Arsenal transfer news LIVE: James Maddison LATEST, Aouar to cost just £17m, Ben White £50m exclusive, Lokonga updates

ARSENAL are closing in on the £50m transfer of Brighton's Ben White, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

And we've also got the latest in the Gunners' pursuit of Leicester ace James Maddison.

Meanwhile Arsenal are looking to bolster their attacking options with a move for Tammy Abraham of Chelsea.

And Inter Milan are eyeing Gunners' right-back Hector Bellerin, with Reiss Nelson also the subject of interest from Brighton.

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  • Joshua Mbu

    GOAL OF THE DAY

    Arsenal beat Man City in the FA Cup semi-final last year, and what a team goal it was!

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    'ACCOMPLISHED PLAYER'

    Tony Cascarino has backed Ben White to succeed at Arsenal under Mikel Arteta.

    He told talkSPORT: “He’s a very versatile defender, who ticks the box of can you play him in different positions, can you play him in a four and in a three? Most certainly so.

    "I watched him at Leeds and Brighton and I think they’re getting a very accomplished player of a certain age.”

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    BACK HOME

    Arsenal enjoyed two warm-up games in Scotland, but failed to win both games.

    Arteta's men lost to Hibernian and drew with Steven Gerrard's Rangers.

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    NOT SO BRIGHT 

    Reiss Nelson appeared to drop a hint over his future – by 'liking' an Instagram post linking him with a transfer to Brighton, writes JOSHUA JONES.

    The Arsenal winger, 21, has struggled to make his mark under Mikel Arteta.

    He made just eight first-team appearances last season, with no Premier League starts.

    And that has led to speculation surrounding where he will be playing his football next term – despite coming off the bench in the 2-2 friendly draw with Rangers on Saturday. 

    The Hale End graduate, who joined Arsenal aged nine, is into the final year of his Emirates contract.

    But he may have given a clue where he is heading by hitting the heart on a post from BHA Media, a Brighton fan page on Instagram.

    The image showed Nelson playing for Arsenal with the Brighton badge in the corner.

    It was captioned: "REISS NELSON TO BRIGHTON?"

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    XHAK AXED?

    Will Granit Xhaka leave Arsenal this summer?

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    STILL WILL-ING

    Steve Bruce insists Newcastle are still ‘badgering away’ to bring Joe Willock back to Tyneside, writes GARY STONEHOUSE.

    The 21-year-old headed to St James’ Park back in January on loan after struggling for action under Mikel Arteta at Arsenal.

    Willock went on to produce a number of impressive displays to help the Magpies secure their top-flight status.

    And the England Under-21 ace also scored in the last SEVEN games of the season.

    Toon boss Bruce confirmed in May that he wanted to keep the midfielder on a permanent basis.

    And he remains adamant that the club still want the midfielder to return.

    Speaking after his side were beaten 1-0 by non-league York City on Sunday in their first pre-season friendly, he said: “Until Arsenal make a decision we’ll keep monitoring. 

    “We’d love to do something but it’s still their call.”

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    UAR THE ONE

    A host of Premier League teams are tracking Lyon’s Houssen Aouar.

    Arsenal – who have been long-term admirers – could revisit a move for the Frenchman after seeing an offer rejected last summer.

    Liverpool are also looking at Aouar, as they look to replace Gini Wijnaldum, who left for Paris Saint-Germain. 

    Man Utd are also tracking the midfielder, in case Paul Pogba decides to quit Old Trafford.

    Tottenham are also looking to bolster their midfield, and Aouar is an option.

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    NEWS AT TEN

    Emile Smith Rowe appears to have leaked his own Arsenal squad number for 2021-22 – with the in-demand midfielder given the No10 shirt, writes DAVE FRASER.

    The Gunners superstar in the making, 20, wore the No32 jersey last season as he started 2020-21 as a fringe player.

    But after bursting into the first-team, Smith Rowe is now seen as an invaluable member of the squad.

    Arsenal are believed to have rejected bids worth £25million and £30m from Aston Villa for the talented star already this summer.

