Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has been called up to the French national team as a replacement for Manchester United star Paul Pogba.
Guendouzi was called up to the Les Blues squad on Monday.
The 20-year-old was elevated from the France u21s to the senior team by manager Didier Deschamps ahead of their 2020 Euro qualifiers against Albania and Andorra.
Paul Pogba withdrew from the French team because of an ankle injury paving the way for the aforementioned Guendouzi to replace him ahead of the qualifiers.
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The Manchester United midfielder was seen limping after the league game at Southampton during the weekend.
Pogba played the entire duration the game as Manchester United were forced to a 1-1 draw at the home of the Saints.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping that Pogba is fit for the next league game which is at home to former Premier League winners Leicester City.
His place in the French squad belongs to Matteo Guendouzi for now after the young midfielder produced a man-of-the-match performance in the North London clash between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium.
Guendouzi shone a great day for Arsenal as they dropped points at home for the first time this season.
EPL: Aouar, Partey may not join Arsenal but this player might
Arsenal fans already have their attention on the club’s two major targets for the midfield role but that might not happen because of the difficulty in sealing the deals.
Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar from Lyon are the two targets for the Gunners this summer window after the signing of Willian from Chelsea and Gabriel Magalhaes from French Ligue 1 outfit, Lille.
The Gunners have been making efforts to convince both Lille and Atletico Madrid over the deal but that has proved difficult as both clubs are not willing to negotiate the asking prices for their players while efforts to reduce the financial burden by including a player as a swap deal was turned down.
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It is now understood that the North London outfit might not be able to seal the move for either of the players and will now consider other options with Chelsea midfielder Jorginho as a possible deal as Sky Sports reports that Mikel Arteta is keen to add another midfielder to his books.
Jorginho has been linked away from the Stamford Bridge to join former manager Maurizio Sarri at Juventus but the speculations have been laid to rest with the sack of the Italian manager. The player could still leave the West London outfit with Arsenal considering submitting an offer.
EPL: Man United to make late swoop for Barcelona player
The Red Devils have been reported to be planning a late swoop for the signature of Barcelona and French defender, Samuel Umtiti, according to France Football.
The future of the World Cup winner at the Camp Nou is very unlikely and has been linked with a move away from the club with Arsenal and Man United mentioned as possible destinations for the Frenchman.
The chances of Arsenal continuing with their reported pursuit of Samuel Umtiti are slim as they have already made some defensive additions with Gabriel Magalhaes and William Saliba.
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However, Man United are yet to settle their defensive challenge and that could lead them into making a move for the French defender who is out of favour with the Spanish La Liga outfit.
While Barcelona can boast of other options in their team for the season’s challenge, they also want to cut down their wage bill as a result of the financial downturn, a major reason why Samuel Umtiti could be sold.
Pundits have told manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he needs to bring in another centre-half that will pair with Harry Maguire to be able to avoid unnecessary defeats.
Samuel Umtiti could also be the ideal player for the Red Devils knowing his experience in the game at a big level.
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Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has called on the club’s board to bring in strikers if he must perform this season.
He has also listed Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster and Arsenal’s youngster Folarin Balogun as the players he is interested in working with this summer window. His choice has also been motivated by the fact that they will be easy to access financially.
Chris Wilder believes the summer transfer activates will not be complete without reinforcing the attack of the Blades this season as he has reportedly spoken with Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp on getting Rhian Brewster on loan this season but he is yet to get the reply from the German boss.
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Sheffield United are also reported to have made an approach for Folarin Balogun who is Arsenal’s U-23s hitman and are also waiting for a response from the North London outfit.
The Gunners were initially not willing to let go of the Nigerian kid but he is bent on having a first-team experience and has refused to sign a new deal with his current contract expiring in June.
Folarin Balogun has been tipped to step in the shoes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with his potentials and it is hoped that he can still be convinced to be a little patient.
EPL: Arsenal to take this big decision to land Aouar, fans may not like it though
English Premier League club seem to be desperate to land their midfield target Houssem Aouar from French Ligue 1 outfit Lyon and that could lead them into making big decisions.
The Gunners have had an earlier bid rejected while a swap deal proposal was turned down with Lyon keen to take Houssem Aouar’s asking price of £54 million.
With manager Mikel Arteta desperate on a midfielder, the club could be forced to make some big decisions, including selling some of the players to be able to raise some funds for the deal.
