Man City back in for Sanchez?

Man City are preparing to bid £60m for Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez before the transfer window closes, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Arsene Wenger is determined to hold onto the Chilean forward, but the fear is that they will lose him when his contract runs out next summer and Pep Guardiola is keen to take the opportunity to snatch him before the transfer window closes at the end of August.

Apparently, City are also prepared to hand Sanchez a contract worth around £400k per week, if they can convince Arsenal to sell.

It's only a matter of time before a deal can be struck, surely?

Source: DSG



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Wenger hopes Lacazette can replicate his Ligue 1 goals

Arsene Wenger is hopeful new signing Alexandre Lacazette can follow in the footsteps of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and transfer his sensational goalscoring ratio into the Premier League.

The Gunners will kick-off the new season on Friday night when they host 2015/16 champions Leicester at the Emirates Stadium, with club-record recruit Lacazette likely to lead the line.

While there remains question-marks over the Arsenal future of Alexis Sanchez, who misses the visit of the Foxes with an abdominal injury, Lacazette will be aiming to become a new fan-favourite in north London.

The 26-year-old France international boasted a goal every 86 minutes in Ligue 1 for Lyon last season and, after forking out £45million, Wenger believes Lacazette can be just as deadly on this side of the Channel.

"With Lacazette it's simple," he said when asked about the player's qualities.

"He is an intelligent player who can integrate our game well as we have a game backed on mobility, technique and I think he can integrate that well.

"After that we get the efficiency. His record in France is to score one in 80 minutes. If he can maintain that record that would be ideal for us. As a game is in 90 that would guarantee you a goal (in every game)."

While the challenge of scoring in Ligue 1 may vary from finding the net in the Premier League, Wenger wants Lacazette to use Ibrahimovic as his yardstick.

The Swede left Paris St Germain for Manchester United last summer and hit 28 goals before his season was curtailed by injury.

"Goalscoring record is not necessarily transferable from the French League to the English league, that's for sure," said Wenger.

"But you could say that Ibrahimovic transferred an identical amount of goals from France to England. So that's the target Lacazette should set."

As well as Sanchez, Wenger could be without a number of other key players for the season-opener and had fitness concerns over Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Shkodran Mustafi and Per Mertesacker.

Laurent Koscielny is suspended which means Wenger's other summer signing Sead Kolasinac is in line for his full debut.

Leicester have not beaten Arsenal in the league since 1983, with two of the three defeats they suffered in their shock title-winning season coming at the hands of Wenger's men.

But manager Craig Shakespeare feels his side are ready to hit the ground running and end that barren run.

"The Premier League is the most competitive league in the world and Arsenal are one of the best clubs in it, year after year they've shown their consistency," he said.

"We haven't been able to beat them yet but there's always a first time and it would be nice to think it would be Friday night. The players are champing at the bit to get started.

"It will be difficult, with the quality of their players, their fan base and the money that they can spend, but that's the Premier League."

Source: PA



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EXCLUSIVE: PSG will make £35m bid for Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez after signing Neymar

Chilean Sanchez is due to make his return to training today after being given extra time off following the Confederations Cup.

That has however been placed in doubt after he posted a picture on social media earlier this week claiming to be ill.

Sanchez, 28, is in the final year of his Gunners contract and will seek showdown talks with Arsene Wenger when he does return and will tell him that he wants to quit the club.

The Gunners have insisted all summer that he isn’t for sale after contract talks stalled but could decide to soften their stance rather than keep a player who clearly wants to leave.

They are likely to insist that he isn’t for sale to a Premier League rival which would rule out a switch to Man City, who are believed to be Sanchez’s favoured destination.

And the Gunners could also demand around £50 million from PSG which is substantially more than what is widely expected to be their opening bid.

Sanchez is not likely to be the only departure from The Emirates Stadium this summer after Deportivo La Coruna bid £9 million for re-sign striker Lucas Perez.

Jack Wilshire is keen to join West Ham, Carl Jenkinson who interests Swansea and Brighton and Crystal Palace target Callum Chambers who Wenger rates at £20m.

As for Neymar, the Brazilian is set for talks with PSG now Barcelona’s pre-season tour of the USA is over.

