Footy Extras

The £22m Monaco Star Confirms Interest From Arsene Wenger

Monaco new signing Youri Tielemans has confirmed why he didn’t make a move to Arsenal this summer.

The 20-year-old caught the eye of top European clubs after rising through the ranks at Anderlecht in his homeland.

He was claimed to move to the Premier League clubs, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United said to be interested in sign him.

Ligue 1 champions Monaco signed Tielemans up in a £22m deal. They prepared for the loss of Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea.

After the month from his transfer, Tielemans has explained why he ended up at the Stade Louis II instead of The Emirates.

The Belgium international said: “I knew not much was going to change with Arsenal’s squad.

“Their management wanted to keep the same group of players together to finish high in the Premier League.

“I had to be honest with myself and take a look at the midfielders Arsenal have got. They have top-class players.

“I knew that I would not get many first-team chances with them, so I didn’t give any more thought to join them.

“I have never rejected any club. But it was clear for me where I wanted to go.”

Arsenal Powerhouse Linked With £40m January Move to Premier League Rivals

Everton are planning to return for Olivier Giroud in January, and this time they have probably better chance to get their man.

The Mirror claim that they’re willing to pay £40m for Giroud in January. Ronald Koeman failed to find the replacement of Romelu Lukaku after the Belgian signed for Manchester United with the reported £75m transfer fee.

£40m is double what the Toffees were willing to cough up in July and considering the soon-to-be 31-year-old and is out of contract in June 2019; this would be a quite massive offer.

The BBC’s David Ornstein claims that Arsenal were willing to sell Giroud in the summer if he wanted to go but the France international chose to stay, saying that while he’d prefer to be playing, his ‘heart and soul’ prevented him from leaving.

Giroud said back in August. “There was something in my soul and in my heart which told me to stay,”

“I’ve been hesitating because I’m the happiest man when I play, and I am on the pitch.

“But I keep the faith, and I still believe I can have an important part to play this season in the club, and I feel good in my head and also physically.

“So I am 100 percent focused on the club project. I’ve been through five amazing years here, so I felt like the story had to continue.

“There are nice days to come from me in an Arsenal shirt.

“Good competition is always good for the team – it forces you to always give your best.”

This time, Everton are far more likely to be successful in their pursuit of the striker.

Man City Boss Set to Block £49m-rated Winger’s Transfer to Arsenal

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has insisted there is “no chance” of Raheem Sterling leaving the club in the near future despite speculation over his future in the summer.

It was reported late in the transfer window that City were willing to move Sterling on to Arsenal in the hope of bringing Alexis Sanchez to the Etihad Stadium. In the end, City were unable to convince the Gunners to sell their star man.

When asked about Sterling’s status at the club after he netted a brace in Saturday’s 5-0 win over Crystal Palace, Guardiola said a departure was never on the cards.

“Raz [Raheem] is staying here,” said the coach. “The club trusts him, that is why we have invested a lot of money in him, so the players we have are going to stay. If they want to leave they are going to leave, but he wants to stay. If players want to leave they have to ask the chairman, but there is no chance of that. He is going nowhere.”

According to the Daily Star Sunday, City have been so impressed with the way in which Sterling has acquitted himself this season that they are prepared to offer him a new contract.

Sterling signed for City from Liverpool in 2015 for £49 million when he was rated as one of the best prospects in world football. Some will be disappointed by his relatively slow development at the Etihad, though.

With so much attacking talent on their books, it wouldn’t have been a massive surprise if Sterling had been tempted by a possible move away to guarantee regular football.

Arsenal Keeping Close Tabs on International No.8 Playmaker Ahead of January Move

Arsenal have reportedly watching Schalke star Leon Goretzka, and willing to hand him a bumper deal to entice him to north London.

The 22-year-old has been gaining plenty of interest since his performances at FIFA Confederations Cup for Germany. Joachim Low considers him as one of the key members of Germany for the World Cup.

The German midfielder, who’s out of contract with the Gelsenkirchen club at the end of the season, has been linked with the European giant’s likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona. However, The Gunners are allegedly willing to try their luck by offering him a bumper deal.

According to the Mirror, the north London club have been scouting the 22-year-old recently with one of Arsene Wenger’s top men.

Barcelona are currently seeing out their transfer embargo, which means that Arsenal could be in with a good chance of signing the 22-year-old player if they’re willing to splash the cash on his wages.

Goretzka joined Schalke from VfL Bochum in the summer of 2013. He played in 125 games so far, scored 16 goals and collected 14 assists for the club.

Last season, he scored eight goals and collected six. This season, he’s scored once and assisted once so far.

 

Technically Gifted Arsenal Star Linked With January Move to Italian Heavyweights

Inter Milan are serious about signing Arsenal star Mesut Ozil in January.

That’s according to the Sunday Express who say the Serie A heavyweights are ready to test the Gunners’ resolve.

Ozil looks set to leave north London having failed to agree on fresh terms with the club.

The German international rejected a new deal and is currently sidelined with a knee injury.

Inter can hold talks with him in The New Year about a summer move.

However, the Sunday Express say they’d like to secure his services this term.

It’s reported that Joao Mario could be used as a sweetener to sign the former Los Blancos playmaker.

Arsene Wenger has reportedly been chasing the Portuguese for over a year, and the Frenchman might be tempted to do a deal.

The 24-year-old, midfielder was a member of Portgual’s 2016 European Championship winning side.

However, his form has been erratic, and according to the Sunday Express Inter are willing to let him leave.

Mesut Ozil joined Arsenal in the summer of 2013 from Real Madri for £42.5m. He played 164 games so far and scored 32 goals for the club. The German playmaker won the three FA Cups with The Gunners.

