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Arsenal release 5 senior players & 4 youngsters
Arsenal have confirmed that a number of first teamers for the men’s team, one from the women’s and four from the u18 and u23 squads have been released at the end of their contracts with the club.
On Thursday, Arsenal confirmed that Dani Ceballos, David Luiz, Leonie Maier, Martin Odegaard and Mat Ryan will all leave the club when their contracts expire at the end of June.
We all knew that Luiz was off and we expected the loan players, Odegaard, Ceballos and Ryan to depart, with only Ryan holding a chance of a return to the club. As for Leonie Maier, well, we also knew she was off as she already told us she’s leaving.
All in all, there wasn’t much we all didn’t already know when it came to the senior players.
As for the Arsenal youngsters, there had been talk of a new contract for Joseph Olowu but he joins Levi Lang, Luke Plange and Jason Sraha in not signing new deals (or being offered them) and will also depart on 30 June.
Players linked with an Arsenal transfer recently
- Position: Two-footed midfielder
- Club: Juventus
- Age: 30
- Injury history: Poor, although far better since leaving Arsenal
- Fee: Fee €18m (£15.56m)
- Value: Value €18m
- Contract until: 2023
- Agent: Avid Sports Group (David Baldwin, owner)
- Other clubs interested: Liverpool
- How likely to happen: Unclear
- What else do I need to know? Ramsey is known to be very open to a return to Arsenal but while the club are consistently linked with him it’s not clear how much this is just a reflection of his former status as an Arsenal player
- Position: Right-footed midfielder
- Club: Empoli
- Age: 19
- Injury history: Good
- Fee: €15m (£13m)
- Value: £8.10m
- Contract until: 2024
- Agent: P&P Sports Management S.A.M. (Federico Pastorello, owner)
- Other clubs interested: Leicester
- How likely to happen: Leicester said to be ahead of Arsenal after ‘days of talks’ and are willing to meet Empoli’s valuation.
- What else do I need to know? La Nazione, via Calciomercato, report that Arsenal are in talks with both Ricci’s club and the player himself.
Whether the transfer window is open or not, there are always players being reported as Arsenal transfer targets, so let’s have a look at some of those players.
It won’t be long until this season is over and the summer transfer window is open.
Arsenal have a number of positions they need to reinforce or find replacements for, including Hector Bellerin who looks set to end his stay with the club after 10 years, Lucas Torreira who has already publicly stated he wants to leave Europe after the death of his mother, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles who wants to leave this summer.
In addition, we know the club are looking for another forward, with Alexandre Lacazette about to enter the final year of his deal and we definitely need to be in the market for a keeper.
So, bearing that in mind, let’s look at 10 of the latest Arsenal transfer targets, at least according to those in the media.
10 Arsenal transfer targets 2021
Arsenal are reportedly ready to pursue their interest in Martin Odegaard with a permanent offer this summer, as Real Madrid look to raise funds for a rebuild.
For his part, Odegaard would like to remain with Arsenal next season, according to a report.
Arsenal are scouting potential replacements for Hector Bellerin in the right-back position this summer, with interest in Inter Milan’s Achraf Hakimi.
Arsenal are interested in 17-year-old Valenciennes centre-back Ismaël Doukouré, according to reports in France, though they aren’t the only ones.
Emi Buendia remains on Arsenal’s radar and the club may look to sign him even if they also bring back Martin Odegaard, according to a report.
Arsenal are looking at a move for £26m Nabil Fekir this summer as an alternative to Martin Odegaard, according to a report in the English media.
Arsenal are reportedly among a number of top Premier League clubs with an interest in Red Bull Salzburg striker Patson Daka ahead of this summer.
Arsenal will try to sign 26-year-old midfielder Guido Rodriguez from Real Betis this summer, according to reports in Spain.
Leicester City have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Yves Bissouma this summer, according to reports in the English media.
Arsenal have reportedly made an offer to Antoine Griezmann, who many seem to think will be leaving Barcelona this summer after the election of Joan Laporta as President.
Arsenal are reportedly in talks with Celtic over the signing of forward Odsonne Edouard to replace Alexandre Lacazette this summer.