Arsenal set to rival UCL giants in race to sign £27m-rated Haaland

Arsenal have reportedly stepped up their interest in Erling Haaland after inviting the centre-forward’s father to visit their training ground, according to the latest reports.

The 19-year-old ace is set to be one of the most in-demand players in the January transfer market as several clubs are monitoring his progress at RB Salzburg.

Haaland has been in sublime form this campaign having scored 26 goals in 18 appearances and his displays have attracted interest from a host of top European sides including Real Madrid, Juventus and Bayern Munich.

Manchester United are also in the hunt to sign Haaland with reports claiming earlier this week that the star’s father, Alf-Inge, has been given a tour of the club’s Carrington training complex.

But according to Sport Bild, the Red Devils are not the only Premier League club to have extended a similar invite as Alf-Inge has also paid a visit to the Gunners’ training facilities at London Colney.

The same report also states that Arsenal are ‘as interested’ as the Old Trafford outfit in landing Haaland.

However, the report also claims that Alf-Inge is advising is son to join a team in the German top-flight before making the jump to the Premier League or La Liga.

United, meantime, could have the upper hand over the Arsenal given that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already worked with Erling during their time together at Molde.

Last week, reports stated that Solskjaer has instructed United’s hierarchy to attempt to seal a deal for Haaland in the January transfer window.

Arsenal-linked Swede ace rules out January move away from Italian club

Parma’s versatile midfielder Dejan Kulusevski is attracting attention from Premier League heavyweights but insists he is not thinking about the transfer talk surrounding him at the moment.

The 19-year-old ace is incredibly inexperienced having featured in just 16 professional matches, but he has caught the eye while on loan at Parma from Atalanta this campaign.

The Swedish star was reportedly spotted by a Manchester United scout when the club were over in Italy keeping up on the progress of Chris Smalling as AS Roma took on Parma.

In his 12 Serie A appearances this term, the teenager has already chipped in with five assists and two goals, making the player something of a creative force from midfield.

While it was Manchester United that had a scout in attendance for Parma’s 2-0 win against Roma, Arsenal are also thought to hold an interest in the talented Swede, as are Wolves and Southampton.

In spite of this, Kulusevski insists he is solely concentrating on playing well for his current side and has seemingly ruled out a January transfer.

‘I’m fine at Parma, I’m happy to be here, I’ve found the perfect club,’ said the youngster.

‘The market? I’m playing well, so it’s normal to write about other clubs, but I don’t think about (a January move) because I have an annual deal with Parma.’

Dejan made his Sweden debut over the latest international break, coming off the bench in a 3-0 win over the Faroe Islands.

The PL sides interested in his signature will continue to monitor Dejan’s progress when Parma return to Serie A action away to Bologna on Sunday.

Gabon striker stalls on fresh Arsenal contract amid Barcelona interest

According to a recent report by Le10 Sport in France, Arsenal and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has yet to answer the management’s offer of a new contract to stay at the club.

The 30-year-old pacy attacker has been one of the few stars to maintain some level of consistency for Arsenal this campaign, notching eight goals in 12 Premier League matches.

The sheer presence of the Gabonese will give Arsenal fans hope of a Top 4 finish, but missing out may just leave the forward to consider his future.

Aubameyang will naturally want to play in the UEFA Champions League, and it’s now claimed that he has thus far failed to respond to Arsenal’s offer of a new contract.

Aubameyang allegedly knows Barcelona are keen, so is waiting on that Arsenal offer, meaning Arsenal risk losing their star striker.

His current deal – worth £200,000 per week according to Spotrac – ends in the summer of 2021, so the striker is approaching the final 18 months of his deal at the Emirates Stadium.

Fans will not want him to go, but it has been something a problem fitting Pierre-Emerick and Alexandre Lacazette into the same side, so selling one to reinvest somewhere else is a popular train of thought.

If Barcelona really push for him, it will be tempting for him to move to Catalonia and play regular Champions League football, and his silence thus far is a big concern.