Gabriel set to leave
Centre back Gabriel looks set to join Spanish side Valencia this week in a deal worth £10m. Gabriel has had a turbulent time at the club since signing from Villarreal in January 2015. The Brazilian has slipped down the pecking order and this season will find first team opportunities limited.
Julian Draxler is again rumoured to be heading out of Paris St Germain with Arsenal a potential destination for the talented German forward. Manager Arsene Wenger has been a long term admirer of the German international, although reports claim Liverpool are also interested in the player. Draxler would command a fee of around £32m.
Nigerian billionaire takeover
Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote is considering a bid to take over the club from current owner Stan Kroenke. The Nigerian is confident he can persuade the American to sell, along with Alisher Usmanov. 60 year old Dangote is Africa’s richest man with a fortune of $12.9 billion dollars and is said to be an ardent Arsenal supporter. The Nigerian has already made a bold statement by claiming if he takes ownership of the club the first thing he will do would do would be to sack current manager Arsene Wenger. Kroenke currently owns 67 percent of the club and has previously insisted he has no intention of selling the club.
Lemar staying put
Despite a summer of constant negotiations it seems Arsenal have been unable to agree a fee with Thomas Lemar who now looks set to stay at current club Monaco. Arsenal had three bids rejected during the summer and it seems the deal is now dead in the water. Arsenal still need to trim down their squad however, with 33 players currently on the books as first team players.
Wenger wants Sanchez stay
Arsene Wenger has again reiterated his desire to keep Alexis Sanchez at the club but admitted that is as long as the board agree with him. Wenger claimed that the board could sell the want away star and Wenger knows he would have to accept their decision. The Frenchman has admitted he wants to keep Sanchez from a football point of view and still hopes he may sign a new contract before the end of the season. Wenger also added his desire to keep Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain who are also both out of contract next July, although was unable to guarantee all three players would still be at the club at the end of the transfer window.
Ozyakup sell on clause
Oguzhan Ozyakup representatives are due to fly out to London to discuss the sell on clause in his contract. Arsenal sold the midfielder to Besiktas in 2013 but inserted a 30 percent sell on clause . However Ozyakup has become one of its major players and Besiktas would like to tie the player down on a new five year contract without the clause in place. Besiktas could offer Arsenal around £900,000 to waiver the clause but with the player rumoured to be worth around £18m, Arsenal would be set to receive around £5.5m for the player, should he be sold from the turkish club.