Arsenal Transfer News: Latest on Gabriel Jesus, Raphinha, and other summer 2022 window player signings, loans & deals

Two defeats in their final three Premier League games of 2021/22 meant Arsenal fell short of Champions League qualification, and it remains to be seen how much dropping down to the Europa League will cost them in the transfer market.

That hasn’t kept the Gunners from being one of the busiest teams in the early weeks of the summer transfer window.

The forward position will be one of the most intriguing to watch after Alexandre Lacazette departed and Eddie Nketiah agreed to a new contract. There’s plenty of talk of Gabriel Jesus joining the Arsenal ranks from Manchester City.

Manager Mikel Arteta signed a new contract during the final weeks of the season and is busy reinforcing his squad in a bid to ensure the progress that earned them fifth spot is not lost in 2022/23.

The Sporting News is rounding up the key updates — all day, every day — below. 


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Latest Arsenal transfer news

Last update: Jun 27, 18:09 ET / 23:09 BST 

Arsenal improve bid for Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez

The Gunners have upped their offer for the Ajax center back in an attempt to beat Manchester United for the services of the 24-year-old Argentine. Dutch outlet De Telegraaf on June 27 reported that the bid is now at €40 million (£34m), an increase from their previous €30 million bid a week earlier.

Ajax’s initial party line was that he wasn’t for sale, but they may not be able to resist the bidding war involving Manchester United which according to Dutch pundit Marciano Vink was planning to offer €40 million to reunite Martinez with his former Ajax coach Erik ten Hag.

Matt Turner arrives: Who heads out on loan?

Matt Turner was officially unveiled by the club as its newest goalkeeper on June 27, and with the American projected as the presumed backup to Aaron Ramsdale, talk has turned to who between Karl Hein and Arthur Okonkwo will be heading out on loan.

The assumption is that Bernd Leno will be heading out, with his agent indicating Fulham as a potential destination.

Report: Kieran Tierney staying

Football Scotland reports that the Scotland international will be staying despite transfer interest from Man City. Tierney’s Arsenal contract runs through June 2026.

The 25 year old joined the Gunners in the summer of 2019 from Celtic, but his stay in London has been riddled by injuries, including a season-ending knee injury suffered in April which kept him out of the Premier League stretch run and Scotland’s failed bid to qualify for the World Cup.

Gabriel Jesus in an Arsenal shirt

It’s only a matter of time before the Gunners announce the acquisition of the Brazilian forward from Manchester City after he was pictured in a Gunners shirt on June 26. According to Fabrizio Romano, the final transfer fee is £45 million (€52.2m / $55.2m), up from the Gunners’ initial £30 million offer.

Arsenal beat out a late push by rivals Tottenham for the player’s signature with his relationship with Mikel Arteta (ex-Man City assistant coach) said to be influential.

The Sun reported earlier in June that Arsenal were willing to offer the former Palmeiras striker £190,000 per week, plus bonuses. Jesus earns around £110,000 per week at the Etihad Stadium, representing a significant pay increase. He is set to complete his medical this week.

Youri Tielemans deal “complicated” for Arsenal

Arsenal brass are reportedly “all in” on sanctioning a move for 25-year-old Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans, who has just one year remaining on his Foxes contract. The Athletic’s David Ornstein confirmed the Gunners’ interest, but he also called it “complicated” due to congestion in Arsenal’s midfield and the need to prioritize other positions.

Fabrizio Romano confirmed Tielemans will not be extending with the Foxes, so Leicester will attempt to recoup some of the £39.2 million (€46m / $49.5m) they paid AS Monaco for him in 2019. According to GOAL’s Chris Watts, the required fee for Tielemans will be around £25 million (€29.4m / $31.6m), a steal for a midfielder of his quality and prime age.

