West Ham United are reportedly urging Arsenal to make a third bid for their star player, Declan Rice, in a bid to conclude the ongoing transfer saga.
Arsenal, having had two previous offers rejected, the last one being £90 million, are under pressure to secure the England international, as Manchester City shows interest in the player.
However, City has yet to make a formal offer, despite reports of discussions with West Ham.
Kai Havertz is on the brink of sealing a transfer from Chelsea to Arsenal, with a medical reportedly already scheduled.
The long-term contract (believed to be five-years), worth around £65 million, is expected to be announced early next week.
Havertz has already turned down Bayern Munich and expressed his intent not to renew his contract with Chelsea, thereby driving his move to Arsenal.
Reports suggest Havertz’s role at Arsenal will be flexible, with him capable of playing in the front three, number 10, or number 8 roles.
The 24-year-old German international is seen as a replacement for Granit Xhaka and might primarily play as a left 8.
Speaking about Havertz, Arteta said, “Talent comes at a price, and at Arsenal, we are always interested in youngsters with experience. I repeat I’m not talking about players from other clubs, but in the case of Kai, he has already shown a lot, including a Champions League.
“He is a talented player, versatile and only 24 years old.”
Arsenal are making significant strides in their pursuit of Ajax’s Jurrien Timber, with a full agreement over personal terms expected soon.
Timber has reportedly accepted the move, and the discussions between the clubs are ongoing.
The player, who previously held talks with Arsenal in London, has expressed his desire to join the Gunners, also dismissing interest from Bayern Munich.
Arsenal’s initial £30m offer was turned down, with Ajax reportedly looking for a £50m fee.
The 22-year-old Dutch international, who can play as a centre-back, right-back, or in midfield, made 47 appearances for Ajax in the 2022/23 season.