12.40pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: John Stones bid, Lacazette and Lemar swap deal, Dangote takeover LATEST – The Sun

ARSENAL are stepping up their pursuit of a centre-back, with John Stones reportedly the top target.

The Gunners are willing to countenance a loan move for the Man City defender, who is desperate for regular first team football before Euro 2020.

Follow all the latest Arsenal transfer gossip and updates below…

  • RACE TO MARS

    Arsenal have joined Manchester United and Spurs in the race for Marseille wonderkid Isaac Lihadji.

    The 17-year-old French winger is attracting interest from around Europe, and he could be available for nothing come the summer window as talks over a new deal have broken down.

    French outlet La Provence claims a move away from the French giants is imminent.

    Tottenham are also interested in the 17-year-old, who was born in Marseille and came up through the club's youth team.

  • BANG ON TREND

    Here are the top three most read Arsenal stories over the past few hours.

    1. Atletico want Arsenal star Lacazette and will offer Thomas Lemar to land him – if they miss out on Cavani
    2. EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal make John Stones top transfer target as Mikel Arteta chases new defenders
    3. Arsenal and Chelsea beaten by rivals Tottenham to become London’s highest-earning club
  • RAY OF SUNSHINE

    Arsenal icon Ray Parlour believes John Stones would be a brilliant signing for the Gunners after SunSport exclusively revealed he is a target.

    Speaking to talkSPORT, Parlour said: “I’d be very, very happy if Arsenal brought someone like John Stones to the club.He’d definitely play.

    “You could maybe play Sokratis alongside him, he’s probably the better defender currently at the club. He’s done alright as David Luiz, he’s been better. If you’re really struggling in midfield, you could put him there.

    “He could play there, he’s got the range of passing. He’s got a mistake in him but he’s done well and people look up to him at the club.”

  • TOP GUNS

    Arsenal could finally see the back of their hated owner – with billionaire Aliko Dangote interested in buying the club.

    The Gunners faithful have called for Stan Kroenke to go for years after – what they see – as a lack of investment in the squad.

    The struggling North Londoners need a squad overhaul, with them lying down in tenth in the Premier League table.

    The future looks slightly brighter, with Mikel Arteta coming in to take over as boss from Unai Emery and already showing signs of progress.

  • LEMAR LATEST

    Daily Express journalist Ryan Taylor has claimed that Arsenal have rejected the chance to sign Thomas Lemar on loan from Atletico Madrid with the option to buy.

    He states that Spurs have also been offered the French World Cup winner, but are not yet decided whether to bring him to North London.

    Taylor tweeted: “Atletico have asked Jorge Mendes to help them offload Thomas Lemar. Club will take loss but want to recoup at least £45m (paid Monaco £63m) via loan + option to buy.

    “Arsenal said no. Spurs unsure. Wolves, are a possible destination. Would be some coup.”

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