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Manchester United linked with Arsenal-target Arda Turan 0

Posted on August 15, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to AS via talkSPORT, Manchester United are interested in Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan, a player who has been linked with Arsenal throughout the summer. The 30-year-old is expected to exit the Nou Camp as a result of a lack of playing time and Jose Mourinho is reportedly offering Turan a chance to resurrect his career elsewhere in Europe.

Former club Galatasaray are also believed to be keen on the ex-Atletico Madrid attacking-midfielder, but Manchester United might be considering Turan as they’ve so far struggled to land Ivan Perisic. Turan, while not boasting excessive pace on the wing, is a creative midfielder who can play somewhat in between the lines. It’s why Arsenal were interested but so far no deal has materialised from any suitor.

Arsenal the ‘last club standing’ in race to sign Jean-Michael Seri 0

Posted on August 11, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to Mundo Deportivo, Arsenal have no clubs standing in their way for Jean-Michael Seri’s signature. The Gunners have been keen on the 26-year-old for most of the summer, but have seen the likes of Barcelona and AS Roma edge themselves ahead, with the latter making an official bid for the Nice midfielder. Latest reports say the duo are no longer in the running.

Seri made 34 Ligue 1 appearances last season, contributing 16 goals. He’s said to have a £36m release clause, a price Arsenal don’t appear keen to match, but the Londoners do have a need for a creative midfielder given Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere are currently out injured.

Barcelona reportedly rival Arsenal for Thomas Lemar 0

Posted on August 07, 2017 by David Nugent

According to Sky Sports, Catalan giants Barcelona could rival Arsenal for the signature of Monaco winger Thomas Lemar. The Gunners have already reportedly had two bids rejected for the 21-year-old, but are still interested in the youngster.

Lemar seems to be Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s main transfer target this summer. The Gunners have been linked with Leicester star Riyad Mahrez, but the Frenchman seems to top the veteran Frenchman’s wish list.

Barcelona to beat Arsenal to the signature of Ousmane Dembele 0

Posted on August 05, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to L’Equipe, Barcelona are set to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele for £90m. The Catalans are desperately trying to replace Neymar who recently joined Paris Saint-Germain for £198m and have a number of options they’re making approaches for.

Dembele is one them. The 20-year-old scored and created 18 goals in 22 Bundesliga starts last season and is highly-rated in Europe. He represented France in the 2016 European Championships and looks to have a bright future ahead of him.

Arsenal have Dembele bid rejected 0

Posted on August 04, 2017 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal have had a big money bid for Dortmund’s highly-rated winger Ousmane Dembele. The 20-year-old is one of the hottest prospects in the European game. It seems the Gunners are one of the teams hoping to sign the winger.

Arsenal are reportedly still in talks to sign Monaco winger Thomas Lemar. However, a deal still does not seem close. Dembele looks to be a viable alternative, although the 20-year-old is attracting attention from elsewhere.

A very good debut campaign at Dortmund

Barcelona considering return for Alexis with Neymar PSG-bound 1

Posted on August 02, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to Don Balon via the Express, Barcelona are weighing up whether or not to re-sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal this summer, with Brazilian forward Neymar close to completing a €222m deal with Paris Saint-Germain. The Catalans are targeting a credible replacement and Sanchez might be the best on the market ahead of the new season.

The 28-year-old scored 31 goals and made 13 assists for the Gunners last season, helping Arsenal to their third FA Cup in four seasons. However, they finished outside of the Premier League top-four and Sanchez has spoken out about his desire to compete in the Champions League. It’s believed he wants to leave this summer but his exit hopes have been dashed by manager Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal offered Rafinha by Barcelona 1

Posted on July 23, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to Sky Sports, Barcelona have offered midfielder Rafinha to Arsenal. The Brazilian has been left behind due to a knee injury while the rest of the squad has gone on pre-season tour. The 24-year-old is believed to be up for sale this summer, worth around €30m, and could be exiting the Camp Nou as a result.

Brother of Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, Rafinha recently said: “My future is open and God only knows what will happen.” A lack of playing time could well be behind his decision to leave the club, making just 14 La Liga starts last season, scoring and creating an impressive eight goals.

Barcelona targeting five alternatives after admitting defeat in Bellerin 1

Posted on July 08, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to Marca, Barcelona have got five alternative transfer targets at right-back to Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin this summer, with the Spanish international looking set to stay at the Emirates Stadium.

The Catalans made Bellerin a priority after Ernesto Valverde was appointed manager but Barcelona have made little progress and the new season will start in a matter of weeks. As a result, the La Liga runners-up will have to target other names, and reports suggest they have five alternatives on their shortlist.

Barcelona target Hector Bellerin hands in transfer request 3

Posted on July 07, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Arsenal star Hector Bellerin is thought to have submitted a transfer request as speculation regarding his future at the Emirates heat up.

The 22-year-old has long been linked with a return to his former club and Barcelona have stepped up their efforts to land the Spanish international during the summer transfer window.

Bellerin spoke about his commitment to Arsenal and his appreciation of Arsene Wenger earlier in the season, but the Spanish reports claim that the right-back’s head has been turned by Barcelona prospect.

Wenger tells Bellerin he will not be allowed to leave this summer 0

Posted on July 04, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reportedly told defender Hector Bellerin that he will not be allowed to exit the Emirates Stadium ahead of the new season, reports the Mirror. The Spanish international has been linked with a return to Barcelona this summer but Arsenal are keen to keep him and have now made it clear to the player and the Catalans that he isn’t for sale.

Barcelona have been on the hunt for an attacking right-back this summer after having failed to find a convincing replacement for Dani Alves, who joined Juventus last summer and looks set to join Manchester City this summer. The Catalans had Sergi Roberto and Aleix Vidal sharing the responsibility at right-back but both players struggled for consistency over the course of the season.

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