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Journalist confirms Arsenal’s interest in Ruben Neves

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Football journalist Duncan castle has confirmed that Arsenal are interested in the signature of Ruben Neves from Wolves this summer window.

The north London side have had a slow transfer window but much is still expected from the team before it is shut as they are being linked with a number of players.

So far the Gunners have completed the signing of Nuno Tavares from Benfica but continue to be linked with a host of other potential arrivals.

Wolves defensive midfielder Neves is a possible replacement for Granite Xhaka, if he leaves the club for AS Roma, having scored five goals and made one assist in 36 Premier League games last season.

However, journalist Castles says Arsenal is still interested in signing Neves this summer as they look to bolster their options in midfield.

Speaking on The Transfer Window Podcast, Castles said of Arsenal’s interest in Neves: “Ruben Neves is a deal we flagged up to our listeners a couple of months ago.

“Neves is of interest to Arsenal. They’ve done the preliminary work on trying to recruit him from Wolves. There is competition but they see him as a significant upgrade on the midfielders that they have.

“They’re trying to sell Granit Xhaka to Roma but there’s no agreement on price yet. They’ve lost to [Dani] Ceballos and [Martin] Odegaard [is] returning to Real Madrid. They’ve been told they have no chance of retaining Odegaard and he’s an important player [for Real Madrid] for the coming season.

“They’re trying to fight off Aston Villa’s attempts to sign Emile Smith Rowe from them. According to Arteta, there’s no question Smith Rowe will be with Arsenal next season.”

Meanwhile, Former Aston Villa player Gabriel Agbonlahor has stated that Arsenal might not be getting a deserved replacement for Granit Xhaka with Portuguese international.

“That’s just going sideways,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider.

“Xhaka and Neves for me are similar players. Both can score screamers, both can score free-kicks but can’t really get around the pitch. They can’t really get the ball back.

“For me, Neves is not the type of player Arsenal need and I think Arsenal fans would agree. Any Arsenal fan I speak to or see is devastated that Buendia chose Villa.

“They’d rather the money spent on an attacking threat. They need to maybe bring in somebody stronger to play alongside Partey in midfield.

“Neves is not the sort of player they need.”

Portugal international Neves made 45 appearances in all competitions for club and country last season as Wolves finished in 13th place in the Premier League table.

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Arsenal keen on signing Aaron Ramsdale

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English Premier League club, Arsenal are reportedly keen on the signature of Aaron Ramsdale to bring in competition for Gunners goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

TalkSPORT pundit Trevor Sinclair reckons it would be a “great move” for the 23-year-old as Arsenal will be helped with two top goalkeepers in the team.

He also feels Arsenal should’ve never got to this point by selling Emiliano Martinez as they plot to snap up a £30million bid for Ramsdale.

“Listen, I don’t get it,” Sinclair told talkSPORT on Wednesday.

“We’ve said before, Emi Martinez going to Villa – why? He was playing superbly well for Arsenal.

“They’ve allowed their best keeper to leave and now they are chasing their tail trying to get someone in to give competition for Leno.

“I just don’t understand how Arsenal is being run as a football club. For me, that Emi Martinez one should have never gone through.

“I know he wanted to play, but let those two goalkeepers play it out for the No.1 jersey and keep it honest.

“They’ve not done it and they’ve let him go and he has been superb at Villa.

“I think for Aaron Ramsdale, that will be a great move for him. It’s a huge club Arsenal and it is quite a big fee.”

Meanwhile, as Alex Crook told talkSPORT that Arsenal are now going ‘all in’ for Sheffield United goalkeeper, Aaron Ramsdale.

“It is my understanding that Arsenal have made the Sheffield United keeper their number one target,” said Crook.

“They have been linked with Sam Johnstone as well.

“But it’s all in now for Aaron Ramsdale. I am told that they have two bids rejected for the former Bournemouth goalkeeper. They are lining up a third.

“The fee could be as much as £30 million. That would be music to the ears of Bournemouth because they have a sell-on clause.”

Ramsdale has made 44 appearances for Sheffield United since joining them from Bournemouth in 2020.

He played in all 38 Premier League games for his club, but couldn’t prevent them from suffering relegation.

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Ray Parlour talks up missed Arsenal target

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Ray Parlour has a lot to say about Arsenal target Alexander Isak who has now signed a new deal at Spanish La Liga outfit Real Sociedad.

Alexander Isak, who has scored 33 goals in 89 appearances for Spanish side Sociedad, featured in all four of Sweden’s Euro 2020 matches, helping them reach the last 16 stage before losing to Ukraine.

The 21-year-old has enjoyed great form for his club and country, the reason why he has attracted interest from Premier League clubs and Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was keen to add depth to his squad at the Emirates following a disappointing season.

Parlour told Gambling.com: ‘I like Alexander Isak from Sweden.

“Going forward, he’s been excellent, he’s pacey, has really good feet, a bit of strength and very direct.

“He’s been the one that has stood out for me so far in the tournament. He’s a young man with a lot of potential.

Ray Parlour was impressed by Isak during Sweden’s Euro 2020 campaign, the reason why he had all the good words for the player.

“I’ve heard he has another release clause in his contract, whether Arsenal will look at that I don’t know, but he’s one player who has really caught my eye even though they’ve gone out now.

“He looked really lively in all their games and he’s not scared to get the ball and take on players.

“I’ve been impressed with him. He’s got lots of attributes and maybe Arsenal will take a look at him as a potential player to bring in.”

Howbeit the North London outfit has confirmed the signatures of signing Nuno Tavares from Benfica and Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht and are expected to do more signings before the end of the window.

Brighton defender Ben White is believed to be the next to join up at the Emirates Stadium as it is understood that a fee has been agreed upon between the two clubs.

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Ray Parlour advice Arsenal on how to get back to winning ways

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English Premier League club, Arsenal have been told by their legend, Ray Parlour how to get back to winning ways after a disappointing last season.

The Gunners have had a fair share of the summer transfer window with the signings of Nuno Tavares from Benfica and Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht and it is understood that they are set to confirm the signing Ben White from Brighton.

Arsenal are believed to be on the lookout for a number of other signings this summer as Arteta gears up for his second full season in charge at the club.

However, Ray Parlour said for the North London outfit to be able to compete for any title and return to top-four finish next season, they must make at least, two or three more signings this summer.

Speaking to talkSPORT, as quoted by Metro, Parlour said: “I think they need another striker. I think they need another midfielder, alongside [Thomas] Partey.

“I think they need another player who’s mobile in there. And defensively you could argue that they need a right back, [Hector] Bellerin is talked about that he could move on.

“There is a lot of hard work to do, it’s not easy to find these players if you’re going to be successful.”

The Gunners finished in eighth place and without a trophy last season. They also failed to qualify for any of the European competitions, the first time in many years.

Mikel Arteta is on a mission of returning the club back to winning ways and has identified young and talented players to carry out the task of bouncing back from a disappointing last season.

It would be recalled that the North London club have not won the title since 2004 and they will kick off their Premier League campaign with a trip to face newly-promoted Brentford on 13 August.

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