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Arsenal's Riccardo Calafiori transfer 'stalls' as Mikel Arteta's side lose out on 'next Bukayo Saka'

Italy and Bologna defender Riccardo Calafiori
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The transfer pot is starting to simmer for Arsenal, with the market heating up and the Gunners' activity picking up pace. While David Raya remains the sole confirmed signing, the Emirates faithful can expect more action. Not to mention, a few departures are likely on the cards this summer too.

Mikel Arteta's squad reshaping comes at an opportune moment. With Euro 2024 wrapping up next week, his players will be turning their attention to pre-season preparations. The Stateside tour looms, promising a first glimpse of the new-look team in action.

But before the pre-season kicks off, there's business to attend to. Here's the latest on Arsenal's summer window manoeuvres.

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Cozier-Duberry's new chapter

Brighton have officially snapped up ex-Arsenal youngster Amario Cozier-Duberry, handing him a four-year deal. The prodigy parted ways with the Gunners after a stalemate over contract talks.

Amario Cozier-Duberry, alongside Reuell Walters, exits on a free transfer, potentially setting up future encounters against his former club. Brighton's technical director David Weir expressed his delight, stating, "We're really pleased to be able to bring Amario to the club."

He continued: "He's got attributes we like and we believe he is a player who can flourish in our environment. We're looking forward to working with him and helping his career to progress."

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Cozier-Duberry never made a first-team appearance for Arsenal but did make the bench under Arteta, although he failed to do so last season. The 19-year-old managed nine goals and five assists in Premier League 2 last term at youth level, also scoring twice more in the play-offs.

The youngster has been dubbed the 'next Bukayo Saka', and for pretty good reason. In fact, at this stage of development as an attacker, Cozier-Duberry may even be a better fit.

Calafiori deal hits stumbling block

Arsenal are yet to match Bologna's asking price for 22 year old defender Riccardo Calafiori, reports suggest. It is said that although an agreement for personal terms has been agreed, there is still a wait for things to be totally wrapped up.

Journalist Fabrizio Romano has reported that a deal is nearing completion, but the Gunners have yet to meet the £42.3million asking price. The transfer has hit a temporary snag after gaining momentum last week following Italy's Euro 2024 exit, with Basel's sell-on clause in Calfiori's contract causing some complications.

There's still work to be done to make Calafiori the newest addition to the Arsenal squad. However, another round of negotiations is set to take place to finalise the deal, and it's clear that Calafiori is keen on the move.