North London giants Arsenal have been handed a huge blow in their quest to sign the Manchester United duo of Juan Manuel Mata and Phil Jones.
This is because the three-time European champions have opened contract talks with Mata and Phil Jones.
Both players from top four rivals Manchester United have been linked with a transfer to the Gunners but it appears that the Red Devils are keen on retaining their services beyond the current season.
Spanish international midfielder Juan Mata is in the last year of his current Manchester United contract having signed a four-and-a-half year deal when he joined from rivals Chelsea in January 2014 in a reported club-record deal worth around £37.1m.
With his long-term future uncertain, the 30-year-old has been linked with a transfer to former club Valencia as well as a move to the Emirates Stadium with the Gunners.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery was said to be interested in reuniting with Mata whom he worked with at Valencia between 2008 and 2011.
Phil Jones has also been touted as a possible Arsenal signing with less than a year left on his contract at Manchester United.
The England international centre back was also linked with a move to North London side Tottenham Hotspur but he’s almost certain to stay at Old Trafford after the club opened contract talks with him.
Denied Bid: Arsenal Fail In €7m Chase For Lorient Star
North London giants Arsenal have had a bid rejected for Lorient forward Alexis Claude-Maurice according to widespread reports emanating from the media in France.
The Gunners want to boost their forward options with the young French player but their first bid for the player was rebuffed by his club.
According to French news outlet GFFN, Arsenal made a €7m bid for Alexis Claude-Maurice which was immediately knocked back by his French Ligue 2 club.
The Gunners are expected to return with a new bid for the French junior international star.
Claude-Maurice has scored 14 goals and also provided four assists in 35 league games for Lorient this term.
Several clubs are interested in the 20-year-old but his preference is a move to Arsenal where he has the opportunity to link up with former Lorient teammate Matteo Guendouzi.
Arsenal fans were sent into an ecstatic state when he visited his friend Matteo Guendouzi in London earlier this week to further heighten talks of a move to North London.
French top flight sides like Lille and AS Monaco are also on his trail.
Arsenal star Matteo Guendouzi was a Lorient player before the Gunners paid £7m to secure his transfer last summer.
He has been a revelation at Arsenal with his outing in his debut campaign at the club.
Transfer Fight: Lazio Join Race To Sign Arsenal Striker
Italian Serie A giants Lazio have joined the race to sign Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck this summer.
This is according to the publication from the Sunday Sun which claimed that the Italians are the new entrant on the list of clubs interested in a free transfer move for Welbeck who will be out of contract at Arsenal this summer.
He has few weeks left on his current deal with the Gunners having joined them shortly after the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil.
Danny Welbeck signed for Arsenal in a deal reported to be around £16m.
The England international was on the books of Manchester United before they sold him to Arsenal.
His time with the Gunners has been characterized by several lengthy injury layoffs.
Arsenal have already confirmed that he will leave the club this summer upon the expiration of his contract and he has been touted as a possible transfer addition for clubs in Europe.
Premier League sides like Newcastle United, West Ham United and Everton have all been linked with a free transfer move for him before the latest news regarding the interest of Italian capital club Lazio.
Danny Welbeck has been out of action since November 2018 but he’s back in training and could make his return during the Europa League final with London rivals Chelsea on Wednesday night.
Sensational Comeback: Arsenal Legend Offered Coaching Role In Japan
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been offered a return to the dugout in Japan according to the publication from the stables of popular media outlet Goal.
The Arsenal legend has an offer to become the new manager of Japanese top flight club Vissel Kobe.
Wenger is said to be considering a return to management via the offer from Vissel Kobe said to be worth around €4m on a yearly basis.
Vissel Kobe have several veteran players on their payroll at the moment including former Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski.
Wenger could reunite with Polish-born German international Podolski at Vissel Kobe having worked with him while he was the Arsenal manager.
Apart from Lukas Podolski, the Spanish duo of Andreas Iniesta and David Villa also play for the Japanese club.
