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.

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.

Arsenal rocked as Serie A giants lodge huge bid for key LOSC Lille man

Inter Milan have slapped in an opening big-money bid for LOSC Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, who has been on the transfer radar of Arsenal, Manchester United and Bayern Munich.

Nicolas’ form this season in French top-flight has led to the serious interest of some of the elite clubs in Europe ahead of the summer transfer market.

The Gunners have been keeping a close eye on the Ivorian for a number of months and German club Bayern Munich are also thinking about taking him to Bavaria.

Inter Milan recently joined the transfer race for Pepe and it has been stated that the Serie A heavyweights have already made a first move for the star.

According to French outlet France Football, Nerazzurri have tabled an offer worth €60m with LOSC Lille in order to take the player to Italy in the summer.

The Italians are prepared to invest huge money in order to sign Pepe, who the club see as a future star, and have confirmed their willingness by tabling the initial proposal.

While it’s unclear whether the offer has been accepted, Les Dogues are likely to call for more money as the club recently stated that they turned down an €80m bid for their prized asset.

The French side are counting on more teams to make concrete moves for the star soon and drive up his market value.

Meanwhile, it has been revealed that Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti made a desperate last-gasp attempt to try and convince Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira to snub a move to Gunners.

‘Ancelotti wanted me to bring him to Napoli up until the last minute, but we already had a verbal agreement with Arsenal,’ Lucas’ agent Pablo Bentancur told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.

Arsenal reportedly in battle with several English clubs for 19-year-old midfielder

According to a British newspaper the Daily Star, Arsenal, Manchester City, Newcastle United and Everton are all interested in landing Dwight McNeil from fellow Premier League side Burnley in the summer transfer market.

It has been claimed that Arsenal, Manchester City and Everton have watched McNeil in the latest weeks, and now Newcastle United have joined in the hunt for the 19-year-old star – who’s current contract at the club runs until June of 2023, according to Transfermarkt.co.uk.

Dwight has been in the Burnley senior team only since the previous year, but the youngster has done enough in the English top-flight to show just how he good he can be.

The England U20 international has made 16 matches and one substitute appearance in the EPL for Burnley thus far this season, netting three goals and registering five assists in the process.

The midfielder would be a wonderful long-term signing for Newcastle United, Everton, Manchester City or Unai Emery’s Arsenal, but perhaps the young star should stay at the Clarets for the time being to continue his development and to play frequently under manager Sean Dyche.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are thinking about a shock swoop to land Tottenham Hotspur star Toby Alderweireld in the summer transfer window, according to a report in England.

A British tabloid newspaper the Sun, as cited by talkSPORT, is reporting that the London outfit are ready to submit a bid to secure the signature of the former Atletico and Ajax player in a cut-price deal at the end of the campaign.

Arsenal keen on bringing back No.10 versatile midfielder at Emirates Stadium

Arsenal are considering activating the buy-back clause in Algeria international Ismael Bennacer’s Empoli contract, two seasons after selling the midfielder to the Italian club.

The 21-year-old star failed to make the grade at the Gunners after rising through Arsenal’s ranks at youth level – managing to feature in just one senior match before being sold to Serie A in 2017.

Since then, however, the Algerian midfield sensation has blossomed into a well-rounded and more mature player, capable of operating anywhere across the midfield with his technical prowess and composure on the ball.

According to Le 10 Sport via ESPN, the Gunners are now looking to beat Serie A side Napoli to Bennacer’s signature this summer transfer market, who have also been keeping tabs on his progress this campaign.

Arsenal are in the transfer market for midfield reinforcements with Welsh star Aaron Ramsey set to leave for Juventus at the end of the term and Bennacer could get a second chance in north London.

The talented midfielder has featured in 31 Serie A games for Empoli during their first season back in the Italian top flight after a successful promotion bid the previous term.

Aurelio Andreazzoli’s men are currently 18th in the league table and Ismael’s continued presence in the starting eleven will be important to their chances of survival, but beyond that, the star could be set for a return to EPL.

