Arsenal transfer report: Cristian Pavon linked with cut price move to MLS side LA Galaxy

7 Jun

Arsenal target Cristian Pavon is reportedly being linked with a cut-price move to LA Galaxy.

Pavon, 23, who currently plays for Boca Juniors, was wanted by the Gunners in January.

Pavon was part of the Boca side which lost the Copa Libertadores to bitter rivals River Plate in December 2018
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However, Arsenal were priced out of a move for the winger after being told they’d have to cough up £40million.



And they could miss out on Pavon again with ESPN Argentina reporting that the Major League Soccer side are being quoted just £9.44m.

The deal for the the Argentina international would also come with a 30 per cent sell-on clause.

Galaxy would have to dump one of their three Designated Players – a rule that allows each MLS franchise to sign up to three players considered outside the team’s salary cap – to bring Pavon in though.

The club’s three ‘DP’s’ are Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Jonathan Dos Santos and French winger Romain Alessandrini, who would be the most likely to be cut.

Pavon has a history of hamstring troubles and these injuries have seen him lose form and miss out on a place in Argentina’s Copa America squad this summer.

Arsenal transfer latest: Eight stars who could replace Mesut Ozil in the summer including Bundesliga wonderkids and Real Madrid star

15 Jan

Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal career appears to be in jeopardy just 12 months after signing a lucrative new deal.

The German midfielder was completely left out of the squad in the 1-0 defeat to West Ham United by boss Unai Emery.

Ozil’s time in north London appears to be coming to an end

Although the Gunners looked devoid of ideas at times at the London Stadium, Emery seems to have lost patience with a player who seems to have reached his peak.

Talented and erratic in equal measure, the 30-year-old’s inconsistency has continued to divide and infuriate fans.

With his contract running out last January (and with Alexis Sanchez en route to Old Trafford) the Arsenal board baulked to the playmaker’s demands and rewarded him with a whopping £350,000-a-week deal.

But just 12 months later it appears as though his place in the team is no longer guaranteed and a move away from the Emirates in the summer would suit all parties.

Emery’s decision to leave Ozil out of the side to face West Ham was damning

But just who could Arsenal replace him with in six months time?

Scroll down to see eight potential Ozil replacements for Arsenal and how they could feature in north London.

James Rodriguez – Real Madrid (On loan at Bayern Munich)

Rodriguez could be available in the summer

The Colombia superstar has seen his game time in Bavaria drop massively since the departure of Carlo Ancelotti last season.

Under Jupp Heyneckes, James featured and helped Bayern win another Bundesliga title but it has been a different story under Niko Kovac this campaign.

His two-year loan deal at the Allianz Arena will be coming to an end this summer and, with no guarantees he will play on his retun to the Bernabue, a move to the Premier League could happen.

How would he fit in?

Almost a like-for-like replacement, Rodriguez would be at home in the No.10 role

Kai Havertz – Bayer Leverkusen

Havertz is making waves in the Bundesliga already

Bayer Leverkusen have a long tradition of producing technically gifted midfielders; Toni Kroos, Michael Ballack and Bernd Schuster all made their name donning the black and red strip.

Havertz is the latest midfielder to graduate from the Die Werkself academy and is seriously making a name for himself.

Blessed with a fantastic football brain, incredible skills and great physical prowess, the 19-year-old seems perfectly suited for the English top-flight.

How would he fit in?

Havertz is versatile enough to drift in from the right and cause untold problems

Isco – Real Madrid

The Spanish wizard looks set to leave the Bernabeu this summer

The struggles of Isco at Real Madrid since his move in 2013 are enough to confound even the most ardent Barcelona fan.

Perhaps the most naturally gifted playmaker of his generation, the Spain international has never managed to nail down a starting role at the Bernabeu long enough to showcase his ability.

With Santiago Solari preferring to use players in midfield willing to run themselves into the ground, the 26-year-old’s career appears to be over in Madrid.

How would he fit in?

Give the midfielder freedom to create and watch the assists roll in

Denis Suarez – Barcelona

Denis Suarez may have to wait until the summer to leave Barca

One of the main stories from the current January transfer window is the proposed move of Suarez to Arsenal.

Having fallen out of favour at the Camp Nou and with Emery keen on a reunion, a move to the Emirates seems likely.

However, with talks seemingly stalling, a summer transfer looks increasingly likely.

How would he fit in?

Although he can play out wide, Suarez is at his best when deployed through the middle

Nabil Fekir – Olympique Lyonnais

Fekir could finally get his Premier League move

After months of pursuing the World Cup winner, Liverpool and Chelsea admitted defeat in the summer and signed other targets.

However, Fekir may well be back on the market this summer.

After being left out of the French Cup squad at the turn of the year, speculation about a move began to intensify. He will have just a year left on his contract in the summer so expect bids to fly in.

