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Arsenal Receive Major Setback In Alexis Claude-Maurice Pursuit

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2006 Champions League finalists Arsenal have been handed a big transfer blow in their chase for Lorient forward Alexis Claude-Maurice (ACM) after the player preferred a move to Germany.

The young French player revealed that he wants to join German top flight side Borussia Moenchengladbach ahead of other interested clubs like North London giants Arsenal.

He made this known in an interview monitored by popular French news outlet L’Equipe.

Recent reports had claimed that the Gunners agreed on a deal with French Ligue 2 club Lorient for the 21-year-old at the third time of asking and that Arsenal are in negotiations for him.

On his preference for Borussia Moenchengladbach, Alexis Claude-Maurice said that the German club focuses more on the development of young players in addition to the fact that they have a good structure.

He added that the Borussia Moenchengladbach project is one that suits him.

Alexis Claude-Maurice is presently rated at around £18m by his club.

He scored 14 goals and also provided four assists for Lorient who missed out on Ligue 1 promotion in the last campaign.

The young French forward would have been the direct replacement for Danny Welbeck at Arsenal after the England international player was released earlier this summer.

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Arsenal Transfer Target Teases Fans With Social Media Video

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Gremio attacker Everton Soares has teased Arsenal fans with a social media video amidst the intense transfer rumours linking the player with a move to the club during this summer’s transfer window.

The Arsenal target raised the hopes of the Gunners fans with the video which showed that he’s learning the English language.

Latest media reports claimed that the Gunners are closing in on a move for the Brazilian international attacker.

It was revealed that the North London giants have agreed on a £36m deal for Everton Soares as they try to bolster their squad with a new winger this summer.

Arsenal were said to have reached an agreement for £25m in upfront payment plus £11m in add-ons.

Everton Soares has scored five goals and also added one goal for Brazilian Serie A club Gremio in 13 games in all competitions this season.

The 23-year-old has been in very good form for both club and country.

Everton Soares was an important player for the Brazilian team that won the 2019 COPA America tournament earlier this month.

He was the man-of-the-match for the Selecao who sealed their ninth title in the history of the tournament by beating Peru 3-1.

Everton Soares is seen as a cheaper replacement for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha at Arsenal.

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Top Scout Reveals Reason Behind Controversial Arsenal Exit

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Popular scout Sven Mislintat has revealed the reason behind his controversial exit from Arsenal earlier this year.

The German talent spotter talked about his Arsenal exit in a chat with his native media outlet 11freunde.

According to Sven Mislintat, Arsenal broke their promise to him about the sporting director role before adding that the two parties had different ideas on the future and that ultimately led to his exit from the club.

Sven Mislintat made his name as one of the best talent spotters in European football while he was at German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.

He was credited with the signings of players like Robert Lewandowski, Ousmane Dembele and many more.

The German scout left Borussia Dortmund for Arsenal in November 2017.

He spent over a year at Arsenal before his controversial exit in February 2019.

During his time at Arsenal, he masterminded the record signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January 2018.

The Gunners paid £57m to sign the Gabonese international striker from Borussia Dortmund.

Earlier reports had claimed that he had a disagreement with the Arsenal hierarchy over the loan signing of Denis Suarez.

In the end, he was vindicated as Denis Suarez was a flop at the club.

Sven Mislintat had agreed to a sporting director role with the previous Arsenal management under Ivan Gazidis but the position changed when Raul Sanllehi was made the head of the new management team at the club.

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3 interesting reasons Arsenal should consider signing Kalidou Koulibaly

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As the season draws by the day, Arsenal continues their search to sign players ahead of the new season.

It’s crystal clear that the club needs reinforcements in every position even as players like Petr Cech (retired) and Aaron Ramsey (Juventus) has left the club at the end of last season.

The London outfit had some weaknesses within the team last season as they failed to finish in the top four positions in the Premier League.

With a lot of defensive inconsistency and the need for squad depth, the Gunners must sign quality players to improve the defensive unit.

One of the players credible and suitable to excel in Arsenal’s defense is Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly even as we take a look at some of the individual qualities he can bring to the Unai Emery’s Arsenal.

Genuine Physical Presence

Arsenal might be renowned for its flair and free-flowing movement at the back as we have seen from Spanish fullback Hector Bellerin. But, the Gunners needs a physical presence at the back four as this will be to their own advantage in a 50-50 situation.

Arsenal has been physically overpowered in almost occasion defensively with Nacho Monreal struggling to cope with strikers like Anthony Martial and want away forward Romelu Lukaku.

But with the physical presence, Koulibaly brings alongside his aerial awareness expect the Napoli star to be an instant hit at the heart of the defense for Arsenal.

Defensive Stability

The African star has been a source of encouragement for African players aspiring to ply their trade as a defender in Europe.

That’s why the Senegalese center back would be a good addition to the squad even as Unai Emery and Arsenal benefits from his ability to withstand pressure from attacking opposition.

He’s in good shape as he’s inspired his Senegal’s side in the AFCON 2019 alongside Liverpool forward Sadio Mane.

A possible move for the player will ensure increased stability for Unai Emery and Arsenal even as the club aims (struggle) to keep French player and skipper Laurent Koscielny at the Emirates.

The Player’s Mental Assertion

The player has got good mental ability as he’s inspired Italian side Napoli in the Italian Serie A. The player’s ability to coordinate the defense, make interceptions is one of the reasons why Napoli may not let him go as he is a prized asset to the club with a lot of interest for his services from big teams in Europe.

But the big task is can Arsenal splash the cash for the player’s signature even as they are in a form of hold-up via the signing of forward Wilfred Zaha from Crystal Palace?

