Arsenal are close to unveiling a Brazilian striker as their first new arrival of the summer, while Federico Chiesa’s future has been made clear to Liverpool, according to Tuesday’s European papers.
ARSENAL SET TO ANNOUNCE £6M STRIKER SWOOP
Arsenal are on the brink of unveiling their first signing of the summer, according to reports in Brazil.
The Gunners have long been on the trail of Gabriel Martinelli and Globo Esporte claims the deal will be announced in the coming days with the striker turning 18 on Tuesday.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery is reported to have beaten Manchester United, Fiorentina and Real Betis to the signing of the teenage forward, with more details emerging over the deal.
According to the Brazilian paper, the Gunners will pay his club Ituano around €6.5m (£6m) to sign Martinelli, with the teenage striker set to sign a five-year contract in north London until summer 2024.
The deal is expected to go through without too many issues for Arsenal, with Martinelli having already travelled to Europe to obtain an Italian passport, and likely to obtain a work permit from the FA as a result.
Despite his tender years, Martinelli is likely to be added to Emery’s first-team options from next season and is seen as Danny Welbeck’s replacement in the Gunners squad.
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AND THE REST
New Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso has vowed not to sell Liverpool and Juventus target Federico Chiesa even if they receive a ridiculous offer of €100m (Corriere dello Sport)
Napoli star Amadou Diawara has rejected a €30m move to Wolves move, amid claims he could be offered to Roma in an exchange deal for defender Kostas Manolas.
Chelsea have rejected offers of €40m from both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid for Brazil forward Willian (Sport)
AS Roma have put a €70million price-tag on the head of star midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo, amid links to Tottenham (Calciomercato)
RB Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick has revealed that no offers have been made for Timo Werner and has encouraged the Liverpool and Bayern Munich target to extend his contract with the club (Kicker)
Barcelona and Valencia are in negotiations for a direct swap deal for goalkeepers Jasper Cillessen and Neto (Radio Catalunya)
Inter Milan have met with the agent of Hertha Berlin winger Valentino Lazaro, but are some way short of meeting his €20m asking price (Kicker)
Manchester City are prepared to pay €12m to re-sign full-back Angelino one year after selling him permanently for €5.5m (La Voz de Galicia)
Empoli midfielder Rade Krunic has arrived for his medical ahead of an €8m transfer to AC Milan (Tuttosport)
Sevilla striker Luis Muriel will join Italian club Atalanta on a permanent deal worth an initial €15m this summer (Cadena Cope)
AS Roma have bid for highly-rated Real Betis goalkeeper Pau Lopez (Sky Italia)
Watford are closing in on the capture of Le Havre midfielder Pape Gueye as their first signing of the summer (le10 Sport)
Barcelona are hoping to offload midfielder Denis Suarez before their pre-season campaign gets underway in July 2019 and are willing to accept around €20m amid reports that Celta Vigo are keen (Mundo Deportivo)
Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal has an offer on the table from an unnamed Chinese Super League club and is considering making the move with Frenkie De Jong due to arrive this summer (Mundo Deportivo)