Arsenal £12m bid REJECTED for Lokonga, Premier League fixtures TODAY, Van De Beek UPDATE, Ramsey wants return

ARSENAL have reportedly had a £12m bid for Anderlecht star Albert Sambi Lokonga REJECTED by the Belgian club.

The Gunners are also said to have 'made contact' with Manchester United's dishevelled 2020 summer signing Donny van de Beek.

Aaron Ramsey is thought to be keen on a return to north London while Eddie Nketiah could be on the move this summer, unless he comes to terms on a new contract.

And the Gunners will find out who they face on the opening day of the season when the Premier League fixtures are announced this morning.

Follow all the latest from North London with our live blog below…

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  • Joshua Mbu

    LOK-ED INTO NEGOTIATIONS

    Arsenal saw an opening offer of £13.5m rejected by Anderlecht for midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga.

    The Belgian team are believed to be looking for a sum of £18m and Arsenal fall £4.5m short of the valuation.

    The Daily Mail are, however, reporting that there is confidence that a deal can be made.

    And with the two teams not far apart, a deal is ver possible.

  • Joshua Mbu

    KEY DATES

    The Premier League fixtures are due to be released today at 9am and Arsenal will find out who they kick off the 2021-22 Premier League season against!

    Make sure you stick around and we’ll bring you all of Arsenal's league fixtures as soon as they’re out.

  • Marc Mayo

    GOOD MORNING GOONERS

    Arsenal have had an opening bid of £12million rejected for Anderlecht ace Albert Sambi Lokonga.

    That is according to HLN, who claim the Gunners have seen their opening bid turned down by the Belgian outfit.

    Midfielder Lokonga is one of Anderlecht’s standout performers despite being just 21 years old.

    And with both Granit Xhaka and Matteo Guendouzi set to leave this summer, manager Mikel Arteta is looking for someone to partner up with Thomas Partey in midfield.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal are keeping tabs on Leicester star James Maddison ahead of next season.

    According to Football London, Arteta has been a long-term admirer of Maddison.

    However, the star midfielder's asking price poses as a major issue for the north Londoners.

    Plus, Arsenal may have to battle with Chelsea, who will move for the 24-year-old if they lose Hakim Ziyech in the summer transfer window.

    And Martin Odegaard is set to stay at Real Madrid after his recent loan spell at Arsenal.

    That is according to The Athletic, who claim Odegaard wishes to play with Real next season.

    And that is because the attacking midfielder feels more confident at the Santiago Bernabeu now that Carlo Ancelotti has taken over.

    That means Arteta may have to look for another No10, with Manchester United's Donny van de Beek being touted as a potential target.

    Speaking of which, Arsenal have contacted Van de Beek's representatives.

    That is according to 90Min, who claim that the Gunners have touched base with the Netherlands international’s people as they are interested in bringing him to the Emirates.

    United could be willing to let the attacking midfielder go after a hapless season at Old Trafford that saw him spending most of his time on the bench.

  • Kostas Lianos

    GREM ON

    Arsenal have been keeping tabs on three Gremio players during the summer transfer window.

    According to Futebol Guaiba, those are Vanderson, Ferreira and Ricardinho Viana.

    However, the Gunners are not the only ones keeping them in their sights.

    The Gremio trio are also being targeted by Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan as well

  • Kostas Lianos

    PAUL-ING OUT

    Recent reports suggested that Arsenal are keeping tabs on Udinese star Rodrigo de Paul.

    However, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims the Gunners never contacted the Serie A outfit regarding De Paul.

    Romano added that the midfielder is set to join Atletico Madrid following a €35million (£30m) deal.

    More below:

  • Kostas Lianos

    MAD SIGNING

    Arsenal are keeping tabs on Leicester star James Maddison ahead of next season.

    According to Football London, Gunners manager Mikel Arteta has been a long-term admirer of Maddison.

    However, the star midfielder's asking price poses as a major issue for the north Londoners.

    Plus, Arsenal may have to battle with Chelsea, who will move for the 24-year-old if they lose Hakim Ziyech in the summer transfer window

  • Kostas Lianos

    TIERNEY RETURN

    Kieran Tierney has returned to training for Scotland ahead of Friday's Euro 2020 match against England.