Arsenal transfer news & reports

Position Player Club News
DF Manuel Akanji Borussia Dortmund The Sun said that Arsenal were offered the Swiss center back by Dortmund at a price tag of £21 million, but the Gunners want a left-footed central defenders.
DF Hector Bellerin Arsenal The fullback has “no plans” to return to Arsenal, according to Fabrizio Romano. He’s hoping for a permanent move to Real Betis after his loan, but other clubs are in the mix.
DF Sven Botman Lille All signs point to the Lille center back signing with Newcastle, though Arsenal were also linked with a move for the 22-year-old Dutchman.
DF William Saliba Arsenal The French defender is hoping to prove himself at Arsenal, though his former Marseille teammates are eager for him to return after his recent loan spell.
DF Oleksandr Zinchenko Manchester City Arsenal reportedly scouted Ukraine in June to watch him. West Ham are also interested though Arsenal were more inclined to use him in midfield.
MF Arthur Juventus CalcioMercato indicated that Arsenal were pursuing the Juventus midfielder, but that the Italian club’s valuation (€46m/£39.3m) and the desire for a player in return (Martinelli or Gabriel) is complicating talks.
MF Yves Bissouma Brighton Tottenham completed the Bissouma signing, as the Gunners miss out on the midfielder.
MF Seko Fofana Lens Arsenal are reportedly keeping tabs on the player with the Daily Mail indicating that £35 million is the expected price tag for a transfer.
MF Sergej Milinkovic-Savic Lazio The Lazio midfielder reportedly rejected potential moves to Arsenal and Newcastle, eyeing only top clubs who can afford Lazio’s £42 million valuation for the 27-year-old.
MF Fabian Ruiz Napoli The 26-year-old Spanish center mid could reportedly be available to Arsenal for around £25.7 million this summer, with Barcelona and Real Madrid also interested.
MF Marcel Sabitzer Bayern Munich The Bayern midfielder could be available for around £12.8 million and Arsenal might be interested if Granit Xhaka departs
MF Youri Tielemans Leicester City The 25-year-old Belgian has one year left on his Leicester deal and the expected fee from the Foxes is reportedly £25 million (€29.4m / $31.6m). Fabian Ruiz is a potential backup if this pursuit falls through.
MF Lucas Torreira Arsenal Torreira publicly acknowledged his permanent move to Fiorentina broke down. But another loan is likely, according to the Mirror.
MF Vitinha Porto Arsenal are linked with the 22-year-old center mid, who
reportedly has a £35 million release clause. Porto confirmed they rejected a bid from an unnamed club.
FW Marco Asensio Free Agent Arsenal have been in contact with the reps for the out-of-contract Real Madrid winger.
FW Paulo Dybala Free Agent Arsenal and other interested Premier League clubs were reportedly turned off by the player’s wage demands.
FW Alvaro Morata Atletico Madrid A Calciomercato report cited by the Mirror on May 31 indicated that the Spanish forward snubbed a potential move to Arsenal.
FW Christopher Nkunku RB Leipzig The Independent on June 13 included Arsenal among the clubs chasing the Frenchman, who would apparently only leave for £100m. On June 23, the 24-year-old Nkunku signed a long-term extension with Leipzig through 2026.
FW Victor Osimhen Napoli Arsenal had a £51 million bid rejected, and Tottenham could lead chase due to ability to offer Champions League play.
FW Raphinha Leeds The Athletic reported the Gunners submitted a bid below Leeds’ valuation, and Fabrizio Romano reported an improved one was coming. It’s expected to take £65 million (€76.3m / $82.2m) to beat Barcelona to the winger whose Leeds contract expires in 2024.
FW Richarlison Everton Once linked to Arsenal, UOL reported that Tottenham was the club in advanced stages for a £51 million transfer move. Raphinha has become the higher priority for Arsenal.
FW Gianluca Scamacca Sassuolo There have been plenty of rumors about the 23-year-old Italian forward, including a €40 million Arsenal bid rejected with €10 million more demanded by Sassuolo.
FW Raheem Sterling Manchester City Arsenal are interested, but they face serious competition from Chelsea. Sterling could also prefer to run down Man City deal instead.

Arsenal Transfers: Summer 2022 transfer window

Players In:

Date Player Position Age Club Transfer/Loan Fee
Feb. 11 Matt Turner GK 27 New England Revolution £7.5 million (€8.7m / $9.2m)
June 10 Marquinhos FW 19 Sao Paulo £3 million (€3.4m / $3.7m)
June 18 Eddie Nketiah FW 22 Arsenal No fee (new contract)
June 21 Fabio Vieira MF 22 FC Porto £35 million (€41m / $43m)
           

Fabio Vieira, MF: Arsenal acquired the 22-year-old Porto youth product who made 76 senior appearances, scoring 10 goals and assisting 18 others. The deal features another £4.2 million (€5m / $5.4m) in add-ons.

Eddie Nketiah, FW: Arsenal confirmed on June 18 that the striker signed a new contract through the summer of 2027 after the expiration of his previous deal. The 22 year old will don Thierry Henry’s No. 14 shirt.

Marquinhos, FW: The Gunners acquired the 19-year-old Sao Paulo forward for a relatively modest fee, penning him to a five-year contract. He is reported to be a potential loan candidate for his first season unless he impresses in their preseason tour of the USA.

Matt Turner, GK: While the transfer was announced in February, Turner played his last MLS match on June 19. In classic new-Gunner fashion, Turner was caught on camera refusing to sign a shirt for a fan wearing a Tottenham jersey.

Players Out:

Date Player Position Age Club Transfer/Loan Fee
July 1, 2022 Alexandre Lacazette FW 31 Lyon Free Transfer
           
           

Alexandre Lacazette: The Frenchman departed at the expiration of his Arsenal contract and rejoined former club Lyon. He scored 71 goals in 206 appearances across all competitions for the Gunners since joining them in 2017.


Below is the updated Arsenal first-team squad. New additions during the summer 2022 window are noted in bold:

Goalkeepers (4): Bernd Leno, Arthur Okonkwo, Aaron Ramsdale, Matt Turner.

Defenders (9): Cedric, Gabriel, Rob Holding, Pablo Mari, William Saliba, Nuno Tavares, Kieran Tierney, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White

Midfielders (9): Mohamed Elneny, Alberto Lokonga, Martin Odegaard, Thomas Partey, Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Lucas Torreira, Fabio Vieira, Granit Xhaka.

Forwards (5): Folarin Balogun, Marquinhos, Gabriel Martinelli, Eddie Nketiah, Nicolas Pepe.

The current Arsenal projected first-choice starting lineup, when completely healthy, currently looks like:

Arsenal projected starting XI (formation): Ramsdale (GK) — Tierney, Gabriel, White, Tomiyasu — Partey, Xhaka — Smith Rowe, Odegaard, Saka — Nketiah.

Arsenal back-ups: Turner (GK), Leno (GK), Okonkwo (GK), Holding (CB), Mari (CB), Saliba (CB), Tavares (LB), Cedric (RB), El Neny (CM), Lokonga (CM), Vieira (CAM), Martinelli (LW), Pepe (RW), Marquinhos (RW), Balogun (CF).

GK = goalkeeper; CB = center back; LB = left back; RB = right back; CM = central midfielder; CAM = central attacking midfielder; RM = right midfielder; CF = center forward; LW = left wing; RW = right wing

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