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Arsenal transfer news: Gunners preparing a £45 million offer for Nabil Fekir, RB Leipzig's Emil Forsberg willing to join, and more - 21st March 2018

Sumedh Pande
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Will Wenger beat Barcelona to the signing of Nabil Fekir?

The world of Arsenal Football Club can be said as one intriguing affair. Dabbling between despair and hope, the Gunners always fight their way to the next game. The transfer market is one place which gives the Gunners a breather from their long-standing managerial limbo. 

And just as is the case with any other top club, Arsenal get linked with numerous players day in and day out. Some rumours raise eyebrows, some seem realistic while some are there just for the sake of it. In this segment, we will take a look a look at all the major advancements that happened today in the transfer world, concerning Arsenal. 

So without further ado, let's take a look at the transfer reports featuring Arsenal that made headlines on March 21: 

Arsenal to make a £45 million move for Nabil Fekir 

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Fekir is destined to leave Lyon in the summer

Arsenal have long been linked with the Lyon attacking midfielder. The Sun have now reported that the North London side are preparing a £45 million offer for Fekir to bring him to the Emirates before the World Cup. FC Barcelona have also been previously linked with the Frenchman. 

The Gunners have also been given a boost in the form of claims made by Fekir's agent Jean-Pierre Bernes. He told La Dauphine Libere, "If at the end of the season, and this is not the case today, there was a decision to be made, then we would sit down with President Aulas and we would find the right solution." 

Fekir has a contract with Lyon until 2020 and has been the pick of the players this season, notching up 21 goals and 7 assists in all competitions. 

Jack Wilshere wants to commit his future to the club 

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Wilshere is waiting for a renewed offer from the club

With Jack Wilshere entering the final few months of his contract, Arsenal had offered him a new deal which included a 25% pay cut from the current contract which sees him earn £120,000 per week. That offer was swiftly rejected by the English midfielder. 


Reports from The Sun have now revealed that Jack Wilshere has told the Arsenal hierarchy that he is willing to commit his future to the club only if he is offered a renewed contract with a better pay structure. He believes that his recent performances for the club will convince the club of offering him a better deal. 

Meanwhile, the likes of Everton and AC Milan are seriously interested in the 26-year-old and are willing to match Wilshere's wage demands. Arsenal need to accept Wilshere's wishes as the club cannot afford to lose another Englishman in the peak of his powers. 

Emil Forsberg on Arsenal's radar 

German football expert Raphael Honigstein has claimed that Arsenal had a bid turned down for RB Leipzig's Emile Forsberg in January but are now keen on making another substantial offer for the Swedish winger/playmaker in the summer. It is claimed that Forsberg was not happy with Leipzig's stance and is now planning his exit from the club. 

Talking on the Totally Football show podcast, Honingstein revealed, "Emil Forsberg has been in and out of the Leipzig team with injuries, and they’ve really missed him a lot. He is still a guy who really wants to go to the Premier League. He was very upset when Arsenal’s offer was turned down straight away by Leipzig. I think Arsenal will come back in for him because he has got a lot of talent.”

Forsberg has managed five goals and three assists in 21 league appearances this season but luring him to Arsenal won't be an easy task as RB Leipzig have proved to be tough negotiators in the transfer market. 

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Sumedh Pande
An avid Premier League watcher with specialization in transfer news and post match analysis. Follow European and Indian football with minute attention with one eye on the world of cricket.
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