Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ek takeover UPDATE, Ramsey 'offered shock return', Smith Rowe new contract, Neves latest

AARON RAMSEY could be set for a shock return to Arsenal, according to reports.

The Welshman left for Juventus in 2019, but has failed to make a real impact in Serie A.

Meanwhile, we've the very latest onDaniel Ek's takeover bid and Emile Smith Rowe's contract situation.

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

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  • William Pugh

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    The Big Six, including Arsenal, have accepted Premier League fines of just £3.5m each for their part in the European Super League fiasco.

    But the Gunners, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester United and Manchester City have agreed they would face £20m penalty fees and 30-point deductions if they joined any future rebel scheme.

    The decision, likely to be fiercely contested by the 14 teams left out of the coup attempt, is League chief Richard Masters’ attempt to draw a line under the debacle.

    Masters, who enlisted the backing of Prime Minister Boris Johnson to help foil the breakaway in the space of 48 tumultuous hours, dismissed all calls for points deductions for the Six.

    He also recognises that, for all their plotting, the Big Six remain the driving force of the Prem’s global success story.

    And by getting them to sign up to future draconian penalties, Masters and fellow League bosses believe they have put the Super League genie back in the bottle for ever.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal are considering a swap deal for Wolves star Ruben Neves that would see wantaway ace Ainsley Maitland-Niles going the other way to Molineux.

    According to the Daily Express, the Gunners could use Maitland-Niles in order to lower Neves' £35million asking price.

    Manager Mikel Arteta is on the lookout for a new midfielder that would partner up with Thomas Partey in the summer transfer window as Granit Xhaka is set to leave the north Londoners and is likely to join Roma.

    And finally, Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke is going to reject any new offer from Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek.

    That is according to the Daily Mirror, who claim Ek is ready to come back with a second bid of over £2billion to take over the club he has supported since his childhood.

    The Swedish billionaire had an initial offer of £1.8billion turned down recently.

    But Kroenke’s stance will not change no matter what, even though the entrepreneur has insisted that he is ready for a long takeover battle.

  • Kostas Lianos

    STERLING LINK

    Manchester City star Raheem Sterling revealed he doesn't pay any attention to transfer speculation.

    Sterling has been linked with a move to Arsenal as well as Barcelona amid the summer transfer window.

    However, the star forward remains focused on England ahead of Euro 2020.

    He told talkSPORT: "Do what they done before we had social media. Don’t check anything, don’t look at anything. That’s the most important thing"

  • Kostas Lianos

    DOIG THE BUSINESS

    Hibernian have placed a £5million release clause on Arsenal target Josh Doig.

    That is according to Football London, who claim the Gunners are interested in 19-year-old Doig but the Scottish outfit is yet to receive an official bid.

    The same report suggests that those close to the left-back believe he will not be an Arsenal player next season.

    The Scottish youngster amassed a total of 35 appearances across all competitions this season

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  • Kostas Lianos

    TIERNEY PREDICTION

    Former Scotland international Stuart McCall has predicted that Arsenal ace Kieran Tierney is going to stand out at Euro 2020.

    McCall made the same prediction for Liverpool star Andy Robertson and Manchester United ace Scott McTominay.

    He told Not the Old Firm: “I think the good thing is looking at the squad, it’s quite young.

    "We have four top class players – Andy Robertson at Liverpool, Kieran Tierney at Arsenal, John McGinn at Aston Villa and Scott McTominay at Manchester United – and they are all quite young"

  • Kostas Lianos

    BR-ITE PROSPECT

    Arsenal have joined the bidding war for Brighton ace Ben White amid the summer transfer window.

    According to the Daily Mirror, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is a "big admirer" of White after his impressive campaign with the Seagulls.

    The centre-back amassed 39 appearances across all competitions and earned an England call-up.

    However, the 23-year-old has also attracted interest from Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United.

  • Kostas Lianos

    T-EK-OVER UPDATE

    Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke is going to reject any new offer from Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek.

    That is according to the Daily Mirror, who claimEk is ready to come back with a second bid of over £2billion to take over the club he has been supporting since his childhood.

    The Swedish billionaire had an initial offer of £1.8billionrejected recently.

    But Kroenke’s stance will not change no matter what, even though the entrepreneur has insisted that he is ready for a long takeover battle

  • Kostas Lianos

    COMING B-EK

    Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek is likely to return with another bid to take over Arsenal.

    Ek's first offer of £2bn was rejected by Stan Kroenke, who has come under fire after trying to get the Gunners in the European Super League.

    However, according to the Daily Mail, the Swedish billionaire will return with a higher fee.

    Ek is being backed by Arsenal legends Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp

  • Kostas Lianos

    KOUNDE UPDATE

    Sevilla ace Jules Kounde would rather join Chelsea rather than Arsenal in the summer.

    That is according to The Athletic, who claim Kounde is more keen on linking up with the Champions League winners rather than the Gunners, who endured a turbulent campaign.

