Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Gunners want £50million Neto, Tielemans top priority, Lucas Paqueta on list – updates
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Arsenal have identified Wolves star Pedro Neto as a transfer priority ahead of next month’s deadline day.
That’s according to David Ornstein of The Athletic, who claims that talks between the Gunners and Neto’s agent Jorge Mendes have been going on for over a month.
However, Wolves are reluctant to sell the 22-year-old ace, and the Gunners’ spending power is limited after a fruitful summer in the transfer market.
Financial Fair Play limitations mean the North Londoners have to look for creative ways to land the winger.
This has all the makings of another saga that will run right up to the close of the transfer window on September 1.
Nevertheless, Wolves have slapped a £50million price tag on the Portugal international.
Meanwhile, Leicester star Youri Tielemans has been left out of Brendan Rodgers’ starting line-up as he is “not in the right frame of mind” amid transfer interest from Arsenal.
Rodgers confirmed the reason for Tielemans’ absence ahead of the Foxes’ Premier League game with Southampton on Saturday.
He told Sky Sports: “I mentioned in the week about coming into a Premier League game and maybe we have some players that just aren’t in the right frame of mind.”
Rodgers added during a press conference: “If the players aren’t totally focused and committed to the club and being here, or for whatever reason just aren’t in the right mindset, that won’t help us.
“We have to ensure everyone is really focused in order for us to play the best game we can. I will always assess that after the sessions.”
And Arsenal seem to have found a cheaper alternative to Lyon star Lucas Paqueta as they’ve turned their attention to the “Ukrainian Neymar”.
The Gunners’ bid to sign Paqueta appears to have stalled with the Ligue 1 club’s incoming owners keen on retaining their star player.
According to MediaFoot, Shakhtar Donetsk star Mykhailo Mudryk is on the list of players wanted by the North Londoners this summer.
Mudryk, 21, has attracted comparisons with Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar, and at just €20m (£16.9m) he offers a relatively cheap alternative.
Finally, Leicester are lining up a shock swoop for Arsenal outcast Nicolas Pepe.
Pepe has been deemed surplus to requirements at the Emirates and will be allowed to leave before the summer transfer window shuts.
Nice have been heavily linked with bringing the winger back to France just three years after he left Lille to join the Gunners in a £72million deal.
The Ivory Coast international was left out of Mikel Arteta’s matchday squad on Saturday that defeated Bournemouth 3-0 due to his talks with the French club over a loan deal.
But it has now been claimed that the 27-year-old ace is a shock target for Leicester.
According to Media Foot, the Foxes could look to hijack Nice’s move for Pepe as Rodgers looks to bolster his attack