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Arsenal Face Stiff Competition For 31-Year-Old Powerhouse

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North London giants Arsenal face a big fight in their pursuit of Moroccan international defender Mehdi Benatia according to various media reports.

Benatia, 31, has failed to break into the starting XI at Italian champions Juventus in the new campaign and this is partly due to the summer arrival of Leonardo Bonucci.

The Italian international centre back returned to the Old Lady during this summer’s transfer window after just one season with rivals AC Milan.

He had earlier moved to the seven-time European champions from Juventus in the summer of 2017.

His arrival has led to a limited playing time for Benatia under Juventus manager Maximiliano Allegri and that has prompted transfer rumours linking him with a move away from Italy.

According to the report from Le10Sport, Arsenal manager Unai Emery is keen to boost his defensive options when the transfer window reopens in January and he has targeted Medhi Benatia.

The Moroccan recently captained his country to this summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.

He was powerless as the North Africans were eliminated in the group stage of the tournament.

Apart from the Gunners, Mehdi Benatia has been linked with a move to European heavyweights such as Barcelona and Manchester United.

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Arsenal Transfer Target To Sign New Man United Contract

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Manchester United defender Phil Jones has been linked with a move to top four rivals Arsenal and Manchester United ahead of the next transfer window in the New Year.

The Red Devils are not willing to let him go despite the strong transfer links to the aforementioned North London duo.

According to the publication from popular English news portal Daily Star, Manchester United will offer the England international centre back a new contract until the end of the 2019/20 season.

Phil Jones has less than a year left on his current deal at Old Trafford but the Red Devils reserve the right to activate the clause of an additional year in his Manchester United contract.

This is necessary to prevent the 26-year-old from leaving the club on a free transfer when his Manchester United contract expires at the end of the season.

With the new development, the Red Devils will be able to cash in on him next summer in the event that other clubs are interested in him.

Phil Jones teamed up with Manchester United from English Championship side Blackburn Rovers in 2011 but he has not been able to live up to the huge expectations that accompanied his move to Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson.

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Arsenal Face North London Battle For 26-Year-Old Defender

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Arsenal will reportedly have to fend off the challenge of North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in their pursuit of England international defender Phil Jones.

Jones plays his club football for three-time European champions Manchester United.

According to the publication from popular English news outlet The Sun, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing the 26-year-old centre back.

Phil Jones was one of the last signings of the Sir Alex Ferguson era before the legendary Manchester United manager retired in 2013.

He signed for the Red Devils from English Championship side Blackburn Rovers in 2011.

Manchester United paid a transfer fee of around £16m to secure his signing.

Big things were expected from him but Phil Jones has failed to live up to those expectations at Old Trafford.

His long-term future at the club is in doubt with less than a year left on his current Manchester United deal though the former European champions reserve the right to activate the clause of an additional year.

Phil Jones has battled with series of injuries in the last few seasons especially in the last campaign but that didn’t stop him from being named in the 23-man England squad to this summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.

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Dembele To Arsenal Transfer Rumours Fuelled After This Decision

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The transfer rumours linking France World Cup winner Ousmane Dembele have been intensified after the young winger was dropped from the Barcelona squad for the Spanish La Liga game with Real Betis at home.

The 21-year-old was reportedly dropped for the game which took place on Sunday evening as a result of disciplinary issues.

Without Dembele, Barcelona lost their first game in two years at the Nou Camp after they were beaten 4-3 in what was a seven-goal thriller.

The exciting French winger has been repeatedly linked with a move away from the Nou Camp ahead of the upcoming transfer window in the New Year.

He has been linked with a move to the Premier League with clubs like Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea.

Ousmane Dembele has had to endure a frustrating 18 months at Barcelona following his transfer from German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.

He has struggled to live up to both his expensive price tag and fans’ huge expectations since he swapped Germany for Italy.

The former Rennes player joined Barcelona for an initial fee of €105m as well as add-ons that could be up to €35m.

