12pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aouar ‘£36.5m BID’, Runarsson MEDICAL today, Aubameyang HIGHEST paid Prem player – The Sun

PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG has committed his future to Arsenal by signing a new three-year contract at the Emirates.

And the Gunners are reportedly making a bold £36.5m bid to sign Lyon star Houssem Aouar.

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  • INFLATION SENSATION

    Here are what Arsenal's sales that left for PENNIES could be worth now.

    It doesn't make great reading for the Gunners.

  • HOLDING ON

    Rob Holding is ready to snub the chance of a loan move from Arsenal, reports DUNCAN WRIGHT.

    The defender started the Gunners' opening day victory over Fulham in place of injured David Luiz.

    He also played the full 90 minutes as Mikel Arteta's side lifted the Community Shield with a win over Liverpool.

    But that hasn't stopped speculation the ex-Bolton man, 24, is set for the Emirates exit this summer.

    West Ham have been named among the clubs keeping tabs on Holding's availability, with David Moyes' side linked with a £5million loan move.

    The Hammers are on the lookout for a new centre-half after, so far, failing in their attempts to sign James Tarkowski from Burnley.

  • ICYMI – AOUAR LATEST

    Arsenal are being linked with an “imminent” £36.5million bid for main target Houssem Aouar.

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta still hopes to offload fringe stars to boost his bid for the Lyon playmaker.

    And Telefoot Chaine in Aouar's native France suggest Arteta is now ready to make his first major move for the 22-year-old.

    Manchester City and Juventus were also said to be big admirers of the Under-21 international earlier this summer.

    But Arsenal are now clear front-runners.

  • EFL BAILOUT PLEA

    EFL chiefs have told Prem clubs a £200MILLION bailout is “urgent” to keep them all alive, reports MARTIN LIPTON.

    Discussions between the Prem and EFL chairman Rick parry have intensified in recent weeks as the reality of starting the season behind closed doors bites.

    Parry has reminded the top tier that playing without fans will cost the 72 EFL clubs around £20m per month, adding up to £200m over the whole season.

    While the Prem sides are open to helping out, SunSport revealed they are likely to demand stringent conditions over how the money is distributed and spent.

    But there is a genuine fear that, without funds being made available soon, clubs could go bust “within weeks”.

    The concerns come as Macclesfield, booted out of the EFL last month, were wound up at the High Court over debts of more than £500,000.

  • TRAINING DAY

    Runar Alex Runarsson was in training with Dijon yesterday.

    A video shared by the Ligue 1 side showed the Icelandic international between the sticks at the French club's training ground, going through drills.

  • RUN OF THE MILL

    Runar Alex Runarsson will have a medical at Arsenal today, before completing his transfer as Emiliano Martinez's replacement, according to the Telegraph.

    It Icelandic keeper, 25, will join from Dijon on a long-term deal.

    Emirates cutl hero Martinez completed a £20million move to Aston Villa earlier this week.

    And Mikel Arteta still wants to use that cash, plus other sales, to sign a defensive midfielder.

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  • PEA SHOOTER

    Barcelona failed with a late move to bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the Nou Camp this summer.

    Speculation over the 31-year-old’s future was finally ended this week when Arsenal announced he had signed a new £350,000-a-week contract.

    However, Sky Sports claims that came after the La Liga giants unsuccessfully made a contract offer to the Gabonese hotshot’s representatives.

    New Barca boss Ronald Koeman wants a new attacker after telling Luis Suarez he can leave, with Inter Milan also keen.

    Aubameyang was out of contract next June with the North London club wary of losing him for nothing at the end of the campaign.

  • GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Houssem Aouar is subject to another bid from Arsenal.

    According to Téléfoot Chaine, the Gunners will make an “imminent” £36.5million bid for the midfielder.

    But Bayer Leverkusen are reportedly interested in bringing left-back Sead Kolasinac back to the Bundesliga.

    The 27-year-old has lost his place in the starting XI under Mikel Arteta with Kieran Tierney and Ainsley Maitland-Niles preferred instead.

    With the Gunners looking to offload players in order to raise funds to sign Thomas Partey and Aouar, Kolasinac has been put up for sale by the club.

  • BRAZIL NUTS

    Paul Merson has echoed Garth Crooks by slamming Chelsea for letting Willian join Arsenal.

    He told Sky Sports: “I can’t believe Chelsea let Willian go. I know they’ve gone out and get special players, but there’s nothing to say they’re going to hit the ground running.

    “In Willian, you’ve got someone there who is ready-made. I like who they’ve signed, but they cost a lot of money, and their wages are probably the same as Willian.

