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Friday’s transfer rumors – Arsenal make their move to sign a second Man City star

Manchester City, Oleksandr Zinchenko
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The latest transfer rumors from around the footballing world, including Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, and much more.

Arsenal make their move to sign a second Man City star

The Gunners are working on a transfer deal for Manchester City left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Arsenal are in contact with Man City, who would be open to a sale for the right price. Zinchenko has become a priority for Mikel Arteta’s side after missing out on Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez.

If Arsenal can get a deal over the line, Zinchenko will become the second Man City star they’ve signed this summer after striker Gabriel Jesus. [The Athletic]

Barcelona tell De Jong to join Man Utd

The Blaugrana have told Frenkie de Jong they want him to join Manchester United.

Barcelona wish to sell the 25-year-old midfielder to balance their wage bills and to comply with LaLiga’s financial fair play rules, which have restricted them from registering their new signings.

United have agreed to pay Barca an initial transfer fee of €75million and a potential €10 million in add-ons for De Jong. Hence, the final price could rise to €85 million. [The Athletic]

Lionel Messi will consider his PSG future after World Cup

Ronaldo will reject a mega offer from Saudi Arabia

Cristiano Ronaldo is set to reject a lucrative offer to join an unnamed Saudi Arabian club.

The Manchester United frontman wants to play in the Champions League and compete for the highest honors next season. Transfers to Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid, therefore, are reported possibilities. [ESPN]

Juve aim to sign Gabriel from Arsenal

Juventus have approached Arsenal about signing defender Gabriel Magalhaes.

The Bianconeri are on the lookout for Matthijs de Ligt replacements this summer. The 22-year-old Dutch defender is heavily linked with a transfer to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. [Independent]

Cesc Fabregas to join Serie B club

Braithwaite changes his Barcelona transfer stance

After missing out on Barcelona’s pre-season tour of the United States, Martin Braithwaite has decided to seek a transfer.

The 31-year-old striker, whose contract expires in 2024, previously had no intention of leaving. However, after his exclusion from pre-season, he will now consider a transfer. Brentford and Real Sociedad are interested in him. [Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish]

Paqueta is open to Arsenal move

Lyon attacking midfielder Lucas Paqueta is open to a summer switch to Arsenal.

The 24-year-old Brazilian, who secured 11 goals and seven assists last season, may cost around €50 million. Lyon previously rejected a €40 million offer from Newcastle in January. As things stand, Arsenal have made no transfer bid for Paqueta. [Media Foot – in French]