Transfer Shorts

Arsenal are close to landing Japanese prospect Takuma Asano after the player himself confirmed the Gunners’ interest in him, the Daily Mail reports.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima striker Asano, capped four times by Japan at the age of 21, revealed a couple of days ago that Arsenal had approached him and that he was ready to make the jump in his professional career.

The Daily Mail now reports that a deal to bring the 2015 J-League Rookie of the Year to the Emirates Stadium is close, with Arsène Wenger eyeing him up as one for the future.

Asano is likely to be loaned out upon his North London arrival, with the situation surrounding a potential work permit being unclear.

The striker will, however, be expected to train with the first team initially.

Please read the full report here.

Arsenal have turned down Juventus’ anticipated approach for Chilean star Alexis Sanchez, according to the Daily Mail.


Juventus are reportedly looking to bolster their attack after losing Álvaro Morata to Real Madrid, with Alexis Sanchez pinpointed as their primary target.

However, Arsenal were quick to snub the Serie A club’s approach, as Wenger resolutely shows no desire to sell one of his marquee players.

Despite proving to be integral to Arsenal’s plans, Sanchez is reportedly unsettled at the Emirates Stadium and currently has just two years left on his current club contract.

Please read the full report here.

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are reportedly interested signing Arsenal centre back Laurent Koscielny, despite remaining unlikely to do so.


The Bavarians are expected to sell Medhi Benatia this summer and see Koscielny as potential cover for Jerome Boateng and new signing Mats Hummels, noting that Javi Martinez and Holger Badstuber both struggled with injuries in the past couple of seasons.

Koscielny’s current contract, however, runs until the summer of 2019, signed as a consequence of Bayern’s interest two seasons ago.

The Frenchman’s current status within Wenger’s squad makes him highly likely to stay at Arsenal, perhaps even beyond 2019, the London Evening Standard reports.

Please read the full report here.

Patrick Ribeiro

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