Arsenal news LIVE: Barca eye Gabriel, Hazard transfer UPDATE, Gunners LEAPFROG Juventus for Morata – latest

BARCELONA are preparing to raid Arsenal for their talent yet again with Gabriel as the hot prospect this time according to reports.

The Catalan giants are said to be in the market for a left-sided centre-half and the Brazilian could be a perfect fit for Xavi's men.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have been reportedly dealt a huge blow in their bid to sign former Chelsea star Eden Hazard on loan this summer.

Hazard, 31, is expected to reject a switch to North London for a move to German giants Borussia Dortmund instead.

Elsewhere, with Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah's contracts expiring in June, the Gunners will need some reinforcements in the striking department.

And Arsenal are keeping tabs on another former Chelsea attacker Alvaro Morata to fill the void – costing at around £25 million.

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  • Sam Dymond

    Lac can get back on track

    Arsenal captain Alexandre Lacazette can get himself back on to the goalscoring trail when his side travel to Southampton on Saturday.

    The striker has come under fire recently, having scored just two goals in the last four months – both of which came from the penalty spot.

    However, the Frenchman does enjoy facing the Saints.

    Lacazette's last goal from open play came against Southampton in December, and was the seventh he had been involved in during his last six meetings with the south coast club.

    His five goals and two assists against Saints are his most against any side during his time in the Premier League.

  • Sam Dymond

    Gunners face competition for Neves

    If getting the best out of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and targeting Gabriel wasn't enough, Barcelona are now plotting to upset Arsenal further by stealing Ruben Neves from underneath their nose.

    Sky Sports News revealed yesterday that the Gunners had made the Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder their main priority this summer in the transfer market.

    However, Sky are now reporting that Barca are showing a 'considerable interest' in the Portuguese star, which will come as a blow to those at the Emirates.

    Wolves boss Bruno Lage is quoted as wanting £100million for Neves, but it expected that a fee closer to £60million will be enough to get a deal done in the close season.

  • Sam Dymond

    Barca have eye on Gabriel

    Barcelona could follow up on the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang by returning to the Emirates to swoop for Gabriel.

    The LaLiga giants are likely to be in the market for a left-sided centre-half if – as expected – Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti leave the club this summer.

    And Spanish publication Sport understand that Barca have targeted Arsenal's Gabriel as the ideal replacement.

    The 24-year-old Brazilian arrived in the Premier League two seasons ago with a promising reputation, and his stock has only risen since.

    Gabriel has three years to run on his current deal at the Emirates.

  • Sam Dymond

    Saka opponent takes the Busquets

    Arsenal star Bukayo Saka has named Sergio Busquets as his most impressive opponent.

    The England international played against the Barcelona midfielder in a 2019 pre-season friendly when he was just 17, and admitted he was 'embarrassed' by the Spaniard.

    “The way he just so elegantly turned me!" recalled Saka in an interview with GQ magazine (via The Evening Standard).

    "I came at him to press him, I tried to fake this side then go to the other, and the way he just embarrassed me: I was just like, 'yeah, this guy is elite'.

    “The way he just took me out of the play, I said, ‘Respect.’ He is three steps ahead of everyone and that’s what makes you a top footballer. That’s what I realised that day.”

  • Sam Dymond

    Mari wants Serie A stay

    Arsenal defender Pablo Mari has revealed that he would prefer to stay in Italy when his loan with Udinese concludes in June.

    The Spaniard had previously indicated a desire to return to the Emirates and fight for his place in the first team.

    However, competition at centre-back now looks fierce with William Saliba expected to challenge Ben White and Gabriel next season.

    In an interview with Gazetta dello Sport (via Arseblog), the 28-year-old said: “I really like having the ball and here it can be done. Then there is the battle and I like having a battle on the pitch. I would like to stay in Italy.

    “I’m very well at Udinese and I’d be happy to take the club even higher in the standings. Of course, I still have a two-year contract with Arsenal."

    While the 28-year-old does have two years still to run on his current deal in North London, the Gunners are unlikely to stand in his way if he wishes to leave permanently.

  • Sam Dymond

    Gunners aim off in Nunez pursuit

    Arsenal are resigned to missing out on transfer target Darwin Nunez after it emerged that three other clubs are in hot pursuit of the forward.

    Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are now considered to be the frontrunners by The Athletic to sign the Uruguayan.

