Arsenal face Premier League battle for French forward; while Calum Chambers refuses to speak out on his future at Emirates Stadium. Arsenal to sign former Liverpool fitness coach; while the Gunners considering Genk midfielder swoop.
5. Arsenal considering Genk’s Sander Berge swoop
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is reportedly considering a summer move for Genk midfielder Sander Berge.
The 19-year-old, who has also been linked with Everton, is said to be valued at £18m by his Belgian club.
According to The Mirror, Gunners scouts have been monitoring the Norwegian’s performances since the start of 2017; and favourable reports have been returned to Wenger, who is now preparing to make his move.
Berge, who has been capped twice by Norway’s senior team, only joined Genk from Valerenga in January; signing a four-year contract at the Luminus Arena.
4. Arsenal to poach former Liverpool fitness coach Darren Burgess
Arsenal are reportedly keen on bringing in former Liverpool head of fitness Darren Burgess as their new director of high performance.
Burgess is currently working for Port Adelaide in Australia after a previous two-year spell at Anfield; where he worked under Kenny Dalglish, Roy Hodgson and Brendan Rodgers.
The Telegraph claims that Arsenal are in the process of thrashing out a compensation package to bring Burgess on board; with the intention of getting him in place prior to pre-season training next month.
Arsene Wenger side are said to be intent on strengthening their backroom staff; placing Burgess high on their list of priorities after a recent approach by chief executive Ivan Gazidis.
3. Calum Chambers refuses to speak out on his Arsenal future
Arsenal defender Calum Chambers has reportedly refused to make a comment on his future at Emirates Stadium.
The centre-half spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough but could not help them avoid relegation from the Premier League.
The 22-year-old is contracted with Arsenal until 2020, although his place in the team is far from secure.
While away on international duty with England’s Under-21s at the European Championship; Chambers did not wish to comment on whether the valuable experience he gained at the Riverside would see him return to the Emirates.
Everton and Bournemouth have been linked with moves for the former Southampton defender.
2. Arsenal face battle for Monaco winger
Liverpool could reportedly battle Arsenal for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar this summer.
The 21-year-old France international is a key target for the Gunners, with his team-mate Kylian Mbappe also on Arsene Wenger’s agenda.
Monaco are reluctant to lose Lemar though, with Europe’s elite looking to poach their top assets.
According to Telefoot though, Liverpool are interested with Jurgen Klopp also keen to strengthen his attacking options.
1. Arsenal suffer blow as Takuma Asano fails work permit guidelines
Arsenal striker Takuma Asano will remain at Stuttgart next season after failing to meet work permit guidelines.
Asano was signed last summer from Japanese side Sanfrecce Hiroshima but was immediately sent on loan to Stuttgart.
The 22-year-old adapted well to German football scoring five goals and providing four assists in 26 appearances to help the club earn promotion to the Bundesliga.
It was hoped Asano would be eligible to begin his Arsenal career next term with three clauses included in Asano’s contract which would have allowed the Gunners to terminate the deal.
But according to German publication Bild, the Japan international still does not qualify for a work permit; because he has not played enough games in the last two years.
The situation means the Japan international striker will now remain at Stuttgart for another year.