Here is Sunday’s news and gossip concerning Arsenal:
The Gunners are reportedly leading the chase to sign Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette, who is also attracting the interest of Manchester United and Liverpool, the Metro report.
The 24-year-old could be available for around £28m.
However, the north London side face a challenge to persuade another target, Barcelona’s Pedro, to the Emirates this summer, after the Metro also suggested that former Gunner Cesc Fabregas reportedly convinced him to join Chelsea.
The winger had reservations about a move to England because of the language barrier, however his former teammate reassured him as the Blues boast several Spanish speakers.
Arsene Wenger is reportedly keen on striking a deal for Roma defender Kostas Manolas, according to the Daily Star.
The 24-year-old was on Arsenal’s radar last summer before he joined the Serie A side.
Should they miss out on the Greek star, they may switch their attention to a surprise switch for Manchester United’s Jonny Evans, according to The Telegraph.
West Brom are also interested in the Northern Irishman.
Finally, Petr Cech has revealed that he will wear the number 33 next season. The Independent report that the former Chelsea man took the number because of his age, the fact that he has played 333 Premier League appearances, and that the spine has 33 vertebrae.