Arsenal transfer news and rumours: Summer transfer window 2021

Transfer news, rumours and gossip from the Emirates; summer transfer window runs from June 9 to August 31

James Maddison celebrates after scoring at Villa Park (AP)

Wrapping up the Arsenal transfer news, rumours and gossip in the 2021 summer window.

Who have Arsenal been linked with?

James Maddison - Arsenal remain very interested in doing a deal for Maddison. Sky Sports News has been told Maddison would be "open to the idea" of moving to the Emirates Stadium. (Sky Sports News, August 4).

Arsenal have proposed a player-plus-cash deal for Leicester City's £60m-rated midfielder as they pursue another big-money summer signing (Daily Mail, August 4); Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson or Eddie Nketiah could be used as makeweights as Arsenal pursue a player-plus-cash deal for Maddison (Daily Mirror, August 4); Arsenal are pursuing a deal for Maddison as part of Mikel Arteta's squad rebuild with the Leicester midfielder reportedly open to the move (The Guardian, August 4).

Arsenal are interested in signing Maddison from Leicester. Leicester do not want to sell Maddison and it is understood it would take a bid in excess of £70m for them to even consider selling the 24-year-old (Sky Sports News, July 28); Maddison is reportedly 'open' to a move to Arsenal with the club also meeting Tammy Abraham's wage demands (Sunday Mirror, July 25); Arsenal could offer fringe players Nelson and Maitland-Niles to Leicester City as part of an offer for Maddison (Daily Mail, July 21). Arsenal are expected to make a major move for Leicester City playmaker in the coming weeks (Daily Star, July 12).

Marco Asensio - Arsenal could turn their attention to Real Madrid's Asensio if they continue to be frustrated by their pursuit of Leicester's James Maddison (Daily Mirror, August 5); Arsenal are leading the race for Real Madrid star Asensio (The Sun, August 3).

Sander Berge - Arsenal are set to be considering a double-raid on Sheffield United for midfielder Berge and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale (Daily Mail, August 5).

Aaron Ramsdale - Arsenal's hopes of landing the Sheffield United goalkeeper have hit a stumbling block with new Blades boss Slavisa Jokanovic not wanting to sell (The Sun, August 2); Arsenal are considering a third bid to sign the Sheffield United goalkeeper (Sky Sports News, July 24); Sheffield United have told Arsenal they will need to raise their offer for England goalkeeper Ramsdale to £32m after two previous bids were rejected by the Championship club (The Times, July 22); The Gunners will make a third and final offer for Ramsdale (The Guardian, July 22). The 23-year-old is expected to take a medical when he returns from holiday on July 26, but what will the Gunners be getting for their money? Read our analysis here.

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Lautaro Martinez - Arsenal were given a swift "no" by Inter Milan after offering to swap Alexandre Lacazette straight up for Martinez (Daily Mirror, August 3); Arsenal have been dealt a transfer blow with Atletico Madrid the new favourites to sign Martinez (The Sun, August 2); Arsenal have been boosted in their pursuit of the Inter Milan striker after the Italian champions refused to rule out his departure during the current summer transfer window (Daily Express, August 1); Martinez is only interested in leaving Inter Milan for Spain, with no temptation to come to the Premier League amid interest from Arsenal (Daily Mail, July 30); Arsenal have registered an interest with Inter Milan about the striker (Daily Telegraph, July 28).

Matthew Hoppe - Arsenal and Everton are both reportedly interested in signing Schalke's American striker this summer after his impressive displays in the CONCACAF Gold Cup (Daily Star, August 2).

Daniel Bachmann - Arsenal are claimed to have had their interest in Watford keeper Bachmann rejected by the Hornets (Daily Express, July 31)

Manuel Locatelli - Sassuolo's CEO Giovanni Carnevali has confirmed that Arsenal have indeed launched an offer to sign Locatelli after emerging as one of the players of the tournament at Euro 2020 (Daily Mail, July 30); agent Andrea D'Amico claims Arsenal have made an opening £34m offer for Sassuolo midfielder Locatelli (The Sun, July 21); Arsenal are willing to pay Sassuolo's £34m asking price for the Italy midfielder but his preference is to join Juventus (The Guardian, July 19).

Martin Odegaard - Real Madrid want £42.5m for Odegaard and that could be enough to tempt Arsenal into making a move for the Norwegian star (The Sun, July 30); Arsenal are "keeping an eye" on Odegaard's situation at Real Madrid (Sky Sports News, July 28); Arsenal's hopes of re-signing Odegaard might not be over, but they will almost certainly depend on whether Real Madrid are able to offload Isco (Daily Express, July 28); Arsenal are "ready to pounce" should the Real Madrid playmaker become available this summer (Daily Mirror, July 17).

Bruno Guimaraes - Arsenal are reportedly eyeing a £30m move for Lyon midfielder (The Sun, July 30).

Tammy Abraham - Chelsea have lowered their asking price for striker Abraham to around £35m to try and drum up interest from Arsenal, West Ham and Aston Villa (The Sun, July 30); Chelsea are prepared to let Abraham join Arsenal on loan to speed through a deal (The Sun, July 21); Arsenal are interested in Abraham, who Chelsea have already offered to a number of clubs as part of their search for a new striker (Daily Telegraph, July 16).

Andrea Belotti - Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Belotti after Torino president Urbano Cairo confirmed the striker has been offered a new deal (The Sun, July 29).

