Footy Extras

Lyon star pours cold water on Man Utd hopes of signing him this summer

Lyon forward Moussa Dembele says he won’t be moving this summer transfer window, in spite of reports that Manchester United were keen on signing him.

Dembele switched from Celtic the previous year for just under £20 million, and it had been speculated Manchester United would make a £40 million move for him in the summer.

The striker netted 23 goals in 52 matches for Lyon in the 2018/19 season, and he followed that up with the winner in his country’s Under-21’s win over Croatia on Friday to send France into the semi-finals.

United have been connected with a number of young attackers this summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans to inject some energy into the attack, with Joao Felix, Dembele and Jadon Sancho among those reported to be interesting him.

But Moussa has moved to end the speculation regarding his future, by committing his long-term future to Lyon after the Croatia match.

Dembele said: “I still have 4 years left on my contract, I will be in Lyon next season.”

In May, Dembele hadn’t ruled out the possibility of leaving Les Gones but admitted he was content in Ligue 1.

“I signed for five years with Lyon and I’m happy there but we’ll see what happens,” Moussa had said. I’m happy to stay with Lyon next season but we’ll see.”

Meanwhile, Serie A giants Juventus are ready to withdraw their long-standing interest in Manchester United star Paul Pogba in order to land the Nerhalnds international Matthijs de Ligt and Paris Saint-Germain’s contact rebel Adrien Rabiot, according to Sky Italia.

Arsenal boss keen to be reunited with France international at Emirates

Arsenal manager Unai Emery is eager for his side to sign Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe this summer transfer market, according to a report in France.

The French media outlet Le10 Sport, as cited by Metro, is reporting that the Arsenal coach is interested in a deal to land the World Cup winner to bolster his defensive options.

The same article claims that PSG are prepared to part ways with the 23-year-old in the summer transfer period after the French starlet endured a difficult campaign at Le Parc des Princes.

The Gunners could struggle to put together a package to land Kimpembe given Unai’s limited budget to invest in new faces ahead of the new term.

The report goes on to add that the London-based outfit would need to spend around £35 million to sign the French centre-back ahead of the new Premier League campaign.

Arsenal look set to be connected with a host of different players in the summer window as Emery looks rebuilt after a decent but unspectacular first campaign in charge.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid are reportedly keen on Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin and are prepared to offer Vitolo in exchange.

Hector is reportedly still a couple of months away from completing a full recovery, but that hasn’t forced the Gunners to look somewhere else for a new right-back.

According to The Telegraph, Atletico Madrid will try to tempt Gunners into discussing a deal by giving the club the chance to land Vitolo, who won three Europa League trophies with Unai Emery at Sevilla.

Liverpool reportedly make surprise offer for in-demand Ligue 2 talent

Liverpool have reportedly submitted made an official offer to sign Paris FC and DR Congo striker Silas Wamangituka this summer transfer window.

According to the latest report from a French daily newspaper Le Parisien, Liverpool, as well as SL Benfica, have submitted official bids to try and land Wamangituka this summer.

The report also claims that the details of the Reds’ offer are unknown as of late, thus it will definitely be interesting to see how much Liverpool are willing to pay to bring the pacy forward to Anfield in the summer.

The youngster managed to register a total of 11 goals and two assists in 32 Ligue 2 matches last year, as he helped his side achieve the fourth-placed finish in the league.

Considering their depth in attack, it is unclear to see why Jurgen Klopp’s side are so keen to bring in a star of Wamangituka’s calibre.

The Reds already have players like Salah, Shaqiri, Firmino, Origi and Mane to choose from in the attack, and given this, we can not really see why Anfield outfit are so keen to land the 19-year-old.

In spite of this, should Liverpool be able to bring in Silas for a cheap price, there can not be any harm in bringing the Congolese star to Anfield this summer, even if it is just to make sure none of their rivals can get their hands on the player.

Meantime, Inter Milan are looking to bid as much as £80 million for LOSC Lille forward and Liverpool target Nicolas Pepe this summer, according to a French outlet France Football.

UCL giants to announce transfer of Chelsea talent after agreeing three-year deal

Chelsea’s 19-year-old shot-stopper Marcin Bulka has reached a pre-contract three-year agreement with the Ligue 1 heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain and his free transfer to Thomas Tuchel’s side will soon be announced.

Bulka’s transfer has been a long time coming after sources first indicated the star was keen to move to Le Parc des Princes two months ago as legendary Italian keeper Gianluigi Buffon left Paris Saint-Germain in search of opportunities to play football somewhere else.

