Paper Talk: Arsenal hopes on verge of ending as firm target closes in on better offer; Euro giants eye Tottenham raid

Date published: Monday 12th July 2021 8:32 - Jonny Whitfield

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Arsenal face losing out in a transfer battle for a key target, while a European giant looks to a potential raid on Tottenham – both in all the latest Paper Talk.


Andre Onana is getting closer to a move to Lyon in a blow to Arsenal’s hopes of signing the goalkeeper, according to a report.

The Gunners are looking to complete a squad overhaul this summer, having finished ninth in the Premier League last season. New midfielders are a priority, as is centre-back. However, boss Mikel Arteta has begun by bringing in back-up at left-back in Benfica’s Nuno Tavares.

New support is also sought between the sticks. While Bernd Leno still commands the number one role, the signing of Runar Alex Runarsson has not worked out.

As such, the Iceland star is reportedly closing in on a move elsewhere. Cameroonian Onana has emerged as a target and earlier reports claimed that Arsenal have made their offer.

After more recent claims said that Lyon have become serious transfer contenders, journalist Fabrizio Romano has now said (via Twitter) that the French club have agreed personal terms with Onana.

While Ajax and Lyon have yet to reach their own agreement, the Ligue 1 club’s manager Peter Bosz is “pushing” for the signing.

Inter also have interest in Onana, but they will only firm that up if he stays at Ajax and becomes a free agent next summer, upon the expiry of his contract.

Onana cannot play until November after picking up a doping ban.

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Serge Aurier, Tanguy Ndombele

AC Milan have made Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier an alternative target to Diogo Dalot or Alvaro Odriozola. (Football London)

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy could wrap up a naming rights deal for the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium before the start of next season. Indeed, he is in advanced talks over a contract. (Daily Mail)

West Ham are ahead of Aston Villa in the transfer hunt to sign Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham. (The Sun)

Hammers boss David Moyes feels that he is ready to take charge of the Scotland national team. (The Scottish Sun)


Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus Man City celeb

Juventus have made Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus a firm target, despite Cristiano Ronaldo staying. (The Sun)

The Turin club are also considering a move for Everton star Moise Kean. (Tuttosport)

Celtic will ramp up their chase for Rennes star Brandon Soppy, while eyeing a deal for Carl Starfelt. (Daily Record)

New Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira is eyeing up Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah. (The Sun)

Brentford are readying a £10million bid for Liverpool winger Harry Wilson. (The Sun)



Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann has played down talk of a move for Italy star Federico Chiesa. (Goal)

Everton manager Rafael Benitez has urged the Toffees to sign Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly. (90min)

Arsenal have begun negotiations with Wolves about signing midfielder Ruben Neves. (Record)

Meanwhile, Fulham are looking to appoint a new director of scouting as they look to improve their transfer chances. (Daily Mail)

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is likely to seek re-appointment and serve another term in the post. (Daily Mail)

However, he has made considering the expansion of the European Championships to 32 teams one of his current tasks. (Daily Mail)

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