Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Bissouma £30m deal back on, Aubameyang LATEST, Aouar loan-to-buy offered by Lyon

PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG hit a stunning hat-trick as Arsenal finally got a win on the board with a 6-0 victory at West Brom in the EFL Cup.

And Mikel Arteta has confirmed the Arsenal captain is set to stay at the club this summer, while also giving an update on the injury sustained by Bukayo Saka.

Meanwhile a deal for Yves Bissouma of Brighton could yet be done for around £30m before the transfer window finishes.

And on the incoming front we've got the very latest on Houssem Aouar, who Lyon are now ready to farm out on a loan-to-buy basis.

However, it is Spurs who are reported to be most likely to make their interest concrete.

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  • Kealan Hughes

    GUNNER STAY

    Crystal Palace's interest in Eddie Nketiah appears to have diminished after the south London side reportedly switched their sights to Real Madrid's Borja Mayoral.

    Arsenal’s hopes of an additional boost to their transfer kitty before deadline day have taken a hit with Eddie Nketiah's departure from the club looking less likely.

    Previously reported by the Athletic, Nketiah had been the subject of interest from Crystal Palace. The south London side were said to be willing to pay a fee in the region of £10million for the young forward.

    However, Arsenal and technical director Edu have been stringent on their sales policy this summer. In a bid to change how the Gunners are perceived by buying clubs in the market, the sales of players have looked to gain maximum value and not negotiate downwards.

  • Kealan Hughes

    GUNNERS READY FOR BISS-NESS

    Arsenal and Manchester United are not giving up on their hopes of signing Yves Bissouma from Brighton this summer.

    According to journalist Ekrem Konur, Brighton are demanding a fee in the region of £30m for their star midfielder.

    The Gunners are desperate to bolster their midfield and have been linked with a host of players including Ruben Neves.

    Bissouma is also one of their targets but they will need to pay handsome money to sign the midfielder.

    Arsenal have already signed Ben White from Brighton this summer, and it will be interesting to see whether they make a solid attempt to sign another player from the same club in the closing stages of the transfer window.

  • Kealan Hughes

    LOAN MOVE

    Everton are now looking to lure Arsenal utility man Ainsley Maitland-Niles to Goodison Park before Tuesday’s transfer deadline.

    That’s according to Sky Sports, who claim that Everton are now exploring a loan move to bring Maitland-Niles up to Merseyside.

    Other Premier League clubs claimed to be keen, but Everton are believed to be favourites for his signature.

    Maitland-Niles was convinced to stay at Arsenal in the summer of 2020 after showing real promise under Mikel Arteta, but then faded out of the Spaniard’s plans.

  • Kealan Hughes

    FRIENDS FACE OFF

    Saturday’s meeting between Arsenal and Manchester City will be another Arteta-Guardiola reunion since the former left his City role as assistant manager to become Gunners boss in 2019.

    The Spanish pair have a friendship that first formed in 1997 when Arteta was a youth player at FC Barcelona, with Guardiola taking him under his wing.

    Arteta said of the friendship: “We clicked straight away, thanks to him. I always admired him, he was a first-team player and I was 15 years old.

    "He came really close to me and was extremely helpful from day one, trying to help me, teach me and build a relationship with me.

    “After that we became friends, we worked together and we had exceptional times together. Today that relationship is probably even stronger.

    “We have that obsession about the game, understanding the game and trying to find other ways to do it and the passion to do on the pitch what we were taught when we were in Barcelona, because we had a really similar education."

  • William Pugh

    THE WORK OF ART

    Mikel Arteta heads back to his old club Manchester City today with his Arsenal side looking to avoid defeat in the Premier League for the first time this season.

    The North Londoners have not even managed a league goal yet after 2-0 defeats to both Brentford and Chelsea.

    But the Spaniard will hope his team's 6-0 thrashing of West Brom on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup will give his players some confidence.

    The match kicks-off at 12:30 at the Etihad.

  • William Pugh

    MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Mikel Arteta insists he is top of the league for energy and determination – even if his Arsenal side are in joint-bottom place as they visit champs Manchester City this lunchtime.

    Defeat would mean the Gunners opening the season with three top-flight defeats for the first time since 1954-55.

    What's more, having lost 2-0 to Brentford and Chelsea, Arsenal also risk failing to score in their opening three league games for the first time EVER.

