ARSENAL TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Wenger battles to keep stars as Sanchez nears exit
£92million Thomas Lemar bid
16:10: Arsenal has submitted a £92million deal for Monaco superstar Thomas Lemar.
Sky Sports claim the Gunners haven’t responded to Manchester City’s £55m bid for Alexis Sanchez because they’re busy trying to secure his replacement.
It’s understood that Monaco is ‘softening’ to the idea of selling their talented Frenchman having previously refused to do business.
However, if the Ligue 1 champions snub the offer, Arsenal won’t sell Sanchez.
Lemar is due to play for France this evening in a crucial World Cup qualifier against the Netherlands.
Alexis Sanchez in Man City shirt? Nope…
15:50: Alexis Sanchez has been pictured in a Manchester City shirt… or has he?
Manchester City wants to sign Sanchez ahead of tonight’s 11 pm transfer deadline.
The Chile international today ‘liked’ a tweet of a fan singing him a song convincing him to stay at Arsenal.
But Sanchez could be on his way to Manchester City with pictures doing the rounds on Twitter on him in their light blue kit.
Sanchez is currently with Chile ahead of his national side’s 2018 World Cup qualifying games against Paraguay and Bolivia.
The blurry picture appears to show Sanchez wearing this season’s Manchester City kit in front of a green screen.
However, eagle-eyed fans have spotted a tattoo on his left arm, something Sanchez does not have.
The inking is very similar to that of current City star Leroy Sane, leading fans to suggest that the original image has been doctored.
Wenger spotted in Paris!
15:35: Now this is classic deadline day news.
Arsene Wenger has been spotted in Paris, and that’s sending Twitter into absolute meltdown.
Many are questioning why the Frenchman is there with some suspecting he’s there to conclude a deal for Thomas Lemar.
However, I think it’s far more likely Wenger’s in Paris to watch tonight’s World Cup qualifier between France and Holland…
Done Deal: PSV sign Malen
15:20: PSV Eindhoven has completed the signing of Donyell Malen from Arsenal for an undisclosed fee.
The 18-year-old attacker featured in Arsenal’s 2-0 pre-season friendly win over Sydney FC, and also played against Chelsea in Shanghai.
Thompson: Sign Lemar if Coutinho leaves
14:50: Liverpool should challenge Arsenal for Thomas Lemar’s signature if Philippe Coutinho leaves, according to Phil Thompson.
Thompson told Sky Sports: “The club has always maintained the stance that Philippe Coutinho’s going nowhere and quite right because they didn’t have enough time to get somebody in of a similar quality.
“Is anybody as good as Coutinho at the moment? Thomas Lemar fits that bill.
“He’s left-sided, very skillful, more offensive and quick. All of those qualities fit Jurgen Klopp’s bill. If Lemar was to come in, Liverpool would allow Coutinho to go. If Lemar doesn’t come, then Coutinho stays at least for 12 months.”
Mahrez joining Chelsea
14:40: Here we go again! There’s been another twist in the never-ending saga involving Riyad Mahrez.
Mahrez will complete a deadline day to move to Chelsea – despite pressure from those close to him to join Arsenal.
A source close to the Leicester playmaker has told Express Sport that a move to London is favored by his family.
He will definitely not be joining Barcelona because Mahrez’s family don’t want to up sticks.
Arsenal would be the preferred option and there’s pressure on Mahrez to move to the Emirates.
But the Gunners’ interest has waned – they are instead chasing Thomas Lemar – meaning Mahrez has settled on a move to Stamford Bridge.
A source said: “One thing’s for sure, Riyad won’t be joining Barcelona. There’s no way he’ll move to Spain.
“There’s pressure on him to join Arsenal and it’s seen as a move that would work well. But at the minute it appears he will end up in London – although at Chelsea instead.”
Lemar deal possible
14:10: Arsenal could still land Thomas Lemar from Monaco this summer, according to French football expert Julian Laurens.
Arsenal is trying to sign the France star as Alexis Sanchez edges closer to a move to Manchester City.
City has bid £55m plus £5m in add ons for the Chile star but Arsenal will only sell if they can secure a replacement.
And Laurens thinks it could be Lemar but says they’d need to pay around £78m.
“Yes, I think so,” Laurens said on talkSPORT when asked if Arsenal could get their man.
“If Arsenal put a lot of money down on the table, it’s a player that they’ve chased all summer, that Arsene Wenger absolutely loves. Now he would probably have to pay 80-85million euros.”
Borussia Dortmund agree on Sancho deal with City
13:55: Borussia Dortmund has agreed on a deal with Manchester City for the permanent transfer of Jadon Sancho.
Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United and Red Bull Leipzig were among the clubs monitoring Sancho’s situation.
But the teenage prodigy’s future lies with the Bundesliga outfit.
City submit second Sanchez bid, Arsenal want Lemar
13:40: There’s a major deal in the pipeline, according to Sky Sports journalist Guillem Balague.
