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Arsenal: Latest Transfer Rumours
Football Whispers is always on the lookout for new transfer rumours regarding Arsenal. All of the top Arsenal transfer rumours over the last week are available on this page along with a rating to assess the potential for the transfer to take place.
Arsenal keen on bringing Porto’s Pepe for £60 million
Just when it seemed that Arsenal have been unable to get the best out of Nicolas Pepe, the Gunners are edging closer towards bringing in another Pepe, according to the Sun. Mikel Arteta is keen on Arsenal signing Porto star Pepe, who is valued at around £60 million by the Portuguese outfit.
The 23-year-old happens to be a Brazilian forward who is not to be confused with the veteran defender, who used to play for Real Madrid. Eduardo Gabriel Aquino Cossa, commonly known as Pepe, happens to play much ahead on the pitch. He moved to Porto in 2021 from Gremio for around €15 million. So far in his Porto career, the Brazilian has displayed a decent amount of form with three goals and three assists from 18 matches. As he continues to settle in European football, there appears to be a lot of promise which has attracted the attention of Mikel Arteta.
The major stumbling block in the deal could be the valuation of the player by Porto. Arsenal value the player at around £25 million while Porto are not interested in selling him for anything less than £60 million. A £60 million bid would also be sufficient to involve the release clause in the player’s contract. If a deal does not happen this summer, Arsenal are likely to come back next summer after having given keen attention to Pepe’s performances – especially in the Champions League.
FW rumour rating: 2/5
Arthur Melo to Arsenal still a possibility before the deadline day
Arsenal have been showing interest in bringing Arthur Melo throughout the summer. However, it had appeared that Valencia had stolen the march on the Juventus midfielder by moving closer to signing him on a permanent basis. Now, Valencia are struggling to complete the deal and the central midfielder could actually end up at the Emirates Stadium, according to the Daily Express.
The Brazilian has been a transfer target for Arsenal even from January. The Juventus midfielder is no longer part of the plans at Turin. His current contract with Juventus comes to an end next summer and he will be free to negotiate terms from January.
Juventus are unlikely to sanction a potential exit for Arthur Melo unless a replacement has been signed. As a result, there were plans of sending the midfielder on a loan move to Valencia since it would provide some level of safety. The deal appeared to be close to conclusion on Thursday, but the latest developments have seen a shift in the situation. Arsenal could pounce on the uncertainty by bringing the 25-year-old, who played in just 958 minutes of league action last season.
Arsenal may be tempted by the prospect of being able to sign the player for free next summer.
FW rumour rating: 2/5
Arsenal ready to battle with Liverpool for Villarreal winger Yeremy Pino
Yeremy Pino is one of the top young stars to come out of the Villarreal youth setup in recent years. The 19-year-old has been with the Yellow Submarines since 2017, but the Spanish club are ready to cash in on the enormous interest surrounding the young winger. Arsenal and Liverpool are ready to battle out for the 19-year-old before the end of this window, according to the Sun.
Villarreal are aware that it will take something remarkable from their end to keep Yeremy Pino, who has ambitions of playing at the very top level. Despite being extremely young, Pino has already made his international debut for Spain in 2021 and he has already been able to pick up his first goal at international level. Last season, he came up with six goals and created four assists in the 31 league appearances and it is a sizable improvement over his return during the 2020-21 campaign.
The Yellow Submarines are resigned to losing Pino before the end of this window, but they are not ready to sell him cheap. The player has a contract with Villarreal until the summer of 2027 putting the club in an incredibly strong position on the negotiation front. The Sun reports that Pino has a release clause of £67 million and any club who wants to sign the youngster might have to stump up this cash.
FW rumour rating: 3/5
Arsenal and Hector Bellerin negotiating over contract cancellation
Hector Bellerin continues to be an outcast at Arsenal for the last few weeks. The player is keen to resolve the solution in order to play on a regular basis. According to the Daily Mail, Hector Bellerin and his agent have been in negotiations with Arsenal about cancelling the contract, with still has a year to run. Getting out of the contract will allow Hector Bellerin to complete a move to Real Betis, where he was able to enjoy a decent amount of success last season while on loan.
