Arsenal in double transfer battle with Tottenham as Arteta eyes Tolisso

Corentin Tolisso and Ilaix Moriba are two potential targets for Arsenal after Stan and Josh Kroenke pledged to make more additions before the transfer window closes

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Arsenal are reportedly in a double transfer battle with Tottenham for Corentin Tolisso and Ilaix Moriba.

The Gunners are planning more signings following the arrival of Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale on Friday after Stan and Josh Kroenke pledged to make more additions before the window closes on August 31.

Mikel Arteta is in the market for another creative midfielder as he looks to address his side’s struggles in front of goal that have dated back to last season.

But it appears they’ll face stiff competition from city rivals Spurs.

The Sunday Express claim that Arsenal have targeted Bayern Munich’s Tolisso who looks set to leave the club before the deadline passes.

Corentin Tolisso has been linked with a move to Arsenal


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Bild are reporting that the German side have put him up for sale in an attempt to raise cash.

The Gunners are interested in landing the Frenchman, but so are Nuno Espírito Santo’s side who offered unsettled Tanguy Ndombele for Tolisso in a swap deal last week.

That bid was knocked back by Munich as they look for a cash-only deal as both clubs look set to circle the midfielder in the next week or so.

Arsenal are also looking ahead to their long-term future as they eye a move for Barcelona teenager Moriba.

The youngster has rejected a new contract from the Spanish side as a host of Premier League clubs have emerged as potential suitors, including Chelsea and Manchester City.

EIBAR, SPAIN – MAY 22: Ilaix Moriba of Barcelona looks on during the La Liga Santander match between SD Eibar and FC Barcelona at Estadio Municipal de Ipurua on May 22, 2021 in Eibar, Spain. Sporting stadiums around Spain remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors (Photo by Cristian Trujillo/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

But the Daily Mail claim Tottenham are leading the race for his signature and have moved ahead of Arsenal.

Spurs have held talks with Moriba’s representatives and the midfielder could be available for as little as £13million, according to the report.

Moriba has one year left on his deal at the Nou Camp and has been unable to agree on an extension with talks, that have gone on for months, coming to a standstill.

Barca boss Ronald Koeman has hit out at Moriba following the contract stalemate as he suggested that the player is motivated by money.

He said ahead of Saturday night’s 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao: “My advice is that money cannot be the most important thing for an 18-year-old.

‘It’s about playing games, but the player and his camp think differently. I am disappointed.”

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