Arsenal news LIVE: Board make £46.5m counter proposal, transfer decision expected in June

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Monday, April 13

  • Achraf Hakimi knows he’ll have to ‘make a decision’ on his future in June
  • Premier League duo Arsenal and Chelsea are monitoring the full-back
  • Arsenal have told Real Madrid they can sign Alexandre Lacazette
  • Dayot Upamecano is a target for both Manchester United and Manchester City

Achraf Hakimi latest

Real Madrid defender Achraf Hakimi knows he’ll have to ‘make a decision’ on his future in June.

Several clubs across Europe including Arsenal and Chelsea are monitoring the full-back, who has enjoyed a terrific two-season loan spell with Borussia Dortmund.

And his suitors have received a boost with Hakimi admitting that Real Madrid haven’t discussed extending his deal beyond June 2022.

“My contract with Real Madrid? My agent is in charge of it,” Achraf told Cadena SER‘s El Larguero. “I don’t know how much I have left. I am proud of what I am doing. In June I will have to make a decision and it will be a big step in my career. I haven’t had any contact with Real Madrid about next year.”

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  • What Arsenal told Real Madrid as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang talks begin

Auba? No. Laca? Yes.

Arsenal have reportedly told Real Madrid they can sign Alexandre Lacazette after the La Liga giants made an initial approach for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Barcelona have been keeping tabs on the 30-year-old Gabon international, while Manchester United are also thought to be interested.

However, Real Madrid are looking to steal a march on their rivals by making an early enquiry.

France Football claim Los Blancos have asked Gunners chiefs about the possibility of completing a deal this summer, but Arsenal are desperate to keep hold of their captain and will offer him a contract extension.

They instead put France international Lacazette, who they signed for an initial £46.5million in 2017, forward as an alternative for Zinedine Zidane’s side.

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  • Arsenal players reject £25m pay cut despite Raul Sanllehi warning

Dayot Upamecano interest

RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano is a target for both Manchester United and Manchester City.

The centre-back, 21, is considered one of the brightest talents in Europe with Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Barcelona and Real Madrid also interested.

Sky Sports claim Upamecano is on the shortlists of both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Pep Guardiola, who are both looking to bolster their defensive ranks.

The France youth international has a £52.5million release clause in his contract – but with just 13 months remaining on his deal – it’s thought RB Leipzig could sell for closer to £40m.

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