Arsenal News Summary: Battle For Brazilian Forward, Transfer Blow, Bayern Munich Star on Radar

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Arsenal joined race for 22-year-old South American forward

Arsenal have reportedly joined Liverpool in the chase to secure services a highly-rated Ajax attacker,

The Gunners have reportedly identified £35m Ajax forward as a potential signing this summer and have identified him as a replacement for Danny Welbeck.

The 22-year-old Brazilian attacker has enjoyed an impressive season with Ajax, managing to found back of the net 10 times and laying on a further 10 assists in 35 appearences for the Eredivisie side.

That form has alerted many of Europe’s top teams, with Arsenal’s direct Premier League rivals Liverpool alongside with Barcelona and PSG have expressed interest in his signature.

Jurgen Klopp sees Neres as a potential replacement for Sadio Mane as the latest one has been rumoured with a switch to Real Madrid.

However,  according to reports on Friday, Emery’s side are ready to join the bidding for the Brazilian forward – although that would be depended on them managing to secure Champions League football next season.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have reportedly in driving seat to finalise the transfer of Brazilian wonderkid Gabriel Martinelli.

South American ace who has previously had trials with Man Utd and Arsenal, has been rumoured with a host of Europe’s top teams over the last few weeks.

Currently, with Ituano, Martinelli has found back of the net 10 times in 31 games over the last two campaigns.

The Gunners are believed to have submitted a £5m bid for the attacker, and according to Yahoo in his native, there is now an agreement in place for the South American to make a move to the Emirates Stadium.

The same report, however, suggested that the Premier League giants are currently waiting for Martinelli to obtain an Italian passport, which would eliminate the need to secure a work permit.

Martinelli’s current contract with Ituano will run until 2022.

Arsenal in pole position to sign 26-year-old Bayern Munich defender

German champions Bayern Munich are reportedly planning to sell Austrian defender David Alaba during the upcoming summer transfer window amid suggestions that the North London giants, Arsenal want to sign him.

The 26-year-old versatile defender who has also been rumoured with a move Real Madrid, has found back of the net twice and contributed two assists in 24 games in the German top-tier during the 2018-19 season.

German champions have already secured the services of highly-rated full-back Lucas Hernandez from La Liga giants Atletico Madrid ahead of next campaign, however, and The Independent has reported that Alaba could be moved on during the summer transfer window.

Earlier this month, the 26-year-old Austian defender has suggested that he would be open to joining one of the top teams in the Premier League.

Since breaking into the first team in 2010, Alaba has played around 335 games in all competitions for German champions, winning the seven Bundesliga trophies, three DFB-Pokal crowns and one Champions League tittle.

Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal may reportedly go head to head to secure services of £50m-rated defender Michael Keane.

Everton defender has statistically been one of the best in the English top-tier, outranking all but the Merseyside Reds centre-back Virgil van Dijk who arguably been the best defender this season.

Keane’s fine form has seen him regain his place for England national team, playing a full part in the victories over the Montenegro and Czech Republic this month.

According to the Daily Mail, the Merseyside Blues could face a battle to keep him at Goodison Park last summer as Tottenham and Arsenal also eyeing move for his signature.

Arsenal in danger to miss out signing of AS Roma star

Serie A giants AS Roma are trying to extend Nicolo Zaniolo’s deal by another five years in order to fend off Arsenal interest, according to the reports.

The North London club are believed to like the look of the 22-year-old attacking midfielder and could target him as a long-term replacement for Aaron Ramsey, who will make a switch to Serie A champions Juventus.

Italy international midfielder is a more attacking option, comfortable playing off the in a deep midfield option or as a striker, and his versatility has also earned him to be rumoured with a move to top Premier League teams.

Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport reported that AS Roma are desperate to keep hold of the Italy international, however, and they could meet his £2m wage demands per season.

Talks are believed to be scheduled between the Giallorossi and the agent of Zaniolo for Thursday.

Should an agreement not be reached, the North London will supposedly weigh up whether to make a £36m offer for AS Roma star who only made his senior debut back in September and has established himself as one of the best players in Serie A.