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Inter manager talks up Szczesny signing 0

Posted on June 23, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti has responded to the rumours linking Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to the Serie A side this summer, admitted the Polish international is talented but stopping short of confirming their interest, reports WhoScored.

“Are you trying to make me argue with all my current players? We already have Samir Handanovic, who is very experienced and strong,” Spalletti told Sky Sport Italia. I’ve already worked with (Wojciech) and I know his quality. For the moment we’ve got (Samir).

Arsenal raise Szczesny’s asking price to £20m following Juventus bid 0

Posted on June 21, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Sun, Arsenal have raised Wojciech Szczesny’s asking price from £13m to £20m after seeing Sunderland sell Jordan Pickford for £30m to Everton this summer. Juventus are keen on the Arsenal goalkeeper to be Gianluigi Buffon’s understudy but made a bid of £5m that was quickly knocked back.

The Serie A champions are expected to make an improved offer with the Polish international reportedly attracting interest from a number of other clubs in the Italian top-flight. Szczesny has become one of the best goalkeepers in Europe after two successful seasons on loan with AS Roma, and he finds himself the subject of interest as a result.

Should Arsenal have signed Douglas Costa? 0

Posted on June 20, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa is close to a move to the Italian Serie A, with the Brazilian is 1/6 to join Juventus this summer. According to The Sun, the two European giants have reportedly agreed a £35m deal. But given Arsenal are desperate for attacking reinforcements due to the players potentially leaving ahead of the new season, why didn’t the Gunners try to sign Costa?

The 26-year-old lost his place in the Bayern side last season after a fallout with the club over his contract. He made just 23 Bundesliga appearances under manager Carlo Ancelotti, scoring and creating seven goals. Signed from Ukrainian side Shakhtar in 2015, Costa was an ever-present in his maiden season in the Bundesliga but he’s set to move on.

Seri snubs Arsenal to complete Roma move 0

Posted on June 20, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri has turned down interest from Arsenal to sign for AS Roma, according to the Metro. The 25-year-old joined the Italian Serie A giants for £30m and signed a five-year-deal. Nice are believed to be holding out for £35m but personal terms have been agreed and the deal should be concluded soon enough.

Seri, a transfer target for Spanish La Liga side Barcelona, made 34 Ligue 1 appearances for Nice last season, scoring seven goals and making nine assists. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger travelled to Nice with chief executive Ivan Gazidis to try and broker a deal for the midfielder, but the Gunners were unsuccessful procuring his signature.

Arsenal contact Juventus about Lemina’s availability 0

Posted on June 16, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have reportedly spoken to Juventus about midfielder Mario Lemina’s availability, with a view to making a bid this summer. The 23-year-old has failed to hold down a starting place in Turin and is keen to join a side promising more game time as a result.

The Gabon international made just eight starts in the Italian Serie A last season, coming off the bench 11 times, and is consequently expected to be on his way out of the club. Italian football journalist Tancredi Palmeri says Arsenal have held initial talks with the Serie A champions, reports the Daily Star.

Juventus to sign Wojciech Szczesny to be long-term replacement for Buffon 0

Posted on June 10, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to The Sun, Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is set to join Juventus this summer to initially be Gianluigi Buffon’s understudy and eventual replacement. The Polish international return to Arsenal after two year in the Italian Serie A with AS Roma and is believed to have impressed so much that the Old Lady have taken a punt on him.

Szczesny, who has just one year left on his Arsenal deal, made 38 league appearances last season, keeping 14 clean sheets. He was keen to fight for a starting place at parent club Arsenal after having lost his place under manager Arsene Wenger due to indiscipline. However, the stiff competition for places meant he’d be better off looking elsewhere and the perennial Serie A champions are certainly an attractive proposition.

Could Szczesny be on his way to Dortmund in the summer? 0

Posted on February 23, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is reportedly the subject of interest from a number of European sides, but Borussia Dortmund are said to be leading the chase for his signature. The Polish international has been on loan with AS Roma for two seasons, but the Serie A giants may not be able to match his agreed fee of £13M to make the deal permanent.

With Petr Cech and David Ospina as first and second choice at Arsenal, Szczesny has stiff competitions for a starting place if he returns to his parent club, and the 26-year-old may well be open to a move away from the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season as a result. Juventus and Napoli are two sides keen on the goalkeeper, but perhaps not to be an immediate regular.

Arsenal rumoured to be in bid for Juventus’ Mario Mandzukic 0

Posted on July 28, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Standard, Arsenal are lining up a bid for Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic to solve their striker woes ahead of the 2016/17 season. The Gunners have lost Danny Welbeck to injury and could well be without Olivier Giroud for the opening game of the coming campaign which means manager Arsene Wenger needs another experienced attacker.

Mandzukic is said to be on their radar due to his playing style. Capable of spearheading the frontline, the 30-year-old is a towering striker who can bring others into the attack and provides the physicality and work rate to put opposition defenders under pressure. Mandzukic scored and created 14 goals in 24 Serie A starts, and won 65% of his aerial duels last season.

Juventus reject Arsenal’s lucrative bid for highly-rated Italian player 0

Posted on July 13, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Metro, Italian Serie A champions Juventus rejected a £25M bid from Arsenal for defender Daniele Rugani. The 21-year-old centre-back has been the subject of interest from a number of clubs this summer, and it’s been rumoured that he might be open to an exit in a bid to get more playing time.

Rugani made 11 Serie A starts last season, playing second fiddle to the likes of Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci in the Juventus defence. The Italian U21 international is rated highly in the camp, however, which is why the Old Lady are so keen to keep him, but Arsenal might make another bid.

Roma manager Luciano Spalletti still hopeful of signing Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczesny 0

Posted on July 13, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Express, AS Roma manager Luciano Spalletti revealed the Italian Serie A side aren’t giving up on signing Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny this summer. The Poland international was expected to be loaned out to Roma for the 2016/17 season, but talks have stalled.

In his stead, Roma signed Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker from Internacional, while Bogdon Lobont will also try and challenge for the No.1 jersey. Despite having options between the sticks, Spalletti is still keen to bring Szczesny back to the Stadio Olimpico.

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