Arsenal transfer news LIVE: £105m Declan Rice deal 'done soon', Jurrien Timber 'set for medical', Romeo Lavia battle | The Sun

ARSENAL are closing in on their stunning £105million record signing Declan Rice, with a deal expected in days.

And the Gunners have reportedly agreed a fee with Ajax for defender Jurrien Timber.

Elsewhere, Liverpool and Chelsea are leading Arsenal in the chase for Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia, according to reports.


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

  • By Alex Smith

    Wigan to sign Smith

    Wigan look set to sign ex-Arsenal youngster Matt Smith after his contract at the club ran out.

    The midfielder was on the bench for Premier League matches three times but never featured in the first-team.

    Smith captained the Under-21 team.

    He previously had loan spells away at Swindon, Charlton and Doncaster.

  • By Alex Smith

    Nelson to extend deal

    Reiss Nelson has held talks with Mikel Arteta and Edu over his future.

    His contract is up and Arsenal have confirmed that there are ongoing talks between the winger and the club.

    Nelson has received assurances over the amount of minutes he will get next season and weighed up other options with a host of Prem sides keen.

    It appears a matter of time before he pens a new deal.

  • By Tom Barclay

    Ink up

    It would be understandable if Emile Smith Rowe was feeling anxious about his game-time going into next term, given how last season went and the increased competition.

    If in doubt, he need only look down at his left hip where he recently had a tattoo inked that reads ‘Confia en el process’.

    It translates from Spanish to ‘Trust the process’, a phrase often associated with Arteta, though Smith Rowe insists it is not a reference to his club manager.

    The Gunners star, who also has an inking of his mum Fiona on his left forearm and one that reads ‘Believe in Yourself’ on his left shoulder, explained: “I just like the quote. 

    “I wanted a bit of motivation for myself after a hard season.”

  • By Tom Barclay

    Good luck

    As England prepare for their quarter-final tie versus Portugal at the Under-21 Euros, Emile Smith Rowe revealed he has received good luck messages from his Arsenal team-mates.

    Ahead of the tournament, Bukayo Saka, Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson were in touch with their pal.

    Mikel Arteta has not, though Smith Rowe expects he will chat to the Gunners chief when he sees him in person.

  • By Tom Barclay

    Smith Rowe on his position

    The Arsenal starlet told SunSport: "

    did see a lot of talk about my position but I’m not really sure what they think. I’m happy to play anywhere.

    “Maybe it is inside, maybe it’s wide. I’ll be having that conversation when I get back.”

  • By Tom Barclay

    More from Smith Rowe

    Emile Smith Rowe, the only Under-21s squad-member with a senior appearance to his name, played with Rice for Gareth Southgate’s men in the 3-0 win over the Ivory Coast last year.

    The three-cap starlet recalled: “I can’t speak highly enough of him.

    “I remember my first camp and I was surprised with how good he actually was.

    “He was the best in training. Just his level, intensity, technically, everything he was doing. A real leader and still so young. He was really, really good."

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  • By Tom Barclay

    Emile Smith Rowe exclusive

    Emile Smith Rowe knows it is crunch time – not only with the England Under-21s on Sunday, but for him next season at Arsenal.

    The Gunners academy product told SunSport: “I see what happens and obviously it’s good for the club to add strength to the team.

    “I feel like the additions we’re making are going to really help the team progress again. 

    “It’s really exciting so hopefully we can go one step further next season.

    “Of course (it is extra competition with Havertz arrival), but this is football. 

    “You’ve just got to get on with it. I’ve got to keep working hard and it’s healthy competition. I’ve got to keep fighting.”

  • By Kieran Davies

    Winger to have showdown talks with boss

    Nicolas Pepe is set to return to North London after his loan spell at Nice last season.

    The player is planning on speaking with Mikel Arteta and finding out his future plans for the player.

    Only after these talks will Pepe then decide his own future at the club.

  • By Kieran Davies

    Hammers lay down law on payments

    It has surfaced that part of the discussions over the Declan Rice transfer has been down to West Ham's expectations.

    The Hammers want £100m of the fee paid by the end of next year.

    Arsenal have been trying to spread the payments over a longer term but it seems this is a deal-breaker for David Moyes' side.

  • By Kieran Davies

    Gunners need more firepower

    Mikel Arteta definitely has a strategy when it comes to the summer transfer window.

    The club are looking to get their targets nice and early but one thing that is not known is whether the club are targeting a striker.

    Gabriel Jesus was never prolific at Man City, a club who create a lot of chances, Arsenal may need more goals.

    With only Eddie Nketiah and Kai Havertz as back up, this could be a key area for The Gunners.

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  • By Kieran Davies

    Romford has say on new signing

    The Romford Pele has spoken about the recent signing of Kai Havertz:

    Havertz was a bit of a shock, because I thought they needed an out-and-out striker. Jesus is there, Eddie Nketiah has done great when he’s come in but I thought they needed one more top quality striker. But they went for Havertz and spent a lot of money on him. Edu and Mikel Arteta must see something in him.

    Ray ParlourtalkSPORT

  • By Kieran Davies

    Rice edging closer to new home

    With the Declan Rice transfer all but done, fans are starting to wonder how he will fit in at The Emirates.