    The talented defender is attracting plenty of interest from Europe’s top hitters and the Andalusians are willing to accept slightly less than his release clause, with a fee of around £55million being touted.

    The France international wants to join a Champions League team and thus the north Londoners, who didn’t qualify for Europe for the first time in 25 years, are likely to be ruled out

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  • Kostas Lianos

    HE'S BUK

    Arsenal star Bukayo Saka trained with the rest of the England team after missing Sunday’s friendly against Romania.

    Saka suffered a hip injuryand was rested by Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate ahead of Euro 2020.

    The same though didn't apply for Manchester United ace Harry Maguire who was absent from practice.

    Maguire is still recovering from an ankle ligament injury he suffered at Aston Villa last month.

  • Kostas Lianos

    SAK ATTACK

    Arsenal are keeping tabs on Real Sociedad ace Alexander Isak amid the summer transfer window.

    That is according to The Athletic, who claim the Gunners are eyeing Isak and technical director Edu is a big fan.

    The centre-forward registered 17 league goals in 34 matches this season.

    The 21-year-old has linked up with Sweden and is getting ready for Euro 2020

  • Kostas Lianos

    ETERNAL FLAM

    Former Arsenal ace Mathieu Flaimini admits "it hurts" watching his former club in this current state.

    Flamini told the Evening Standard: “Obviously, it hurts me when we are not in the Champions League, the Europa League and we are fighting for a place in the Premier League that should not be ours.

    “But at the end of the day, I think it is important to stick together and to work hard to get back on track.

    “I don’t believe we [Arsenal] should be in this position. We should be near the top of this League. But beliefs are not enough, you need to work hard and you need to deliver”

  • Kostas Lianos

    NEVES SWAP

    Arsenal are considering a swap deal for Wolves star Ruben Neves that would see wantaway ace Ainsley Maitland-Niles going the other way at Molineux.

    According to the Daily Express, the Gunners could use Maitland-Niles in order to lower Neves' £35million asking price.

    Manager Mikel Arteta is on the lookout for a new midfielder that would partner up with Thomas Partey in the summer transfer window.

    Granit Xhaka is set to leave the north Londoners and is likely to join Roma

  • Kostas Lianos

    NEVILLE REACTS

    Manchester United legend Gary Neville is not happy with the penalty that was issued to the Big Six over their involvement in the European Super League.

    Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham will pay just £20million altogether – which equates to an average of around £3.5m per club.

    The aforementioned clubs have also agreed to further punishments if they ever try a similar breakaway in the future, which would include a penalty of more than £20m and a 30-point Premier League deduction.

    But Neville, who was highly critical of the ESL project, deemed that decision an "absolute embarrassment"

  • Kostas Lianos

    CRYSTAL CLEAR

    Crystal Palace have shown interest in Arsenal ace Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

    Maitland-Niles hinted that he could leave the Gunners this summer after spending the second half of the season on loan at West Brom.

    The 23-year-old and manager Mikel Arteta are seeminlgy disagreeing over where he should play on the pitch, as the Spaniard has used him as a full-back quite regularly whereas Sam Allardyce fielded him in midfield at the Hawthorns.

    The player looks to be on his way out of the Emirates and Palace are keeping tabs on him, according to Football London

  • Kostas Lianos

    NO GO

    Arsenal ace Bernd Leno has been linked with an exit from the club as the Gunners appear to have identified Andre Onana as his replacement, depending on the decision regarding the Ajax star's suspension.

    But Leno has previously claimed that he is happy in north London and has no interest in leaving.

    The German keeper said last month: "I am still happy at Arsenal, Arsenal is still a big club, a big name in the world and in the Premier League.

    "There is nobody in the dressing room who says: 'I want to leave the club, I am not happy here anymore'."

  • Kostas Lianos

    NEVER SAY NEVES

    Wolves star Ruben Neves has been linked with a £35million move to Arsenal in the summer transfer window.

    Neves' club is willing to drop his asking price as they seek to refresh their squad following the arrival of new manager Bruno Lage.

    The star midfielder has been touted as a potential replacement for the departing Granit Xhaka.

    Xhaka appears to be on his way to Roma, who are set to welcome Jose Mourinho, who is a fan of the Switzerland international, at the helm

  • Dylan Terry

    POINT BREAK

    THE Big Six have accepted Prem fines of just £3.5m each for their part in the breakaway plot.

    But Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs and the two Manchester giants have agreed they would face £20m fines AND 30-point deductions if they joined any future rebel scheme.

    The decision, likely to be fiercely contested by the 14 clubs left out of the coup attempt, is League chief Richard Masters’ attempt to draw a line under the debacle.

    Masters, who enlisted the backing of PM Boris Johnson to help foil the breakaway in the space of 48 tumultuous hours, dismissed all calls for points deductions for the Six.

    He also recognises that, for all their plotting, the Big Six remain the driving force of the Prem’s global success story.

