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Tuesday’s transfer rumors – Arsenal identify a top replacement for club-record signing

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Arsenal identify a top replacement for club-record signing

Wolves winger Pedro Neto is next on Arsenal’s list of transfer targets as a potential Nicolas Pepe replacement.

Pepe, who joined Arsenal from Lille for a club-record fee of €80 million in 2019, might go on loan to OGC Nice. This move would give the Gunners an opportunity to sign a new winger.

Neto is the man Arsenal want. Talks between the club and the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, have been ongoing for over a month. Mikel Arteta’s side, however, will only pursue a deal if it is affordable and can improve the squad. [The Athletic]

Aubameyang-Chelsea talks have advanced

Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

An agreement is said to be close, with all parties confident a deal will go through. Chelsea and Barcelona have been locked in talks for the past few days. The two clubs appear set to agree on a transfer fee of around £15 million to £25 million. [Sky Sports]

Eric Bailly is set to join Marseille on loan

Barcelona plot Bellerin swoop

The Blaugrana are plotting a last-minute swoop for Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin.

As talks for Villarreal’s Juan Foyth and Borussia Dortmund’s Thomas Meunier stall, Barcelona have, therefore, turned their attention to Bellerin. The Catalan could be available for a free transfer if he terminates his Arsenal contract. He spent last season on loan at Real Betis in La Liga.

Barcelona have asked the defender to wait. The LaLiga club plan to approach Arsenal in the final days of the summer transfer window. [Diario Sport – in Spanish]

Gakpo is determined to join Man Utd

PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo wants to sign for Manchester United.

The Red Devils are confident of doing a deal for the 23-year-old Dutchman, who shares the same agent as manager Erik ten Hag. He could, however, cost the club between €40 million to €50 million. [Foot Mercato – in French]

Samuel Umtiti to complete Lecce move this week

Gordon is still on Chelsea’s radar

Chelsea are confident about signing Everton winger Anthony Gordon this week.

Everton have already rejected two transfer offers from Chelsea for the England Under-21 international. The Toffees want at least £50 million. This goes way above the £45 million Chelsea recently offered. [Times – subscription required]