Monday's Arsenal transfer talk: Rodriguez, Ceballos, Mustafi

sportsmole.co.uk, 13 July 2020, 03:11
Monday

The buildup to the summer transfer window has now begun, with rumours and speculation continuing to swirl as Arsenal eye possible reinforcements.

The Gunners spent more than many expected during the summer - most notably their club-record purchase of Nicolas Pepe - but were more reserved in January as they focused on bolstering their defensive options.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest news on possible comings and goings at the Emirates Stadium.

Monday morning's Arsenal transfer talk news roundup:

Hector Bellerin 'wants to leave Arsenal this summer'

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Hector Bellerin is reportedly keen to leave Arsenal during this summer's transfer window.

The 25-year-old still has three years left to run on his contract at the Emirates Stadium, but the speculation surrounding the defender's future has gathered pace in recent weeks.

A whole host of clubs, including Sevilla, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus, are believed to be interested in signing the Spaniard ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.

Bellerin has been restricted to just 14 Premier League appearances this season, largely due to injury, and according to Sky Deutschland, the full-back is keen to move on this summer.

The report claims that the former Barcelona youngster 'wants to change' teams ahead of next season as he is 'not satisfied' at the Emirates Stadium.

Bellerin has contributed one goal and two assists in 22 appearances for Mikel Arteta's side this term.

Zinedine Zidane admits James Rodriguez may never play for Real Madrid again

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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has conceded that James Rodriguez may have played his final game for Los Blancos following a turbulent campaign.

The Colombia international has stepped out onto the pitch just eight times during the 2019-20 La Liga season and has not been in Zidane's squad for their last two matches.

Speculation has been rife surrounding Rodriguez's future following his struggles at the Bernabeu recently, and when asked in a news conference if the midfielder would pull on a Real Madrid shirt again, Zidane simply said: "I don't know."

Rodriguez has only played 78 minutes of football since the Spanish top flight returned to action, starting in Madrid's victory over Real Sociedad before being replaced by Marco Asensio.

With Rodriguez's current deal in the Spanish capital set to expire next summer, Manchester United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Arsenal and Everton are all said to be closely monitoring the situation.

The 29-year-old has scored 37 goals in 125 appearances for Los Blancos since arriving from Monaco in 2014.

More transfer news from Arsenal:

Philippe Coutinho 'sets deadline for decision on future'

Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho will not make a decision on his future until Bayern Munich's 2019-20 campaign has ended, according to a report. Read more.

Shkodran Mustafi set for new Arsenal contract?

Mikel Arteta suggests that he has asked the Arsenal board to hand a new contract to defender Shkodran Mustafi. Read more.

Matteo Guendouzi agent to meet Arsenal over midfielder's future?

The agent of Matteo Guendouzi is reportedly due to meet with Arsenal next week to discuss the midfielder's long-term future. Read more.

Arsenal 'face three transfer rivals for Dani Ceballos'

Arsenal reportedly face competition from three other clubs for the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos. Read more.

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