As the transfer rumours continue to flow in full force, we remain committed to bringing you the best of headlines daily. Here is today’s morning digest.
Arsenal offered Napoli Sokratis
According to journalist, Alfredo Pedulla, Arsenal offered Napoli the chance to sign Greek center back, Sokratis Papastathopolous but apparently, the Italian team rejected the offer.
Arsenal deny Pepe investigation
Reports emerged that Arsenal carried out an in house investigation pertaining the funds used in the purchase of Nico Pepe. The club has come out to deny such reports, passing a warning to all media who covered the news.
“We want to be clear to you all that there has been no investigation by the club into the Nicolas Pepe transfer……”
….”To suggest there has been an investigation is grossly inaccurate and unfair and we request you remove it from your coverage. We have informed our lawyers and will take further action as necessary”
Arsenal ready to make Thomas Partey happen
According to media outlet, ‘TheAFCBell’, Arsenal have told Thomas Partey’s camp that they will pay his full release clause in order to get a deal done.
This would be a major boost to Mikel Arteta’s side should the deal be closed with a player with the steel of Thomas Partey exactly what this Arsenal midfield needs.
Aubameyang has already signed a new deal
Arsenal have already tied down Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang to a new three-year deal and are simply awaiting his return to prepare the announcement, according to ESPN.
The Gunners hope it could all be wrapped up by the time pre-season begins later this week.
ESPN’s James Olley told Talksport:
“As far as my understanding is, he’s away on holiday and when he comes back they’ll shoot the promotional stuff. They want to make a big song and dance of it, it’s a huge deal for them.
“They’re literally waiting to shoot the promo to do the official announcement. I believe that deal is 99 per cent there.”
Arsenal complete young midfield signing
Arsenal have signed young midfielder Tim Akinola after his release from Huddersfield Town, according to The Athletic.
Akinola has joined the north London side as part of their new emphasis on bringing in “development players” between the ages of 18 and 21 who can strengthen the academy and potentially go on to feature for the first team.
The 19-year-old left the Terriers after his contract expired and the Gunners have taken the unusual step of signing him without a trial after they were impressed by video analysis of the starlet.