Arsenal Evening Headlines For Today - July, 14.

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Competition overtaking Arsenal in race for midfield prodigy – ‘Very close’ to summer move

It seems that Arsenal are about to lose the race for Hungarian starlet Dominik Szoboszlai.

Just a few weeks ago, we covered reports which said the Gunners were in ‘well advanced’ negotiations for the midfielder, just as the likes of Milan and Paris Saint Germain.

But now it looks like the Rossoneri are close to securing his signing, according to a report from Pianeta Milan today.

They claim that the 19-year-old is ‘very close’ on joining the Serie A giants, as the club are ready to trigger his release clause at RB Leipzig, which is of €24m.

Pianeta Milan talks a little about the competition as well. They claim that the Rossoneri had to battle their local rivals Juventus, Lazio and Napoli, just like foreign sides such as Arsenal and PSG.

It’s said Dominik Szoboszlai has already given green light to the move following a chat with Ralf Rangnick, who is set to take over from Stefano Pioli, so it looks like he’s only got one destination in mind at this point.

Pundit claims Jurgen Klopp could turn divisive Arsenal man into Liverpool star

Stan Collymore says controversial Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is good enough to fit in at either Liverpool or Manchester City.

Guendouzi faces an uncertain future at Arsenal after a turbulent second season in north London.

The Frenchman initially got into a heated row with manager Mikel Arteta during February’s warm-weather training break. He was in the spotlight again last month, though, grabbing Brighton striker Neal Maupay’s throat.

While Guendouzi escaped an FA ban for the latter action, reports claim Arteta was not so lenient, forcing the midfielder to train alone.

As such, Arsenal are reportedly keen to send Guendouzi on his way, scheduling a meeting about his future.

Barcelona are among the teams allegedly keen on the Frenchman but, speaking to the Daily Mirror, Collymore said while their respective managers would be unlikely to make a move, Guendouzi could fit in at either Liverpool or City.

“Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp might feel he’s not good enough for Manchester City or Liverpool, but I’d be inclined to disagree, because being around good players he could thrive,” the pundit said.

“I’m not saying he’d get into either’s first XI now. But he could play for either club, the talent is that obvious.”

Guendouzi has not featured in any of Arsenal’s matchday squads since the incident with Maupay.

However, Arteta has refused to enter into detail on the situation, saying earlier this month: “It’s still the situation as it was before.”

The 21-year-old moved to The Emirates from Lorient in 2018 and has made 82 appearances so far.

Elsewhere, reports claim Arsenal are monitoring the situation after Marc Roca’s asking price tumbled.

Espanyol midfielder Roca could be available for up to £18million less than originally thought. The drop in price comes following the club’s relegation from LaLiga last week.

And La Razon says Arteta “dreams” of partnering Roca alongside Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey.

Partey reportedly has a release clause of €50million (£45million) in his contract.

Arsenal revamp their interest in this talented young Dutch winger

Mikel Arteta is really setting Arsenal up for the future.

When Mikel Arteta was unveiled as Arsenal manager, he knew and was very vocal about the position being a marathon and not a sprint. This is where he differs from Emery since the former manager tended to panic and try to improve in the short-term, rather than the long-term.

While there is still no real time frame on Mikel Arteta’s philosophy, it’s clear as daylight to see. He is putting a lot of faith into the younger players, with the likes of Bukayo Saka, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson all getting regular playing time in the Premier League and FA Cup.

It’s thought that now he could look to add to his impressive calibre of young players with the signing of Justin Kluivert, who has been previously linked with the Gunners in the past. According to a new report from Corriere dello Sport, Arsenal are still hopeful of bringing the Roma winger to the Emirates Stadium.

Cedric Soares reveals he turned down interest from elsewhere to join Arsenal

Defender Cedric Soares is pleased to finally be involved after an interrupted start to his Arsenal career.

The 28-year-old arrived on loan from Southampton on the final day of the January transfer window.

Soares made the move permanent by signing a four-year contract at the Emirates Stadium on June 23.

However, due to injuries either side of the coronavirus lockdown, the right back had to wait 152 days to make his debut, coming on as a substitute and scoring in the 4-0 victory at Norwich.

The Portugal international has made two further appearances and he is keen to make up for lost time at Arsenal.

He told Sky Sports: 'I had another option for a move, but there was never any doubt when Arsenal appeared. It's something I really wanted.

'He has been great with everyone and given the club and the players the energy that we needed. He has been very, very positive with all the players and I think everyone is improving and working harder.

'He has clear ideas and he tries to be very fair with everyone. He respects us all, first as people, and after that as footballers, which is very important.

'This is a process and it will take time, but I think in the future the team will have better and better performances. I hope he stays at the club for a long time because I think he will be a great manager.'

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