    “Frank Lampard has now. He hasn’t got four years. That’s management, I’m not being horrible. Even if Frank wins the league this year, it doesn’t mean he’s going to be there in four years’ time! We know that, and how it changes.

    “Who is to say this isn’t going to take time for Chelsea? And I don’t think they’ve got time at the moment.”

  • WHAT A STRIKE PIERRE

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright visited Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's dad after insisting that the Gunners need to secure the striker's future.

    The 31-year-old's current deal expires at the end of the season, but Mikel Arteta has been desperate to extend his captain's stay at the Emirates.

    SunSport has previously reported that Aubameyang has agreed a new contract worth at least £350,000 a week but he has yet to officially put pen to paper.

    He teased fans this morning with an hourglass tweet, suggesting an announcement is imminent.

    The Gabon star- who has scored 71 goals in 110 games for the club – was critical to Arsenal's recent FA Cup and Community Shield success.

  • HOUSSE SALE

    Houssem Aouar is subject to another bid from Arsenal.

    According to Téléfoot Chaine, the Gunners will make an “imminent” £36.5million bid for the midfielder.

    Manchester City and Juventus were also said to be big admirers of the Under-21 international earlier this summer.

    But Arsenal are now clear front-runners.

  • EMI AWARD

    Emi Martinez finally bid farewell to Arsenal after signing for Aston Villa.

    Smith said: “We are really pleased with the signing of our new goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

    “We know how highly Arsenal rated him and we watched his outstanding performances last season in a trophy-winning top side.

    “We moved for Emi when we saw the opportunity, as it is rare to be able to buy a top class goalkeeper who hasn’t yet reached their peak age and who can therefore be a key player for our club for the long term.”

  • PIERRE WE GO

    To celebrate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's contract extension, Arsenal shared all of his Gunners goals.

  • SPUR OF THE MOMENT

    Olivier Giroud has admitted that he was so desperate to leave Chelsea in January that he nearly joined Tottenham.

    The Frenchman told So Foot: “During the last three days of the transfer window, I was in the coach's office to find a solution.

    “I was hoping Chelsea would find a replacement for me.

    “For my part, it was not the solutions that were lacking. I almost signed for Lazio, Inter.

    “I was even so determined to leave that I even almost signed for Tottenham.”

  • BACKS TO THE WAL

    Everton will look to sell the likes of former Arsenal stars Alex Iwobi and Theo Walcott before the October transfer deadline, according to reports.

    Having shelled out big money to recruit the three star names, the Toffees could do with shifting some high-earning players in order to balance the books.

    And according to the Mirror, these outgoings could include two of director of football Marcel Brands' signings from just 12 months ago.

    Iwobi, 24, has similarly struggled to make an impact at Goodison following his £40m switch from Arsenal, and Everton will listen to offers for the Nigerian international – who didn't even make the bench in the 1-0 win at Spurs.

    Meanwhile Theo Walcott, who was signed by Sam Allardyce in January 2018, is another that could face the chop.

  • EXCLUSIVE

    Dijon goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson is being lined up to replace Emiliano Martinezin a £1.5million deal.

    The 25-year-old Iceland stopper is understood to have had a medical in place ahead of signing a five-year deal.

    He will become their new No2 behind Bernd Leno and is expected to play in cup competitions and the Europa League.

    The Gunners saw Runarsson as a cheap option, with Matt Macey set to stay as third-choice goalkeeper.

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will then use the £20m from Martinez’s move to Aston Villa in other areas.

  • HOLD NOT SOLD ON HAMMERS

    West Ham face more disappointment in their search for a new defender with Rob Holding ready to snub the chance of a loan move from Arsenal.

    The Hammers had been hoping to take the centre-back to the London Stadium having failed in their bids to sign James Tarkowski from Burnley.

    Arsenal had reservations about the inquiry from their London rivals with boss Mikel Arteta already short of other defenders through injury.

    But SunSport understands even if the Gunners were to accept the £5million for the season proposal, a move to West Ham is unlikely for the 24-year-old.

    It means boss David Moyes will have to find another player he feels can shore up his leaky defence after a summer of frustration in his attempts to sign anyone.

    Brighton's Shane Duffy rejected a move to the club in favour of joining Celtic, before repeated bids for England defender Tarkowski were knocked back by Burnley.

  • TWO FOR ONE

    Atletico Madrid are reportedly ready to offer Arsenal TWO players in exchange for Alexandre Lacazette.

    The Spanish side are looking for a striker and rate Frenchman Lacazette highly.

    According to MARCA, they are offering both Vitolo and Thomas Lemar to the Gunners in exchange for the forward.

