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.
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.
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.