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Arsene Wenger wanted to sign former Man City forward for Arsenal

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he made a failed offer to sign German outfit Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho when the player was at Manchester City.

The youngster as lit up Germany’s top tier since making the shock decision to depart from the Citizens for Germany in 2017 after growing impatient for a chance under Pep Guardiola.

Jadon was back in his hometown of British capital on Wednesday when his die Borussen side took on Tottenham Hotspur in the last-16 of the UCL.

And Wenger has revealed that he attempted to sign Sancho when it became apparent that the star wanted to leave Manchester City.

“I tried to lure him – because he’s from London – I tried to get him to Arsenal.” – French coach told beIN Sports.

Arsene has made somewhat of a habit during the years of angering Gunners fans by revealing the host of players he failed to land.

Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cristiano Ronald, Wayne Rooney and N’Golo Kante are just a selection of superstars that Arsene admitted he was close to landing.

Since moving to Bundesliga, Jadon has moved from strength to strength. His displays have helped his side to top the Bundesliga and earned the star a senior England cap.

Arsene Wenger was watching the Premier League heavyweights’ round of 16 first leg clash with the Bundesliga leaders alongside Ruud Gullit and Marcel Desailly.

Tottenham ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at Wembley, thanks to goals from Belgium international Jan Vertonghen, Spanish striker Fernando Llorente and 26-year-old Son Heung-min.

Ligue 1 giants leading Arsenal in chase for £31.5m-rated powerful midfielder

Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly ahead of Premier League duo Arsenal and Chelsea in the hunt to sign Franck Kessie, according to a report.

The 22-year-old AC Milan versatile midfielder is under contract the summer of 2021 after signing for the club on loan with compulsory purchase.

And football news website Calciomercato.com reports the Parisians will be in pole position to secure the signature of the ace if the Italian club decide to cash in this summer transfer market.

AC Milan are reportedly facing a penalty for breaching UEFA Financial Fair Play and are waiting to see what sanction is dished out. The club may be forced to sell key players in the summer and Franck could become available.

The Ivory Coast star has thrived since joining AC Milan on a two-year loan from fellow Serie A outfit Atalanta back in 2017 – playing 81 times in two campaigns.

Rossoneri are obliged to buy him for £24 million, which could prove difficult with a Financial Fair Play rap hanging over the club.

Reports have suggested the west Londoners will offer France international Tiemoue Bakayoko in a part-exchange deal. The former AS Monaco star has rediscovered his best form while on loan at the Serie A side.

Bakayoko and Kessie have been regulars together along with Brazilian sensation Lucas Paqueta in a three-man midfield for much of the campaign.

Rossoneri have a bit longer to rest than their league rivals. AS Roma having played a few days ago and Juventus next week against Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid.

£36m-rated Serie A star ready snub Arsenal interest in favour of EPL rivals move

Inter Milan winger and rumoured Arsenal target Ivan Perisic wants to finalise a summer move to Tottenham Hotspur after coming close to signing for the Gunners in the January transfer market, according to recent reports in Italy.

Arsenal tried to land Perisic from Inter Milan on loan, but could not convince the Italian heavyweights to agree to a deal with no obligation to buy at the end of the campaign.

Ivan was isolated from the Inter Milan roster after handing in a transfer request, but an Italian sports newspaper Tuttosport state the Croatian always wanted to join Mauricio Pochettino’s men over Arsenal.

The Argentine manager is a fan of Perisic, but Spurs failed to firm up their interest last month and make an official offer for him.

Tottenham Hotspur have not signed a single player in the last two transfer markets, but is expected to make additions next transfer window.

Ivan is determined to be one of those fresh legs and looks set to complete a ‘dream’ transfer to Spurs.

The club could seal the signing of the winger by sending France international Moussa Sissoko and the Ivorian defender Serge Aurier to Inter Milan as part of the deal.

Manchester United have long been connected with Perisic, but a move to the Red Devils or Arsenal now looks unlikely.

Inter Milan accused Arsenal of ‘conning’ the former Wolfsburg player into believing they seriously wanted to land the forward, while Manchester United are not willing to match the asking price for the 30-year-old star.

£300,000-a-week Arsenal midfielder reportedly edges closer to Emirates exit

Mesut Ozil is reportedly being offered to other sides by ‘intermediaries’, according to the latest reports.

The Arsenal playmaker only signed a fresh deal a year ago, but has found his game time slashed since Spanish coach Unai Emery took over at the Emirates Stadium.

Ozil has missed as many matches as he played in this term, and his future at the Gunners is clouded in doubt.

The Telegraph state intermediaries with strong connections to China and Italy are making checks on which side could afford Ozil.

The German earns £350,000 per week at Arsenal and the star’s wages were the major stumbling block to a possible departure in the January transfer market.

As well as being overlooked by Unai, Ozil has missed a number of matches and training sessions to illnesses and injuries.

Arsenal’s efforts to bring in reinforcements throughout January were severely hindered by their lack of transfer funds and Arsenal will be in a similar situation in the summer window if Emery fails to deliver UCL football.

Offloading Mesut could be a major injection of cash for the north Londoners, but only if the intermediaries can find a team to match the wage the attacking midfielder earns in London.

The mediators are not thought to be directly tied to the Gunners, however, it is expected the side would listen to offers for Mesut.

While the player is considered one of the most talented playmakers in the world, the Gunners fans have been continually frustrated by the 30-year-old German’s inconsistency and spells of absences.

