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Arsenal plot move to hijack Onana deal

06/08/2021; 11:06 AM By : Steven D. Thompson

Arsenal plot move to hijack Onana deal

The English Premier League is just around the corner, and the shopping at Arsenal is far from over. Mikel Arteta knows that a top-six finish is imperative for the Gunners at the very least.

Arsenal is far from where they used to be, and that's why Arteta is looking to bolster his squad before the season kicks off. Last season, the team finished a dismal eighth on the log, leaving a sour taste in the mouth of their teeming fans. While Arsenal continue to push for another goalkeeper, we also have some updates on some of their other transfer business.

Gunners are back in Onana pursuit

One of the positions the Spaniard needs to fill is in the goalkeeping department. Arteta has trained his lens on Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana. A few weeks ago, Onana was on his way to Lyon, forcing Arteta to set their sights elsewhere.

Dutch outlet De Telegraaf, however, claims that Onana has pulled the plug on the switch to the French side with the hopes of moving to a big club. That decision has brought Arsenal back in the picture after their attention was on Sheffield United's Aaron Ramsdale.

The 25-year-old Cameroon international is still serving a nine-month reduced suspension after a positive test for Furosemide, a prohibited substance.

Arsenal rebuffed in Correa bid

Arsenal is also in the market for a centre-forward but has been unsuccessful in their bid to snag Joaquin Correa.

The Lazio forward has caught the eye of the Gunners gaffer, but Corriere Dello Sport revealed that Arsenal's initial bid of €20 million was considered inadequate.

The Serie A club has placed a higher value on the 26-year-old forward. If the Gunners are keen on the Argentine, then they will have to up their bid.

Correa is currently attracting interest from Leicester City and Everton.

A move to the Emirates may be dead, as Arteta views any figure above €20 million as too steep for them to consider.

Sheffield United duo still on the radar of Arteta

Even though the season will kick off in a couple of weeks, the transfer window is still open, and no team can declare themselves complete until the window closes.

For clubs like Sheffield United, their planning continues. They remain in the dogfight to keep their players. With a few eyes targeted at a couple of their players, Jokanovic is adamant that none of his players will leave

Does the Sheffield gaffer have the muscle to fend off bigger clubs from poaching his players?

Mikel Arteta is reportedly seeking to price goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale and midfielder Sander Berge off Sheffield's hands.

However, the Blades boss is digging in and refusing to do business with Arsenal. Arteta has a war chest of £50 million to execute the trade, but according to Jokanovic, he'd be surprised if the two players are not in the line-up in their first game against Birmingham. The bigger picture for the Gunners remains their pursuit of James Maddison.

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