    But buoyed by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's hat-trick in Wednesday's 6-0 Carabao Cup rout of West Brom's kids, Arteta said: “I cannot have more energy, more determination and more desire to turn things around.

    “I think nobody has that more than myself at the moment."

    England winger Bukayo Saka has recovered from injuring his knee in the midweek cup romp and right-back Hector Bellerin is fit after a thigh problem.

    Unsettled midfielder Willian is available following a Covid-19 lay-off, while Kieran Tierney is tipped to return after his midweek rest.

    But key midfielder Thomas Partey and striker Eddie Nketiah, who is being linked to Crystal Palace, are still out.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ARTETA OVERLOADED WITH ENERGY

    Mikel Arteta insists he will not change the “direction” at Arsenal and has never been more determined to turn things around at the Emirates.

    Losses to Brentford and Chelsea have already seen pressure begin to build on the Arsenal boss just weeks into the campaign.

    Speaking ahead of the City clash, Arteta said: “I cannot have more energy, more determination and more desire to turn things around.

    “I think nobody has that more than myself at the moment.

    “It is not to do with that, it is because I know I am looking in the opposite way and when we are doing well, when people are enjoying, when people feel part of what we are doing, you get people happy – and when we have that power I just focus on that.

    “There is always going to be people that are unhappy. I haven’t see any single fan with a manager, with players, that are happy when we are losing football matches. It just doesn’t happen and it is not realistic.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    THE SPECIAL RON

    Here’s how Cristiano Ronaldo measured up in his glorious first spell at Manchester United, from 2003-9.

    And surely not even the outgoing Juventus superstar, at the age of 36, will expect to come close to that Super Six-year spell.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GEORGINA JOY AT RON MOVE?

    Cristiano Ronaldo’s girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez seems happy with his Manchester United return.

    United have confirmed they reached an agreement with Juventus to re-sign Ronaldo after the star forward informed Bianconeri manager Massimiliano Allegri that he is leaving.

    The Red Devils appear to have paid a fee in the region of £21million for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, which caps a stunning summer transfer window that has seen the Manchester giants landing Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Tom Heaton.

    And Rodriguez appears to be ecstatic by this development as she took to social media to express her joy.

    The Spanish-Argentine model posted a story on Instagram in which she shared United’s announcement and filled it with heart emojis.

    The 27-year-old then shared Ronaldo’s farewell to Juventus where he spent three years following his arrival from Real Madrid.

    She captioned it with the following statement: “Thanks for all, family.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    REAL READY TO KYL TIME BEFORE MBAPPE DEAL

    Cristiano Ronaldo sealed his Manchester United return in double-quick return – but the OPPOSITE seems to be the case with Kylian Mbappe’s proposed switch from PSG to Real Madrid.

    The talk tonight is that Real are ready to delay a move until the NEXT transfer window after talks over a £145million deal spluttered.

    Sky Sports’Kaveh Solhekol suggested the Spanish giants are “beginning to get feeling it might be better to wait until January because PSG are not being practical”.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    ROM SALUTED BY JOHN O’SHAME!

    Former Manchester United defender John O’Shea has mocked himself over Cristiano Ronaldo’s return – by posting a picture of the whizkid tearing him apart to seal his first Old Trafford move in 2003.

    Ron tormented United from out wide in a friendly for Sporting Lisbon – leaving United boss Alex Ferguson and his players famously spellbound.

    And O’Shea re-used the excuse that Fergie’s men were exhausted from a USA tour by posting a snap of Ron running at him, alongside the words: “Just as well I was jet-lagged”.

    Recalling the match in his 2013 autobiography, Ferguson said:  “John shrugged his shoulders. A look of plain bewilderment was creeping across his face. 

    “The other players in the dugout were saying; ‘Bloody hell, boss, he’s some player, him’.

    “I told Peter (Kenyon), ‘We’re not leaving this ground until we’ve got that boy signed.’ ‘Is he that good?’ Kenyon asked.

    “John O’Shea’s ended up with a migraine!” I said. “Get him signed.”

    O’Shea himself has explained: “Some lads on the bench were having a good laugh, thinking that’s the last thing you need when jet-lagged — a young lad wanting to run at you time and time again, going left, going right, twisting turning, shooting every time he got within distance of the goal.

