Arsenal boss Unai Emery has talked about how he sought for the advice of the Watford manager before taking the Gunners’ managerial job last summer.
Unai Emery told reporters during his pre-match press thoughts ahead of the Watford game on Monday night that he called Hornets boss Javi Gracia before his appointment as the Arsenal boss at the start of the season.
Javi Gracia and Unai Emery enjoyed a close relationship while they were in the playing squad at Spanish La Liga club Real Sociedad and their friendship has continued after they ended their respective football careers.
Javi Gracia took over the Watford job in the last campaign shortly after current Everton boss Marco Silva was sacked while Unai Emery replaced legendary manager Arsene Wenger last summer.
Frenchman Wenger spent 22 years in the Arsenal dugout before he was replaced by Unai Emery last year.
Unai Emery has impressed a great deal since he became the Arsenal manager as he has led the Gunners to within three points of the Champions League places with two games at hand.
In addition, Unai Emery has masterminded the North Londoners’ run to the quarterfinals in the Europa League with a second leg meeting with Napoli scheduled for Naples on Thursday night with Arsenal leading 2-0 from the first leg.
Arsenal Join Spurs In £45m Transfer Battle For Star Player
Europa League finalists Arsenal have reportedly joined North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos.
According to the report from the Daily Mirror, Arsenal want to sign the Spanish midfielder.
Dani Ceballos has not been able to tie down a permanent spot in the Real Madrid starting XI since his move from fellow Spanish La Liga club Real Betis.
The 22-year-old midfielder moved to Real Madrid from Real Betis in a deal reported to be around €16.5m.
Real Madrid have requested for a transfer fee of £45m to sanction the sale of the midfielder.
Arsenal are said to be prepared to pay the money for his transfer but they will have to raise funds since their transfer budget for this summer is just £45m.
The Gunners are in the market for a new midfielder following the exit of Aaron Ramsey who will join Juventus this summer on a free transfer.
Aaron Ramsey has already agreed on a four-year deal to become a Juventus player as from the start of next month.
The Gunners will have to raise funds from the sale of transfer-listed players like Shkrodan Mustafi, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Carl Jenkinson etc to sign Dani Ceballos as his replacement in the Arsenal squad.
Arsenal Target Set To Undergo Medical
Genk star Leandro Trossard is closing in on a move to Premier League club Brighton and Hove Albion after the player flew into the United Kingdom (UK) for his medical on Tuesday morning.
Leandro Trossard was previously a transfer target of North London giants Arsenal and newly promoted Premier League club Aston Villa.
The 24-year-old is on the verge of sealing a big money move to the Premier League after Brighton agreed on a deal with his club Genk.
Both clubs had earlier agreed on a deal of around £18m for the 24-year-old Belgian attacker.
Leandro Trossard was strongly linked with a move to Arsenal during the winter transfer window in January but the Gunners were unable to seal a deal for him.
Arsenal wanted to sign the Genk player on loan during the January transfer window but the proposal was met with resistance from the Belgian club.
Leandro Trossard scored 14 goals and also provided seven assists for Genk in 34 games in all competitions during the recently concluded season.
In addition, the Belgian attacker scored eight goals in 11 appearances in the Europa League this season.
In total, the player scored 22 goals for Genk as well as seven assists in 45 games over two competitions namely the Belgian top flight league and the Europa League.
Arsenal Face European Opposition For €30m-rated Pacey Winger
North London giants Arsenal will reportedly have to fend off the interest of German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich in their quest to sign Dalian Yifang winger Yannick-Ferreira Carrasco during this summer’s transfer window.
This is according to the publication from the stables of the Daily Mirror which claimed that Bayern Munich are interested in a move for the Belgian international player.
The Gunners tried to sign Yannick-Ferreira Carrasco during the winter transfer window in January but his Chinese Super club blocked the move to the Premier League.
Arsenal wanted to sign him on loan for a few months with the option of signing him permanently this summer.
