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Arsenal transfer news: Fernandes talks, Doucoure interest, Aubameyang future

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for Arsenal on Sunday, August 2.

Arsenal are now able to press ahead with their summer transfer plans with the knowledge that they will be playing European football next season courtesy of Saturday's FA Cup triumph over Chelsea.

A 14th success in the competition ensured Europa League qualification in addition to earning Mikel Arteta a trophy during his first season in charge, and now the Spaniard must look to traverse his first summer window as a manager.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest news on possible comings and goings at the Emirates Stadium.

Sunday morning's Arsenal transfer talk news roundup:

Arsenal 'send officials to secure Joelson Fernandes deal'

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta pictured on July 15, 2020© Reuters

Arsenal officials have reportedly travelled to Portugal in an attempt to tie up negotiations for highly-rated Sporting Lisbon winger Joelson Fernandes.

The 17-year-old, who has inevitably been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo since breaking into the first-team set-up in Lisbon, has been identified as one of Arsenal's top targets for the summer window.

Reports have suggested that the Gunners would be willing to pay his £41m release clause, and A Bola claims that officials have now travelled to Lisbon in order to thrash out a deal.

Barcelona and Juventus have also been credited with an interest in the attacker, who became Sporting's youngest ever player on his debut earlier this season.

Arsenal 'lining up summer move for Abdoulaye Doucoure'

Watford's Abdoulaye Doucoure celebrates scoring their second goal on January 1, 2020© Reuters

Watford could face a battle to keep some of their best players following their relegation from the Premier League, and Abdoulaye Doucoure is one of those being most heavily linked with a move away.

Arsenal are thought to be looking at midfield reinforcements with the futures of Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira still uncertain.

The Mirror reports that Doucoure is one of the players on their shortlist, although they could face competition from Premier League rivals Everton.

Doucoure scored four goals and created two more during Watford's doomed 2019-20 campaign and has spent four years with the Hornets in total.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dodges question over Arsenal future

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang poses with the FA Cup on August 1, 2020© Reuters

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was Arsenal's hero in Saturday's FA Cup final, scoring twice to fire the Gunners to victory over Chelsea at Wembley and securing Europa League football next season in the process.

Whether the 31-year-old is there to enjoy it remains to be seen, though, with speculation over his future continuing to rage given that he is now into the final year of his contract at the Emirates Stadium.

Aubameyang was asked about his future after the game, but dodged the situation in order to focus on the trophy celebrations, telling BBC Sport: "Nothing. Just today and the trophy. That's it!"

The Gabon international's brace at Wembley took him up to 29 goals for the season, 22 of which came in the Premier League.

More transfer news from Arsenal:

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 'considered Chelsea move'
Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reportedly considered a transfer to Chelsea during the January window. Read more.

Barcelona 'willing to listen to Ousmane Dembele offers'
Barcelona are ready to listen to offers for Ousmane Dembele in the summer transfer market, according to a report. Read more.

Southampton 'lead the race for Weston McKennie'
Southampton are at the head of the queue to sign Schalke 04 midfielder Weston McKennie, according to a report. Read more.

Samuel Umtiti 'not interested in Barcelona exit'
Samuel Umtiti is not interested in leaving Barcelona during this summer's transfer window, according to a report. Read more.

Chelsea, Arsenal 'receive boost in Dominik Szoboszlai pursuit'
Red Bull Salzburg inform Chelsea and Arsenal that Dominik Szoboszlai will be available for just £26m this summer, according to a report. Read more.

Mikel Arteta hopes FA Cup win can help keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
The Arsenal captain scored both goals in a 2-1 final victory over Chelsea at Wembley. Read more.

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