    “But in a roundabout way, I take it as a compliment that the boss wanted to sign Ronaldo so quickly after the game, because of how he had performed against me that night.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    GUNNERS COULD 'REGRET SELLING WILLOCK'

    Arsenal legend Paul Merson doubts the Gunners' decision to sell Joe Willock to Newcastle and replace him with Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard.

    The Sky Sports pundit believes Willock will only get better and questioned why the Arsenal coaching team did not place their faith in the 22-year-old.

    Ex-England striker Merson said: “Arsenal have just let Joe Willock go for £25m. What for? Surely, he had a future at the club, surely the coaches at Arsenal could improve him.

    "Why have Willock on the books in the first place if you don’t rate him?

    “They got £25m for a kid who knows the club, loves the club, and then spent it all on Odegaard who scored two goals last year.”

    “What would have happened if Willock got a run in the team? He might have gone and done what he did at Newcastle and get seven goals in seven, who knows.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    OLD TEAM-MATES ‘PERSUADED RON TO SNUB CITY’

    Cristiano Ronaldo was on course to complete a sensational move to Manchester City before his old Manchester United team-mates convinced him otherwise.

    The Red Devils have agreed a stunning deal to re-sign the five-time Ballon d’Or winner from Italian champions Juventus, with a medical and visa being the only formalities remaining.

    Ronaldo, 36, looked set to join City before United’s neighbours decided against getting into a bidding war with their Premier League rivals.

    And according to ESPN, the Portuguese ‘was only convinced to consider a return to Old Trafford following contact from a number of former teammates.’

    Former United defender Patrice Evra appeared to verify the claim by sharing a screengrab of his recent WhatsApp conversation with the Portugal international.

    After receiving a voice note from the Frenchman, Ronaldo replied: “You the man. I’m gonna play in our club.”

    Ronaldo broke his silence on his imminent departure from Turin on Friday afternoon, penning an emotional message to Juventus fans on Instagram.

  • Ian Tuckey

    NEV: RON WILL PLAY REGULARLY – AS NO 9

    Manchester United Gary Neville told Sky Sports of Cristiano Ronaldo’s return: “He’ll play regularly. He’ll play as a No9.

    “He’ll play as a centre forward, I’m sure they’ll put legs in and around him, he will score goals.

    “And Cristiano Ronaldo will be coming to win trophies, win personal accolades, set the Premier League on fire – it is a different Cristiano Ronaldo, everyone expected that.

    “But he is a No9, he’s a centre forward, he’s someone who to be fair still has those bursts of speed over short spaces that will cause problems, he makes great runs inside the box, he has anticipation of where the ball’s going to drop.

    “So in terms of what he gives to Manchester United, it just gives them something that at this moment in time they need.

    “I said the other day I thought Manchester United should be in for Harry Kane if he’s available, they should be in for Haaland, these types of players.

    “For Manchester United to get above Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea, they’re going to have to do something big.

    “And this could give them a temporary shot in the arm that would potentially get them right up there this year.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    RON SO ‘DIFFERENT’ FROM FIRST SPELL

    Gary Neville has told Manchester United fans to expect a ‘different’ Cristiano Ronaldo after the forward dramatically rejoined the club.

    Up until midday today, the football world was expecting Ronaldo to join United’s fierce rivals Manchester City.

    But the tide turned after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s press conference where he opened the door for a return and confirmed that Bruno Fernandes had been speaking to his fellow countryman.

    City then seemingly dropped out of the race and United were frontrunners.

    Ronaldo hopped on a flight from Turin to Lisbon and within an hour of him touching down in his home country, his fairytale return to United was confirmed.

    Some United fans filmed themselves burning old Ronaldo Man Utd shirts when a move to City looked inevitable.

    But luckily he’ll be playing in their brand spanking new home shirt this season so they’ll have to dig deep into their pocket for a new one.

    Neville, who has been calling for his former club to go big in the summer window, was over the moon with the news of Ronaldo’s return.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RON CHASING 150 UTD GOALS?

    Cristiano Ronaldo bagged 11 goals in 292 matches in his six-year first stint at Old Trafford.

    So he will surely expect to sail past 300 appearances… but can the 36-year-old reach the 150 mark for goals following his return from Juventus?

    He notched 23, 46 and then 26 in his last three seasons with United (as shown in our tables from Opta) over 155 matches in all – until joining Real Madrid in 2009.

