Arsenal £30m Buendia bid EXCLUSIVE, David Luiz released, Gunners lead Sterling race – transfer news live

ARSENAL have made a bid of £30m for Emi Buendia, The Sun can reveal.

Meanwhile David Luiz has been released on a free transfer.

We've also the very latest on Raheem Sterling, with Arsenal leading the race for his signature.

Follow all the latest from North London with our live blog below…

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  • Kealan Hughes

    OLYMPIC DREAM

    Gabriel Magalhaes is hoping that Arsenal will agree to release him for the Olympic Games this summer, if he earns a place in the Brazil squad for the event.

    Gabriel Magalhaes and Gabriel Martinelli are currently with the Brazil Olympic squad for the latest international break between May 31 and June 8.

    It’s not confirmed just yet, but they’re likely to be called up for the actual Olympics later in the summer as well.

    Speaking to the Brazilian media, Gabriel seemed hopeful that the Gunners would release him if he gets the call-up.

    He told Globo Esporte: “I believe that at the right time and in case of a summons, CBF and Arsenal will talk and reach an agreement.

    “At the moment I want to keep my head centred on these friendlies and preparation to guarantee a place in the Olympics.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    GUNNERS MISS TARGET

    Sergio Aguero's father has revealed that Arsenal and Chelsea expressed an interest in signing his son.

    The 33-year-old frontman has departed City as the club's all-time leading scorer, with the experienced Argentine opting to run down his contract and make a move to Barcelona on a free transfer.

    Opportunities were there for a prolific presence to remain in England , but they were passed up in favour of joining fellow countryman Lionel Messi at Camp Nou.

    Leonel Del Castillo has told Radio La Red of Aguero's decision to head for Catalunya: "He is happy right now after signing for Barcelona. I see him happy.

    "He didn’t know what was going to happen with his future. There were several clubs interested in signing him. Arsenal were interested in him and Chelsea to the last minute. If he didn’t stay in England, it was going to be Italy or Spain.

    "He’s been friends with Lionel Messi since they were 15 and they’ve always talked. It looks like Messi is going to stay at Barcelona so they’re going to play together."

  • Kealan Hughes

    BUEN BATTLE

    Arsenal and Aston Villa have made official bids for Norwich’s £40million-rated winger Emi Buendia.

    Both clubs, who are offering packages worth £30m-plus, are now locked in a major fight for the Argentine winger who is now certain to leave Carrow Road.

    But Norwich, who do not need to sell financially, are playing hard ball and insist they want £40m for the Championship player of the year.

    Arsenal started watching him this season but made no attempts to sign the player in January.

    Yet now they have found the money for Buendia, who has just been called into the Argentine national squad for the first time.

    But Villa are also looking for another attacker and believe he would be a massive boost to Dean Smith’s side.

  • Kealan Hughes

    PRINCE PEPE

    Pepe has been voted by fans as the runner-up in Arsenal's Player of the Year contest.

    The Ivorian forward finished the season on a high with a brace against Brighton & Hove Albion, bringing his total to 16 goals and six assists.

    Pepe's haul also included a double at Crystal Palace, a stunning strike against West Bromwich Albion and a crucial Europa League quarter-final equaliser against Slavia Prague.

    Pepe secured 15 per cent of the vote, with the winner to be announced on Friday.

    Bukayo Saka is a clear favourite after Kieran Tierney came third in the voting, as was announced on Wednesday.

  • Kealan Hughes

    GUEN TO LEAVE

    Matteo Guendouzi could be the next player to leaveArsenal after four senior players were left today.

    Marseille are most interested in acquiring the 22-year-old and with no future for him at Arsenal under Mikel Arteta there’s a good chance he could move.

    However, that will come at a price, as Le10 Sport believe the Gunners are looking to make a profit on the player, regardless of his current status at the Emirates.

    According to the report, Arsenal have set ‘an important price’ for the transfer to take place, said to be ‘well over €10million [£8.5million]’, which has ‘delayed the completion of the deal’.

  • Kealan Hughes

    'IT'S REALLY DEVASTATING'

    Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka told his post-match press conference that ‘it’s a shame’ that Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold suffered an injury yesterday.

    The Arsenal teenager scored for England on Wednesday as they beat Austria 1-0 in an international friendly, with both Saka and Liverpool’s academy product putting in strong performances on the night.