Unai Emery’s and the club must take a bold step in signing the player as he will bring some level of assertion Arsenal needs in the defense. The way the player handles possession is a delight to watch even as he makes intelligent break-up at the heart of the defence.

This is an interesting fact about his overwhelming quality as he’s got a strong mentality to flourish at Arsenal as a player.

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Arsenal Doctor Lands In Brazil For Player Medical

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Arsenal are reportedly closing in on a move for Gremio forward Everton Soares this summer.

This is according to The Sun which revealed that an Arsenal doctor has landed in Brazil for the player’s medical.

It was revealed that the Gunners have agreed to a £36m for the young Brazilian attacker.

Arsenal have made an initial bid of £25m plus £11m in add-ons for the player.

Everton Soares is seen as a cheaper option by Arsenal in comparison with Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha who has an asking price of £80m.

Arsenal had earlier made a £40m for Zaha which was swiftly rejected by their fellow Premier League club.

Wilfried Zaha is still keen to leave Crystal Palace for his dream transfer to Arsenal.

Everton Soares was watched by Manchester United during the just concluded COPA America tournament in his native Brazil.

The Gremio attacker was a key player for the Brazilian national team at the tournament.

He won the man-of-the-match award during the final between Brazil and Peru.

Brazil defeated Peru  3-1 to win a ninth COPA America tournament as hosts.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery wants to add a new winger to his squad this summer as he prepared his team for the new season.

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Arsenal Retain Interest In Everton Soares For This Reason

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North London giants Arsenal retain interest in Gremio forward Everton Soares amidst their pursuit of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.

According to Sky Sports News, the Gunners have made Everton Soares their first alternative in the event that they are unable to sign Wilfried Zaha this summer.

Ivorian national team player Zaha is the top priority for Arsenal manager Unai Emery in his quest to sign a winger this summer.

Arsenal have made their intentions known on Wilfried Zaha but their first offer of £40m was turned down at the start of this month with Crystal Palace holding out for more money.

Crystal Palace have demanded at least £80m from Arsenal for their star player and it remains to be seen whether the Gunners will be able to convince the Eagles to sell Zaha for a lesser amount.

The player has already informed the club that he wants to leave for Arsenal this summer.

In the event that Zaha don’t get his dream move to Arsenal, the Gunners will turn their attention to Everton Soares who was one of the best players at the just concluded COPA America tournament on his home soil.

He helped Brazil to win the tournament via a 3-1 win over Peru in their final clash.

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Star Player Agrees £75k Per Week Deal With Arsenal

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Celtic defender Kieran Tierney has agreed to personal terms with Premier League giants Arsenal according to the latest reports in the British media.

According to Football Insider, Kieran Tierney has agreed to personal terms with Arsenal that will see him earn triple of his weekly wages at Celtic.

Kieran Tierney earns £25k on a weekly basis at Scottish Premiership giants Celtic.

The agreement with Arsenal is £75k weekly salary plus a sign-on fee.

The Celtic defender will sign a five-year deal with the Gunners until the end of the 2023/24 season as long as the two clubs are able to agree on a fee for him.

Arsenal and Celtic are still in negotiations as the former tries to sign the aforementioned Tierney this summer.

Celtic have already rejected two bids from the Gunners.

The Scottish champions are holding out for £25m for their star player and Arsenal have already matched that amount but the payment structure is the issue between the two clubs.

Arsenal have offered an upfront fee of £18m plus £7m in bonuses with the total deal equals to the asking price from Celtic.

The Gunners are expected to sign the player between now and the start of the season in three weeks time.

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Arsenal Set To Announce Second Summer Signing

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Premier League giants Arsenal are set to announce their second signing of this summer with the transfer of young French defender William Saliba.

According to English journalist James Benge of Football London, the announcement of Saint Etienne defender William Saliba is imminent after the Gunners won the race to sign him ahead of North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

William Saliba opted for Arsenal ahead of Tottenham Hotspur after both clubs made the same offer for him.

The Gunners had earlier made a €30m bid for the player before Spurs matched the bid with a better payment and bonus arrangement in the quest to hijack the deal.

Arsenal were determined to get their man after they made an offer synonymous with that of Spurs to get the deal over the line.

The player was a big factor in the transfer as he has always wanted Arsenal ahead of Tottenham Hotspur.

William Saliba will join Arsenal this summer and then return to Saint Etienne for the new season.

The 18-year-old will spend the 2019/20 season on loan at Saint Etienne shortly after signing a five-year deal with the Gunners.

He’s expected to be the second signing of the summer at Arsenal after fellow teenager Gabriel Martinelli.

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€60m Asking Price Slammed On Arsenal Target Malcom

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North London giants Arsenal have been dealt a major transfer blow in their pursuit of Barcelona winger Malcom after his club slammed an outrageous transfer fee on him.

The Gunners are one of many clubs interested in the young Brazilian player but the transfer fee quoted by Barcelona will almost certainly scare them away.

According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Barcelona won’t let Malcom leave the club permanently unless they receive €60m for him which will represent a profit of €19m.

Malcom became a Barcelona player last summer after the Catalan giants snapped him up from under the noses of Italian Serie A club AS Roma.

The Italian capital club had agreed on a deal with his then club, Bordeaux before Barcelona swooped in on him.

The 21-year-old has spent one year at Barcelona but he has not been able to nail down a spot in the first XI.

Malcom has been on the fringes of the first team at Barcelona and the recent arrival of Antoine Griezmann has pushed him further down the attacking order at the Nou Camp.

Apart from Arsenal, the Brazilian player has also been linked with a move to other Premier League sides like Everton and Tottenham Hotspur.

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