Arsenal unlock Viktor Gyokeres transfer breakthrough as Mikel Arteta plots Joshua Kimmich deal

Viktor Gyokeres of Sporting CP gestures during the Liga Portugal Bwin match between Gil Vicente and Sporting CP at Estadio Cidade de Barcelos on April 12, 2024
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Mikel Arteta will be keen to bolster his Arsenal squad this summer. The Gunners continue to be linked with some big names, like Viktor Gyokeres and Joshua Kimmich, but, for now, it's unclear whether or not Edu will splash the cash.

Last year, the Gunners forked out over £200m on Declan Rice, Kai Havertz and Jurrien Timber alone. After heavily investing in two midfielders and a defender, Arteta may finally decide to beef up his frontline.

Benjamin Sesko emerged as an early favourite to join Arsenal, but he decided to sign a new deal at RB Leipzig instead. So, with that being said, has rounded up the latest Gunners news and transfer gossip on Monday, June 24.

Arsenal consider Kimmich deal

According to Sky Sports Germany, Joshua Kimmich still has no agent and any club that wants to sign him this summer will have to personally call him. The Bayern Munich midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League for a while now, with his contract set to expire in June 2025.

The report states that Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona are all interested in signing Kimmich – whether it's this summer or next year. understands that the Gunners want to improve their midfield following the departure of Mohamed Elneny.

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Meanwhile, Emile Smith Rowe and Fabio Vieira face uncertain futures at the Emirates Stadium. The duo have struggled to force themselves into Arteta's plans, putting a lot of pressure on Declan Rice and Martin Odegaard in the middle of the park. says: "Joshua Kimmich would be a superb signing for Arsenal. He'd bring great experience and world-class quality to the Gunners squad. With Mikel Arteta partial to operating an inverted full-back, he'd rotate brilliantly with Benjamin White on the right."

Gyokeres deal 'very close'

According to Portuguese newspaper Leonino, Arsenal are 'very close' to wrapping up a deal for Viktor Gyokeres and it's said that 'the deal is only tied up in financial details'. The Sporting CP striker continues to be heavily linked with a move to the Gunners as Mikel Arteta looks to bolster his frontline. understands that Arsenal were closely monitoring Gyokeres this season. The 26-year-old, who still has four years left on his contract at the José Alvalade Stadium, scored 29 goals in 33 games in the Primeira Liga.

It's believed that the Gunners hold an interest in the Sweden international, who ticks numerous boxes for Arteta in his search for a new talisman. In April, his agent Hasan Cetinkaya revealed that 'a lot of clubs' want to discuss Gyokeres' future. says: "Arsenal should do whatever it takes to sign Viktor Gyokeres! The Gunners need a proper striker and I think he could be the best option currently on the market. I just fear that Sporting CP may demand an absurd fee for his signature..."

Clubs queue up to sign Williams

According to Fabrizio Romano, Premier League clubs have reportedly made contact with Nico Williams' representatives ahead of a potential transfer this summer. Speaking on his Youtube channel, the journalist said: "One more detail on Nico Williams, and this is important.

"What I’m told some big English clubs made contact with people close to Nico Williams, [which was] two, three or four weeks ago. [They are] important clubs in the Premier League; for example he is appreciated by people at Chelsea, and he is appreciated by people at Arsenal too. Many clubs have moved to understand the situation of Nico Williams." understands that Arsenal have been monitoring Williams, who's capable of playing on either flank as well as leading the line. Despite interest from the Gunners, Uriarte remains confident that the youngster will stay at Athletic Bilbao. says: "Arsenal have desperately needed a new winger for a while now, with Gabriel Martinelli struggling to maintain a good vein of form and Bukayo Saka rarely rested. Nico Williams can play on either flank so he'd be brilliant!"