Balague claims Manchester City have made a second offer of £55million plus a further £5m in performance-related add-ons.
It’s believed that Arsenal has asked for more time locate a replacement in the shape of Monaco superstar Thomas Lemar.
Balague tweeted: “Alexis close to signing for City for £55m + £5m. Arsenal asked for few hours to sign Thomas Lemar, which they confident they are going to do.”
Parlour offers thoughts on AOC deal
12:30: Ray Parlour has given his opinion of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s move to Liverpool.
The Arsenal legend thinks Oxlade-Chamberlain’s dad was a big influence on the move, as was the promise of a central midfield role.
He said: “He only just made his mind up, simple. He thinks he needs to further his career. His dad has probably been a big influence as well. He was a football player himself and said ‘look, son, this is on the table’.
“He had the opportunity to go to Chelsea, where he would have been a wing back. He’d have competition with Victor Moses at right wing-back.
“Maybe he’s met the representatives and then the people at Liverpool and told you’re going to be central midfield. Four at the back, three in midfield and you’ll be in that three. Maybe that’s the reason he’s chosen Liverpool over Chelsea.”
DONE DEAL: LIVERPOOL SIGN OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN
12:00: Liverpool have completed the signing of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal in a deal believed to be worth up to £35million.
The Merseyside club have announced the 24-year-old England midfielder has signed a long-term deal, understood to be five years, at Anfield.
Liverpool moved for Oxlade-Chamberlain this week after the player reportedly turned down the chance to join Chelsea.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is currently on international duty, underwent a medical at England’s St George’s Park training base after agreeing terms with the Reds.
Everton making waves
11:45: There’s a couple of things happening at Everton today.
The Toffees have made a season-long loan enquiry for Arsenal outcast Lucas Perez.
Sky Sports claim Arsenal don’t want to sell to a rival club, while Perez himself would prefer to return to Spain with Deportivo de La Coruna.
Meanwhile the Daily Mail claim Nikola Vlasic is having medical at Finch Farm right now ahead of £8million move from Hajduk Split.
Draxler back on radar!
11:10: Telegraph journalist Matt Law has provided some exciting updates for Arsenal fans.
Law claims that Arsene Wenger has revived his interest in Julian Draxler, who may be allowed to leave Paris Saint-Germain today.
With Manchester City still weighing-up a second approach for Sanchez, it’s believed Wenger has selected Draxler as his replacement.
The arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have left PSG needing to balance the books with Draxler the most likely to leave.
Arsenal Transfer News: Arsene Wenger has revived interest in Julian Draxler
Seaman: Hopefully there’s a few surprises
10:55: Arsenal legend David Seaman is hoping former boss Arsene Wenger springs a few surprises on transfer deadline day.
“We got that sorted out at the end of last season, it seemed to go on forever,” Seaman said on talkSPORT of Wenger’s contract.
“Like you say it totally didn’t help. Not all it seems to be going on about people leaving. It’s not good for the club.
“Hopefully he’s got a few surprises. But if people leave the club and no one comes in then I just fear for the rest of the season.”
No bids for Sanchez
10:50: Arsenal have received no further bids for Alexis Sanchez.
Sky Sports claim nobody has bid for the Chilean superstar since Tuesday, and Arsenal will NOT accept a cash offer as they don’t have enough time to replace him.
Perez to replace Gayle
10:40: Arsenal striker Lucas Perez is reportedly the most likely man to arrive at Newcastle to replace Fulham-bound Dwight Gayle.
Newcastle this week received a £15million bid from Fulham for last season’s top goalscorer Gayle, but the Magpies are reluctant to make a decision on Gayle’s future until they find a replacement for the 26-year-old.
And Sky Sports reporter Keith Dowie claims Arsenal outcast Perez is the most likely man to fill Gayle’s shoes.
Ox closer to Anfield switch
10:30: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looks to be edging ever closer to being a Liverpool player with another photo being leaked of him wearing the Reds kit.
The winger is on international duty with England this week, but underwent a medical at St. George’s Park on Wednesday evening.
Last night the England international was pictured in full Liverpool kit after undergoing a medical ahead of his move from Arsenal.
And today another photo doing the rounds on Twitter looks to be from a leaked photoshoot ahead of his unveiling.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is shown smiling holding the badge to the camera.
Arsenal Transfer News: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is close to his Liverpool switch
10:20: Alexis Sanchez will be left ‘heartbroken’ if he doesn’t leave Arsenal today.
The Chilean is desperate to leave Arsenal before tonight’s 11pm deadline and Manchester City are working to complete a deal.
Both clubs are in negotiations but Arsenal aren’t prepared to sell unless they receive an offer of around £70million, having already rejected a £50m bid.
And the Daily Mail claim Sanchez will be upset if he is forced to stay in north London for another season should the Gunners refuse to sell him.
Arsenal agree with Sanchez fee – Alan Brazil
10:10: Arsenal look to have agreed on a fee to sell Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City, according to Alan Brazil.