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The Independent reports that French striker Alexandre Lacazette could be the man to be sold to raise some funds for the deal with two years left to the end of his contract.
It is understood that the former Lyon striker will not be lacking in suitor once he is asked to leave the club as Italian Serie A outfit Juventus are one of those expected to make a move for him.
However, this reported decision to sell Alexandre Lacazette might not go down well with the fans that have much faith in the striker to help deliver goals. The French striker has also not been lacking in his duty to score this season.
Emmanuel Adebayo on his way back to the EPL
Former Arsenal striker and Togo international Emmanuel Adebayo could be on his way back to the English Premier League as he is reported by The Sun to be on the wanted list of West Brom.
Emmanuel Adebayo has been on the books of Paraguay club Olimpia but his contract with the club ended in July and he has been a free player since then.
It is understood that West Brom manager Slaven Bilic is a big fan of Emmanuel Adebayo and thinks the Togo international striker can still make a mark in the Premier League this season.
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Slaven Bilic is, therefore reported to have held talks with Emmanuel Adebayo and it was a positive one as the player is also interested in another spell in the English Premier League.
The West Brom boss is positive that the experience of the former Arsenal, Man City, Real Madrid, and Tottenham striker can help bolster his attacking options this season.
Emmanuel Adebayo can boast of 97 Premier League goals to his name and he could round it up to 100 with the opportunity of playing with West Brom this season.
Should personal terms be agreed upon between the two parties, Emmanuel Adebayo will be making a surprise return to the English Premier League.
EPL: Wright takes a dig at Man United in “van de Beek comment”
Arsenal legend Ian Wright has taken a dig at Man United by claiming that their new signing Donny van de Beek would have fit into the Gunners system more than the Red Devils.
Donny van de Beek is the only major signing by Man United this season after joining from Ajax to add to the options in the midfield.
Ian Wright claims the Dutch midfielder could have been better at Arsenal when he spoke on The Kelly & Wrighty Show. He noted that Donny van de Beek’s quality already exists at the Old Trafford before his coming, adding that he does the same thing as Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.
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The Arsenal legend admits the Dutch midfielder is a great player but he might not give more than what the Red Devils already have because his preferred positions are already being handled by great players.
However, the Gunners are currently in the search for a new midfielder as they are making efforts to convince Atletico Madrid and Lyon for the signatures of Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar respectively.
Meanwhile, Man United have given the hint that they are still in the summer transfer market to land players that will help improve their team for the season’s challenge.
EPL: How Arsenal will prise away Aouar from Lyon revealed
Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has given the hint that the North London outfit Arsenal will snap up the signature of Houssem Aouar from French Ligue 1 outfit by leaving it close to the end of the summer transfer window.
Houssem Aouar is a top target for the Gunners and efforts to convince the French Ligue 1 giants to come down from their £54 million asking price has failed but the North London club are not giving up on eh possibility of the deal.
Manager Mikel Arteta holds the belief that his side can challenge for titles and return to the Champions League if he is able to add a quality midfielder to his team before the end of the summer window.
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However, the transfer guru hinted that the Gunners will leave it late to strike the deal for the 22-year-old midfielder, adding that in the process of waiting for the last minute, Arsenal must have gotten rid of Sead Kolasinac, Lucas Torreira, and Sokratis Papa to raise some funds.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Houssem Aouar is very interested in the idea of moving to Arsenal and he is ready to give his nod as soon as an agreement is reached between the two clubs.
Lyon Supremo Plays Down Gunners’ Aouar Move
Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas has poured cold water on the reported interest of Arsenal in club skipper Houssem Aouar.
The Lyon supremo told French media portal Le Progres that Arsenal and other clubs will find it hard to sign Houssem Aouar in the current transfer market which will close on the 5th of October.
According to him, the best decision would be for the player to stay at the club beyond this summer’s transfer window.
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Lyon don’t have European football to offer Houssem Aouar this season but the club supremo still believes that staying at the club would be the best bet for the 22-year-old Frenchman.
Arsenal, Juventus, Manchester City and Real Madrid have all been linked with a move for Houssem Aouar this summer and only the Gunners have made an official bid for him.
The Premier League giants offered cash plus Matteo Guendouzi in July and it was turned down by the French club.
Aouar was one of the best midfielders in the Champions League last season as Lyon got to the last four before they were eliminated by German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
The French junior international scored one goal plus four assists in eight Champions League matches.