Arsenal handed big ‘transfer boost’ as Premier League rivals ‘express interest’ in star

All the latest Arsenal transfer news and rumours as Mikel Arteta and his men prepare for the start of the new season.

Arsenal are now just over a week away from starting ther Premier League campaign.

The Gunners have the pleasure of opening up the new campaign, taking on Crystal Palace away from home on Friday Night Football.

Before then, the Reds face Sevilla in the Emirates Cup - the last of their pre-season outings.

In the meantime, Arsenal will continue to work on incomings and outgoings, with Mikel Arteta and Edu looking to perfect the squad.

Here we take a look at all the latest transfer news and rumours surrounding the Gunners.

Paqueta latest

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Arsenal have been handed a boost in their reported bid to land Lucas Paqueta.

The Lyon star has been heavily linked with the Gunners, while Newcastle have also been linked with a move.

In a fresh boost Lyon chief Bruno Cheyrou has admitted Lyon need to reduce their squad size this summer.

“We need to reduce the squad size,”said Cheyrou, as quoted by The Metro. “In terms of departures, we will analyse offers on a case-by-case basis but the economics will come into consideration.

“We will consider the offers with [owner] Jean-Michel Aulas and [technical director] Vincent Ponsot in order to make the best decisions. I am here to ensure the best team possible, but there are other things to take into account as well.”

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Leno latest

There appears to be fresh interest in Gunners keeper Bernd Leno.

The German is likely to be sold this summer, with Matt Turner looking set to be the club’s new number two, behind Aaron Ramsdale.

According to L’Equipe via TeamTalk, Leicester City are now considering a deal for Leno, potentially rivalling Fulham, who have been tipped to pull off an £8million deal.

According to the report, long-serving keeper Kasper Schmeichel is headed to OGC Nice, but the Foxes won’t finalise a deal until they can land a replacement.

Leno could be that man.