Dembele has been on the bad books of Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde lately and this has intensified transfer reports linking him with a move away from the Nou Camp.

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Sporting Director Rules Out January Exit For Arsenal Target

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AS Roma sporting director Monchi has dismissed transfer rumours linking Czech Republic international Patrik Schick with a move away from the Italian capital club during the January transfer window.

Schick has found first team football hard to come by at AS Roma thereby prompting reports of a move away from the club.

Monchi was quoted in a tweet from David Amoyal and monitored by readarsenal.

Patrick Schick had earlier been linked with a loan move to Premier League giants Arsenal ahead of the upcoming transfer window in the New Year.

The transfer reports claimed that the 22-year-old will be a temporary replacement for injured Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck.

England international player Welbeck is almost certain to miss the rest of the season after he sustained a serious right ankle injury during the Europa League clash with Portuguese Super League side Sporting Lisbon on Thursday night.

The 27-year-old suffered the unfortunate injury in the Group E game which ended in a goalless draw.

The result was enough to maintain the Gunners’ unbeaten run and also book their spot in the last 32 of the Europa League.

Apart from Patrick Schick, other forwards like Nicolas Pepe, Ousmane Dembele and others have been linked with the Gunners.

 

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Breaking! Arsenal Linked With Loan Move For 6f Tall Forward

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Premier League giants Arsenal have been linked with a move for highly-rated striker Patrik Schick ahead of the transfer window in the New Year.

Patrick Schick plays his club football with Italian Serie A side AS Roma.

The transfer links to Arsenal have surfaced following the injury to Gunners forward Danny Welbeck.

The young Czech Republic international has been touted as a possible loan replacement for the injured Welbeck.

The 22-year-old has struggled to break into the Roma starting XI since his transfer from fellow Italian Serie A side Sampdoria.

The Italian capital club won’t mind the idea of a loan move to the Premier League for the player.

The Gunners are in the market for a replacement for Welbeck and the club could be open to the idea of a temporary solution that would suffice between now and the end of the season.

Danny Welbeck suffered a season-ending injury during the Gunners’ Europa League game with Sporting Lisbon at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night.

The former Sunderland and Manchester United star sustained a right knee injury while trying to reach across from Swiss international right-back in the first half of the encounter which ended in a goalless draw

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Breaking! Arsenal Set For Imminent January Swap Deal

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Arsenal are reportedly in line to do a swap deal with Italian Serie A giants AS Roma when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.

According to a specific publication from trusted Italian media outlet Corriere dello Sport via the Daily Mirror, the Gunners are interested in a move for AS Roma striker Patrik Schick and that the Italian capital club will ask for one of the Gunners’ players.

The Premier League title contenders are in the market for a forward and they have identified Czech Republic international Schick as a potential transfer target.

According to the aforementioned report, AS Roma will ask for midfielder Aaron Ramsey to be a part of the deal.

Ramsey is on his way out of Arsenal following the club’s decision to withdraw their contract offer to him.

The Arsenal need for a forward was boosted by the unfortunate injury to Danny Welbeck.

The England international forward sustained a serious injury to his right ankle in the first half of the Gunners’ Europa League meeting with Sporting Lisbon FC of Portugal on Thursday night.

The game which was played at the Emirates Stadium ended in a goalless draw.

The result was enough to secure the Gunners’ place in the last 32 of the Europa League.

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Arsenal Eyeing Serie A Replacement For Erratic Mustafi

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North London giants Arsenal are reportedly eyeing a replacement for the erratic Shkrodan Mustafi in their starting XI.

According to the report from trusted transfer news website TuttoMercatoWeb (TMW) via footballtransfertavern, the Gunners are keen on a move for Juventus defender Mehdi Benatia when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.

Moroccan international centre back Benatia is frustrated with a lack of playing time at Juventus and he’s keen to secure a move away from the Old Lady.

