North London giants Arsenal have reportedly joined the race to sign highly-rated Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar ahead of the upcoming transfer window scheduled to begin as from the 1st of January.
According to the publication from French news outlet L’Equipe via TeamTalk, Arsenal are the latest club to show interested in the 20-year-old.
Houssem Aouar has been in sensational form for Lyon in the new campaign.
He has impressed in both the Champions League and the French Ligue 1 this season.
The Frenchman has scored five goals and provided four assists in all competitions for Lyon this term.
He was impressive in both Champions League games against favourites Manchester City.
Aouar was an influential figure as his Lyon side stunned Manchester City 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium before producing a similar display in the return fixture, a 2-2 draw with the Citizens at the Groupama Stadium in France.
Apart from Arsenal, clubs like Chelsea and Manchester City are said to be monitoring his progress at Lyon.
The Gunners are almost certain to lose midfielder Aaron Ramsey at the end of this season and Houssem Aouar could be the replacement for the Welsh international player.
Ramsey is on his way out of the club after the Arsenal hierarchy failed to offer him a new contract.
Arsenal Plotting Summer Move For 19-Year-Old Attacker Dubbed ‘Next Ozil’
Arsenal have German playmaker Mesut Ozil in their ranks at the moment but that has not stopped them from being linked with a player that has been dubbed the ‘next Ozil’.
The Gunners are said to be plotting a summer move for Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz who has been in superb form for his German Bundesliga club this season.
The Daily Mirror claim that Kai Havertz could be the man to take the creative mantle from Mesut Ozil at Arsenal.
Ozil, 30, has had a lengthy cum subtle battle for Arsenal supremacy with Unai Emery since the Spaniard became the Gunners boss in the summer as a replacement for legendary manager Arsene Wenger.
Frenchman Wenger had left the Arsenal managerial job last season and he was swiftly replaced by the aforementioned Unai Emery.
The Arsenal manager has dropped Mesut Ozil from the squad on several occasions this term.
The German has only started one league game for Arsenal since the turn of the year and that was the 2-1 win over Welsh side Cardiff City.
Kai Havertz, 19, could replace him this summer if the Gunners manage to shift his £350,000 weekly wages off the wage bill.
Young German international Havertz has scored 11 goals in all competitions for Bayer Leverkusen with eight of those goals coming in the league.
Arsenal Blow As Roma Close In On Contract Extension For 19-Year-Old Target
North London giants Arsenal have been handed a major transfer blow following the news that one of their transfer targets is close to signing a new deal at his club.
AS Roma teenager Nicolo Zaniolo is enjoying a breakthrough season with the Italian capital club and his performances for the Champions League campaigners have not gone unnoticed by the major clubs on the European football scene.
His form for AS Roma has attracted the likes of Arsenal and Italian Serie A giants Juventus.
The Italian midfielder has been impressive in his first season at AS Roma having joined the club last summer.
AS Roma paid just €4m for the 19-year-old as part of the transfer that took experienced Belgian international midfielder Radja Nainggolan to rivals Inter Milan at the start of the season.
Italian media outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport claim that AS Roma are close to signing the young midfielder to a new deal at the club and that the contract extension will take place in the summer.
The new contract will take his wages to the €2m mark which could still rise to €2.5 depending on performances.
Zaniolo was on fire earlier this week as he netted a brace to lead AS Roma to a 2-1 win over FC Porto in their last 16 first leg clash in the Champions League.
Wolves Join Arsenal In Race To Sign 7-Goal Winger
Premier League newcomers Wolverhampton Wanderers have joined other English top flight sides in the free transfer race to sign FC Porto winger Yacine Brahimi.
Wolves’ interest was revealed by Portuguese media outlet Correio da Manha.
Yacine Brahimi is closing on an exit from FC Porto with his contract scheduled to expire at the end of the season.
The Algerian international player is said to be keen on a move to the Premier League this summer upon the expiration of his contract.
The 28-year-old has scored seven goals in 21 appearances for FC Porto this term and his goal contributions have aided the Portuguese giants’ in their run to the top of the league table in the top flight as well as the last 16 of the Champions League.