Matchoi Djalo - Arsenal are considering a £1m offer to Portuguese side Pacos de Ferreira for the talented teenage winger (The Sun, July 27).

Neto - Arsenal are interested in signing Barcelona goalkeeper Neto. The Gunners were quoted £12million when they approached Barca to sign the 32-year-old in early 2021 (Mundo Deportivo, July 22).

Renato Sanches - Barcelona are preparing to make an offer for Lille and Portugal midfielder Sanches, although Arsenal are believed to still be top of the list of clubs trying to sign him (Daily Express, July 22).

Jordan Henderson - Arsenal have emerged as favourites to sign Henderson, should stalled contract talks with Liverpool end in him leaving the club as early as this summer (Daily Star, July 21).

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Sky Sports News' Rob Jones assesses how Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will be looking to strengthen his squad this summer in the transfer window

Houssem Aouar - Aouar's agents are said to have been left surprised by Arsenal's move for James Maddison after the Frenchman was on the Gunners' radar last summer (Daily Mirror, August 5); Lyon have increased their asking price for Aouar, who is a possible target for multiple Premier League clubs, to in excess of £25m (Daily Express, July 21); Arsenal will go on a £100m spending spree with the Lyon midfielder set to join White in signing for the club next week (Daily Star, July 18).

Ruben Neves - Arsenal have begun negotiations with Wolves over the signing of Neves (Daily Record, July 12).

Thilo Kehrer - Arsenal have enquired about PSG defender Kehrer as they line up a transfer replacement for right-back Hector Bellerin (The Sun, July 14).

Matthew Hoppe - Arsenal are reportedly set to enter a transfer tussle to sign the Schalke star (Sun, Aug 1).

The latest players linked with a Arsenal exit

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After signing in January for Newcastle on loan from Arsenal, Joe Willock scored nine Premier League goals for the Magpies as he was crucial in their survival in the Premier League

Joe Willock - Arsenal have agreed to let Joe Willock join Newcastle United on a permanent basis (Daily Express, August 5); Newcastle hope for a decision from Arsenal on Willock by the end of the week (Daily Mail, July 28); Newcastle are hopeful Emile Smith Rowe's new contract at Arsenal might accelerate their move for Gunners team-mate Willock (Sky Sports, July 22); Newcastle are in talks to bring Willock back to Tyneside (Times, July 13).

Granit Xhaka - Xhaka is close to agreeing a new contract at Arsenal (Sky Sports News, August 3); Arsenal midfielder Xhaka has returned for pre-season training and remains a "key part" of Mikel Arteta's plans this season (Sky Sports News, July 30).

Alexandre Lacazette - Arsenal are willing to sell Alexandre Lacazette for £15m (Daily Mirror, July 26); the Gunners will not be offering a new contract to Lacazette and are inviting bids for their former record signing (The Sun, July 24).

Hector Bellerin - Bellerin's agent is heading to London for talks over the Arsenal defender's future (Daily Star, July 29); the agent was in Milan last week negotiating a move to Serie A champions Inter Milan.
Inter want to sign the Arsenal right-back on loan but Arsenal want a sale, or at least a loan with an obligation to buy (Sky Sports News, July 28); Bellerin appears to be heading closer to the Arsenal exit door following reports Mikel Arteta is set to leave him out of his starting XI for the opening game of the season (Daily Mirror, July 26).

Reiss Nelson - Crystal Palace are interested in signing the Arsenal forward on loan. Arsenal will allow the academy product to leave in the summer transfer window as his game time is likely to be limited next season (Sky Sports, August 3); Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira is going back to Arsenal with a bid for the winger (Sun, Aug 1).

Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock, Eddie Nketiah and Ainsley Maitland-Niles - Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson or Eddie Nketiah could be used as makeweights as Arsenal pursue a player plus cash deal for Leicester City's James Maddison (Daily Mirror, August 4); Arsenal could offer fringe players Nelson and Maitland-Niles to Leicester City as part of an offer for James Maddison (Daily Mail, July 21).

Alex Runarsson - The Arsenal goalkeeper is on the verge of a loan transfer to Altay S.K (Sun, July 27).

Sead Kolasinac - The Arsenal outcast is reportedly in negotiations to terminate his deal with the club (Sun, Aug 1).

Confirmed Arsenal signings

Ben White - Brighton, £50m

Nuno Tavares - Benfica, undisclosed

Albert Sambi Lokonga - Anderlecht, £15m

Confirmed Arsenal departures

Dani Ceballos - end of loan

Mat Ryan - end of loan

Martin Odegaard - end of loan

David Luiz - contract expired

Mark McGuinness - Cardiff, undisclosed

Trae Coyle - FC Lausanne-Sport, undisclosed

Zech Medkley - KV Oostende, undisclosed

Dinos Mavropanos - Stuttgart, loan

Daniel Ballard - Millwall, loan

Ben Sheaf - Coventry, undisclosed

Matt Smith - Doncaster, loan

Matteo Guendouzi - Marseille, loan

William Saliba - Marseille, loan

Tyreece John-Jules - Blackpool, loan

Harry Clarke - Ross County, loan

Arsenal contract news

Granit Xhaka - The Arsenal midfielder is close to agreeing a new contract with the club. The 28-year-old's current deal is up in 2023, with the player strongly linked with a move to Jose Mourinho's Roma side this summer (Sky Sports, August 3).

Emile Smith Rowe - The midfielder had been the subject of two bids from Aston Villa, but signed a new contract at Arsenal on July 22.

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