Ross Barkley has found minutes hard to come by at Chelsea, making just 3 appearances for the entirety of the season since his switch from Everton in the recent winter transfer window.
The 24-year-old is far below Cesc Fabregas, Danny Drinkwater, Ngolo Kante and struggling Frenchman Tiemoue Bakayoko in Conte’s midfield list. Injuries have also played a part in his limited playing time, as the midfielder has been out of the squad for over a month due to a hamstring problem.
And According to Sky Sports pundit, Paul Merson. The Evertonian is alarmingly running out of time to prove his worth at the London club, amidst the uncertainty revolving Manager Antonio Conte’s future and a potential overhaul of the playing staff.
The Legendary defender told the Daily Star.
“He is running out of time to resurrect his career. “His move to Chelsea has been a disaster and it needs to click for him quickly now or he’ll be forgotten.
“I’m a big fan of his but it’s a strange one. He’s a No 10, and when I played, you didn’t start playing in that position until you were 27 or 28.‘It’s the hardest position on the pitch. “I know because I’ve done it. You’ve got to make things happen and you’re always under the microscope. It’s a pressure position.Loading...
Barkley would be hoping to still feature for the club’s last few games as they contest for an unlikely top-four finish and an F.A Cup final against Manchester United.
True reason Barcelona are attracted to Olivier Giroud
Emerging reports claim that Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona are still interested in the signature of English Premier League outfit Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud in this January winter transfer window.
Barcelona have been linked with a number of attackers as they wish to add more strength to their attack knowing that the Uruguay international Luiz Suarez is alone in the attack and needs a backup.
French forward Ousmane Dembele is now injured and will be left out of the team until another two weeks which makes it necessary for the Blaugrana to add more players to their attack before the end of the month.
The Spanish La Liga boss Ernesto Valverde is reportedly willing to do all in his powers to bring Olivier Giroud to the Nou Camp before the end of this window as he has identified him as a player with top quality.
The sting interest in the former Arsenal player is coming when he is in a goal drought and failing to meet up to manager Maurizio Sarri’s expectation at the Stamford Bridge.
So far this season, Olivier Giroud has been able to score just 5 goals with the 25 appearances he has got under his belt but that will not deter Barcelona from making a move for him.
Improve Your Squad With Quality Defenders, PL Winner Tells Unai Emery
Premier League title winner Joleon Lescott has urged Arsenal manager Unai Emery to strengthen his squad with quality defenders in the current transfer window.
The ex-Premier League defender advised Unai Emery about his Arsenal squad while he was on Sky Sports as monitored by the Daily Star.
Joleon Lescott was of the opinion that the Gunners’ problems are mainly defensive rather than attacking and that Unai Emery should boost his squad with quality defenders.
The ex-Manchester City, Everton and Sunderland left-back cum centre back went on to praise the Gunners’ attacking duo of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette before adding that he won’t want to face the two players as a defender.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has admitted that the North Londoners can only sign players on loan despite the fact that his squad has been decimated with injuries especially on the defensive front.
The Gunners won’t be able to call on the services of both Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin for the rest of the season following respective serious knee injuries.
England defender Holding sustained the injury last month against top four rivals Manchester United, while Spanish right-back sustained the knee problem during the 2-0 win over Chelsea at the weekend.
Arsenal Target Denis Suarez Left Out Of Barcelona Squad For Sevilla Clash Amidst Transfer Links
Arsenal transfer target Denis Suarez has been left out of the Barcelona squad for tonight’s Copa Del Rey quarterfinal 1at leg clash away to Sevilla to further fuel rumours of a move to the Premier League with the Gunners.
The Barcelona midfielder has been repeatedly linked with a transfer to Arsenal with the Spaniard struggling to get playing time under manager Ernesto Valverde.
Blaugrana boss Valverde spoke about Denis Suarez during his pre-match press conference on Tuesday ahead of the Copa Del Rey clash against Sevilla.
Ex-Athletic Bilbao manager said that Denis Suarez could leave the club in the current January transfer window.