How would he fit in?

The midfielder would thrive in a free-roaming role behind the pacy Aubameyang

Yannick Carrasco – Dalian Yifang

The former Atletico man will surely want to test himself against the best in Europe once again

Carrasco’s move to the Chinese Super League has worked out rather nicely for him.

The former Atletico Madrid forward is destroying defenders for fun and is still linked with a return to a top European league.

Although Manchester United are reportedly interested, Unai Emery could well tempt the 25-year-old to come to Arsenal with regular game time.

How would he fit in?

The Gunners could have a side to be feared with if Carrasco joins in the summer

Cristian Pavon – Boca Juniors

The winger looks destined to get a lucrative move to Europe in the near future

Last January, the Gunners were continuously linked with a move for the wide forward after his impressive displays for Boca.

Having made his Argentina debut and played at the World Cup in the space of just seven months, it’s fair to say the 22-year-old’s rise has been meteoric.

Gunners fans would have to be patient for him to settle, but a move could unlock his undoubted potential.

How would he fit in?

Teams would struggle to stop Arsenal’s attacking trio

Leon Bailey – Bayer Leverkusen

The winger is one of the hottest properties in world football

Another Bundesliga wonderkid for the list, Bailey came to the attention of world football as he burst onto the scene with his electric and direct style of play.

Although he was tipped for a shock call-up to England’s World Cup squad, the 21-year-old ultimately pledged his international allegiance to Jamaica.

Hvaing revealed to FourFourTwo he has rejected big-money moves for fear of rushing his career the time may now be right to kick on and take his footballing education to the next level.

How would he fit in?

The winger will be 22 in the summer and would fit in on the right-hand side for the Gunners

Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace

The winger could well be in demand once again this summer

Zaha’s loyalty to boyhood club Crystal Palace is certainly admirable, but the Ivory Coast international will be wary of spending his best years fighting relegation.

Although he signed a new deal in the summer, this may well be Palace’s way of merely ramping up his transfer value.

A move to Manchester United in 2013 did not work out, but the 26-year-old has matured into one of the most dangerous wingers in the Premier League since then.

How would he fit in?

Teams at home and in Europe would struggle to deal with Arsenal’s pace up top

Cristian Pavon scout report: What will Arsenal transfer target and World Cup star add to the Gunners?

6 Jul

Argentina World Cup 2018 star Cristian Pavon is the latest star being linked with joining the Arsenal revolution under Unai Emery.

The winger, 22, is capable of playing on either flank and has seen the Gunners bid £27million – but it may take a bigger fee to land him.

Arsenal have reportedly bid £27million for Boca Juniors and Argentina star Cristian Pavon.

But why is Spanish boss Emery, who replaced Arsene Wenger earlier this year, so keen on signing Pavon?

We’ve been running through the tapes and got our notepad out to discover exactly what he would offer Arsenal and how he would fit in at the Emirates.

KEY STATS

  • Age – 22
  • Place of birth – Cordoba, Argentina
  • Club – Boca Juniors
  • Appearances – 65 league games
  • Goals – 17
  • Honours – Superliga Argentina de Futbol – 2016/17 and 2017/18
  • International caps – nine
  • International goals – none

Position

When it comes to his use for Arsenal, it’s likely we could see an incredibly fluid forward line with Pavon and Henrikh Mkhitaryan switching flanks at will and penetrating defences in the Premier League. This will allow Mesut Ozil to drift more freely in a central role to feed Pierre-Emerick Aubamenyang. All four stars are extremely capable of occupying each others roles, with Pavon also used as forward on occasion, this versatility could be a key reason behind Emery’s interest.

Boca Juniors star Cristian Pavon celebrates scoring for the club.

Finishing

Most of Pavon’s goals are similar in style, he delights in cutting inside from the left flank and firing shots, with plenty of pace, into the far corner. But where he is most lethal is on the counter attack, slipping between defenders, having run off the shoulder, and powering the ball beyond the goalkeeper with his stronger right foot. He’s pretty capable from long-range too but his reliance on his powerful shooting might see a few strikes cannon over the crossbar. He is, though, extremely unlikely to score with his head, preferring to run from deep for back post crosses or mill around in the area for knockdowns.

Dribbling

The 22-year-old Argentine is fairly reliant on his pace when it comes to beating a man, poking the ball past the defender into space and running onto it rather using his close control, which he does seem to lack. This could see him come a cropper against tighter defences like Burnley’s where he can’t get in behind and will need to beat a man with skill.

Crossing and passing in the final third

Pavon’s delivery from wide areas really needs some work with him preferring to hit the ball towards dangerous areas, rather than towards specific team-mates. However, thankfully, it’s more likely his passes will be shorter combinations with other team-mates. He does, though, like to play passes in front of them to run onto rather than neat and tidy and to feet, which could cause him issues in the Premier League.

