2pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Coutinho follows Gunners stars, Ozil – ‘I’ll decide when I go’, Partey wage demands – The Sun
13th August 2020

PHILIPPE COUTINHO has got Arsenal fans very excited by following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Cedric Soares and Gabriel Martinelli on Instagram.

Meanwhile Mesut Ozil has declared he will stay at the Emirates next season, insisting: "I'll decide when I go, not others!"

Get all the latest news and transfer gossip from North London here…

  • 'EVERY HUMAN IS EQUAL'

    Mesut Ozil was “disappointed” with Arsenal after their failure to back his views over the Uighur killings in China.

    Ozil took to Instagram in December to speak out against the persecution of fellow Muslims in north west Xianjiang.

    And now the 31-year-old has revealed what he thought of Arsenal’s decision to distance the club from the views expressed by their midfielder.

    Ozil told the Athletic: “Every human is equal.

    “It doesn’t matter what religion or colour you are – Muslim, Christian, Jew, black, white or anything else. We are all the same.

    “What I said was not against Chinese people, it was against whoever is doing this to the Uighur Muslims and other people who are not helping them, such as other Muslim countries.”

  • FIXTURE PILE-UP

    The first FOUR rounds of the Carabao Cup will be crammed into the first month of the season in order to get the competition played, writes DUNCAN WRIGHT.

    EFL bosses have been forced to get creative with the fixture list in order for their cup tournament to be staged following the delayed start to the new season.

    The first round, involving EFL sides, will be played on September 5 – one week before the league campaigns are due to kick-off.

    Then rounds two, three and four will be staged each midweek from September 15/16 – which will include the Premier League sides.

    Top flight teams enter the tournament in the second round, except for those involved in European competitions who come in a round later.

    The condensed timescale mean Premier League clubs are expected to play a minimum of SIX matches in the first three weeks of the new season – every weekend and midweek from September 12.

  • KEYBOARD WARRIOR TRACKED DOWN

    The Premier League has revealed it went after a fan in Singapore for threatening and abusive messages received by Brighton’s Neal Maupay, following his argument with Matteo Guendouzi.

    They said in a statement:

    Threatening and abusive messages received by the player were reported to the Premier League via its online abuse reporting system.

    Premier League investigators believe that they have tracked the location of the person responsible to Singapore and have now filed an official police complaint.

    The Premier League is liaising with local authorities and will support all subsequent legal action on behalf of Neal Maupay.

    Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: “The abuse Neal received is wholly unacceptable.

    “We responded immediately to seek justice on his behalf, which in this case meant identifying the perpetrator, tracking them to where they live, and then pursuing legal action accordingly.”

  • ZECH'S IN THE POST

    Arsenal youngster Zech Medley has joined Gillingham on a season-long loan.

    The defender, 20, broke into the first team last season but was limited to one appearance on the bench this year in the Europa League.

    Medley, who joined from Chelsea as a kid in 2016, was a regular in the Under-23 side that finished sixth in Premier League Two but is now moving on.

    The 6ft 5in former England youth star will spend 12 months at the Priestfield Stadium after the Gills beat off interest from a number of clubs for his signature.

    Announcing the move on their website, manager Steve Evans said: “The lad has taken his time, spoken to numerous clubs and he is a superb addition.

    “I would like to acknowledge the support of Mikel Arteta and his staff at Arsenal for agreeing that Zech should continue his education here.”

  • FOLLOW ME BACK

    Arsenal fans are adamant Philippe Coutinho is joining them next season.

    Why? Because of his social media activity, of course.

    The Barcelona flop, who spent last season on loan at Bayern Munich, has been offered to the Gunners on loan, according to reports.

    And now he has started following Cedric Soares, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gabriel Martinelli on Instagram.

  • JET SETTERS

    Mesut Ozil is enjoying some family time away from London.

    The Germany international, 31, has headed to Turkey with wife Amine and their daughter Eda.

    He posted a picture with the caption: “First vacay with my little princess.”

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    First vacay with my little princess ❤🇹🇷

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    Babamız böyle post yaparsa Annede eksik kalmaz 😂😁🙋🏽‍♀️ #lovefamily

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  • ARSENAL WAGES

    Here is a breakdown of how much the Gunners earn.

    Imagine how much cash they would free up if they got rid of Mesut Ozil.

  • GOOD VIBES ONLY

    Bukayo Saka has been enjoying some sunshine away from the UK after helping Arsenal win the FA Cup.

    The Gunners winger shared pictures from the front of a boat in what looks like mediterranean seas.

