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Arsenal closing in on Gabriel Magalhaes 0

Posted on August 07, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille OSC, according to the Daily Record.

The 22-year-old centre-back has attracted the attentions of a number of clubs across Europe and it was at one point believed he could follow forward Victor Osimhen from Lille to Napoli, but that option is now out. Everton were also interested but their interest has been cooled, while some reports suggest Manchester United are looking into the situation as well.

Arsenal linked with Lille youngster 0

Posted on January 08, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal are one of the clubs said to be monitoring Boubakary Soumare of Lille, according to Sky Sports.

The young midfielder, France U-21 international, has so far made 23 appearances this season for his club, 17 in Ligue 1 and six in the Champions League. With his imposing 6’2″ frame he is very strong physically, but he also boasts terrific skill on the ball. The combination makes him very capable of keeping the ball under pressure in the middle of the park, as well as dribbling past opponents and taking the ball into the opposition half in a blink of an eye. He also has an eye for a pass.

Arsenal lead the race for Pepe 0

Posted on December 19, 2018 by Harry Kettle

While the January transfer window isn’t even open yet, that certainly isn’t going to stop fans and media members alike from speculating as to who may be coming and going from all of the major sides in the Premier League. While the majority of us are purely guessing at this point it’s certainly interesting to note just how excited everyone gets around this time of year, and to be perfectly honest, it always feels like some fans prefer this to the actual games themselves.

Could Nicolas Pepe be the key for Arsenal? 0

Posted on September 06, 2018 by Harry Kettle

Reports began surfacing yesterday that Nicolas Pepe (no, not the one you’re thinking of) was a major target for Arsenal this past summer. The Ivory Coast international plays as a winger for French club Lille, and has spent the last few years carving out a reputation for himself as one of the most impactful young wingers in Europe. From his pace to his delivery, the 23-year-old feels like he’s developing and getting better with each and every passing day.

Arsenal identify Bellerin replacement 2

Posted on May 05, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Arsenal star player Hector Bellerin continues to be linked with a return to his former club Barcelona.

The Catalan giants are reportedly mulling a £35 million assault on the 22-year-old right-back whose future will pretty much depend on Arsenal’s Premier league finish and Arsene Wenger’s decision on whether he will leave his post at the end of the season.

Faced with a prospect of losing one of their most important players this summer, Gunners are believed to have already prepared a contingency plan.

Arsenal-target Djibril Sidibe signs for AS Monaco 0

Posted on July 08, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

France full-back Djibril Sidibe has snubbed Arsenal to sign a five-year deal for AS Monaco. Arsenal looked set to sign the 23-year-old, but the former Lille defender may well have opted for the promise of regular first-team football and wages reflecting that.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been keen to sound out a long-term replacement for Nacho Monreal, who turns 31 in February, with Kieran Gibbs continuing to be on the periphery, and the versatile Sidibe looked the ideal candidate. Arsenal have also wanted cover at right-back with Mathieu Debuchy available for sale.

Arsenal linked with Lille’s Sofiane Boufal 0

Posted on June 29, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Guardians’ Ed Aarons, Arsenal will compete with Chelsea and Southampton for the signature of Lille attacking-midfielder Sofiane Boufal this summer, after the 22-year-old enjoyed a prolific season in the French Ligue 1.

Boufal, a Paris-born Moroccan international, scored 11 league goals in 29 games for his new club, and is expected to be moved on this summer given the lucrative bids being thrown around.

Having only signed from Angers in 2015 for little over £2M, Boufal’s value is likely to be tenfold amid all the interest with Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona entering their hat in the ring.

Lille keen on Yaya Sanogo 0

Posted on June 24, 2015 by Nemanja Lazarevic

French media outlet Le 10 Sport has learned that Ligue 1 side Lille have expressed their interest in Arsenal forward Yaya Sanogo, who could again be leaving the Emirates on loan this summer.

Les Dogues recently recruited Herve Renard, one of Europe’s most talented coaches, and they have big ambitions ahead of the 2015/2016 campaign.

With Nolan Roux expected to leave, Lille hope to sign one or two centre forwards in the summer transfer window. And with their top target Jordan Ayew not available for sale, they appear to have turned their attention towards Yaya Sanogo.

Arsenal linked with ex-QPR midfielder 0

Posted on August 14, 2014 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Star, Arsenal could be lining up a shock move for former-QPR defensive midfielder Stephane Mbia. The 28-year-old Cameroonian international is a free agent after his contract with the Hoops expirer earlier this summer.


The Hoops were looking to cut their wage bill this summer after years of overspending on inflated wages and transfer fees. Mbia was reportedly on £60,000 a week at Loftus Road and is expected to demand a similar wage package at his next club.


Eden Hazard says goodbye to Lille – Are Arsenal still in the running? 13

Posted on May 16, 2012 by admin

Arsenal’s top transfer target Eden Hazard has stated once more that his time in France is now over, and the attacking midfielder has confirmed that he’s going to move to the Premier League.

After also stating earlier this season that he’s a Premiership fan, the attacking midfielder attracted the interest of Manchester United and Manchester City, but it seems that Arsenal are still in with a chance to land him.

“I think I have done what I want to do in France,” he said.

“I have to move elsewhere and show my qualities and I think I am ready for a new challenge.

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