Arsene Wenger is no stranger to Japan having managed Japanese outfit Grampus Eight before taking up the Arsenal job in 1996.
He attained legendary status in North London after leading the Gunners to three Premier League titles and seven FA Cup titles.
Arsene Wenger also led Arsenal to two European finals.
The Gunners were beaten 2-1 with 10 men with Wenger in charge of the team during the 2006 Champions League final clash with Barcelona.
Wenger and Arsenal had earlier lost the 2000 UEFA Cup final to Turkish club Galatasaray via penalties.
Sign Him Up: Spurs Urged To Make Move For Arsenal Target
Tottenham Hotspur legend Darren Anderton has called on his former club to make a move for highly rated Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Donny Van Der Beek during this summer’s transfer window.
Darren Anderton is Spurs’ record appearance maker in the Premier League and the former midfielder spoke about the North London club in a chat with Sportingbet.
According to him, Tottenham Hotspur should try to sign Dutch midfielder Van Der Beek this summer ahead of Youri Tielemans.
Tottenham Hotspur have made the signing of a new midfielder the top priority for this summer’s transfer window and Belgian international player Tielemans has been targeted as a result.
Youri Tielemans spent the second half of the just concluded Premier League season on loan at Leicester City from parent club AS Roma and he impressed a great deal thereby attracting the interest of clubs like Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and others.
Darren Anderton believes Spurs should pursue a move for Van Der Beek instead of the aforementioned Tielemans.
Van Der Beek has been attracting the interest of North London rivals Arsenal after a stellar campaign with Ajax Amsterdam.
The 22-year-old helped Ajax reach the Champions League semifinals for the first time in almost two decades (since 1997).
Desperate Move: Man City In Last-ditch Attempt To Stop Arsenal Target From Leaving
Premier League champions Manchester City are desperate for winger Leroy Sane to stay at the club beyond this summer thus stopping the likes of Arsenal and Bayern Munich from securing his signing.
According to Goal, Manchester City want to step up contract talks with the aforementioned Sane.
The German international winger has two years left on his current deal with the Citizens and both parties have failed to reach an agreement for the better part of the last one year.
Arsenal and Bayern Munich have been linked with a move for Sane but the latter appears to more serious.
Bayern officials have already confirmed their interest in the player though the Bavarian giants are not willing to pay more than €80m for any player including Leroy Sane.
His national team manager Joachim Low has also okayed the move to Bayern though Manchester City will fight to keep him at the club.
Leroy Sane played his part for Manchester City in their domestic treble triumph this season though he would have wanted more game time than what Pep Guardiola offered him.
He scored 10 goals and made as many assists in 31 games in the Premier League this season as Manchester City retained their title.
Deal On: Arsenal Keeping Tabs On €25m Defender
North London giants Arsenal are monitoring the situation of Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti at his club according to the publication from the stables of the Daily Mirror.
The Gunners are expected to sign at least a new center-back this summer and Frenchman Umtiti is said to be among the transfer targets for that role.
It was revealed that Arsenal are keeping tabs on his situation at Barcelona and that the Gunners would swoop for him if the Catalan giants sign highly rated Ajax Amsterdam defender Matthijs De Ligt.
Barcelona are one of the favourites to sign the Ajax skipper this summer.
Samuel Umtiti had a phenomenal summer in 2018 after he played a key role for France as they won the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia only for him to sustain a serious knee injury at the start of this season.
The injury restricted him to 19 appearances in all competitions including 14 appearances in the league.
Umtiti lost his spot in the Barcelona starting XI to Christian Lenglet as a result of the aforementioned injury.
Recent reports claimed that Juventus and Arsenal will have to pay €80m to sign him as per the transfer fee slammed on the 25-year-old French defender.
Samuel Umtiti joined Barcelona from Lyon in a deal worth around €25m at the start of last season.
Liverpool join Arsenal in race for AC Milan attacker
There have been increasing reports linking attackers to the Merseyside outfit Liverpool despite the strength of their attack with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.
