Arsenal have been provided with a major boost in the race for their target, Chelsea keeper Petr Cech. According to reports in The Daily Mirror, the Blues will not dictate the player’s decision on his next destination, and will only look to pocket at least £10m from his sale.
The Gunners have been believed to be one of the favourites to sign the player following his move from Stamford Bridge after this season. However, the fact that they are the west Londoners’ direct rivals had previously raised doubts over the possibility of them bagging the player.
The agent and brother of AC Milan youngster Stephan El Shaarawy has confirmed that the club have received bids for the player. He also said that while the player is not feeling the need to leave the San Siro right now, the whole situation may change depending on the changes in the club hierarchy.
Agent Manuel El Shaarawy was quoted telling Milan News: “I’ve had some requests from abroad, even in January. But Stephan is at home with Milan and doesn’t feel the need to leave. He has a good relationship with the fans, the club and his teammates.”
Arsenal have tabled a bid to land Palermo forward Paulo Dybala, according to revelations made by Palermo president Mauro Zamparini. However, he also made it clear that the club are looking to pocket in excess of €40m (£29m) from the sale of the youngster.
Zamparini was quoted telling Italian station Radio Marte: “Juventus and Arsenal have already made offers. The lad’s agent will be in Italy on Friday and I’m asking for more than €40m (£29m).”
French giants Paris Saint-Germain have entered the race to sign Olympique Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette, who is also reported to be a target for Premier League giants Arsenal, according to French newspaper L’Equipe.
The 23 year old has been in ballistic form for his side this season, scoring 27 goals and providing 7 assists in 33 matches, with 23 goals and all of his assists coming in 26 Ligue 1 games. Along with Nabil Fekir, who is himself believed to be interested in a switch to Arsenal, the player’s performances have been pivotal in guiding Lyon to a strong position in the league standings this season.
Arsenal have been boosted in their attempts to sign Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling. According to reports in The Metro, the Reds are ready to listen to offers for the player, with the Gunners eager to make the most out of the opportunity.
Sterling has already rejected the Reds’ offers of a new deal that would have enabled him to earn £90,000 per week at Anfield. And now, it is believed that the player is set to reject his side’s second offer too, and that the Reds are hence open to the prospect of listening to offers for him.
Arsenal youngster Hector Bellerin has admitted that his side probably underestimated Monaco ahead of their Champions League round of 16 fixture, which eventually led to their downfall and subsequent elimination from the competition.
The Spaniard was quoted telling Marca: “In the Champions League maybe we should have done things better. Perhaps we underestimated Monaco.”
Arsenal have been provided with a major boost in the race for their target, Atletico Madrid ace Mario Suarez. According to reports in the press, the player’s agent has revealed that he is still undecided on his future destination, whilst indicating that he may be open to the prospect of a move in the near future.
Agent Manuel Garcia Quilon was quoted telling Milan News: “I don’t know if he’s a prospect for Milan. He was followed in January by three or four Italian teams, including Milan, Inter and Napoli. He is a spectacular player and the Italians wanted him. At the moment I couldn’t say if there are any meetings planned with [Adriano] Galliani, but it’s true that in the past he was pursued by Milan. We’re talking about an extraordinary player, who can represent the season’s best signing for any team.”
Arsenal ace Alexis Sanchez has said that he is enjoying life at his new club, and in the Premier League.
The Chilean, who moved to the Emirates Stadium from Barcelona last summer, was quoted in The Daily Star, saying: “I want to expand my knowledge of English football in general and Arsenal and my teammates in particular, but overall I love this league. At the end of the day, football was invented in this country, right? I live where football was invented. That makes me really happy.”