Arsenal could see three fringe players leave on deadline day, with Hector Bellerin among those who could be out amid interest from La Liga.
Despite spending €147 million on summer signings so far, Arsenal have suffered their worst start to a season since the 1950s.
Mikel Arteta now faces a tricky final day in the transfer window closes on Tuesday night. Three fringe players could leave, although Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will stay. There is also a chance of one new right-back signing.
So let’s get to it with the very latest rumors regarding Arsenal’s transfer activity.
Bellerin in talks for Real Betis move
Despite interest from Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, Real Betis are now favorites to sign Hector Bellerin. The right-back is in talks with the La Liga club over a deadline move.
Bellerin, who is a known Betis supporter, could join the Spanish side on a loan deal for this season, with an option to make it permanent next summer. [Goal]
Maitland-Niles posts a plea message on social media
Ainsley Maitland-Niles made crystal clear what he wants by posting a desperate plea message to get out of Arsenal on social media.
The versatile 24-year-old posted a clear message to his Instagram followers on Monday, which read: “All I wanna do is go where I’m wanted and where I’m gonna play”.
Everton are reportedly interested in Maitland-Niles, who spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom and is now training alone.
Tomiyasu to replace Bellerin?
The Gunners are locked in talks with Bologna for Takehiro Tomiyasu to replace right-back Hector Bellerin.
The 22-year-old Japanese, who commonly plays in central defense, had caught the interest of Tottenham. But Spurs’ move for Barcelona’s Emerson Royal has paved the way for Arsenal to do a deal. [Goal]
Aubameyang has no plans to leave Arsenal
Despite the wild rumors linking him with Barcelona and Juventus, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is going nowhere.
The Gunners captain is currently away on international duty for the Gabon national team. A transfer, therefore, is extremely unlikely unless an ‘astronomical’ offer arrives on Arsenal’s doorstep. [Chris Wheatley]
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) August 31, 2021
Nketiah’s move to Palace appears off
Crystal Palace have failed to reach an agreement with Arsenal for Eddie Nketiah.
The Gunners wanted around £20 million for Nketiah, but Palace would only offer about £10m. The Eagles, therefore, have turned their attention onto Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard. [The Athletic]
Feyenoord eye Nelson after Amad issue
After Amad Diallo’s injury at Manchester United, Feyenoord are set to sign Reiss Nelson on loan from Arsenal.
The Dutch side completed the paperwork for a season-long loan deal on Monday night. Nelson will first sign a new contract at Arsenal until June 2023 before completing the move. [Fabrizio Romano]