    The 22-year-old bagged a hat-trick against Belenenses on Saturday to take his tally to 31 goals from 36 matches this season, and – in doing so – further increased his value.

    Benfica are now thought to want upwards of £70million for Nunez with the Gunners prepared to look elsewhere.

  • Etienne Fermie

    Morning, Arsenal fans

    The Gunners are dreaming big – judging by the three players leading the overnight transfer speculation.

    Benfica's Darwin Nunez is poised to move for around £67million this summer, with Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea regarded as his main admirers.

    The Uruguay superstar, 22, is expected to ponder his options with a new agent.

    Wolves' Ruben Neves would be an equally huge arrival at the Emirates

    And again it's understood the Gunners would face competition from United and Chelsea should they step up their interest.

    But the path could be clearer for Alvaro Morata.

    Arsenal are rated frontrunners for Atletico Madrid's ex-Chelsea hitman, who is also wanted by his loan club Juventus.

    The 52-cap Spain ace, 29, is rated at about £25m.

    But the Gunners' reported interest in luring Chelsea legend Eden Hazard on loan has been rocked.

    It's claimed the Read Madrid playmaker would prefer to join Borussia Dortmund ahead of Arsenal or AC Milan.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Gunners receive Hazard warning

    Arsenal have suffered a setback in their attempts to sign Eden Hazard on loan, according to the press in Spain.

    Cadena Ser report that the Belgian is set to reject the Gunners and AC Milan in order to join Borussia Dortmund.

    Hazard’s younger brother, Thorgan, currently plays with the Bundesliga club, who are thought to enjoy a strong relationship with those at the Bernabeu.

    Arsenal had hoped to bring Hazard back to London for the season following a torrid three-year spell in LaLiga.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Wolves ready to replace Arsenal & Utd target Neves

    Wolves are close to finding a replacement for midfielder Ruben Neves.

    SunSport recently reported that the Portuguese international could be plucked by Manchester United this summer if Erik ten Hag is appointed manager.

    Arsenal and Barcelona are also interested, with Neves, 25, stalling on agreeing to a contract extension as he eyes playing European football next season.

    Neves is contracted at Wolves until 2024, and manager Bruno Lage has admitted that it will cost the top sides £100m to prize him away from the Midlands.

    But SunSport now understands that Wolves are preparing for the worst-case scenario, and are looking at Benfica B starlet Martim Neto to potentially fill Neves’ boots.

    The 19-year-old is yet to make a senior appearance for the Benfica first team after coming through the academy, but is one of the most highly-rated players at the club.

    It is believed Neto will soon make his first team debut to increase his transfer fee – which currently stands at around £10m – while his contract also runs out in the summer.

    However, incoming Benfica manager Roger Schmidt will have the final say and wants to cast an eye over him in pre-season.

    Portugal U19 international Neto has recently changed representatives and is now with super-agent Jorge Mendes, who has ties with several players in the Wolves squad, as well as boss Lage.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Yang out of order

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s storming return to form since exiting Arsenal for Barcelona has stirred up facts’ n fury on social media.

    The striker’s 10 goals since January for the Spaniards contrasts with just 12 from the WHOLE Arsenal squad in the same period.

    Some supporters pointed out Aubameyang was out of form for the Gunners even before he was cast out for disciplinary reasons.

    But others claimed his struggle was down to boss Mikel Arteta’s tactical weaknesses.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ‘Arsenal leapfrog Juve in Morata race'

    Arsenal are rated frontrunners to sign Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata – despite interest from his loan club Juventus.

    Former Chelsea and Real Madrid star Morata, 29, could cost around £25million.

    The Gunners are tipped to come back in for the 52-cap Spain ace in the summer following a reported attempt to borrow him in January.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Nunez ‘WILL leave Benfica this summer’

    Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea could lead a £67million chase for Darwin Nunez after it’s claimed the striker will DEFINITELY leave Benfica this summer.

    Those three Prem clubs reportedly lead the interest in the Uruguay superstar.

    And transfer guru Fabrizio Romana says Nunez will meet with his new agent to discuss a move.

    The 22-year-old is under contract until 2025 and Benfica want close to the £113m they got from Atletico Madrid for Joao Felix in 2019.

    But a fee of around £58m-£70m seems more likely.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Wolves ready to replace Arsenal & Utd target Neves

    Wolves are close to finding a replacement for midfielder Ruben Neves.