    Playing in a midfield trio with Martin Odegaard and Kai Havertz, the defensive duties will be left to Rice.

    At West Ham, he had Soucek supporting him but in North London he will be expected to step up to the plate and take control of defensive matters.

  • By Kieran Davies

    Arteta looking to seal transfer this weekend

    Arsenal are looking to complete the deal for Jurrien Timber this weekend.

    With Ajax seemingly happy with the £40m offer from the North London outfit, and personal terms agreed, it could be a simple process.

    Mikel Arteta is keen to get his club's summer signings done at the earliest potential date so he can integrate them into his squad.

  • By Kieran Davies

    Gunners looking at second West Ham player

    As talks continue about payments for Declan Rice, Arsenal are taking an interest in another West Ham player.

    The player in question is right back Ben Johnson, who only has one year left on his contract, and is refusing to sign a new one.

    Instead, The Hammers are expecting to sell the player this summer.

    Mikel Arteta's side are interested in the 23-year-old as a back up option at right back.

  • By Kieran Davies

    Arsenal interested in La Liga forward

    Mikel Arteta's side are still considering a move for Villareal forward Samuel Chukwueze.

    The intelligent player would add a new level of creativity to The Gunners frontline.

    It is rumoured that the player could be available for as little as £25m.

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  • By Kieran Davies

    Gunners urged to sign Viera-like player

    Arsenal should ramp up their interest in Southampton player Romeo Lavia according to sources.

    The young midfielder shows a lot of the traits of Arsenal legend Patrick Viera.

    With The Saints relegated to the Championship, the player could push for a move to a Premier League side.

    Lavia, playing alongside Rice, could offer protection to the Arsenal backline.

  • By Kieran Davies

    Arteta still has interest in player

    Reports suggest that Mikel Arteta is still interested in bringing Joao Cancelo to The Emirates.

    The 29-year-old full back is capable of playing either on the left or right which interests the Spaniard.

    Arsenal are keen to tie up some other deals before investigating the chances of bringing the Portuguese international to North London.

  • By Kieran Davies

    Arsenal could face competition from rivals

    Mikel Arteta was hoping to capitalise on the indecision of Liverpool in triggering the release clause of Gabri Veiga.

    The Spanish central midfielder has now been identified by Chelsea as a replacement for Mason Mount.

    Veiga has a £39m release clause in his Celta Vigo contract.

  • By Kieran Davies

    Ex-Gunner unsure on Havertz signing

    Kieran Gibbs has voiced his concerns over the signing of Kai Havertz from Chelsea:

    A £70 million signing is a signature signing. For that, I want someone who when things are going bad he’s going to put the team on his back and say don’t worry boys I’ve got this. At first sight, I don’t see it. Right now, I don’t see it. That role he’s going to play it is basically a replacement for Xhaka and that’s where I think Mikel sees him. I don’t know if he’s physical enough to be in there, I don’t know if he’s got the ability to use his body in situations to get out of trouble or the technical ability to play in tight areas.

    Kieran GibbsInter Miami

  • By Kieran Davies

    Newcastle in pole-position for defender

    Eddie Howe's side are favourites to sign Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney.

    With limited game time at The Emirates, the Scotland international could be keen to join The Magpies' Champions League journey.

    Seen as an upgrade on Dan Burn, The Gunners would be keen to get in the region of £25m for the former Celtic full back.

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  • By Kieran Davies

    Gunners focussed on contract extensions

    Arsenal will finalise the new contracts of Reiss Nelson and William Saliba next week.

    As Mikel Arteta continues he transformation of the squad in the transfer window, they are keen to tie the two players down in North London.

    Nelson would have been a free agent next month, while Saliba was attracting a lot of interest from PSG.

  • By Kieran Davies

    Timber deal next on Arteta's to-do list

    Jurrien Timber's move from Ajax to Arsenal is reportedly close to completion.

    Prior to finalising the transfer of Declan Rice, The Gunners had agreed a £40m fee with the Dutch side.

    Having already agreed personal terms, this should be a far more simple transfer to get over the line.

  • By Kieran Davies

    Insider knowledge reveals transfer news

    Fabrizio Romano has reported that the deal between Arsenal and West Ham has almost reached its conclusion.

    The clubs have been discussing the payment terms and structure of the deal.

    It is believed that the club will imminently confirm the signing of Declan Rice.

  • By Kieran Davies

    Defender leaves for Italy in deal

    Pablo Mari has left Arsenal after signing a permanent deal with AC Monza.

    Having spent the season on loan at the club, the Italian side have signed the defender on a permanent deal.

    The player who was stabbed in a supermarket last season, has returned to full fitness and the club issued this statement on his departure:

    "We thank Pablo for his contribution to the club and wish him and his family the best of health and happiness in their new chapter."

  • By Kieran Davies

    Long-term target set to be freed

    Arsenal have been admirers of Wilfred Zaha for some years, trying to sign the winger on several occasions.

    At midnight this evening, Zaha will become a free agent.

    Although he would no doubt ask for a big salary, signing the Crystal Palace talisman would certainly strengthen The Gunners' squad.

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