Arsenal transfer news: FC Barcelona defender on his way to Arsenal, talks with RB Leipzig midfielder initiated and more - May 25, 2018
With Unai Emery now being named as the new Arsenal boss, the hunt for Arsene Wenger's successor has finally come to an end. But the remaining transfer period will be crucial for the Gunners as the new manager will have a lot of decisions to make regarding the ins and outs at the club.
Arsenal have been linked with numerous players day in day out for the past few weeks. 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 happen 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 May 25:
Talks initiated with Emile Forsberg
According to Swedish outlet, Sport Expressen, Arsenal have reportedly initiated talks with RB Leipzig midfielder Emile Forsberg. It is stated that new boss Unai Emery is keen on working with one of Leipzig's integral members.
Forsberg's agent Hasan Cetinkaya has reportedly held negotiations with Arsenal, Juventus and Atletico Madrid. The hardworking player has a contract with Leipzig until 2022 which the club now wants to extend further to avoid any confusion over his future.
The Bundesliga side intends to make Forsberg the highest paid Swedish player in the world. It is also believed that only an offer in excess of £45 million will tempt Leipzig into doing business for the 26-year-old.
Arsenal interested in Lorenzo Pellegrini
The Gunners are reportedly targeting AS Roma's Lorenzo Pellegrini. Sky Sports has revealed that Arsenal and Juventus are set to go head to head for the signing of the Italian midfielder. Pellegrini made 37 appearances for Roma this season and scored 3 goals.
Pellegrini reportedly has a release clause of £26 million with Roma already starting the work on signing his replacement. It is believed that Roma are targeting Atalanta's Bryan Cristante as his replacement.
Arsenal linked with a move for Aleix Vidal
FC Barcelona are keen on offloading a number of their underperforming first team players and Aleix Vidal is one of them. The utility player has failed to impress Ernesto Valverde and has remained on the fringes this season.
Diario Gol has claimed that Vidal has an offer on the table from none other than Arsenal. It is reported that Unai Emery is eyeing a reunion with his former Sevilla fullback. The duo enjoyed a brilliant working relationship at the Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan.
This deal may go through swiftly as all the parties involved seem to be keen on completing the move. Barcelona will demand a high fee for Vidal whereas Arsenal will look to sign a fringe player on a cheap deal.