Arsenal evening headlines as Raul Sanllehi plans £20m transfer to unlock Bukayo Saka’s potential

Here are the latest Arsenal headlines for Friday, May 22.

Arsenal chasing Ajax defender

Arsenal are on the hunt for Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico, with a £20million deal in the works, according to The Sun.

Tagliafico, 27, joined Ajax from Independiente in 2018 and has been tracked by several clubs, including Chelsea, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

Mikel Arteta is believed to want a new left-back this summer so Bukayo Saka can play further forward he will look to make Tagliafico his priority.

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Milan targeting Arsenal defender

AC Milan will look to secure a deal for Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi in an attempt to bolster their defensive options.

Mustafi joined the Gunners from Valencia in 2016 but has rarely looked convincing in an Arsenal shirt. The 28-year-old has long been linked with a move away from the Emirates, and according to Todo Fichajes, the Rossoneri have identified him as a potential target.

Mustafi already has previous experience of Serie A after a spell with Sampdoria and Milan are reportedly willing to drop around €10million (£8.9million) to take him to Italy.

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Pulis makes Wenger claim

Arsene Wenger sought to ban throw-ins and have grass measured in an attempt to stop Arsenal’s poor form against Stoke City, Tony Pulis has claimed.

Pulis’ men often took advantage of Arsenal’s fragile defence, with Rory Delap’s long throws a constant source of pain for Wenger and his players. So much so that Stoke won three out of their six home games against the Gunners under Pulis.

In 2009, Wenger branded Stoke, a ‘rugby team’ and Pulis claims that Wenger once wrote to the FA with a list of demands designed to combat Stoke’s style of play.

“I always want angles to get players motivated, to put fire into their bellies and something for the supporters to feed off,” he told That Peter Crouch podcast.

“When Wenger first said it, called us a rugby team, it was the third time on the bounce we had beaten them at home. He was avoiding the question of how could a team with much less talent than Arsenal, who don’t spend anywhere near as much as Arsenal, who haven’t got the facilities and capabilities of Arsenal, keep beating Arsenal.

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