    But just towards the end of the game, as Alexander-Arnold kicked the ball away, he seemingly felt something in his thigh or hamstring and had to go off.

    Speaking about the injury, Saka said: "It’s really devastating.

    "I think he’s worked hard to earn his spot here and he deserves it. He had a really good game tonight.

    “It’s a shame that it ended that way and I am just hoping that it’s not too serious. But we have to wait and see.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    ODE TO CARLO

    Martin Odegaard has revealed he has a good relationship with Carlo Ancelotti as he prepares to return to Real Madrid to reunite with his former boss.

    The Norwegian was still on the fringes of the senior side during Ancelotti's time at the club before leaving on loan but he still managed to build a relationship with the Italian.

    Mikel Arteta wants to keep Odegaard at the Emirates following an impressive spell.

    However, Real Madrid refused to include a buy option during the negotiations meaning they hold all the cards this summer.

    Now the attacking midfielder has shed light on his relationship with Ancelotti and it would suggest he'll be part of the former Everton manager's plans.

    He told TV 2 Sport: "It is a coach I know and with whom I had a good relationship when he was last there.

    "In that sense, it is positive. But beyond that, one day has passed, so I do not know too much about what he thinks about things."

  • Kealan Hughes

    FIERY HENRY

    Thierry Henry has told beIN Sports that Arsenal are a long way off being able to compete for the title:

    “I don’t like to compare eras, people do and I understand that, it’s a different generation, a different time, different technology, they have different views of the game, different preparations and different ways.

    “The team hasn’t been successful recently, obviously winning cups along the way, but nowhere near the level of trying to compete for the title.

    “But you can say the same for a lot of teams. You see Liverpool wait 30 years to win the title, it takes time, even for great teams.

    “So hopefully Arsenal can come back and compete, because at the end of the day there’s only going to be one winner, but at least try and compete."

    Henry added that a new striker is not necessarily the answer for Arsenal.

    He added: “Goals can come from anywhere, as Man City showed us this season.

    “When you look at it, who would have said City would win the league without Aguero?

    “So I think if you have a certain style you can share goals. It doesn’t always have to be the No.9 that has to deliver the goals in the modern game."

  • Kealan Hughes

    GUNNERS GONERS

    Arsenal have confirmed that NINE players will leave the club when their contracts expire later this month.

    David Luiz and Martin Odegaard lead the names departing the Emirates as Mikel Arteta seeks an epic summer rebuild after missing out on European football.

    Joining Luiz and Odegaard on the axed list are fellow senior squad members Dani Ceballos and Mat Ryan.

    There are exits in the youth set-up too, with Levi Laing, Joseph Olowu, Luke Plange and Jason Sraha leaving.

    Arsenal were reportedly keen on signing Odegaard permanently.

    But he could now form part of Carlo Ancelotti's plans after the Italian sealed a sensational return to Spain this week.

  • Kealan Hughes

    KOL SHOULDER

    Sead Kolasinac has returned to Arsenal following a short loan spell at Schalke.

    The left-back returned to the club Arsenal signed him from in 2017 but could not prevent an embarrassing relegation which saw the Bundesliga side win just three league matches.

    Schalke Sporting Director Peter Knabel said of his departure: "This decision hurts us both in sport and human terms.

    "In view of the current budget and squad structure – all the known and publicly discussed challenges – there was no alternative. We have to be so honest."

    Journalist Chris Wheatley reports Kolasinac has failed to reach an agreement with Schalke due to the club's financial limitations.

    Clubs in Italy and Turkey are reportedly looking at Kolasinac, who looks set to depart The Emirates according to Wheatley.

  • Etienne Fermie

    EMI NOD

    Aston Villa are interested in signing playmakers Emile Smith Rowe and Emi Buendia, according to reports.

    The Premier League side could face a busy summer in the transfer market as captain Jack Grealish has been linked with a number of clubs.

    According to The Telegraph, Villa are keeping tabs on Arsenal youngster Smith Rowe.

    The 20-year-old has made an impressive start to his professional career, making 20 Premier League appearances this term.

    But he is yet to commit his future to the Gunners and has just two years left on his existing deal at the Emirates.

    Reports also suggest Dean Smith's side are keen on Norwich midfielder Emi Buendia.

