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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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Guardiola, Rummenigge In Feud Over Arsenal Target

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and his former employers at Bayern have been involved in a war of words over winger Leroy Sane.

Bayern Munich have been constantly linked with Manchester City winger Sane for the majority of this summer and their pursuit has led to some sort of tension between Guardiola and the Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Sane was previously linked to Arsenal at the earlier part of this summer’s transfer window.

On the pursuit of Sane, Pep Guardiola warned Bayern Munich to stay off his player during his press conference at the Premier League Asia Trophy at the weekend.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge while responding to the Manchester City manager in an interview monitored by The Sun took a swipe at the Spanish tactician.

The Bayern Munich supremo implied that Pep Guardiola is not aware of a lot of things at Manchester City.

Leroy Sane is attracting serious interest from the German champions who are looking for wing replacements for veterans Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben.

Ribery and Robben left the Bavarian giants at the end of last season shortly after they helped the team to a seventh successive league title.

Both players were on target in their final game for Bayern Munich.

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Arsenal Dealt Big Blow In Wilfried Zaha Chase

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North London giants Arsenal have received a major transfer setback in their quest to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha during the current transfer window.

According to The Sun, Crystal Palace are reluctant to sell the player to Arsenal unless the Gunners meet their £80m valuation.

The Eagles would only be interested in lowering their financial demands for a Champions League playing club.

Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League for the third successive season at the end of last season.

The Gunners finished outside the Champions League places at the end of last season.

Only the top four Premier League places guarantee Champions League football.

Arsenal missed out via a fifth-place finish at the end of the season.

The Gunners could have also qualified for Champions League football via the Europa League.

Arsenal were beaten 4-1 by London rivals Chelsea in the final of the competition.

Zaha has talked up his dream move to Arsenal having pointed out in one of his earlier interviews that he supported the North Londoners as a boy.

The 26-year-old has already told Crystal Palace officials that this summer is the right time for him to leave the club despite signing a new contract as early as last year.

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£55m Arsenal Bid Turned Down For Star Player

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Europa League finalist Arsenal have had a second his turned down for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha according to the latest reports emanating from the media in the United Kingdom (UK).

Ivorian international Zaha is the top transfer target for the Gunners and they are hopeful of landing their man between now and the end of the transfer window scheduled for the second week of next month.

Arsenal have less than three weeks to pull off a deal for the former Manchester United star.

The Premier League transfer window is expected to close on the 8th of August.

According to the Independent, Arsenal have made a £55m bid for Zaha but it was turned down by Crystal Palace who have slapped an asking price of £80m on him.

The said £55m bid includes £10m in add-ons while the Gunners also proposed the addition of a loan deal for one of the Arsenal youngsters like Bukayo Saka or Reiss Nelson.

The new Arsenal bid is £45m plus £10m totaling £55m.

Wilfried Zaha has been a key player for Crystal Palace since his return to the club from Manchester United five years ago but he has told senior club officials that he wants to join Arsenal this summer.

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