ARSENALS Transfer hunt for Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz is OVER for the time being as a THIRD offer was rejected.
Meanwhile, there were two departures from the Emirates on deadline day, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles loaned to Southampton and Hector Bellerin joining Barcelona on a free transfer.
The Spain international was on the lookout for a club all summer, returning to where it started for him as a youth player.
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Summary of the day of the transfer deadline
None – Although the Gunners have made three bids for Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – Seasonal loan to Southampton
Hector Bellerin – Free transfer to Barcelona
Young people need to develop
Arsenal loaned Ainsley Maitland-Niles to Southampton on transfer deadline day, allowing the young player’s development to thrive with regular playing time.
The Gunners are hoping to bring back a player who has thrived on his South Coast days.
How a deal couldn’t be closed
Arsenal were confident heading into the final day of the transfer window and hopeful they could secure the services of Douglas Luiz.
After tough negotiations throughout the day, Arsenal’s biggest stumbling block has now come to light.
Due to the terms of his transfer to Aston Villa, Man City had an active 20% sell clause on any deal over £15m.
This, coupled with the player’s differing ratings between the two clubs, resulted in a Mexican standoff that prevented a deal.
Gunner’s Farewell to Player
Arsenal showed a touch of class with their tribute to full-back Hector Bellerin as he embarked on a new challenge at Barcelona.
Bellerin signs with Barcelona
Hector Bellerin has been confirmed as a Barca player by the club.
It was first reported that Arsenal had terminated the player’s contract but it seems the club have learned from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s situation.
The Gunners let the player join the Catalan club on a free transfer but included a 25% sell-through clause.
Arsenal don’t want to get their fingers burned again after Barcelona sold Aubameyang to Chelsea today.
Arsenal don’t give up
There are reports Arsenal are still trying to negotiate a deal for Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz.
The closer we get to 11pm, the less likely it seems that a deal will close.
Arsenal are still trying to work on a ‘complicated situation’.
Luiz is a no go for Arteta
Aston Villa have confirmed in the last few minutes that they have turned down Arsenal’s offer for Douglas Luiz.
The Gunners offered a deal in the region of £25million.
Despite the fact that the player’s contract has only one year left, Villa have decided not to redeem the player.
Villa considering the offer of Luiz
Aston Villa are reportedly considering an Arsenal offer for Douglas Luiz.
With the player only having one year left on his contract and with no intention of signing an extension, Villa could consider redeeming the player.
Arsenal’s latest offer is said to be in the £25million range.
Maitland-Niles completes loan move
Ainsley Maitland-Niles has completed his loan move to Southampton.
After a disappointing loan spell at Roma which meant the player didn’t get as much playing time as he wanted, Maitland-Niles is hoping to play a lot more this time around.
As a versatile player, he should give Ralf Hasenhüttl plenty of options for the rest of the season.
Azeez goes on Ibiza loan
Miguel Azeez has completed his loan move to Ibiza.
The youngster spent the first half of last season on loan at Portsmouth before being recalled by the club.
Azeez then spent the rest of the season developing in the U23 development team.
Gunners looking for late deals
There are reports that Arsenal are trying to find a late deal for Club Brugge’s Noa Lang.
The versatile Dutch midfielder can play anywhere in the attacking third.
Arsenal are trying to push through a deal even though it’s proving complicated.
Arsenal see Luiz’s second offer rejected
Arsenal’s second offer to sign Douglas Luiz has reportedly been rejected.
The Gunners’ initial offer for the midfielder was around £20million before they submitted an improved offer estimated at around £23million.
However, the Telegraph reports that this offer was firmly rejected by Aston Villa.
Villa reportedly want £40m for the 24-year-old.
The Arsenal academy star is leaving a permanent contract
James Olayinka is making a permanent move to Cheltenham Town.
A statement on the club’s website confirmed that the 21-year-old would join the League One team.
Olayinka has been part of the Arsenal team since he was seven and has played many youth teams at clubs.
In a statement on their website, Arsenal said: “We thank James for his contribution to the club and wish him and his family all the best in James’ next chapter at Cheltenham Town.”
The former Arsenal star joins Fulham
Former Arsenal star Willian has agreed to join London rivals Fulham.
