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Latest Update On How Riyad Mahrez Almost Joined Arsenal Revealed

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Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez has revealed how he came close to joining Arsenal in 2016.

The Algerian international star talked about his close transfer to Arsenal in his latest interview with France Football as he narrated how Leicester City blocked the move against his wish.

Riyad Mahrez had just helped Leicester City to a miraculous title triumph in the Premier League during the 2015/16 season and was keen to leave the Foxes for a bigger club like Arsenal only for the Leicester City officials to kick against the transfer.

According to him, he wasted two years of his productive football life at Leicester City when he could have spent it at a bigger club.

Premier League champions Manchester City were the next big club to try and whisk Riyad Mahrez away from Leicester City.

The Citizens initially met resistance in January 2018 before their endeavor finally paid off last summer when he joined Manchester City from Leicester City for a then club-record fee of £60m and that has been slightly eclipsed by the Rodri transfer from Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid to Manchester City this summer.

Rodri joined Manchester City in a deal worth £62m thus making the transfer the new record.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.

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EPL: How Arsenal will prise away Aouar from Lyon revealed

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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.

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.

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Lyon Supremo Plays Down Gunners’ Aouar Move

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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.

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.

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EPL: Arsenal Eyeing ‘Late Loan Move’ For Barcelona Flop

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Arsenal are eyeing a late loan move for Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho according to the publication from Spanish outlet SPORT.

The Gunners had earlier weighed up the option of signing Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona at the start of the transfer window in July but it looks like new Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman wants to keep the 29-year-old at the Nou Camp.

The report mentioned earlier stated that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta could still make a move for the Brazilian international before the end of the transfer window.

The Barcelona player could boost the Brazilian contingent at Arsenal further this summer.

Arsenal signed Willian from Chelsea on a free transfer this summer to take the number of Brazilian players at Arsenal to three. The other Brazilian players at the club are David Luiz and Gabriel Martinelli.

Philippe Coutinho has not lived up to his hefty price tag at Barcelona following his £142m transfer from Liverpool in January 2018.

He left Barcelona to join German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich at the start of last season after a difficult 18-month period at the start of his Barcelona career.

Coutinho played his part in the treble-winning campaign of the Bavarian giants last season.

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Report: Arsenal Plotting Shock Move For Chelsea Midfielder

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Arsenal have been linked with a shock transfer swoop on one of their top four rivals between now and the end of the transfer window.

Sky Sports revealed that the Gunners are prepared to make another transfer assault on London rivals Chelsea by signing their Italian international Jorginho.

Arsenal have signed two players from Chelsea in the last two summer transfer windows and they could make it three with the transfer of Jorginho.

The Gunners signed Brazilian centre back David Luiz from Chelsea in an £8m deal last summer before completing a free transfer move for fellow Brazilian Willian this summer.

The report via Sky Sports said that the Gunners are eyeing Jorginho as a possible replacement for the outgoing Lucas Torreira.

Uruguayan international Torreira is closing in on a loan move to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish league though the club is yet to reach an agreement with the Gunners.

Arsenal want an obligation to buy at the end of the loan deal for Lucas Torreira, while Atletico Madrid are only keen to put option to buy the player when his proposed loan contract ends.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was the assistant manager to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola when the Citizens tried to sign Jorginho from Italian club Napoli in 2018 and he has retained that interest in the player.

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Report: Seven Arsenal Players Up For Sale

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Arsenal are prepared to sell as many as seven players in order to raise funds for their two midfield targets, Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey.

This is via the report from the Daily Star which disclosed that the Gunners want to sign Aouar and Partey before the summer’s transfer window ends next month.

Arsenal will have to raise money to sign the two aforementioned midfielders having spent their transfer budget this summer on six players.

The North Londoners made the loan deals of defenders Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari permanent, while the loan deal of Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos was also extended.

The Spaniard will spend this season on loan at the Emirates Stadium after a successful spell on loan last term.

Arsenal signed Brazilian winger Willian from London rivals Chelsea on a free transfer, while Icelandic international shot stopper Runar Alex Runarsson recently joined Arsenal from French side Dijon.

Their biggest transfer of the summer still remains the £25m spent on Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes.

Arsenal midfielders Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi have been strongly linked with moves away and their sales would give the Gunners part of the cash needed to sign both Aouar and Partey.

Sokratis Papasthathopoulos, Hector Bellerin, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Shkodran Mustafi are all up for sale at Arsenal.

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Arteta finally talks about Ozil ‘s future at Arsenal

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A lot of concerns have been raised over the future of Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil at the Emirates Stadium but there has been no one available to give an explanation, not even manager Mikel Arteta.

It is understood that the former Real Madrid midfielder has been training with the first team without any injury concern, yet he has continued to be snubbed for selections, the latest being the Carabao Cup against Leicester City.

Mesut Ozil has been frozen out of the team, yet he is refusing to leave the club with reports that he has been receiving offers from a number of clubs in Turkey, Qatar, Italy, and Saudi Arabia.

What makes the situation looks more complicated is the fact that Mesut Ozil has always looked happy in training and that has reflected in his social media posts.

However, the question was again, put forward to manager Mikel Arteta and he refused to give an answer as the German international was not named in the team that traveled to the King Power Stadium on Wednesday night.

When pressed, the Spanish boss opened up by stating that it will be very difficult to have Mesut Ozil in the squad because of the change in the team, adding that players are selected based on their condition.

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Why Torreira’s reported move to Atletico cannot be confirmed yet

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There have been reports claiming that Uruguay international midfielder Lucas Torreira could be heading to the Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid but that cannot be confirmed.

The Spanish La Liga outfit are keen on signing the Arsenal midfielder with claims that Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is a big fan of the former Sampdoria midfielder.

Arsenal have made an attempt to secure a swap deal with Lucas Torreira as they are also interested in the signature of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey but the Madrid team have insisted on separate deals and negotiations for the two players.

However, is reported that Lucas Torreira has agreed on personal terms with Atletico Madrid with a move imminent but the claim in this report is under threat with the latest report that two Serie A outfits are also keen on the Uruguay international.

Fiorentina and Torino have both made attempts in the past to land Lucas Torreira this summer transfer window and they are reportedly not willing o end their chase cheaply, according to Calcio Mercato.

However, the decision will be left to Arsenal to make as they are not interested in a loan move for Lucas Torreira as proposed by Atletico Madrid. This means any club willing to meet his asking price will have the deal.

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Is Arsenal’s Coutinho chase over?

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One player Arsenal were strongly linked with this summer transfer window is Brazilian international Philippe Coutinho but speculations of his move to the Emirates Stadium has been on the low.

Until the arrival of Ronald Koeman as Barcelona manager, Philippe Coutinho was tipped to have a return to the Premier League with his agent confirming it amidst strong interest from the North London club.

Philippe Coutinho’s loan spell with German Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munich ended last season and he was meant to leave the club but his wish was never to return to Barcelona where he was not favoured.

The whole situation changed with the coming of the new Catalan boss who reportedly convinced the former Liverpool player to return and have a good time at Cmp Nou.

However, the latest report claims a deal for Philippe Coutinho is not over yet for Arsenal as they could still make an attempt to snap him up before the end of the summer transfer window.

Although there are many questions to ask, including if the Gunners can convince Philippe Coutinho again if they can meet the asking price of the Brazilian and pay his huge weekly wage.

Howbeit, the Gunners might have turned their attention to Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid.

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