It is reported that even with their strength, manager Jurgen Klopp still wants to make some additions as he is not ready to leave anything to chance ahead of next season’s campaign in the English Premier League.
The Reds team have not won the English Premier League title since 1989 and there have been frantic efforts to break the deadlock but that has not happened yet.
Therefore, the Jurgen Klopp side are reported to have joined the race for Italian Serie A outfit AC Milan star Suso in a bid to land him in the summer transfer window.
Suso has been on the radar of the North London outfits Arsenal and Tottenham with the Gunners reported to have the advantage but that could just change with Liverpool now joining the race.
The Spaniard only left the Anfield for San Siro on a free transfer in 2015 and his move has been remarkable which is why Liverpool consider bringing back the 25-year-old.
He has got a release clause of £35 million which would not be a big deal for the Reds to pay.
Big Decision: Arsenal Legend Set To Decide Future
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he will soon make a quick decision on his future in football.
The 69-year-old Frenchman spoke about his future in a chat with The Guardian as he disclosed that he decided to take time to rest shortly after leaving Arsenal last year.
Arsene Wenger has turned down several job offers since he left North London at the end of last season.
He attained legendary status at Arsenal after leading the Gunners to three Premier League titles and seven FA Cup titles.
Wenger spent 22 years at Arsenal before he resigned from his post last summer despite the fact that he had one year left on his then contract.
He almost led Arsenal to a European trophy on two occasions but was unable to win at least one.
Arsene Wenger led the Gunners to the 2000 UEFA Cup final before they were beaten on penalties by Turkish club Galatasaray after the two teams played out a goalless draw after regulation time and extra time.
The French manager also led Arsenal to the 2006 Champions League final against Spanish giants Barcelona who came from behind to beat 10-man Arsenal 2-1.
Apart from Arsenal, Wenger has also managed at clubs like Grampus Eight (Japan) and AS Monaco (France).
Transfer Fight: Arsenal Facing Premier League Battle For Young Striker
Europa League finalists Arsenal will have to fend off the interest of several Premier League sides in the bid to sign Reading striker Danny Loader.
This is according to the publication from the stables of popular media outlet Goal which claimed that the Gunners are plotting a move for the young English player.
Danny Loader was part of the England u17 squad that won the FIFA u17 World Cup two years ago.
Premier League clubs like Chelsea, Leicester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Southampton are also interested in the young Reading player.
Danny Loader made 22 appearances for Reading this season as he helped the Royals escape relegation from the English Championship.
He has a year left on his contract with the Royals and they might have to sell him this summer or risk losing him for nothing at the end of the new season.
Premier League clubs are not the only ones in the frame to sign Danny Loader.
French Ligue 1 clubs Lille and Rennes are eyeing a move for the 18-year-old striker as well.
Danny Loader might not be the signing for the present but he’s definitely one for the future if the Gunners can manage to pull off his transfer.
Big Revelation: Bayern Supremo Confirms Sane Chase
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has confirmed that the Bavarian giants want to sign Manchester City winger Leroy Sane during this transfer window.
The Bayern supremo made this known in a chat with German media outlet Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
According to him, Bayern Munich are working on a deal to sign the talented German international winger.
Bayern Munich are in need of wing forwards like Leroy Sane after the exit of both Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery.
Retired Dutch international Robben and his French counterpart Ribery have left the club following the expiration of their respective contracts with the German Bundesliga champions.
Bayern’s General Manager Hasan Salihamidzic also corroborated the chase for Sane.
The ex-Bayern Munich winger told SportBild that Uli Hoeness has released €200m for transfers.
Bayern Munich will have to contend with Premier League giants Arsenal who are also interested in the young German winger.
The Gunners are in the market for a new winger end Leroy Sane is one of the players being considered by the North Londoners.
Leroy Sane has been an important squad player for Manchester City since he joined the club from German Bundesliga side Schalke 04 in 2016.
He contributed 10 goals and 10 assists in 31 games during the just concluded Premier League season which saw his Manchester City side retain their league title.
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