Neymar played in Barca’s 3-2 win over Real Madrid in Miami this morning.

PSG are ready to trigger his £196m release clause to prise him away from Barca.

Barca have threatened an appeal against the move should it go through, claiming PSG would break Financial Fair Play rules if they stumped up the world-record fee.

Source: Daily Express

Meetings held over Perez exit from Arsenal

Lucas Perez’ agent has landed in London to begin talks over a summer exit from Arsenal, according to reports.

Having left the Galician side for Arsenal last summer, Perez found playing time hard to come by under Arsene Wenger, despite the Frenchman’s admiration of his ability and season prior to the move, where he scored an impressive 17 goals in 37 games.

Just 11 appearances in the Premier League have seen he Spaniard looking to leave, and with the arrival of French striker Alexandre Lacazette from Olympique Lyonnais at the Emirates, Perez has talked of his poor treatment.

Speaking with La Voz de Galicia last week, Perez discussed his time at the North London club and his frustrations.

“I want to leave to play and be happy,” said Perez. “Last year I barely had any opportunities and when I had them I took advantage of them. And this season is clearly going to be more of the same. I want to fight to go to the national team. I want to play football, but for that I have to leave.

The Spanish striker also touched on the arrival of French striker Alexandre Lacazette, who has taken his number 9 shirt at the Emirates stadium.

“And I think that the best place for me is at home, with Dépor. They [Arsenal] are not behaving well with me. The thing of taking the shirt number without telling me to give it to a colleague, it seems to me the last straw.”

It now looks like that wish could come true after Diario AS claim Deportivo have prepared a sensational 10-year contract that would keep him at the club past his playing career.

Turkish side Fenerbahce have also held interest but a bid in the region of £10m from the La Liga outfit and the players desire to move back to the Riazor make that interest seem unlikely.

 

Source: La Liga News

Arsenal striker Perez describes poor treatment in England

Arsenal striker Lucas Perez has discussed his time with the club, calling for a move back to Deportivo La Coruna this summer.

Having left the Galician side for Arsenal last summer, Perez found playing time hard to come by under Arsene Wenger, despite the Frenchman’s admiration of his ability and season prior to the move, where he scored an impressive 17 goals in 37 games.

Just 11 appearances in the Premier League have seen he Spaniard looking to leave, and with the arrival of French striker Alexandre Lacazette from Olympique Lyonnais at the Emirates, Perez has talked of his poor treatment.

La Voz de Galicia is a Spanish daily newspaper based in La Coruna and today published quotes from the striker about his treatment at the club.

“I want to leave to play and be happy,” said Perez. “Last year I barely had any opportunities and when I had them I took advantage of them. And this season is clearly going to be more of the same. I want to fight to go to the national team. I want to play football, but for that I have to leave.

“And I think that the best place for me is at home, with Dépor. They [Arsenal] are not behaving well with me. The thing of taking the shirt number without telling me to give it to a colleague, it seems to me the last straw.

“I can not continue this way. I have given everything, but that has not been reciprocated, so I can’t stand it any longer.

“I feel cheated. In February I was not allowed to leave for China with the promise that I would play more and after that I had even fewer opportunities.

“But the shirt number is an ugly gesture. On the trip, Lacazette asked the boss and he accepted. Afterwards, he told me.

“Last year he [Wenger] told me that he understood that I was upset. I think this season things will get worse, so help me out. Since I have been a professional footballer, I’ve felt happiest in Deportivo, surrounded by my family, my friends.

“Put yourself in my place. I know I have chances to go to the national team. To play the World Cup. A dream. But for that I have to play and I have to be happy.

“That’s why I want to go back to Coruña.”

And, it now looks like that wish could come true after Diario AS claim Deportivo have prepared a sensational 10-year contract that would keep him at the club past his playing career.

Turkish side Fenerbahce have also held interest but a bid in the region of £10m from the La Liga outfit and the players desire to move back to the Riazor make that interest seem unlikely.

Source: La Liga News

Deportivo offer Arsenal forward 10-year contract

Deportivo La Coruna are reportedly preparing a ten-year contract offer want-away Arsenal forward Lucas Perez.

