Arsenal ‘eye’ Portuguese starlet, ‘identify’ Leno back-up, plus Edouard update

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta wants to secure a return to Champions League football with a top-four finish this season – and will be pleased at their ongoing transfer plans.

The arrivals of Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga are set to be followed by a £50million move for Ben White, and they could yet be joined by more young talent.

With the Spanish boss desperate to start the season in winning form after their eighth place finish last time out, they might yet eye a new goalkeeper and striker.

Daily Star Sport have taken a look at three of the latest talking points concerning incoming deals at the Emirates, once of which involves a Portuguese wonderkid.

Arsenal 'eye' Portuguese wonderkid

The Sun reports that Portuguese winger Matchoi Djalo is seen as a 'long-term' prospect by the Gunners having made his debut for Pacos de Ferreira in August 2019.

At 16 years and 122 days, he was the youngest player in Primeira Liga history, but has only be able to make five further appearances despite impressing for Portugal’s Under 19s.

The 18-year-old is said to be available for just £1million, and can also play in central midfield.

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Gunners 'identify' Leno alternatives

Football.London have reported that Alex Runarsson will join Turkish side Altay on loan, with youngster Arthur Okonkwo set to play a first-team role under Bernd Leno next season.

With Mat Ryan leaving the club after six months to join Real Sociedad this summer, fellow goalkeepers Karl Hein and James Hillson could also step in to play smaller roles.

Arteta said of Okonkwo and Folarin Balogun last week: "It is great. It is just a small step, but now the bigger step is trying to become a regular in the first team.

“That is a small step compared to the next step they have to take."

Arsenal handed Edouard 'blow'

Arsenal are said to have been handed a blow in their interest for Tammy Abraham alternative Odsonne Edouard with Brighton set to make a bid to Celtic.

Glasgow Live reports that the Hoops are ready to receive an official bid, with the future of Alexandre Lacazette 'up in the air' with his contract up next summer.

Ange Postecoglou said of the forward last month: “I can’t force people to stay. From my perspective, while they’re here, I’m treating them as part of the Celtic family."

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