    He captioned the image: “Good vibes only”

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    Good vibes only ! 🛥💙

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  • FIND A HOUSS A HOME

    Arsenal have received a major transfer boost after Lyon sporting director Juninho admitted Houssem Aouar could leave this summer.

    The 22-year-old is one of the most highly-touted midfielders in Europe and is valued at £44million by the Ligue 1 side.

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has admired the star for months and has been plotting a transfer swoop this window.

    Meanwhile, Premier League rivals Manchester City and Serie A champions Juventus are both also keen on signing the Frenchman.

    Juninho told RMC Sport: “Houssem Aouar? When you have great players in the squad, it is quite logical that other bigger teams with greater economic power come to seek the players.

    “There is a risk of losing important players. If we lose important players, I have already spoken with the president, we will have the right to balance the workforce.”

  • NOU THANK YOU

    Arsene Wenger TURNED DOWN the chance to replace Quique Setien as Barcelona manager, according to reports.

    The legendary former Arsenal manager was urged to end his football exile with a dream appointment at the Nou Camp.

    But according to Sport he wasn’t interested.

    The report seems strange, especially given how keen Wenger was to get back into management after he left Arsenal at the end of the 2017-18 season.

    According to the Catalan publication, he wasn’t impressed with their long-term structure, while the club are looking to hire midfield legend Xavi, but can’t hire him until 2021.

  • MORE OZIL

    The German added: “Everyone was fine with a deferral while there was so much uncertainty – I would have been OK to take a bigger share – and then a cut if required, once the football and financial outlook was clearer.

    “But we were rushed into it without proper consultation.

    “For anyone in this situation, you have a right to know everything, to understand why it is happening and where the money is going.

    “But we didn't get enough details, we just had to give a quick decision.

    “It was far too quick for something so important and there was a lot of pressure.”

  • ZIL BY MOUTH

    Mesut Oil has revealed he rejected Arsenal's coronavirus pay cut as it was “rushed” – and reckons that's why he has been dropped.

    The club's highest-paid player, on £350,000-per-week, was slated after he refused to take a 12.5 per cent wage cut in April.

    The German star was one of just three Arsenal players to reject the club's proposal.

    Ozil has now insisted he did not sign on the dotted line as it was “far too quick” to make such an important decision.

    He told The Athletic: “As players, we all wanted to contribute.

    “But we needed more information and many questions were unanswered.”

  • NO MES-SING

    Mesut Ozil has insisted he will stay at Arsenal until the end of his contract next season, and declared his intention to fight his way back into Mikel Arteta's starting XI.

    Ozil told The Athletic: “My position is clear. I’m here through to the last day of our agreement and I’ll give everything I have for this club.

    “Situations like these will never break me, they only make me stronger.

    “I showed in the past that I can come back into the team and I will show it again.”

  • GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Yesterday was busy and HOT!

    At Arsenal it emerged they will be offered Gonzalo Higuain, Douglas Costa or Cristian Romero by Juventus in a sensational swap deal for Alexandre Lacazette.

    The North Londoners were also dealt a Dani Ceballos blow with Real Madrid now 'wanting to KEEP the midfielder' after his stunning form.

    It was also reported Arsenal ‘must pay Thomas Partey over £200,000-a-week’ after reportedly meeting his £45m Atletico Madrid release clause in full.

    Across London, Chelsea joined the Gunners in the chase for Joelson Fernandes after Mikel Arteta’s side had a £29m bid 'rejected by Sporting Lisbon'.

    And Arsenal are also said to have offered Roma Lucas Torreira in a swap deal for midfielder Amadou Diawara.

    Away from transfers, Bernd Leno married his new wife Sophie in a beautiful ceremony as the pair posed for plush wedding snaps.

    Reports also emerged suggesting Arsenal and Liverpool fans ‘will NOT be allowed to attend the Community Shield with plans for test event SCRAPPED’.

    And finally, Premier League clubs are to share an extra £170m for this season – after clubs delayed paying off the Covid-19 TV rebate.

    Domestic and overseas broadcasters forced Prem clubs to agree to a repayment of around £330m for the three-month shutdown.

    This was despite the League resuming in June and being completed last month.

    It was initially anticipated that £170m would have to be paid from this season’s planned income, a significant blow to clubs who face starting next term behind closed doors.

  • YOU'VE BEEN DAN – ICYMI

    Dani Ceballos could be recalled by Real Madrid next season, according to reports.

    The Spaniard was one of Arsenal’s star players last season, but uncertainty still lingers over his future.

    According to FourFourTwo, the midfielder may be included in Zindine Zidane’s plans next summer and told to report for duties in the Spanish capital.