Yacine Brahimi played 68 minutes as FC Porto lost the first leg of their last 16 ties with Italian capital club AS Roma on Tuesday night.
They were beaten 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico with Italian teenager Nicolo Zaniolo getting the two goals for the hosts, while substitute Adrian Lopez got the away goal for the Portuguese team ahead of the second leg next month.
Adrian Lopez had replaced Brahimi in the second half of the game.
Other Premier League sides like Everton, West Ham United and Manchester United are also interested in the Algerian winger.
Club Legend Predicts Arsenal Return For £500,000 p/w Arsenal Player
Former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars believes that Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez can reignite his form at his former club.
Arsenal legend Overmars spoke about Chilean international Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal and the player’s struggles at Manchester United in his latest interview with media outlet ADN Deportes.
The ex-Dutch international star talked about how the former Barcelona and Udinese player has performed below expectations at Manchester United before adding that Arsenal could put him out of his misery at Old Trafford.
Marc Overmars is the technical director at Dutch Eredivisie giants Ajax Amsterdam at the moment and he has been linked with a similar role at Arsenal though he might have to battle AS Roma director Monchi for that position.
Alexis Sanchez became the highest paid player in British football when he joined Manchester United at the start of last year in a swap deal involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan who’s now an Arsenal player.
The 30-year-old signed a contract worth £350,000 weekly plus add-ons that take his wages to the £500,000 mark per week.
Sanchez has endured a frustrating one year at Old Trafford as he has struggled to replicate the impressive form shown at Arsenal.
The Chilean forward has scored just two goals for Manchester United this season.
Arsenal Face £100m Threat For Benfica Starlet
Arsenal have been dealt a major transfer blow in the wake of the news that Premier League rivals Manchester United are plotting a £100m bid for highly rated Benfica attacker Joao Felix ahead of this summer’s transfer window.
This was revealed by popular English news outlet The Sun.
Arsenal are one of several clubs to have registered their interest in the impressive Joao Felix who has been in sensational form for Portuguese Super League outfit Benfica since the start of the season.
He has scored nine goals and also provided five assists in 23 appearances for Benfica this term.
Joao Felix has scored and also provided a goal in each of his last three games for Benfica to further underline his immense talent.
Arsenal are cash-strapped at the moment with recent reports claiming that the Gunners will be able to spend just £45m, excluding player sales, when the transfer window reopens in the summer.
The Gunners won’t be able to contest with Manchester United and other interested teams in the race to sign Joao Felix who says Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is his idol.
Arsenal were only restricted to loan signings during the last transfer window.
Other clubs like Juventus, Liverpool, Wolverhampton Wanderers and many more are also keen on a move for Joao Felix who has a release clause of £105m (€120m) in his Benfica contract.
Arsenal Target 12-Goal African Star As Ozil Replacement
North London giants Arsenal have already started shopping for a replacement for German playmaker Mesut Ozil despite the fact that the 2014 FIFA World Cup winner is still on the payroll at the Emirates Stadium.
Sportskeeda claim that the Gunners are targeting Ajax Amsterdam star Hakim Ziyech as a direct replacement for Mesut Ozil who has endured a frustrating season for Arsenal since the start of this campaign.
Ozil has not been able to convince Arsenal manager Unai Emery that he can thrive under him at the club.
The former Werder Bremen and Schalke 04 player has provided just one assist in 14 league games this season.
Mesut Ozil has been dropped for many games this season despite the fact that he’s the highest paid player at Arsenal.
He earns £350,000 on a weekly basis after signing a three-year contract in February 2018.
Moroccan international player Hakim Ziyech could be the player to replace Ozil at Arsenal.
The 25-year-old has been in very good form for his Ajax Amsterdam side this term.
He has scored 12 goals and provided 10 assists in 18 games in the Dutch Eredivisie.
Hakim Ziyech was also on target for Ajax in their 2-1 loss to holders Real Madrid in the first leg of their last 16 ties.
Arsenal Working On Summer Exit For Mesut Ozil
2006 Champions League finalists Arsenal are reportedly working on an exit for star player Mesut Ozil who has fallen from grace to grass at the club.
