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Finally, Abramovich open talks with £30m rated United player, Arsenal on alert

Timothy Aiyeku



Eric Bailly

Emerging report from England says West London side Chelsea have opened talks with Manchester United central defender Eric Bailly over a possible switch to the Stamford Bridge in the coming winter transfer market.

The Blues are making efforts to have a replacement for Gary Cahill and Andreas Christensen who are both keen on leaving the Stamford Bridge in the new year.

The United central defender has been penned down as a good replacement for the duo knowing that he is keen on leaving the Red Devils as soon as the transfer window opens in January.

Eric Bailly only arrived the Old Trafford in 2016 from Spanish side Villarreal with a fee of £34 million and seem to have fallen out of favour with manager Jose Mourinho.

This development is believed to be a big blow to North London side Arsenal who are also keen on the player with reports that a bid for the Ivory Coast defender is already being prepared.

However, a number of big European clubs have lined up for the signature of the 24-year-old including Paris Saint Germain, AC Milan and Tottenham having identified his age as a big advantage.

Meanwhile Eric Bailly is contracted with United until 2020 and has got a release clause of about £40 million which Chelsea are willing to pay.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.


How Arsenal Could Sign N’Zonzi Revealed

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Stephen N’zonzi

AS Roma midfielder Steven N’Zonzi is a transfer target for North London giants Arsenal ahead of this summer’s transfer window according to the publication from Italian media outlet Calciomercato.

It was revealed that Arsenal have made AS Roma sporting director Monchi their top target for the same role though former club winger Marc Overmars has also been linked with the job.

Monchi played a big role in the transfer of N’Zonzi from Spanish La Liga club Sevilla to AS Roma after the player followed Monchi from Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium to the Stadio Olimpico.

Steven N’Zonzi could follow Monchi from AS Roma to Arsenal if the club’s sporting director leaves the Champions League campaigners for the Gunners this summer.

Arsenal manager Steven N’Zonzi is a big fan of the French World Cup winner.

Both parties were part of the Sevilla team that won the Europa League while Monchi was the sporting director at the Andalusian outfit.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery wants to strengthen his midfield in the summer and Steven N’Zonzi could be an experienced option for him.

His former teammate Ever Banega has also been linked with a move to Arsenal though the transfer priority for the Gunners is the addition of a new centre back and a winger.

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Why Unai Emery Wants To Sell Arsenal Striker

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Alexander Lacazette

Arsenal manager Unai Emery could sell striker Alexandre Lacazette in the summer according to the publication from Football London.

This is in a bid to raise funds for an overhaul of the Gunners squad ahead of next season.

The latest development won’t be music to the ears for Arsenal faithfuls who would want Lacazette to continue his on and off the field bromance with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Alexandre Lacazette is 27 and he would command a big transfer fee that would be ploughed back into the Arsenal team.

It was revealed that Unai Emery is open to the idea of selling the French international player if he gets a very good offer for him.

Lacazette became an Arsenal player when he joined from French Ligue 1 giants Lyon at the start of last season for a then club-record fee of £52m.

His transfer has been eclipsed by the deal that saw Aubameyang move from Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal at the start of last year.

Alexandre Lacazette has scored 12 goals in 33 appearances for the Gunners this season despite the fact that Unai Emery has preferred Aubameyang in some Arsenal games this season.

He started the season on the bench before working his way back into the Arsenal XI.

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Why Carrasco Didn’t Join Arsenal Revealed

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Yannick Carrasco

Arsenal tried to sign Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco during the recently ended winter transfer window but the Gunners were unable to pull off a transfer for him.

It was revealed that Arsenal wanted to sign the 25-year-old on loan with the option to sign him on a full-time basis at the end of the proposed loan contract.

Carrasco plays his club football for Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang having joined the team from Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid in February 2018.

Federico Pastorello has revealed why the move didn’t happen.

Pastorello was the intermediary between Dalian Yifang and interested clubs like Arsenal.

Seven-time European champions AC Milan were also keen on a loan transfer for the Belgian international player.

