1pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Coutinho ‘AGREES personal terms’, Partey, Gabriel, Ceballos ‘£100m SPREE’, Willian – The Sun

ARSENAL are lining up an incredible £100m spending spree which would see them sign Thomas Partey, Gabriel Magalhaes and Dani Ceballos.

But Mikel Arteta will have to sell to buy, with the likes of Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira, Shkodran Mustafi and Ainsley Maitland-Niles said to be in the firing line.

Get all the latest news and transfer gossip from North London here…

  • OUT OF LUC

    Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has reportedly been offered to AC Milan.

    Italian media claim the Uruguayan international has only been offered to the Serie A side in the last few hours.

    It is unclear how much Arsenal would want to sell Torreira for, who was available for £36million last summer.

  • WILL I NEVER

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has likened losing Willian to when Eden Hazard departed for Real Madrid last summer.

    He said: “Eden Hazard left last year, the club continues to work in a forward direction which I think we have in many ways.

    “That remains the same, whatever player leaves the club.

    “When a player is out of contract they have the freedom and the right to play wherever they want.

    “We have to accept that and move on. I have no problems with that.”

  • COUT ME IN

    Philippe Coutinho reportedly visited Arsenal's training ground yesterday despite being pictured preparing for Bayern Munich's Champions League clash against Chelsea.

    According to Sport, the Brazilian was at London Colney as he looks to join the Gunners after his loan spell with Bayern comes to an end.

    They state that the playmaker is keen to join the Gunners as he pushes for a move back to the Premier League.

    Mikel Arteta is believed to be a huge fan of the player, with the Spaniard desperate to sign an attacking midfielder this summer.

  • TO BE FRANK

    Frank Lampard insisted Chelsea “have done everything” they can to keep Willian as the Brazilian edges closer to signing for Arsenal.

    He said: “In terms of being disappointed, certainly as a club we have done everything we can to explain to Willian.

    “Mine and his relationship is very close and I would have no feeling of disappointment if he does move on. He is a fantastic man and a fantastic player.

    “The club have acted very well in this as well. If he moves on I personally will wish him well. That is where we are at.

    “I think he leaves a hole as a player who has been here for I think seven seasons, being part of successful teams. He has his own decisions to make. We as a club will always want to move forward, no matter what.”

  • BIG MIL

    Former Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez has took a dig at Manchester United after completing his move to Inter Milan.

    The 31-year-old striker, said to have got a £9m pay-off to get his £505,000-a-week wages off the books, suggested his new club had more desire to win something big.

    The Chilean striker, who spent this season on loan at the Serie A club, took to social media to aim a parting shot at United.

    He said: “I'm really happy to be staying here with you, Inter fans. I’ve found a family here and the staff are great.

    “It's a group where there's a real desire to win something big.

    “People here want to fight together as a team to give the club the success it deserves.”

  • AUBA THE TOP

  • RVP UP TO THE JOB

    Robin van Persie has joined Advocaat's Feyenoord coaching staff after admitting: “I can't say no to Dick.”

    The Manchester United and Arsenal legend has got his pecker up after the coronavirus lockdown with his first coaching job.

    Van Persie, 37, retired as a player with Feyenoord last summer after winning 102 Holland caps, having also spent 11 years in the Premier League.

    And RVP says it was too hard to turn down working under ex-Rangers, Sunderland and Dutch national boss Dick Advocaat.

    He told Feyenoord's website: “Dick called me and asked if I wanted to come. And I couldn’t turn Dick down.

    “It is not an official position. So it’s hard for me to give it a title. I don’t see myself as a strikers’ coach, for example.

    “I think it’s a win-win. I’ll find out here whether I like doing this and I’ll help the staff a bit.”

  • NEARLY WEN

    Arsene Wenger endured an up-and-down time as Arsenal manager.

    During his 22 years at the club, he led the side to an unprecedented period of success – including the 2003-04 Invincibles campaign.

    But he lost the fans towards the end as results suffered on the pitch, the squad fell apart and he failed to replace leaving stars in the transfer market.

    It wasn't necessarily for a lack of trying, with Wenger linked to a host of star names down the years.

    However, more often than not, the former Gunners chief missed out – and we've compiled a best XI of players he tired and failed to sign.

  • PIERRE PRESSURE

    Was there any doubt? Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been announced as Arsenal's Player Of The Season this morning. And what a campaign he had, climaxing in his virtuoso FA Cup final display. Now, where is that contract Arsenal?

  • GOOD MORNING, ARSENAL FANS,

    Willian appears to be on his way to Arsenal after he was left out of Chelsea's travelling party for the Champions League last-16 clash against Bayern Munich.

    The Brazilian has been involved in light training this week after missing the final day win over Wolves as well as the FA Cup Final defeat to the Gunners through injury.

