Footy Extras

Arsenal on red alert as UCL giants join chase for Italian sensation valued at £43m

Premier League giants Manchester United are keen on signing young AS Roma star and reported Arsenal target Nicolo Zaniolo, according to the latest reports in Italy.

Italian ace has become one of the hottest talents in Italy in the previous year and is rated at around £43m by his club.

Although yet to become a regular first-team player at Giallorossi, Zaniolo featured 32 times this campaign, netting six goals and picking up two assists from midfield.

Italian daily sports newspaper Corriere dello Sport state a host of clubs are closely monitoring the 19-year-old playmaker’s progress including Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Juventus.

The Gunners too have been touted with a transfer interest in the teenager, who is under contract at AS Roma until the summer of 2023.

Nicolo joined AS Roma from Inter Milan last summer and the Italian’s displays this season earned Zaniolo his first international call-up to Italian manager Roberto Mancini’s squad.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in the race for young talent in summer as the club plans to change his approach to signings.

The Red Devils have spent a fortune on tempting established stars to the club in the last three seasons, but after a number of high profile flops, Ole will return to legendary coach Sir Alex Ferguson’s recruitment methods.

Alex insisted on signing outfield stars aged 27 or younger, who could be transformed into superstars at the club.

Norwegian tactician has been connected with a string of young prospect including Borussia Dortmund starlet Jadon Sancho and Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi.

ESPN pundit tells €80m-rated Man Utd star to reject European giants switch

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has been backed to reject a possible big-money switch to Barcelona in order to stay at the Red Devils, despite crashing out of the UEFA Champions League to the Catalan heavyweights.

That is the view of ESPN’s Alejandro Moreno, who believes Marcus need only look at his recent form as proof that Marcus should stay.

The young striker is enjoying his best campaign to date in the Premier League, having scored 10 goals in 28 games, so far.

Marcus’ form, and uncertainty regarding his future has led to the player catching the eye of several clubs throughout Europe.

Most specifically, claims have connected him to a £100 million move to Barca, who are apparently interested in adding a new young forward to their squad.

EPL rivals eye potential deal for struggling Chelsea loanee as Blues ask for £40m

Marco Silva’s Everton are planning to make a swoop for Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi, according to recent reports from the Express as quoted by Liverpool Echo.

The Belgian star is currently out on loan with fellow EPL side Crystal Palace, and it’s believed that Chelsea have slapped a £40 million price tag on the forward.

Bundesliga title chasers Borussia Dortmund are also understood to be interested in landing the star in the summer transfer market.

Belgium international had spent the first half of the campaign on loan with La Liga club Valencia.

The Toffees have had a stop-start campaign under Marco Silva, but the club have shown enough on the pitch to give hope to fans faith for the next campaign.

Everton managed some notable coups in the last few transfer markets, and it remains to be seen whether Farhad Moshiri’s club would be prepared to spend £40m on Michy this summer.

A lot was expected out of Turkish star Cenk Tosun, but the former Besiktas player has failed to make an impression.

Marco Silva has often overlooked the player, and he has even preferred a wide man like Brazilian star Richarlison over Cenk to lead the line.

At present, young Englishman Dominic Calvert-Lewin is doing more than a sufficient job up top, and the star has cemented his place in the starting line up after some influential showings.

However, it’s clear that Everton would need more attacking options if they plan to break into the top 6 in the next campaign.

Arsenal face stiff competition from England for talented Brazilian wing wizard

According to the latest report from a British tabloid newspaper, the Sun, EPL giants Manchester United have entered the hunt to sign Ajax ace David Neres, although they will face heavy competition from Arsenal for his services.

The 22-year-old Brazilian has been wonderful for the Dutch outfit this campaign, racking up a stunning 12 goals and 15 assists in 45 matches in all competitions so far.

David has so much talent, and Neres will certainly go on to become one of the game’s best stars.

