Paul Mariner laments at the transfer misfirings for Arsenal so far in the summer window.

Friday’s latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC’s What’s Trending…

ARSENAL: Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has insisted that the club are “looking for top-quality players” this summer and defended the Gunners’ decision to stick with manager Arsene Wenger.

– Alexis Sanchez says he’s clear about his future — but isn’t ready to reveal where he will be playing next season.

– The Gunners have had an approach for Thomas Lemar rejected by Monaco, but remain hopeful of sealing a deal for Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette, a source has told ESPN FC.

CONFEDERATIONS CUP: Mexico striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez said he was “sad” at his team’s 4-1 loss to Germany in the Confederations Cup on Thursday, but stated that he was “proud” with what the team has achieved at the tournament.

– Joachim Low said his young Germany team can win the Confederations Cup against Chile and prove their readiness to return to Russia in next year’s World Cup.

– Massimo Busacca, FIFA’s head of refereeing, says that officials are still on a learning curve with trials of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) at the Confederations Cup.

BARCELONA: Neymar is the highest-earning athlete in the world under 25, according to a study by Forbes.

MAN UNITEDManchester United found the perfect response to their critics last season by ending the campaign with three trophies, Paul Pogba told Esquire Magazine.

– United are ready to reject interest in Phil Jones this summer to keep the defender at Old Trafford, sources have told ESPN FC.

LIVERPOOL: RB Leipzig have received no approach from Liverpool regarding the transfer of Naby Keita, sources have told ESPN FC.

CHELSEA: Pedro still hopes that fellow Spain international Diego Costa will remain at the club, calling the striker “a very important player.”

MAN CITY: Tottenham have opened talks with Manchester City over the transfer of Kyle Walker, according to BBC Sport.

REAL MADRID: Real Madrid have sold midfielder Enzo Zidane, the son of manager Zinedine Zidane, to Alaves.

– Vicente del Bosque says that he would try and persuade reported Manchester United target Alvaro Morata not to leave Real Madrid were he still at the club.

– Pepe is set to become Paris Saint-Germain’s first summer signing once his Real Madrid contract comes to an end, a source close to the French capital outfit told ESPN FC.

– Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo says he does not think Theo Hernandez has signed for Real Madrid yet, but he has no problem with how Los Blancos have conducted the transfer.

HUDDERSFIELD: Head coach David Wagner has signed a new contract to keep him at the club until 2019, while Aaron Mooy has signed permanently from Manchester City in a club record deal that could rise up to £10 million.

BOURNEMOUTH: The club have completed the signing of Nathan Ake from Chelsea in a club-record transfer.

LIGUE 1: Montpellier president Louis Nicollin, who helped to produce one of the biggest upsets in French football when his unfashionable club won the league in 2012, has died. He was 74.

MLS: Los Angeles FC remains hopeful of signing Wesley Sneijder despite reported interest in his services from other clubs, sources told ESPN FC.

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