    And it would be a sensational achievement for the Portugal legend to net 32 times for Ole Gunnnar Solskjaer’s men this campaign.

  • Ian Tuckey

    JUVE A PLACE IN MY HEART

    Cristiano Ronaldo penned an emotional goodbye message to Juventus ahead of his return to Manchester United.

    On Friday, it was announced that United have agreed a deal to re-sign the five-time Ballon d’Or winner from the Italian champions.

    Ronaldo’s impending return to Old Trafford brings about the end of a three-year stay in Turin, which he reflected on in an Instagram statement.

    Alongside a highlight video of his time at the Allianz Stadium Ronaldo wrote: “Today I depart from an amazing club, the biggest in Italy and surely one of the biggest in all of Europe.

    “I gave my heart and soul for Juventus and I’ll always love the city of Turin until my final days.

    “The ‘tiffosi bianconeri’ always respected me and I tried to thank that respect by fighting for them in every game, every season, every competition.

    “In the end, we can all look back and realize that we achieved great things, not all that we wanted, but still, we wrote a pretty beautiful story together.

    “I will always be one of you. You are now part of my history, as I feel that I’m part of yours. Italy, Juve, Turin, tiffosi bianconeri, you’ll always be in my heart.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    TOON SET TO BE RON’S SECOND UTD DEBUT

    Cristiano Ronaldo is set to make his second Manchester United debut against Newcastle after he completed a sensational return.

    The Portuguese legend – who left Old Trafford for Real Madrid in 2009 – has re-joined United after a whirlwind 24 hours.

    Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri only today confirmed Ronaldo wanted to leave after three years, having joined from Madrid.

    And after Premier League champions City pulled out of the race, it gave United a clear sight to re-sign the club legend.

    They soon made contact with the player and Juve and quickly agreed a transfer fee and personal terms.

    Ronaldo, 36, with his agent Jorge Mendes flew into Lisbon where he was due to undergo a medical.

    According to Sky Sports News, the forward is most likely to be given an emotional welcome back to Old Trafford on September 11.

    United host Newcastle in the league, a team Ronaldo has NEVER lost to in ten matches, which includes nine wins.

  • Ian Tuckey

    VARANE JOY AT RON REUNION

    New Manchester United defender Raphael Varane paraded snaps of his Real Madrid glory days with Cristiano Ronaldo as he prepares for his second spell with the legend.

    Varane was with Real for the past decade – meaning seven years at the Nou Camp with Ron, who left for Juventus in 2018.

  • Ian Tuckey

    KEANE TO SEE RON BACK

    Roy Keane posted a throwback Manchester United pic of himself with a curly-haired Cristiano Ronaldo as he too saluted the legend re-signing.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ‘BIGGEST TRANSFER IN HISTORY’

    Patrice Evra appeared to suggest he knew all along that former Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo would be back at Old Trafford.

    Ex-France left-back Evra posted an exchange he had with Ronaldo alongside another social media message saying: “People have to calm down sometimes!!

    “Now I can post it. BIGGEST TRANSFER IN FOOTBALL HISTORY.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    HARRY HAILS RON RETURN

    Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire kept it short and sweet as he applauded Cristiano Ronaldo’s return on social media.

    The England centre-back posted: “Welcome home Cristiano.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    BRUNO WHO DID IT!

    Mischievous Bruno Fernandes welcomed Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford with a cheeky tweet taking the credit for his Portugal team-mate’s return from Juventus.

    Midfield maestro Fernandes posted: ‘Agent Bruno’? Welcome back home Cristiano.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    RED DEVILS MORE SCARY WITH RON

    Jadon Sancho seems to be predicting plenty of fright nights for Manchester United’s Prem rivals now that Cristiano Ronaldo is back.

    The England attacker posted an impressive montage of Ron in his 2003-09 United pomp with the words: “SCARY HOURS!”

  • Ian Tuckey

    RON 5/1 FOR GOLDEN BOOT

    Manchester United’s returning hero Cristiano Ronaldo has been named 5/1 fourth favourite to win the Golden Boot as this season’s top Premier league scorer.

    Ladbrokes’ Alex Apati said: “CR7 is back for one last dance, and it’ll come as no surprise to see him priced so short for this year’s Golden Boot in the Prem.”

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