Arsenal transfer gossip: Lewandowski told Gunners are a “better option” as Real Madrid star eyed

As is often the case with every transfer window, Arsenal are being relentlessly linked with a number of high-profile stars that would undoubtedly improve the club’s fortunes.

The likes of Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans and Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus are regularly being touted with switches to the Emirates, yet nothing concrete has materialised as of yet. In turn, new names are cropping up as potential alternatives.

Promising Sao Paulo star Marquinhos is Arsenal’s only confirmed new addition to date as the club’s Brazilian contingent continues to grow, thanks largely in part to the work of Brazilian technical director Edu Gaspar.

Mirror Football has analysed the latest Arsenal rumours and gossip to present a clearer picture as to how their window might play out.

Robert Lewandowski told to join Arsenal before Man Utd

The wantaway Bayern Munich sensation has been warned that joining Manchester United would be a mistake and he should sooner join Mikel Arteta’s men in North London.

Just about every European super-club has been linked with a move for the Poland international since he made his desire to leave Germany clear, including the Red Devils.

However, former Premier League winner Chris Sutton thinks Lewandowski should consider signing for literally every other big-six club before penning a deal with United.

Robert Lewandowski has been warned against joining Manchester United

Robert Lewandowski has been warned against joining Manchester United
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“I have seen that Lewandowski has been linked. If he doesn’t go to Barcelona, then he will go to Manchester United. But why?! Why would he want to go to Manchester United? There are bigger and better options out there,” Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live.

Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs, at this moment in time and Arsenal are a better option, at this moment in time than Manchester United. One club seems to be stable under Arteta, I am not saying Arteta has torn up too many trees, but they are in a better position and they are better placed than Manchester United.”

Another Real Madrid midfielder wanted

Just a year after signing Martin Odegaard on a permanent deal, Arteta is interested in prying another midfielder away from the Santiago Bernabeu.

Marco Asensio has just one year left on his current contract in the Spanish capital and has actually been offered an extension by the Los Blancos hierarchy.

However, the attacking midfielder is holding out for more than the La Liga titans are clearly willing to pay to keep him and as a result a number of other clubs have started to linger.

Marco Asensio has had to watch on from the bench for much of this season

Marco Asensio had to watch on from the bench for much of last season
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It has been reported that Asensio has until June 20 to inform Real Madrid of his intentions as they refuse to budge on their latest offer. The likelihood of him being available on a free next term is growing, but the club would sooner just cut ties and cash in this summer.

Arsenal could place themselves at the front of the lengthy queue of suitors if they offer Real Madrid a decent fee for Asensio this summer rather than wait for his contract to expire in 12 months.

Arsenal told the “only way” to sign Porto star


Vitinha sparkled for Porto last term
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Arsenal have been informed that there is only one way in which they can land the signature of FC Porto midfielder Vitinha by the club’s president.

Both Arsenal and United are reportedly interested in the young Portuguese star, with both teams desperate to add another defensive midfielder into the mix before the start of the new season.

President Pinto da Costa has confirmed that a bid has been lodged by an unnamed club, but it did not meet the release clause inserted into Vitinha’s Porto contract and was therefore swiftly rejected.

He told reporters: “There was a concrete offer, of considerable value, for Vitinha that we did not accept. And we referred them to the release clause, which is only way to take our player.”

The former Wolves loanee is thought to be valued at £35m and still has two years left to run on the current contract tying him to Estadio do Dragao.

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