Arsenal make move to sign La Liga star as Arteta looks to secure £93m triple swoop


Manuel Locatelli of Italy celebrates with The Henri Delaunay Trophy following his team's victory in the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final between Italy and England at Wembley Stadium on July 11, 2021 in London, England.

Arsenal are reportedly willing to pay Sassuolo’s £34 million (€40 million) asking price for Italy’s Euro 2020 winner Manuel Locatelli. However, the Sun says the 23-year-old midfielder would prefer to join Juventus while the Telegraph claims Locatelli is keen to play Champions League football next season, which is not in the Gunners’ favour.

Mikel Arteta’s men are seemingly close to landing Brighton defender Ben White and Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga. The Telegraph reports Arsenal have agreed a £50m (€58m) deal for England defender White, who will commit to a contract running until 2026 once he returns from holiday. The paper states Belgium Under-21 international Lokonga is also on his way to north London for a fee of €17.5m plus €4.5m in potential add-ons.

The Express says Brighton will use some of their windfall from the White deal to tempt Celtic into selling French striker Odsonne Edouard, 23. IMG-20210719-122522-080

Chelsea have offered 20-year-old England forward Callum Hudson-Odoi to Bayern Munich in a swap deal for the German club’s 25-year-old French winger Kingsley Coman, according to L’Equipe.

The Mirror reports Everton are closing in on a deal for winger Andros Townsend, who is a free agent after leaving Crystal Palace, and also says new boss Rafael Benitez is pursuing Bayer Leverkusen wide-man Demarai Gray. The Sun adds that Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is close to switching to Goodison Park. IMG-20210719-122537-168

Manchester United are the main interested party in England defender Kieran Trippier but Atletico Madrid want to keep hold of their man, according to AS.

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