Having left the Galician side for Arsenal last summer, Perez found playing time hard to come by under Arsene Wenger, despite the Frenchman’s admiration of his ability and season prior to the move, where he scored an impressive 17 goals in 37 games.

Just 11 appearances in the Premier League have seen the Spaniard look to leave, making comments quoted in Fichajes.net about his desire to move this summer.

“I want to leave to play and be happy. Last year I barely had any opportunities and when I had them I took advantage of them. And this season is clearly going to be more of the same. I want to fight to go to the national team. I want to play soccer.

“But for that I have to leave. And I think that the best place I’ll be is in my hometown, in the Dépor,” he said.

And, it now looks like that wish could come true after Diario AS claim Deportivo have prepared a sensational 10-year contract that would keep him at the club past his playing career.

Turkish side Fenerbahce have also held interest but a bid in the region of £10m from the La Liga outfit and the players desire to move back to the Riazor make that interest seem unlikely.

Source: La Liga News

Arsenal submit bid for Barcelona’s Rafinha

Premier League side Arsenal have submitted a £25m bid for Barcelona midfielder Rafinha, La Liga News UK understands.

The Brazilian midfielder is one of the players that might leave Barcelona this season in search for minutes and has already been a player tracked by Valencia in recent seasons, whilst Premier League side Arsenal have also shown interest.

The 24-year-old opened up about his future last month and seemingly left the door open for a summer exit.

And, it is now understood by our sources that after discussions between the two clubs – a £25m offer has been submitted by the North London side.

Barca are willing to accept that offer after receiving no offers for Turkish midfielder Arda Turan, who – along with Rafinha – had been made available for transfer this summer.

Rafinha’s move to Arsenal could be finalised by mid-August but his start to the Premier League season would depend heavily on his recovery from a knee injury that kept him out of the season run-in in La Liga.

Sky Sources claim that the midfielder is not on tour with Barca,  and therefore, he would be available to discuss terms.

Having started his career with Barcelona in 2006, the youngster followed suit to his elder brother, Thiago and progressed through the various age groups.

He later went to enjoy a loan spell with Celta Vigo and was then given more playing time in Barca’s senior squad upon his return.

His form and performances have since seen him make two appearances for the Brazilian national side.

Source: La Liga News

Five reasons why Bayern Munich always beat Arsenal

Bayern Munich and Arsenal renew their rivalry on the Bundesliga World Tour on Wednesday. Armed with summer signings James Rodriguez and Corentin Tolisso, as well as an unblemished recent copy book against the North London club, the Bavarians have every reason to be confident.

The two have collided frequently in recent seasons, but it's the German record champions who have come off better, winning their last three clashes in the Champions League with an aggregate score of 15-3!

bundesliga.com takes a look at five reasons why Bayern should beat Arsenal…AGAIN!

A club icon, Thomas Müller graduated from the club's Säbener Strasse youth academy in 2008, and has been putting what he learned into devastating practice ever since. Arsenal can vouch for that, having conceded five goals and one assist to Müller in seven face-to-face meetings. Questions over the Germany forward's place in the Bayern starting XI have come into sharper focus recently with James — the Colombia megastar signed on a two-year loan deal from Real Madrid — occupying a similar position. However, his record against them is likely to ensure Müller will be let loose to terrorise the Gunners once again.

England may have won the World Cup in 1966, but Germany are currently wearing their fourth global crown after triumphing in Brazil in 2014, and they added the Confederations Cup and European Under-21 Championship in recent weeks to boot. Bayern — Germany's record champions with 26 Bundesliga triumphs — embody the country's winning-is-the-only-thing-that-matters mentality.

Carlo Ancelotti's side have won seven of their 12 previous meetings with Arsenal, losing only three. Bayern's stinging 10-2 aggregate win in the clubs' UEFA Champions League Last 16 tie last season must still be painfully vivid in Arsenal fans' minds.

Arsenal may take some consolation from knowing they are not the only ones to suffer at the feet of Robert Lewandowski, but suffer they have! The prolific Poland international has found the net on three occasions in his last four encounters with the English club. Strange, perhaps, that a team nicknamed the Gunners have found not found an answer to silencing one of Europe's premier marksmen.

