Arsenal transfer round-up: Emile Smith Rowe makes decision as Sander Berge race takes twist

Arsenal ’s summer transfer business is well underway, with Nuno Tavares having become Mikel Arteta’s first signing of the window.

Arteta’s attention is now turning to the other targets on his transfer list, particularly Ben White and Albert Sambi Lokonga, both of whom are close to moving to the Emirates Stadium.

Tammy Abraham has also emerged as a shock potential target for the Gunners as they look to upgrade their options up front.

With many members of Arteta’s squad having disappointed last term, departures are also on the horizon, with Matteo Guendouzi and William Saliba having already left on loan.

Berge chase over

Arsenal’s pursuit of Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge appears to be over, with the Gunners unwilling to pay his asking price.

Berge has impressed for the Blades since becoming their record signing in January 2020, including in their disastrous relegation from the Premier League.

But the 23-year-old is understood to be desperate to leave Bramall Lane this summer to avoid dropping into the Championship.

He had emerged as a possible target for Arsenal as they search for a new partner for Thomas Partey in defensive midfield.

But The Athletic report that the Gunners are balking at the idea of paying the Championship side’s valuation of their midfielder.

Berge currently possesses a £35million release clause in his contract, but it is believed that Arsenal value him at around £10m less.

Gunners make Abraham preparations

Arsenal are preparing the ground to mount a surprise transfer bid for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.

Abraham is a proven goalscorer at Premier League level, but has seen his game time plummet since Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard.

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He appears set to depart Stamford Bridge this summer, with the Blues willing to listen to offers for the Englishman.

That is attracting the eye of Arsenal, who are seeking a consistent goalscorer to lead the line in Mikel Arteta’s side.

In a bid to raise the funds needed to make a move for Abraham, the Gunners are now attempting to offload Alexandre Lacazette.

Lacazette has failed to produce the goals matching his hefty price tag and The Telegraph report Arsenal are now ready to let him leave the club.

Smith Rowe makes decision on future

Emile Smith Rowe has reportedly decided to sign a new long-term contract with Arsenal, shunning the interest of Aston Villa.

The Midlands club have seen two bids turned down for the young midfielder, who enjoyed a breakthrough season last term.

The Gunners have been keen to keep him rather than let him leave after he became a key player for Mikel Arteta.

And the Evening Standard report that Arteta is set to get his wish, with Arsenal finalising the terms of Smith Rowe’s new deal.

They are now confident he will put pen to paper on the new contract, tying his long-term future to Arsenal.

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