    SunSport recently reported that the Portuguese international could be plucked by Manchester United this summer if Erik ten Hag is appointed manager.

    Arsenal and Barcelona are also interested, with Neves, 25, stalling on agreeing to a contract extension as he eyes playing European football next season.

    Neves is contracted at Wolves until 2024, and manager Bruno Lage has admitted that it will cost the top sides £100m to prize him away from the Midlands.

    But SunSport now understands that Wolves are preparing for the worst-case scenario, and are looking at Benfica B starlet Martim Neto to potentially fill Neves’ boots.

    The 19-year-old is yet to make a senior appearance for the Benfica first team after coming through the academy, but is one of the most highly-rated players at the club.

    It is believed Neto will soon make his first team debut to increase his transfer fee – which currently stands at around £10m – while his contract also runs out in the summer.

    However, incoming Benfica manager Roger Schmidt will have the final say and wants to cast an eye over him in pre-season.

    Portugal U19 international Neto has recently changed representatives and is now with super-agent Jorge Mendes, who has ties with several players in the Wolves squad, as well as boss Lage.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Dortmund 'favourites to land Arsenal target Hazard'

    Arsenal have suffered a setback in their attempts to sign Eden Hazard on loan, according to the press in Spain.

    Cadena Ser report that the Belgian is set to reject the Gunners and AC Milan in order to join Borussia Dortmund.

    Hazard’s younger brother, Thorgan, currently plays with the Bundesliga club, who are thought to enjoy a strong relationship with those at the Bernabeu.

    Arsenal had hoped to bring Hazard back to London for the season following a torrid three-year spell in LaLiga.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Crucial run-in for Gunners

    After three defeats in four games, Arsenal have relinquished their grip on the fourth spot that they had worked so hard to attain.

    Now, at the business end of the season, every game is pivotal if the Gunners are to pip rivals Tottenham to Champions League football.

    Arsenal will face Spurs in a North London derby on May 12 but, before then, Mikel Arteta’s men have five crunch fixtures that include two other capital clashes at Chelsea and West Ham.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'Arsenal leapfrog Juve in Morata race'

    Arsenal are rated frontrunners to sing Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata – despite interest from his loan club Juventus.

    Former Chelsea and Real Madrid star Morata, 29, could cost around £25million.

    The Gunners are tipped to come back in for the 52-cap Spain ace in the summer following a reported attempt to borrow him in January.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Neves revs up for Gunners' move?

    If you can’t beat them, join them.

    Wolves’ Ruben Neves was given a frosty reception at the Emirates back in February following comments he had made at full time in the reverse fixture two weeks earlier.

    The Portuguese midfielder criticised Arsenal’s players for the way they celebrated their 1-0 win at Molineux, accusing them of acting as if they had won the league.

    However, Neves may receive a much warmer response the next time he takes to the pitch – especially if he’s wearing an Arsenal shirt.

    The Gunners are being heavily linked with the 25-year-old despite Bruno Lage recently slapping a £100 million price tag on his star player.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'Cole and Huddlestone robbed of £500k of goods'

    Ex-Arsenal and Chelsea defender Ashley Cole and former spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone were robbed of jewellery, handbags and watches worth around £500,000 by a “ruthless” gang, a court has heard.

    Kurtis Dilks is alleged to have robbed ex-England star Cole and his partner Sharon Canu of watches, mobile phones, cash, a Gucci bag, headphones and a BMW smart key during a break-in at their home in January 2020.

    Dilks, Ashley Cumberpatch and Andrew MacDonald are accused of conspiring to rob former Three Lions' ace Huddlestone's wife, Joanna Dixon, of £500,000 of jewellery and handbags, including her wedding and engagement rings.

    Jurors were told robbers tied Ms Dixon's hands behind her back with cable ties, with one allegedly saying: "Don't make this difficult, we don't want to manhandle you."

    Nottingham Crown Court heard that Dilks is also accused of being part of a six-strong gang who allegedly stole the £3.75million Portland Tiara from the Welbeck Estate in 2018.

    The tiara was worn to the coronation of Edward VII.

    Prosecutors said the theft of the tiara, previously described as a "national treasure", was a "shocking event" and it will never again be seen in its original state.

    The defendants deny all charges. The trial continues.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Auba fact riles Gunners fans

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's storming return to form since exiting Arsenal for Barcelona has stirred up facts' n fury on social media.