    Arsenal are targeting Emi x Emi this summer
  • Etienne Fermie

    EMI NOD

    Aston Villa are interested in signing playmakers Emile Smith Rowe and Emi Buendia, according to reports.

    The Premier League side could face a busy summer in the transfer market as captain Jack Grealish has been linked with a number of clubs.

    According to The Telegraph, Villa are keeping tabs on Arsenal youngster Smith Rowe.

    The 20-year-old has made an impressive start to his professional career, making 20 Premier League appearances this term.

    But he is yet to commit his future to the Gunners and has just two years left on his existing deal at the Emirates.

    Reports also suggest Dean Smith's side are keen on Norwich midfielder Emi Buendia.

    Arsenal are targeting Emi x Emi this summer
  • Etienne Fermie

    THE BOY DANE GOOD

    On the day that Nicklas Bendtner retires, what better time to dig out his best ever goals?

    Some belters in there!

  • Etienne Fermie

    LORD OF THE MANOR

    Arsenal have wished 'Lord Bendtner' a happy retirement.

    The Dane scored 47 goals for the Gunners between 2006 and 2014, and will never be forgotten in North London.

  • Etienne Fermie

    BEND OF THE ROAD

    Nicklas Bendtner has opened the door to a potential Arsenal return – as a MANAGER.

    The former forward , who retired earlier today, said: "I miss football every day, but I'm well aware there is a cut-off date in this job.

    "I'm going to have to spend time understanding that it's really over now.

    "I have to find something else to care about, and find something to give me what football has given me all these years.

    "I've been playing football all my life, and it just stops overnight. Suddenly I'm outside the game, and I want to do a lot of things.

    "But this has not been possible because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    "The rush you get from being inside a stadium is impossible to get anywhere else.

    "Football is such a big part of my life that I can't step away from it.

    "That is why I am taking coaching courses. I hope this can give me as much, or maybe even more, than I got from being a player.

    "In this way I still want to be part of football."

    Nicklas Bendtner could return to Arsenal one day… as boss
  • Etienne Fermie

    FOR GOODNESS SAK

    By SunSport's Duncan Wright

    Bukayo Saka admits being England’s Mr Versatile can get tough – despite shining for the Three Lions and firing them to victory over Austria.

    Saka, 19, scored his first senior international goal to seal the win and stake a claim for involvement when the Euros start next weekend.

    The Arsenal star also ended up playing in three different positions to suit Gareth Southgate’s tactics and substitutions at the Riverside, to show just how capable he is as a footballer.

    But the teenager admits constantly switching roles can cause problems and he needs the help of senior players to make sure he stays switched on.

    Saka said: “It’s not easy all the time, you know.

    “The information I get from the coaching staff and the players  makes things much easier – all the communication from the more experienced players around me like Kieron Trippier, Conor Coady, Tyrone Mings, making sure I'm where I need to be.”

    “I feel like anytime I played for England I really enjoyed myself because of the quality and the top players you have around.

    “Things feel good, things flow, I always feel like I can I can express myself and I think I did that.

    “I can learn a bit from everyone, there's so much different quality players especially in attack but even in the midfield and defence you know there's so much experience I can take from everyone to try to speak to everyone and get some advice from them.”

    Bukayo Saka is Arsenal and England's Mr VersatileCredit: PA
  • Thomas Blow

    RAF RACE

    Chelsea have entered the race to sign £70million-rated Inter Milan star Achraf Hakimi, according to reports.

    The Serie A champions are actively looking to sell one of their big-name stars this summer to raise some much-needed money.

    The decision played a pivotal role in Antonio Conte quitting the San Siro – with the Italian now linked with the top job at Tottenham.

    Hakimi, 22, appears to be the man on the way out, with Paris Saint-Germain having already launched a £52m bid.

    The Ligue 1 giants’ first attempt was swiftly knocked back by Inter, with the Italian champions holding out for bids of around £70m.

    Arsenal have already expressed an interest as they hunt for a new right-back, with Hector Bellerin – the club’s longest-serving player – expected to leave this summer.

    And now Chelsea have joined the hunt for Hakimi, according to Sky Italia.

  • Thomas Blow

    GUNNER JOIN?

    Arsenal are in talks to hire ex-Lille sporting director Luis Campos, according to reports.

