Riyad Mahrez makes transfer admission as Arsenal eye swoop for AZ captain

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Here is your Arsenal morning digest on Saturday, July 17.

Mahrez makes transfer admission

One of the surprise names linked with Arsenal throughout the summer is Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez.

The Gunners have been linked amid previous reports that the reigning Premier League champions would be willing to cash in amid Pep Guardiola’s squad refresh.

However, the Algerian has insisted that he wants to stay at the Etihad Stadium.

He said: “To try another championship [elsewhere]? No. I really love England and English football is wonderful. I don’t want to leave. I still have goals to pursue here.”

Read Mahrez’s comments in full here.

Gunners eyeing Koopmeiners

Whilst it looks slightly unlikely that the Gunners will be able to secure the signature of Mahrez, one man they hope to secure is Teun Koopmeiners.

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According to reports, Arsenal are eyeing the AZ Alkmaar midfielder as a potential replacement for the AS Roma bound Granit Xhaka.

However, they could face a lot of competition with the likes of Renners, Inter Milan, Roma, Atalanta, Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion all thought to be admirers.

Read the full story here.

Arsenal refusing to match Johnstone, Berge asking prices

Now slightly closer to home and the Gunners reportedly have their eye on a couple of current Sheffield United stars.

Sander Berge’s name has been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium on a number of occasions, whilst Johnstone is being talked up as a potential replacement should Bernd Leno depart North London.

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As it stands though, the Gunners are refusing to meet Sheffield United’s asking price for each of the players according to The Athletic.

It is thought Berge is set to command his £35m buy-out clause, whilst the goalkeeper is set to cost more than £18m.

Find out more about the deals here.

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