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19-year-old sought-after youngster reportedly drawing interest from Arsenal

North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have joined the likes of Southampton and Everton in showing an interest in Austrian club RB Salzburg’s playmaker Hannes Wolf, as per an exclusive report from Adrian Kajumba of The Mirror.

The 19-year-old attacking midfielder is one of the most promising young players in Austria and in Europe and shot to fame last campaign as part of the RB Salzburg side which made it to the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League.

The versatile midfielder has started where he left off the previous season and now, in the current season, in all competitions (Bundesliga, Europa League, Champions League Qualifying, ÖFB-Cup), he already has four goals and nine assists for his club so far.

The youngster is only under contract with RB Salzburg until June of 2020 and it looks like Wolf could be on the move in the near future as the Austrian outfit will not want to allow him to enter the final year of his current contract.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are also chasing two other midfielders: French club Lyon’s prized asset Houssem Aouar and Serie A giants Napoli’s versatile midfielder Piotr Zielinski.

€60,000-a-week star edges closer to exit with Arsenal remain on radar

Long-term Arsenal target Adrien Rabiot is looking increasingly likely to depart from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer following more failed contract negotiations.

According to a private French-Monégasque radio station RMC Radio, as quoted on Sport, contract discussions have once again broken down and the star will not renew his deal with the French side.

A summer departure had been expected with Arsenal’s league rivals Liverpool, Italian giants Juventus and La Liga side Barcelona linked with moves to secure the signature of the midfielder.

However, the Ligue 1 leaders had reportedly made a late push to try and convince the Frenchman into remaining with the club and extending his current deal.

Rabiot has been interested in securing a move away to a club where regular playing time is guaranteed.

A host of clubs around Europe have already been connected with moves to sign the player and heading into the summer market as a free agent, Rabiot is likely to command a lot of interest over the coming months.

This campaign, in all competitions, the 23-year-old Paris Saint-Germain academy product has made 18 appearances, scored 2 goals and provided 2 assists.

Arsenal handed massive boost in their pursuit of South American attacking midfielder

On-loan Bayern Munich attacking midfielder James Rodriguez is excited by the prospect of signing for Arsenal, according to the latest reports from Spain.

The Colombia international star is 16 months into a two-year spell with German heavyweights from European champions Real Madrid.

Bayern Munich have the option to land James on a permanent deal in the summer transfer market, but a return to the Santiago Bernabeu appears more likely at this point.

A Spanish weekly sports magazine Don Balon suggests that Arsenal have now appeared as contenders to land the 27-year-old star, with a sum of around £80 million expected to be enough to secure the star’s signature.

In spite of the hefty transfer fee, it is stated that Gunners chiefs are willing to make the investment to please Spanish coach Unai Emery, and the player himself is open to making the move.

James Rodriguez has appeared 11 times for his club in all competitions (8 in Bundesliga and 3 in Champions League) this season and netted 3 goals and provided 2 assists.

Arsenal must act qiuckly if they want to land him as another Premier League rivals Manchester United have a long-standing interest in the playmaker.

Premier League giants at front of queue to sign Arsenal-linked 6ft 4in midfielder

Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly appeared as the frontrunners to sign the Belgian side Genk midfielder Sander Berge in the January transfer market, according to a report.

The 20-year-old talent has established himself as a regular in the senior team for both country and club, having already made 12 senior international matches for Norway.

A host of Premier League clubs are understood to be chasing the youngster, with Marco Silva’s Everton, Arsenal and Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham United among the interested parties.

However, TEAMtalk reports that Tottenham Hotspur are currently leading the hunt for Berge’s signature, with the club having kept a close eye on him since he was just 16 and still playing in his homeland.

Any move for the defensive midfielder could depend on Spurs offloading one of their current players first, though, with Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama linked to exits during the January transfer market.

The club are thought to value Berge at around £20 million, meaning that Spurs – who failed to make a single signing in the summer – may need to raise funds by selling stars first.

Premier League rivals linked with £15m swoop for out-of-favour Arsenal star

English club Leicester City have reportedly pinpointed out-of-favour Arsenal central midfielder Mohamed Elneny as a possible winter transfer target, according to a report.

Elneny has not played a single minute of EPL football so far this season, with the Egyptian star being limited to Europa League and EFL Cup matches under Spanish manager Unai Emery so far.

Arsenal are understood to be interested in offloading the midfielder during the January transfer market in order to help fund a move for La Liga outfit Villarreal’s versatile midfielder Pablo Fornals.