As for Joao Mario signed for Inter Milan in the summer of 2016 from Sporting for €40m. He played 36 games in Seria A by far and scored three goals for the club.

Arsenal and Roma set to lock horns over transfer of Atletico Madrid Star

Roma will battle Arsenal in a January race to sign Atletico Madrid defender Jose Maria Giminez in January.

That’s according to la Corriere dello Sport, who believe Roma have already sent representatives to speak with the Uruguayan ace.

The 22-year-old has been a success at the Spanish giants since joining from Danubio in 2013. He has made 66 appearances in La Liga but the Uruguay defender has yet to sign a new contract at Atletico.

The centre-half currently has a €65million (£56m) release clause in his contract, but Atlei face the prospect of losing him for a cut-price fee in January, with his contract due to expire next summer.

Blessed with incredible athleticism and physical abilities, he’s excellent at attacking forwards head on and utilising his positional instincts when out of possession.

Here’s a look at some of his highlights:

Gimenez is free to negotiate with overseas sides from the new year and is believed to be looking for a fresh challenge given he is behind Diego Godin and Stefan Savic in the Atletico Madrid pecking order.

Barcelona join Arsenal in the race for the highly-rated playmaker

Marseille youngster Maxime Lopez has been linked with a move to Barcelona.

The 19-year-old midfielder has been linked with Arsenal in the past, but now appears to be a target for the Catalan giants.

That’s according to Mundo Deportivo, who report that Barcelona have made contact with the player’s agent in an attempt to head off competition from the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid.

Barcelona believe they would have the advantage as Lopez is a great admirer of Andres Iniesta and the way Barcelona like to play. Marseille extended the 19-year-old’s contract until 2021 last season, knowing full well there will be plenty of interest in him.

Lopez emerged from the academy in 2016 and has gone on to make 43 appearances for the Ligue 1 side. His style of play has been likened to that of Samir Nasri, another graduate of Marseille at youth level.

Arsenal signed Nasri back in 2008, during a time when they were on top of the French market and able to attract its biggest talents. In recent years, we haven’t been as successful at signing those talents.

If the Gunners want to sign Lopez, they’ll have to fend off a lot of competition.

Spurs set to battle Arsenal for £36m-rated South America playmaker

Mauricio Pochettino could be set to raid Barcelona in January by making a move for Rafinha Alcantara.

The £36m-rated midfielder has attracted the attention of a number of clubs across the globe and he is said to be keen on moving from the Nou Camp for regular first-team football.

According to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, Spurs, Arsenal and Liverpool are all interested in the 24-year-old, while Serie A giants Inter and AC Milan are also keeping tabs on the Brazilian.

Rafinha was keen to leave Barcelona in the summer, yet a knee injury stopped him from finding a new club.

Given chances in Ernesto Valverde’s team will be limited, the player is believed to want to secure a move away in January to help him secure a place in Brazil’s squad for the World Cup in Russia.

However, Barca may insert a buy-back clause in any potential deal for their talented midfielder.

The Spanish giants did just that when Gerard Deulofeu moved to Everton in 2015 and they could well do the same again with Rafinha.

Arsene Wenger is on the hunt for €42m-rated World-Cup Winner Forward

Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea will continue to monitor Bayern Munich and Germany stay Thomas Muller with an eye to the January transfer window, reports say.

Muller, 27, has been at Bayern for over ten years, winning the Bundesliga title six times and the Champions League during his time with the German giants.

Premier League rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool all made enquiries about signing the experienced German international before the start of the season, according to SportBild.

The €42m-rated Germany international has plenty of admirers though, report Bild, with English clubs and Serie A champions Juventus all likely to make offers come January.

While Muller did not enjoy his most successful season with Bayern during the 2016-17 campaign, the German giants were unwilling to see him leave in the summer.

But the Reds, Gunners and Blues could test the club’s resolve at the start of 2018 as they eye deals for the Bayern legend.

Defender says he’s “irritated” over Arsenal transfer, keen to show manager’s part in it

Mathieu Debuchy remains an Arsenal player and with all the European windows now shut, that’s likely how he’ll remain until at least the January transfer window.

Yet again the defender had a frustrating summer with transfers, but this time Arsenal seemed ready to help rather than hinder the fullback’s exit.

During the summer, the French media reported Debuchy had been on the verge of joining Nice. In some quarters it was suggested the deal was pretty much done, and the Frenchman’s Arsenal exit finally close.

Then, it all seemed to collapse, with various reasons suggested, none of which particularly flattering for Debuchy himself. Health, money, better options, any negative that could be thrown was, but it should have probably been avoided.

If Nice weren’t interested enough they shouldn’t have put the Arsenal man through a medical, and the same goes for his wages.

Debuchy has now confirmed the situation to L’Equipe and seems to want to get his story out there so it’s Nice’s management that looks bad.

“I had met Julien Fournier, the general manager of the club, in June in Monaco. We talked about everything, Nice and myself, to find out where I was. Then he asked me to meet the coach, which I agreed, necessarily. I even accepted to do physical tests, they were positive but afterwards, I did’t have any news.”

L’Equipe then asked how Debuchy found out Nice had signed Christophe Jallet instead: “Like everyone else, in the press…”

Asked how he reacted, the Arsenal defender said: “He (Fournier) could at least have sent me a message, warning me that in the end, I wasn’t their choice. It would have been… just normal. That’s it, it irritated me, it was not correct on their part but it didn’t surprise me too much. There are things in football that go beyond me.”

If Debuchy’s version of the story is correct, he’s certainly got a point, and settling that publicly may make him feel better about the situation.