Arsenal transfer news LIVE: £45m Timber deal 'to be announced', Xavi Simons 'offered', Rice and Lavia latest | The Sun

JURRIEN TIMBER has reportedly completed his Arsenal medical and is set to sign for the Gunners imminently, with announcement expected very soon.

Elsewhere, Declan Rice is also set to undergo medical tests ahead of his £105million transfer from West Ham, with that deal also nearing completion.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have reportedly been offered PSV Eindhoven midfielder Xavi Simons.

And the Gunners could have done with his creative ability as they were held to a 1-1 pre-season draw by Watford.


Stay up to date with all the latest from the Emirates Stadium…

  • By Henry Tomlinson

    Jurry Up

    Jurrien Timber's brother has leaked his Arsenal transfer unveiling on social media.

    The defender is set to finalise his £34million switch from Ajax next week.

    Timber completed his medical on Friday with Arsenal believed to be preparing his signing announcement.

    But Timber's brother Shamier beat them to the punch by sharing a photo of what appears to be a farewell party.

    Shamier shared a since-deleted photo which included a cardboard cutout of Timber wearing an Arsenal shirt.



    Timber’s brother LEAKS Arsenal unveiling as fans joke about slow media team

  • By Henry Tomlinson

    Arsenal to keep buying?

    Arsenal will reportedly stay active in the transfer market after completing the signings of Jurrien Timber and Declan Rice.

    The Guardian claims that the Gunners are still after "quality cover for Bukayo Saka".

    While it also suggests that one of Folarin Balogun and Eddie Nketiah are likely to be sold during the window, whoever stays must be capable of keeping "Gabriel Jesus on his toes."

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  • By Jon Boon

    Club 'convinced' over Lavia move

    Arsenal may be about to lose out in the race for Romeo Lavia.

    The Gunners were said to be interested in the Belgium midfielder, only for rivals Liverpool to steal a march on the 19-year-old.

    Now it has been claimed by the Football Insider that Liverpool are convinced he wants to sign for the club.

  • By Jon Boon

    Tchouameni doubts

    Arsenal's interest in Aurelien Tchouameni not 'serious', according to reports.

    Football journalist Paul Brown told Give Me Sport: "My understanding is that Arsenal don’t have a serious interest in Tchouameni.

    "Even if they did, they know he’s unlikely to be leaving Real Madrid anytime soon."

  • By Jon Boon

    De Jong race

    Arsenal and Man Utd have been ruled out the race for Frenkie de Jong, according to reports.

    Both Premier League clubs are said to have been tracking the Dutch midfielder.

    However, his club Barcelona are playing hard ball.

    The Catalans reportedly want a deal that exceeds £70million, a price that is out of reach for the Gunners and Red Devils, according to CBS.

  • By Jon Boon

    Umtiti could join ex-Arsenal ace

    Barcelona's Samuel Umtiti could be about to link up with a former Arsenal star.

    The French defender is a target for Monza, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

    The Serie A club recently acquired Pablo Mari from the Gunners.

    Umtiti spent last season on loan at Leece.

  • By Jon Boon

    Cancelo link cooled

    Despite Joao Cancelo being 'appreciated' by Arsenal, don't expect the Gunners to make a move for the Man City star.

    Fabrizio Romano believes now Mikel Arteta's side are on the verge of announcing Jurrien Timber, they will be covered at right-back.

    Romano told GIVEMESPORT: “Arsenal have always monitored them [Cancelo and Henrichs]. We always mentioned Cancelo as a player appreciated by Arsenal.

    “But, at the moment, I think with Timber, their idea is to cover the right-back and centre-back positions. He’s a very versatile player that Mikel Arteta loves to have in the squad. So, this is the idea.”

  • By Jon Boon

    Diaby rival

    Arsenal have been joined by Aston Villa in the hunt for Moussa Diaby.

    The Bayer Leverkusen winger could cost as much as £50million.

    French international Diaby has scored 49 goals and made 48 in 172 games for the German club.

    Unai Enery is looking for a wideman to boost his ranks, while Mikel Arteta wants competition for his wingers Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka.

  • By Jon Boon

    Partey option

    Thomas Partey is a shock target for Man Utd.

    The Sun reports that the Arsenal midfielder has a fan in manager Erik ten Hag.