Manager Unai Emery is plotting huge changes to his roster this summer as he plans to build a team capable of challenging for the EPL title, after a mixed 2018-19 term.

Arsenal could make move for EPL centre-half as Emery plans to bolster defence

Arsenal are reportedly set to make a shock attempt to land Toby Alderweireld from bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

A host of Premier League clubs sides are eyeing a swoop for the Belgian defender and Gunners are claimed to be one of them keen.

The 30-year-old star is available for just £25m due to a clause in his current contract and teams are planning to exploit the current situation.

However, Spurs have received no official approaches as of yet for Toby, whose exit clause can be met up to July 26, 2 weeks before the summer transfer window deadline.

According to a British tabloid newspaper The Sun, the club have identified the centre-back as a potential target with manager Unai Emery keen to strengthen his defensive ranks.

The Gunners have several other variants to consider but the former Atletico Madrid player is currently the most cost effective.

Tottenham Hotspur may even opt to offer the centre-half fresh terms to ensure that he can not leave on the cheap.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United have also been connected with a move for the powerful central defender, while he is also on another EPL heavyweights Chelsea’s radar.

Toby could also be a possible target for Manchester City with Spanish manager Pep Guardiola on the observation post for a replacement for the injury-hit Vincent Kompany, who turned 33 the previous week.

This season, across all competitions (Premier League, Champions League, EFL Cup, FA Cup), the 30-year-old Toby has made 41 appearances for the north London outfit, thus far.

Former Liverpool boss wanted to sign £110,000-a-week Arsenal midfielder

Spanish manager Rafa Benitez has admitted he attempted to sign Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey for EPL giants Liverpool before the Welsh midfielder ended up in North London instead.

Back in 2008, Aaron’s breakthrough campaign with Cardiff City was drawing plenty of attention.

In spite of only being 17 years old, Wales international had already made 22 matches for the EFL Championship side, netting two goals and assisting three.

Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton all tried to land the youngster, and Rafa says Liverpool did too.

“I can tell you in all my teams, in all my years, I can give you five players from each team that I looked at from when I was at Extremadura to now,” Rafa said.

“Everyone has players you are interested in but you cannot always land them, or another club is quicker than you. At Liverpool we had Ramsey, and he went to Arsenal.”

11 years later, Aaron has 369 matches, 65 goals and 65 assists behind him with Arsenal. Included in that are Ramsey’s two FA Cup final winners and 5 goal-contributions in 13 matches against Liverpool.

In that same time, the Merseyside outfit have only managed to lift one League Cup title, so perhaps the club could have done with the 28-year-old star playing for them.

Unfortunately, neither EPL club will have his services from this campaign onwards as the ex-Cardiff City man is moving to Serie A to join Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus.

He will play alongside Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and another one-time Arsenal player in Poland international Wojciech Szczesny.

Arsenal locked in battle with Bundesliga duo for Eredivisie playmaker valued at €50m

Arsenal are reportedly keen on signing Eredivisie title chasers Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech in spite of the star apparently being stuck in a ‘tug-of-war’ between German giant duo Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

According to a report in a Swiss French-language daily newspaper Le Temps, the Gunners are one of a host of clubs who are keen on 26-year-old Hakim Ziyech who is understood to be worth €50 million.

The attacking midfielder, who is also capable of playing as a right-wing attacker, has 15 goals and 13 assists in 24 Eredivisie matches this season for de Joden, it is not hard to see why he is in demand.

The Gunners are in the transfer market for a wide man or two but it is uncertain that the club will be able to fight of other European giants paying €50m for stars.

This is not the first time the north London heavyweights have been connected with a move for Hakim Ziyech.

Speaking back in October his agent said he was hoping for a switch to Arsenal or Liverpool. “I hope that there will be a better club than Roma, an Arsenal or Liverpool”, Rene van der Gijp said.

Meanwhile, LOSC Lille’s main man Gerard Lopez has confirmed Gunners and Bayern Munich target Nicolas Pepe will depart the club at the end of the term.

“It is certain, he will leave,” Gerard siad. “He has moved into a price range that we can not afford anymore. There is a career choice to make for him, I think he will have the choice.”