Since 12am on Thursday the summer transfer window for Premier League clubs opened for business.
Although the signing of players from another national association can’t commence until the Fifa Transfer Matching System opens on 11 June the rumour mill has cranked up a couple of notches.
One of the most startling stories is the revelation that a profile of Alexandre Lacazette has been found on the official Barcelona website.
The news has left Gooners gobsmacked and although it’s subsequently emerged that Barca’s website has many profiles of Europe’s top players the disclosure has only added to speculation that the French frontman is set to quit the Emirates.
The Daily Star says that French outlet Le 10 Sport has evidence that “Barca have approached the player’s management to assure him of their interest”, and the player himself has done little to dispel the gossip.
Speaking to Telefoot recently Lacazette said of the Barcelona rumours: “It is flattering.”
Apparently the Spanish champions regard Lacazette as an alternative to Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann, who according to the French press is bound for Paris Saint-Germain.
Arsenal and Manchester United are both tailing Lyon striker Moussa Dembele. Football.London reports that the Premier League clubs sent their scouts to watch the 22-year-old in action in Lyon’s 3-0 win over Marseille.
Former Celtic striker Dembele came off the bench to score his side’s second goal and his performance has further whetted the appetite of the Gunners.
United are believed to be in pole position but it’s alleged that the young striker could snub the Red Devils if Arsenal win the Europa League and qualify for the Champions League next season.
With the domestic transfer window now open might Arsenal be about to make their move for Ryan Fraser?
The Daily Mirror says that the Bournemouth winger is still on Unai Emery’s radar and the Scot has increased speculation with an enigmatic post on social media after winning the Cherries’ Supporters’ Player of the Year award.
“Massive thank you to the fans for your support this season,” he wrote. “Also a thank you to my team-mates for helping me through what’s been a special season.”
The Mirror says that the post is being interpreted as a farewell message from Fraser before heading to the Emirates.
Sarr in the sights
Another name in the Arsenal mix, according to the Daily Star, is Rennes striker Ismaila Sarr.
The Senegalese marksman scored against Arsenal in the Europa League earlier this season and his form has impressed Gunners gaffer Emery.
With Lacazette mooted as a Barcelona target, it’s believed that Emery is considering Sarr as a replacement. Rennes will want £25m for a player who has also attracted interest from Liverpool, Roma and AC Milan.