Pastorello told French media outlet RMC Sport that the move didn’t happen because of the Chinese football culture.

He further revealed that Chinese football administrators are very difficult to deal with before adding that the player’s agent will give him advice on his next move in the summer.

Carrasco is said to be fed up with life in China and that fuelled his desire to return to European football.

Federico Pastorello also confirmed that Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan also enquired about Carrasco before the end of last month’s transfer window.

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£37m Arsenal Target Talks Up Real Madrid Return

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Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez has hinted that he could return to Real Madrid in the summer as the debate over his long-term future continues.

The 27-year-old Colombian international playmaker is on loan at German Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich from Real Madrid but that didn’t stop him from being linked to clubs like Juventus and Arsenal last month.

James Rodriguez was touted as a loan addition for clubs like Italian Serie A champions Juventus and North London giants Arsenal during the winter transfer window in January.

Bayern Munich paid £11m for his two-year loan spell which runs down at the end of this season.

The Bavarian giants signed him at the start of last season and they have the option to sign him for £37m this summer.

While fielding questions over his future, James Rodriguez told Cadena SER’s El Larguero how he still has people that love him in Real Madrid before adding that his future will be clearer in the summer.

James Rodriguez has not had the Real Madrid envisaged when he sealed a big money move to the Los Merengues in 2014 on the back of a fantastic tournament in Brazil as his Colombia side reached the quarterfinals of the tournament before they were beaten the Brazilians.

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Barcelona Make Contact With 21-year-old Arsenal Target Over Transfer

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Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona have reportedly contacted the representatives of Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar as the Catalans try to secure his transfer at the expense of other interested parties like Arsenal.

Houssem has been an important player for Lyon since he was promoted into the first team at the club and his form has attracted several clubs in Europe.

According to L’Equipe which revealed that Barcelona have already opened transfer talks with the agent of the player and that Arsenal need to move fast if they want to sign him.

The Gunners are looking for a midfield replacement for the outgoing Aaron Ramsey who’s expected to join Italian champions Juventus this summer.

The Welshman has already signed a pre-contract agreement with the Old Lady.

He will join the Italians on a four-year deal worth at least £400,000 before tax.

Ramsey is the longest serving player at Arsenal after 11 years at the club since the £5m transfer from Welsh side Cardiff City.

Arsenal have made a new centre back signing and a new winger signing top priority for this summer’s transfer window and they are also expected to sign a replacement for Juventus-bound Ramsey.

Aside Houssem Aouar, Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega is also a transfer target for Arsenal in their quest to replace Ramsey this summer.

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Arsenal To Reignite Interest In £17m La Liga Midfielder

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Ever Banega

North London giants Arsenal will revive their interest in Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega in the summer according to reports emanating from the media in the United Kingdom.

Daily Mirror claim that Arsenal manager Unai Emery has identified Ever Banega as the man to replace Juve-bound Aaron Ramsey.

Welsh international star Ramsey will leave Arsenal for Italian Serie A champions Juventus in the summer after his Gunners contract expires.

The 28-year-old has few months left on his current Arsenal deal and he has already signed a pre-contract agreement with the Italians.

He’s said to have signed a four-year contract worth £400,000 on a weekly basis before tax.

Aaron Ramsey is the longest serving player in the Arsenal squad after joining in 2008.

Ever Banega could replace Ramsey in the Arsenal squad this summer.

Arsenal tried to sign the Sevilla midfielder during the recently concluded winter transfer window but lack of funds meant that the Gunners had to wait till the summer.

Sevilla were not ready to let Banega leave the club on loan.

The Spaniards wanted a permanent deal which was out of the reach of the Gunners last month.

The Argentine international has a £17m release clause at Sevilla which makes it easy for Arsenal to swoop for him in the summer.

Banega, 30, is no stranger to the methods of Unai Emery whom he worked with at Valencia and Sevilla.

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Arsenal To Make Permanent Move For 25-Year-Old Star

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Denis Suarez

North London giants Arsenal are primed to make the loan deal for Spanish midfielder Denis Suarez permanent in the summer.

