Footy Extras

Arsenal discover asking price for 22-year-old La Liga left-back

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur will have to pay over £20m if they want to land Emerson Royal this summer, according to a recent report from Estadio Deportivo.

The Spanish news outlet state that Barcelona – who share the star’s rights with their league rivals Real Betis – have agreed to sell for a fee of €25 million with their fellow La Liga outfit.

Royal will be sold if a club offers this amount, with the Brazil youth international free to leave. Spurs’ interest is mentioned in Estadio Deportivo‘s report.

But, a separate report from Estadio Deportivo revealed that Mikel Arteta’s side were keen to sign the 22-year-old.

Both of the clubs from north London have issues at right-back.

Jose Mourinho does not seem to trust Serge Aurier or Matt Doherty, with the pair making 12 and 15 top-flight starts respectively this term.

Meanwhile, the Gunners had told Hector Bellerin he can depart the Emirates, according to Calciomercato.

If Emerson does come to England, fans can expect a player similar to Barcelona legend Dani Alves.

The Arsenal and Tottenham transfer target has been likened to the 37-year-old fellow countryman. UOL wrote that Emerson ‘mirrors’ the Sao Paulo man.

Man Utd set their sights on 17-year-old AFC Wimbledon prospect

Manchester United are keen on AFC Wimbledon goalkeeper Matthew Cox, according to The Telegraph.

Matthew, who is 17 years old, is being tipped for a big future by his club and has already made their bench on a number of occasions.

Mark Robinson’s team could face a battle to keep hold of the player down the line with United already being linked with a move for him.

He joined Chelsea’s academy at the age of eight and spent six years with them before switching to Wimbledon at U15 level.

The Englishman has since progressed up through the Dons’ ranks and has also represented his country at the Under-17 level in the past.

Cox penned his first professional contract in May last year meaning the League One side are not under any risk of losing him for free this summer.

However, it’d be hard to stand in their way if the Red Devils came calling. United are no strangers to delving into the lower divisions to snap up talent.

They signed stopper Nathan Bishop from Southend United a couple of years ago and may see Matthew as someone to be their number at youth levels.

Chelsea loan star interests Aston Villa ahead of potential move

Aston Villa are interested in landing Ruben Loftus-Cheek from Chelsea in the summer transfer window of 2021, according to a report by TEAMtalk.

It has been reported that the Villa and Crystal Palace are leading the hunt for Loftus-Cheek, who is on loan at Fulham from the Blues at the moment.

The report has added that the England star is not in the long-term plans of the west London heavyweights and that Villa assistant manager and Blues icon John Terry is a huge fan.

Fulham are likely to get relegated to the EFL Championship at the end of the campaign, and it is hard to see Ruben play in the second division.

If Chelsea do not want the England international at the club, then a move to Dean Smith’s side would make sense, but at the right price.

They could be challenging for the European places in the Premier League standings on a regular basis in the coming years.

Ruben is a very dynamic midfielder who can play in an attacking position or in a more conservative role.

He has made 21 starts and five substitute appearances in the top-flight for Fulham so far this season, netting one goal in the process.

Arsenal set their sights on former AC Milan midfielder valued at £31.5m

Football.London reports that Arsenal are ready to launch their pursuit of midfielder Manuel Locatelli this summer.

They are allegedly on the lookout for talented midfielders in the summer, with their search now leading the Gunners towards the 23-year-old Sassuolo star.

Arsenal are primarily interested in Houssem Aouar or Martin Odegaard this summer, but are likely to be priced out of a move for both stars, particularly in light of the current financial climate in football.

As such, the club are now looking at Manuel, who could be a much easier and more realistic transfer target as the player himself has voiced his willingness to take the next step in his career.

He has enjoyed a rapid rise to prominence during his time at the Italian club, with the midfielder emerging as a midfield lynchpin for them.

He has primarily impressed the onlookers with his fighting spirit and aggressive nature that has helped the ace flourish under the leadership of Roberto De Zerbi.

The Italy international is currently believed to be rated at around £31.5 million, which is surely a fortune considering the state of the current market.

With Manuel’s contract expiring in 2023, though, it’ll be interesting to see whether Sassuolo are prepared to negotiate a move with Mikel Arteta’s side.

West Ham advised to sign Man Utd loan star on permanent basis

Former Premier League forward Darren Bent has urged West Ham to sign Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard for a ‘bargain’ sum of £30m in the summer.

The 28-year-old star joined the Hammers from the Red Devils on loan in January and has been an absolute revelation for his current team.

In nine Premier League appearances since moving to East London, Jesse has netted eight goals and assisted another three to become one of the division’s most in-form players.

David Moyes has been credited in getting the star his confidence back, and per The Athletic, it is highly likely he’ll be sold in the summer.

For that reason, Darren urged the club to sign him outright. On talkSPORT Breakfast, the ex-England international said:

“I don’t think £30m is that much because you’re now seeing teams buying players from the Championship for that much.

“With him [Lingard] you’re talking about a proven international who’s won big trophies at a big club. I think at that price he’s a bargain.”

Elsewhere, Real Madrid are allegedly planning to offload a host of first-team players, including Manchester United target Raphael Varane, this summer.

His contract at the Bernabeu is due to expire in 2022, and a recent report claimed that the Old Trafford outfit are in advanced discussions to sign the centre-back.

Sheffield United switch branded as ‘good move’ for Liverpool loanee

Liverpool icon John Barnes is of the view that it was necessary for striker Rhian Brewster to leave Anfield and sign for Sheffield United last summer as big Premier League sides were not going to make a move for the player.

The 21-year old left the Reds last summer to join the Blades, having found it difficult to break into Jurgen Klopp’s first-team.

However, Rhian has struggled to nail down a starting role at the Bramall Lane outfit, with just nine top-flight starts to his name and is yet to open his account for the Yorkshire club who are Premier League bottom at the moment and are on course to be relegated.

John has insisted Brewster had to depart Anfield for Sheffield United as no other big top flight sides were going to sign him, while the Blades, who finished ninth in the 2019/20 term, were a great option for him.

Barnes revealed the move has not worked out for Rhian, but stressed it was a was a gamble well worth taking with the talented striker being at a crossroads in his career back in October.

“With Rhian Brewster, he had a chance to go to a Premier League team [Sheffield United]”, he told Bonus Code Bets.

“Of course, they look as though they’ll go down [to the Championship], but at the time they were a top ten Premier League team.

“For Rhian Brewster to go to a top ten team and play regularly was a good move for him.

“Unfortunately, it hasn’t worked out, but at the time, people thought it was a good move, so you never really know [if it is going to work out].

“To give him a chance to go to the Premier League, you can’t turn that down.”