'Bellerin and Lacazette both up for sale', Daniel Ek takeover update – Arsenal transfer news live

ARSENAL have reportedly put Alexandre Lacazette and Hector Bellerin up for sale as they look to raise £120m for new signings.

Meanwhile Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has declared his interest in purchasing the club from unpopular owners the Kroenke family.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    ART DEALER

    Mikel Arteta has spoken of the dangers that Villarreal possess ahead of tomorrow's meeting.

    Asked what his biggest concern is about facing the Spanish side, Arteta said: "Well, I’d say the main thing is the clarity of idea that they have both with and without the ball.

    "And in transition and set-pieces they have very clear ideas and some great connections between the players.

    "They have some fantastic individual players in the final third and they can decide a game at any time.

    "They compete throughout the game and they also have an ability to change system using either the same players or different players during a game, and that makes them a very difficult to read."

  • Jake Lambourne

    EUR KIDDING ME

    Arsenal and Manchester United have been told they will play in front of a 10,000 crowd if they reach next month’s Europa League Final.

    But fans of the two Prem sides are unlikely to be allowed to travel to Poland – with local supporters set to be the only people allowed through the gates.

    Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has announced a series of new measures as the country emerges from the Covid crisis.

    That includes outdoor sports stadiums being able to open their turnstiles to up 25 per cent of capacities from May 15.

    The Europa League Final is scheduled for the Stadion Miejski in Gdansk on May 26.

    It is the home ground of Lechia Gdansk and has an all-seater capacity of 41,620. That will allow potentially 10,405 fans inside for the Final.

  • Jake Lambourne

    GUNNED DOWN

    Former West Ham defender Anton Ferdinand has revealed that Arsenal were priced out of a move to sign him.

    Speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Burnley v West Ham, he said: "Arsenal asked about me in the past.

    "I think Arsene Wenger wanted to pay £4million for me but West Ham wanted more money.

    "It was around the time he went and bought Philippe Senderos and Johan Djourou instead. He signed those two instead of me.

    "There's no doubt about it that if I'd have gone to that World Cup in 2006, a big move would've happened for me. There's no doubt about it."

  • Jake Lambourne

    WAGE RAGE

    Liverpool have risen above Manchester United in the Premier League wage bill standings – but still sit miles adrift of Manchester City.

    The official salary totals for the 2019-20 season have now been confirmed.

    Across last season, the Reds paid out a whopping £325million in player wages.

    Meanwhile, Manchester City still top the pile, shelling out an extraordinary £351m on wages last season.

    Man Utd sit third on the list – miles adrift of their local rivals – on £284m, despite David De Gea signing a massive £375,000-a-week contract at the start of the season.

    Last season, Chelsea spent just £1m less than United on wages at £283m.

    Arsenal and Tottenham ran the tightest ship wage-wise, spending just £225m and £181m respectively last term.

    Man City spent the most on players wages in 2019-20, with Liverpool overtaking Man Utd
  • Jake Lambourne

    ART ATTACK

    MIkel Arteta has had his say on Dani Ceballos' comments that he intends to return to LaLiga in the summer.

    Asked his views on what his Spanish compatriot said, the Arsenal boss remarked: "We mentioned to you guys and at the end of the season we have a lot to play for yet, so I don’t want any distractions.

    "We will sit with them and we are always in contact and communication with the players and the agents to know what their feelings are.

    "And at the end we have to make a common decision for what’s best for the club and the player."

    Ceballos has featured in 74 games for the Gunners across his two loan spells so far.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ON GAARD

    Real Madrid will not entertain any offers to sell Martin Odegaard in the summer, according to reports.

    It will come as a major blow to Arsenal who were hoping to make the Norwegian’s loan spell a permanent one.

    Odegaard, 22, headed to the Emirates on loan in January after struggling for game time in Madrid.

    But AS write how any hopes of bringing him in on a permanent deal seem highly unlikely.

    That is because Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane sees him as a ‘fundamental’ part of his plans going forward.

    The Frenchman believes Odegaard can feature in a deeper midfield role and wants to give him the chance to compete for his place next season.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TOP TIER

    Arsenal could have a fully fit squad to choose from for Arsenal's huge Europa League tie with Villarreal.

    Mikel Arteta confirmed SunSport's news of a huge fitness boost for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as well as Alexandre Lacazette and Kieran Tierney.

    David Luiz has also sat out the last month after undergoing minor knee surgery but returned to training this week.

    Here is how the Gunners could start against the LaLiga side on Thursday.

  • Jake Lambourne

    NO LOVE LLOS

    Dani Ceballos has revealed he will be returning to Spain once his loan spell at Arsenal finishes.

    The midfielder – on loan at the Gunners from Real Madrid for a second season running – believes his qualities are best suited to LaLiga.

    Quoted by El Transistor, he said: "I'm learning a lot in the Premier League but I think LaLiga is better for my game."

    Before adding: "I think I am a better player, a more complete player, in the Premier League.

    "I have grown above all physically but also tactically."

