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Things are looking brighter at Arsenal after a dark season.
The Gunners failed to qualify for European competition for the first time in 25 years last time out, finishing 8th in the Premier League.
Now, though, manager Mikel Arteta has been backed by the board to turn things around and give his side a much-needed makeover this summer.
Technical director Edu is believed to be busy making moves, with a whole host of young talent linked with switches to the English capital.
Even without considering the potential arrival of Ben White and Albert Sambi Lokonga, and possible departures of Emile Smith-Rowe, Hector Bellerin and Granit Xhaka, there’s a lot going on in north London.
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Here, Mirror Football rounds up the latest transfer news from the Emirates.
Fee agreed for Tavares
Arsenal have reached an agreement in principle to bring in Benfica star Nuno Tavares.
The full-back is set to join the Gunners for £6.5million this summer, as per our own John Cross.
Agents fees and personal terms to keep the youngster contracted until 2026 are said to be agreed on, with only the paperwork left to be completed.
Tavares, 21, can play on either side of the back line and should prominently provide competition for Kieran Tierney on the left and allow Buakyo Saka to consistently operate further forward.
The Lisbon-born defender is eligible for Portugal and Cape Verde at international level.
Tavares is set to become a Gunner imminently
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Rivals ‘in conversation’ for Neves
Arsenal are set to face competition from Manchester United for Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves.
The 24-year-old is currently heading home from Euro 2020 after being knocked out with Portugal and has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates this summer.
However, the Gunners seemingly aren’t the only Premier League outfit monitoring Neves.
“In midfield, Ruben Neves is still a player they’re not having major talks with but they’re still in discussions there,” according to the Football Terrace podcast regarding United's interest.
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“Arsenal are the ones that keep being linked with Ruben Neves but United are still in that conversation.”
Talk has recently gone quiet on the Neves front and with White's ability to play in a holding role, the Wolves man may not get his move to north London but instead Manchester.
Gunners ready to make Ramsdale move
Arsenal will look to make a move to sign Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale after Euro 2020, according to The Star.
The Gunners are said to be looking for another goalkeeper to compete with Bernd Leno.
However, Arsenal are unlikely to meet the Blades' £40 million valuation of the 23-year-old stopper, who replaced the injured Dean Henderson in Gareth Southgate’s England squad as third-choice.
Ramsdale endured a difficult time on his return to Bramall Lane last summer but improved as the season went on, impressing late in the campaign with form reminiscent of his name-making 2019-20 term with Bournemouth.
26-year-old Icelandic stopper Runar Alex Runarsson was replaced by loanee Mat Ryan midway through the last campaign, but it doesn't look like the Brighton & Hove Albion stopper will be returning.
If he isn't prized away, Ramsdale will be plying his trade in the Championship come August.