Arsenal prepare for Xhaka exit, Johnstone on radar and Odegaard stays in Madrid

Arsenal’s busy window of transfer activity has shown no signs of slowing down.

The Gunners are set for a huge rebuild after missing out on European football for the first time since 1995 last season.

And Mikel Arteta has already successfully signed two promising youngsters in Nuno Tavares, 21, from Benfica and Albert Sambi lokonga, 21, from Anderlecht this window.

Lokonga was unveiled as the North Londoners’ second signing on Monday following an initial transfer fee of around £15million.

With players like David Luiz and Matteo Guendouzi already off the books, expect additional departures to fund more exciting new arrivals this summer.

Daily Star Sport has taken a look at the latest Arsenal transfer news below.

Arsenal await Xhaka bid

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Granit Xhaka’s move to AS Roma has gathered momentum with the Italian side preparing a new bid for the midfielder.

According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, personal terms have been agreed between Roma and the 28-year-old, who is eager to be part of Jose Mourinho’s plans.

Roma general manager Tiago Pinto added weight to the claims by saying ‘We’ll see what happens with Xhaka”, when asked about the transfer by fans yesterday.

Arsenal meanwhile are willing to let Xhaka go after five years at the club, having confirmed the signing of midfield talent Lokonga this week.

Arteta interested in Johnstone

West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has reportedly emerged as a possible target for Arteta this summer.

The Gunners have been in pursuit of a back-up goalkeeper and possibly even a successor to Bernd Leno this window and the England international could fit the mould.

Johnstone has become a target for Premier League clubs after the Baggies were relegated last season.

But Arsenal will have to improve on the £6million bid West Ham had rejected for the 28-year-old if they are to sign him.

Odegaard stays in Madrid

Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their Martin Odegaard pursuit with the midfielder set to remain at Real Madrid next season.

Spanish media outlet Diario AS report that the midfield maestro will remain a Los Blancos player and not return to Arsenal, where he spent half of last season on loan.

This comes after Carlo Ancelotti took over from Zinedine Zidane and is reportedly a fan of the 22-year-old playmaker.

Arsenal in turn will now have to focus on other alternatives such as Houssem Aouar and Leicester City’s James Maddison to fill their creative deficit in midfield.

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