Arsenal £30m Tielemans bid EXCLUSIVE, Lisandro Martinez decision this week, Asensio £22m transfer news LIVE

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Arsenal have stepped up the hunt for Leicester star Youri Tielemans and are ready to make a firm offer, according to SunSport’s Mark Irwin.

The Gunners are confident they can close a £30million deal for Tielemans, despite rival interest from both Manchester United and Newcastle.

Manager Mikel Arteta has already spent £83million this summer to bolster his squad, bringing in Gabriel Jesus, Fabio Vieira, Matt Turner and Marquinhos.

Now Arteta is turning his attention to strengthening his midfield and has been given the green light to take his next step in the market.

The Spanish head coach has turned to Tielemans after top target Ruben Neves was priced out of the market after Wolves demanded £75million.

The North Londoners have also explored the possibility of a bid for Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, but the Belgium international is preferred.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are aiming to sack seven players to fund further spending in the summer transfer window.

Record endorsement Nicolas Pepe, Bernd Leno, Hector Bellerin, Lucas Torreira, Pablo Mari, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson are all up for sale.

But all seven players have so far failed to attract significant offers from other clubs.

The Gunners need more money after missing out on next season’s Champions League.

And Ajax star Lisandro Martinez has told the club he wants to quit and move to the Premier League.

Martinez is wanted by both Manchester United and Arsenal to boost their defenses.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano tweeted: “Lisandro Martínez, back in the Netherlands today – he has been very clear to Ajax against the club that he only wants to leave to try his first Premier League experience.

“Manchester United push like” [Erik] ten Hag wants Lisandro as a priority – Arsenal, still fighting.”

And The Mirror also reports that the Argentina international “begged” Ajax to “grant his wish” to play in the Premier League.

Finally, Arsenal are monitoring the transfer situation of Benfica ace Alex Grimaldo.

Grimaldo is reportedly available for just £6million this summer as a slew of clubs make potential bids for the left-back.

According to Record, the Gunners are “attention to the situation”, while Lyon is also keeping a close eye on things.

The Spaniard has one year left on his current contract and unless he signs a new one, Benfica would lose him next summer for nothing, a matter the Eagles are keen to avoid

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