The talented Polish will come in to provide competition for the French star Alphonse Areola after Paris Saint-Germain won an intense competition for his services, promising the ace a chance to play at the highest level.

Chelsea were interested in renewing their deal for their academy shot-stopper of three years, but the landing of 24-year-old Kepa Arrizabalaga the previous summer left Marcin feeling unsure about breaking through at Chelsea.

Marcin featured heavily in the pre-season campaign last summer, playing three times and making an impression under former manager Maurizio Sarri, but his deal situation meant he did not make his competitive debut.

Chelsea purchased Bulka as a 16-year-old as he grew up in the La Liga giants Barcelona’s academy base in his homeland at FCB Escola Varsovia, before signing a three-year deal with the Blues.

Meanwhile, the west Londoners are preparing to complete negotiations to sign Derby County head coach and legendary ex-player Frank Lampard as the successor for the Italian tactician Maurizio Sarri, who has been named the new manager at the Serie A side Juventus.

Chelsea reportedly quote European giants £36m for all-around defender

Chelsea will reportedly demand around £36 million for defender Marcos Alonso amid rumoured interest from La Liga club Atletico Madrid.

Atletico manager Diego Simeone is on the summer hunt for a new left-back after Lucas Hernandez singed for Bayern Munich for £68m.

And fellow full-back Filipe Luis, who spent a year at the Blues earlier in his professional career, will also leave the club.

It has been reported that Marcos Alonso is top of Diego’s wishlist this summer, with an offer thought to be imminent.

The 28-year-old didn’t feature for Chelsea as much as he would have liked the previous season, with Maurizio Sarri often rotating the Spaniard with Emerson Palmieri.

Indeed, it was Emerson who was given the nod for the UEFA Europa League final against Unai Emery’s Arsenal.

Rumours since suggest that Marcos is open to returning to La Liga with the club his grandfather and father both represented.

But the Blues, currently under a two-window transfer ban, may not be open for summer business after Eden Hazard joined Real Madrid.

According to the latest reports from Spain though, the club have slapped a £36 million price-tag on the versatile defender’s head.

Alonso joined Chelsea in 2016 and he played an important role as a wing-back in their EPL title win during his first season.

But with Maurizio opting to play Emerson Palmieri more as last season played out, Marcos became disillusioned at Chelsea.

The club are yet to name Maurizio’s successor after the Italian tactician left for Juventus but Derby County manager Frank Lampard is the frontrunners to take over as manager.

It’s unclear whether the former England international would prefer Marcos at left-back or the former AS Roma defender.

Arsenal submit summer offer for 18-year-old AS Nancy starlet

Unai Emery’s Arsenal have reportedly submitted an offer for exciting French forward Bilel Hassaini.

According to the French media outlet Foot Mercato, relayed in an article by HITC, the Gunners have made an offer for the 18-year-old, who currently plies his trade with Ligue 2 side AS Nancy.

Fellow Premier League outfit Crystal Palace have also lodged a bid, with Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain also thought to be interested.

Bilel has never turned out in a senior team encounter for Les Chardons, and if successful, Arsenal would look to place the youngster into their U23 set-up at London Colney.

Boss Unai Emery desperately needs several first-team incomings at the Emirates Stadium over the summer transfer window, with reinforcements in the defence looking like a priority.

With Bilel regarded as a future star, and Gunners limited in wide options, perhaps Arsenal’s pursuing a move for the youngster is a smart idea, with the player possibly breaking into the main team squad during the coming years.

Arsenal could sign Hassaini for an extremely cheap sum, and as a result of their history of bringing exciting French stars to London, a move could prove to be another stunning piece of business by Arsenal in the long run.

Meantime, Arsenal have reportedly placed a transfer value of £45m on Lucas Torreira amid suggestions that AC Milan want to sign the midfielder in this summer’s transfer window, According to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Torreira made 50 appearances for the Gunners last season following his arrival from Sampdoria.

Liverpool will not try to sign £200,000-a-week South American star

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are reportedly not pursuing a summer deal for Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho – but Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea are.

Liverpool sold the player to Barcelona in January transfer window of 2018, pocketing a huge £142m from the sale and using it to bolster the squad.

Now, Brazil international may depart the La Liga heavyweights having struggled for consistency and form throughout his time at Blaugrana so far.

The Reds were recently backed to tempt Coutinho away from Barcelona in the summer, with Jurgen Klopp supposedly prepared to snap him up.

