The latest reports from Italy suggest the newly appointed Roma boss remains determined to sign Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka despite his first offer being rejected.
To that end, the heads of Mourinho and Stadio Olimpico have reportedly changed their approach in a bid to secure a deal for Xhaka on the line.
Elsewhere, Mikel Arteta’s hopes of backing Kieran Tierney have received a heavy blow, with two priority left-back targets looking unlikely to join the Gunners this summer.
There are also reports from France claiming that Marseille is preparing for a daring double raid on the Emirates. The Ligue 1 club are believed to be targeting two players who are somewhat out of favor under Arteta, but who could still demand hefty transfer fees.
Here’s Monday’s Arsenal transfer roundup to kick off your week.
Roma’s new approach for Xhaka
Roma have not been deterred by the recent setbacks in their pursuit of Granit Xhaka and have devised a new approach for the Arsenal midfielder, according to reports in Italy.
Jose Mourinho is keen to make Xhaka one of his first signings as Roma boss, but his first candidacy for the Switzerland international has reportedly been rejected.
Rather than identifying an alternative target, The Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Stadio Olimpico bosses could use one or two of their current players in a partial swap deal.
The Italian outlet claims that Amadou Diawara and Cengiz Under are being considered for use in an offer for Xhaka.
Hopes of Arteta’s left-back collapse
Mikel Arteta’s hopes of adding a left-back to his squad this summer have been shaken.
It depends football.london , who claims the Gunners are targeting Ryan Bertrand is getting closer to Leicester City.
Bertrand is available for free due to his contract with Southampton expiring, but the King Power appears to be his more likely destination rather than the Emirates.
Meanwhile, the outlet also claims that Hibernian starlet Josh Doig is unlikely to capitalize on recent transfer ties by joining Arsenal.
Doig signed a new four-year contract with Hibs in February and won the Scottish Football Writers’ Association Young Player of the Year award this season.
Marseilles plot with double blow
Marseille are planning a daring raid on the Emirates with two of Arsenal’s French stars in their sights, according to The team .
The Gunners are believed to be set to part ways with many players this summer in order to raise transfer funds.
France’s report claims the Ligue 1 club want to sign Matteo Guendouzi, who spent the season on loan at Hertha Berlin after falling out with Mikel Arteta.
Guendouzi has reportedly agreed on terms with Jorge Sampaoli’s side, who will now sit at the negotiating table with Arsenal to finalize the transfer.
Marseille would also like William Saliba, whose future with the Gunners is also uncertain after spending the campaign with Nice.