7.30am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Lacazette and Lemar swap deal, Dangote takeover bid, Mustafi nears exit – The Sun

TRANSFER WINDOW edges towards the midway point and yet Arsenal still haven't truly got into the swing of the market.

Mikel Arteta has previously started that he wants to bring in a defender – but it could be two going out instead as Shkodran Mustafi and Konstantinos Mavropanos look set to leave.

Meanwhile, Alexandre Lacazette could be on his way to Atletico Madrid, with the Spanish club open to letting Thomas Lemar go in the opposite direction.

And the club could be under new ownership next year, with Aliko Dangote looking to take over his beloved Arsenal.

Follow all the latest Arsenal transfer gossip and updates below…

  • STONE THE CROWS

    John Stones is a shock target for Mikel Arteta.

    The Manchester City centre-back wants first-team football to boost his Euro 2020 hopes.

    Stones is represented by the same agency as Arteta and would be keen to discuss a move — even if it is on loan.

    His season has been plagued by injury and loss of form and there has been no sign of a new contract offer from City with just two years left to run on his deal.

    There is a feeling City boss Pep Guardiola has lost faith in Stones and England boss Gareth Southgate wants his star men playing every week.

  • ED IN THE GAME

    Eddie Nketiah will decide his future within the next 48 hours.

    Aston Villa, Bristol City, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest all have their eye on the 20-year-old.

    Premier League strugglers Villa and the three Championship clubs have all made the young striker offers to take him on board for the rest of the season.

    Nketiah's top priority in making his decision is how much game time he will be given.

  • GUNNER HAPPEN?

    Aliko Dangote still plans to take buy Arsenal Football Club next year.

    The Nigerian billionaire, who is the richest man in Africa, has openly admitted his desire to take over the club.

    Speaking on the David Rubenstein Show in America during an interview in September, he said: “It is a team that yes I would like to buy some day.

    “But what I keep saying is we have $20billion worth of projects and that's what I really want to concentrate on.

    “I'm trying to finish building the company and then after we finish, maybe some time in 2021 we can.”

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