  • Jake Lambourne

    WORK OF ART

    Mikel Arteta has revealed that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Kieran Tierney are all in contention to feature against Villarreal on Thursday.

    Speaking in his pre-match conference, he said: “They are all in contention all of them including Aubameyang, including Laca, including Kieran.”

    There were fears that Tierney could be out for the season after he picked up a knee injury in the 3-0 defeat against Liverpool.

    But Arteta has stated that Tierney is close to full match fitness, as he remarked: “He didn’t need the surgery that we were afraid of.

    “He’s been working like a beast every single day. I don’t know if he’s going to make it tomorrow but he certainly wants to be as close as possible.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    GLOBAL ANGER

    Gary Neville vented his anger after he was told of ‘patronising’ comments made by Josh Kroenke.

    Arsenal’s chief shareholder Stan’s son addressed an online fans forum last week in the wake of the Super League debacle and he tried to justify joining in the interests of the global fan.

    Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler brought up the quotes and told Neville: “The Kroenke’s referenced a midweek trip to Stoke and English fans need that.

    “And global fans want Barcelona every other week. That they were representing those – it’s patronising beyond belief.”

    An incensed Neville replied: “Martin, honestly, you are making me more angry, the more that you speak. Honestly, they are an absolute disgrace.

    “Those three clubs (Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal) are standard-bearers in English football, in terms of success and joy around the world.

    “The hundreds of millions of fans around the world, who have watched those three clubs. And to be represented in such a fashion, honestly!”

  • Jake Lambourne

    WENGER CONTINUED

    "I think the fans give me credit that I always put Arsenal first.

    "I sacrificed many of the best years of my life in my career to help the club get out of building the new stadium without any money from anybody.

    “We didn't go out and say we needed money, we did it with the quality of our work and we remained at the top.

    "Yes, I was criticised, you have to accept that when you're in a public job.

    "I don't think anyone would question the fact that I did it genuinely with desire to do what is best for the club.

    "Afterwards, I made mistakes, I don't deny that.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    PAIN IN THE ARSENE

    Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has vowed to help any potential bid alongside Spotify CEO Daniel Ek and Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp.

    Speaking to beIN Sports, he said: "I would say I like the fact that former people of the club run the club.

    "Basically you have two examples in the football world – former players who run the club like Bayern [Munich], or big investors who buy a club like Man City.

    "I personally, because I'm a football man, I like the fact that former Arsenal players take over and give advice.

    "For the project, I prefer personally… the best deals I made were when nobody knew about it and you come out and it's done. When you announce things, you have a mountain to climb after. Nobody wants to give in.

    “It's easier always when you do your deals, when it's done you come out and [announce it]. Look, I will always support Arsenal. If I can help Arsenal I will do it in any way. That's my answer. If not, I am happy in my life."

  • Jake Lambourne

    GUNS OUT

    Arsenal could be preparing a mass exodus this summer as SIX players are reportedly set to be sold in a bid to accumulate funds.

    According to Football London, Alexandre Lacazette, Hector Bellerin, Eddie Nketiah, Matteo Guendouzi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Lucas Torreira could all be set for moves away from north London.

    Club captain Lacazette is preparing to enter the final year of his contract with the Gunners and has been heavily linked with a transfer in the summer.

    Meanwhile, Guendouzi, Torreira and Maitland-Niles have all spent the current campaign out on loan and therefore could be seen as easily expendable assets.

    Nketiah has struggled for first team action due to the attacking options at Mikel Arteta’s disposal, while the emergence of Calum Chambers as a solid right-back may mean the departure of Bellerin.

    All of those deals would collectively accrue somewhere in the region of £120million.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TV GLEE

    Prem chiefs have wrapped up a new three-year TV deal — worth the same £4.6billion as the current contract.

    In a big success for League boss Richard Masters, Sky, BT, Amazon and the BBC have agreed to extend the terms of the contract which was due to run out next summer for a further three seasons.

    It comes after the Covid chaos of the past 12 months which saw the broadcasters demand a £330million collective rebate from the 20 clubs.

    But concerns about those repayments have been eased by the certainty offered to the clubs with the new deal.

    Sky, paying £3.58bn over three seasons, keep the lion’s share of the 200 games to be broadcast live each season.

  • Jake Lambourne

    RY NOT ME?

    Ryan Giggs has reportedly been left fuming after being snubbed in the Premier League Hall of Fame.

    Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer are the first inductees – with Giggs being replaced by former Arsenal star Henry at the last minute.

    The Mirror reports that 'Giggs has been left shocked' by the snub and was 'dropped at the last minute after being charged with assaulting two women'.

    The charges follow an alleged bust-up with ex-girlfriend Kate Greville at his mansion.

    SunSport has since exclusively revealed that the 47-year-old former Manchester United ace could face up to FIVE YEARS in prison.

    The Premier League have not responded to request for comment.

  • Richard Forrester

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS,

    Stan Kroenke has REFUSED to sell Arsenal despite fan protests and Spotify owner Daniel Ek plotting a £2.5billion bid.

    The American billionaire released a statement which will come as a crushing blow to Gunners fans.

