The Reds are allegedly on the lookout for striking reinforcements to provide cover for Roberto Firmino, with Divock Origi clearly not of the required quality to deputise and only academy player Rhian Brewster behind him in the pecking order.
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Malen is no stranger to English football having spent two years in Arsenal’s academy during which time he established himself as one of the club’s best prospects.
He was wanted by Chelsea and Man City before opting to sign for the Gunners, but after scoring 27 goals for the club’s youth sides in two years, Malen returned to his homeland to join PSV.
The top-flight clubs agreed for the domestic market to end before the 2019/20 campaign got under way, meaning it was a short summer of spending in England.
But a number of transfers could go through before September begins with European windows open until later.
The market in China has already closed so no players will be completing mega-money moves to the Far East but clubs across the continent can still buy.
The Scottish transfer window remains open as well.
Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez are being heavily linked with leaving Manchester United, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Davide Zappacosta could depart Chelsea and there are question marks over the likes of Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Elneny and Mario Lemina among others.
Antoine Griezmann may well have completed his move to FC Barcelona this summer, but the World Cup winner clearly has a soft spot for Arsenal.
The 28-year-old posted a screenshot of his Football Manager game onto Twitter and revealed he is currently undertaking a save as the Gunners’ gaffer.
Time had elapsed in the game until 2023 and it is fair to say the former Atletico Madrid striker has assembled a world class squad.
Packed with a host of stars, there is not a single current squad member in the team, much to the chagrin of Alexandre Lacazette.
Replying to his France international colleague in the replies, Griezmann revealed that after winning the Premier League, Champions League and Carabao Cup in 2021, he sold the striker to Huddersfield for £23.5million!
Unai Emery may have splashed the cash on the likes of Kieran Tierney and Nicolas Pepe this summer, but the Spaniard will be envious of the side Griezmann has built at the Emirates.
But just who are the players Griezmann has picked for his Arsenal side? Given how much time has elapsed, there are a few ‘newgen’ players in the squad such as the goalkeeper – Hasan.
Below, talkSPORT.com has provided mini profiles on each real member of the team. ALl of the stats are from the game and are not the latest
Check out the sensational side Griezmann has created!
The 22-year-old starred for the Dutch club last season to help them win the Eredivisie and also reach the Champions League semi-finals.
He scored 12 goals in all competitions, including important strikes against Real Madrid and Juventus on the European stage.
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Journalist Jorge Nicola claims Neres turned down the chance to move to the Premier League when Man United came calling to instead remain with Ajax.
He is also thought to have accepted a new contract offer from the Dutch club which will see him become their second highest-paid player behind Daley Blind.
Marc Overmars, Ajax’s director of football, reportedly played an instrumental role in getting Neres to stay.
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The Eredivisie champions have been gutted this summer with Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong both leaving, while there has been speculation over Donny van de Beek possibly moving to Real Madrid.
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It’s never easy watching a talented young football team get torn apart by the vultures after a stunning season.
Ajax thrilled Europe last year with their carefree run to the Champions League semi-finals, dispatching powerhouses Real Madrid and Juventus on their way.
Most neutrals were rooting for them when they were eventually sent packing by Lucas Moura’s late strike at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
Delightful midfield ace De Jong was already snared by Barcelona, a £65million fee was shelled out for the 21-year-old who is set to learn the ropes next to Sergio Busquets at the Camp Nou.
De Light’s future was uncertain with a possible extra season stay in Amsterdam mooted but after a battle between Manchester United, Barcelona, and Juventus, the commanding centre-back – just 19-years-old – left for Turin in a £67m switch.
The Ajax coffers were loaded and their rebuild has been impressive but they won’t abandon their academy aces either.
So who are the wonderkids who could help them pick up where they left off as they star their season with the Johan Cruyff Shield against PSV Eindhoven this weekend?
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With Nicolas Tagliafico back late due to his exertions with Argentina at the Copa America, 19-year-old Dest has gabbed his pre-season opportunities by the scruff of the neck.
