Arsenal Transfer News – 17 June 2019

Arsenal have reached an agreement with William Saliba over a transfer to the Emirates, but must now agree a fee with Saint-Etienne, according to reports in France. The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for the 18-year-old defender in recent weeks, as have Manchester United and Manchester City. However, it looks like Unai Emery’s side have won the race for the Frenchman, with Foot Mercato reporting that they have agreed a five-year deal with the teenager. That agreement has only been made with the player, though, and the signing is not confirmed as a deal is yet to be stuck with his club.

Arsenal will reportedly refuse to sell star midfielder Lucas Torreira this summer amid interest from Serie A side AC Milan. The 23-year-old has been linked with a return to Italy just a year after he joined the Gunners from Sampdoria for £26million. These rumours are mainly fueled by reports that his wife is unhappy in England and would like to return  to Italy. Lucas himself said he struggled to adjust to life in England. Former Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo is set to succeed Gennaro Gattuso at the San Siro, with the 51-year-old believed to be keen on a reunion with the Uruguayan international. Meanwhile, David Ospina is leaving Arsenal for £3.5million — after Napoli took up their option to buy the keeper.

Colombian international Ospina impressed boss Carlo Ancelotti on loan at the Serie A side last term. Ospina, 30, cost the Gunners £3.2m from Nice in 2014 but will now join Napoli permanently. He was sent on loan in Naples at the beginning of the season after German stopper Bernd Leno arrived at the Emirates for £22.5million. Ospina made 24 appearances for Napoli last term keeping eight clean sheets. Loan star Krystian Bielik insists he will quit the Emirates unless he gets first-team football and will “definitely not go back to Arsenal Under-23s”. The Poland Under-21 star, who was outstanding in helping Charlton win promotion back to the Championship this season, claims he should now be treated as a “senior player”.

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