AZ Alkmaar star Myron Boadu admits he almost ended up switching to Arsenal back in 2016, but in the end decided to accept an offer from his side, where he thought he’d get more chances.
Speaking to the Dutch outlet Elf Voetbal, Boadu confirmed that he had the opportunity to join the Gunners a couple of seasons ago when he would’ve been just 15 years old.
“I will never forget the moment I got on the plane,” Boadu said. “I thought, ‘This may be an important day in my life’. If we had said yes, it would have had far-reaching consequences for our family. It was attractive to go, but I also got a very good offer from AZ.”
Far from having second thoughts, two years later, Myron is still convinced he made the right decision.
“I’m playing in the first team now,” striker said. “I do not know if that would have been the case at Arsenal, where I would play with boys of my own age, which did not appeal to me.”
Playing senior-team football, Boadu has three goals and two assists in six matches for Alkmaar.
CEO Ivan Gazidis now looks set to remain at Arsenal for the foreseeable future, with the Italian giants AC Milan considering their options.
According to a report from the Italian national sports newspaper Corriere dello Sport, as quoted on Football Italia, Gazidis is yet to accept AC Milan’s €4 million offer, casting serious speculations over the move.
They also state that the Arsenal chief executive would demand different dear clauses as part of the deal.
With AC Milan now working under the Elliott Management, the Milan-based outfit are planning to make an appointment behind the scenes.
Ivan Gazidis was shortlisted very early on and has been connected with a move to Italy for some time now, but now seems to miss out.
Serie A rivals AS Roma’s Umberto Gandini (who has previously worked with Rossoneri for 23 years) is also believed to be a possible candidate for the role.
The latest reports have suggested that the Serie A club were running out of time to make a swoop, something that appears to have played a factor in their reported pursuit of Gazidis.
Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal and Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno are reportedly under consideration by the La Liga outfit Barcelona as the Spanish giants seek a back-up left-back to Jordi Alba.
French star Lucas Digne’s summer move to the Premier League side Everton has left Barcelona short of variants at left full-back, and the Catalan giants are believed to be interested in bringing in another player in that area of the field.
According to the Spanish nationwide daily sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Blaugrana have identified Arsenal’s Nacho and Liverpool’s Alberto as potential options as they face uncertain futures at Gunners and Reds respectively.
Monreal will see his current Gunners deal expire at the end of this campaign, while Moreno has fallen out of favour at the Reds, and both are said to be open to returning to La Liga this summer.
Alberto’s contract at the Reds will also expire next summer, meaning that Ernesto Valverde’s side would be free to approach either player at the start of 2019.
This season, former Malaga player made 3 Premier League appearances for the north London giants and netted 1 goal.