Arsenal transfer news LIVE: £30m Tielemans bid EXCLUSIVE, Lisandro Martinez decision this week, Asensio latest updates

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Arsenal have stepped up their pursuit for Leicester star Youri Tielemans and are ready to make a firm offer, according to SunSport’s Mark Irwin.

The Gunners are confident of sealing a £30million deal for Tielemans despite rival interest from Manchester United as well as Newcastle.

Manager Mikel Arteta has already been allowed to spend £83million this summer to beef up his squad and landed Gabriel Jesus, Fabio Vieira, Matt Turner and Marquinhos.

Now Arteta is turning his focus on strengthening his midfield and has been given the green light to make his next move in the market.

The Spanish head coach has turned to Tielemans after top target Ruben Neves was priced out of the market after Wolves demanded £75m.

The North Londoners have also explored the possibility of a bid for Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, but the Belgium international is preferred.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are aiming to offload seven players to fund further spending in the summer transfer window.

Record signing Nicolas Pepe, Bernd Leno, Hector Bellerin, Lucas Torreira, Pablo Mari, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson are all available for sale.

But all seven players have so far failed to attract any significant offers from other clubs.

The Gunners need more funds after missing out on this coming season’s Champions League.

And Ajax star Lisandro Martinez has told the club that he wants to quit and move to the Premier League.

Martinez is wanted by both Manchester United as well as Arsenal to boost their defence.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano tweeted: “Lisandro Martínez, back in Holland today – he’s been very clear with Ajax telling the club that he only wants to leave to try his first Premier League experience.

“Manchester United are pushing as [Erik] ten Hag wants Lisandro as priority – Arsenal, still there fighting.”

And The Mirror also report that the Argentina international “pleaded” with Ajax to “grant him his wish” to play in the Premier League.

Finally, Arsenal are monitoring the transfer situation of Benfica ace Alex Grimaldo.

Grimaldo is reportedly available for as little as £6m this summer as a whole host of clubs line up a potential bid for the left-back.

According to Record, the Gunners are “attentive to the situation”, while Lyon are also keeping tabs.

The Spaniard has one year left on his current deal and unless he signs a new one Benfica would lose him for nothing next summer, a case the Eagles would like to avoid


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