Emery is reportedly hopeful of securing £15 million for Egypt international Mohamed Elneny given that the 26-year-old star only signed a new four-year contract earlier this year.

The British regional newspaper The Leicester Mercury reports that the Foxes are considering an official offer when the transfer window reopens in January window, having previously been connected with Elneny in 2017.

Elneny joined the north London giants from the Swiss top flight Raiffeisen Super League club FC Basel for a reported €12.5 million back in 2016 and has gone on to make 75 appearances for the Gunners across all competitions.

Serie A giants identify Arsenal-linked defender as prime target to replace out-of-favour star

AS Roma have reportedly joined the hunt to sign Manchester United central defender and rumoured Arsenal target Eric Bailly, according to a report.

The Gunners have been strongly linked with a move for the Ivory Coast international star, who has fallen out of favour at Old Trafford under manager Jose Mourinho this season.

Red Devils have often fielded a defensive partnership of Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling, with Eric, forced to settle for a place on the sidelines.

This has prompted talk that the centre-back could leave the club in the mid-season transfer market, with the Emirates Stadium touted as a possible destination.

A host of sides are likely to be monitoring the star’s situation in Manchester and according to a report from the Italian news outlet Calciomercato, AS Roma are among those interested.

The Serie A club are said to have lined up the one-time Villarreal star as a potential replacement for Spanish star Ivan Marcano, who looks set to leave Giallorossi in the near future.

Bailly is hot property ahead of the winter transfer window, with Tottenham Hotspur having also been previously connected with a move.

Arsenal handed big boost in their pursuit of European giants €38m signing

Manchester United central defender Eric Bailly is set for crunch discussions this week and is ‘ready to negotiate’ his exit, according to a report.

Arsenal midfield target wants to commit his future to Italian giants once again

Premier League outfit Arsenal look set to miss out on the landing of Napoli central midfielder Piotr Zielinski, according to a report.

The Gunners have been connected with a move for the Polish star ahead of the January transfer window.

It was reported that the talented midfielder had been lined up by Unai Emery’s club as a potential replacement for Aaron Ramsey, whose future at the Emirates Stadium is undetermined as his contract continues to run down.

However, it is stated by Italian website that the 24-year-old Piotr Zielinski intends to put pen to paper on a fresh contract in Naples.

Negotiations between Carlo Ancelotti’s club and the player club have been ongoing for several months now and it looks a resolution on his long-term future is close to being reached.

The one-time Udinese star has been in impressive form for the Partenopei this season and has caught the eye with some standout performances in the middle of the pitch.

Arsenal are understood to be on the observation post for potential midfield signings ahead of Ramsey’s proposed exit, but the prospect of signing Piotr appears to now be unlikely.

EPL rivals close to wrapping up £25m deal to secure signature of Arsenal-linked playmaker

The Premier League side Arsenal look set to miss out on a reported deal to sign Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron, with Newcastle United seemingly closing in on a move.

According to the British daily tabloid newspaper The Daily Mail, Rafa Benitez’s side will hold discussions with the player’s club this week in a bid to finalise a £25 million deal.

The attacking midfielder has been heavily linked with a host of English clubs ahead of the January transfer window.

Arsenal were believed to be frontrunners for his signature earlier in the campaign, but Newcastle United appear to have overtaken them. West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur have previously been credited with an interest.

Almiron has long been considered as one of the most attacking and creative players in the MLS, earning a plenty of admirers after scoring 12 times and picking up 14 assists in 35 games.

Unai Emery clearly remains interested in adding to his midfield options, with the Gunners also being connected with La Liga club Villareal central midfielder Pablo Fornals, who is also closely monitored by Barcelona.

Arsenal hold advantage in their reported pursuit of promising young midfielder

Arsenal will be hoping that Lyon star Houssem Aouar’s relationship with his former teammate and now Gunners key forward Alexandre Lacazette will boost their chances of landing the player.

The Daily Mirror claims that the duo were close friends during the forward’s time in France and that could help the north London giants clinch a deal.

Speaking about the Gunners striker, Aouar said:

“I was lucky, I got a lot of help. Alexandre Lacazette took me under his wing. Alex talked to me a lot, pointed out the stuff I needed to work on, notably my finishing. We worked a lot on that.”

Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool have all been linked with swoops to sign the Frenchman as he continues to make an impression in Ligue 1.

Recent reports have suggested that Blues head coach Maurizio Sarri is poised to bring him into his midfield, while Arsenal emissaries have also been keeping a close eye on him for a while.

Despite his young age, the 20-year-old talent is highly rated in his native France and is being tipped to make a big-money switch in the near future.