Arsenal get boost in pursuit of Germany international Kevin Volland

Bayer Leverkusen striker Kevin Volland has said he believes the style of football played in the PL could suit him.

The 27-year-old star has been linked with Arsenal in the past. According to MailOnline’s Toby Miles, the north Londoners have sent scouts to watch the German play.

Their interest will likely be piqued by Kevin’s latest comments, in which he told Sport1 (h/t Goal) that he is keen on playing in England:

“The Premier League is a very interesting league for me. The pace is extremely high, the league requires a lot of readiness to run and that would be fine for me. But you never know what will happen.

“I am not the type of person who says: I have to definitely play again in England, Italy or Spain. I feel very comfortable in Leverkusen and leave everything open.”

Arsenal considering bringing Ajax star Daley Blind back to England

Arsenal are reportedly eyeing the Netherlands international Daley Blind for a cut-price summer transfer.

Manager Mikel Arteta has considerably improved Arsenal’s defence since taking over from manager Unai Emery but may still seek further gains in the summer transfer window.

Sunday’s 4-0 win against Newcastle meant keeping consecutive league clean sheets for the first time in over almost one year with faint hopes of qualifying for the UCL still alive.

Yet missing out on the continent’s premier club competition might not impact their pursuit of Daley.

According to The Athletic, Arsenal are one of a number of clubs monitoring the ex-Manchester United star’s situation at Ajax.

As a left-footed centre-half who prefers to play on the left side of a defensive partnership, and can also play in a three-man formation, he is seen as a unique talent in the transfer market.

He is reported to have a small exit clause and is one of several Ajax stars tipped to join a summer exodus, prompted by his teammate Hakim Ziyech’s transfer to Chelsea.

A part of the team that reached last campaign’s Champions League semi-finals, the Dutchman has featured 28 times this season in spite of being sidelined with a heart condition at the turn of the year.

Football fans will remember Blind from a four-year spell at Manchester United, where he won the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Europa League.

But his final campaign at Old Trafford saw him fall out of favour under manager Jose Mourinho and struggle with an ankle injury.

Besiktas plan to keep Arsenal loanee as Super Lig giants schedule talks

According to the Turkish newspaper Turkiye, Besiktas chief Sergen Yalcin wants to keep Arsenal loanee Mohamed Elneny in the team for next season.

The Egyptian joined the Black Eagles from the GUnners on a season-long loan deal at the start of the season and he’s been featuring regularly for the Super Lig giants since his arrival.

Turkiye claim Besiktas officials will soon open negotiations with Arsenal over another loan as they have ruled out the possibility of signing the star on a permanent deal.

Elneny’s redemption clause is set at €18 million, but it’s highly unlikely the club will be able to pay this to the Gunners given their financial status.

However, they will look to loan him for another one year, with their manager Sergen Yalcin said to be very content with Elneny’s midfield partnership with veteran Atiba Hutchinson.

The 27-year-old player has made 23 appearances for Besiktas across all competitions in this campaign. His deal at the Emirates will expire at the end of the summer of 2022.

Meantime, former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness has lavished praise on Arsenal forward Nicolas Pepe for the Ivory Coast international’s contribution versus Newcastle United on Sunday.

He was keen to pay tribute to the player after the match and even drew comparisons with the Gunners’ “best ever player” Thierry Henry.

“I think there is a real, real player in there,” Graeme told Sky Sports News. “You think of their best ever player Thierry, he came here and didn’t have a great first season, took some time, and I see Pepe being a star here, great feet, electric and still a baby.”