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The Premier League season is done and dusted with Arsenal finishing fifth, so it’s all eyes on the Europa League final against Chelsea, as Unai Emery’s side bid for qualify for the Champions League next season.
In news off the pitch, the search for a new technical director looks to be nearing an end with reports that a deal is close for former midfielder Edu to join in the summer.
The 40-year-old is currently the general coordinator of the Brazil National Football Team, but is set to move to the Emirates in July after the Copa America finishes.
Arsenal are also continuing their search for a replacement to Aaron Ramsey, after the Welsh midfielder bid farewell to the fans, along with Petr Cech and Danny Welbeck.
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Opening Zaha offer ‘revealed’
Arsenal are lining up a £40million for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha , according to latest reports.
But the Gunners could be frustrated as Palace want £80m for their star man. And although Arsenal are likely to wait until later in the summer to see whether Palace are prepared to lower their price, much could hinge on whether Unai Emery’s side beat Chelsea in this month’s Europa League final.
Arsenal failed to make the Champions League places in this season’s Premier League race. But they have another chance to secure qualification for Europe’s top competition when they face fellow Londoners Chelsea in the Europa League final in Baku on May 29.
And the Gunners are ready to test Palace’s resolve with a £40m bid, according to a report from The Sun
The report says Palace want £80m, but Arsenal could offer Callum Chambers, Carl Jenkinson or Reiss Nelson in part-exchange.
Roma man targeted
Arsenal plan to trigger Kostas Manolas’ Roma release clause, according to Il Messaggero in Italy.
They report that Unai Emery wants to get a good defender in at the Emirates Stadium this season and sees the Roma man as a strong option.
The Greece international is available for £31 million this summer for any side willing to trigger the release clause, and apparently Arsenal are.
His contract in the Italian capital currently runs until 2022.
The agent of Gremio defender Walter Kannemann has issued an update amidst speculation that Arsenal have made a £10.5m bid.
An Argentine international, Kanneman has been linked with a move to north London as Unai Emery seeks to bolster his defence.
Emery’s scouting trip
The Mirror report that Unai Emery has been spotted scouting players in Spain at Atletico Madrid’s game against Levante.
Emery has apparently already made his decisions on where he wants to strengthen this summer.
Atletico midfielder Thomas Partey is among the players being linked with Arsenal, he was replaced at half-time against Levante.
The report suggests that he could have been watching Partey as a possible replacement for Aaron Ramsey, who leaves for Juventus this summer.
Real back in Rabiot talks
Potentially another blow for Arsenal and other Premier League sides, as Real Madrid are in talks with Adrien Rabiot to land the talent from Paris Saint-Germain.
Reports via FOX Sports state Real chief Florentino Perez has jetted to the French capital in order to negotiate a deal.
Rabiot has been linked with Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United previously, amongst others.
Striker facing exit
Arsenal are looking to offload Eddie Nketiah on loan next season, according to the BBC, as they want to continue his development.
The young striker has been part of the first-team squad this season, scoring in the Premier League’s final day against Burnley, and more first-team experience is the plan.
Reiss Nelson, Emile Smith Rowe, Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka could also leave on a temporary basis.
Surprise move planned
Arsenal are planning a surprise move for Lorient forward Alexis Claude-Maurice according to the Mirror.
The 20-year-old has been watched by the Gunners throughout this season as he impressed in Ligue 2 in France.
Norwich have apparently also been watching him and, after their promotion, are reportedly ready to sanction a £9 million bid for the forward.
Azerbaijan FA’s statement on Mkhitaryan
Arsenal have been assured of Henrick Mkhitaryan’s safety from the Azerbaijan FA should he travel to the Europa League final.
There has been doubts if the midfielder will even travel to the game amid tensions between his home nation of Armenia and the host nation. But Elkhan Mammadov, the general secretary of the Azerbaijan FA, has told the Telegraph that procedures are in place to endure the safety of the player.
Our government authorities provided guarantees to Uefa for Mkhi to come to Baku, so there is no issue of security and safety.
Even before Arsenal qualified for the final, we received a request from Uefa to provide the guarantees, our state authorities provided all the necessary security arrangements for Mkhitaryan to travel to Baku. All the safety and security is already guaranteed.
Arsenal target offers clear update on his future
Arsenal target Leandro Trossard says he may have played his last game for his current club Genk.
As football.london revealed in February, the Gunners have a long-standing interest in Trossard and first made contact with his representatives in November.
The Belgian wide forward remains an option that is under consideration as Arsenal target reinforcements on the flanks, though Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser and Ajax’s David Neres are believed to be ahead of Trossard on the Gunners’ wishlist.
Genk would want around £20m to sell their star forward, whose 11 league goals were crucial in their fourth Belgian title victory, which was confirmed in a 1-1 draw with Anderlecht on Thursday.
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