Transfer news LIVE! Arsenal launch Hickey bid; Chelsea and Man United want Nkunku; Gabriel Jesus latest

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The summer transfer window will soon open and, already, deals are being done.

Arsenal could be the biggest spenders in the entire market with Bologna defender Aaron Hickey reportedly the subject of a bid from the Gunners.

Amid their search for a striker, Arsenal have stepped up their pursuit of Gabriel Jesus. Alvaro Morata is also a top target for a surprise loan move from Atletico Madrid.

Todd Boehly’s takeover at Chelsea is set to go through today and Christopher Nkunku of RB Leipzig is thought to be an early target as Thomas Tuchel attempts to immediately catch up to Manchester City and Liverpool.

Leipzig is a popular hunting ground, it seems, with both Nkunku and defender Nordi Mukiele of interest to Manchester United.

Harry Kane is open to the idea of ​​a new contract at Tottenham as Antonio Conte starts to map out his summer transfer plans but reports this morning report that Liverpool are interested in the striker.

Meanwhile, Erling Haaland is expected to be unveiled by Manchester City today and his arrival could force Gabriel Jesus out.

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Breaking news

West Ham have confirmed the departures of Ryan Fredericks and Andriy Yarmolenko as David Moyes continues to plot for a summer rebuild at the London Stadium.

Yarmolenko had previously stated he was “95 per cent” certain to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of next month and will be available on a free transfer, having scored 13 times in 86 appearances for the Hammers.

Fredericks is expected to return to newly-promoted Fulham, from whom he joined West Ham in 2018, as Moyes looks to upgrade his options at full-back during the window.

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Gabriel Jesus latest

As Standard Sport reported yesterday, Arsenal are stepping up their bid to sign Gabriel Jesus.

Jesus has just one year left on his contract at City, who are inclined to sell him this summer if he will not agree an extension.

Tottenham and Juventus are also interested.

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Arsenal transfer guide

Standard Sport’s Simon Collings delivers his comprehensive guide to Arsenal’s summer window …

Gabriel Jesus and YouriTielemans look the prime targets for Arsenal, but they have been linked with many others. In attack, Darwin Nunez, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jonathan David and Tammy Abraham have all been scouted, while in midfield they have also tracked Ruben Neves in the past too.

“When it comes to full-backs, Aaron Hickey has been heavily linked with Arsenal, but they are fans of Middlesbrough’s Djed Spence too – who excelled on loan at Nottingham Forest this season.

“When it comes to wide forwards, Arsenal are known admirers of Cody Gakpo, while a move to bring Serge Gnabry back to the club has been touted too.”

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Chelsea face competition for Koulibaly

Chelsea remain in the hunt for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

Today’s edition of Tuttosport outlines interest in the Senegal star from several clubs as he enters the final year of his contract.

Juventus are tipped to pique their interest in the coming weeks while Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, ​​who have already signed Andreas Christensen, remain in the hunt.

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Aaron Hickey latest

Arsenal have launched a bid of £ 21.5million for Bologna defender Aaron Hickey, according to reports in Italy.

The left-back is seen as an ideal back-up to Kieran Tierney having broken out with the Serie A club.

However, La Gazzetta dello Sport detail rival interest from West Ham in the Scot.

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Perisic holding out for Premier League switch

Inter Milan are optimistic of securing Ivan Perisic to a new contract.

Corriere della Sera report on the Croatian winger currently pondering whether to wait for the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham, or commit to an extended stay at the Giuseppe Meazza.

A two-year contract worth over ,000 80,000-a-week is said to be on the table from Inter.

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Arsenal eye Zinchenko

Mikel Arteta is looking for a double raid on former club Man City.

According to the Mail, Arsenal will not settle for Gabriel Jesus and are also interested in a move for Oleksandr Zinchenko.

But Arteta has a plan to play the Ukrainian in midfield rather than his more recognized full-back role at the Etihad.

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Kane to Liverpool?

Harry Kane’s future has been a hot topic this week.

Standard Sport understands the striker is open to a new contract at Spurs but this morning is being linked with a move to Liverpool.

Rob Gutmann of The Anfield Wrap podcast ‘The Gutter’ claims Kane and Liverpool have held talks.

Pinch of salt, and all that.

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Nkunku race hots up

Christopher Nkunku is a major target for Manchester United with the forward’s representatives said to be in talks with the club over a summer switch.

Chelsea and Real Madrid have also been linked with the RB Leizpig star, and the Bundesliga side are said to be weighing up a new contract offer as they look to keep him.

But Sky Germany say that Nkunku is not convinced by staying at the club and talks are underway over joining Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford.

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ICYMI: Arsenal identify top target

Arsenal will step up their pursuit of Gabriel Jesus after Mikel Arteta made the Manchester City striker his top forward transfer target.

The Gunners are close to tying down Eddie Nketiah to a new five-year contract, worth around £ 100,000-a-week, and are ready to press ahead with a move for Jesus.

Representatives for the 25-year-old Brazilian have been in England this week for talks over his future, with Tottenham and Juventus also interested.

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