His current status at Arsenal is a far cry from the elevated heights he enjoyed when he became the Gunners’ record signing.
Arsenal splashed £42.5m on the 30-year-old to secure his transfer from Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid in the summer of 2013.
He was one of the first names on the Arsenal team while legendary manager Arsene Wenger was still in charge of the team but that has not been the case under new manager Unai Emery.
Ozil has been dropped for several Arsenal games this season with emphasis more on the team rather than individual players for Spanish tactician Unai Emery.
The Daily Telegraph claim that Arsenal and Unai Emery are keen to offload Mesut Ozil when the transfer window reopens in the summer.
Arsenal want to get his huge salary off the wage bill.
It was revealed that senior Arsenal officials are working with intermediaries to get his salary out of the Arsenal door.
Mesut Ozil earns £350,000 on a weekly basis at Arsenal after he signed a three-year contract at the club in February 2018.
How Ramsey Snubbed Five Clubs To Sign For Juventus
It’s no longer news that Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has signed a pre-contract agreement with Italian Serie A champions Juventus ahead of a free transfer move in the summer but what’s surprising is that the Welsh international star snubbed five clubs to sign for the Old Lady.
The Daily Mirror has revealed that the former Cardiff City playmaker rejected offers from five major European clubs in favour of signing for the Italian champions.
French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG), Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona, Champions League holders Real Madrid, Italian Serie A club Inter Milan and German champions Bayern Munich were all snubbed by the 28-year-old.
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has put pen to paper on a four-year contract at Juventus with a financial worth of £400,000 on a weekly basis.
Ramsey will end his 11-year association with the Gunners later this year when his contract at the Emirates Stadium expires.
Senior Arsenal officials decided against the idea of giving the Welsh international player a new contract mainly due to his high financial demands.
His newly signed contract at Juventus will make the Aaron Ramsey the highest paid British footballer in the history of world football.
Ramsey has scored two goals in addition to six assists in the Premier League this term.
Club Legend Lands £7m Summer Signing As Future Arsenal Leader
Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit is certain that summer signing Matteo Guendouzi has what it takes to be a future leader at the club.
Arsenal legend Petit praised the impact of the young French midfielder at the club in an exclusive interview with Football London.
He lauded the energy, anger and desire shown by Matteo Guendouzi in the colours of the Gunners before adding that the Frenchman reminds him of a young Emmanuel Petit.
Ex-French international star Petit played for Arsenal between 1997 and 2000 and was part of the Gunners squad that won the double during the 1997/98 season.
He went on to win the 1998 FIFA World Cup tournament on home soil.
Matteo Guendouzi has been earning rave reviews at Arsenal in what’s his debut campaign for the Gunners since his transfer last summer.
Arsenal paid £7m to secure his transfer from French second division club Lorient at the start of this season in a transfer that could best be described as a bargain deal.
He has played 32 games in all competitions for Arsenal this season playing a big part in the Gunners’ run to the top five on the Premier League table as well as the round of 32 in the Europa League.
How Arsenal Missed Out On £100m-rated Star
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has narrated how the Gunners missed out on one of the most exciting young players on the European scene.
England international Jadon Sancho has grown to become an important player for German Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund since he moved to the Signa Iduna Park from Premier League champions Manchester City at the start of last season.
His Borussia Dortmund form has attracted the interest of several European sides in the past few months.
Arsene Wenger spoke about him while he was on BeIN shortly before Jadon Sancho and his Borussia Dortmund side played Tottenham Hotspur in the last 16 of the Champions League.
The Frenchman said that he tried to lure the 18-year-old to Arsenal while he was not getting much playing time at Manchester City but Wenger was not able to achieve his aim.
£100m-rated Sancho left Manchester City at the start of last season to join Dortmund on a free transfer and he has been a hit at the German Bundesliga club since then.
Jadon Sancho has churned out impressive performances to propel Borussia Dortmund to the top of the German Bundesliga table.
He was unable to inspire his team to a positive result against Spurs in the first leg of the Champions League as they lost 3-0 to the North London giants.
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