    Lemar has been linked with Arsenal before, having failed to make an impact since joining Atletico in 2018.

  • ART ATTACK

    Mikel Arteta is reportedly planning to sign TWO midfielders after reaching an agreement with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    According to The Mirror, Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey and Lyon star Houssem Aouar are the top of his wishlist.

    Earlier this week, the manager confirmed the club are still “active” in the transfer market.

    He said: “We are looking at different options. I would say we are active in the transfer market with players in and out.

    “At the moment the squad balance is not the ideal we want to achieve so there is still some work to do.”

  • DAVE DENIED

    David Brooks is set to stay at Bournemouth this summer.

    The Welshman had been linked to Leicester and Manchester United and Arsenal in the past.

    But the Cherries value the midfielder at more than £50million and do not want to sell.

    Brooks, 23, was on United’s radar last summer but missed most of the season with an ankle injury that required TWO surgeries.

    That long-term problem is likely to scare off any potential suitors from making a massive offer that Jason Tindall’s recently-relegated side could not turn down.

  • AUBA-ACHIEVER

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyangis on course to break Ian Wright's Arsenal scoring record.

    Wright's long standing record sees him sitting second in the list.

    The charismatic goal machine bagged 185 goals for the Gunners in the 288 games he played in red and white.

    He sits second behind one of the North Londoners' greatest ever players – Thierry Henry who netted a staggering 228 goals in 377 appearances.

    Wright's record gave him a total goals-per-game (GPG) ratio of 0.64.

    And Aubameyang is marginally edging him with 0.65 GPG thanks to his 72 strikes in 111 matches since his £57.4million arrival in 2018.

    The former Borussia Dortmund striker played 44 times for the Gunners last season and 51 the campaign before – averaging out at slightly less than 48 games-per-season.

  • KOL ME MAYBE

    Bayer Leverkusen are reportedly interested in bringing Arsenal left-back Sead Kolasinac back to the Bundesliga.

    The 27-year-old has lost his place in the starting XI under Mikel Arteta with Kieran Tierney and Ainsley Maitland-Niles preferred instead.

    With the Gunners looking to offload players in order to raise funds to sign Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar, Kolasinac has been put up for sale by the club.

    West Ham have been linked with a move for the ex-Schalke defender, but Leverkusen are said to be leading the race to secure his services.

    According to Sport Bild via Sport Witness, the German outfit are 'seriously' thinking about signing the Bosnia international.

    They claim that the club are looking to spend the cash they received from selling Kai Havertz to Chelsea, and want to bring in a top defender.

  • KOL ME MAYBE

    Bayer Leverkusen are reportedly interested in bringing Arsenal left-back Sead Kolasinac back to the Bundesliga.

    The 27-year-old has lost his place in the starting XI under Mikel Arteta with Kieran Tierney and Ainsley Maitland-Niles preferred instead.

    West Ham have been linked with a move for the ex-Schalke defender, but Leverkusen are said to be leading the race to secure his services.

    According to Sport Bild via Sport Witness, the German outfit are 'seriously' thinking about signing the Bosnia international.

    They claim that the club are looking to spend the cash they received from selling Kai Havertz to Chelsea, and want to bring in a top defender.

    It has been claimed that Leverkusen will step up their pursuit of Kolasinac this week.

    And the report adds that Arsenal would be willing to part ways with the player should they receive a bid in the region of £9.1million.

  • CHU ARE YA?

    Former Arsenal starlet Chuba Akpom is reportedly set to return to England to join Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough.

    The 24-year-old has been in impressive form since joining Greek giants PAOK from the Gunners in 2018.

    Former England Under-21s forward Akpom starred last night as his side defeated Benfica in the Champions League qualifying stages.

    But despite just needing to overcome Russian club Krasnodar to seal a place in the group stages, PAOK are believed to be willing to let him go.

    And reports in Greece claim a deal has already been agreed between them and the Championship side.

  • NEVER GO BACK?

    They say never go back… but don't tell Gareth Bale.

    The Real Madrid star is nearing a stunning loan deal to return to Tottenham after seven years away.

    After a somewhat tepid time under Jose Mourinho, Spurs fans will be desperate for their former hero to bang in the goals like the good old days.

    Bale notched 56 goals and 58 assists in over 200 appearances before his £85million exit in 2013.

    But, with a dodgy injury record and a poor relationship with Zinedine Zidane leading to plenty of time spent on the sidelines, there will be plenty of doubters ahead of his return.

    Here, SunSport details four comeback kids Bale can look to for inspiration including Arsenal legend Thierry Henry – and three he dare not emulate HERE.

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