This is according to the publication from the Daily Star which claim that both parties (Arsenal and Denis Suarez) are keen to make his transfer a permanent one.

Denis Suarez, 25, joined Arsenal on a short-term loan deal from Spanish La La champions until the end of the season with the option to make the loan contract permanent this summer.

The Spaniard became an Arsenal player on the final day of the winter transfer window.

Denis Suarez extended his Barcelona contract by one year until 2021 before joining the Gunners for the remainder of the season.

The aforementioned publication says that senior Arsenal officials have been impressed with his enthusiasm since he became a Gunner.

It was also revealed that Denis Suarez has been smitten by London and he’s ready to join Arsenal permanently.

Barcelona won’t pose much problems to Arsenal in their quest to sign Denis Suarez.

The one-cap Spanish international has made three appearances for Arsenal since his move last month.

He’s yet to make a start for the Gunners who are chasing honours in both the Premier League and Europa League.

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Arsenal In £5m Summer Bid For Swiss Defender

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Premier League giants Arsenal are eyeing a cut-price deal for highly rated FC Basel defender Eray Comert ahead of this summer’s transfer window according to widespread reports in the media.

The Daily Mail revealed that the Gunners have already watched the player on several occasions this season as they try to sign him from his Swiss club in the summer.

Eray Comert is enjoying a breakthrough season for FC Basel and his form has prompted interest from North London giants Arsenal.

The 21-year-old centre back could leave FC Basel for a small transfer fee this summer due to the fact that he has just 18 months left on his current contract at his club.

The Swiss defender has already rejected two offers to sign a new FC Basel contract.

Swiss giants FC Basel will ask for a £5m transfer fee if the player wants to leave the club in the summer when he’ll have just one year left.

Arsenal could replicate the bargain deal they had in the summer with Matteo Guendouzi.

The Gunners signed Guendouzi from French second tier club Lorient at the start of the season in a £7m deal and he has been in very good form for his team in his debut campaign for Arsenal.

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Arsenal Identify Potential Replacement for Outgoing Cech

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Nick Pope

Former Champions League finalists Arsenal have identified the man to take the gloves from veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech when he retires at the end of this season.

Petr Cech has already confirmed that he will hang his gloves at the end of an illustrious playing career this summer.

The Premier League legend has been a wonderful servant for both Chelsea and Arsenal since he came to England in 2004.

He won four league titles and the 2012 Champions League title at the expense of German champions Bayern Munich whom Chelsea beat on penalties.

Ex-Czech Republic international shot stopper signed for Arsenal from London rivals Chelsea in a £10 deal in 2015 and he was the first choice until earlier this season.

Cech has won two FA Cup titles with the Gunners.

Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope could be the man to replace Petr Cech at Arsenal when he retires.

England national team goalkeeper Pope has not been able to reclaim his first team spot at Burnley following his return from injury.

Tom Heaton and Joe Hart have been preferred this season by the Burnley manager Sean Dyche.

Nick Pope was instrumental to the Clarets’ run to Europa League qualification from the top flight of English football.

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Arsenal Face North London Threat For 27-Year-Old La Liga Defender

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Arsenal will have to see off the transfer challenge of North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the bid to boost their squad with Real Betis defender Aissa Mandi following the news that Spurs have registered a strong interest in the player.

According to El Desmarque, Tottenham are monitoring the player’s situation at Real Betis with the view to making a move for the player in the summer.

Aissa Mandi has been ever-present for his Real Betis side this season.

The 27-year-old has been in very good form for his Spanish La Liga club.

Mandi has made 34 appearances for Real Betis in all competitions this season.

The Algerian international is a versatile player that can play in three positions defensively.

He can play as a centre back as well as on the fullbacks (whether left-back or right-back).

Arsenal have had a lot of problems on the defensive front since the season started with Gunners boss Unai Emery failing to stem the tide.

The North Londoners have one of the worst defensive records in the top ten of the Premier League table with just four clean sheets in the league since the start of this campaign.

Arsenal have not been helped with long-term injuries to the duo of Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin.

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