Mikel Arteta was initially in favour of letting the player leave, but Arsenal later warmed up to the idea of retaining the right back through the rest of the season even if it meant that he would leave on a free summer.
Bellerin shared the dressing room with Arteta not too long ago, but he has not played much football under the Spaniard. After being loaned out to Real Betis last season, Bellerin went on to make 23 appearances in the La Liga while also coming up with five assists.
Arsenal have been trying to clear many of the underperforming players from the squad. In the last two seasons, the club has seen the departure of no less than 17 first-team players including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil. Apart from Hector Bellerin, the Gunners are also trying to get players like Nicolas Pepe and Pablo Mari out of the squad as well.
The Gunners have spent in excess of £ 100 million this summer by bringing in the likes of Gabriel Jesus.
FW rumour rating: 3/5
Last Week's Arsenal Transfer Rumours
Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira still in the limbo amidst Galatasaray interest
Lucas Torreira has been frozen out of Arsenal first-team action for a while. The 26-year-old is clearly not in the plans of manager Mikel Arteta, but a potential move away from the Emirates Stadium has not taken place due to a number of reasons. Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Galatasaray still remain in talks with Arsenal over the potential deal, but the Gunners are yet to sanction the same.
Galatasaray have reportedly made an offer of £7.5 million along with add-ons for the 26-year-old. The Uruguayan international is clearly favouring a move to the Turkish outfit.
Signed from Sampdoria in 2018 for a fee of £ 26 million, Torreira has been unable to nail down a first-team spot since Mikel Arteta came to the club. In his first season, Torreira was almost a regular and he made 34 appearances in the league. Since then, he has continuously been frozen out of action. After spending the last two seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid and Fiorentina, the Uruguayan international is keen on a permanent switch.
It is unlikely that the transfer may prolong further considering that Lucas Torreira’s contract runs out in the summer of 2023 and that he would be free to discuss terms with foreign clubs from January.
FW rumour rating: 4.5/5
Arsenal likely to make Youri Tielemans bid before the deadline day
Leicester City are becoming increasingly prepared for a formal bid from Arsenal for midfielder Youri Tielemans, who has been subject to transfer rumours with Manchester United and the Gunners. The interest from United has cooled off in recent weeks, but Leicester are bracing themselves for an offer from Arsenal just before the transfer deadline day, according to the Sun.
The Foxes are clearly not happy about selling the 25-year-old, but there is little option given that the player’s contract runs out in under 12 months. Youri Tielemans will be able to discuss terms with foreign clubs from January. It has been heavily rumoured that Arsenal already have an agreement with Tielemans, who is valued at around £30 million.
It is expected that Arsenal might open up with an offer of £25 million for the 25-year-old. Brendan Rodgers might have come out with a warning that other clubs should not try to poach players from Leicester, but it is increasingly unlikely that the Foxes might be able to retain the service of Tielemans.
Leicester defender Fofana has also been linked with a move away from the club with Chelsea and United interested.
FW rumour rating: 2/5
Monza leading the race to sign Pablo Mari ahead of Fenerbahce
Pablo Mari might be set for a return to Italian football, as it appears that the newly promoted Italian outfit Monza are close to agreeing a loan deal for the player, according to the Daily Mail. Monza have just reached the Italian Serie A and they are ahead in the race to sign the 28-year-old, who was very close to moving to Fenerbahce in the last week. A move to Fenerbahce would have reunited him with his former manager Jorge Jesus.
Mari will be turning 29 soon but he still has two years left on his contract with Arsenal. After coming to the club on a loan deal back in January 2020, Mari was signed on a permanent basis for around £5 million. Since then, however, he has been loaned out and the Spaniard spent last season on loan at Udinese.
After having caught the attention of Italian scouts with his decent performances for Udinese, Monza are looking to sign the experienced player in a bid to stay up. This is the first time Monza have been promoted to the top division.
Even though Mari has regularly featured in pre-season for the gunners, he is one of the many players deemed surplus to requirements by Arteta.
FW rumour rating: 4/5
Arsenal loan out Charlie Patino to Blackpool
Championship outfit Blackpool have been able to bring in Arsenal youngster Charlie Patino on a season-long loan deal, according to the BBC. The 18-year-old is regarded as one of the top talents in the Arsenal youth setup.