    Smith Rowe is now expected to sign a new five-year contract with just two years to run on his current deal.

    And as a token of his importance to the club, Smith Rowe seems to have been handed the No10 jersey most-recently worn at the Emirates by Mesut Ozil.

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    LOC IT IN

    Juventus are leading the race to sign Sassuolo and Italy star Manuel Locatelli.

    The player is pushing a move to Juventus.

    Arsenal are also interested in the midfielder and are willing to pay the price Sassuolo demand.

    But the player prefers to stay in Italy.

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    NEW FACES

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta expects to see new faces at the club this summer.

    Arteta told the Arsenal website: "Now [it's time for] a little bit of recovery.

    "We trained really hard, played two games, and now we're going to be travelling to America in the next week.

    "We didn't have any injuries which is really positive in the first week.

    "We're going to have some new faces arriving probably, so very positive."

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    NEW SEASON, NEW KIT

    Pepe sporting Arsenal's new home shirt!

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    BIG DEAL

    Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Brighton and England defender Ben White.

    According to the Times, the Gunners have agreed to pay Brighton £50million for White.

    The 23-year-old completed his first full season in the top flight last season, and made his England debut.

    The Gunners aren't letting up after signing White, boss Mikel Arteta wants to bolster his midfield options.

    And Arsenal could re-explore a move for Lyon's Houssem Aouar, who could be available for just £20m.

    Arsenal are also poised to complete the signing of Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga for £18m.

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    GUNNING FOR GLORY

    Arsenal have failed to beat two Scottish teams in pre season so far, losing to Hibernian and drawing with Rangers.

    The Gunners start their Premier League campaign against Brentford.

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    RIVALS COME KNOCKING

    Juventus are still in contention to sign Houssem Aouar, according to Tutto Mercato.

    PSG and Liverpool could also rival Arsenal for the Frenchman's signature.

    Losing out to a rival would be a crushing blow for Mikel Arteta, who has been keen on the midfielder since last summer.

    Arsenal are still believed to be in the driving seat however, and could benefit from the fact Juventus are also targeting Manuel Locatelli.

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    NELSON LATEST

    Brighton have no interest in Reiss Nelson despite reports to the contrary, according to The Athletic.

    CBS Sports claimed Brighton were interested alongside Crystal Palace, Brentford, and Olympiacos but it seems they’re one to cross off the list now.

    Nelson had even stoked the fires of the rumour a bit himself, liking an Instagram post about the links between him and Brighton.

    But Nelson’s Arsenal deal expires in 12 months and he’s yet to accept the club’s offer to extend and move on loan. Unless he does so in the coming weeks, a sale seems like the most likely conclusion.

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    RAM RAID

    Mikel Arteta is now said to be interested in adding Sheffield United's Aaron Ramsdale and Norwich City's Max Aarons to his team, report The Athletic.

    Arsenal are aiming to add an additional goalkeeper to the squad and Ramsdale is a potential target.

    Mat Rya, who was brought in as number two in January, has returned to Brighton are his loan spell ended.

    And after experiencing relegation with Sheffield United last term, Ramsdale will be keen to stay in the Premier League, so should fancy a move to The Emirates.

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    'NEW FACES ARRIVING'

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has hinted that the club will have “some new faces arriving” ahead of their preseason trip to the US this week.

    The Gunners are due to fly out to Florida on Wednesday as they step up their pre-season preparations after a training camp in Scotland, during which they played friendlies against Hibernian and Rangers.

    Nuno Tavares is the club’s only signing so far this summer, but deals have been agreed for the signings of Ben White from Brighton and Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht.

    After yesterday's match Arteta said: "We trained really hard, played two games, and now we’re going to be travelling to America in the next week.

    “We didn’t have any injuries which is really positive in the first week. We’re going to have some new faces arriving probably, so very positive.”

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    WHITE DELAY

    Brighton and Hove Albion defender Ben White won’t be taking his medical with Arsenal for more than a week, according to Sky Sports.

    The Gunners have been chasing this deal for many weeks now and appear to have finally reached a breakthrough.

