English Premier League champions Liverpool are no longer favourites in the race for Bayern Munich midfielder, Thiago Alcantara as Man United are reported to be showing real interest in his signature.
The future of Thiago Alcantara with the Bundesliga outfit is no longer certain as he is poised to leave the club this summer window for a new challenge. This decision was made by the player before he helped his team to win the UEFA Champions League title.
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It was earlier expected that it would be a free ride for Liverpool as they were the only club showing real interest in the midfielder but that has since changed and it has been confirmed by a trusted transfer journalist, Jan Aage Fjortoft.
Jan Aage Fjortoft, while speaking on ESPN stated that it is very true that the Red Devils are desperate to sign the Bayern Munich midfielder because they are still in the market looking out for available qualities. He added that everyone thought Thiago Alcantara will be heading Liverpool but things can change.
For Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, it is a case of building the team and adding fresh legs with this summer transfer window, the reason why he has been busy in the market, talking to a number of players.
Arsenal might consider London swap ahead of Atletico Madrid deal
North London outfit are keen on bringing in a midfielder with manager Mikel Arteta having his attention on Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey from Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid.
It has been a stressful wait to land a midfielder as the Gunners are unwilling to meet the valuation of the Atletico Madrid player due to the lack of funds. Efforts to reduce the financial burden of £45 million by including a player in the deal have been rejected by the Spanish La Liga outfit.
However, it is now reported that the Gunners are considering moving in for Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante as an alternative for Thomas Partey with Daily Express reporting that the two London clubs are in talks.
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Should an agreement be reached between the two London clubs, the North London outfit will be sending Matteo Guendouzi to west London but the Gunners will have to add some cash to make the deal work through.
While this report cannot be confirmed, the North London club have confirmed that they are actively in the summer transfer market and are hoping to bring in new legs before it is shut down.
The Arsenal outcast has been offered to Atletico Madrid in a proposed swap deal for Thomas Partey but it was rejected.
Solskjaer reveals the truth about Smalling’s Roma move
It is no longer a secrete that Chris Smalling is keen to leave Man United this summer transfer window as he is interested in a move to the Italian Serie A to continue his career.
Chris Smalling was in Italy on a season-long loan deal where he gave impressive performances although. He has since loved life in the country. A return to Man United for the new season is not an option for Chris Smalling.
Reports claim he has an agreement with AS Roma but there have been delay in announcing a deal as the Red Devils have had their demand on the fee.
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Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has finally opened up on the reason why Chris Smalling is still at the club. According to him, AS Roma are yet to improve their bid from the last offer that was rejected.
He explained that he does not have the decision to make on Chris Smalling’s valuation but the club is yet to receive any sufficient bid for the experienced defender.
This means he might be forced to remain in England or move to other clubs if AS Roma fail o up their bid before the end of the summer transfer window.
Mohamed Elneny’s agent flies to Turkey for transfer talks
Although Mohamed Elneny might have had good performances since he returned from his season-long loan spell but that does not mean he will remain at the club for the season if the latest reports are anything o go by.
It is reported that the Egyptian’s agent has travelled to Turkey to hold talks with the Galatasaray and Trabzonspor with both clubs having an offer for the Gunners midfielder.
ExtraSport is convinced that Mohamed Elneny could be the next exit from the Emirates Stadium despite starting getting the nod from manager Mikel Arteta in two of the first three games this season.
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With reports that his agent is already in Turkey, it is understood that Mohamed Elneny will be agreeing on a deal with either of the mentioned clubs before returning back.
It is believed that the move by Mohamed Elneny is connected with Arsenal’s bid for new midfielders, a development that sends the signal that the Egyptian might go down the pecking order in the Mikal Arteta team.
However, the North London outfit will prefer a permanent deal for Mohamed Elneny as they will hope to cash in from his sale to be able to sanction other deals in this summer transfer window.
Another Man United target set to join Liverpool
The list is unending for English Premier League club Man United for the number of disappointments in this summer transfer markets as they are set to lose out on another top target.
The hits for the Red Devils started with top target Jadon Sancho who will not answer the call from the Old Trafford for a stay with German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund.
Other two Man United targets, Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon have also snubbed them for a move to North London outfit Tottenham which makes it one of the most frustrating transfer windows for the club.
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The list now continues with reports from France claiming that Liverpool have agreed on terms with Watford winger Ismaila Sarr who is already being linked with Man United.
France Football reports that the current Premier League champions agreed on a fee within the region of £32 and £36 million for the Senegal international winger who is followed by manager Jurgen Klopp.
