Arsene Wenger has tipped Borussia Dortmund’s technically gifted forward Jadon Sancho for super stardom and revealed he tried to sign England’s teenage sensation for Arsenal.
The 19-year-old ace marked his eighth senior international match with his first goals during this week’s 5-3 Euro 2020 qualifying victory against Kosovo.
Sancho took the decision to depart Manchester City two years ago considering he was unlikely to be able to force his way into manager Pep Guardiola’s first-team plans.
Borussia Dortmund won the hunt to sign one of the most coveted youngsters in Europe and Sancho has subsequently thrived in the German top-flight.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has identified Jadon as one of his primary long-term transfer targets but the attacker could have been plying his trade in north London had Arsene been successful in tempting the player to London.
‘I wanted to take him from Man City when he didn’t get the games,” Arsene told beIN SPORTS. ‘I tried to lure him because he’s from London. I tried to get him to Arsenal.
‘He’s one of the best players of his generation. He can dribble, he has the arrogance. There’s something in there that is part of the big players. You can call it arrogance, confidence, belief; but it has to be there.’
Meantime, the club could be in with a chance of landing long-term target Yannick Carrasco with reports claiming his club Dalian Yifang are lining up a replacement.
Arsenal missed out on the Belgium international when he left the La Liga giants Atletico Madrid back in 2018.
In spite of joining Arsenal on a season-long loan deal, the Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos is said to see his long-term future at Real Madrid.
According to a recent report from Marca, the Spaniard joined the north Londoners with a view to proving himself to the French manager Zinedine Zidane at Madrid.
The duo have not always seen eye-to-eye in Madrid, but the midfielder wants to prove himself at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Despite his superb start in London, it remains to be seen if the club have any realistic chance of signing the star permanently.
It’d be a huge coup for Gunners if they could get a permanent deal over the line next year, but there are a few things they will need to do first.
Finishing in Top 4 will have to be considered as a must. A star of his quality will be demanding UEFA Champions League football on a regular basis if he is to move on from the Spanish heavyweights.
Secondly, Gunners must find a clear place for him in the roster. He has been in and out of the starting eleven since joining, but his compatriot Unai Emery must sell him the dream.
The one factor that works in the Gunners’ favour is his unhappiness about his time with Los Blancos. Things haven’t worked out the way he would have hoped so far and his relationship with Zinedine was not always the best.
If Emery can give Dani a long-term position in this Gunners side and get him enjoying his football once again, there could be an opportunity for the club, however unlikely it may seem.
Chinese Super League outfit Dalian Yifang are reportedly prepared to sell an Arsenal target to fund a swoop for Napoli star Dries Mertens.
The 32-year-old Belgian is now in the last year of his deal with the Naples-based club and will be allowed to have talks with other clubs in January – if his current contract is not extended by then.
Dalian Yifang, who are managed by the Spanish manager Rafa Benitez, are widely regarded as one of the biggest teams in the Chinese Super League and believe the club could tempt the player to head east, according to a recent report on Calciomercato.
However, in order to land Mertens, Dalian are likely to part ways with Gunners target Yannick Carrasco in January.
Dries’ compatriot has already opened the door on a return to Europe this winter transfer market, with the 26-year-old star unhappy at recently being suspended by the board for returning late from international duty.
The Gunners failed to tempt Carrasco to London last January and The Sun claimed that Emery tried to sign the player once again in the summer, but before claiming Gunners “are out of the running” with Dalian Yifang wanting £30m for his services.
However, it would appear that Dalian Yifang are ready to cash in on winger Yannick, prompting Arsenal’s interest to perk up again.
In other news, Arsenal will resume PL action away to Watford on Sunday, which will be new manager Quique Sanchez Flores’ first match in charge following his return to the club.