    The talent spotter, who is also believed to be wanted by Real Madrid, was director of football at Monaco when Kylian Mbappe was discovered.

    According to journalist Loic Tanzi, Campos will not join Nice following weeks of speculation.

    Both Arsenal and Real Madrid are now believed to be interested in acquiring the 56-year-old’s services, although it is unclear if he will be hired as a director of football or scout.

  • Etienne Fermie

    BENDT IT LIKE BECKHAM

    Former Arsenal star Nicklas Bendtner has announced his retirement from football aged 33.

    The Danish striker, who left the Gunners in 2014, had most recently played for fourth-tier Tarnby FF in his homeland last year.

    In total he made 171 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 47 goals.

  • Etienne Fermie

    ME AND ROUD FOREVER

    AC Milan are on the verge of snapping up former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, according to reports in Italy.

    The free agent was set to leave Chelsea last summer before hitting form and earning a new deal.

    This season, he has largely been restricted to the bench aside from a seven-goal December and last started a game for Thomas Tuchel in March.

    With his contract up at the end of the month, Giroud is free to negotiate a free transfer away from Chelsea with several clubs reportedly interested.

    But Serie A side Milan have won the race, as reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport.

    Negotiations with Rossoneri legend and technical director Paolo Maldini are described as going well and an agreement is within sight.

    The opportunity to remain in the Champions League while experiencing Italian football is said to be high on Giroud's wishlist.

    Also useful is a significant tax cut which the Frenchman will receive on his rumoured two-year, £65,000-a-week contract.

    Giroud is said to be excited by the prospect of playing alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who enjoyed a stunning start to last season before encountering injury problems.

    Giroud could be on his way to Italy
  • Etienne Fermie

    AU ABOUT THAT?

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored an astonishing goal during a kickabout with a local team in Le Mans.

    The Arsenal star, 31, was born just 50 miles away from the French city, in Laval, with his first youth team just up the road in L'Huisserie.

    And after finishing the 2020-21 season, Auba returned home to France for a kickabout with Le Mans SOM Football – utterly stealing the show.

    At one stage, the Gunners skipper – wearing his own Arsenal No14 jersey -channels his inner-Cristiano Ronaldo with some rapid stepovers.

    Aubameyang then cuts inside and smashes a swerving ball into the back of the net from distance, all the while leaning away from goal.

  • Etienne Fermie

    TIER THREE

    Gunners fans have voted Kieran Tierney third place in their annual Player of the Season voting.

    The Scot had an impressive campaign for the Gunners, earning 14 per cent of the vote with his excellent displays.

    Arsenal will announce the runner-up on Thursday, before crowning the winner on Friday.

  • Etienne Fermie

    FLOR BLIMEY

    Arsenal have announced that they will compete in the 'Florida Cup' this summer.

    The Gunners will head stateside in July to take part in the four-club competition.

    Mikel Arteta's side join Everton, Inter Milan and Millonarios – with games taking place at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

    Arsenal will take on Inter Milan on July 25 in the semi-final, with their second match taking place three days later.

  • Etienne Fermie

    KOU WANTS ME?

    LaLiga clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid have joined the race for highly-rated Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, according to reports.

    The 22-year-old has also been linked with Premier League sides Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal in recent months.

    According to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona have been monitoring Kounde for two years and now want to sign him.

    But the Catalan giants are said to be struggling to afford the player's rumoured €75million release clause – around £64.5m.

    It is believed Sergio Aguero's new club may offer some players as part of a swap deal to help fund a move.

    Kounde's international colleague Samuel Umtiti is rumoured to be one of those stars Barca manager Ronald Koeman is happy to let go.

    Real Madrid are also thought to be keeping a close eye on the Sevilla defender as they may need to replace Raphael Varane this summer.

    The four-time Champions League winner is entering the final year of his contract at the Bernabeu, with both United and Chelsea rumoured to be interested.

    Jules Kounde has been a rock at the back for Sevilla
  • Etienne Fermie

    TOP TIER

    Arsenal star Kieran Tierney played 69 minutes, as Scotland drew 2-2 with the Netherlands last night.

    The talented defender, 23, started on the left of a back three, as Steve Clarke's side gear up for Euro 2020.

    Such was the quality of his performance, that he was named man of the match by the BBC.

    Kieran Tierney produced another top display for his countryCredit: Reuters

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