    The Ghanaian, 30, could be surplus to requirements – with the Gunners linked to Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia.

    Mikel Arteta reportedly wants around £30million for the African, who has also been linked with Juventus and a move to Saudi Arabia.

  • By Jon Boon

    Timber's out the bag

    Jurrien Timber is on the verge of signing for Arsenal.

    However, his brother has already made the announce before the Gunners.

    The Dutch defender is heading to Mikel Arteta's side in a £40million deal.

    He was wanted by Man Utd.

  • By Jon Boon

    Havertz in training

    Kai Havertz enjoyed his first training session with his new club, Arsenal.

    The German was joined by his fellow ex-Chelsea team-mate Jorginho, as the players were put through their paces.

  • By Jon Boon

    Ramsdale's value

    According to CIES Football Observatory, Aaron Ramsdale is the most valuable goalkeeper in the world.

    The research group, established in 2005, focuse on statistical analysis in football.

    They believe the Arsenal shotstopper is valued at £79million.

  • By Jon Boon

    Timber could impact like Zinchenko

    Goal journalist Charles Watts believes Arsenal's new signing Jurrien Timber could have the same impact as Oleksandr Zinchenko.

    “From what I understand from people who were pretty close to him, he is so excited about Arsenal," he told Teamtalk.

    “It’s always only been Arsenal for him this summer. It’s just been a case of the clubs agreeing the fee and Ajax have held out for as much as they can get. Everyone’s happy with the deal.

    “Arsenal are getting a very, very exciting player in Timber who potentially could have as big of an impact on them this coming season as Zinchenko had last season.”

  • By Jon Boon

    Tierney should 'step away'

    Kieran Tierney has been urged to leave Arsenal by BBC Sport pundit Kenny Miller.

    The Scottish left-back was out of favour last season, as Oleksandr Zinchenko was preferred.

    “I think he probably needs to now. When he plays, he’s a world class left-back. To play regular football, he probably needs to step away from Arsenal,” Miller said.

    “There will be lots and lots of teams that will take it. He’ll have loads of potential suitors. If he moves, he’ll have a number of options. If he’s not going to be getting a game, he’s too good to sitting as part of a squad.

    “It doesn’t seem to affect his performances at an international level. When you’re playing week in, week out, there’s maybe just a different edge to your game. I think there’s potentially more in him from what we’ve seen.

    “He’s one of our best players. A move to Newcastle with everything that’s going on at that place at the moment would be a really big step. Champions League football as well, so he’s not going to be stepping away from that level.”

  • By Jon Boon

    Xhaka denies wife wanted move

    Granit Xhaka has denied that his wife had anything to do with him swapping Arsenal for Bayer Leverkusen.

    He told Keystone-SDA: "There was speculation everywhere that my wife was no longer happy in England. That is not at all true.

    "The fact is that as a person I am always interested in new challenges. After seven years, the time has come for something completely new.

    "The league is not new, but the club is.

    "During the talks with Simon Rolfes [sporting director] and Xabi Alonso, I felt that the long-term project at Leverkusen was worthwhile and that it was 100 per cent in line with me."

  • By Jon Boon

    Confident Saliba

    William Saliba believes Arsenal are on the cusp of something great.

    The French defender has just committed his future to the club by signing a new long-term deal.

    “I think we can achieve everything,” Saliba said.

    “Of course, it’s easy to say this, but we have the coach, we have the character, we have the players, and every year the team gets stronger. We have better players with a good mentality.

    “We have a good experience from the last season as well. We know that the season is so long. So we are confident, and we know we can do something good at this club.”

  • By Kostas Lianos

    Thomas Partey farewell message

    Arsenal ace Thomas Partey has bid farewell to former team-mate Granit Xhaka.

    Partey took to social media and issued an image of him and Xhaka together.

    The midfielder added the following caption: "I am going to miss seeing you around brother."

    The Ghana international has also been linked with a move away amid West Ham superstar Declan Rice's imminent arrival and the Gunners' interest in Southampton star Romeo Lavia.

  • By Kostas Lianos

    Surprise Watford trialist

    Former England international Jake Livermore played as a trialist for Watford in their friendly draw with Arsenal.

    Livermore is desperately seeking a transfer after being released by West Brom.

    The midfielder came off the bench for the Hornets in the 1-1 draw on Saturday.