    Tierney picked up a knock in training before their opening game with the Czech Republic, so he sat out of the 2-0 loss.

    However, the Arsenal star seems to be nearing full fitness ahead of a major clash for his country.

    And that works as a major boost for Steve Clarke as he will need all the firepower he can get down the left flank

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  • Kostas Lianos

    WHITE UPDATE

    Brighton star Ben White wants to move to Arsenal in the summer.

    That is according to the Daily Mail as White appears to be among the Gunners' top targets for the summer transfer window.

    The Seagulls are going to demand around £50m to let the England international go.

    However, the defender could look to force a move away from the Amex Stadium

  • Kostas Lianos

    LOCK & LOAD

    Newcastle manager Steve Bruce will be given a £50million transfer war chest by owner Mike Ashley as a reward for saving the club from relegation.

    Arsenal ace Joe Willock is bound to be among the targets after a sensational loan spell and may cost up to £30m in the summer transfer window.

    Willock shone bright last season at St James' Park upon his arrival from the Gunners in February.

    The midfielder registered a total of eight goals in 14 appearances across all competitions for the Magpies.

  • Kostas Lianos

    ON THE LOC-OUT

    Arsenal are ready to make a move for Sassuolo star Manuel Locatelli in the summer transfer window.

    Reports in Italy claim the Gunners are prepared to make a bid in the region of €40m (£34m) for Locatelli.

    However, the north Londoners would face some stiff competition if they went for the midfielder.

    That is because the Italy international appears more keen on joining Juventus

  • Kostas Lianos

    BERG YOUR PARDON

    Sheffield United could lower their demands for Sander Berge amid Arsenal's interest for the midfielder.

    According to Football London, Berge is keen on the idea of moving to the Gunners in the summer transfer window after the Blades' relegation to the Championship.

    Sheffield United had been demanding £35million up front for the midfielder, but are now prepared to receive that same offer in instalments,

    That is something the north Londoners are keen on doing

  • Kostas Lianos

    OD OF THE LINE

    Martin Odegaard is set to stay at Real Madrid after his recent loan spell at Arsenal.

    That is according to The Athletic, who claim Odegaard wishes to play with Real next season.

    And that is because the attacking midfielder feels more confident at the Santiago Bernabeu now that Carlo Ancelotti has taken over.

    That means Gunners manager Mikel Arteta may have to look for another No10, with Manchester United's Donny van de Beek being touted as a potential target

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  • Kostas Lianos

    EDDIE, SET, GO

    Arsenal ace Eddie Nketiah has been offered a new deal while four other clubs are keeping tabs on him.

    Nketiah, who was limited to a bit-part role under Mikel Arteta last season, has just one year left on his contract.

    According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, however, the north Londoners are said to have offered him a new contract nevertheless.

    Premier League rivals West Ham, Watford and Crystal Palace are interested, just like Bundesliga giants Bayer Leverkusen

  • Kostas Lianos

    STERLING BLOW

    Arsenal target Raheem Sterling is going to hold talks with Manchester City over a new contract once Euro 2020 is over.

    That is according to the Daily Telegraph, who claim City manager Pep Guardiola still holds Sterling in high regard despite the high competition in attacking positions.

    The winger still has two years left on his deal with the Premier League champions.

    But the reduced playing time this past campaign suggested the England international may have become surplus to requirements and was thus linked with a move to Arsenal

  • Kostas Lianos

    CORR BELIEF

    Tottenham could hold a unique advantage over Arsenal in the race to sign Lazio star Joaquin Correa.

    That is new Spurs sporting director Fabio Paratici, who has strong connections across all of Italy.

    The Gunners have reportedly offered £17million for Correa, but the Serie A giants are demanding at least double that amount.

    The striker is now on Copa America duty with Argentina in Brazil

  • Kostas Lianos

    SAK ATTACK

    Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit has warned manager Mikel Arteta not to place too much pressure on Bukayo Saka next season.

    Petit told Gooner: "Saka is too young to carry the team on his shoulders.

    "It should be somebody else, he should keep on learning and improving so he can become one of the most important players in the Premier League.