    The statement read: “In recent days we have noted media speculation regarding a potential takeover bid for Arsenal Football Club.

    “We remain 100 per cent committed to Arsenal and are not selling any stake in the club.

    “We have not received any offer and we will not entertain any offer.

    “Our ambition for Arsenal remains to compete to win the biggest trophies in the game and our focus remains on improving our competitiveness on the pitch to achieve this.

    “Stan Kroenke and Josh Kroenke, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment.”

    Meanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is available for the Europa League semi on Thursday night — even though he is still not fully fit after malaria.

    Aubameyang has not played for the Gunners since the start of the month, having picked up the illness on international duty with Gabon.

    The 31-year-old has returned to training but is still trying to build up his overall health levels.

    But with Alexandre Lacazette injured and boss Mikel Arteta left with youngsters as other attacking options, Aubameyang will have no hesitation answering the call if needed against Villarreal.

    His return would be a major boost to Arteta ahead of the first leg.

    There is a hope the Arsenal captain’s fitness level will be enough to see him through because he played against Liverpool and Slavia Prague before being diagnosed with malaria.

    And finally, Arsenal teenager Bukayo Saka picked up the Young Player of the Year award at tonight’s London Football Awards.

    Accepting his award after beating Rice, Mount, Reece James and close pal Emile Smith Rowe, the four-cap Three Lions international said: “I’m really happy to win this award.

    “I want to say a big thank you to everyone for your support and of course another big thank you to everyone who voted for me.

    “I promise to keep giving my all on the pitch to make you happy and keep you entertained.”

  • Joe Brophy

    AUBA AND OUT

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is available for the Europa League semi on Thursday night — even though he is still not fully fit after malaria.

    Aubameyang has not played for the Gunners since the start of the month, having picked up the illness on international duty with Gabon.

    The 31-year-old has returned to training but is still trying to build up his overall health levels.

    But with Alexandre Lacazette injured and boss Mikel Arteta left with youngsters as other attacking options, Aubameyang will have no hesitation answering the call if needed against Villarreal.

    His return would be a major boost to Arteta ahead of the first leg.

    There is a hope the Arsenal captain’s fitness level will be enough to see him through because he played against Liverpool and Slavia Prague before being diagnosed with malaria.

  • Joe Brophy

    MEGA-BUKS

    Arsenal teenager Bukayo Saka picked up the youngster award at tonight's London Football Awards.

    Accepting his award after beating Rice, Mount, Reece James and close pal Emile Smith Rowe, the four-cap Three Lions international said: "I'm really happy to win this award.

    "I want to say a big thank you to everyone for your support and of course another big thank you to everyone who voted for me.

    "I promise to keep giving my all on the pitch to make you happy and keep you entertained."

  • Joe Brophy

    £MIRAT£$ RICH LIST

    Mesut Ozil is still Arsenal’s second highest player despite leaving in the January transfer window.

    The 32-year-old left the Emirates earlier this year and moved to Fenerbahce.

    But the Gunners agreed to pay 90 per cent of his £350,000-a-week deal until it ends this summer, reports say.

    And that means – incredibly – that Ozil is still Arsenal’s second highest paid player.

  • Joe Brophy

    SAK RACE

    Bukayo Saka has been crowned the Young Player of the Year at the London Football Awards.

  • Joe Brophy

    VA VA VOOM

    Manchester United have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Abdallah Sima, according to reports.

    The Slavia Prague ace has impressed for the Czech side in the Europa League this season.

    Impressive forward Sima, 19, has drawn comparisons with Thierry Henry with his livewire performances.

    And he fits in to Man United’s current recruitment policy.

    According to the MEN, the Red Devils are ‘monitoring’ Sima’s progress ahead of a potential summer move.

  • Joe Brophy

    GUNNER STAY PUT

    Stan Kroenke has REFUSED to sell Arsenal despite fan protests and Spotify owner Daniel Ek plotting a £2.5billion bid.

    The American billionaire released a statement which will come as a crushing blow to Gunners fans.

    The statement read: “In recent days we have noted media speculation regarding a potential takeover bid for Arsenal Football Club.

    “We remain 100 per cent committed to Arsenal and are not selling any stake in the club.

    “We have not received any offer and we will not entertain any offer.

    “Our ambition for Arsenal remains to compete to win the biggest trophies in the game and our focus remains on improving our competitiveness on the pitch to achieve this.

    “Stan Kroenke and Josh Kroenke, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment.”

  • Joe Brophy

    WHAT THE EK?

    Here’s how Spotify founder Daniel Ek compares to current Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke.

  • Joe Brophy

    NOT GUNNER STAY

    Konstantinos Mavropanos is reportedly set to leave Arsenal this summer.

    The 23-year-old defender has spent this season on loan with VfB Stuttgart.

    But Football.London claim a chance to stake a claim in Arsenal's team next term is not on the cards.

    And Mavropanos will either go out on loan for another campaign or depart in a permanent move this summer.

  • Joe Brophy

    TAKING OVER

    Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek has recruited Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira in a bid to tempt Stan Kroenke into selling Arsenal.

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