As reported by David Ornstein and elsewhere Arsenal have had an opening bid of £15m for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney rejected – but there is optimism an agreement will be reached between the clubs, while personal terms for the 22-year-old Scotland international shouldn’t be a problem.
Arsenal could be tempted to sell Lucas Torreira this summer – providing they receive £45m for the 23-year-old midfielder. Torreira joined Unai Emery’s side last summer for £26m and made 50 appearances in his first season with the Gunners. But he has apparently struggled to settle in England and has been linked to a return to Italy with AC Milan – coached by his former Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo. The Gunners are reluctant to part company with the Uruguayan after just one season but, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, they would be willing to do business if they are offered £45m by the Italian club.
Arsenal are leading the race to sign £27m-rated Torino defender Armando Izzo. The 27-year-old Italy international has also attracted from Everton, Manchester United, AC Milan and Lazio. But Calciomercato claim the north Londoners are the favourites to secure his signature as Unai Emery looks to strengthen his side this summer despite a limited budget.
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is being eyed by Lyon. The Frenchman is one of Arsenal’s longest-serving players, having been at the club since 2010, but an Achilles injury limited the 33-year-old to just 13 Premier League starts last season. And, according to the Daily Mail, the Gunners could be tempted to part with the centre-back this summer, providing they can land a suitable replacement. Koscielny is said to be excited by the idea of returning to Ligue 1 and it is claimed Lyon have begun talks over signing a two-year contract. Borussia Dortmund have also been linked with an interest.
Adrian Durham believes Unai Emery could walk away from Arsenal if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is sold to Manchester United. In 2012, Sir Alex Ferguson convinced the United board to part with £24million to bring Robin van Persie to Old Trafford in a move which essentially secured the Premier League title for United, whilst crippling the Gunners. And Durham believes that, if history were to repeat itself seven years later, the north London club would be betraying their loyal supporters.