Will Pavon be a star if he signs for Arsenal.

Pressing and tackling

More important than ever, Pavon’s pressing is certainly a key attribute and is often found rutting around on the wing in an attempt to stifle opponents, regain the ball and start counters. A penchant for sliding in on his foe is a minor mark on his card here, but overall he’ll do well for Arsenal as they look to stymie opponents high up the pitch. The 22-year-old will happily use his strength in shoulder-to-shoulder challenges, but whether his level of physicality will be allowed by Premier League referees remains to be seen. Thankfully, this isn’t a problem which can’t be corrected as he comes to terms with the English game.

Conclusion

With Unai Emery expected to make the Gunners a side who hit their opponents on the counter attack, Pavon could fit in neatly on left wing and help get the ball forward quickly and lay it on to his team-mates, or go it alone. In defensive situations, he’ll do well for the Gunners and is happy to press and tackle back, which could help make Emery’s Arsenal a lot tighter, although some of his challenges are a little risky. His direct running will certainly put teams on the back foot, but the major worry surrounding Pavon will be when he faces teams who defend deep and don’t give opponents much space – such as Burnley. His youth means he can certainly adapt but initially he may take a bit of time to get used to Premier League.

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Arsenal transfer news: Unai Emery ‘moving fast’ to secure signing of Argentina winger Cristian Pavon

4 Jul

Arsenal are moving to sign Cristian Pavon this summer, according to reports.

Pavon, the Argentina winger, currently represents Boca Juniors in his homeland, and talkSPORT.com told you the other day how Arsenal had made a bid for him in January.

Pavon is regarded as one of the finest young footballers in the world

The Gunners reportedly offered Boca £27million (€30m) for the 22-year-old, who was part of La Albiceleste’s squad at this summer’s World Cup.

Despite no deal being completed for Pavon at that moment in time, Arsenal were known to keep their interest in the winger, and new reports suggest a new bid is imminent.

According to AS, Arsenal manager Unai Emery is ‘moving fast’ to wrap up a deal for Pavon, with another bid of around €30m expected, as that is the value of the release clause in Pavon’s contact with Boca.

Pavon was part of Argentina’s World Cup squad

Emery has already completed three signings since his appointment as Arsenal’s new manager, with Stephan Lichtsteiner, the full-back, goalkeeper Bernd Leno, and centre-half Sokratis Papastathopoulos brought in from Juventus, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund respectively.

Arsenal transfer news: The latest gossip on Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira and other targets

2 Jul

Arsenal have started recruiting early, but there is still work to be done in the transfer market.

Jack Wilshere is one high profile exit, while Stephen Lichtsteiner and Bernd Leno have arrived and it is understood manager Unai Emery wants to offer defender Calum Chambers a new contract.

Jack Wilshere posted this to his Instagram story

So is else could be heading to the Emirates?

Sokratis Papastathopoulos

This deal is on the verge of completion, with reports of the powerful defender’s arrival in the UK to finalise his transfer from Borussia Dortmund circulating. The Greece defender has played his club football in Germany since 2013.

 

Steven Nzonzi

The midfielder wants to leave the club, which could set up a reunion with old boss, Unai Emery. “Playing with high profile players in a big team could be a good progression for me,” he said shortly before the World Cup began. “We all know that the transfer window is open but we don’t talk about it that much,” he added, before pointing out that playing for France was all he was prepared to think about at the time. However, there are reports that Nzonzi’s dad has informed Sevilla he wants out. Arsenal, now managed by Emery, have been linked with the player before.

Nzonzi joined Sevilla from Stoke in 2015 for £7m

Lucas Torreira

Arsenal have been in talks with 22-year-old Torreira since before the World Cup began. As talkSPORT.com reported, a £25m deal for the Sampdoria midfielder could be completed this week.

Uruguay midfielder star Lucas Torreira is wanted by Arsenal

Cristian Pavon

It was claimed Arsenal offered Argentine side, Boca Juniors, £27milliion for Pavon in January, but were turned down. Pavon, 22, is contracted to the club until 2022 but it is understood Arsenal are still keen, though there will be strong interest from the Gunners’ European rivals, too.

Pavon featured for Argentina at the World Cup

Hirving Lozano

A number of clubs, including Arsenal, have been linked with PSV winger Lozano. He has been a joy to watch at the World Cup where his goal helped Mexico beat Germany 1-0 en route to the knockout stage. “I just think that whoever takes a chance on him will do well,” his national manager, Juan Carlos Osorio said. “His pace and again his ability to take people on, he can play in any league and any place. I think he will be able to – and he has the tools to play – in the Premier League.

Lozano celebrates his goal against Germany