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Arsenal prioritise £35m-rated defensive transfer target as Fabio Vieira deal edges closer

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Arsenal are set to be one of the busiest Premier League sides in the summer transfer window as they look to break into the top four next season.

Mikel Arteta’s side finished fifth last term after being pipped to a Champions League qualification spot by north London rivals Tottenham.

The likes of Gabriel Jesus, Raphinha, Youri Tielemans and Lisandro Martinez have been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium this summer.

Arsenal are eager to bolster key areas of the squad for next season whilst a number of players could follow Alexandre Lacazette out of the door. With that in mind, below is Arsenal latest transfer news and rumors.

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Arsenal prioritise Ajax defender

According to The Athletic, Arsenal have enquired for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez, and he is now their top priority deal with Vieira’s signing set to be announced in the coming days.

Both Manchester United and Barcelona are rumoured to be interested in the Argentina international, but the Gunners have seemingly made the first move regarding a potential move for the defender.

The north Londoners have had an opening bid of £25million rejected by the Eredivisie champions but are confident of striking a deal with the Dutch outfit. Martinez’s versatility is an appealing proposition for Arteta with the Argentina international being able to play at centre-back, left back and defensive midfield.

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Gabriel Jesus bid ‘rejected’

Arsenal have reportedly had an opening bid for Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus rejected but remain confident of agreeing a deal and will step up their pursuit in the coming days. According to GOAL, Arsenal’s opening bid in the region of £30million has been rejected by City.

Jesus has just one year left on his current deal in Manchester, but City value the Brazilian closer to £50million given the striker’s age and the fact he is yet to reach his potential. Negotiations are set to continue and there is growing belief that a compromise can be reached between all parties.

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FC Porto have confirmed that Arsenal have reached an agreement for the transfer of Fabio Vieira on a permanent deal, in a move that will be worth a total of £34 million which includes a potential of £5 million in bonuses.

According to football.london, The 22-year-old is in London finalising a move from Porto with an announcement from the club expected to come next week. Vieira will be Arsenal’s second signing of the 2022 summer transfer window following the acquisition of Marquinhos who has penned a four-year deal at the Emirates.

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Report: Chelsea agree personal terms with Inter Milan superstar

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Chelsea look to be closing in on the signing of 19-year-old midfielder Cesare Casadei.

The Blues are reportedly agreeing personal terms with the Inter Milan youngster ahead of what is expected to be a €15m (plus add-ons) transfer. Inter had been looking for around €20m all told.

As per Fabrizio Romano, and others, the highly promising Italy youth international, though who has yet to make his senior professional debut, has agreed a six-year deal with the Blues, choosing Chelsea over the likes of OGC Nice in France and US Sassuolo in Italy.

Presumably, Casadei will not be joining the Chelsea first-team right away, though post-Brexit work permit rules are fairly esoteric and confusing.

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Perhaps he will end up joining one of the aforementioned teams on loan to build up the necessary professional experience? Just speculating…

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While the two teams have yet to agree a transfer, this looks to be drawing to a successful conclusion for us, adding yet another teenager talent to the team as we look to build for not only this season but for many seasons in the future.

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Mikel Arteta drops Youri Tielemans hint as Arsenal can sign ‘more complete’ N’Golo Kante

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Today’s Arsenal transfer round-up on Tuesday, August 16.

Tielemans hint

Mikel Arteta’s increased use of Granit Xhaka could mean that Arsenal are close to giving up on transfer target Youri Tielemans.

The Gunners are still chasing a deal for the Leicester City midfielder but have seen their chances dwindle of doing a deal this summer and now, despite Xhaka previously saying he had come close to leaving, the club could have to do without a new addition.

Xhaka is now part of a new leadership group at the Emirates Stadium, a possible indication that he may remain at the club and throw a move for Tielemans into doubt.

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Kante replacement

With Tielemans becoming less and less attainable this season, Arsenal have reportedly turned their attention elsewhere.

According to the Express, Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo is attracting interest from some of Europe’s top clubs including the Gunners and Manchester United. Having been previously compared with Kante, Arsenal’s desire to sign Caicedo is understandable.

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South American football expert Tim Vickery said, “A year ago he was saying that Kante of Chelsea is his role model but he is already more than that. He already offers more in the final third.”

Yeremi Pino flight explained

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has cleared the air regarding Yeremi Pino and denies that a bid has been made for him.

Romano told CaughtOffside, “Many clubs have been following Yeremi Pino for months, he is a top player of the future that at least three Premier League clubs have been monitoring for some time.

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“No proposals have been made yet to Villarreal, who would like more than €50m for their young star; it will not be an easy negotiation.

“As for the rumours about Arsenal – Edu was not travelling to Spain to meet Villarreal, also because Pino’s agents are based in the UK (Stellar Group).”

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Erik Ten Hag believes £64,000 a week player will agree to join Man United – Report

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Despite signing two defenders this summer, Manchester United’s backline has been terrible this season and yet another defender is linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Yesterday, we covered a story (via Sport) claiming that the Red Devils have submitted an offer to sign Sergino Dest, who has received a clear message to leave Barcelona.

Today, the Spanish news source have covered another report and stated that the American international has not been able to impress in the last two years, moreover, he failed to convince Xavi in pre-season. Therefore, his exit is considered essential.

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Erik ten Hag wants to get rid of Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer so that he can complete the signing of Dest, who is valued at 20 million euros.

The Catalan media outlet claim the Dutch manager believes that the 21-year-old Barca defender will agree (say Yes) to join Man United.

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Ten Hag really needs to understand that players from the Netherlands or connections with Ajax are not guaranteed to solve the conundrum at Old Trafford.

Under Van Gaal, Depay and Blind failed to shine for Man United. For Ten Hag, thus far, the likes of Eriksen, Martinez and Malacia have not settled.

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Now, he is pushing to sign another ex Ajax player in the form of Dest. The American was a hit in the Eredivisie but has proved to be average in the La Liga.

The youngster’s current contract at the Nou Camp will expire in 2025 and he earns around £64,000 a week (The Sun).

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