The Gunners were affected by a lack of finance during the winter transfer window in the bid to sign Carrasco.
The former AS Monaco and Atletico Madrid winger has already talked about a potential return to European football after almost two years.
Yannick-Ferreira Carrasco left Atletico Madrid for the Chinese Super League in February 2018.
The 25-year-old could be a direct replacement for Danny Welbeck at Arsenal.
The Gunners have confirmed that England international Danny Welbeck will leave the club this summer upon the expiration of his contract with the North Londoners whom he joined from Premier League rivals Manchester United in 2014.
Arsenal Table Fresh £20m Bid For Kieran Tierney
North London giants Arsenal have made a second bid for highly rated Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney as they chase down their first signing of this summer’s transfer window.
The Gunners have been very quiet on the transfer front but that might change in the coming days.
According to the Punch, Arsenal have made a renewed £20m bid for the Scottish national team player.
The Gunners had earlier made an opening £15m bid which was rejected by the Scottish Premiership champions.
It’s believed that Celtic are holding out for at least £25m for them to sanction the transfer for the 22-year-old defender.
Kieran Tierney is the Gunners’ top transfer target at left-back.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery is keen to strengthen that area of his squad as he tries to improve the Gunners defensively.
Arsenal conceded a whopping 70 goals in all competitions last season with 51 of those goals coming in the Premier League alone.
Kieran Tierney is presently recovering from hip and hernia related problems but that has not stopped the Gunners from making two separate bids for him.
The Scottish defender came through the ranks at Celtic and he has been a key player for the Scottish champions who have won the three domestic trophies on offer in the Scottish top flight in each of the last three seasons.
Good News For Arsenal As Celtic Chase Down Replacement For Tierney
Arsenal fans would have been delighted with the news that Scottish champions Celtic are targeting a left-back replacement for top Gunners target Kieran Tierney.
This is according to The Sun which claimed that Celtic are eyeing a free transfer move for Iranian international Milad Mohammadi as the search for the man to replace Arsenal target Tierney continues.
It was revealed that left-back Milad Mohammadi is available on a free transfer after he rejected the offer of a new contract from his Russian club Akhmat Grozny.
Celtic are resigned to losing Kieran Tierney to Premier League giants Arsenal despite the fact that they have already turned down two bids for him from the Gunners.
The Scottish champions initially rejected an opening Arsenal bid of £15m for the 22-year-old left-back before the Gunners returned with an improved bid believed to be around £20m.
The second bid of £20m was also turned down by Celtic with reports claiming that they are holding out for a bid of £25m and it remains to be seen whether the Gunners would be willing to go further than their latest bid as they try to bolster their defense ahead of the new season billed for the second week in August.
Arsenal Must Break Transfer Record To Sign Kieran Tierney
North London giants Arsenal have been told that they must break the Celtic transfer record in their bid to sign left-back Kieran Tierney.
The Gunners have had two bids turned down for the Celtic left-back.
According to the publication from the stables of the London Evening Standard, Arsenal must break the Celtic transfer window set at the £19m received by the Scottish champions for the transfer of French striker Moussa Dembele to Lyon during last summer’s transfer window.
Arsenal opened talks with a first bid of £15m which was swiftly rejected by the Scottish champions before they returned with the latest and second bid of £18m which met with the same response as the first.
Celtic are holding out for at least £25m for Kieran Tierney.
Scottish national team player Tierney can play either as a left-back or as a centre back and he has told Celtic that he wants to listen to the offer from Arsenal.
The Gunners are expected to offer him a long-term contract worth £70,000 on a weekly basis.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has identified the left-back position as an area to be strengthened this summer as he prepares for his second season as the manager at the North London club.
Arsenal Offered Frank Kessie In Swap Deal For Torreira
North London giants Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign AC Milan midfielder Frank Kessie in a swap deal for Lucas Torreira according to the latest reports coming out of the Italian media.
Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira is a top transfer target for seven-time European champions AC Milan and the Italians want to sweeten the deal by offering Ivorian international midfielder Franck Kessie.
This is according to a report from Corriere dello Sport via Football Italia.
Franck Kessie has been on loan at AC Milan for the last two seasons from fellow Italian top flight side Atalanta and the Rossoneri are mandated to pay €30m for his services this summer as part of the loan deal that took him to the San Siro in the first place.
AC Milan will have to offer money in the proposed swap deal for Lucas Torreira as the Uruguayan national team player is rated at around €50m.
Lucas Torreira recently talked about his struggles at Arsenal as he pointed out that he has not been able to settle down at the club.
The 23-year-old signed for Arsenal from Italian Serie A club Sampdoria last summer and he has become an important player for the Gunners under the guidance of Arsenal manager Unai Emery.
Brighton Agree Deal To Sign Leandro Trossard
Premier League club Brighton and Hove Albion have reportedly agreed on a deal to sign Genk winger Leandro Trossard this summer.
This is according to the publication from Belgian media outlet Belang van Limburg which claimed that Genk and Brighton have agreed on a fee of €20m for the player.
Leandro Trossard, 24, was previously linked with a move to North London with Arsenal, especially during the winter transfer window.
The agreement between the two clubs was confirmed by Genk CEO Erik Gerits via Belang van Limburg.
According to the club CEO, the two clubs have agreed on a deal for the transfer of Leandro Trossard meaning that the next step is for the player to agree on personal terms with Brighton.
It was revealed by the aforementioned publication that his agent Josy Comhair was in the United Kingdom over the weekend but he was not able to agree to a weekly salary with Brighton on behalf of his client Leandro Trossard.
The Gunners were linked with the Belgian attacker in January but the move didn’t materialize mainly because of the lack of finance on the part of the North Londoners.
Arsenal ended up with Denis Suarez on loan from Spanish champions Barcelona but the player was unable to make the desired impact.
Unai Emery Urges Arsenal Officials To ‘Break The Bank’ For Wilfried Zaha
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has urged senior club officials to break the bank for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha this summer.
According to the publication from London Evening Standard, Unai Emery wants to add Wilfried Zaha to his squad this summer despite the limited funds for transfer.
The Gunners boss has been handed a meager £45m for transfers this summer and he will have to raise funds from player sales to land the likes of Zaha who has expressed his desire to leave Crystal Palace this summer to play Champions League football.
Crystal Palace have slapped an asking price of £80m on the Ivorian international star.
Wilfried Zaha has been the top player at Crystal Palace since his return to the club five years ago.
He had earlier left Crystal Palace for Manchester United in 2013 after coming through the ranks before making his debut for the first team at Selhurst Park.
Things didn’t go as planned at Manchester United for Zaha and that prompted his loan return to Crystal Palace before a permanent transfer in 2015.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery wants to sign a winger this summer and Zaha is at the top of the list of players that will fit the role.
Why Arsenal Must Gamble Beyond Their Transfer Budget
Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has called on the club to gamble beyond their transfer budget this summer by signing the players needed to bridge the gap between them and the top two teams in the Premier League.
Manchester City and Liverpool were clearly the best two teams in the Premier League last season and former Arsenal midfielder Parlour believes that the Gunners will have to spend money to close the gap on those two teams.
Ray Parlour talked about Arsenal and transfers in a chat with the Daily Star as he cited the example of Liverpool and their transfer dealings last summer.
Liverpool splashed the cash on both Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson Becker last year and both players were instrumental to the success recorded by Liverpool on the pitch last season.
The Reds signed Van Dijk from fellow Premier League club Southampton for a world-record fee of £75m for a defender.
On his part, Alisson Becker moved to Liverpool from Italian Serie A club AS Roma for a then world-record fee for a goalkeeper.
His £67m transfer fee was beaten some days after his move to Liverpool after Chelsea signed Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao in a deal believed to be around £71m which was his release clause at the Spanish La Liga outfit.
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