The Red Devils had identified Ismaila Sarr as a good alternative to their top target, Jadon Sancho as it is confirmed they will not be able to pay his £100 million demand while the German Bundesliga club are not willing o negotiate the fee.
The Aouar news we hate to hear as Arsenal fans have emerged
If there is anything Arsenal fans will not wish to hear, then it is the interest in Houssem Aouar by other clubs but sadly, that is already happening.
The latest reports have claimed that a Champions League team is also interested in the signature of the Lyon midfielder but they are only keeping it late to land him this summer transfer window.
Lyon director Juninho hints that the final two weeks of the summer transfer window could have the Champions League club step forward with their bid for Houssem Aouar.
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The Telegraph also reports that the Gunners’ rivals will be willing to pay the £54 million wanted by the French Ligue 1 outfit for Houssem Aouar and that could lure the player into agreeing on the deal as he will fancy a Champions League football ahead of the Europa League.
No doubt, Houssem Aouar is a top target for manager Mikel Arteta which makes the Gunners insist on his signature. For Arsenal to be able to land the Lyon midfielder, they will have to sell more players to boost their financial strength.
Arsenal have already cashed in £20 million from the sale of Emi Martinez and will have to do more to get rid of more players if they must meet the valuation by the French Ligue 1 outfit.
Messi, Arsenal link talks emerge again
If you have ever heard that Barcelona star Lionel Messi was linked with a move to the English Premier League outfit Arsenal in the past and doubt that it is true. It has been talked about again.
Lionel Messi’s former agent has recalled how the Argentina international came close to becoming a Gunner in 2003 with former manager Arsene Wenger making an attempt to snap him up.
Speaking to Marca, Fabian Soldini said Lionel Messi was close to joining Arsenal as he was tempted by the offers from the English Premier League side but he later opted not to go.
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According to him, the North London outfit were only able to prise away Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas because he accepted to leave as both were asked by the Catalans to go.
Cesc Fabregas went ahead to develop at the North London club but Lionel Messi became a more prominent figure in the game, and all of the feats would have been achieved in an Arsenal shirt.
With the number of players reported to have been linked with Arsenal under former manager Arsene Wenger, there is no doubt that the Frenchman is one of the best scouts, even as a manager, having identified such talent from a very young age.
Arsenal Transfers: Arteta Set To Offload Two Defenders In Major Shake-up
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has made the addition of a central midfielder his top priority for the rest of this summer’s transfer market according to the Daily Mirror.
Arteta could even need to sign two central midfielders with the future of young French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi in serious doubt at the club.
Matteo Guendouzi is not in Arteta’s plans, and the club is ready to listen to offers for him.
In his bid to sign a midfielder, Mikel Arteta wants to offload two defenders to provide non-homegrown space and funds for new arrivals.
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Defenders Shkrodan Mustafi and Sead Kolasinac could be on their way out of Arsenal before the current transfer market closes in 12 days’ time.
Mustafi is the subject of a transfer enquiry from Italian Serie A side Lazio.
The German World Cup winner has less than a year on his Arsenal contract and a fee of around €15m as been mooted as the transfer figure required for his move from North London to Lazio.
Arsenal might negotiate his transfer for lesser as they try to cash in on him. The Gunners have adequate centre-back cover following the arrivals of Gabriel Magalhaes and William Saliba from France.
Gunners left-back Sead Kolasinac is a big target for German Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen with a fee of €10m being touted as the transfer figure needed for his move back to Germany.
Sead Kolasinac signed for the Gunners from German team Schalke 04 on a free transfer three years ago.
Arsenal Handed Thomas Partey Ultimatum By Atletico Madrid After £49.5m Agreement
Premier League team Arsenal have been handed an ultimatum to fulfil the release clause obligations in the contract of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey or risk losing out on him.
Renowned Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano revealed via his official Twitter account that the Gunners will have to pay the €50m (£45m) release clause in Partey’s contract at the club before adding that Arsenal have less than two weeks to pull off the signing.
The transfer guru also pointed out that Atletico Madrid no longer have pressing financial needs after they sanctioned the transfer of Spanish striker Alvaro Morata to Juventus in a £49.5m.
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Morata has returned to Juventus on a loan deal for this season at £8.2m with the option to make his transfer permanent for £41.3m at the end of the loan contract next summer.
Arsenal have been trying to sign Thomas Partey since the current transfer window opened in July.
Atletico Madrid are interested in Arsenal player Lucas Torreira and the Gunners proposed a player-plus-cash offer involving the Uruguayan and Thomas Partey but it was swiftly turned down by the La Liga team.
The Gunners must pay the release clause of the 27-year-old Ghanaian international in full to sign him.