Last season, he made his debut for the Gunners in the League Cup success over Sunderland. Charlie Patino also went on to feature in the third round FA Cup game against Nottingham Forest which ended in a surprise defeat for the North London outfit. Since then, Patino has had to wait for a league debut without much success.
Now, Arsenal have decided to loan out the player in a bid to provide him with some regular first-team experience. Blackpool finished in the bottom half of the Championship last season and they should be able to offer Patino plenty of first-team action. Patino is the fourth player to have joined Blackpool on a loan this season.
FW rumour rating: Done
Mikel Arteta makes U-turn over Hector Bellerin
Mikel Arteta has surprisingly decided to keep Hector Bellerin, who was widely expected to leave Arsenal this summer, according to the latest transfer rumours. After having fallen down the pecking order at Arsenal over the last few years, Hector Bellerin was loaned out to Real Betis last season. The 27-year-old was widely tipped to leave the Emirates Stadium on a permanent basis this summer with his contract expiring in less than 12 months.
Bellerin is one of the older Arsenal players in the squad after having incredibly shared the dressing room with Arteta at one point in his career.
Despite being only 27, Bellerin carries a wealth of experience and Arsenal are reportedly ready to keep the player for a couple of months before letting him leave on a free. Last season, Bellerin was quite impressive for Real Betis after joining in five assists in just 32 games for the Spanish outfit.
Arsenal were initially putting a £7 million transfer fee for the player.
FW rumour rating: 3/5
Arsenal History and Information
Formed in 1886 as Dial Square by Woolwich munitions workers, the club we now know as Arsenal crossed the city of London to Arsenal Stadium in Highbury in 1913, in doing so becoming rivals of Tottenham Hotspur. Currently playing in the Premier League, Arsenal are managed by Mikel Arteta and are considered one of the most successful clubs in English football. In total, they have won the English top-flight on 13 occasions, the FA Cup a record 13 times, the League Cup (2), Community Shield (15), UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.
This club is one of the few that have been a part of the Premier League in all seasons since the league’s inception in 1992. It is also one of the 7 clubs that managed to win the Premier League so far. Arsenal FC holds many records but the most impressive one is probably the undefeated season in 2002-2003.
After spending nearly a century playing their games at Highbury, Arsenal moved to their newly built Emirates Stadium in 2006. The current club manager is Mikel Arteta, a Spaniard who played 5 seasons for the club and previously worked as an assistant to the legendary manager Pep Guardiola.
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Pierre Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund for £57.4m in 2017
This is one of the most expensive transfers in the history of the club but one that is seemingly paid off. While Arsenal had little success so far with the Gabonian striker in the club, the individual performances of the man who earned the captaincy at Emirates have been stellar.
Nicolas Pépé from LOSC Lille for £72m in 2019
Being the most expensive transfer in Arsenal’s history, the arrival of the French winger from Lille was anticipated with great hope. And while his career with the Gunners is still in its infancy, Pépé could end up being a very expensive flop or at best a solid starter but hardly a difference-maker the Gunners hoped he can be.
Thierry Henry from Juventus for £11m in 1999
While the price of £11m was not really cheap back in 1999, hardly anyone could expect that the French striker who struggled in Juventus could turn into one of the greatest Gunners in history. But Henry did exactly that – with 226 goals, he is the team’s best goalscorer of all time and an overall legend of the club.
Ian Wright from Crystal Palace for £2.5m in 1991
Brought to the club for a fee of just £2.5 million, Ian Wright had no trouble adjusting to life in English football since he came from another English club. He spent seven seasons in Arsenal and is still the club’s second-leading scorer with 185 goals in all competitions.
Dennis Bergkamp from Inter for £7.5m in 1995
The Dutch virtuoso took some time to adjust to the Premier League and the physicality of English football but once he got used to it, he showed his goalscoring and playmaking talent during 11 seasons at the club.
Patrick Vieira from Milan for £3.5m in 1996
After he arrived at Arsenal in 1996, the French international quickly become one of the most important players in Wenger’s team. He was a key part of the team for a decade and one of the main contributors to the team’s undefeated season in 2002-2003.