    "He has the quality, but giving him the responsibility of the team is very dangerous.

    "He needs to be surrounded by experienced players, not just the ones that are living a dream being in Arsenal’s dressing room"

  • Kostas Lianos

    RAM RAID

    Reminding you all that Juventus star Aaron Ramsey wants to come back to Arsenal in the summer.

    Ramsey has been heavily linked with a return to England and the Gunners are said to be the leading the group of four Premier League sides interested in him.

    The 30-year-old former Arsenal star is currently playing for Wales atEuro 2020 and has two years on left his Juve deal.

    According to Calciomercato, however, both player and club are looking for a transfer this summer.

    Arsenal, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Everton are said to be the four clubs keeping tabs on the Welshman

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  • Kostas Lianos

    NIC OF TIME

    Tottenham have joined the transfer race for Sassuolo star, and Arsenal target, Domenico Berardi.

    According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Spurs are keeping tabs on Berardi who is highly rated by the newly-appointed managing director Fabio Paratici.

    The Gunners and Manchester United have also shown interest in the winger recently.

    AC Milan and Juventus are eyeing the Italy international as well

  • Kostas Lianos

    VAN DE BEEK CONTACT

    Arsenal have made contact with Manchester United star Donny van de Beek's representatives.

    That is according to 90Min, who claim that the Gunners have touched base with Van de Beek's people as they are interested in bringing him to the Emirates.

    United could be willing to let the attacking midfielder go after a hapless season at Old Trafford that saw him spending most of his time on the bench.

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is on the lookout for a No10 as Martin Odegaard appears set to rejoin Real Madrid after his loan spell in north London

  • Kostas Lianos

    BID REJECTED

    Just a quick reminder, Arsenal have had an opening bid of £12million REJECTED for Anderlecht ace Albert Sambi Lokonga.

    That is according to HLN, who claim the Gunners have seen their opening bid rejected by the Belgians

    Midfielder Lokonga is one of Anderlecht’s standout performers despite being just 21-years-old.

    And with both Granit Xhaka and Matteo Guendouzi set to leave this summer, manager Mikel Arteta is looking for someone to partner up with Thomas Partey in midfield

  • Joshua Mbu

    DAK THAT

    Liverpool have made an approach for Man Utd and Arsenal target Patson Daka, according to reports. 

    And the Zambian international is believed to be very keen on joining the Reds.

    Daka has an impressive goal-scoring record, scoring 61 goals in his last 85 games for the club in all competitions.

    According to Football Insider, Liverpool have made contact and will look to sign the 22-year-old.

  • Joshua Mbu

    PROFIT MARGINS

    Arsenal made a huge loss on Mesut Ozil when he left the club to go and play in Turkey.

  • Joshua Mbu

    ARSENAL FACE BATTLE

    Arsenal face a bottle to sign Andre Onana from Dutch team Ajax, according to reports.

    Goal are reporting that due to Onana's doping ban being reduced from 12 months to nine, he is attracting interest from a host of European clubs.

    Arsenal are in the hunt for a goalkeeper after both Alex Runarsson and Mat Ryan failed to provide adequate back-up for No1 Bernd Leno.

    But Leno could also be on his way out with his long-term future at the club in doubt.

    Ajax star Andre Onana has been linked with a move to ArsenalCredit: AP
  • Joshua Mbu

    GAME DAY

    Leno is gearing up for Germany's opening group stage game of Euro 2020 against France!

  • Joshua Mbu

    WRIGHT ISSUES VAN DE BEEK VERDICT

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright has given his verdict on the potential signing of Man Utd midfielder Donny van de Beek.

    On The Kelly and Wrighty Show he said: "Donny van de Beek, he’s someone that I wish someone more like Arsenal could have taken.

    "When you look at [Paul] Pogba, what he’s doing, and you look at Bruno Fernandes – that is Donny van de Beek’s position. 

    "So people are thinking they’re going to see Van de Beek [sitting] with Pogba and Fernandes, but I don’t think that’s going to happen, because as much as he can play there, that’s not his preferred position to play.

    "Listen, Donny van de Beek will be a good player for Man United in time because he’s a quality player.

    "But is he what they need right now?"

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