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Lemar to Arsenal, Barca to bid £80 million for Coutinho and all of today's transfer gossip

Arsenal are reportedly due to wrap up a £45 million move for the Monaco midfielder.

The 21-year-old midfielder has made 60 appearances during two seasons at Monaco.
The 21-year-old midfielder has made 60 appearances during two seasons at Monaco.
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Updated at 11.12pm

HERE ARE THE good, the bad, and the unlikely football moves being talked about today…

The Sun report that Arsenal are due to complete their third signing of the summer this week.

21-year-old Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar will reportedly wrap up a £45 million deal in the next week, after the Gunners had two bids already rejected by the Ligue 1 champions.

Tottenham Hotspur v Monaco - Champions League - Group E - Wembley Stadium Thomas Lemar in action for Monaco. Source: PA Archive/PA Images

The French international has been on manager Arsene Wenger’s radar all summer and could raise Arsenal’s spending to almost £100m, following the acquisitions of Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac.

Meanwhile Jack Wilshere could be on his way out of the Emirates permanently.

AFC Bournemouth v West Ham United - Premier League - Vitality Stadium Wilshere made his debut first team debut for Arsenal nine years ago in 2008. Source: Steven Paston

The Independent report that the 25-year-old wants to remain close to London, with West Ham linked with his signature.

Wilshere spent last season on loan at Bournemouth and has just one year left on his Arsenal contract.

Meanwhile Barcelona are continuing to pursue Philippe Coutinho.

Jurgen Klopp has insisted Liverpool will not sell their star man at any price, however an offer of £80m could put their resolve to the test, report the Daily Star.

The Reds have already turned down a bid of £72m, but the paper claims Barcelona are preparing an improved bid for to take the 25-year-old to Catalonia.

Rumours surrounding the future of Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches are intensifying.

Portugal v Serbia - UEFA European Under-21 Championship - Group B - Bydgoszcz Stadium Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti has said there is a chance Sanches could depart the Allianz Arena. Source: Nick Potts

The teenager could depart the German champions, according to his manager Carlo Anchelotti, with both Manchester United and high-spending AC Milan interested.

The 19-year-old made 17 appearances last season in the Bundesliga, scoring six goals, and could be signed for £43 million, according to The Independent.

Finally, The Daily Express report that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is in talks over a move to Stoke.

Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal - Premier League - White Hart Lane Oxlade-Chamberlain enjoyed success at wing-back for Arsenal last season. Source: PA Archive/PA Images

The player’s agent Aidy Ward was spotted at the club’s training ground over a £25m deal, however The Stoke Sentinel say a transfer to the the Potters is unlikely for the 23-year-old.

Oxlade-Chamberlain’s father played for Stoke during the 1980s and was a fans’ favourite on the wing.

Retro Deal of the Day: Kevin Keegan to Hamburg

Soccer - German Bundesliga - Hamburg SV Hamburg's general manager Dr. Peter Krohn with new signings Ivan Buljan and Kevin Keegan. Source: DPA/PA Images

On this day 40 years ago, Kevin Keegan broke Liverpool hearts by moving to Hamburg.

At £500,000, the fee was a record for a British player.

Keegan had won three First Divisison titles with Liverpool, along with an FA Cup, two Uefa Cups as well as the European Cup in his final season at Anfield.

The transfer was agreed in between the FA Cup final and the 1977 European Cup final, with the England international becoming the highest-paid player in the Bundesliga upon arrival.

Keegan would earn no silverware at Hamburg, but he did manage to score 32 goals in 90 appearance — returning to England in 1980 to join Southampton.

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