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Arsenal transfer news: Willian 'seen in Gunners kit', Aubameyang latest, Coutinho talks

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for Arsenal on Thursday, August 6.

Arsenal are expected to be busy during this summer's transfer window despite suggestions that the Gunners will be unable to make any big-money signings due to the financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

A number new defenders continue to be linked with a switch to the Emirates Stadium, while head coach Mikel Arteta is also said to be keen to improve his attack ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.

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

Thursday morning's Arsenal transfer talk news roundup:


Leaked clip shows Chelsea forward Willian in Arsenal kit

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Chelsea attacker Willian is seemingly heading for Arsenal ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.

Indeed, a leaked clip from video game PES 21 has given Arsenal supporters further hope that their side have won the race to sign the Brazil international, who is expected to leave the Blues later this month.

The seven-second trailer for the next Pro Evolution Soccer game was posted by The Sun and shows Willian in Arsenal's new adidas shirt, accompanied by the message "new signing".

The experienced attacker has been in impressive form for Frank Lampard's side during the 2019-20 campaign, scoring 11 times and contributing nine assists in 47 appearances in all competitions.


Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 'waiting for Barcelona offer'

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

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is allegedly waiting to see whether Barcelona make a move for him before deciding whether to sign a new contract with Arsenal.

The Gabon international will see his existing deal at the Emirates Stadium expire next summer, and the Gunners are determined to tie him down to an extension.

However, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano, the 31-year-old wants to see if Barca will make an offer for his services.

Speaking to The Beautiful Game podcast, Romano said: "Aubameyang is waiting to see if other top clubs offer him a contract, like Barcelona. At the moment, no-one has made a bid.

"Yes they are talking and it's up to Aubameyang because the contract has been offered to Auba many months ago, they did what they can, they offered him an important contract and he's going to decide soon."


Report: Arsenal in advanced talks over Philippe Coutinho loan

Philippe Coutinho in Bundesliga action for Bayern Munich on February 29, 2020© Reuters

Arsenal are reportedly closing in on the loan signing of Barcelona attacker Philippe Coutinho.

The 28-year-old has spent the 2019-20 campaign on loan with Bayern Munich but is due to return to Camp Nou later this month.

Barca were thought to be keen to offload him on a permanent basis this summer, although the financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak means that a big-money switch away from Camp Nou is unlikely.

According to Sport, though, the Catalan giants are open to a loan exit, and Arsenal are now at an advanced stage in talks with Barca over the former Liverpool playmaker.


More transfer news from Arsenal:

Arsenal 'leading Manchester United in race for Gabriel Magalhaes'
A report claims that Arsenal are in pole position to sign Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille. Read more.

Arsenal 'must offload Henrikh Mkhitaryan before signing Willian'
Arsenal must offload Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Roma before they can formally sign soon-to-be free agent Willian, according to a report. Read more.

Villarreal boss Unai Emery keen for reunion with Arsenal's Matteo Guendouzi?
Villarreal is reportedly looking to secure a deal for Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, who he worked with during his time at the Emirates Stadium. Read more.

Chelsea 'handed boost in pursuit of Brentford's £25m-rated Said Benrahma'
Brentford's failure to win promotion to the Premier League has reportedly handed Chelsea a significant boost in their hopes of signing Said Benrahma this summer. Read more.

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