Sunday, June 11, 2023

Arsenal transfer news: Mikel Arteta handed Declan Rice boost as Federico Chiesa contact made

Arsenal contact Juventus over £52m transfer as Edu faces Newcastle competition

 

Arsenal face competition from Premier League rivals Newcastle for the signing of Juventus star Federico Chiesa. Mikel Arteta is looking to add a number of new signings to his squad ahead of next season.

football.london understands the Gunners are prioritising a move for West Ham captain Delcan Rice. However, Arteta wants to sign a new versatile forward and defender ahead of Arsenal’s return to the Champions League next term.

The Gunners have contacted Juventus for information on the price and the player. The Italians want a price in the region of €60million (£52million), according to SportRepubblica.

Chiesa has the ability to play anywhere across the attack, similar to that of Leandro Trossard who was signed in January. Folarin Balogun is likely to be sold after a successful loan spell in France, whilst Reiss Nelson’s future remains uncertain with Arsenal hoping to agree a new contract with the Hale End graduate.

That is according to German transfer guru Florian Plettenberg, who has reported that Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are more and more ‘realistic’ that signing Rice will be difficult this summer. It is claimed that Bayern have made no recent progress in talks with the England international, with the north Londoners said to lead the race instead.

football.london reported back in January that Gunners boss Mikel Arteta had made Rice his priority target for the summer transfer window as the Spaniard looks to bolster his midfield options ahead of the 2023/24 window. football.london also understands that the Gunners are confident they have a strong offer for Rice but feel that it will ultimately come down to the player to decide amid interest from a host of other elite European sides, including the aforementioned Bayern and Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United.

Simons to Arsenal

PSV Eindhoven star Xavi Simons has outlined his stance on his future ahead of the summer transfer window. The Dutch talent has admitted he is yet to meet with PSV and discuss his future as they look to appoint a new manager following Ruud van Nistelrooy’s shock departure.

Fred Rutten assumed a caretaker managerial position after the Manchester United icon left the club before PSV’s final game of the season. Paris Saint-Germain have a buy-back clause in Simons’ contract but they too are looking to appoint a new head coach – with Julian Nagelsmann currently favourite to replace Christophe Galtier.

Simons has now given a fresh stance on his future ahead of the summer transfer window opening next week. “Clearly a lot has changed now,” he said.

“I haven’t met or spoken to the new manager yet. I will speak to him and sit with PSV, then decide my future.

“I’m aware of PSG clause to bring me back. But, as far as I’m aware, they also don’t have a manager yet.”

Simons’ comments suggest he is waiting to see who PSV and PSG appoint as their new managers before making a decision on his future. The uncertainty at both clubs could benefit Arsenal who are very settled and showing huge signs of progress under Arteta – ticking one of the Dutchman’s requirements already.

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