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 Real Madrid star Marco Asensio
Marco Asensio has been one of the key players for Real Madrid in the last few years, but his time at the Spanish capital appears to be coming to an end. The Spanish international is out of contract next summer and Madrid have been unable to agree terms on a fresh deal. As a result, Madrid are ready to let the player leave the summer before losing him for free next summer. Arsenal are monitoring Asensio’s situation with manager Mikel Arteta keen to make a late move before the transfer window shuts on September 1, according to the Sun.
Asensio has been with Real Madrid since 2014 and he has gone on to make more than 150 appearances in the La Liga for the giants. However, he is frustrated with the lack of starts, as manager Carlo Ancelotti has preferred the experience of campaigners like Luka Modric.
Arsenal have made a fantastic start to the season with the team winning all four league matches. A lot of the success is attributed to Arteta who has made significant changes to the squad over the summer. A number of underperforming players have been allowed to leave or sent out on loan. In their absence, Arsenal have been able to get some excellent performances from new signings and it remains to be seen as a late move for Asensio will help further strengthen the squad.
Real Madrid are understood to value the player at around £25 million.
FW rumour rating: 2/5
Mykhaylo Mudryk could end up making a late switch to Arsenal
Arsenal remain intent on strengthening the squad before the end of the transfer deadline on September 1. The window shuts down at 23:00 BST. One of the players who could end up at the Emirates Stadium within the next 48 hours could be Mykhaylo Mudryk of Shakhtar Donetsk, according to the Daily Express. The 21-year-old left winger is one of the key targets for Arsenal after having allowed underperforming players like Nicholas Pepe to leave the club.
Mykhaylo Mudryk is a product of the Shakhtar Donetsk youth academy after coming through the ranks a few years ago. His contract with the Ukrainian outfit runs until 2026 and he signed this new deal only back in February. Arsenal need to cough up at least £25 million before they can think about signing the young winger. The Daily Express reports that Arsenal are still some way away from matching the expectations of Shakhtar Donetsk, as the first offer from the Gunners is only around £15 million.
If the Gunners are able to capture their target, they could very well be spending upwards of £100 million for the second consecutive season. The club have already brought in the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko for sizeable transfer sums so far this summer. A whole host of players have left the club.
FW rumour rating: 3/5
Arsenal might end up getting Youri Tielemans at a discount
Arsenal have been keen on bringing Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans for several weeks. The Foxes initially had a valuation of £35 million on the player but the expectation dropped to around £25 million with the transfer deadline day approaching. Now, Football London reports that Leicester might even be prepared to settle for a bid in the region of £20 million. Surprisingly, there are widespread reports of Arsenal having made a £19 million offer for the midfielder, who has less than a year left on his contract.
The Gunners have been keen on strengthening the midfield after having so far worked on other areas of the pitch through players like Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
If Arsenal were to be successful in bringing Tielemans, it would be a coup considering that the 25-year-old offers a rich amount of Premier League experience at a very attractive age. The rumours surrounding the player’s future have led to Brendan Rodgers dropping him from the recent game against Southampton, but he was brought back to the starting lineup for the match against Chelsea.
Even though Manchester United and Liverpool have also shown interest in the player, Arsenal remain the last man standing going into the final hours of the transfer deadline for the 2022 summer.
FW rumour rating: 4/5
Arsenal ready to hijack Julian Weigl for around £13 million
Arsenal technical director Edu is busy working on trying to complete a deal for Julian Weigl on the last day of the summer transfer window. Arsenal have been working on deals to bring in several players like Youri Tielemans, but it is expected that progress will be made only on the last day of the window. One such arrival on the final day could be Julian Weigl, who could be snapped up for around £13 million, according to Football London.
The defensive midfielder from Benfica was brought from Borussia Dortmund in the winter transfer window of 2020 for around £18 million. Now, he has been on the verge of a return to the German Bundesliga with Borussia Mönchengladbach keen to sign him. However, the entry of Arsenal could change the picture dramatically, as the former Borussia Dortmund start might appreciate playing in European competitions on a regular basis.
Mönchengladbach were trying to wrap up the signing of Julian Weigl on a loan deal with an option to buy for around £13 million. He can be a solid signing for Arsenal, as he has the potential to play in the defensive midfield as a replacement for either Granit Xhaka or Thomas Partey. The recent injury suffered by Thomas Partey enhances the need for a player like Julian Weigl, who can step in as a cover when required. Julian Weigl may also be a much cheaper alternative to Tielemans with a potential deal for the Leicester City midfielder taking longer than expected.