    The match was played behind closed doors at London Colney with Ismael Kone putting Watford ahead before Marquinhos equalised for the Gunners.

    The 33-year-old has been training with Valerien Ismael's side after leaving the Baggies when his contract expired last week.

  • By Kostas Lianos

    More on Lavia

    Arsenal are still pushing for Southampton star Romeo Lavia.

    According to The Guardian, the Gunners' manager Mikel Arteta wants Lavia in order to increase his options for midfield.

    The North Londoners are set to announce the arrival of West Ham superstar Declan Rice for a club record £105million.

    But Arteta has also lost Granit Xhaka to Bayer Leverkusen.

  • By Kostas Lianos

    Luis Suarez famous bid

    Arsenal’s former transfer chief Dick Law revealed why the club made their infamous £40million and £1 offer for Luis Suarez when he played for Liverpool.

    Suarez had a clause in his contract with the Reds that they had to inform him of any bid if it was more than £40m.

    That spring, news got round to us that Suarez wanted out of Liverpool. We knew that we had to exceed a certain threshold and so we decided to throw another pound on it.

    We could have thrown £50 or £500,000, but it wasn’t going to make any difference to the final negotiation. The offer was just a trigger. Liverpool wanted to make a big deal out of it and that’s fine. When they received our offer they immediately publicised it.

    I think John Henry wanted to know what we were smoking, which I thought was a bit disrespectful. It was him having a bit of a go because he was getting ready to lose his star player. It was a good way to deflect attention.

    I always thought that the move to publicise it was counter-productive. One of the things we were always very proud of at Arsenal was working quietly behind the scenes. Ivan [Gazidis], Arsene [Wenger] and I always worked very hard on being discreet in all transfers.

    And I thought Liverpool shot themselves in the foot by basically saying they were now forced to entertain offers because of this clause, by publicising it they just made everyone aware and eventually they lost the player.

    Dick LawGoal

  • By Kostas Lianos

    Ivan Fresneda update

    Arsenal are back in the bidding war for Real Valladolid star Ivan Fresneda.

    According to Mundo Deportivo, the Gunners are back in the mix but Fresneda has other suitors as well.

    Barcelona are also showing interest in the right-back ahead of the coming season.

    However, the Spain Under-20 international is said to have a £17million release clause.

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  • By Kostas Lianos

    Aurelien Tchouameni boost

    Real Madrid could be open to selling Arsenal target Aurelien Tchouameni this summer.

    According to Marca, Tchouameni could be sold to fund Real's potential move for Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe.

    The midfielder could be available for between £68million and £85m in the summer transfer window.

    However, Arsenal have already signed Kai Havertz and are close to landing Declan Rice, while keeping tabs on Romeo Lavia.

  • By Kostas Lianos

    Joao Cancelo update

    Manchester City may not sell Joao Cancelo to Arsenal despite a hapless loan stint at Bayern Munich.

    We know that Arsenal would love to explore Joao Cancelo if that's possible, and it will be very intriguing to see if Manchester City are open to a deal because a year ago Man City were happy to do business with Arsenal because they didn't really see them as a title challenger.

    But given the season Arsenal have had and where the project's heading, Manchester City may suddenly decide that Arsenal are not a club that they want to do business with, which would be a compliment to Arsenal because it shows that they've managed to close the gap even though they weren't able to get over the line.

    Ben JacobsGive Me Sport

  • By Kostas Lianos

    Romeo Lavia update

    Southampton star Romeo Lavia's suitors, including Arsenal, are desperate to have his £50million asking price lowered.

    They've all been using the buyback clause for 2024 which is available to Manchester City as a kind of yardstick, even though that's not active and that's set at £40m.

    So I think that clubs looking at Lavia may feel there may be a deal there to be done, especially with player buy-in and Southampton down.

    But, the price has to come down, because I think £50m for Lavia seems to be quite steep.

    Ben JacobsGive Me Sport

  • By Kostas Lianos

    Kai's first day

    Kai Havertz joined Arsenal in training for the first time since joining from Chelsea.

    Havertz put pen to paper on a five-year contract with the Gunners when he became the club's first summer signing.

    The versatile forward moved to north London after a £65million deal with the Blues.

    And the Germany international is now officially part of Arsenal's pre-season.

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