    He is understood to be close to agreeing a three-year deal with Arsenal.

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard said: “Read a headline that mentioned disappointment. That doesn't matter. Willian remains our player at the moment, he is injured.

    “He'd have given everything to play. He's carried this injury… as a club we've done everything we can to explain to Willian.

    “Our relationship is really close but no disappointment if he moves on. A fantastic man and fantastic player. The club have acted very well in this. If he moves on I'll wish him well.”

    SunSport's Mark Irwin revealed that Arsenal are set to spend £100million this summer to sign key targets Thomas Partey, Gabriel Magalhaes and Dani Ceballos.

    But they will need to sell at least three of their current squad and offload a couple more to fund the spending spree.

    That means Lucas Torreira, Ainsley Maitland-Niles,  Matteo Guendouzi and Shkodran Mustafi could all be joining Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mohamed Elneny at the departure gate.

    With the free-transfer signing of Chelsea winger Willian almost in the bag, Mikel Arteta is now turning his attention to strengthening his midfield and defence.

    Atletico Madrid’s Ghana star Partey has been top of Arsenal’s shopping list for months and is keen to move to the Premier League after nine years in the Spanish capital.

  • BRAZIL NUTS

    Frank Lampard discussed whether Willian's impending exit, most likely for Arsenal, will leave a big hole at Chelsea.

    He said: “He's been here for seven seasons. When I came in and we had issues with younger players, a transitional element, we relied on him for experience and quality. He has his own decision to make.

    “Eden Hazard left last year, the club continues and tries to work forward. As we have done this season.

    “Player has a freedom to player whenever they want when out of contract. We have to accept that and move on.”

  • FAN-TASTIC

    Arsenal have paid a touching tribute to their supporters, as the club expressed its sadness that the fans weren't at Wembley to witness their FA Cup final triumph over Chelsea.

  • WILL TO WIN

    Paul Merson has enthusiastically backed Arsenal's attempts to prize Willian from Chelsea.

    The Gunners legend, who is often seen as hard to please, claims the Brazilian would be an “unbelievable” signing.

    He told the Daily Star: “I think Willian is a special player who ticks all the boxes. I can’t believe Chelsea are letting him go to be honest.

    “I know he’s 31 and wanted a three-year contract but football is all about now, and right now he’s a great player.

    “No manager is thinking about what might happen in three or four years time. They need results now, so it’s no surprise to me Frank Lampard doesn’t want him to go.

    “Arteta won’t be Arsenal manager forever. He needs to win now. Willian can help him do that.”

  • SPREE FOR THREE

    SunSport's Mark Irwin revealed that Arsenal are set to spend £100million this summer to sign key targets Thomas Partey, Gabriel Magalhaes and Dani Ceballos.

    But they will need to sell at least three of their current squad and offload a couple more to fund the spending spree.

    That means Lucas Torreira, Ainsley Maitland-Niles,Matteo Guendouzi and Shkodran Mustafi could all be joining Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mohamed Elneny at the departure gate.

    With the free-transfer signing of Chelsea winger Willian almost in the bag, Mikel Arteta is now turning his attention to strengthening his midfield and defence.

    Atletico Madrid’s Ghana star Partey has been top of Arsenal’s shopping list for months and is keen to move to the Premier League after nine years in the Spanish capital.

    The central midfielder, 27, has a £45m release clause in his contract and Atletico are adamant that Arsenal will have to pay the full asking price to get their man.

    Arteta is also keen on Lille’s Brazilian centre-half Gabriel, who was targeted by former boss Unai Emery last season before the club signed William Saliba.

  • QAT OUT THE BAG

    Arsenal hero Santi Cazorla has arrived at Al-Sadd, after extending his playing career by signing for the Qatari champions.

    In making the switch, Cazorla has reunited with former Spain team-mate Xavi, who manages the Doha side.

    Alongside each other as players, the pair tasted World Cup and European Championships glory with La Roja.

    And Cazorla, 35, will be hoping to add a few final medals to his impressive collection before eventually calling time on his playing career.

    He told the club's official website upon arrival: “It's a great honour to be with the biggest club in Qatar.

    “Xavi helped me a lot in my decision to come to Qatar.

    “He was a role model for me when I was a player and he is sure to set an example to me as a coach.

    “My goal is to win everything with Al-Sadd, you have to strive to win everything.

    “I want to thank everyone for their encouragement and continued support to the team and I will strive to help the team every day to reap the victories.”

  • BRAZIL NUTS

    Frank Lampard discussed whether Willian's impending exit will leave a big hole at the club.

    He said: “He's been here for seven seasons. When I came in and we had issues with younger players, a transitional element, we relied on him for experience and quality. He has his own decision to make.

    “Eden Hazard left last year, the club continues and tries to work forward. As we have done this season.