In the battle between two of the game's greatest exponents of the coaching art, the Bayern boss has a happy knack of outwitting his rival, Arsene Wenger. Though he lost out to the French tactician while at AC Milan, Ancelotti's time at Chelsea was bountiful for him, and almost barren for his opposite number.

While at Stamford Bridge he — ironically — frequently gave Wenger the blues, recording three wins at the cost of just a single reverse. Last season's resounding double over Wenger took his record to five wins and just two losses in eight head-to-head duels in the dug-out.

Arsenal have hit hard in the transfer market by bringing in Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette, breaking their club record to tempt the France international across the Channel. Bayern, though, have matched their rivals' efforts, and then upped the ante.

Though new arrivals Serge Gnabry, who will join Hoffenheim on loan, Sebastian Rudy and Niklas Süle are enjoying an extended summer break after successful summers at international level, James and Bayern's own record signing Tolisso — a former team-mate of Lacazette at Lyon — surely give the German giants the Shang-high hand in China.

Source: Bundesliga.com

Mesut Ozil claims he 'definitely' wants to stay at Arsenal and will hold contract talks

Ozil is in Australia with Arsenal as they prepare for next season.

He is yet to extend his contract which has just 12 months to run but is hopeful an agreement has been reached.

Ozil and Alexis Sanchez’s futures have been in doubt through last season with just one year to go on both’s deals.

But there has been less interest in Ozil and he now looks set to stay.

“It is definitely my preference to stay,” Ozil said at the launch of the club's Puma-made third kit.

“It is such a great club and I have always said that I feel very good at Arsenal. Once everyone is back in London we will sit down and discuss the future.

“For now the most important thing is our pre-season and getting through the tour, training and getting fitness. When I'm back in London, we will sit down and discuss.”

Arsenal has made Alexandre Lacazette their new club-record signing and is hot on the heels of Thomas Lemar.

But they still face the prospect of losing Sanchez to Manchester City, but Arsene Wenger has been adamant he will not leave.

And Ozil thinks the clubs needs him to have a chance of winning the title.

"It would hit the team quite hard if he left because he's a player who always delivers," said Ozil.

”It would be a setback to winning the title, but in the end, it's the player's decision.

"I hope Alexis stays but I don't know what the status is, to be honest. I value him a lot as a player and he's very well suited to the game Arsenal play.

"From a personal view I'd really appreciate if he stays, but it's the player's decision after all and there's not much more I can comment on that."

Source: Daily Express

FC Schalke Sign Rumoured Arsenal Target Amine Harit From FC Nantes

FC Schalke 04 have confirmed the signing of France U20 midfielder and rumored Arsenal target Amine Harit from FC Nantes.

The 20-year-old moves to Gelsenkirchen after the two clubs agreed on a reported fee of €8m and has signed a four-year contract.

Harit enjoyed a breakout season in Ligue 1 last season, as he made 30 appearances for the French outfit, scoring one goal. His form was rewarded with a call-up to the France squad for the U20 World Cup in South Korea.

The midfielder impressed in the tournament, with three starts and one goal, as France impressively topped their group before going out to Italy in the Round of 16.

After the move was confirmed, Harit said: "This move is a big step in my career, and I'm convinced I'll be able to develop into the player I want to become at this club."

The 20-year old added: "I've known Schalke for a long time - Raul, the Champions League games, I followed it all, just like their games last season against Nice in the Europa League."

Harit leaves the French side at an exciting time, after they just appointed ex-Leicester City boss and Premier League champion, Claudio Ranieri. However, he joins a Schalke at an equally positive stage in transition, as they go into the season with a new coach of their own in 31-year old Domenico Tedesco.

Speaking about his new signing, the Italian explained: "Amine is a technically versatile player, who can dribble at pace and applies himself well defensively. He's a player who attacks boldly and can therefore make the difference. We're happy to have been able to sign him."

Schalke will be looking for a much better showing in the 2017/18 season, and an improvement on their 10th place finish in the league last year.

Source: 90min.com