Brazil reckons the fact Manchester City have sent a delegation to Chile to thrash out a deal with Sanchez, means a fee must have been settled with Arsenal.
“If what we hear is true that a delegation from Manchester City has gone out there, that tells me the clubs have agreed on a price,” Brazil said on talkSPORT.
“It’s just personal terms now.”
Former Arsenal and England goalkeeper David Seaman agreed that looked like the case.
Seaman is hopeful Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will bring some players in before the transfer deadline shuts at 11 pm tonight.
“Yeah it does look like that,” he said in response to Brazil’s claim.
Four-figure bet on Sanchez to United
09:50: This one’s certain to get the transfer window spinning.
Bookmakers Paddy Power have dramatically halved the odds on Alexis Sanchez joining Manchester United today – from 10/1 to 5/1 – after a four-figure bet in a Manchester store this morning.
United have been loosely linked with the winger all summer and was said to be revitalizing their interest in Inter’s Ivan Perisic.
But they could instead push for a dramatic swoop for Sanchez, ahead of local rivals City.
Sancho to Borussia Dortmund
09:05: The future of Manchester City rebel Jadon Sancho looks to have been resolved.
The highly-rated teenage prodigy has barely turned up for training in August and has been ignoring City’s attempts to get in contact, according to the Telegraph.
Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United and Red Bull Leipzig were among the clubs monitoring Sancho’s situation.
But The Mirror claim Borussia Dortmund are close to agreeing a deadline day deal.
Sanchez deal alive – Balague
08:15: Sky Sports football expert Guillem Balague has provided an update on the future of Alexis Sanchez.
And it appears Arsenal were the ones to suggest a swap deal involving Raheem Sterling and Manchester City believe the deal is still alive with Sanchez desperate to leave.
Balague tweeted: “Arsenal entertained conversations with City for Alexis. The Gunners did not ask for a fee at first but 2 weeks ago suggested a swap for Sterling.
“City, still hopeful of landing Alexis, now wondering if Arsenal ever wanted to sell. Player, as you all know, is desperate to leave.”
City’s £70m bid
08:10: Manchester City will return to Arsenal with an offer of around £70million for Alexis Sanchez today.
They have already sent a team of legal and medical officials to South America to finalise a deal with the Chile international – who is on World Cup duty – if the Gunners give the green light for a transfer, reports the Independent.
Arsenal transfer news LIVE: All the deadline day updates
Mahrez leaves Algeria squad
07:10: Riyad Mahrez has been given permission to leave the Algeria squad and return to Europe to “formalize his transfer to his new club”, the Algerian Football Federation has announced.
Leicester winger Mahrez has expressed a desire to leave the King Power Stadium and has been linked with a host of clubs over the summer, with Roma having already had three bids rejected for the 26-year-old, the third being £32million.
The likes of Barcelona, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea are also reported to be interested in Mahrez, who was PFA Player of the Year in 2016 after playing a key role in Leicester’s shock Premier League title win that season.
07:05: Barcelona has been linked with a dramatic late swoop for Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil.
With negotiations for Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho proving difficult, the Catalan giants are searching for alternatives.
And it appears they’ve identified the Arsenal playmaker as a potential target, according to Spanish website El Mundo Deportivo.
The report claims Ernesto Valverde’s side want to capitalize on Arsene Wenger’s interest in Arda Turan, and will propose a swap deal plus additional cash.
Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool
06:00: Liverpool has agreed on a deal to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has refused a move to Chelsea after the Blues came to an agreement with Arsenal over a £35m move.
Arsenal is happy to sell but Oxlade-Chamberlain doesn’t want to move to Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool and Arsenal came to an agreement on Wednesday afternoon.
A medical is planned and he is expected to sign a long-term contract at Anfield.
Alexis Sanchez latest news
05:30: Alexis Sanchez’s situation at Arsenal is the most precious one for Arsene Wenger on deadline day.
Wenger is ready to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who like Sanchez has 11 months left on his contract.
But the boss is so far refusing to let Sanchez leave. A deal with Manchester City, who are willing to let Raheem Sterling go in the opposite direction, may be struck.
Sanchez seems keen to leave Arsenal and developments may unfold fast today.
Kieran Gibbs to West Brom
05:15: Yesterday Arsenal sold left-back Kieran Gibbs to West Brom.
The England defender, 27, has cost the Baggies £7m.
“They’ve made some good signings and I feel this is a good move for me,” said Gibbs.
05:10: Welcome to our Arsenal transfer news live blog on deadline day. Arsenal has signed just two players all summer and today could be a nervous 24 hours for Gunners fans.
Arsene Wenger was finally expected to spend big this summer after agreeing on a new two-year contract.
Free signing Saed Kolasinac came in before a club-record deal for Alexandre Lacazette was struck.
But the Gunners have since struggled to sign anyone.
Thomas Lemar has proven impossible to prise away from Monaco – even though Liverpool have managed to make headway on that deal.
But Arsenal could add to their squad before the 11 pm deadline, so stay with us for all the action from the Emirates.