ARSENAL have received a boost in their pursuit of Gabriel Jesus with Man City reported to have dropped their asking price to £45m from £55m.
The Gunners have also been offered £21m defender Manuel Akanji from Borussia Dortmund, SunSport can reveal.
Reports from Germany add that the Gunners are interested in Granit Xhaka’s Switzerland team-mate but have concerns over his fitness.
Elsewhere, Arsenal are said to be confident of signing Youri Tielemans while Alexandre Lacazette has joined Lyon.
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Lacazette opens up on Lyon return
Alexandre Lacazette has revealed he only had eyes on returning to Lyon, regardless of the club failing to secure Eurpean football.
The ex-Arsenal ace said: “Thank you for the welcome and the love shown in recent month.
“My return has become obvious in recent weeks. Even without Europe, the project is important. I felt useful in the locker room and on the pitch. It was the best decision to make.
“I took some time to make my decision. Football is a beautiful profession.
“It was complicated to follow OL’s last season from a distance because I couldn’t help. I hope this period is over and that we are going to find a great Lyon.
“The priority is above all to help the club return to the top of the bill with European qualification.”
Diaby to stay at Leverkusen
Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby.
The Gunners, well as Newcastle, have been linked with a move for the French winger, who chipped in with 17 goals and 14 assists in 42 games during the 2021-22 season.
But Leverkusen director of sport Simon Rolfes has stated that the forward is not up for sale.
Asked by Express Sport whether any club had made any proposals for Diaby, he said: “No, no. For sure we want to keep Moussa for as long as possible.
“I know a lot of scouts have been sitting on our tribune during our matches because we have a lot of interesting, exciting young players with high potential.
“So, it’s the same with Patrik Schick. We do not have any offers for him but we are not even looking for that at the moment.
“We would like to keep him and play with him next year in the Champions League.”
Shock move for Ox?
Former Arsenal ace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be heading to Man Utd.
That is according to talkSPORT’s Alex Crook, who has stated the Red Devils are interested in the Liverpool midfielder.
The 28-year-old is supposedly desperate to leave Anfield after falling out of favour and he could be available for just £10million.
West Ham have also shown an interest as have Southampton in the past.
Chelsea eye up Gabriel Jesus
Arsenal are battling London rivals Chelsea in the race to sign Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus.
The Gunners are claimed to be leading the race to prise the Brazilian away from the Etihad this summer.
But they face competition from the Blues, with Thomas Tuchel said to be a huge admirer of the ex-Palmeiras ace.
German reporter Christian Falk tweeted: “Thomas Tuchel would also like to work with striker Gabriel Jesus.”
Arsenal keen to snap up Scamacca
Arsenal have been told how much it would take to sign Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Gunners have already failed with an initial £27million bid rising to £34m with add-ons.
And it has been said that the Serie a outfit would be willing to cash in on the 23-year-old this summer.
The Italian news outlet states that Arsenal can secure the services of the centre-forward should they stump up £42.5m.
Saliba to be offered new deal
Arsenal will reportedly offer William Saliba a new contract with the defender tied down at the Emirates until 2024.
That is despite the Frenchman yet to feature for the Gunners since joining from Saint-Etienne in 2019.
Saliba is expected to battle for a starting spot next term with Ben White and Gabriel Magelhaes.
And according to L’Equipe, such is their desire to keep the youngster, Arsenal will hand him fresh terms to convince him he has a future in North London.
Zinchenko next club odds
Arsenal are favourites to sign Manchester City star Oleksandr Zinchenko.
That’s according to Sky Bet, who’ve priced the Gunners at 5/2 to clinch his signature ahead of several top-flight rivals.
Everton are joint-second in the betting market at 5/1 as Frank Lampard looks to bolster his options, along with Newcastle.
West Ham are available at 12/1 ahead of Wolves and Leeds, who are priced at 14/1 and 16/1 respectively.
Talk of Zinchenko’s future has hit the headlines after 90min claimed the player was ‘open to leaving’ the Etihad Stadium.
The 25-year-old has made 128 appearances since joining from Russian club Ufa for around £1.7milliom in July 2016.
Ruiz price at discount
Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz is someone rumoured to be of interest to Arsenal.
His prcie was quoted at £34million however journalist Matteo Moretto claiming the Spaniard is now available for around £25million.
Arsenal seem in pole position for Youri Tielemans but this could change their mind.
Xhaka future uncertain
The future of Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is in doubt after reports have revealed the Gunners are confident of landing Youri Tielemans this summer.
Xhaka was close to signing for Jose Mourinho’s Roma last summer but ended up staying in London.
But with Mohamed Elneny signing a new deal, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Thomas Partey expected to stay, Xhaka could be surplus to requirements claim The Metro.
Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson spent the season out on loan at Feyenoord and enjoyed a successful time in the Eredivisie, scoring four goals and registering seven assists.
The Daily Mirror are claiming that Nelson could return to the Gunners and fight for a place in the first-team next season.
If he does, he could find minutes hard to come by with Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Nicolas Pepe all options in wide areas.
Lacazette’s goodbye message
Speaking to Arsenal, he thanked the club and reflected on his time as a Gunner.
Lacazette said it was time for “a new experience and a new adventure.”
He added: “I want to keep all the good moments I had in the club, because for me it was just a pleasure to play for a club that, since I was young, I dreamt of. I’m really happy to have played for five years for Arsenal.”
He talked about winning the club’s Player of the Year award in 2019.
He said: “
There’s a board at the stadium with all the winners’ names on, and in my first season I told my dad that one day I would be on it. So I’m really proud I made it.
“I really felt at home at the training ground and the stadium – I used to call it my garden!”
In an official statement released by Arsenal, the club have said farewell to Alexandre Lacazette.
The French striker has returned to Lyon after a five year spell in North London.
Manager Mikel Arteta said: “Laca has been a fantastic player for us.
“He’s been a real leader on and off the pitch and has been a very important influence to our younger players.
“His commitment with us has been exceptional and we wish him and his family success and happiness.”
Technical Director Edu, added: “A big thank you to Laca from everyone at Arsenal.
“He’s been really important for us. “He will always be part of the Arsenal family and we wish him well for everything in the future.”
Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira spent all of last season on loan at Fiorentina.
Viola though are close agreeing a deal to sign Florian Grillitsch on a free transfer, via Fabrizio Romano.
He is a centre-midfielder like Torreira but they are still expected to go for Torriera too despite a deal appearing complex.
Zinchenko to London?
Arsenal and West Ham are both keeping tabs on Ukraine international Oleksandr Zinchenko.
The versatile player is in the hunt for first-team football 90min report meanwhile The Mirror claim he wants to play in midfield rather than left-back, where he often plays for Man City.
Pep Guardiola’s side could demand a fee of at least £30million.
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The headline news today is that Alexandre Lacazette has re-joined Lyon.
He spent five years at the Emirates following a £52million move from Lyon in 2017 but departed the club when his contract expired at the end of the season just finished.
It was believed that the Frenchman wanted Champions League football however Lacazette explained his decision to sign for Lyon who have no European football next season.
He said: “Even without Europe, the project is important.
“I felt useful in the locker room and on the pitch. It was the best decision to make.”
In other news, Arsenal’s move for Gabriel Jesus is facing difficulties after it emerged that Tottenham and Chelsea as well as others are all in for him, which will only increase the price.
Additionally, the Gunners are “confident” a deal can be sorted for Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans, via CBS.
Another midfield option they are keen on is Arthur Melo of Juventus. But the Italian side are demanding, according to The Express, either Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Magalhaes head to Turin in a swap deal.