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Arsenal transfer news: Kieran Tierney, Alex Iwobi, Dayot Upamecano, Daniele Rugani, Philippe Coutinho


Arsenal are expected to make a third bid for Kieran Tierney before the transfer window closes.

The Gunners have already had two bids rejected by Celtic, but will likely test the Scottish club’s resolve as Unai Emery looks to bolster his options at left-back.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror reports that RB Leipzig have set a £92 million release clause for Dayot Upamecano, and will not accept a bid below that price and do not have to sell the centre back.


The German club are also keen that Emile Smith Rowe return to the club, and Arsenal could offer up the young Englishman to tempt their hand.

Emery is keen to reinforce his central defensive stocks after the departure of Laurent Koscielny. Summer signing William Saliba has been loaned back to Saint-Etienne.

Upamecano would be keen on a move to the Emirates, but Arsenal are unwilling to pay the release clause.

There is better news in their pursuit of Juventus’ Daniele Rugani, however.

The two clubs are negotiating a potential deal for the centre half but the exact nature of the transfer has thus far proved a sticking point.

Arsenal would favour a two-year loan or a permanent transfer with staggered payments, says the Evening Standard, but an agreement over a deal may yet be reached.

However, Arsenal’s proposed loan move for Philippe Coutinho appears to have collapsed.

In terms of outgoings, the club have rejected a £30 million offer from Everton for Alex Iwobi, per Talksport. 

On his way out? Everton have had a bid rejected for Alex Iwobi (Getty Images)

A fee of somewhere closer to £50 million could perhaps be enough to prise the Nigerian from Arsenal.

One player who has left the club is Carl Jenkinson, with the right-back departing for Nottingham Forest for an undisclosed fee and signing a three-year deal.

Danny Welbeck, now a free agent after leaving Arsenal at the end of last season, may also have found a new home – Watford are set to sign the forward.



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Arsenal transfer news: Philippe Coutinho, Daniele Rugani, Kieran Tierney, Eddie Nketiah, Laurent Koscielny



After breaking the club’s transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille, Unai Emery has denied that Arsenal made a surprise bid to take Philippe Coutinho on a season-long loan from Barcelona

Reports in Spain claimed that the La Liga champions were considering an improbable £27m loan approach for the hot and cold Brazilian, however, the Arsenal manager was quick to silence the idea that the club were considering a genuine approach for the player.

“He’s a splendid player,” Emery said after he saw his side lose 2-1 to Barca in the annual Joan Gamper Trophy friendly. “But we haven’t talked about Coutinho at any time.”


Arsenal’s pursuit of defensive targets however will continue unabated and Kieran Tierney’s protracted move to North London from Celtic took another slow step in the right direction after the Scottish champions identified Brentford’s Rico Henry as the left-back’s replacement.

The Gunners have had a £25m bid rejected for Tierney due to Celtic being unhappy with the proposed structure of payment instalments and add-ons. However, after selling Krystian Bielik to Derby for a fee potentially rising to £10m, Arsenal are expected to close the deal before the end of the window.

Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici is expected to fly to London for talks with Arsenal over a potential loan deal for centre-back Daniele Rugani, according to reports in Italy.

Arsenal have prioritised the centre-back and have already seen a two-year loan offer rejected by Juventus, according to Goal. 

Daniele Rugani is a loan target (Getty)

The hole in defence will be further blown by Laurent Koscielny’s impending departure after the club captain refused to travel on the pre-season tour of the US last month.

Arsenal and Koscielny have been working towards a resolution that pleases both parties, with the club determined to receive a fee for the player, despite his hopes of leaving on a free transfer with terms reportedly agreed with Rennes and Bordeaux.

Eddie Nketiah celebrates scoring one of his two goals for Arsenal in the 3-0 win over Fiorentina (Getty)

Eddie Nketiah is reportedly at the centre of a dispute between senior figures at Arsenal, who are deciding whether the 19-year-old striker should remain at the club or spend a season on loan.

Bristol City and Swansea have both shown an interest in signing the forward, whose playing opportunities will be limited behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe, however, Emery has supposedly had second thoughts about allowing the player to depart. 



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