The 31-year-old signed for the Italian champions in the summer of 2017 as a replacement for Giorgio Chiellini who left the club for rivals AC Milan in the same summer.

Italian international Chiellini returned to the Juventus Stadium this summer after just one year with AC Milan.

His return has led to a lack of playing time for Medhi Benatia at the club.

The former Bayern Munich defender has featured in the Italian Serie A on four occasions only this season.

Mehdi Benatia is almost likely to replace the erratic Mustafi in the Gunners starting XI if a move to the Emirates Stadium becomes a reality.

Apart from the North London outfit, Mehdi Benatia has also been linked with a transfer to rivals Manchester United.

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Arsenal Identify £45m Replacement For Welbeck

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North London giants Arsenal have reportedly identified a replacement for injured forward Danny Welbeck ahead of the upcoming transfer window in the New Year.

The Gunners are keen to replace Welbeck in their squad after the England international player suffered a season-ending injury on Thursday night.

The former Sunderland and Manchester United star sustained a serious right ankle injury in the Gunners’ last game, a goalless draw at home to Portuguese Super League giants Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League.

The game was overshadowed by the injury to Welbeck who was stretchered off in the first half of the game.

Arsenal took their unbeaten run to fifteen games with the Sporting Lisbon result and also booked their spot in the first knockout stage of the Europa League.

Welbeck has less than one year on his current Arsenal deal and he was being linked with a move away from the club during the next transfer window.

He was linked with a £10m move to London rivals Crystal Palace before his injury.

The unfortunate setback has led the Gunners to seek for a replacement for him.

According to the report from Eurosport, Arsenal have identified Lille forward Nicolas Pepe as his replacement.

The Ivorian international is rated at £45m according to the publication

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Talksport Presenter Makes Bold Claims About Mata Transfer To Arsenal

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Talksport presenter Adrian Durham has made a bold claim about transfer rumours linking Manchester United midfielder Juan Manuel Mata with a move to rivals Arsenal at the end of this season.

Durham is adamant that the Spanish international midfielder will team up with the Gunners next summer.

He made this known while he was talking on the English media platform Talksport.

Adrian Durham disclosed that sources in Spain have confirmed that the 30-year-old will join Arsenal at the end of this season.

Mata is no stranger to new Arsenal boss Unai Emery after he enjoyed three hugely successful years with him at Spanish La Liga giants Valencia.

He played under the Spanish tactician between 2008 and 2011 before he secured a big money move to 2012 Champions League winners Chelsea.

Mata swapped the Blues for Manchester United in January 2014.

The Red Devils reportedly paid £37.1m for his signature.

Mata has been a wonderful servant for the former European champions.

His Manchester United contract expires at the end of this season prompting talks about his future.

Despite the doubts over his long-term future at the club, Juan Mata was instrumental for Manchester United in recent comeback victories over Newcastle United and Italian champions Juventus.

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Confirmed! Arsenal To Sell Starman Next Summer

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Arsenal will reportedly sell goalkeeper David Ospina to Italian Serie A giants Napoli at the end of this season.

According to the publication from renowned English news outlet The Sun, the Colombian international shot-stopper is surplus to requirement at the Emirates Stadium.

Ospina currently plays his club football for Napoli having joined the Champions League campaigners on a season-long loan during this summer’s transfer window.

The previously mentioned report also claimed that Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti has been impressed with the 30-year-old since he replaced the injured Alex Meret in goal.

Napoli can convert his loan deal to a permanent one with just £3.5m as stipulated in the contract that took him to Italy.

The former OGC Nice goalie will have just one year left on his Arsenal contract at the end of this season.

David Ospina moved further down the pecking order in the Gunners’ goalkeeping department following the signing of German international goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen in the summer.

Leno has impressed for the North Londoners since his move to England.

He started the season outside the Arsenal starting XI but the injury to Petr Cech gave him the opportunity to nail down a first eleven spot in the Gunners team.

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