Arsenal news LIVE: Arteta to trigger £26m release clause, two-player La Liga transfer plan

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Monday, April 6

  • Mikel Arteta has made Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez a priority signing
  • Arsenal have ‘several’ targets playing in Spain including Carlos Soler and Marc Roca
  • Centre-back Nunez has a ‘bargain’ £26million release clause in his contract
  • Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez could ‘finally be on his way’ to the Premier League

Wanted: Unai Nunez

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has made Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez a priority signing.

That’s according to Spanish publication La Razon, who claims Arteta has ‘several’ targets currently playing in Spain including Carlos Soler and Marc Roca.

The centre-back, 23, has delivered some impressive displays during his 69 appearances for Basque side and made his international debut for Spain during a Euro 2020 qualifier in September.

Nunez has a ‘bargain’ £26million release clause in his contract that, according to La Razon, Arteta’s side are willing to pay later this summer.

Manchester City, West Ham, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan are also thought to be interested.

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  • Man Utd want second Ajax transfer, Chelsea ‘closest’ to opening bid

Dayot Upamecano decision

RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano needs to “take his time” before making a decision on his future, according to the club’s sporting director Markus Krosche.

Defender Upamecano, 21, has attracted attention from club’s across Europe with Arsenal and Barcelona showing interest in his £70million signature.

“This is a far-reaching decision for a player. He should take his time with that,” Krosche told Kicker. “He has to be clear about exactly what he is going to do, how he sees his future.

“Maybe that has changed a bit as a result of the new situation.”

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  • Man Utd set Jesse Lingard transfer price amid Arsenal interest

Wanted: James Rodriguez

Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez could ‘finally be on his way’ to the Premier League.

That’s according to Sky Sports, who believe the Colombia international is a top target for Arsenal, Everton and Wolves.

Rodriguez, 28, has just over 13 months remaining on his contract at the Bernabeu and Zinedine Zidane’s side are desperate to cash in before he becomes a free agent.

Toffees manager Carlo Ancelotti could prove decisive in the player’s next destination having twice worked with Rodriguez at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

Jesse Lingard valuation

Manchester United have slapped a £30million price tag on Jesse Lingard.

The England international has struggled for form this season, failing to register a single Premier League goal or assist in over a year.

The Red Devils are open to letting Lingard go at the end of the season and Arsenal have emerged as a potential destination.

And the Metro say United have slapped a price of £30m on Lingard – but the player himself would prefer to stay at Old Trafford and fight for his place.

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