    And by getting them to sign up to future draconian penalties, Masters and fellow League bosses believe they have put the Super League genie back in the bottle for ever.

  • Dylan Terry

    HAK OF THE NET

    Time for a recap of an earlier story we brought you this morning…

    Arsenal are reportedly considering making an offer for AC Milan star Hakan Calhanoglu if they miss out on Martin Odegaard.

    The Gunners brought in Odegaard from Real Madrid in January, but his short-term loan has expired.

    Arsenal are now waiting to hear whether the 22-year-old Dane features in Carlo Ancelotti’s first-team plans.

    But according to CBS Sports reporter James Benge, the Londoners have shortlisted an alternative in Calhanoglu, 27.

    He posted on Twitter: “Arsenal still retain strong interest in Martin Odegaard.

    “What sort of deal can be done there [if any] will depend on decision of new Real Madrid coaching staff and Florentino Perez.

    “Another target who Arsenal are understood to have broached internally is Hakan Calhanoglu, out of contract with AC Milan this summer.

    “He is an option, not clear how high on the list he might be but expectation is he’s an alternative to Odegaard.”

  • Dylan Terry

    AUBA AND OUT

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang showing of his skills this afternoon. Getting that fitness in during the summer break.

  • Dylan Terry

    STOP ONLINE HATE

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  • Dylan Terry

    GUNNER BE DIFFERENT

    Arsenal are set for a busy summer transfer window with Mikel Arteta and Edu aiming to build on this season’s disappointing eighth place finish.

    According to football.london, technical director Edu has five clear targets going into the transfer window.

    They claim that the Gunners are after Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana for a fee as little as £7million.

    Arsenal also want Lille right-back Zeki Celik as a replacement for Hector Bellerin, with the Spaniard likely to leave this summer.

    Ruben Neves has been linked with a £35m move to Arsenal, with Wolves dropping their asking price as they seek to refresh their squad following the arrival of new manager Bruno Lage.

    Yves Bissouma is another on their radar, with the midfielder reportedly ‘keen’ on making the switch.

    Arsenal missed out on target Emi Buendia, after the Norwich star opted to move to Aston Villa.

    But they could opt to make Martin Odegaard’s loan spell permanent instead.

  • Dylan Terry

    PRICE IS WHITE

    Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool have been warned Ben White will cost £50million, according to reports.

    The Brighton defender, 23, enjoyed a fine debut Premier League season this term.

    And he was rewarded for his form by replacing the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold in England's final 26-man squad for Euro 2020.

    Brighton are unsurprisingly desperate to keep hold of the Three Lions star beyond this summer.

    And to do so, the Seagulls have slapped a £50m price tag on the Dorset-born defender – as we revealed they would do back in October.

  • Dylan Terry

    RAM RETURNS

    Aaron Ramsey has been offered back to Arsenal by Juventus, according to reports.

    And Hector Bellerin could be involved in a swap deal heading the other way.

    The Welshman, 30, left the Emirates for Turin on a free transfer in 2019 when his contract expired.

    But two years on, Sport in Spain say he could be in line for a stunning comeback in exchange for his former team-mate.

    Ramsey – currently preparing for Euro 2020 – has made 65 Juventus appearances across his two seasons in Italy, but just 22 in Serie A this term scoring two goals.

    It is not quite the impact he was hoping to have and the report suggests he is considering his future.

    Despite running down his deal and leaving for nothing, Ramsey was a popular figure at Arsenal and would surely be welcomed back with open arms if a return was on the cards.

  • Dylan Terry

    BELLERIN TO ALLOW TRIPPIER MOVE

    Arsenal have told all parties interested in Hector Bellerin they must cough up at least £20million for the Spaniard.

    And with Atletico Madrid waiting to pounce, it could see Kieran Trippier move to Manchester United.

    Atletico were said to be considering a swap deal involving Trippier and Bellerin.

    But SunSport exclusively revealed this week Trippier has told his England team-mates he wants to move to Old Trafford.

    As a result, Atletico have been told to cough up the dough if they want to bring Bellerin back to his homeland to replace Trippier, according to CBS.

  • Dylan Terry

    STEPH’S STRESS

    Steph Catley has revealed that her debut Arsenal season has been the most difficult in her career so far due to a series of injuries.

    The 27-year-old told My Football: “It’s definitely been the hardest year of my football career.

    “The injuries just kept coming and I couldn’t find the answers. But I found strength in myself I didn’t know I had and also strength in my relationships with the people around me.

    “I learnt to lean on people and overall I feel like I’ve come out the other side of it all a much better athlete.

    “I’m better at preparing, I feel stronger physically and mentally and just have a real appreciation for being out on the field every day doing what I love.

    “I’m feeling really good. My body feels strong and I’ve been back on the field for the last few months now so I’ve got a good amount of load back there too.

    “But mentally I feel really fresh and just excited to be on the field every single day.”

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