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Arsenal transfer news LIVE: James Maddison UPDATE, Smith Rowe NEW contract, £30m Ramsdale bid

EMILE SMITH ROWE has signed a new deal with Arsenal, and has been awarded an iconic short number.

Meanwhile, the Gunners are leading the race to sign Chelsea's Tammy Abraham this summer, even if the deal is on loan, The Sun can reveal.

Abraham will otherwise cost around £40m, but the Blues have struggled to find long-term suitors for the striker so far.

Elsewhere, the Gunners are interested in Leicester's James Maddison and Sassuolo's Manuel Locatelli.

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  • WILL HE STAY?

    Willian is set to become a 'prisoner' at Arsenal this season due to a lack of transfer interest in the winger, according to reports.

    Mikel Arteta is happy to let him leave as a result but as yet no offers have been forthcoming.

    And that is because of Willian's astronomical £200,000 a week wages, report TuttoMercatoWeb.

    Willian still has two years left to run on his contract and that means he could be unwilling to accept a deal elsewhere on less money.

  • LOC AND LOADED

    Manuel Locatelli has made it clear he does not want to move to Arsenal this summer, reports claim.

    The midfielder won several plaudits for his impressive displays in Euro 2020, gaining the attention of Arsenal and Juventus.

    But Locatelli, 23, is determined to join the latter, according to Corriere Dello Sport.

  • ROWE YOUR BOAT

    Newcastle hope that Emile Smith Rowe committing his future to Arsenal can help them sign Joe Willock, according to reports.

    The Toon recruited Willock on loan in January, with the Gunners starlet impressing at St James' Park.

    He scored eight goals in 14 games for Steve Bruce's side, with the Newcastle boss eager to sign him up again for the 2021-22 season.

    According to Sky Sports, however, Bruce hopes that Smith Rowe signing a new 'long-term' deal at Arsenal will convince the North Londoners to let Willock go.

  • STARTER FOR TEN

    Arsenal have handed Emile Smith Rowe the iconic No10 shirt - as well as a new 'long-term deal'.

    But Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette joked how they both wanted to be No10 in January after Mesut Ozil exited for Fenerbahce.

    Lacazette shared a picture of himself and Auba mimicking the famous Spider-Man pointing at Spider-Man meme.

    The Frenchman captioned the post: "When you both want the number 10."

    Aubameyang appeared to gracefully step aside, replying, "They said they put it away", complete with laughing and cry-laughing emojis.

    But the skipper continued: "All yours my bro."

  • DON BONUS

    Arsenal will land a cash boost when former academy talent Donyell Malen completes his move from PSV Eindhoven to Borussia Dortmund.

    The Gunners are set to receive £250,000 when the £25million move goes through due to a one per cent solidarity payment clause in his contract.

    The Dutch star, who started off his career at Ajax, failed to shine for Arsenal and was offloaded for £500,000 to PSV in 2017.

    Male is expected to replace Jadon Sancho after his Man United move and NOT Chelsea target Erling Haaland.

  • WHERE THERE’S A WIL

    Jack Wilshere is 'surprised' that Gabriel Martinelli didn't get more game time at Arsenal last season.

    He told Highbury Squad: "I was surprised at times when Arsenal needed a goal, they needed something and he wasn’t thrown on.

    "He is that type of player who can do that. He arrives in the box.

    "He always seems to be in the right place, at the right time. You cannot teach them things.

    "I feel he will only get better with experience of playing in the big games.

    "I do think he is a player who will thrive off having the fans back.

    "I remember the game at Chelsea when he scored that goal. He just got better and better as the game went on and the fans got behind him.

    "I am excited to see more of him."

  • FROM SUNSPORT’S MARK IRWIN 

    Arsenal will not be offering a new contract to Alex Lacazette and are inviting bids for their former record signing.

    French international Lacazette, 30, is now in the final year of his £175,000-a-week Emirates deal and will become a free agent next summer.

    Arsenal are trying to find a buyer willing to pay a fee in the region of £15million as well as Lacazette’s substantial salary.

    And they will only follow up their interest in Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham if Lacazette leaves this summer.

  • 'NO PAIN NO GAIN'

    Spain midfielder Dani Ceballos has revealed the extent of a painful ankle injury that has threatened to end his Olympics.

    Midway through La Roja's opening Tokyo 2020 clash with Egypt, the former Arsenal loanee suffered a freak injury.

    Opposition forward Taher Mohamed caught Ceballos while on the turn, planting one foot on the ankle of his rival to leave a hefty mark.

    Mohamed escaped a red card after a VAR check, much to the chagrin of Dani Olmo who said there was 'no doubt' it deserved more than a booking.

    And Ceballos, 24, posted an update to his Instagram 24 hours after the game, showing little improvement on his injury.

    The phrase 'no pain no gain' also featured after he shared an upbeat post about his chances of featuring again in the tournament.

    He wrote: "In pain, yes. But still hoping and excited about doing everything I can to come back and keep helping my colleagues in this Olympic Games."

  • OD TO JOY

    Arsenal are favourites to sign Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard, according to bookmakers Sky Bet.

    The 23-year-old has bagged 83 goals and provided 37 assists in 169 appearances - winning three titles in the process.

    But he's now entered the final 12 months of his contract, which expires in June 2022.

    And Celtic chiefs expect to offload him this summer to avoid losing him on a free transfer next year.

    Odsonne Edouard next club - Sky Bet odds

  • MONARCH OF THE GLEN

    Arsenal are reportedly eyeing up a shock move for former academy star Glen Kamara.

