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The North Londoners are likely to confirm the signing of Porto midfielder Fabio Vieira in the next days, with the Portuguese playmaker presently in London finalizing the agreement, Sports Deputy understands.
As Mikel Arteta attempts to strengthen his defensive options for next season, the Gunners are poised to prioritise a move for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez once Vieira’s deal is finalised. They’ve also been linked with Manchester City attacker Gabriel Jesus, Leeds United winger Raphinha, and Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans in the past.
With that in mind, relax and let Sports Deputy keep you up to date on all the latest news and transfer rumors from the Emirates Stadium.
Former player urges Arsenal to sign Raphinha
Jack Wilshere, a former Arsenal midfielder, has pushed the club to recruit Leeds United winger Raphinha this summer.
“For someone who’s only been in England for two years, he’s got a lot of experience,” Wilshere told talkSPORT.
“When he arrived in England, we hit it off right away. He was in a relegation struggle last season, so he knows what it takes to stay in the Premier League.”
“I believe he would be an excellent signing for Arsenal.” He’ll cost a lot of money, of course.”
Opening to sign Raphinha
Lisandro Martinez priority
Arsenal are set to make a move for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez this summer, according to The Athletic, after having a bid for the Argentina international rejected.
After completing a deal for FC Porto playmaker Fabio Vieira, Arsenal are looking to sign Gabriel Jesus, Raphinha, Youri Tielemans, and Martinez.
Gabriel Jesus bid rejected
Arsenal’s initial proposal for Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus was rejected, but the Gunners remain optimistic about completing a deal for the 25-year-old attacker, according to GOAL.
Jesus is a key transfer target for the Gunners this summer, according to Sports Deputy, as Mikel Arteta tries to replace Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Arsenal ‘cool’ interest in Youri Tielemans
Arsenal’s interest in Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans has waned, according to SkySports.
The Belgian midfielder has a year left on his current contract with the Foxes, and he might stay at the King Power Stadium after Arsenal agreed to pay £35 million for Porto player Fabio Vieira.