Sheffield United are interested in tying John Fleck down to a new contract to ward off Premier League suitors led by Arsenal, Football Insider has claimed.
The 28-year-old central midfielder has been important to the stunning rise through the divisions of Chris Wilder’s side and his red-hot form has alerted Premier League rivals.
A United source has told Football Insider that the board are planning to offer Fleck a new and improved contract ahead of the summer.
John Fleck’s current deal, signed three years ago, is due to expire in the summer of 2021.
Bramall Lane senior figures want to avoid a situation in which the free-scoring midfielder enters the final one year of his deal, leaving them vulnerable to losing the player in the next window.
This comes after Football Insider stated last month that Arsenal are plotting long-term swoops for the Rangers academy graduate as well as his right-back teammate George Baldock.
Fleck is rated at £20 million by United, a measure of his dramatic progress under Chris and how he has settled into the Premier League.
The Gunners’ interest in him intensified after he netted a late equaliser in the 1-1 draw between the two sides last month, his fifth PL goal of the season.
Signed on a free contract in the summer transfer market of 2016, John has played comfortably the best football of his professional career at Sheffield United.
The former Rangers and Coventry City player has made 162 appearances for the Yorkshire outfit, netting 13 goals and supplying a hugely impressive 41 assists from midfield.
Arsenal were interested in landing highly-rated goalkeeper Radoslaw Majecki prior to his £5 million transfer to Monaco, his former Legia Warsaw coach Krzysztof Dowhan has told Przeglad Sportowy.
The club’s error-prone back line has come in for plenty of criticism once again this campaign, but the club have two very reliable goalkeepers on their books.
Bernd Leno continues to thrive in spite of the chaos that often takes place in front of him while Argentine star Emiliano Martinez produced some eye-catching displays during an often nervy Europa League group-stage.
But with the Gunners looking to the future as well as the present, Arsenal scouts were a regular presence in Warsaw with 20-year-old Radoslaw attracting plenty of admiring glances from North London.
“I knew that he was being monitored by Western clubs. Arsenal watched him for a long time,” Krzysztof admits.
“I remember how the Gunners’ goalkeeping coach came and watched our warm-ups, because you can often learn a lot more about the goalkeeper’s skills (from warm-ups) than by looking at the match itself.”
Radoswal opted to move to AS Monaco instead in a £5 million deal, leaving the Gunners and fellow suitors Rangers disappointed, before returning to Legia on loan until the end of the campaign.
It remains to be seen, however, if a player who has been likened to compatriots Lukasz Fabianski and Artur Boruc has made the right decision.
Then again, with both Danijel Subasic and Diego Benaglio out of contract in the summer, there could be a place in Les Monegasques’ first-team for Majecki sooner rather than later.
If the latest reports are to be believed, Arsenal are still keen on signing experienced centre-back Jerome Boateng from Bayern Munich.
The German international hasn’t been a regular starter for the German club this term, and with his contract expiring in 2021, the club could sell him in the summer.
As per Transfer Market Web, the player is getting close to leaving the club, with Arsenal along with the likes of Juventus, AC Milan, and the Gunners’ north London rivals Tottenham, keen on landing him.
The 31-year-old has played over 300 times for Die Roten, winning numerous trophies in his 9 seasons with the club.
He signed for the German club from Manchester City back in 2011 and has been an integral part of the club since then.
Jerome Boateng has made 76 appearances for his country’s national team but hasn’t been called up for international duty since 2018.
The Gunners need to strengthen their defence this summer if they intend to stand any chance of competing for the top 4 this year.
The Gunners need to especially bolster their central defence as the current defenders they have aren’t good enough and have made far too many mistakes.
The north London giants need a leader who can command and take charge of the backline, and help the club become hard to beat.
Jerome Boateng’s form has dipped considerably over the last two years, and he is nowhere near the player he was five seasons ago, but he would still be an upgrade over the centre-halves the Gunners have at the moment.