ARSENAL’S transfer chase for Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz is OVER for now, with a THIRD bid rejected.
Meanwhile, there were two outgoings from the Emirates on Deadline Day – Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan to Southampton, and Hector Bellerin left to join Barcelona for free.
The Spanish international had been searching for a club all summer and has gone back to where it started for him as a youth player.
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Youngsters needing to develop
Arsenal loaned Ainsley Maitland-Niles to Southampton on transfer deadline day, allowing the young player’s development to prosper with regular game time.
The Gunners will be hoping to welcome back a player who has blossomed from his time on the south coast.
How a deal couldn’t be done
Arsenal were confident coming into the final day of the transfer window confident that they would be able to secure the services of Douglas Luiz.
After tough negotiations throughout the day it has now come to light what came to be the biggest stumbling block for Arsenal.
Due to the terms of his transfer to Aston Villa, for any deal over £15m, Man City had an active 20% sell-on clause.
That, coupled with difference in valuations of the player between the two clubs led to a Mexican stand-off that prevented any deal from being done.
Gunners bid farewell to player
Arsenal showed a touch of class with their tribute to full back Hector Bellerin as he departs for a new challenge at Barcelona.
Bellerin signs for Barcelona
Hector Bellerin has been confirmed as a Barca player by the club.
It was first reported that Arsenal had cancelled the player’s contract but it seems the club have learned from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang situation.
The Gunners have let the player join the Catalan club on a free transfer but have inserted a 25% sell-on clause.
Arsenal do not want to have their fingers burnt again after Barcelona then sold Aubameyang to Chelsea today.
Arsenal not giving up
Reports are coming through that Arsenal are still trying to negotiate a deal for Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz.
The closer we get to 11pm the less likely it seems for any deal to be done.
Arsenal are still trying to work at what they describe as a ‘complicated situation’.
Luiz is a no-go for Arteta
Aston Villa have, in the last few minutes, confirmed they have rejected Arsenal’s offer for Douglas Luiz.
The Gunners offered a deal in the region of £25m.
Despite the fact that the player only has one year left on his contract, Villa have decided not to cash in on the player.
Villa considering Luiz offer
Aston Villa are reportedly considering an offer from Arsenal for Douglas Luiz.
With the player only having a year left on his contract and having no intention of signing an extension, Villa could be considering cashing in on the player.
The latest offer from Arsenal is reported to be in the region of £25m.
Maitland-Niles completes loan move
Ainsley Maitland-Niles has completed his loan move to Southampton.
After a disappointing loan spell at Roma resulting in the player not seeing as much game time as he would like, Maitland-Niles will be hoping to play much more this time around.
A versatile player, he should offer Ralf Hasenhüttl a lot of options for the remainder of the season.
Azeez heads on Ibiza loan
Miguel Azeez has completed his loan move to Ibiza.
The youngster spent the first half of last season on loan at Portsmouth before being recalled by the club.
Azeez then spent the remainder of the season developing in the U23 development side.
Gunners looking for late deals
Reports are coming out that Arsenal are looking to try and sort a late deal for Club Brugge’s Noa Lang.
The versatile Dutch midfielder can play anywhere in the attacking third.
Arsenal are trying to push a deal through although it is proving to be complicated.
Arsenal see second Luiz bid rejected
Arsenal’s second offer to sign Douglas Luiz has been rejected, according to reports.
The Gunners first offer for the midfielder equated to roughly £20million before submitting an improved offer estimated to be in the region of £23m.
However, the Telegraph are reporting this offer has been soundly rejected by Aston Villa.
Villa reportedly want £40m for the 24-year-old.
Arsenal academy star leaves on permanent deal
James Olayinka has joined Cheltenham Town in a permanent transfer.
A statement on the club’s website confirmed the 21-year-old would join the League One outfit.
Olayinka has been a apart of the Arsenal set up since he was seven years old, starring across the clubs many youth teams.
In a statement on their website, Arsenal said: “We thank James for his contribution to the club and wish him and his family all the best for James’ next chapter with Cheltenham Town.”
Former Arsenal star joins Fulham
Former Arsenal star Willian has agreed to join London rivals Fulham.
The newly promoted club announced the signing of the Brazilian shortly after their announcement of defender Layvin Kurzawa.
Willian departed Corinthians in August and has subsequently sealed a return to London, with Willian saying: “I cannot wait to get started.”
The 34-year-old made 37 appearances for The Gunners, contributing one goal and seven assists before sealing an exit back to his native Brazil.