    But the move isn’t complete just yet, and White will have to go through the usual formalities to get the deal over the line, including a medical.

    The defender is on holiday having been a part of England’s Euro 2020 squad, so the Gunners face a nervous wait and will look to fend off any interest from elsewhere.

    It was reported that Chelsea were considering an attempt to hijack Arsenal's deal.

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    SHOW OF SUPPORT

    Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara has said he was “glad” of the support he received from former club Arsenal after he was racially abused during and following the Gers’ Europa League tie with Slavia Prague last season.

    And he hopes the same support can be shown for Gunners’ star Bukayo Saka after the abuse he received in the wake of the Euro 2020 final defeat by Italy.

    Ahead of kick-off yesterday, Rangers skipper James Tavernier and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang together held a Rangers shirt bearing Saka's name to show support for the England star.

    He told Rangers TV: "They (Arsenal) were really supportive of me and I’m glad they were.

    "We wanted to do our shirt for Saka and hopefully we can support him and everyone can stand by him after what happened."

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    HANDS OFF

    Brentford boss Thomas Frank has reiterated the club’s determination to keep Ivan Toney.

    Chelsea, Arsenal and West Ham are among the clubs to have been linked with Toney, who was outstanding in the Championship last season.

    But he has four years remaining on his contract and head coach Frank insists Brentford have no intention of letting him go.

    Frank told West London Sport: “I can understand how there is very big interest in him. But he is a Brentford player and we have a long contract with him.

    “All of the players are fully committed to doing as well as they can in the Premier League and Ivan is very determined to lift the team going forward.”

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    LIKE THE LOK

    Arsenal hope to complete the £18million transfer of Albert Sambi Lokonga before the squad fly out to Florida on Wednesday, according to reports.

    The Gunners are closing in on a five-year deal for the Anderlecht midfielder.

    And the Daily Mail reckon they could get it all wrapped up in the coming days.

    Mikel Arteta and the team jet to the United States for a final pre-season training camp this week.

    Arsenal take on Inter Milan in the Florida Cup semi-final next Sunday while Everton face Colombian side Millonarios.

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    BELLERIN REPLACEMENT LINED UP?

    Arsenal have reportedly lined up a move for Norwich right-back Max Aarons and they want to add him to their squad next once the signings of Ben White and Albert Sambi Lokonga are completed.

    The Gunners have wasted no time in getting stuck into their summer transfer business, having already brought left-back Nuno Tavares through the door.

    According to the print edition of today's Sunday Mirror, Arsenal want to add the Canaries full-back Aarons to their squad.

    The youngster has been at the centre of plenty of interest in the past year.

    Barcelona were even said to be looking at the 21-year-old while Manchester United, Everton and Roma have also explored a move.

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    KEEP-ING LEVEL HEADED

    Arthur Okonkwo is enjoying his first experience of senior action at Arsenal under Mikel Arteta.

    And his manager has shown faith in him, picking Okonkwo ahead of other options against Hibernian, and allowing him to maintain his place against Rangers despite a calamitous error at Easter Road.

    Bernd Leno is still away on his break and at the moment the number two spot is up for grabs.

    Okonkwo wrote on Instagram: "First senior pre-season & senior minutes. We keep learning and working."

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    GUNNERS BLOW

    Juventus are reportedly 'leading the race' to sign Manuel Locatelli from Sassuolo this summer.

    That's according to Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano, who claims the Old Lady have 'always led the race' for the Italy midfielder's signature following an impressive Euro 2020 campaign for the Azzurri.

    This is bad news for Arsenal, who are thought to have had two offers turned down by the Serie A club for their midfielder in recent weeks.

    Romano denied that an official bid was made, though, but did say the Gunners told Sassuolo 'they were prepared to offer what they wanted'.

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    ADDING TO THE ARSENAL

    Arsenal are set to go on a £100m spending spree with Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar set to join Ben White in signing for the club next week, report the Daily Star Sunday.

    Mikel Arteta’s side were linked with a move for the 23-year-old last summer.

    Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United are also said to be interested in the midfielder.

    Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Brighton centre-back White for £50m.

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