8.30am Arsenal news LIVE: Willian transfer boost, Eder Militao contacted, training TODAY, Aubameyang contract UPDATE – The Sun
ARSENAL players are returning to training today as the Premier League begins the long road to resumption.
Gunners stars are due back in at the Emirates on Monday for individual drills, while the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continues to be a talking point with his contract up next summer.
Follow all the latest gossip and transfer news from North London below…
The Gunners defender has been goofing around with his kids during lockdown.
And Mustafi decided to get behind the wheel while eating an ice cream.
A dangerous decision, what if he gets ice cream all over the upholstery?
Arsenal have reportedly made contact with Eder Militao's representatives as they look for another centre-back to solve their defensive woes.
Militao completed a £44m transfer to Real Madrid from Porto last summer but has failed to trouble Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane in the hunt for a starting berth.
And Don Balon claim the Brazilian is of interest to the Gunners as a replacement for either Shkodran Mustafi or Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
WILL HE SIGN?
Arsenal have leapt to the front of the race to sign Willian, according to reports.
ESPN Brasil reporter Jorge Nicola claims the winger's representatives see the Gunners as the most viable option.
He commented: “Arsenal are a little ahead today, but everything is still open.
“Especially because the pandemic affected the entire financial reality of football in the world.”
Liverpool were reported to have held positive talks with the Brazilian last week, but he has previously expressed a desire to remain in London.
MORNING, ARSENAL FANS
Encouraging news for training – not so good for transfer targets.
That's the mood around Arsenal on social media as the Gunners today become the first Premier League club to end isolation– with special, voluntary practice sessions at their ten-pitch Hertfordshire HQ.
Carefully sticking to social-distancing rules, players will even have their own footballs to avoid any threat of cross-contamination.
A club source revealed: “We have been looking at opening up the training ground for a couple of weeks now because our players have been in lockdown longer than any other club’s.
“The players will continue to train in strict isolation on separate pitches and will not be allowed to mingle or socialise together.”
The return to training comes just days after four Arsenal players – Nicolas Pepe,Granit Xhaka, David Luiz and Alexandre Lacazette – broke lockdown rules.
Onto transfer gossip, and the Gunners will reportedly need to snatch an unlikely Champions League spot to lure Atletico Madrid holding midfielder Thomas Partey.
And long-term target, RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, is now said to be favouring Bayern Munich ahead of Barcelona, Spurs and the Gunners.
GUNNERS BOOST OVER LINGARD
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be forced into a major clear out to boost his end of season transfer kitty – with reported Arsenal target on the likely exit list.
United chief executive Ed Woodward warned on Friday that the coronavirus pandemic is going to severely restrict transfer budgets, which surely pushes Paul Pogba even closer the departure gate.
The Gunners have been linked with England midfielder Lingard since the last transfer window.
And if United cash in, Mikel Arteta is in pole position to land the 27-year-old.
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