Arsenal news round-up: Dayot Upamecano and Ryan Fraser transfer latest


Arsenal are working hard behind the scenes as preparation for the season's restart hits full flow.

Mikel Arteta has been working his players hard during the enforced break from action with each player having a personalised training programme to get stuck into at home, before being eased back into full training in recent weeks.

The squad are now back at London Colney and preparing for a return to top flight action when they take on Manchester City on June 17.

Plenty is going on off the pitch as well as the club look ahead to next season and start to eye up potential summer additions.

Here are the latest news stories to come out of Emirates Stadium in the last 24 hours.

Arsenal target Dayot Upamecano issued transfer ultimatum

Arsenal target Dayot Upamecano has been told to sign a new contract with RB Leipzig or leave the club this summer.

The 21-year-old has a deal that runs until next summer, but given the player's high market value, the German side are keen to ensure that they don't lose him for nothing.

It's reported that there is a €60m release clause in the defender's contract which expires next month, meaning that the Gunners will have to move quickly if they're to activate that clause.

Speaking to Bild, RB Leipzig's CEO Oliver Mintzlaff said of the player's situation: “Upa is an extremely important player for us and one of the most sought-after talents in his position.

“One thing we can assure you of is that we have a very clear understanding with him and his agent that he will not be allowed to leave for free. We can’t afford that as a club.

“There are two options for him – he will either sign a contract extension or leave. I’m sure that we will know relatively quickly in which direction it goes.”

Arsenal target Ryan Fraser turns down Bournemouth deal

Ryan Fraser's future remains up in the air amid Arsenal's interest.

The Bournemouth star is out of contract this summer, and according to The Sun, has refused to pen a short-term extension until the end of the current season.

The Gunners were actively pursuing a deal for the Scotland international last summer.

It remains to be seen whether they will look to strike a deal this time around, but given the fact that he's available on a free transfer, it could be a shrewd move.

Santi Cazorla distances himself from Arsenal return

Santi Cazorla has distanced himself from speculation linking him with a coaching role at Arsenal.

The Gunners' favourite has been linked with a return to the club next season as part of Mikel Arteta's backroom staff, but addressing his future, he suggested that the idea of coaching is not his first choice.

Speaking to Cadena SER, as quoted by The Mirror, Cazorla said: "I have already made my decision, but right now is not the time to say anything.

"I have an idea of what I want, but in due course I will reveal what I've decided. Now is not the time because we have to be focused on competing.

"[The season suspension] has helped me think, listen to my body, but I do not want to pre-empt you or to speculate too much.

He added: "I want to remain linked to football. I could be a coach, but I see myself more in a sporting director role."

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