Football FanCast brings you all the latest Arsenal transfer news and gossip ahead of the fast-approaching Premier League campaign beginning in the second week of August.

The north London club will be playing in the Champions League next season for the first time since 2017 and head coach Mikel Arteta will be keen to bolster his ranks in order to compete across four fronts.

Arsenal don't appear to be finished in the market just yet, despite the arrivals of Kai Havertz, Jurrien Timber and Declan Rice.

Wednesday 9th August

Raya fee agreed


Fabrizio Romano: Arsenal have agreed a fee with Brentford for goalkeeper David Raya. This one has been coming, of course, with reports that the Gunners were pushing hard for Raya accelerating over the last week.

And now they've found common ground with the Bees. Brentford have accepted an offer worth around £30m and Raya will sign a contract until 2029. A medical is scheduled for later this week that should see the deal get over the line.

Arsenal are on the brink of having a new goalkeeper, then. It's not exactly clear what the plan is here, given Aaron Ramsdale had an excellent season last time out - it's hard to believe they're replacing him.

What is clear is that the Gunners will go into this season with a much deeper squad.

Arsenal won't release Pepe


Daily Express: Arsenal won't agree to release Nicolas Pepe this summer, despite not wanting the player. They're hoping to recoup even a fraction of his £72m fee, even if that fraction is a tiny one.

And that's a problem. Pepe's representatives told Besiktas that they'd be able to get him released from his contract at Arsenal. That now doesn't appear possible, which could completely end that deal. Doing so would put back Pepe's exit by some time - and everyone is running out of that.

Perhaps Besiktas can cough up some cash, or perhaps Arsenal decide that just getting the wages off the books is good enough. Either way, something needs to budge if the deal is to get over the line.

Juventus unsure on Partey


Tuttosport: It appears Juventus may pull out of a deal for Thomas Partey. They're no longer sure he's value for money, given Arsenal's asking price and that fact he's now 30.

The Italians have other targets in mind, says the report, all of whom are quite a bit younger than Partey. The suggestion is that unless the Gunners reduce their asking price by quite a bit, the Ghanaian won't be heading to Turin.

Thursday 3rd August

Lavia bid expected


The Independent: Arsenal are expected to enter the race for Romeo Lavia. Southampton's midfielder is one of the most in-demand prospects around right now, with a host of major Premier League sides hoping to snap him up.

Liverpool lead the race and have already made two bids for Lavia. Both were rejected, however, which has opened the door for Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal.

All three could enter the race at any minute, but the Reds have a third bid on its way to Southampton in an attempt to get this one over the line.

Arsenal, though, are waiting. They want to sell Folarin Balogun first, and when they do, an offer for Lavia is expected to go in. The Gunners just need to hope that no one else seals the transfer before they're got the cash ready.

Tomiyasu going nowhere


Fabrizio Romano: Romano has dismissed reports that Takehiro Tomiyasu could leave Arsenal this summer. Reports in Italy, primarily from Gazzetta dello Sport, claimed Inter were pushing to sign the player and that the Gunners were open to it.

However, Romano doesn't believe that's the case. He claims Tomiyasu is a part of Mikel Arteta's plans and that would only change if Arsenal signed a new full-back.

Nothing is close or advanced in that regard, though, meaning the defender is fully expected to remain with the club this season.

Arsenal like Lindstrom


Ekstra Bladet: Arsenal are supposedly considering a move for Eintracht Frankfurt forward Jesper Lindstrom. The striker, who scored seven times in the Bundesliga last season, is one of the more interesting forwards in Europe right now.

There's no suggestion of what Lindstrom would cost, but the rapid striker also has interest from Liverpool. He's certainly one to keep an eye on if the Gunners do choose to further boost their attacking options this summer.