Arsenal News Summary: Battle For Spanish Midfielder, Transfer Blow, Replacement For Ramsey

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Arsenal and Tottenham go head-to-head to sign 23-year-old midfield maestro

North London bitter rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly set to go head to head to secure services of Villarreal playmaker Pablo Fornals.

Both London club are believed to have been keeping close tabs on the 23-year-old midfielder ahead of the summer transfer window, having been impressed by his performance in Europe League and La Liga this term.

Serie A giants Napoli are believed to have already made their interest known for the 23-year old midfielder,  according to The Express, Arsenal and Tottenham may also now enter the bidding for the twice-capped Spaniard.

However, current Arsenal head-coach Unai Emery has apparently been told the club that they have to find a buyer for German playmaker Mesut Ozil before he can make a move for Formals.

Fornals has managed to found back of the net 9 time and assists in 37 games for La Liga club Villarreal this campaign, being used predominantly in attacking midfield role.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are reportedly preparing to make a £25m bid for one of the best players of Celtic Kieran Tierney.

The 21-year-old full-back has played 160 games for the Scottish giants Celtic since making debut in 2014 and has established himself as one of the key players for the Bhoys.

The defender has a long-term contract with the Scottish giants until the end of the 2022-23 season, however, according to The Sun, Arsenal are ready to meet Celtic’s £25m asking price for the defender.

Scottish international defender, who has just recovered from a hip injury, has found back of the net five times in 15 Scottish Premiership games for his team during the 2018-19 season.

Arsenal identified Serie A midfield duo as an ideal replacement for Aaron Ramsey

Arsenal have reportedly settled on their two preferred replacements for long-serving midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

The Wales international has already secured a contract with Serie A champions, Juventus has already signed a pre-contract agreement and leaves the team after the end of the current campaign.

A wide range of players have been rumoured with a switch to the Emirates Stadium, however, according to Calciomercato, the Gunners are likely to press ahead in their efforts to secure services Nicolo Barella and Franck Kessie.

Ivory Coast international midfielder has established himself as one of the first names on the teamsheet at Serie A giants AC Milan, however, a recent disagreement and the teams position with FFP may result in a sale being given the green light to finalise the deal.

Nicolo Barella is one of Italian football’s most highly-regarded talent, and the 22-year-old is likely to depart from Cagliari Calcio before the end of the current campaign.

Meanwhile, Arsenal reportedly retain a strong interest in the signing of Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Christopher Nkunku.

The Gunners head-coach Unai Emery had been keen on securing a loan deal for talented Frenchman during the January transfer window, however, PSG opted to keep the 21-year-old midfielder at Parc de Princes.

The Norht London club instead moved to secure services of Denis Suarez from La liga giants Barcelona, however, it has been reported that the Unai Emery has no intention of keeping the midfielder at the Emirates Stadium after the end of the current campaign.

"I can't think of what's coming" - Arsenal target responds to transfer speculations

Ajax full-back Nicolas Tagliafico has said that while it is “great” to be mentioned in the same sentence as La Liga giants Barcelona, the Argentina international is solely focusing on his current situation at the club.

The 26-year-old defender has joined Ajax from Independiente back in January 2018, and the left-back has managed to found back of the net five times and assistsing five times in 34 games for his Dutch team during the 2018-19 season.

According to the agent of South American defender Ricardo Schlieper, La Liga giants Real Madrid are planning a summer swoop, while the Gunners have also been heavily linked with a move.

La Liga giants Barcelona are also believed to be eyeing a summer move for the Ajax star, however, Tagliafico has refused to look beyond the end of the 2018-19 season.

“I am enjoying life and football. We are privileged as footballers. Our work is something fascinating and something we love to do. I enjoy playing for the national team and my club,” Tagliafico told Mundo Deportivo.

“I can’t think of what’s coming, that’s disrespectful to my club. It’s great that they (Barcelona) talk about me, because that means things are going well. But I can only focus on the present.”

Argentine international defender has a contract with Dutch giants Ajax until the end of the 2021-22 season.

Meanwhile, Manchester United’s direct Premier League rivals Arsenal are reportedly among the sides hoping to keep Antonio Valencia in the English top-tier when he departs from at Old Trafford at the end of the current campaign.

The Ecuador international is believed to be on his way out from Manchester United in the summer when his contract ends, he has spent over a decade at the club that has seen him play over 300 games for the Red Devils and being currently their skipper, however, first-team minutes have been limited and 33-year-old star keen on to leave the club.