Arsenal transfer roundup: £17m Hickey deal draws closer with club ‘ready for talks’


RSenal have serious intentions of continuing to strengthen their squad in the upcoming summer transfer market.

Mikel Arteta’s plans may hinge on their fate in the fight for fourth place but, either way, the Gunners hierarchy are intent on putting their money where their mouth is.

The forwards are often seen as the club’s central target, but there are a number of positions that require particular attention, particularly if their Champions League bid is successful.

Here’s the latest Arsenal transfer news and rumours…

Aaron Hickey

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Italian outlet Il Corriere dello Sport claims Arsenal could hold talks to sign Scotland left-back Aaron Hickey from Bologna in the coming days.

The Serie A side are described as open to the deal with the hope of cashing in £17m for the teenager, who joined for less than a tenth of that from Hearts just under two years.

The Gunners have struggled with injury problems for regular full-back Kieran Tierney in recent months while Nuno Tavares has failed to impress.

Bologna sporting director Riccardo Bigon is said to be happy to enter into talks with Arsenal, although Napoli are also interested in Hickey’s services.

Rahim Sterling

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Arsenal are still monitoring Manchester City winger Sterling after he was linked with a bold move a year ago, writes Simon Collings of Standard Sport…

However, the England star’s wage demands in excess of £300,000 a week present a significant hurdle to any deal.

Sterling has publicly stated that he is happy to resolve his future at the end of the season, despite also previously expressing a desire to play abroad.

Guillaume Saliba

Arsenal defender Saliba is yet to break through at the Emirates but continues to be on loan at Marseille.

The Mirror report that AC Milan are seriously interested in the defender ahead of Alessio Romagnoli’s possible free transfer exit this summer and that the club managed to sign Fikayo Tomori from the Premier League last summer.

Youri Tielemans


Arsenal’s hopes of winning the race for £30m Leicester playmaker Tielemans hinges on qualifying for the Champions League, writes Simon Collings of Standard Sport…

Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid and Tottenham have also been keeping tabs on Tielemans over the past year.

Tammy Abraham

Arsenal are rumored to be interested in Roma striker Abraham, who Jose Mourinho says is free to leave if he is willing to turn his back on Roma.

The coach told Sky Sports: “I think right now if he wants to go back to England – I don’t think he wants no – but if he wants to go back to England he only has ‘to snap my fingers and I’m so happy for him.

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