hit out at technical director Edu for his transfer dealings since the Invincibles hero returned to North London.

    The Sky Sports pundit said: “It’s worrying at Arsenal. You’re still thinking: ‘Where are they going?’

    Edu has come in, and the recruitment has been lazy, if I’m being honest. It’s been: ‘Oh, we’ll take Willian on a free… we’ll take David Luiz for cheap.’

    “I remember years ago in football, managers were judged on signings. Sometimes I think Arteta is left behind, and I’m not sure how much of a say he has got in all of this.

    “Why would you let Joe Willock go? I’m not saying he’s the answer, but he’s come through the club and is going for £25m, that sort of money isn’t going to change Arsenal.

    “It’s not like a Harry Kane or Jack Grealish sale where you get £100m and can rebuild the team.”

    Paul Merson has had his say on former club ArsenalCredit: Getty
  • Etienne Fermie

    SOD'S LAU

    Inter Milan have today held contract talks with rumoured Arsenal target Lautaro Martinez's agent.

    The Argentine has been linked with a move away from San Siro, with Fabrizio Romano reporting that Spurs and Atletico Madrid have had bids rejected.

    But the Italian reports that Martinez's extension is edging closer, and is likely to be completed in the weeks ahead.

    Lautaro Martinez is set to extend his contract at Inter Milan
  • Jake Lambourne

    DUMPING DOUGHNUTS

    Mikel Arteta's Arsenal tactics have been described as a 'doughnut of sadness' after their shocker at Brentford.

    In perhaps the most brutal take yet on the abysmal display, their tactical system was called a 'doughnut of shame'.

    And the analysis from Tifo – a football tactics podcast – was particularly cutting.

    Drawing the trajectory of the ball as it circles around the pitch without going anywhere, the analyst mournfully says: "Pepe cuts back in and he goes back to [Calum] Chambers, and Chambers goes to [Ben] White, and White goes back to Sambi [Lokonga].

    "Then Sambi puts it back to [Granit] Xhaka, and Xhaka goes back to [Kieran] Tierney, and it goes again and again and again in this doughnut of sadness.

    "The doughnut of shame – going around and around and around and around, never going anywhere."

  • Jake Lambourne

    S-MART MOVE

    Martin Odegaard's move to join Arsenal from Real Madrid is reportedly a 'done deal'.

    The Gunners are known to be huge admirers of the Norwegian ace following his loan spell last term.

    And now transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has stated that Odegaard will join Arsenal on a five-year deal.

    He tweeted: "Martin Odegaard to Arsenal, here we go and deal confirmed! Permanent move – bit less than €40m [£34m] to Real Madrid.

    "Personal terms already agreed on five years contract.

    "Edu and Arteta wanted Odegaard as only priority since June, strategy was correct… and now, done deal."

  • Jake Lambourne

    SACK RACE

    Mikel Arteta is the even-money favourite to be the first Premier League manager sent packing this season.

    The Arsenal boss was available at 16/1 before the opening round of fixtures took place.

    But an abject defeat to newly-promoted Brentford has seen his price shorten to 11/4 and now to Evens with Betfair.

    The Gunners couldn't contain Ivan Toney, lacked cohesion and were without any creative spark as they lost 2-0 at the Brentford Community Stadium.

    The defeat instantly thrusts the spotlight on Arteta, who must galvanise his side before games against Chelsea and Manchester City.

  • Jake Lambourne

    RAY OF LIGHT

    Thierry Henry was not Arsenal’s top earner during their epic ‘Invincibles’ era with one team-mate ‘probably earning double’ what the Frenchman was.

    He told talkSPORT that at least one player was picking up around double the amount the iconic forward was getting.

    Parlour said: “Now I couldn’t care less. I think Sol Campbell was our highest paid player, because he came on a free transfer from Spurs.

    “I’m not too sure how much he was on, but he was probably on double what Thierry Henry was.”

    Parlour added: “But, it doesn’t matter, because Sol was doing a fantastic job and I don’t think it should come down to money.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    RING THE BELL

    Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell believes there is conflict within the Gunners camp.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette missed Friday’s 2-0 defeat against Brentford with a mystery illness, and it’s not confirmed how long they will be out for.

    Campbell, who played over 200 games for Arsenal, told Sky Sports: “I am not too sure what’s going on, something isn’t right.

    “Right up until the game, they were going to be in the starting line-up, then all of a sudden, they are out.

    “So, if they are ill then let us know why they are ill. But I just think there is some infighting going on and Arsenal don’t need this because there’s some serious work to be done.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    AOUAR OF NEED

    Arsenal target Houssem Aouar has reportedly been put up for sale by Lyon.

    That is according to French news outlet RMC Sport who have declared that multiple players have been put on the transfer list.

    They state that the Ligue 1 side are looking to offload any players with attitude issues.

    And of those players in the list is Aouar, with the Gunners already in contact with his agent.

    Mikel Arteta is known to be a huge fan of the midfielder with the Spaniard failing to bring him to the Emirates last summer.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ARSENAL ROUND-UP

    Hello and welcome Arsenal fans! It's been a busy 24 hours with the Gunners reportedly closing in on TWO signings.

    According to various outlets in England and Spain, Arsenal are poised to bring Martin Odegaard back to the Emirates, only this time it is on a permanent deal.

    A deal in the region of £29million has been agreed with Real Madrid who have been reluctant to part ways with him up until this point.

    And it has even been suggested that he could be available for Sunday's London derby clash against rivals Chelsea.

    In other news, Arsenal are believed to be back in for Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale to provide competition for Bernd Leno.

    Commenting on the shot-stopper, Blades boss Slavisa Jokanovic said: “He is a talented English player and I understand Arsenal are interested, but this is the business.

    “If he is one of the best players in the league, his price is high and it’s up to Arsenal if they want him. They need to spend a lot of money.

    “I will be disappointed [if he leaves] but it’s part of the realistic situation. Arsenal are pushing from one side and I am pulling from a different side.”

    And Spanish news outlet Sport that Barcelona will open talks with Arsenal to discuss the signing of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    It’s believed the Catalan club will offer Mikel Arteta's side Philippe Coutinho in a swap deal for the Gabon international.

    Meanwhile transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has stated that Arsenal are in contact with Houssem Aouar's agent with the playmaker keen to depart Lyon.

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