The promoted team announced the Brazilian’s signing shortly after defender Layvin Kurzawa was announced.
Willian left Corinthians in August and has subsequently sealed a return to London, with Willian saying “I can’t wait to get started.”
The 34-year-old made 37 appearances for The Gunners, contributing one goal and seven assists before sealing a return to his native Brazil.
Luiz’s villa asking price revealed
Arsenal have reported that Douglas Luiz will make a second offer worth £25million Sky Sports.
However, it is understood Aston Villa are looking to almost double that figure in order to sell the midfielder.
That Independent’s Miguel Delaney has reported Steven Gerrard’s struggling side want up to £40m for him.
Arsenal make second offer for Luiz
Arsenal are expected to make a second bid to try to sign Douglas Luiz.
According to reports, personal terms between the player and the club are as good as agreed with only the transfer fee still to be paid.
And after a first-time refusal, Arsenal will return with a second offer to try and convince Aston Villa to let him go, according to The Athletic.
It is assumed that the player is still pushing for the deal.
Douglas Luiz ready to agree personal terms
Douglas Luiz is ‘ready’ to agree personal terms ahead of his Arsenal move.
A new report from Fabrizio Romano shows Luiz is happy with The Gunners’ offer on the table.
However, the clubs are yet to agree on a fee for the Brazilian as Aston Villa are still not ready to sell.
Bellerin exit is approaching
Hector Bellerin’s expected move to FC Barcelona is approaching.
The journalist Fabrizio Romano signed the transfer with “here we go”.
He reports that the Spaniard will sign a one-year contract with the Catalan giants with no option to extend it further.
A medical examination is scheduled to take place in the coming hours.
Bellerin free for Barca change
As previously reported, Hector Bellerin is set to seal a move to Barcelona today.
Contrary to the suggestion that his contract would be torn up to facilitate the move, the athlete Insist that it’s just a no-fee transfer.
The 27-year-old, who has to take a pay cut to join the Catalans, is now awaiting permission to fly to Spain to undergo a medical.
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Villa reject Arsenal’s Luiz offer
Aston Villa are sticking to their guns and set to reject Arsenal’s opening bid for Douglas Luiz.
The Gunners are understood to have made a £20m-25m bid for the midfielder, however The Telegraph report that it will be released.
However, they also suggest matters are unlikely to be over and a second approach from the Premier League leaders is expected.
Meanwhile, Fabrizio Romano believes personal terms will not be an issue as Luiz is keen on moving to north London.
Hector to tear it up
Arsenal and Hector Bellerin have reportedly agreed to terminate the defender’s contract so he can join Barcelona.
The right-back has ten months left on his current contract with the Gunners but both parties believe it is in their best interests to end it amicably.
This reports Relevo [via Matteo Moretto]who now see that there is no problem for the 27-year-old to complete a move to the Nou-Camp.
Bellerin has spent a decade at Arsenal, making 239 appearances for the north London club.
Villa offer accepted for Dendoncker
Leander Dendoncker’s exit from Molineux is fast approaching and Aston Villa are now reported to have accepted £12.9million.
Wolves have reluctantly agreed to let the Belgium midfielder go with just one year left on his contract.
West Ham and Everton are also said to be interested in the 27-year-old.
Whether Dendoncker’s arrival will prove to be the basis for Villa accepting an offer for Douglas Luiz remains to be seen.
Tielemans stays with Foxes
Youri Tielemans is likely to remain at Leicester on transfer deadline day.
The Belgian, 25, has been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United throughout the window, as well as Newcastle in recent days.
But SunSport understands the likeliest outcome is for the Foxes ace to stay right where it is – for now.
Tielemans has less than a year left on his contract so a big payday could lie ahead should he go free next summer.
Maitland-Niles is a saint
Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ loan move to Southampton has been completed, according to reports Fabrizio Romano.
The transfer guru says he has completed his medical on the south coast – after signing a new contract at Arsenal.
The 25-year-old has tendered an extension to 2024 with the Gunners but an option to buy has been included in his loan deal with the Saints.
The deal is final but we are awaiting confirmation from the two clubs.
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