Spanish La Liga outfit Real Betis are considering an offer for Liverpool striker Divock Origi this summer according to the latest reports coming out of the British media.
Divock Origi was a crucial squad member for Liverpool in their hunt for glory in the Champions League and the Premier League last season.
According to the specific report from Metro, Real Betis are mulling over the idea of putting in a bid for Belgian international star Origi.
The Liverpool striker has a year left on his current deal with the newly crowned champions of Europe and the Reds are yet to offer him a new deal despite his heroics last season.
Divock Origi came to the fore for Liverpool with some vital goals as the Reds missed out on the Premier League title by one point and three Champions League.
The former Lille and VFL Wolfsburg striker scored crucial goals against Everton in the Merseyside Derby in the league and against Newcastle.
His late goals against Everton and Newcastle United didn’t save Liverpool from losing the league title to rivals Manchester City.
Origi also scored three goals in the final two games of the Reds’ Champions League campaign.
His goal contributions included a brace against Spanish champions Barcelona in a 4-0 win in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first leg which ended on a 4-3 aggregate win for the Reds.
Barcelona Turn Down Chance To Sign Man Utd Target
Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona have rejected the opportunity to sign Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose this summer.
This is according to the latest reports coming out of the media in Spain.
Danny Rose was offered to Barcelona in their quest to sign a left-back this summer thereby providing competition for first choice Jordi Alba.
Barcelona left-back Alba has not been challenged in that position since Lucas Digne left the club for Premier League side Everton last summer.
The specific report from popular Spanish media outlet SPORT revealed that Danny Rose offered himself to Barcelona but the Catalans passed up the opportunity to sign him.
Recent reports claimed that the Manchester United target is valued at £20m by Tottenham Hotspur.
Danny Rose had earlier been placed on the transfer market at Spurs and manager Mauricio Pochettino tries to shake things up.
The England international left-back was part of the Spurs team that lost their first ever Champions League final.
Danny Rose and Tottenham Hotspur were beaten 2-0 via the goals from Mohamed Salah (penalty) and Divock Origi who had come on in the second half as a replacement for Roberto Firmino.
3 interesting reasons Arsenal should consider signing Kalidou Koulibaly
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.
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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.
Arsenal Doctor Lands In Brazil For Player Medical
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.
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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.
Chelsea Player Dismisses Exit Rumours
Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso has dismissed the transfer rumours linking him with a move from the West London club this summer.
The Spanish defender addressed those transfer rumours in a chat with reporters in Japan as he said that there are still four years left on his current deal.
Marcos Alonso signed a new deal last year that will take him till the summer of 2023.
The Spaniard and Chelsea are on a preseason tour of Japan at the moment.
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On the appointment of Frank Lampard as the new Chelsea manager, Marcos Alonso said that the new development gives the club a fresh start and not only him after the end of Maurizio Sarri’s managerial reign at the club.
Sarri has left Chelsea for the Juventus job and club legend Lampard is the new man in charge of the playing squad at Stamford Bridge.
Marcos Alonso joined Chelsea from Italian Serie A club Fiorentina in the summer of 2016 and he went on to play a big role for the Blues as they won the 2016/17 Premier League.
He won the FA Cup title in his second season before losing his spot in the Chelsea XI to Emerson Palmieri towards the end of last season.
Arsenal Retain Interest In Everton Soares For This Reason
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.
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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.
Star Player Agrees £75k Per Week Deal With Arsenal
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.
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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.
Young Chelsea Winger Set To Sign New Contract
Young Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is reportedly set to sign a new contract at the club to effectively rule out a move away from the club this summer.
England international Hudson-Odoi has previously been linked with clubs like German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, reigning European champions Liverpool and German side Borussia Dortmund.
Bayern Munich has as many as five bids turned down for the player at the start of this years.
He has one year left on his current deal at Stamford Bridge and there’s an agreement in place for him to extend his contract according to the Daily Mail.
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Callum Hudson-Odoi came through the Chelsea Academy before he broke into the first team during the preseason last summer.
The young English winger figured heavily during preparations for last season under the guidance of manager Maurizio Sarri.
He didn’t get a regular spot in the Chelsea team outside of the Europa League until the second half of the season.
His growth in the Chelsea team was curtailed as a result of the injury he sustained during a Premier League clash with Brighton and Hove Albion.
He’s expected to be out of action till September as a result of the Achilles injury sustained in the aforementioned league clash.
Arsenal Set To Announce Second Summer Signing
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.
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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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