Arsenal gossip: Cech deal close but competition emerges for France international

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Arsenal are facing competition from north London rivals Tottenham in the race for Monaco star Geoffrey Kondogbia, according to the Daily Express.

The 22-year-old has found himself in high demand this summer, with clubs in Italy in Spain also said to be interested in his signature.

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Petr Cech, 33, has reached an agreement to join Arsenal from Chelsea, having been assured he will be the club’s first-choice goalkeeper, the Daily Mirror reports.

Wenger is confident that a deal to bring him to the Emirates is close and that it could be rubber stamped in the next few days.

xxxx during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Stoke City at Emirates Stadium on January 11, 2015 in London, England.

However, Cech’s arrival at Arsenal will result in Gunners keeper David Ospina, 26, joining Fenerbahce for £4m, according to The Times.

Ospina became the club’s first choice ‘keeper during the second half of the campaign, and only joined the club last summer in a £3m deal from French side Nice.

Arsenal have apparently opened talks with Borussia Dortmund star Sven Bender about a move to the club this summer, according to the <a href=Metro.

Despite the emergence of Francis Coquelin last season, Wenger is still thought to be keen on adding to his numbers in the midfield area.

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FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez has talked up a move to Arsenal by saying that they are one of the top teams in modern football, the Daily Express reports.

The striker will leave Porto this summer, though a move to AC Milan had been mooted in recent weeks.

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