Villa asking price for Luiz revealed
Arsenal will submit a second offer for Douglas Luiz worth £25million according to reports from Sky Sports.
However, it is understood Aston Villa want almost double this to sell the midfielder.
The Independent’s Miguel Delaney has reported Steven Gerrard’s struggling side want as much as £40m for him.
Arsenal to make second offer for Luiz
Arsenal are set to make a second offer to try and sign Douglas Luiz.
Reports earlier today suggested personal terms are all but agreed between the player and the club, with just the transfer fee still to be hashed out.
And following a rejection at the first time of asking, Arsenal will return with a second offer to try and convince Aston Villa to let him go according to The Athletic.
The player is understood to still be pushing for the deal.
Douglas Luiz ready to agree personal terms
Douglas Luiz is “ready” to agree personal terms ahead of his move to Arsenal.
A fresh report from Fabrizio Romano indicates Luiz is happy with the offer on the table from The Gunners.
However, the clubs are yet to strike an agreement over a fee for the Brazilian, with Aston Villa still reluctant to sell.
Bellerin exit moving closer
Hector Bellerin’s expected move to Barcelona is edging closer.
Journalist Fabrizio Romano has given the transfer his signature “here we go.”
He reports the Spaniard will sign a one-year deal with the Catalan giants with no option to extend it further.
A medical is scheduled to take place in the coming hours.
Bellerin free for Barca move
As reported earlier, Hector Bellerin is expected to seal a move to Barcelona today.
However, contrary to the suggestion that his contract was going to be ripped up in order to facilitate the switch, the Athletic insist it is simply a transfer without a fee.
The 27-year-old, who will take a pay cut to join the Catalans, is now awaiting permission to fly to Spain to undergo a medical.
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Villa to reject Arsenal’s Luiz offer
Aston Villa are sticking to their guns and will reject Arsenal’s opening bid for Douglas Luiz.
The Gunners are understood to have submitted an offer in the region of £20-25m for the midfielder, but The Telegraph report that it will be dismissed.
However, they also suggest that it’s unlikely to be the end of the matter, and a second approach from the Premier League leaders is expected.
Meanwhile, Fabrizio Romano believes personal terms will not be an issue with Luiz keen to make the move to North London.
Hector to rip it up
Arsenal and Hector Bellerin have reportedly agreed to rip up the defender’s contract in order for him to join Barcelona.
The right-back still has ten months remaining on his current deal with the Gunners, but both parties see it as being in their best interest to mutually terminate it.
That’s according to Relevo [via Matteo Moretto], who now see there being no issue in the 27-year-old completing a move to the Nou Camp.
Bellerin has spent a decade at Arsenal, making 239 appearances for the North London club.
Villa bid for Dendoncker accepted
Leander Dendoncker’s exit from Molineux is fast approaching with Aston Villa now understood to have had a £12.9m accepted.
Wolves have reluctantly agreed to allow the Belgian midfielder to leave with just one year remaining on his contract.
West Ham and Everton are also understood to be interested in the 27-year-old.
Whether Dendoncker’s arrival will prove to be basis for Villa accepting a bid for Douglas Luiz remains to be seen.
Tielemans to remain with Foxes
Youri Tielemans is likely to stay at Leicester this transfer deadline day.
The 25-year-old Belgian has been linked to Arsenal and Manchester United throughout the window, as well as Newcastle in recent days.
But SunSport understands that the most probable outcome is the Foxes ace stays exactly where he is – for now.
Tielemans has less than a year remaining on his contract so could be in for a big pay-day should he leave on a free next summer.
Maitland-Niles is a Saint
Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ loan move to Southampton has been finalised, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The transfers guru reports that has completed his medical on the south coast – after signing a new contract with Arsenal.
The 25-year-old has penned an extension with the Gunners until 2024, but an option to buy has been included in his loan deal with the Saints.
The deal is done, but we await confirmation from the two clubs.
Gunners haven’t given up on Luiz
Arsenal are still hopeful that they can make a deal for Douglas Luiz work – despite Aston Villa stating that the player will not be leaving the club today.
According to The Sun’s Jack Rosser, the Gunners are prepared to up the ante by submitting a £25m offer for the midfielder.
Ironically, Luiz was in action at the Emirates last night, getting himself on the scoresheet by netting direct from a corner in Villa’s 2-1 defeat.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has gone on record by saying they will make a move for a midfielder if the right player becomes available.