    The 25-year-old, who recently helped Rangers win the Scottish Premiership, featured once for the Gunners before departing in 2017.

    And according to the GiveMeSport, Arsenal could turn to the Finland international if they fail to secure the services of Ruben Neves.

    The news outlet states that the midfielder is valued at around £10million.

    Kamara still has two years left to run on his contract at Ibrox.

  • CLASSY GUNNERS

    Arsenal have reportedly given their staff a three per cent pay rise for their efforts during the last 18 months.

    The Gunners, like the rest of European clubs, have struggled financially due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    But they have rewarded their employees for their tireless hard work.

    Goal journalist Charles Watts tweeted: "Arsenal have given all staff who are eligible for a pay review a 3% pay rise in recognition of their efforts to help keep things running over the past 18 months."

  • IN THE MONEY

    Arsenal are reportedly set to receive £250,000 from PSV.

    Dutch striker Donyell Malen is close to joining Borussia Dortmund in a £25million deal.

    And according to Football.London, the Gunners will receive £250k of that fee.

    Malen spent two years in the Gunners' academy before linking up with PSV in 2017.

  • MADD WORLD

    Leicester playmaker James Maddison is reportedly open to the idea of joining Arsenal this summer.

    Speaking on the The Football Terrace, journalist Pete O'Rourke said: "I think they’re getting encouraging signs that something could be done with James Maddison.

    "I think Maddison is coming around to the idea of moving from Leicester to Arsenal - real encouraging signs here.

    "[The encouragement] is coming from both sides, there is a bit from Leicester as well that if they offer the right deal, they’ll happily take it.

    "I know his representatives are ongoing discussions between Arsenal & themselves to see if they can get this deal done.”

  • BERGE URGE

    Arsenal's pursuit of Sander Berge has been given a major boost as Sheffield United are reportedly ready to part ways with their record-signing.

    The Blades will get rid of the midfielder they signed for £22million from Genk last January, but are yet to receive the right offer for him, according to The Times.

    Although Napoli have enquired to take the Norwegian on loan next season, The Times also claim.

    The Gunners have been heavily linked with Berge over the last few months.

    Mikel Arteta's side first made a bid for the 23-year-old, who only made 15 Premier League appearance last season due to injury, in May.

    But their initial offer of £17.2m was scoffed at by the Blades, who value Berge at £35m.

  • AB THAT

    Tammy Abraham looks certain to leave his boyhood club Chelsea this summer.

    The club he supported growing up, Arsenal, are believed to be interested – as well as West Ham.

  • RAM IT HOME 

    Arsenal have been slammed by Jamie O'Hara and Trevor Sinclair over their reported £30million pursuit of Aaron Ramsdale, writes THOMAS BLOW.

    The ex-Premier League stars are shocked the Gunners are allegedly willing to fork out the large sum for the relegated Sheffield United goalkeeper, 23.

    Arsenal let 28-year-old stopper Emiliano Martinez, who's gone on to win the Copa America with Argentina, join Aston Villa for £20m last summer.

    Discussing Arsenal's transfer business on talkSPORT, O'Hara said: "This literally sums Arsenal up doesn’t it. It sums them up business wise.

    "They got rid of Martinez, who’s a brilliant keeper for what, £20million or something? Let him go, a snip, was one of the best keepers last season.

    "And now they’re gonna go and sign someone from a relegated team for £30million, what are they doing?

    "Who is doing their business there? Seriously. What are they doing? They are a mess."

  • ON TOP

    Arsenal have won three Premier League titles.

    But the Gunners will need to improve drastically if they're even going to challenge for the top four.

    Luckily, it looks like Arsenal are set to spend BIG this summer and bolster Mikel Arteta's squad.

  • KAM BACK

    Arsenal are interested in re-signing midfielder Glen Kamara, according to reports.

    The Finland international came through the Gunners youth ranks before leaving for Scotland to play for Dundee back in 2017.

    The 25-year-old then moved to Rangers, and last season, helped them win the league title unbeaten.

    Kamara also stood out for Finland at this summers Euros, but failed to help them get out of the group.

    Arsenal would, however, face competition from fellow Premier League clubs West Ham and Everton.

    And it is believed it would take around £10million to force Rangers' hand to sell.

  • NEW DEAL

    Emile Smith Rowe signed a new bumper contact yesterday, keeping him at Arsenal until June 2026.

    The academy graduate will wear the iconic No10 shirt for the upcoming season.

    Fellow academy graduate Bukayo Saka will wear the iconic No7....... Arsenal's academy coming up good!

  • 'PERFECT FOR THEIR PLAYSTYLE'

    Reputable Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has stated that Arsenal believe that James Maddison is "perfect for their playstyle".

    Speaking on the Arsenal Lounge YouTube channel, he said: "My feeling on Maddison has always been, talking with people close to Leicester, is that it will be really difficult because the price is so high.

    "It will be really, really difficult to sign him this summer.

    "It’s true that Arsenal have an interest in the player, it’s true that they consider him perfect for their playstyle, so they consider him as a potentially fantastic signing.

    "But at the moment it’s complicated with Leicester, so if the conditions change, maybe they can try, but at the moment, it’s not an advanced negotiation.”

  • GIVE US A BEL

    Hector Bellerin is open to leaving Arsenal this summer, according to reports.

    The Spaniard has been linked with a move away from the Gunners for some time.

    And has attracted interest from both his homeland of Spain, and from Serie A champions Inter Milan.

    But according to the Telegraph, Arsenal have yet to receive an official bid for the right-back.

  • GUNNING FOR GLORY

    Arsenal kick off their crucial Premier League campaign against league newcomers Brentford.

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