Footy Extras

Arsene Wenger wanted to sign former Man City forward for Arsenal

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he made a failed offer to sign German outfit Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho when the player was at Manchester City.

The youngster as lit up Germany’s top tier since making the shock decision to depart from the Citizens for Germany in 2017 after growing impatient for a chance under Pep Guardiola.

Jadon was back in his hometown of British capital on Wednesday when his die Borussen side took on Tottenham Hotspur in the last-16 of the UCL.

And Wenger has revealed that he attempted to sign Sancho when it became apparent that the star wanted to leave Manchester City.

“I tried to lure him – because he’s from London – I tried to get him to Arsenal.” – French coach told beIN Sports.

Arsene has made somewhat of a habit during the years of angering Gunners fans by revealing the host of players he failed to land.

Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cristiano Ronald, Wayne Rooney and N’Golo Kante are just a selection of superstars that Arsene admitted he was close to landing.

Since moving to Bundesliga, Jadon has moved from strength to strength. His displays have helped his side to top the Bundesliga and earned the star a senior England cap.

Arsene Wenger was watching the Premier League heavyweights’ round of 16 first leg clash with the Bundesliga leaders alongside Ruud Gullit and Marcel Desailly.

Tottenham ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at Wembley, thanks to goals from Belgium international Jan Vertonghen, Spanish striker Fernando Llorente and 26-year-old Son Heung-min.

Man Utd reportedly in pole position to land promising 13-assists winger

Manchester United have appeared as favourites to land Jadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund’s teenage sensation.

Sancho has helped fire die Borussen to the top of the Bundesliga this campaign, having netted seven goals and registered 11 assists in his 21 league matches, plus one goal and an assist in the UCL.

And with the Red Devils on the lookout for more creativity from midfield this summer window, 18-year-old winger Jadon certainly fits the bill.

While his club were blown away by Tottenham Hotspur in Spurs’ Champions League last-16 win on Wednesday, Jadon showed why he is so highly rated.

Sancho was involved in almost every attack when German club were on top early on, setting up several chances which the star’s team-mates failed to capitalise on, and almost found Englishman through on goal at one point before the Bundesliga outfit were eventually defeated 3-0.

Sancho has been connected with a move back to his one-time club Manchester City, but bookies now have their rivals Red Devils ahead in the hunt to bring him back to EPL.

Manchester United are 4/1 favourites to land Sancho, while a move to any Spanish side is priced at 6/1.

A switch to France or Italy is 8/1 – the same odds as EPL giants Chelsea, who are second favourites in the EPL to sign the winger.

Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek said:

“It’s no surprise he has plenty of suitors and Manchester United certainly have the financial clout to pay his inevitably massive transfer fee.”

“If his form continues we could end up seeing the Manchester clubs battle it out for his signature.”

Liverpool reportedly keeping close eye on in-form Bundesliga forward

Liverpool are still in the hunt to sign Eintracht Frankfurt forward Luka Jovic this summer window and have made an official enquiry for the star’s services, according to an exclusive report from German outlet Bild via Sky Sports.

Jovic has been in stunning form for the Bundesliga club this season and has a host of Europe’s elite sides fighting over his signature, with La Liga giants Real Madrid having already made an offer of around £39 million to bring the 21-year-old star to the Santiago Bernabeu.

On loan from SL Benfica, Jovic has netted 19 goals in all competitions for Eintracht Frankfurt this term and currently leads the hunt for top scorer in the German top flight with 14 goals. Luka has also shown his class on the European stage as well, with five goals in six Europa League matches.

While it emerges as though Barcelona lead the hunt for the Serbian prolific goalscorer, with it looking more and more likely to be a head-to-head hunt with Real Madrid, Jurgen doesn’t intend to step away from Luka without making his interest clear.

With an average of a goal every two matches since his debut for die Adler back in 2017, Jovic has a mercilessness in front of goal that is a rare find in a centre-forward so young, while still only 21-years-old, Luka’s potential is seemingly limitless.

Making his name around the continent back in October where he netted 5 goals versus Fortuna Dusseldorf in a 7-1 hammering, the Reds would be smart to try and lure Jovic to Anfield, especially with the imminent exits of both Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi.

Chelsea on alert as No.9 striker facing uncertain future at European giants

Inter manager Luciano Spalletti states Mauro Icardi is refusing to play for Nerazzurri after being stripped of the captaincy.

Argentine star saw his skipper responsibilities stripped from him this week and was then not included in the roster that travelled to Austria to take on Rapid Vienna.

The Argentine forward, who is reportedly a long-term transfer target of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, is in the midst of a deal stand-off with Inter Milan.

Luciano spoke about the call to demote Mauro, and confirmed it was not his choice to leave the 25-year-old star in Italy.

‘The decision to remove the captaincy from Icardi was difficult and painful, absolutely shared by all the club members and taken for the good of Inter.’

‘He was called up for Vienna, but he did not want to be there.’ – Italian said.

Icardi’s representative, and wife Wanda Nara, has infuriated Nerazzurri with the comments she has made to the media.

Nara has spoken at length about Mauro’s future at Inter and even weighed in on Croatian star Ivan Perisic’s efforts to force his way out of Serie A in January.

Inter Milan reportedly took the decision to strip key man because he refused to take a stand versus his agent’s conduct, which was causing problems in the dressing room. Shot-stopper Samir Handanovic has been named as the club’s new skipper.

