Here is Monday’s news and gossip concerning Arsenal:
Arsene Wenger has earmarked Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema as a key transfer target, according to the Daily Star.
The Star suggest that the Gunners could make a bid of £17.8m for the Frenchman.
Arsenal are also in talks with Barcelona forward and Liverpool target Pedro, the Daily Star also suggest.
The 27-year-old recently signed a new contract at the Nou Camp, but Barcelona are not against selling him.
However, they may struggle to sign Sporting Lisbon stalwart William Carvalho, the Daily Express report.
The Portuguese side’s new manager Jorge Jesus has insisted that the midfielder is not for sale. However, he reportedly has a release clause of around £25m.
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has given Arsenal hope that he is still keen for a move, despite recently signing a new one-year deal, the Daily Express report.
“I appreciate this wonderful club very much, but my life plan also looks at some time with a new challenge,” he said.
Finally, Hector Bellerin has revealed that team confidence is so high, that the squad feel they can beat anyone next season, according to the Daily Express.
“The team really feel like we can beat any team in the world with the performances we’ve had, so we’re all really, really excited to hopefully start the season with the right mindset and with the right results,” said the defender.
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