Arsenal monitoring development of Reading teen sensation

Arsenal are allegedly locked in a three-way fight with Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers for the signature of Reading’s Michael Olise.

The 18-year-old attacker made the breakthrough at the Royals during the 2019-20 term, ending the season with two assists in 23 games in all competitions.

Olise has already made four Championship games this term, meanwhile, contributing one goal and two assists during a stunning start to the campaign.

According to the Daily Mail, the France youth international is expected to leave Reading before the domestic transfer market closes on October 16.

The report claims that the Gunners, Wolves and the Whites are showing the strongest interest in the attacker, who spent time with both Manchester City and Chelsea during his youth career.

The talent only has little over 18 months left to run on his current deal with Veljko Paunovic’s team.

Meantime, Ricardo Torreira, the father and entourage of Lucas Torreira, has said that the star was not prepared to sit on the bench at the Emirates outfit after struggling for action under manager Mikel Arteta.

“Lucas has a huge heart and puts a lot of effort into everything he does. That’s why he’s not one of the players who likes to be on the bench waiting for minutes,” he told Libertad Digital.

“He needs to show what he can give on the pitch. He’s encouraged with the game. And that happened at Arsenal.

“Lucas is honest and wants to leave his soul on the pitch, but that is defined by the coaches and for the current Arsenal manager he didn’t count.”

Boss plans to keep ball-playing French defender at Arsenal

Mikel Arteta has confirmed that defender William Saliba won’t be going out on loan and will remain with the club until at least January.

He is yet to make a competitive appearance for Arsenal since joining the club from Saint-Etienne back in the summer of 2019 and had looked set for a temporary transfer away from north London.

The 19-year-old gifted defender was loaned back to Saint-Etienne last term and was allegedly ‘devastated’ that Arsenal failed to reach a similar agreement with the Ligue 1 side for this season.

Fulham were another team heavily mentioned with Saliba and Championship side Brentford also explored a temporary deal for the defensive prodigy ahead of Friday’s deadline.

But the youngster, who was given a chance to impress in the pre-season campaign, will be fighting for a place in Arsenal’s senior team after Arteta revealed the club expect no further business ahead of their match with Manchester City.

Quizzed whether he expects any more stars to go out on loan, Arteta replied: ‘Not at the moment.’

Pressed on whether William will be staying at Arsenal, the manager bluntly responded: ‘Yes.’

Saliba was among the stars who missed out on a place in Arsenal’s Europa League roster which was announced last week.

Elsewhere, Arsenal have allegedly identified Villarreal centre-back, Pau Torres, as a potential January transfer target.

The likes of Calum Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos have all been linked with moves away, while Mikel is also looking for an upgrade on Rob Holding.

Spanish outlet Todofichajes claims that the Gunners have earmarked Pau as one of their top targets in that position.

European giants trying to beat Arsenal to signing of Lyon prodigy

Houssem Aouar was constantly mentioned with Arsenal in the summer transfer market, but he failed to get a transfer away from Lyon.

Earlier this week, France Football claimed the Gunners are said to have offered a bid worth €37m (€34m + €3m in bonuses), while the Ligue 1 outfit were expecting a better offer.

It was explained Mikel Arteta’s outfit never tabled an improved proposal, citing Edu’s failure to contact the club’s chairman due to ‘time difference’.

Juventus were also keen on the exciting playmaker, but the Italians couldn’t make an approach because of the economic difficulties caused by the global health crisis.

However, according to Calciomercato, the Serie A giants haven’t given up landing the Frenchman in the future.

The website explains Juve chief football officer Fabio Paratici called Houssem on deadline day to find out if he really wanted to sign for Arsenal.

If not, the Italian side’s senior figure was keen to know about Les Gones’ demands to acquire the midfielder’s next year.

Andrea Pirlo’s side have taken the first step to not only attempting to secure the player’s services but also overtake the Emirates outfit for his signing, in hope their economic conditions would favour them in 2021.

Meanwhile, Eddie Nketiah says he is humbled to be mentioned in the same breath as Alan Shearer after becoming England U21s’ record scorer.

“I’ve seen a lot of clips of Alan Shearer playing, he was a great player and holds the Premier League goalscoring record, which is phenomenal,” said the 21-year-old Arsenal forward.

“It’s an honour to be around his name. I have a long way to get to where he was. It’s an honour to have broken his record.”