Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Martinelli ‘RENEWS’ contract until 2027, Fulham close in on Cedric deal, Mudryk LATEST

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    Arsenal’s medical staff are targeting February 25 for Gabriel Jesus’ big return to action.

    Jesus is sidelined after undergoing knee surgery for an injury he suffered during the 2022 World Cup.

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

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

    Meanwhile, Arsenal will welcome Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli back imminently, according to manager Mikel Arteta.

    Saka and Martinelli are expected to be fit to play in the Gunners’ next Premier League visit at West Ham, which takes place on Boxing Day.

    Arteta said: “They’ll come back straight away into the rhythm, shape and mould of the team.

    “We’re waiting for them and they are desperate to be back as well. I’ve spoken to both of them.

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

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

    But the Gunners are hoping Shakhtar will lower their asking price for Mudryk, which currently stands at £85million.

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

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

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

    Finally, Martinelli has reportedly extended his contract at the Emirates until 2027.

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

    According to SPORT, the Brazil international feels comfortable at 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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