Manager Ten Hag has been suitably impressed and already suggested he will start against PSV on Saturday.
An American youth international, he could be set for many more games across the season, particularly with Daley Sinkgraven sold to Bayer Levekusen.
With De Jong gone, the man who the Barcelona man replaced in the Ajax midfielder looks set to get another chance to build a career in Amsterdam.
The 21-year-old saw his 2018/19 curtailed by injury but could really make an impact this season should Ten Hag give him a run in the first XI.
His main competition will be new signing Razvan Marin.
Having burst onto the scene as the 17-year-old captain and free-kick maestro of Fortuna Sittard in 2017/18, Ajax snapped up the youngster in January 2018.
He spent the rest of the campaign back in Sittard before playing for Jong Ajax last season, making 29 Dutch second division games and making one appearance for the seniors.
This summer, with De Ligt gone, he’s looked the business in his place, comfortable on the ball and real leader.
Like Eiting, he faces competition from new signings with Edson Alvarez and Lisandro Martinez coming in but you wouldn’t put it past him claiming a starting spot.
Tipped by fans for a breakthrough season, 20-year-old Lang may benefit the most from David Neres’ summer absence.
With the Brazilian away winning the Copa America, the ex-Feyenoord kid could well get minutes in the Johan Cruyff Shield and early in the campaign.
His showing against OFI Crete in pre-season was a particular highlight, while he can play as an attacking midfielder or a winger.
Still just 17, hopes are high for the midfielder and he’s another man who could push himself into the first-team reckoning this season.
Already composed and mature on the ball he can play in a number of roles in the centre of the pitch if required.
Having featured in pre-season, the 19-year-old could find himself splitting his time between the Eredivise and the Eerste Divisie with Jong Ajax as he continues his development in Amsterdam.
A spritely young left-sided centre-back, we backed Arsenal to target Martinez this summer but instead he’s moved to Ajax for £6.2m.
While some may baulk at his 5ft 9in height, the Argentine’s incredible technique with the ball at his feet makes him an attractive proposition in the modern game where centre-backs must be just as blessed with the ball as they are without it.
He’s got an excellent long range pass on him too if you’re looking for someone to spread the play. He’s can operate in a back-three or a back-four, and has also spent time at left-back, giving some versatility.
Set to be with Jong Ajax this year after a tough pre-season, the 19-year-old has bags of potential.
Pierie also has the potential to play at left-back and was being watched by Southampton.
Hilariously made to ‘write lines’ when he signed for the club from Emmen due to the fact he’s a Feyenoord fan.
At just 19 he was a first-team regular with his former club and looks set to join Dominik Kotarski in line to replace Andre Onana.
Another versatile player, Alvarez currently looks like the main man to ‘replace’ De Ligt in defence.
Comfortable on the ball, you’ll see him bring it out from the back – a lot, while he’s capable of playing at right-back and in defensive midfield.
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Can these signings help the Dutch giants recover from the loss of De Jong and De Ligt?
Juventus released a statement to confirm the signing on Thursday morning.
“Juventus Football Club SpA announces that it has reached an agreement with Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax NV for the definitive acquisition of the registration rights of the player Matthijs de Ligt for a fee of € 75 million payable in five years over accessory charges for € 10.5 million,” the statement read.
“Juventus signed a five-year performance contract with the same player until June 30, 2024.”
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Marc Overmars has told Arsenal to sell Mesut Ozil this summer and replace him with Hakim Ziyech.
Overmars, who is now Director of Football at Ajax, even claimed the Morocco international is a better player than Ozil.
Despite retiring from international duty last summer to focus on his club career, the German failed to nail down a starting role under Unai Emery and registered just two assists in 24 Premier League games.
The 30-year-old signed a lucrative new deal at the Emirates in January 2018, meaning getting his mammoth £350,000-a-week wages off the books will be extremely difficult.
But Overmars, who made 100 appearances for the Gunners between 1997-2000, believes his former side must go all out to sign Ziyech this summer.
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