A possible Arsenal deal for Denis Suarez has been complicated by the lack of funds on the path of the Gunners.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has already made it known that there’s no money to sign players this month.
The North London giants have to work with possible loan signings due to lack of funds.
Denis Suarez is keen to reunite with compatriot Unai Emery at the club having worked with him during his reign as the Sevilla manager.
Barcelona have already told Arsenal that they will only sanction a loan deal if the Gunners will secure his transfer permanently in the summer.
Man United Turn Down Arsenal Loan Bid For Eric Bailly
Three-time European champions Manchester United have rejected a loan bid from top four rivals Arsenal for one of their defenders.
According to the Daily Mail, North London giants Arsenal firmed up their long-term interest in Eric Bailly by proposing a loan bid for him but the Gunners were swiftly rebuffed by Manchester United.
Arsenal have previously been linked with a move for the Ivorian international centre back dating back to when Jose Mourinho was the Red Devils manager.
Eric Bailly was said to be one of the players that had an issue with the Portuguese tactician before he was sacked from his job last month.
The Ivorian defender was the first signing of the Mourinho era at Manchester United after his £30m transfer from Spanish La Liga club Villareal in the summer of 2016 shortly after the Portuguese manager was named the Red Devils boss.
He was a constant fixture in the Manchester United defence, whenever he’s not injured, until recently.
Bailly, 24, started the first two games of this season in the Premier League and has made just seven more appearances since then.
He has 18 months left on his contract at the club though Manchester United have the right to activate two additional years to take his time at the club to the summer of 2022.
Arsenal News: Denis Suarez Deal Falls Through
North London club Arsenal have been dealt a big blow in their pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez after talks between the Gunners and the Spanish giants broke down.
According to the report from the Daily Mail, Arsenal and Barcelona were unable to reach an agreement for the player.
A loan transfer was agreed but the Gunners were not willing to commit to a permanent transfer at the end of the short-term loan.
Arsenal proposed a loan deal with the option to buy but the Spanish La Liga champions wanted an obligation to sign him at the end of his loan spell this summer.
Denis Suarez has not been able to nail down a spot in the Barcelona first team and he’s keen to leave the club in search of more playing opportunities.
The Spaniard has set his sights on a move to North London where he will reunite with Arsenal manager Unai Emery but his hopes might be dashed with the latest development.
Unai Emery and Denis Suarez worked together at Spanish La Liga club Sevilla in 2015.
Arsenal have no money to spend on players especially permanent signings in the current transfer window as confirmed by the aforementioned Unai Emery.
Newcastle United Join Arsenal In Race To Sign Gelson Martins
Struggling Premier League outfit Newcastle United have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Atletico Madrid winger Gelson Martins.
The Daily Mail claim that the Magpies have made a loan enquiry for the Portuguese international player.
Gelson Martins was a member of the 23-man Portugal squad to last summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.
The European champions crashed out of the tournament at the first knockout stage after they were beaten 2-1 by South American nation Uruguay.
The 23-year-old moved to Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid from Portuguese Super League club Sporting Lisbon immediately after the World Cup tournament in Russia.
He has not made the impact that was expected of him at the Wanda Metropolitano since he joined the club at the start of the season.
Apart from the Magpies, Gelson Martins has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal this month.
The Gunners have lost England international forward Danny Welbeck to long-term injury and Gelson Martins could be a like-for-like replacement for him.
Atletico Madrid are keen to get his wages off their wage bill having already added Spanish striker Alvaro Morata to their playing squad.
Morata is closing in on a loan move to Atletico for the remainder of the season with the obligation to make the transfer permanent in the summer.
Arsenal Goalkeeper Martinez Set To Join Reading On Loan
Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez is closing in on a transfer to English Championship strugglers Reading in this January transfer window.
According to the Daily Mail, the Gunners third-choice goalie will join the Royals on a short-term loan until the end of the season.
Reading are third from bottom on the Championship table.
