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Manchester United and Arsenal battling to snap up Everton wonderkid Thierry Small

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Arsenal and Manchester United are ready to make a move for highly-rated Everton teenager Thierry Small, who could be tempted to reject a first professional contract with the Toffees to move elsewhere.

The 16-year-old from Solihull became Everton’s youngest ever player when he came off the bench in the 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup in January and his potential has caught the eye of a number of clubs.

The Gunners and the Red Devils are the biggest options reportedly available to Small, but the Express states that the likes of Leeds United, Brighton and Brentford are also interested in the young left-back.

Small is reportedly frustrataed about the lack of first team opportunities available to him at Everton as he has not been included in a match-day squad since that FA Cup appearance.

This could give the likes of Leeds, Brighton and Brentford an edge in the race for his signature as Man Utd and Arsenal will not be guaranteeing him first team chances in the near future.

Next season will be Small’s final year of his scholarship at Everton and if another club were to snap him up this summer they would need to pay in the region of £1m for his services.

Everton will be hoping to convince him that he does have a future at the club and persuade him to sign professional terms when he turns 17 in August.

Lucas Digne is a key player for the Toffees and is not going to be removed as first choice left-back any time soon, so Small will need recurrences that there is a pathway for him into the first team.

Toffees Under-23 manager David Unsworth has insisted that is exactly what Small has in front of him at Everton.

Speaking earlier this season Unsowrth said: ‘The one thing that we can give Thierry is a clear pathway.

‘There’s always a clear pathway at Everton for all the youngsters so he’s in no better place to have a career as a Premier League footballer.’

 

 

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Arsenal considers transfers link for Moussa Dembele

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ARSENAL are putting together a shortlist reportedly including  Moussa Dembele as part of their summer overhaul.

Mikel Arteta has hinted at a very busy transfer window at the Emirates following a disappointing campaign.

Mikel Arteta has hinted at a very busy transfer window at the Emirates following a disappointing campaign.

 

Moussa Dembele could be available if Atletico Madrid end his loan spellCredit: AFP

Odsonne Edouard is another reportedly being watched by ArsenalCredit: The Sun

Last night, SunSport revealed that Hector Bellerin is among the stars on the chopping block.

 

And Alexandre Lacazette, Matteo Guendouzi, David Luiz and more are being prepared for a move.

 

According to the Telegraph, French striker Lacazette could be joined by Eddie Nketiah in leaving this summer, with two stars eyed as replacements.

 

Lyon forward Dembele, 24, has spent the second half of the season on loan at Atletico Madrid but is yet to score for the LaLiga leaders.

 

Still yet to start for his new club, the Frenchman can move for a pre-agreed £30million fee in the summer but his poor form and fitness issues make that an increasingly unlikely option.

Dembele remains under contract at Lyon for another two years yet is reportedly available for around £25m should Atleti let him go.

A slightly cheaper option, at around £15m to £20m, is said to be Celtic star Edouard.

The SPFL runners-up may seek to cash in on the 23-year-old ahead of his contract expiring in 2022.

The striker has hit 21 goals in all competitions for the Glasgow outfit this season.

 

But any Arsenal approach may come up against fierce competition from Leicester, who are also thought to be keen and are set to be able to offer Champions League football next season.

 

The Gunners maintain an outside shot at a Europa League or Europa Conference League finish and travel to high-flying Chelsea on Wednesday.

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Full list of players that have been put up for sale by Arsenal

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Arsenal will be listening to offers for a number of players they have transfer listed.

Arsenal are already making preparations for a busy summer transfer window. The club must sell off some players that are surplus to requirement, makeweight and use the funds to buy new or better players.

 

The squad also needs to be trimmed since Arsenal are highly unlikely to play European football next season. Quality over quantity will have to be prioritized during the transfer window as the club rebuilds for the next season.

 

As per football.london here are the players that have been put up for sale;

 

Bernd Leno, Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

 

Many other players also face an uncertain future and could be sold to cut the wage bill or generate funds for transfers, these are;

 

Alex Runarsson, David Luiz, Joe Willock, Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson and Mohamed Elneny.

 

Arsenal’s budget for the transfer window remains unknown but it is likely to be a low budget that will depend on player sales and revenue earnings from competitions, unless the Kroenke’s finally decide to make some cash available for transfers as a result of pressure from the fanbase,

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Bernd Leno breaks silence concerning Arsenal future amid talk of summer transfer

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Bernd Leno has insisted he is still happy at Arsenal despite reports he could leave this summer.

The German goalkeeper has impressed in north London, so much so that Mikel Arteta backed him and sold Emiliano Martinez last summer despite the Argentine impressing last season.

 

But football.london understands Leno is open to leaving Arsenal this summer with the club willing to sell him for the right price. It comes with a number of young prospects in the wings, including Arthur Okonkwo, who is set for a new deal amid interest from a number of top clubs around Europe.

 

The Gunners are also looking at signing loan keeper Mat Ryan on a permanent deal with Alex Runarsson likely to leave on a loan deal ahead of next season

Leno is currently the Gunners’ number one, so it’s not clear who would replace him, but it’s understood Arsenal are open to selling him, even if the player himself does not seem keen to depart.

 

“I am still happy at Arsenal. Arsenal is still a big club, a big name in the world and in the Premier League,” Leno told Sky Sports.

There is nobody in the dressing room who says ‘I want to leave the club, I am not happy here anymore’.

“We still have a good environment at the club and in the dressing room. Of course, at times it was not easy this season, but this is part of football.

It’s not good to feel sorry for ourselves, we need to move forward and change it to a positive as soon as possible.”

 

Arsenal may just shift a number of players who don’t necessarily want to leave this summer with Mikel Arteta clearly needing to improve his squad on the back of a disappointing campaign which will see the Gunners miss out on European football for the first time in 25 years.

 

Leno could be part of that list of outgoings, currently valued at £22.5million by Transfermarkt with his contract due to run until 2023

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