    It would mark a huge blow for Mikel Arteta, who is looking forward to using Ceballos in his team next season and will leave a hole in the Gunners’ midfield.

    It remains unconfirmed what Real will do with Ceballos next season though, with Arsenal needing to convince Real that he is better off with them next term – and quick.

  • DOM THE UP

    Arsenal have been handed a boost in their bid to sign Hungarian midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai, according to reports.

    AC Milan were said to be leading the race for the RB Salzburg star but they have dropped out of the race for his signature, according to Milan News.

    Milan had been leading the pack because of the expected arrival of Ralf Rangnick as manager.

    But the Italians have done a U-turn and because Rangnick was a big Szoboszlai fan, the Serie A side have now turned their attention elsewhere.

  • While the money is still due to be paid, the 20 clubs voted not to claw back any cash for this term.

    Instead, repayments will now be paid over the next two seasons in a boost to the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.

    That will save champions Liverpool an estimated £21m for their cash-hit 2019-20 accounts, meaning Jurgen Klopp’s side will bank around £174m for the campaign.

  • CASHFLOW RELIEF – ICYMI

    Premier League clubs are to share an extra £170m for this season – after clubs delayed paying off the Covid-19 TV rebate.

    Domestic and overseas broadcasters forced Prem clubs to agree to a repayment of around £330m for the three-month shutdown.

    This was despite the League resuming in June and being completed last month.

    It was initially anticipated that £170m would have to be paid from this season’s planned income, a significant blow to clubs who face starting next term behind closed doors…

  • GIFT OF THE GAB

    Arsenal are serious about signing Lille's Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes, according to reports.

    Athletic journalist David Ornstein speaking on AskOrnstein said: “Arsenal’s interest is credible.

    “They do like him a lot.

    “He’s been high up on their scouting reports for a long time now and it would be a deal potentially that Mikel Arteta would like to do to bolster Arsenal’s defence.”

  • WHAT THE EL

    Turkish side Trabzonspor are in advanced talks with Arsenal over midfielder Mohamed Elneny, according to reports.

    The Egyptian international spent last season on loan at fellow Super Lig club Besiktas but could turn out for their rivals next season, according to Turkish outlet Asist Analiz.

    Trabzonspor boss Eddie Newton is keen to add Elneny to his squad for next season, and both clubs are in talks over a loan deal.

    The Turkish side have reportedly already agreed personal terms with the 28-year-old.

  • COUT US OUT

    Arsenal have reportedly parked their interest in Philippe Coutinho.

    The Gunners have been linked with the Brazilian for months but he is not a player they are actively pursuing now, according to the Athletic journalist David Ornstein.

    Speaking on his YouTube show AskOrnstein, he said: “We know that Arsenal have been offered Coutinho in the past and quite possibly recently.

    “We also don’t know how this window will develop, things can change at any moment.

    “But, as things stand, it’s not a player that they are pursuing.”

  • IT'S IN THE GAME

    FIFA 21 have announced a huge new Ultimate Team overhaul.

    The game will be released by EA Sports on October 9 and fans are set to see some substantial changes from previous editions.

    Fitness cards have been AXED.

    Ultimate Team fans have traditionally had to play solo but now EA have introduced an online co-op mode.

    And no longer will players be rewarded for playing more matches.

    A new cap is being introduced in FIFA 21 which limits matches that count towards rank at 40.

    Extra games will only help you gain more skill points or Champions points.

  • PAIN IN THE AOUARS

    Lyon director Juninho has admitted there's a risk Arsenal target Houssem Aouar could leave this summer.

    The 22-year-old midfielder is valued at around £42million by the French side and Juninho is aware money talks.

    Asked by RMC Sport about Aouar’s future, the Lyon chief responded: “When you have great players in the squad, it is quite logical that other bigger teams with greater economic power come to seek the players.

    “There is a risk of losing important players.

    “If we lose important players, I have already spoken with the president, we will have the right to balance the workforce.”

  • SWAP DIA-L

    Arsenal are interested in swapping Roma's Amadou Diawara for Lucas Torreira, according to reports.

    The Serie A side have already signed Chelsea winger Pedro on a free and could enter new negotiations with the Gunners, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

    It is said Arsenal have targeted Diawara and could propose a swap with former Sampdoria midfielder Torreira.

    The newspaper highlights the good relationship between the clubs as a positive sign.

  • FOR RICHER FOR POORER

    Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno posted cute weeding pictures after he tied the knot with his partner Sophie Christin.

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    Mr&Mrs Leno 💍❤️

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