Havertz move, Ospina deal, De Ligt chase, Banega talks and Ozil feature in Arsenal transfer latest
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Reports have claimed Arsenal are eyeing up a move for Bayer Leverkusen sensation Kai Havertz.
With constant rumours in the British media all claiming Mesut Ozil is done at the Emirates after falling well down the pecking order under boss Unai Emery, focus for the Spaniard has now switched on to whom he will be signing to replace the German.
Gunners boss Unai Emery knows he needs to find an immediate replacement for Ozil and has his scouts out and about searching for potential targets, and one name that has been mentioned in the media lately is Havertz, who is one of the games brightest talents.
Since making his debut in 2016, nineteen-year-old Havertz has gone on to make over 90 appearances for the Bundesliga side and shown great skill and composure on the ball for such a young lad.
And with reports Leverkusen are willing to cash in on their prized asset for a fee of around £60 million, Reports on the TalkSport website have claimed that Emery would be backed in his quest to try and bring the young man to the Premier League.
Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti has said Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina will join the club permanently.
Ospina is on loan from Arsenal after the Gunners decided that he was no longer needed at the club with both Bernd Leno and Petr Cech already taking the top two spots between the sticks for boss Unai Emery this season.
But although Napoli have the option to make the move permanent at the end of the season if the Colombian plays a certain number of games, there has been a suggestion in the media over the past few weeks that Ospina was not being played to avoid activating this clause.
However, boss Ancelotti has emerged to swiftly end all speculation on the future of Ospina by admitting that the Colombian will not be returning to Arsenal in the summer and will in fact stay with the Italian side next season.
He was quoted on the Sky Sports website: “Ospina will remain at Napoli next season, regardless of how many games he plays.”
Reports have claimed Arsenal have entered the race to sign Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt.
Despite having a great attack at the Emirates and spending a whole bunch of money to improve the defensive side of the squad, there is a lot of speculation in the media that Emery needs to improve the back-line to challenge for a Premier League title next season.
And with recent suggestions that Emery may actually get a big transfer kitty to play with, reports on the TalkSport website have now claimed that the Spanish boss will now try and make a move to sign Ajax Captain De Ligt.
The Ajax captain is regarded as one of Europe’s top young defenders – and a host of clubs are chasing him after another impressive season for the Dutch giants this season.
However, the 19-year-old, who is a full Dutch international, could be too expensive for the Gunners as Ajax will accept nothing less than £70million for him.
Fresh reports have claimed Arsenal are set to re-open talks to sign Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega, as a possible replacement for Mesut Ozil.
Ozil, who signed a massive £350,000-a-week deal last February, is heavily tipped to pack his bags at the end of the season and leave the Emirates after falling well down the pecking order under Spanish boss Unai Emery.
Emery has a new way of playing at the Emirates and the German, who has been criticised for his work-rate over the season, does not suit the style that Emery wants to employ and speculation has turned to whom he could potentially sign as a replacement.
And according to The Mirror, Arsenal are still exploring the possibility of signing the Argentina international this summer and will look to re-open talks about a possible £15 million deal once the summer transfer window opens.
Emery was keen to try and wrap up a transfer deal for Banega during the January transfer window, and even opened up talks with Sevilla about a possible deal, But both clubs could not come to an agreement as the Spaniards did not want to lose on of the clubs biggest players half way through the season.
The pair won the Europa League together twice at Sevilla before Emery left the club for Paris-Saint Germain.