However, Catalan outlet Mundo Deportivo say that the Brazil star is not on the Reds’ transfer radar for the summer.

Yet it is stated the Red Devils, Blues and Parisians have all expressed an interest in the Barcelona misfit.

Coutinho to Anfield outfit would make sense considering Jurgen Klopp’s eagerness to ensure the club do not rest on their laurels following their UEFA Champions League triumph.

But with Liverpool not interested in the player, that may now lead to Philippe heading elsewhere.

Coutinho won’t be joining United, though, with the star recently ruling out a move to Theatre of the Dreams because of his Liverpool past.

Arsenal want to boost their transfer budget by £30m by selling creative midfielder

Arsenal management are reportedly desperate to increase the summer transfer market budget and will try to offload Mesut Ozil to give the Club a financial boost.

The 30-year-old star experienced a difficult campaign last year, as not only was he limited to 35 matches across all competitions as Mesut struggled to hold down a starting berth sometimes, but he registered just six goals and three assists.

For a midfielder of his quality, that simply is not good enough and Gunners will feel as though they undoubtedly need more from the German if they are to break back into the Top 4 in the Premier League moving forward.

However, according to a British tabloid The Sun, their preference may well be to sell Mesut, as it’s claimed that they are desperate to increase the touted £45 million transfer budget currently in place for the summer by selling him to bring in a possible £30 million fee, and also getting his £350,000-a-week salary off the wage bill will make a significant difference too.

That, in turn, would perhaps give Gunners more financial flexibility when tabling contracts to targets, although normally for that kind of money and with not enough in return during the past 12 months.

It will certainly be a difficult task to reach an agreement with any interested club as few will be able, or willing, to meet those figures.

However, it remains to be seen if the north London heavyweights are forced to keep Mesut on and hope that he can deliver the next campaign.

Serie A giants ready to offer midfielder to Arsenal in order to land £26m signing

AC Milan have made versatile Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira their number one target this summer and are reportedly planning to offer Franck Kessie as part of the deal.

The Uruguayan star only moved to the Emirates the previous year in a £26m move from Serie A side Sampdoria and enjoyed a strong debut campaign, though revealed last week that he has struggled to adapt to life in England.

Lucas’ old Sampdoria manager Marco Giampaolo could offer an escape route, having made the 23-year-old star his ‘dream’ signing as the Italian prepares to take charge at Rossoneri.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, AC Milan haven’t been put off by Gunners’ stance that Torreira isn’t for sale and have already got in touch with his entourage to discuss the feasibility of a deal.

Rossoneri’s move is boosted by the fact that his girlfriend, Vittoria Repetto is not enjoying life in the British capital and would like to return to Italy.

Any deal for Lucas would require AC Milan to stump up around £40 million to tempt Arsenal to sell, though the Italian outfit could lower the sum by including a player in the deal.

According to Tuttosport, Franck is the player Giampaolo is willing to cash in on: either in a trade with Gunners or to another side to raise funds to bring the South American in.

The Gunners have been connected with Kessie before, dating back to his time at Italian giants Atalanta, and is valued at around £35 million himself, while he’s said to be keen on testing himself in the English top-flight.

Man Utd ready to sacrifice struggling duo for £90,000-a-week EPL star

Manchester United are prepared to offer Leicester City the chance to land Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo as part of a summer deal for their star defender Harry Maguire, according to the Sun.

They report that Red Devils are keen to sign the towering England international, but are learning the asking price a problem during a summer in which they are grappling with overhauling their roster without the lure of UEFA Champions League football.

That has seemingly led them to offer up Eric and Marcos to effectively help Leicester City replace Maguire as part of the potential deal that would see the player move to Old Trafford.

Ivorian international Eric cost United a reported (BBC) £30m when the player joined back in 2016, while Marcus apparently (BBC) cost £16m under Louis van Gaal back in 2014.

But neither man’s Manchester United career has worked out as planned, with both of them getting a status for being impetuous centre-backs with poor injury records.

Eric has the brighter future and there’s a player in there if Brendan Rodgers could bring it out and at just 25, the Ivorian could perhaps replace Harry if he got himself fit and confident.

But the Argentine star looks something of a lost cause and would not add a great deal to the Foxes backline in spite of the fact he can play as a centre half and left back.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid hierarchy have reportedly set a limit for what they are ready to pay for Manchester United star Paul Pogba, However, according to L’Equipe,

Los Blancos will not spend any more than £106 million on France international after their recent spending spree on other players.