PSG leading Arsenal in race for Serie A star but coach wants to retain his services

Paris Saint Germain have appared as favourites to sign AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie in the summer transfer market, ahead of Arsenal and Chelsea.

According to Calcio Mercato, the Parisians are the frontrunners to procure the Ivorian’s signature at the end of the campaign, who could be available for around €30m.

Calcio Mercato reports that the 22-year-old star signed for AC Milan for €32 million back in 2017 and the player has since gone on to make 58 Serie A matches for Rossoneri.

Arsenal and Chelsea are also keen on Kessie but they are now facing tough competition from the Parisians, who are thought to be most interested in negotiating a deal later in the year.

This latest news may come as a big blow to fans of both EPL clubs, given the fact that neither side has managed to challenge for the domestic trophy this term.

Reinforcements will be required at Arsenal if the club are to rejoin Europe’s elite in the immediate future, while the Blues are also in dire need of a rebuild after a disappointingly up and down season.

Kessie current deal at the San Siro is due to expire in June of 2021, but Calcio Mercato claims that AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso is interested in retaining his services, having identified the Ivorian as one of the team’s key players.

Also, key players like Franck could be forced with transfers away from the Italian club with the club tasked by UEFA to resolve their financial situation by 2021 before the club face bans from European competition.

Man City reportedly keen on replacing Mendy with £25m-rated Arsenal target

Premier League title chasers Manchester City are reportedly closely monitoring SL Benfica defender Alex Grimaldo as they continue to be connected with a possible new full-back.

The 23-year-old Spaniard has been compared to La Liga leaders Barcelona full-back Jordi Alba, and has five assists and four goals this term in Portugal.

Atletico Madrid and Arsenal have been connected with the Spain U21 international, who came through Blaugrana’s La Masia academy before moving to SL Benfica for around £2 million back in 2016.

Now, a Spanish daily sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo (via SportWitness) have added the Citizens to the list of suitors, after reporting the Gunners’ ‘interest’ in recent days.

Manchester City have been connected with various left-backs as French star Benjamin Mendy has spent a large part of his two campaigns at the club absent through injury.

Alex has a record of a goal or an assist every four matches for Aguias, while the player managed a similar record for Barcelona B in Segunda Division B.

Meanwhile, the Serie A side Juventus are reportedly leading the hunt for Dutch club Ajax central defender Matthijs De Ligt.

Manchester City, Barcelona and Liverpool are all understood to be interested in landing the highly-rated centre-back, who is expected to follow his compatriot and Barcelona-bound Frenkie De Jong out of the Johan Cruyff Arena this summer transfer market.

However, Sport (via Calciomercato) say Manchester City are not frontrunners in the race to sign the 19-year-old star, as Juventus’ relationship with de Ligt’s super- agent Mino Raiola gives them an advantage.

Revealed: Why EPL duo snubbed opportunities to sign UCL giants-bound Arsenal star

Liverpool and Manchester United reportedly pulled out of the race to sign Aaron Ramsey because of the Arsenal versatile midfielder’s excessive wage demands.

The Wales international midfielder has agreed a four-year contract with Serie A champions Juventus that is rumoured to be worth £400,000 per week, making the player the second-best paid British star of all time behind compatriot Gareth Bale.

Free agent Aaron was also touted as a target for the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Bayern Munich, while the Gunners’ Premier League rivals Manchester United and Liverpool have also been connected.

According to free daily newspaper the London Evening Standard, however, the English top flight duo dropped their interest as soon as the clubs were informed of the salary Aaron was being offered by the Old Lady.

The Welshman’s exit will officially go through in the summer window and ends his 11-year association with the north Londoners after joining from Cardiff City for £5 million 11 years ago.

It’s stated Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp was interested in adding Ramsey’s penetration from midfield to his Reds squad, while the Red Devils’ interest stemmed from Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho, though it did look unsure they would follow up on that initial interest until a permanent manager was appointed.

Meanwhile, the Reds and the Red Devils could miss out on another player, Liga NOS outfit SL Benfica wonderkid Joao Felix, as their fellow Premier League side Wolves are in pole position to secure the teenage sensation’s signature thanks to links with super-agent Jorge Mendes.

Arsenal dealt blow in their pursuit of £58.5m-rated star as star wants UCL giants return

Real Madrid loanee and current Bayern Munich player James Rodriguez is not interested in a switch to Arsenal in the summer transfer market, according to the laetst reports in Colombia.

The 27-year-old attacking midfielder is currently in his second campaign on loan at die Roten but is struggling to secure a systematic role in the team.

Bayern Munich do have the option to land Rodriguez at the end of his loan for £36.8 million (€42 million) but it’s looking more and more likely that midfielder will return to Los Blancos after the season is over.

The Gunners reportedly made an approach to Real Madrid during the January transfer market about a potential loan deal for James for the remainder of the season.

And it appears that the north London side are set to miss out on South American playmaker once again if Unai Emery’s men make a fresh approach in the summer market.

According to Colombian news outlet Marca Colombia, James favours a return to Real Madrid after his time at Bayern Munich is up and in spite of interest from the London-based outfit, the midfielder’s preference is not a move to the Premier League and especially to Arsenal.

Arsenal face another tough transfer window this summer window as they reportedly have just a £45 million budget to work with.

In January, Arsenal were restricted in the deals they could conclude as they were able to pay high transfer sums, which meant that the club’s management had to arrange loan transfers with an option to buy.