Arsenal get transfer boost in race for French wonderkid as talks with forgotten man begin

Desire Doue
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As the 2023/24 season wraps up, many at Arsenal are taking a well-deserved break while others are already looking ahead to the next campaign.

Despite finishing behind Manchester City in the Premier League, there's a renewed sense of optimism at the Emirates Stadium. Manager Mikel Arteta and sporting director Edu believe that the Gunners are not far from matching City's blistering pace and are planning transfers to bridge this gap.

The summer transfer window swings open on June 14, with contracts expiring on June 30, leaving little time for sealing deals. However, Arsenal's recent successful track record in the market instils confidence in securing some game-changing deals in the upcoming weeks.

With the season concluded and Euro 2024 approaching, transfer rumours are dominating the latest headlines in the world of Arsenal.

Kieran Tierney's future update

Tierney, who spent the season on loan at Real Sociedad, could potentially sign a new deal with Arsenal in the coming weeks. According to Fabrizio Romano, the Gunners might consider a permanent transfer elsewhere but they could also offer him a new contract to protect his value.

Tierney has recently opened up about the possibility of leaving Arsenal. "There is every chance," he admitted to the Athletic, when quizzed on his future at the club given the competition for places.

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"Look at the squad depth in that position now. They have (Oleksandr) Zinchenko, (Jurrien) Timber, (Takehiro) Tomiyasu, (Jakub) Kiwior. Four players can play there, so if I go back and it's the same as before then I'm not silly, I know the chances are, I'll be leaving.

"But you never know in football. You get the rare case with (William) Saliba, where he came back after a couple of good seasons (out on loan) but you don't see it too often with someone who has played for four years, left, and then come back to play again. Stranger things have happened. I could go back and there is a place for me, so I'm prepared for both."

Arsenal join race for Rennes youngster

Arsenal are set to battle it out with North London rivals Tottenham, along with Manchester United, Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, and Borussia Dortmund for the signature of Rennes' young talent Desire Doue. With Rennes missing out on European football next term, they face a tough challenge to hold onto the 18-year-old winger, who has caught the eye with four goals and six assists across 43 appearances this season.

Doue, whose contract runs until June 2026, is expected to be on the move in the upcoming transfer window, and it's yet to be determined which club will make the decisive move to secure his services.