Arsenal complete three transfers as Raheem Sterling drops hint amid talk of summer deal

Here’s all the news from around the Emirates Stadium over the past 24 hours.

De Bruyne verdict

According to The Sun, Arsenal have reignited their interest in Houssem Aouar after Lyon failed to qualify for the Champions League for next season.

And the Gunners could be getting a bargain.

Last summer Lyon were demanding around £55million for the midfielder, but the aforementioned report claims that Aouar could leave for as little as £20m.

If Gunners technical director Edu is in any doubt about pursuing a move for the Frenchman once again, he should revisit Kevin De Bruyne’s verdict on the midfielder.

Speaking after Lyon beat Manchester City in a Champions League quarter-final during the 2019/20 season, the Belgian heaped praise on Aouar.

As quoted by our sister title, the Manchester Evening News, De Bruyne said: “Lyon have a great team. I don’t follow the French league as much as other leagues, but if I have to pick one player that has impressed me from Lyon, it would be Houssem Aouar.

“He was fantastic.”

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Three deals confirmed

Arsenal were busy yesterday, confirming the exits of three academy players.

The first exit confirmed was that of 20-year-old attacking midfielder Trae Coyle who spent a portion of last season on loan at Gillingham as he has sealed a permanent transfer to Swiss side Lausanne-Sport after more than a decade in the youth development ranks.

Next was Zech Medley.

Zech Medley was named among the substitutes in Arsenal's Premier League match against Brighton last June.
Zech Medley was named among the substitutes in Arsenal’s Premier League match against Brighton last June.

As first reported by, the defender – who made his first-team debut under Unai Emery in the 2018/2019 season – has completed his move to KV Oostende.

Completing the hat-trick of exits was another centre-back in Mark McGuinness who has joined Championship outfit Cardiff City on a three-year deal.

The summer window is officially open, and it’s going to be tough to keep up with the comings and goings in and out of the Emirates.

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Sterling hint

Raheem Sterling has hinted at being unhappy at Manchester City.

Prior to last month’s Champions League final defeat against Chelsea, there was talk that Sterling could be one of the players offloaded by Pep Guardiola in a bid to freshen up the squad.

According to the Daily Mail, Sterling’s potential availability was to be of interest to Arsenal supporters, with their club said to be keen on signing the England international, as well as Riyad Mahrez.

And Sterling has added fuel to those claims about joining Arsenal by hinting at being unhappy with his playing time at Man City after being dropped for some important games last season.

“It is just happiness, just being happy, enjoying my football and that is what I am doing being here with the national team,” he said, as per the Express. “If you’re not playing, you’re not happy.

“That’s me, that’s been me since I was a kid, if I’m playing football I am really happy, if I’m not I’m not happy.”

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