Arsenal handed James Maddison boost as Locatelli edges closer to Juventus22 July 2021
In this article we will bring you all of today’s Arsenal transfer news. Make sure to check back tomorrow for more updates.
Arsenal target another left-back
Arsenal have already signed cover for Kieran Tierney, bringing in youngster Nuno Tavares from Benfica earlier in the window.
Our newest signing, Nuno Tavares, marked his Arsenal debut with a smooth finish using his right foot! ⚽️👏
— AFTV (@AFTVMedia) July 17, 2021
However, as per the Evening Standard, Arsenal are also considering further reinforcement in the position, with Hibernian’s Josh Doig remaining on the radar.
Hibernian need to drop their asking price from around £5million before Arsenal and West Ham make a move.
— Jack Rosser (@JackRosser_) July 22, 2021
According to the report, they would face competition from West Ham for the Scotsman’s signature, with Moyes’ side also looking for full-back cover.
However, neither side at present appear willing to meet the 5 million pounds asking price that Hibs have set, with a price around 2.5 million pounds the maximum that either club would be willing to offer at present, although this may change as the window draws on.
Maddison links continue to intensify
Ahead of the summer window, James Maddison moving to north London was nothing more than a pipe dream, with all focus on Martin Odegaard.
However, the Norweigan may remain at the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, meaning that Mikel Arteta and co. have been forced to seek out alternative targets.
One of those is the Leicester man, who has impressed in his two seasons at the midlands club.
And according to freelance journalist Pete o’Rourke, a deal may be possible, with the Gunners having “been given encouraging signs” that a deal can be agreed for the 24 year old.
James Maddison to Arsenal ✅
— Terry Flewers (@terryflewers) July 22, 2021
Such a signing would certainly represent a statement of intent from the Gunners, who have recorded back to back 8th placed finishes in the Premier League. Would he be the missing piece in Arsenal’s attack?
Locatelli edging to Juventus
As speculation for Maddison intensifies, links to Manuel Locatelli seem to be quietening down. Arsenal had been linked with a move for the Sassuolo midfielder if Juventus could not stump up the required cash for the Italian, with the Sassuolo CEO even going on record to say that the Gunners have made a bid.
Juventus are always leading the race for Locatelli – new meeting soon with Sassuolo, Manuel is still pushing to join Juve. 🇮🇹
Arsenal’s stance: they’d be prepared to pay Sassuolo price tag [€40m]… but #AFC only want to sign players happy and 100% convinced to join the club.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 18, 2021
According to Italian outlet Calcio Mercarto, however, Sassuolo are prepared to accept Juventus’ latest offer,which would see a 2 year loan for Locatelli with an obligation to buy the midfielder at the end of the deal.
Sassuolo are prepared to accept a 2 year loan at €8-10m, with obligation to buy for €25m and up to another €10m in add-ons for Locatelli.https://t.co/7IJ4SqvKnH
— Osman 🎗 (@OsmanZtheGooner) July 21, 2021
For Arsenal, it may be time to move onto new targets.
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