FW rumour rating: 2.5/5
Last Week's Arsenal Transfer Rumours
Arsenal keen on bringing Wolves winger Pedro Neto
Arsenal have been keen to bring offensive reinforcements before the end of the transfer window and the club are ready to make a late move for Wolves winger Pedro Neto, according to the Telegraph.
Pedro Neto is at the top of the wish list for the Arsenal manager, who has already sent out many of the underperforming players either on loan deals or by releasing them from their contracts. This has freed up a lot of the Arsenal wage bill and transfer budget. The club are now keen on bringing Neto from Wolves, but the Gunners do fear that the Midlands outfit may slap up a huge transfer fee on the player.
Signed from Lazio for around £16 million in the summer of 2019, Neto has been a very strong asset for the Midlands outfit. In his first two seasons, he was able to hit 60 appearances in the Premier League while scoring five goals. Last season, though, he picked up a knee injury that kept him out for the majority of the campaign. Now, Neto is back fit and he has been a regular for Wolves.
Arsenal technical director Edu has been working hard behind the scenes to stand in the squad, but it remains to be seen if the £60 million valuation of the player may scare the Gunners. Neto’s contract with Wolves still has just under five years and it puts the club in a very strong position indeed.
FW rumour rating: 2/5
Udinese and Barcelona keen on Arsenal outcast Hector Bellerin
Hector Bellerin is definitely on his way out at Arsenal after falling out of Arteta’s favour, but the Spaniard has been unable to complete a switch to any interested club. Arsenal have been reluctant to come to terms with a move for the player even though he has under 12 months left on his contract.
Several clubs have shown interest in signing Hector Bellerin on a permanent basis with Real Betis, where the players spent last season on loan, leading the race a few weeks ago. Now, Udinese are in front of the queue to sign the 27-year-old, who has featured in 239 games for Arsenal. Surprisingly, Barcelona have also entered into the picture, according to the Sun.
Barcelona had been keen on a right back for several weeks, as manager Xavi is not too keen on using Sergino Dest in the position. However, Barcelona have so far been priced out of a move for several players. Now, they have switched their attention to their former youth product in the form of Hector Bellerin. After coming through the youth setup at La Masia, Bellerin make the switch to Arsenal in 2011. He has had decent success at the Emirates Stadium by winning three FA cups during his decade with the club.
Bellerin has even offered to rip up his entire contract worth around £7.5 million in a bid to move away from the club.
FW rumour rating: 3/5
Leicester slash Youri Tielemans valuation to boost Arsenal’s hopes
Youri Tielemans is one of the players widely expected to leave Leicester City in the summer. The 25-year-old has made it clear that he is not about to sign a new contract with the club. Rather than risk losing him for nothing next summer, Leicester City have decided to make the most of his presence. Arsenal have been showing interest in the midfielder for several weeks. After having initially placed a valuation of £38 million from the player, Leicester City are now reportedly dropping the expectation to around £20 million given that the player’s contract is running down.
Brendan Rodgers recently hinted that Youri Tielemans could go through a long and protracted transfer in his efforts to seal a switch away from the King Power Stadium. After having finally learned about the player’s desire to not play for the Foxes, Rodgers has decided to focus on the future. The midfielder was left out of the starting line-up for the game against Southampton last Saturday.
Now, Leicester have hinted that they would be open to doing business at around £20 million. This might be the impetus that Arsenal need to go for a transfer target who has been on their radar for several months. At just 25 years of age, Tielemans provides a right mix of youth and experience, while he also has decent experience in the Premier League.
FW rumour rating: 4/5
Arsenal agree loan deal with Nice for outcast Nicholas Pepe
Arsenal signed Nicolas Pepe from Lille for a £72 million fee, which is a club record, back in 2019 but the transfer has not worked out as expected. The 27-year-old failed to live up to the expectations and he is now on the verge of moving to French outfit Nice on a season-long loan, according to the Guardian.
Even though Arsenal tried to stick with the expensive acquisition for several campaigns, manager Mikel Arteta has finally decided to let the player leave on a loan deal. Pepe has most likely played his last game for the gunners. In his first season with the club, he featured in 31 appearances and went on to score 5 goals. His best campaign with Arsenal was in the 2020-20 season when he managed 10 goals in 29 league matches. Last season, the winger returned with just one goal from 20 games.
Arteta has confirmed that Pepe wanted to play regularly and that it was difficult to provide game time at Arsenal. Therefore, the decision has been made to send him out on loan with Nice likely to help him revive his form. During his days with Lille, Nicolas Pepe was a tremendous threat in the French Ligue 1. However, his contract runs out next summer and it is unlikely that the 27-year-old will come back to the Emirates Stadium.
FW rumour rating: 2.5/5
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.