Thursday’s biggest Arsenal news and transfer rumours.
With Sergio Ramos edging closer to a move to Manchester United, new coach Rafa Benitez is keen to add the France international to his back line.
Morgan Schneiderlin, 25, has come to an arrangement with Southampton to allow him to leave. Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham will now try to sign the midfielder rated at £24m by the St Mary’s side, the Daily Mail reports.
The Gunners came close to signing the Frenchman last summer but missed out at the 11th hour.
Arsenal will not be rushed into offering midfielder Jack Wilshere a new deal, even though the England international has been linked with a move to Manchester City, The Sun reports.
Wilshere is believed to be happy at the club and is not interested in uprooting his young family to head north.
Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski, 30, says it was a “mistake” to join Inter Milan on loan in January and plans to return to the Gunners to win back a place in the side, according to Bild.
Podolski is now thought to be keen on a move to Galatasaray, but it hoping the Gunners lower their asking price.
Arsenal are leading the race to sign highly-rated Danish under-21 midfielder Pione sisto, according to the Metro.
Both Barcelona and Juventus were believed to be interested, but it now looks as though the Gunners have stolen a march on their European rivals.