    The striker's 10 goals since January for the Spaniards contrasts with just 12 from the WHOLE Arsenal squad in the same period.

    Some supporters pointed out Aubameyang was out of form for the Gunners even before he was cast out for disciplinary reasons.

    But others claimed his struggle was down to boss Mikel Arteta's tactical weaknesses.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Arsenal target target Nunez 'WILL leave Benfica this summer'

    Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea could lead a £67million chase for Darwin Nunez after it's claimed the striker will DEFINITELY leave Benfica this summer.

    Those three Prem clubs reportedly lead the interest in the Uruguay superstar.

    And transfer guru Fabrizio Romana says Nunez will meet with his new agent to discuss a move.

    The 22-year-old is under contract until 2025 and Benfica want close to the £113m they got from Atletico Madrid for Joao Felix in 2019.

    But a fee of around £58m-£70m seems more likely.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Lampard favourite to be next Prem boss axed

    Everton boss Frank Lampard is still favourite to be the next Premier League manager sacked.

    That's according to Betfair, who've priced the Toffees boss at 5/2 to leave before the end of the season despite Saturday's crucial victory over Manchester United.

    Lampard replaced Rafa Benitez at Goodison Park in January.

    The 43-year-old enjoyed a brief bounce with two victories in his opening three games in charge.

    But things took a nosedive.

    Everton had picked up ONE Premier League win in seven before the weekend's win over Manchester United at Goodison Park.

    Anthony Gordon's deflected 27th-minute drive secured an unexpected three points and moved the Merseyside outfit four points clear of 18th-placed Burnley with eight fixtures remaining.

    There had been rumours that owner Farhad Moshiri would travel to Liverpool to make a change following the 3-2 defeat at Turf Moor last week.

    BETRAIR ODDS

    • No Manager To Leave – 6/4
    • Frank Lampard – 5/2
    • Roy Hodgson – 4/1
    • Thomas Tuchel – 9/1
    • Brendan Rodgers – 20/1
    • Ralf Rangnick – 20/1
    • Jesse Marsch – 20/1
    • Dean Smith – 22/1
    • Graham Potter – 25/1
    • Ian Tuckey

      Dixon in Twitter spat with Piers over Aubameyang

      Piers Morgan and Lee Dixon were involved in a Twitter spat after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his tenth Barcelona goal on Sunday.

      Aubameyang left Arsenal on a free in the January transfer window and has since shone in Spain.

      Celebrity Arsenal fan Morgan tweeted: “Aubameyang scores again for Barcelona. His 10th goal in 14 games since Arsenal gave him away for free. Now officially one of the worst decisions in managerial history.”

      In response, Dixon replied: “Piers. Really. You are really making yourself look rather silly. Enough. Get over it.

      The discussion continued for some time until Morgan referred to the former Gunners star as ‘patronising’.

    • Sam Dymond

      More on Ruben Neves rumours

      What started as tittle-tattle linking Ruben Neves with a move to Arsenal over the weekend is gathering pace towards a full blown transfer saga.

      Sky Sport News are reporting this lunchtime that the Gunners now consider Neves to be one of their top targets this summer.

      And despite Bruno Lage's protestations that Wolves would want £100 million for their midfielder, Arsenal believe they can get a deal done for between £50million and £60million.

      The Portuguese star is also being tracked by Barcelona, Manchester United and Tottenham.

    • Sam Dymond

      Crucial run-in for Gunners

      After three defeats in four games, Arsenal have relinquished their grip onthe fourth spot that they had worked so hard to attain.

      Now, at the business end of the season, every game is pivotal if the Gunners are to pip rivals Tottenham to Champions League football.

      Arsenal will face Spurs in a North London derby on May 12 but, before then, Mikel Arteta's men have five crunch fixtures that include two other capital clashes at Chelsea and West Ham.

    • Sam Dymond

      Arsenal will welcome Ruben Neves

      If you can't beat them, join them.

      Wolves' Ruben Neves was given a frosty reception at the Emirates back in February following comments he had made at full time in the reverse fixture two weeks earlier.

      The Portuguese midfielder criticised Arsenal's players for the way they celebrated their 1-0 win at Molineux, accusing them of acting as if they had won the league.

      However, Neves may receive a much warmer response the next time he takes to the pitch – especially if he's wearing an Arsenal shirt.

      The Gunners are being heavily linked with the 25-year-old despite Bruno Lage recently slapping a £100 million price tag on his star player.

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