Arsenal transfers: Raphinha seeks to be ‘intensified,’ while William Saliba is available for exit


Arsenal are determined to regain their Champions League status, and MikelArteta will be bringing in some new signings to aid his side.

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After that, you can watch most of the remaining footage. ‘Big Six’Arsenal looks set to join the action with marquee signings.

With the arrival of Gabriel Jesus, Mikel Arteta appears to be able to check off another one of his transfer priorities. There are reports that Gabriel Jesus, the Gunners’ forward, is nearing his signing.

However, the Brazil international most certainly won’t be the only significant arrival at the Emirates Stadium this summer. Arsenal is being linked to other top talent because Arteta hopes to strengthen other areas in his squad.

Mirror Football brings you all the latest transfer stories surrounding the North London outfit…

Saliba was ready to go

William Saliba had a successful loan spell at Marseille last season. It is not surprising that the Ligue 1 team wants to keep the defender. Matteo Guendouzi, a former Gunners midfielder, said that he would attempt to convince the 21-year old to stay.

Mikel Arteta, however, insists that Saliba is going to be with his team this summer. He also has plans for Saliba next season. According to the Express, if Saliba doesn’t receive ‘assurances of regular game time’He is now ready to leave Arsenal.

The former Saint-Etienne defender has his heart set on being part of France’s World Cup plans this winter, and therefore wants to ensure that he is firmly in Didier Deschamp’s plans by playing on a weekly basis. The outcome of the situation remains to be seen.

Raphinha pursues ‘intensify’

Leeds’ Raphinha is proving one of the most sought-after stars this summer. The Gunners already had one bid rejected for Brazil’s Brazilian and it seems unlikely that this will be their last.

The AthleticReport that Arsenal are ‘set to intensify’They will be meeting with player representatives next week to discuss their pursuit of the 25 year-old. It is believed that Leeds will demand £65million for the services of the winger.

Barcelona are also very interested in Raphinha and haven’t been shy to make that known over the past few months, with reports that it is the former Rennes star’s preferred destination. However, their financial situation means that they haven’t been able to table a bid for the winger – though if a deal is struck for Frenkie De Jong with Manchester United soon then that could change.

Real Madrid ‘waiting on’ Marco Asensio

Marco Asensio’s contract at Real Madrid expires next summer, and his future at the Santiago Bernabeu is still unknown. The winger, who made 31 league appearances last season, has been linked with several Premier League clubs – Arsenal included.

Asensio can play on both the right-wing and in midfield. Los Blancos does not offer a contract extension to the Spain international. MarcaAccording to reports, this is because the club wants to make his decision first.

Jorge Mendes is the player’s agent. ‘looking for proposals’Madrid and Madrid are still waiting to hear Asensio’s true desires as he holds onto the ‘key’their other transfer deals. It is unknown if Arteta would like both Asensio or Raphinha to expand his options on the right, but it seems unlikely, given that he already has Bukayo Saka in the position, who is, undoubtedly, the most exciting talent at club.