The Argentine shot-stopper spent last season on loan at Spanish La Liga club Getafe before returning to Arsenal in the summer of 2018.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery then persuaded him to join the club’s pre-season tour of Singapore.
Emiliano Martinez is the Gunners’ third goalkeeper behind Petr Cech and new signing Bernd Leno who’s the undisputed number one Arsenal goalie following his arrival from German Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen at the start of this season.
Martinez has found playing time hard to come by as a result of his status.
He has played just once this season and that was accompanied by a clean sheet following the 1-0 win over Qarabag at the Emirates Stadium in what was the Gunners’ last game in the Europa League group stage this term.
Championship leaders Leeds United were interested in him before they settled for Spanish shot-stopper Kiko Casilla from European champions Real Madrid.
Arsenal Eyeing 22-Year-Old Italian Shot Stopper As Cech Replacement
Arsenal are reportedly eyeing a transfer for young Italian shot stopper Emil Audero as a potential replacement for veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech.
Retired Czech Republic international goalkeeper Cech will leave Arsenal at the end of the season having announced his retirement from football last week.
The 36-year-old is undoubtedly one of the best goalkeepers of his generation.
Petr Cech became a Chelsea legend after playing a major role in several titles won at Stamford Bridge over the last two decades.
He joined Arsenal in 2015 in a reported £10m deal from rivals Chelsea after losing his place to Thibaut Courtois.
Cech started this season as the number one goalkeeper in the Arsenal team before an injury paved the way for summer signing Bernd Leno to displace him.
According to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio via Caughtoffside, Arsenal are plotting a transfer for Emil Audero who’s currently on loan at Italian Serie A club Sampdoria from Juventus.
The 22-year-old came through the ranks at Juventus before breaking into the first team in 2016.
Audero has been a key member of the Sampdoria team since he joined the club on loan at the start of the season.
He has made 20 appearances for Sampdoria who are in the top half of the Italian Serie A table at the moment.
Arsenal Initiate Contact To Sign 27-year-old Midfielder
Premier League giants Arsenal have contacted European champions Real Madrid over the transfer availability of midfielder James Rodriguez.
This is according to the publication from the popular English media outlet Independent.
It was revealed that the Gunners made contact with the Champions League holders through intermediaries and that Real Madrid want to use the Colombian international star as a makeweight in a potential deal for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen.
Real Madrid are keen to secure the signing of Christian Eriksen from Tottenham this summer and James Rodriguez could be an important factor in that transfer but it remains to be seen whether Spurs would be interested in the former AS Monaco and FC Porto player.
James Rodriguez is on a two-year loan deal at German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich having joined the Bavarian giants from Real Madrid at the start of last season.
The loan deal will expire at the end of this season though it has been suggested that James Rodriguez could leave Bayern six months earlier after his relationship with manager Niko Kovac suffered in recent weeks.
Arsenal could secure his signing on loan at least until the summer with the Gunners not open to a permanent transfer this month as confirmed by club manager Unai Emery.
Arsenal Transfer News: Italian Journalist Provides Update On Denis Suarez
Italian journalist Nicolo Schira has provided a transfer update on Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez over his potential move to North London giants Arsenal.
According to Schira of Gazzette dello Sport, Denis Suarez can secure his transfer to Arsenal after Barcelona completed the move for Ghanaian international Kevin-Prince Boateng.
The 33-year-old has joined Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona on loan from Italian Serie A side Sassuolo.
The transfer will become a permanent one in the summer for €8m only.
Nicolo Schira provided an update on Denis Suarez on his official Twitter handle as monitored by popular English news outlet Daily Express.
Denis Suarez is keen to reunite with Arsenal manager Unai Emery in North London having worked with him at Sevilla.
The 25-year-old played for Unai Emery during the 2015/16 season while he was the manager of the Spanish La Liga club.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has already confirmed that the Gunners don’t have funds to sign players thus restricting the North Londoners to possible loan signings.
Recent reports revealed that Denis Suarez will join Arsenal before the end of this January transfer window with the obligation for the Gunners to make the loan deal a permanent one when it expires this summer.
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