PSG and Atletico Madrid to fight it out for Arsenal superstar

Rumours of Alexis Sanchez’s exit from Arsenal just don’t seem to be going away with French media house Maxifoot and Spanish daily Don Balon both talking up moves for the Chilean superstar this summer.

Maxifoot throws its weight behind one of the rumours that has been doing the rounds in recent weeks that Paris St. Germain are encouraging Sanchez not to pen a new deal with Arsenal, and will plot a £60m move for him in the summer with the Gunners left with no option but to sell. Continue reading

Sunday Scouting Report: South American striker who could give Arsenal timely title push

Arsenal have been linked with former FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez for the better part of 2 years now, but let slide the opportunity to bid for the 29 year old Colombian striker when he left the Portuguese giants this summer.

Martinez made the leap to Spain where he joined Atletico Madrid, but has failed to replicate his success for the former La Liga winners, netting just 3 goals in 12 games, a far from ideal return for the South American superstar, who has been rather prolific in past seasons. Continue reading

Cazorla explains his position on Atletico rumours

Arsenal fans the world over will heave a sigh of relief after club talisman, Santi Cazorla reiterated his desire to continue playing for the Gunners.

In excerpts of an interview carried in The Daily Star, Cazorla said, “I’m happy here, I want to play for Arsenal for more years. Of course, next year I play for Arsenal.” Continue reading

Arsenal targeting exciting young Spanish sensation

Arsenal are reportedly closing in on signing Atletico Madrid’s 20-year old right-back Javier Manquillo as a backup for their imminent new signing Mathieu Debuchy. The Gunners are negotiating a loan deal with a view to a permanent transfer next summer, and are expected to sign the youngster soon.

There is a worry that another budding right-back Carl Jenkinson could be sacrificed for a more attack minded full-back like Manquillo. Although Jenkinson has progressed steadily as a defender over the last couple of seasons, his contribution to Arsenal’s attacks on the flanks is rather limited, making him a doubtful starter in the side. Continue reading

Arsenal target set to join Atletico Madrid instead

Arsenal have lost out in the race to sign Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic, following reports in talkSport which indicate that the 28 year old will finalize his move to La Liga Champions Atletico Madrid from Bayern Munich in a deal worth £14.5 million. There had been earlier reports that a Premier League side had attempted to hijack the forward’s move to Atletico late on. Continue reading

Spanish champions intensify chase for Arsenal star

Spanish champions Atletico Madrid are willing to offload one of their finest midfielders in Turkish international Arda Turan in a bid to fund their move for Arsenal’s Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla, reports the Daily Express.

Both players are of a similar type, and one reckons that Turan’s interest to play in the Premier League may have forced to Atletico to take the step. While this development is good news for the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool, who are interested in Turan, the prospect of losing one of their best players in Cazorla could bear down on the Gunners. Continue reading

Another Arsenal target bites the dust

Arsenal are quickly running short of options to replace Bacary Sagna at right-back as another of their top targets Juanfran has committed his future to Spanish champions Atletico Madrid, reports the Daily Mirror.

Juanfran, 29, could have been ideal replacement for Sagna, given his experience at the top level, and would also have suited Arsenal’s style of play. Continue reading

Cazorla rejects opportunity to dismiss exit rumours

Arsenal’s 29-year old Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla has not refuted transfer speculation amidst interest from La Liga champions Atletico Madrid. The former Malaga man, who moved to Arsenal in 2012 for £12 million is now a target for the Los Rojiblancos, who want the versatile midfielder as a backup in case their highly sought after attacking midfielder Arda Turan leaves the club this summer. Continue reading