Arsenal News Summary: Zaha to Arsenal update, Gunners receive offer, Saliba makes decision

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Arsenal handed huge boost in their long-term pursuit of EPL winger

Arsenal target Wilfried Zaha has reportedly informed Crystal Palace board that he wants to depart as he looks to force through his dream transfer to Arsenal this summer.

The Gunners made an offer of around £40m for the 26-year-old attacker and included the option of three stars to sweeten the deal, but Crystal Palace were quick to turn down the offer.

Though Palace management were reportedly left ‘incensed’ and ‘furious’ by Arsenal’s opening proposal, Unai Emery remains hopeful of signing the Ivory Coast international.

However, the Eagles are reportedly holding out for a fee of £70 million for Zaha and have no interest in allowing the player to leave for half that price.

According to Sky Sports, Wilfried told Palace that he wishes to depart the club after returning from the 2019 Africa Cup Nations.

The Gunners are expected to make another push for the one-time Manchester United man in the coming days.

Wilfried – Emery’s number one attacking target – is desperate to sign for Arsenal, the club he has supported since he was a child.

Palace manager Roy Hodgson insists that Gunners are still some way from meeting their valuation of the forward. ‘I don’t think Arsenal have actually made a bid that has come anywhere near our valuation,’ Roy said earlier this week.

‘I’m sure the player realises that if someone’s going to take him away from us, he’ll expect clubs to pay the market value. ‘Until someone does that, there’s not much to discuss regarding Wilf.’

Premier League giants lodge surprise offer for €64m Arsenal signing

Manchester United have already submitted a £62m offer for Arsenal centre-forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, it has been sensationally reported.

The Red Devils are understood to want the Gabon international to replace outgoing Belgium international Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgian is set to depart Old Trafford for Inter Milan as the Serie A giants plot an offer for the former Everton player.

Manchester United want £80 million for Lukaku with Nerazurri’s latest offer consisting of £60 million up front and £15 million in add-ons.

But if the 26-year-old star does leave for Serie A in the next three weeks, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Pierre-Emerick to replace him

That is according to FcInterNews who claim the Red Devils boss has given his approval to the club’s chief Ed Woodward on carrying out the raid.

Pierre-Emerick was in stunning form for the Gunners last season earning the Golden Boot alongside Liverpool pair Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Unai Emery is desperate to retain the services of of the 30-year-old who is an important member of the Arsenal roster.

Lukaku’s entourage Federico Pastorello has been working tirelessly to earn his client a transfer to Inter Milan in the latest days but United have yet to accept any offer for their striker.

Meantime, Arsenal and Liverpool have both submitted official bids for Lille attacker Nicolas Pepe, according to a report.

The 24-year-old star is open to a move this summer, and the EPL duo are both very keen to secure his services.

According to L’Equipe, Lille are poised to drum up further interest to create a bidding war, with Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan and Napoli also interested in the Ivorian attacker.

Ligue 1 ace only wants Arsenal switch as Gunners agree fee of €33m plus bonuses

It seems like Arsenal’s summer transfer actions are about to kick-off as reports claim Unai Emery is closing in on a summer move for William Saliba.

Emery has only managed to sign Brazilian youngster Gabriel Martinelli thus far this summer but the manager has been strongly linked with William in recent months and it seems a long-awaited deal is on the verge of completion.

According to the latest reports in France via the Metro, the 18-year-old Saint-Etienne centre-back has decided to reject interest from Tottenham Hotspur in favour of signing for Arsenal this summer.

The club were expected to complete a £27 million deal last week before Spurs attempted to hijack the move by offering a slightly higher sum to Saint-Etienne and improved contract terms to the star.

However, Peuple-Vert states Saliba still wants to sing for Arsenal and the French publication says the club have now reached an agreement with Saint-Etienne that will see Gunners pay an initial fee worth just under £30 million [€33m].

The report says a further £6.3 million [€7m] in add-ons will be due if William meets certain criteria while a 20% sell-on clause has also been included and the centre-half will be immediately sent back to Ligue 1 club on loan once the deal is completed.

If true, it sounds like Les Verts have got themselves a great deal for the talent but Arsenal should be please too as William has a huge future ahead of him and the experts think he will prove to be an excellent signing.