    “Player has a freedom to player whenever they want when out of contract. We have to accept that and move on.”

  • TOR BLIMEY

    Lucas Torreira says 'if I have to leave Arsenal it will be for the best' with the Gunners 'open to transfer' amid AC Milan interest.

    He told Radio Sport890: “Last season, I played with continuity.

    “This one, less so. This year was more difficult. I lost rhythm and confidence. I don’t like it. At my age, I need to play to be called up to the national team. Transfer rumours? There’s nothing at the moment.

    “I need to rest because it has been a very long season, I got injured and then there was the Coronavirus.

    “I have a contract with Arsenal, but if I were to change in the future, it would be a decision taken for my own good. Any player looks for a team in which he feels important. We’ll see what happens in the future”.

  • WILL HE OR WON'T HE?

    Frank Lampard has given an update on Willian's contract situation.

    He said: “Read a headline that mentioned disappointment. That doesn't matter. Willian remains our player at the moment, he is injured.

    “He'd have given everything to play. He's carried this injury… as a club we've done everything we can to explain to Willian.

    “Our relationship is really close but no disappointment if he moves on. A fantastic man and fantastic player. The club have acted very well in this. If he moves on I'll wish him well.”

  • WILL I NEVER

    Willian appears to be on his way to Arsenal after he was left out of Chelsea's travelling party for the Champions League last-16 clash against Bayern Munich.

    The Brazilian has been involved in light training this week after missing the final day win over Wolves as well as the FA Cup Final defeat to the Gunners through injury.

    He is understood to be close to agreeing a three-year deal with Arsenal.

  • LYON IN WAIT

    Arsenal and Manchester City are reportedly embroiled in a transfer tussle for in-demand Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.

    The 21-year-old is seen as one of the hottest talents in Europe following his scintillating form in Ligue 1.

    The France Under-21 international has been scouted by all the Premier League's elite, along with Real Madrid and Juventus.

    City boss Pep Guardiola is said to be a long-standing admirer of the whizkid.

    After facing Lyon last season he singled the French starlet out for praise and waited in the tunnel to speak to him personally.

    Lyon are hoping to get about £54m for Aouar with Juventus also interested, according to French outlet L'Equipe.

  • SAK IT OFF

    Arsenal have taken a cheeky swipe at the Premier League on social media, after teenage sensation Bukayo Saka was omitted from their Young Player of the Season shortlist.

    The 18-year-old burst onto the scene earlier in the campaign, wowing Gunners fans and quickly becoming a key figure at the Emirates.

  • EDS HAVE ROLLED

    Arsenal scouts sacked in the last 48 hours are reportedly separate to the 55 redundancies announced by the Gunners yesterday.

    The North Londoners were hammered from all angles when they confirmed up to 55 members of staff will be let go in the coming weeks

    And it has now emerged recruitment staff also relieved of their duties were part of an unrelated recruitment shakeup by technical director Edu.

    Head of recruitment Francis Cagigao was given his marching orders despite more than 20 years of service.

    And he departs alongside several other long-serving members of the scouting department including senior scouts Brian McDermott and Peter Clark.

    But the shakeup is all part of Edu's plan to implement a recruitment blueprint of his own, according to Goal.

  • ROD FOR HIS OWN BACK

    SunSport's David Fraser writes: “Ozil is now paid an obscene £350,000 a week to sit on the bench and do absolutely nothing.

    “And that is exactly what Rodriguez would end up doing.”

    Here's how the two matched up last season…

  • ANYONE'S GUEZ

    Comment by SunSport's Dave Fraser: “Arsenal have been linked with a massive summer move for James Rodriguez – and what a mistake that would be.

    “Mikel Arteta is looking to orchestrate a major summer overhaul, including the signings of Willian and Philippe Coutinho.

    “Arsenal, more often that not, play 4-3-3 – with two central midfielders and one holding midfielder or vice versa.

    “Occasionally they'll play in a 3-4-3-cum-5-2-3 formation – both of which involve just two centre-mids.

    “None of their current systems require a No10… just look at Mesut Ozil.”

    Read More HERE.

  • EDS HAVE ROLLED

    Arsenal scouts sacked in the last 48 hours are reportedly separate to the 55 redundancies announced by the Gunners yesterday.

    The North Londoners were hammered from all angles when they confirmed up to 55 members of staff will be let go in the coming weeks.

    And it has now emerged recruitment staff also relieved of their duties were part of an unrelated recruitment shakeup by technical director Edu.

    Head of recruitment Francis Cagigao was given his marching orders despite more than 20 years of service.

    And he departs alongside several other long-serving members of the scouting department including senior scouts Brian McDermott and Peter Clark.

    But the shakeup is all part of Edu's plan to implement a recruitment blueprint of his own, according to Goal.

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