Footy Extras

Ligue 1 giants handed chance to bring in Arsenal transfer flop

Arsenal have had enough of forward Nicolas Pepe and have offered him to the Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain, according to a French outlet Foot Mercato.

The Ivorian signed for the Gunners for a club-record £72 million three years ago. A lot was expected of the player after his sensational final term at Lille, but things just have not worked out for the player in North London.

In 112 appearances for his side, Pepe has scored 21 times and provided 27 assists across all competitions.

Youngster Bukayo Saka is the team’s undisputed first-choice right wide man. That isn’t going to change as long as he is at the club, which is why Mikel Arteta and co. want Pepe gone in the summer.

The report says that they have ‘lost patience’ with the 26-year-old and don’t believe it is worth keeping him at the Emirates Stadium anymore.

He will enter the final 24 months of his contract next month, and the Spanish tactician feels it is the right time to sell him.

Nicolas has already been offered to a couple of clubs, including Les Parisiens. The French giants are looking to replace outgoing Angel Di Maria, and Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele is their priority target.

Man Utd showing interest in sought-after France U21 international

Manchester United is very interested in Borussia Monchengladbach star Kouadio Kone amid interest from Leicester City, Atletico Madrid and Juventus, according to reports.

The Red Devils are planning to strengthen their midfield ranks and Die Fohlen talent could just be the answer.

The Frenchman came from Toulouse in 2021, he has participated in 29 matches for the Bundesliga side this term, scoring three goals and providing one assist across all competitions.

This was his maiden season in Germany and in spite of his team finished tenth in the top-flight, the player managed to have a superb performance this term drawing the attention of many clubs.

The 21-year-old has a contract with his side valid until June 2025, but if reports are true this could be Kone’s last year at the Borussia-Park outfit.

He is currently thinking about his long-term future overseas and the 20-time English champions consider Kouadio a good signing.

In other news, Villarreal’s Pau Torres and Ajax’s Jurrien Timber are allegedly both transfer targets for Erik ten Hag’s side, with the Old Trafford club discussing the defensive pair in recent days.

The team shipped  57 Premier League goals during the 2021-22 season and are widely likely to sign a couple of fresh faces at the back this summer.

Italy No.8 midfielder will see out Chelsea contract

Jorginho is interested in a return to Italy and is ready to run down his deal at Chelsea and leave for nothing next year.

The 30-year-old player has a year left on his Blues contract and has been strongly linked with a transfer away from the club.

Juventus are keen on getting their hands on the midfielder and conversations have taken place over taking the ex-Napoli man to Turin this summer.

Jorginho wants to return to Serie A but it has been stated that he is not desperate to depart the west London just yet.

According to a recent report from the Italian media outlet Calciomercato, the star is prepared to wait for another term and depart on a free transfer at the end of the next campaign.

The Brazilian-born midfielder has already seen Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger do the same in the summer.

He is prepared to see out his existing contract if a move to the Italian top-flight does not happen in the upcoming transfer market.

It remains to be seen whether the club’s management decide to hand him a new deal over the next few months.

Chelsea loanee interests Arsenal ahead of possible move

Arsenal have allegedly made contact with London rivals Chelsea about the possibility of landing wonderkid Levi Colwill in the summer.

The teenage centre-half has had a stellar season on loan at Huddersfield Town, and Mikel Arteta’s side are among a host of English sides set to send scouts to the EFL Championship play-off final this weekend.

He has sparked excitement among Blues fans, and his prospective return to Stamford Bridge could come at the ideal time with a host of senior team defenders set to make way.

But the Gunners may pounce on the transfer lack of certainty that comes with their ownership transition and GOAL state that the side have already enquired about him.

Scouts from Southampton, Crystal Palace, Brighton and Leicester City are also set to descend on Wembley on Sunday to witness a promising young defender who could be playing top-flight football one way or another next season.

Levi joined the Premier League outfit’s youth sector as an eight-year-old schoolboy but is yet to feature in the first team.

The highly-rated player was thrust straight into professional action by the Terriers this season, however, racking up 30 division appearances.

18-year-old Derby forward wanted by Man Utd in summer transfer

Derby County sensation Malcolm Ebiowei is at the centre of a four-way transfer battle as the talent edges closer to a final decision on his long-term future, the Daily Mail reports.

The Red Devils and Newcastle United have joined Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace by expressing interest in the promising 18-year-old attacker.

His emergence was one of the bright spots of the Rams’ season which ended with relegation to EFL League One.

But his short-term deal runs out next month and Malcolm, who has played for England and the Netherlands at youth level, is set to depart the Pride Park club outfit.

Previously in the academies of Rangers and Arsenal, Ebiowei, predominantly a wide attacker who has also operated through the middle, signed for Wayne Rooney’s side last year.

Malcolm spent the first half of the season in the club’s youth setup, scoring seven goals in seven U18 matches and also playing for their U23s.

He then became one of the young players the English manager turned to during the side’s relegation fight.

Following one of his brilliant displays at Coventry, the Old Trafford icon said: ‘He has got enormous ability. ‘He’s brave, he’s not afraid to take players on, get tackled, and make mistakes.

‘I thought he was excellent all game. He was the best player on the pitch. It is one of the best performances I have seen from a young player consistently for 90 minutes in a long time and he deserves that because he’s worked so hard. His attitude is incredible and he’s an exciting young player.’

Liverpool attacking target reluctant to renew Leipzig contract

Liverpool have handed a boost in their efforts to sign Christopher Nkunku, as the player is reluctant to sign a fresh deal at RB Leipzig.

The Frenchman had a superb campaign with Die Roten Bullen and his exploits in Bundesliga and Europe has seen Christopher pop up on the transfer radars of multiple top clubs across the continent.

The Reds and Chelsea are keen on a move for the star, with both clubs planning to bolster their attacking options in the summer, while Real Madrid and Manchester United are also interested in the attacker.

He is contracted at the Red Bull Arena until the summer of 2024, but the management wants to tie him down to a new contract.

However, according to German source Spox and Goal, Christopher is hesitant to extend his spell at the club, which is a boost to his potential buyers.

The RB Leipzig board are optimistic about their chances of retaining the services of the former Paris Saint-Germain ace beyond this summer.

The club could be tested though with an acceptable offer for him. The forward grabbed an impressive 35 goals in 51 matches across all competitions for his team in the recent season.