Maruo remains Inter Milan’s most influential player and has been a deadly goalscorer in his time at Nerazzurri. Icardi was given the captaincy back in 2015 and has netted 122 goals in 208 matches for the Italians.

Serie A club willing to land 22-year-old Chelsea loanee on permanent basis

Chelsea star Ola Aina has made a huge impression away on loan at Serie A club Torino, so much so that the Italian side reportedly want to land him permanently.

According to an exclusive report from the Daily Mirror, the Turin-based outfit are set to take up the £9m option to make Blues star Ola Aina’s loan deal into a permanent one.

The 22-year-old London-born Nigeria international has been with the west Londoners since 2013 and having come through the academy at the club, he made his senior team debut in an EFL Cup tie versus Bristol Rovers in August 2016, under then-coach Antonio Conte.

Two months later Ola made his EPL bow as well and featured 6 times in total in all competitions in his maiden senior campaign.

The subsequent season saw Aina sent out on loan to EFL Championship club Hull City, where the star missed only two of the 46 league matches over the course of the term, picking up thees assists in the process.

Back at the Blues once his loan with the club expired, the 22-year-old player was once again sent out to the Italian club, with first-team opportunities bleak given that Davide Zappacosta, Cesar Azpilicueta and Victor Moses were all ahead of Ola in the pecking order for the right-back spot.

Since moving to Italy’s top tier, the seven-time capped Nigeria international has featured in 20 Serie A games for the club.
Aina netetd his first goal for Torino this past weekend, firing them to a 1-0 victory over Udinese, while Ola also has a solitary assist against his name.

Ligue 1 giants leading Arsenal in chase for £31.5m-rated powerful midfielder

Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly ahead of Premier League duo Arsenal and Chelsea in the hunt to sign Franck Kessie, according to a report.

The 22-year-old AC Milan versatile midfielder is under contract the summer of 2021 after signing for the club on loan with compulsory purchase.

And football news website Calciomercato.com reports the Parisians will be in pole position to secure the signature of the ace if the Italian club decide to cash in this summer transfer market.

AC Milan are reportedly facing a penalty for breaching UEFA Financial Fair Play and are waiting to see what sanction is dished out. The club may be forced to sell key players in the summer and Franck could become available.

The Ivory Coast star has thrived since joining AC Milan on a two-year loan from fellow Serie A outfit Atalanta back in 2017 – playing 81 times in two campaigns.

Rossoneri are obliged to buy him for £24 million, which could prove difficult with a Financial Fair Play rap hanging over the club.

Reports have suggested the west Londoners will offer France international Tiemoue Bakayoko in a part-exchange deal. The former AS Monaco star has rediscovered his best form while on loan at the Serie A side.

Bakayoko and Kessie have been regulars together along with Brazilian sensation Lucas Paqueta in a three-man midfield for much of the campaign.

Rossoneri have a bit longer to rest than their league rivals. AS Roma having played a few days ago and Juventus next week against Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid.

Several European giants in negotiations with agent of former Liverpool attacker

After a few weeks, the Suso speculations returned this week when it was claimed that Arsenal were looking at Milan star for the summer transfer market, having sent a scout to monitor him closely.

Strapped for cash, Arsenal could possibly have been tempted by the shiny €38-40m exit clause in the AC Milan star’s contract, knowing there will be very little negotiating required to get their man.

However, the club aren’t the only ones as Tottenham Hotspur according to Corriere dello Sport, have also signed for their North London rivals, having been huge fans of the one-time Liverpool player for a while.

The Italian outlet explain discussions have been held between the player’s agent and Spurs, the Gunners and also La Liga side Atletico Madrid.

AC Milan, interested to either increase or remove the exit clause, are ready to offer their star €4 million a season, but the star wants €5 million to try and get closer to his teammate Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Suso has netted six goals and registered eight assists in 26 matches in all competitions this term, meaning he’s on course to beat the previous year’s tally of six and 14, hence the willingness to renew.

It’s not that his current contract is close to expiring since that was purchased in 2017 until Juen of 2022, but that clause could seriously come back to bite Rossoneri in the backside if the club aren’t careful, and they know that.

Especially if the north Londoners want to make up for their rather poor January markets next summer.

£36m-rated Serie A star ready snub Arsenal interest in favour of EPL rivals move

Inter Milan winger and rumoured Arsenal target Ivan Perisic wants to finalise a summer move to Tottenham Hotspur after coming close to signing for the Gunners in the January transfer market, according to recent reports in Italy.

Arsenal tried to land Perisic from Inter Milan on loan, but could not convince the Italian heavyweights to agree to a deal with no obligation to buy at the end of the campaign.

Ivan was isolated from the Inter Milan roster after handing in a transfer request, but an Italian sports newspaper Tuttosport state the Croatian always wanted to join Mauricio Pochettino’s men over Arsenal.

The Argentine manager is a fan of Perisic, but Spurs failed to firm up their interest last month and make an official offer for him.

Tottenham Hotspur have not signed a single player in the last two transfer markets, but is expected to make additions next transfer window.

Ivan is determined to be one of those fresh legs and looks set to complete a ‘dream’ transfer to Spurs.

The club could seal the signing of the winger by sending France international Moussa Sissoko and the Ivorian defender Serge Aurier to Inter Milan as part of the deal.

Manchester United have long been connected with Perisic, but a move to the Red Devils or Arsenal now looks unlikely.

Inter Milan accused Arsenal of ‘conning’ the former Wolfsburg player into believing they seriously wanted to land the forward, while Manchester United are not willing to match the asking price for the 30-year-old star.