Arsenal wrapped up the signing of Granit Xhaka early before bringing down a Japanese international striker in Takuma Asano.


With Arsenal rumoured to bring down a top-class defender besides a striker, it appeared as though Kostas Manolas could be the defender joining the Arsenal ranks as he has been linked with them since 2014.

However, Roma president James Pallotta has all but confirmed that he would not depart the Stadio Olimpico club (via Coral Barry of Metro) this summer, hinting that the Greek defender, who is valued at around £38m, would have a role to play in their Champions League campaign next season.

Manchester City could complete a move for Arsenal's first-choice right-back Hector Bellerin this summer, Mundo Deportivo reports.

Dani Gil of Mundo Deportivo alleges that the Citizens are currently "the highest bidders" for the player, who is valued at around £43m. His agent, Albert Botines, has already flown to England to discuss with the defender the idea of moving to another English top-flight club.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis rubbished reports, which claimed Juventus had contacted Napoli over a move for Gonzalo Higuain, during a press conference after the Serie A general meeting in Milan.

The 28-year-old striker has been linked with moves to Arsenal and Juventus this summer, with many newspapers even reporting that the latter had opened talks with the player and his club.

Arsenal have completed the transfers of Jon Toral and Wellington Silva, with the former already made official and the latter expected to be made official in the coming days. Toral joins Primeira Division club Granada on a season-long loan whilst Wellington bids adieu to the London club with a permanent move to his former club, Fluminense.

With Birmingham City, Toral enjoyed a successful loan spell, even claiming Players’ Player and Supporters’ Player of the Year last season. After two seasons in the Championship, observers expected manager Arsene Wenger to hand him a run with Arsenal’s first team this season, especially in light of the release of Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta, and Mathieu Flamini. However, the manager seems content with heading into the 2016/17 campaign with just a single midfield addition in Granit Xhaka.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez seems hopeful of retaining the services of wantaway midfielder Moussa Sissoko despite being wary of the fact that he will be a subject of more successful clubs’ interest, according to George Bellshaw of Metro.

Dropping to the Championship, Newcastle are in a position where they will be helpless to lose their prized assets, but their Spanish manager has voiced his admiration for the Frenchman in a desperate attempt to keep him at St James’ Park.