Regardless of what team you support or how much you despise the sides around you, at some point, everyone needs to take a minute to stop and admire the work of others. We aren’t saying that you need to go completely over the top with your praise or anything like that, because football fans are stubborn. However, there are rare instances in which you just can’t ignore the facts that are staring you right in the face.
Reported Arsenal target Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico is set to leave the Dutch club. The 26-year-old Argentinian international has risen to prominence in the last few seasons and looks set for a new challenge next season.
His agent has confirmed Tagliafico is likely to move on
The Metro quoted the player’s agent Ricardo Schlieper as saying ‘Ajax made an offer, but it wasn’t accepted because it’s the right time to take a leap,’
‘Let’s see what happens in the market. ‘There has been no talk of numbers with Ajax, but they will ask for a significant amount – I think it will be more than €20million [£17m].’
Following Monchi’s decision to return to Sevilla rather than come to north London, former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars became the favorite for the role of technical director at the club. However, the Dutchman has now picked a different option as well, rubbing salt in Arsenal’s wounds.
“There are still plenty of challenges at Ajax and I’m having a good time here,” said Overmars, as quoted by the BBC.
“We are taking steps with both the youth academy and the first team and we still want to show a lot.”
According to reports in Italy, Arsenal have submitted an £8million bid for Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico.
Tagliafico is a left-back who started his career in his homeland of Argentina, where he first spent five years as a Banfield player, although he was on a season-long loan in Spain with Real Murcia for the 2012/13 season. In 2015, he moved to Independiente, and he joined Ajax in January this year for a fee of £4million. He played 15 games for the Dutch team last season and scored a solitary goal.
Ajax star Hakim Ziyech is being linked with a move to Arsenal courtesy of his agent Rene van der Dijp. The Dutch agent has talked about wanting the likes of Arsenal or Liverpool to make a bid for the Moroccan international.
Van der Dijp told Dutch publication Voetbal Primeur: “I hope that there will be a better club than Roma – an Arsenal or Liverpool,” That is a major insult to the Giallorossi, who have a fine history.
According to a report in the Mirror, Arsenal are interested in securing the signature of Ajax teenage defender Matthijs De Ligt.
With Per Mertesacker’s retirement imminent, and the fact that Laurent Koscielny is turning 33 later this year, the club are well in the process of rejuvenating the team’s back line. Shkodran Mustafi is an at excellent player, and at the age of 25, he’s about to enter his prime as a defender. Calum Chambers has hardly cemented a spot in the starting XI, but considering the time he’s been around, it’s very easy to forget he’s still only 23. Rob Holding turns 23 in September, while the Gunners’ first signing of the year, Konstantinos Mavropanos, is 20.
According to reports from Spanish media outlet Sport, Premier League side Arsenal look set to appoint former Barcelona director of football Raul Sanllehi who’s been with the Catalan club since 2002.
A close friend of Ivan Gazidis’ will move into the Gunners boardroom to take over some of the responsibilities left unattended after Dick Law’s departure from the North London club.
Sanllehi is expected to be heavily involved in Arsenal’s recruitment strategy given his background as one of Barcelona’s chief negotiators in the past couple of years.
As we all now know Arsenal have decided to realise French striker Yaya Sanogo this summer. The 24-year-olds contract expires this summer and he leaves having made very little impact at the north London club, except for a few bright pre-seasons run-outs.
Always out of his depth at Arsenal
Once of the first articles I ever wrote for My Arsenal Blog (in 2014 I think) was about whether Yaya Sanogo would ever make it at Arsenal. I got a so much abuse for the article, but at the time, I saw a player that just never looked like making it at the top level, even if he was a youngster.
Gunners have set their sights upon the Ajax midfielder Riechedly Bazoer according to reports from Metro.
Arsenal have reportedly sent their chief scout Steve Rowley to watch the Dutch sensation in action as Arsene Wenger steps up his interest to sign one of the most sought-after youngsters in Europe.
Bazoer has made 27 Eredivisie appearances this season, scoring five goals and managing four assists in the process.
The highly-rated teenager has also featured in Europa League this season where he impressed with mature performances for his club.
According to reports from the Metro and Polish publication Futbol News claim that Arsenal are tracking prolific Ajax striker Arkadiusz Milik as a potential striking addition.
The 22-year-old Polish international is establishing a reputation as a prolific scorer of goals, having scored 42 goals in 69 appearances in the Dutch top-flight in the past two seasons. The striker also has a creditable record in international football, having scored ten times in 22 appearances.
The Metro are claiming that the Gunners will have rivals for the striker’s signature with Barcelona and Arsenal’s Premier League rivals Liverpool believed to be interested in signing Milik.