Arsenal news – Gunners close-in on Enrique, Matuidi keen on move, Nasri: Ignore the rumours

Gunners close-in on Enrique.

Newcastle left-back Jose Enrique is set to be the next player to leave St. James’ Park this summer and join Arsenal, The Times reports.

Enrique has been the rumour of an £12 million bid from Arsenal and with current Gunners left back Gael Clichy the target of a bid from Italian side AS Roma, the path is clear for the Spaniard to join Arsene Wenger’s side. The 25 year old Enrique has rejected a contract offer extension from Newcastle and with reported interest from Liverpool and Manchester City for Enrique’s services, Arsenal will have to act fast to get their man this summer.

Preliminary talks between Enrique’s agent and Arsenal representatives have taken place and it is highly expected that as soon as Clichy’s transfer to Roma is finalised, Enrique will be brought in to replace the French left back in North London.

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Matuidi keen on move.

French midfielder Blaise Matuidi has revealed he is flattered by the interest of Premier League clubs and would like to be a part of the league one day, the Metro reports.

Matuidi has been on the radar of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger for some time and he is looking into the possibility of bringing his compatriot to the Emirates this summer. Wenger faces a £13 million release clause and the competition of French side PSG, who have been flashing the cash across Europe since their takeover from Qatar Investment Authority. However, the defensive midfielder has made it clear he would prefer to play in England.

The 24 year old St. Etienne player said: ‘I am flattered by the interest from clubs abroad and I have always loved the Premier League. It is the best league in the world, so exciting, and I really want to be a part of that one day.’

Nasri: Ignore the rumours.

Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri has spoken out over the transfer rumours involving him this summer and has told Gunners fans to not listen to any speculation, The Sun reports.

The French playmaker has been the reported target of a bid from Premier League champions Manchester United and Nasri has yet to sign a new deal with only 12 months left on his current Arsenal contract. Nasri has refused to commit his future to the club, but has said he will be speaking to manager Arsene Wenger this summer.

Nasri told the Arsenal club magazine: ‘There is not much to say apart from don’t listen to all the rumours and everything that is written or said. Earlier in the season, I spoke with the boss and said we would talk during the summer, which is what we are going to do’.

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