Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Mac Allister plea, Martinelli ‘RENEWS’ contract until 2027, Fulham close in on Cedric deal

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Arsenal’s medical staff are aiming for Gabriel Jesus’ return to action on February 25.

Jesus is sidelined for the 2022 World Cup after undergoing knee surgery for the injury.

But the Gunners are confident they will have the striker back before the spring.

That means the Brazil international could return for the trip to Leicester.

On the other hand, Arsenal will welcome Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli immediately, according to coach Mikel Arteta.

Both Saka and Martinelli are expected to be fit for the Gunners’ next Premier League visit of West Ham on Boxing Day.

Arteta said: “They will immediately get back into the rhythm, shape and form of the team.

“We are waiting for them and they are also desperate to return. I have spoken to both.

“Gabi [Martinelli] he was here today, with a big smile and a lot of energy. He’s ready to go again. It will be a great boost for the team.”

And Arsenal have opened transfer talks with Shakhtar Donetsk star Mykhaylo Mudryk.

But the Gunners hope Shakhtar will lower their asking price for Mudry, who is currently £85m.

According to the Evening Standard, negotiations are underway for the winger over a deal early in the new year.

But the Ukrainian giants value the 21-year-old like Jack Grealish, who commanded a £100m release clause before joining Manchester City from Aston Villa in 2021.

However, Arsenal coach Arteta and the board are confident that they will be willing to drop their demands for the Ukraine international.

Finally, Martinelli is said to have extended his contract at Emirates until 2027.

The winger’s current deal runs until 2024, although Arsenal have the option to extend it by a further two years.

According to SPORT, the Brazil international feels comfortable in the Emirates and would like to stay for another five years.

Martinelli has impressed in North London and attracted interest from some of the world’s biggest clubs, including Barcelona.

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