The Sun states that Ajax value the attacker at £45 million, and the Old Trafford outfit have entered the race to land him.

The Gunners want the South American, according to the Sun, and the London-based heavyweights could be set to battle it out with the league rivals for the him this summer.

The 22-year-old star possesses blistering pace, has the exceptional technical ability, and David’s direct playing style makes the star ideally suited to the intense nature of England’s top tier.

Whether Arsenal or Manchester United win the race for the player’s signature, however, remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, Algerian star Ismael Bennacer has enjoyed a stunning season in Serie A with Empoli, and has drawn the attention of fellow Italian side Napoli and French club Lyon.

Bennacer joined Arsenal back in 2015 as a youngster and featured once for Arsenal before joining Tours, then Italian club on a permanent basis in 2017 for around £900,000.

And now, according to Le10Sport, Les Gones are battling Partenopei for the 21-year-old star’s signature, but both possible deals could be ruined as Arsenal plan to activate buy-back clause and bring the star back to Emirates Stadium.

Man Utd ready to pay €36m for Serie A star as Red Devils aim to bolster defence

Manchester United are reportedly thinking about a €36m summer swoop to land Greece international Kostas Manolas from AS Roma.

According to the Rome edition of Leggo, the Red Devils have turned their attention towards Roma star in their bid to land a centre-hlf in the summer transfer market.

The Premier League club though, will have to match his €36 million exit clause to secure the signature of the player from Serie A outfit.

The defender has come a long way since the star joined AS Roma from Olympiacos in the summer window of 2014.

Nearly five seasons later, the 27-year-old star has gone on to prove himself as one of the best centre-backs in Italy’s top tier, a league which is usually hailed for producing defensive beasts.

But, with AS Roma currently outside the Top 4, there is a chance that the club will miss out on featuring in the UEFA Champions League next campaign.

And, failure to qualify for Europe’s top competition could have serious outcomes, as far as player exits are concerned.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are hoping to take advantage of such an eventuality.

The defence has been the main weak point for the club over the course of this campaign, with Victor Lindelof the only centre-back who has remained consistent during the campaign.

While English star Chris Smalling has been solid lately, the player is known to have spurts of instability in him.

The same goes for Phil Jones and Eric Bailly, while Argentine star Marcos Rojo has become an unreliable person for Manchester United because of his tryst with injuries in the last few campaigns.

To that end, it’s understandable why Manchester United are eager to land a centre-back in the summer transfer market.

Liverpool keen on promising Liga NOS sensation with €120m release clause

Portuguese club SL Benfica star Joao Felix is one of the most promising young forwards in Europe, and there’s no surprise that Premier League duo Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers are among the sides reportedly interested in landing the teenager this summer transfer market.

According to a British daily tabloid newspaper the Daily Mirror, Wolves keen to bring the 19-year-old sensation to the Molineux Stadium in the summer window of 2019.

The same article has also credited Liverpool, Paris Saint-German, Manchester United and Arsenal with an interest in securing the signature of the Portugal U21 international.

However, it looks like Liverpool and Wolves aren’t going to find it easy to land Felix.

According to sports TV channel Sky Sports Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Joao has a release (exit/buy-out) clause of €120 million (£103 million), but his club, SL Benfica, want to increase it to €200 million (172m).

Another Italian source Calciomercato.com has stated that the teenager will say yes to Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus, with the Italian heavyweights also reported to be interested in the Portuguese talent.

Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanders are rich clubs, but it’s hard to see the English pair pay €120 million or €200 million for the prodigy.

Meantime, Wolves are also interested in another Portuguese talent and it is Liverpool’s Rafa Camacho.

He is a potential summer transfer target for Wolves, according to a Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, via Sport Witness.

The youngster looks set to depart the Reds at the end of the campaign, having failed to agree on a fresh contract at Anfield.

However, It’s not known whether the club are interested in a temporary or permanent move for Rafel.