Arsenal transfer news: How Unai Emery’s side could line-up with Kieran Tierney and Pepe… but without Mesut Ozil

9 Jul

Arsenal looked destined to be heading towards another disappointing transfer window – that was until they accelerated into action over the past few days.

Despite reportedly only having a £40m war chest this summer, they have splashed out £27m on teenage defender William Saliba from Saint-Etienne, while they have also clinched a deal to bring Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos to the Emirates on a season-long loan.

Things are starting to look for Gunners boss Unai Emery
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And it looks set to get even better for Gunners fans, with Lille winger Nicolas Pepe reportedly set to join Unai Emery’s men for a club-record £72million.

So, who else do the Gunners continue to be linked with and how could they look when they line-up against Newcastle on the first day of the season?

In mind of Emery looking to get rid of Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi this summer, talkSPORT.com has drawn up Arsenal’s potential line-up for the start of the 2019/20 campaign.

Kieran Tierney

Arsenal have been strongly linked with a move for Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney as Emery looks to bolster his defensive options.

The Scotland international was on blistering form for the Hoops this season as they achieved a historic ‘Treble Treble’

However, Arsenal have already had a £15m bid knocked back by Parkhead chiefs, with the club reportedly looking for a bid in excess of £25m.

Arsenal want to sign Kieran Tierney this summer
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Celtic are open to the possibility of bringing in a defender or striker from the Emirates — but only if the price is right for Tierney.

The Europa League finalists are not the only side interested in the Scotland international though, with Serie A giants Napoli enquiring about his availability.

Recent reports in The Telegraph suggest Napoli are plotting to hijack the move for the 22-year-old in the coming days.

Dani Ceballos

Arsenal pulled off a huge coup by securing a season-long loan deal for Real Madrid starlet Dani Ceballos.

The 22-year-old midfielder, who has been capped six times by Spain, will spend the 2019/20 campaign at the Emirates.

Ceballos is highly regarded at the Bernabeu and made 23 LaLiga appearances throughout the 2018/19 season.

Dani Ceballos will spend the 2019/20 campaign at Arsenal
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But Zinedine Zidane was happy to sanction a temporary switch to Arsenal for the youngster, who helped Spain’s Under-21s to Euro 2019 success this summer.

It is understood Arsenal do not have an option to make the deal permanent.

Pepe

Arsenal have reportedly reached an agreement with Lille to sign Nicolas Pepe for a club-record £72million.

The Ivory Coast winger, 24, could join the Gunners as early as this weekend after a breakthrough in talks between the two clubs.

The fee is set to be paid in instalments to fit Arsenal’s summer budget, which is understood to be just £40million.

Nicolas Pepe is closing in on a £72m move to Arsenal
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Pepe would become the club’s fourth signing of the summer and seemingly signal an end to their pursuit of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.

The Eagles rejected a £40million bid from Arsenal for Zaha earlier this summer, with the Ivorian’s price tag set closer to £80million.

William Saliba

William Saliba (right) has joined Arsenal in a deal worth in the region of £27m
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The Gunners pulled off quite the coup by landing the French youngster in a deal worth £27m.

Saliba, 18, turned down Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham to join the club on a long-term contract.

He won’t feature in our XI or Emery’s though as it appears he will return to Saint-Etienne on loan for the 2019/20 campaign.

Have a look at Arsenal’s possible line-up below…

How Arsenal could line-up next season

Arsenal transfer news: Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez ‘could complete £31m move to Gunners next week’

5 Jul

Arsenal could sign Lucas Vazquez in a £31million deal from Real Madrid as early as next week, according to reports.

The 28-year-old has failed to hold down a regular starting place since making his Real debut in 2015. 

Lucas Vazquez is not a regular starter at Real Madrid
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He managed just one goal and three assists in 31 LaLiga appearances last season.

And Real’s marquee signing Eden Hazard looks set to push Vazquez even further down the pecking at the Bernabeu.

The Belgium captain has been joined by Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy, Eder Militao and Rodrygo this summer with Real spending over £250million on transfers.

It will leave Vazquez battling for a starting place with Hazard, Vinicius Junior, Marco Asensio, Brahim Diaz and Gareth Bale in the wide positions.

Spanish outlet AS claim Vazquez is keen on a move to Arsenal as he aims to win a place in the Spain squad for Euro 2020.

The Gunners, who look set to be priced out of a move for £100million-rated Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha, are believed to have opened talks with Real over Vazquez.

But they face competition from Champions League trio Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.

Watch Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid highlights as Malcom cancels out Lucas Vazquez’s strike in Copa Del Rey semi-final

6 Feb

Malcom’s second-half strike rescued a draw Barcelona in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final against Real Madrid at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night.

In the first of three games between the two Spanish giants over the next 24 days, it was the visitors who took an early lead when Lucas Vazquez netted after just six minutes.

But Malcom, who started in place of Lionel Messi, levelled shortly before the hour mark to keep Barcelona in the tie as they bid to win the competition for a fifth consecutive year.

Messi, carrying a minor leg injury, was named on the Barcelona bench by manager Ernesto Valverde.

For the visitors Gareth Bale, who returned from a calf injury in Real’s 3-0 win over Alaves last weekend, had to be content with a place among the substitutes on Wednesday night.

Real are making their first appearance at this stage of the Copa del Rey since they beat Barcelona in the final nearly five years ago.

Lucas Vazquez opened the scoring at the Camp Nou

And it was Santiago Solari’s side who secured the perfect start after they took the lead inside just six minutes.

Vinicius Junior was the creator, carrying the ball down Real’s left-hand side before finding Karim Benzema in the Barcelona area.

The France forward chested down Vinicius’s cross before pulling the ball back for Vazquez who made no mistake from a handful of yards out.

Real may be eight points adrift of their rivals in La Liga, but they were the quickest out of the traps, and had chances to double their lead in the opening period.

Sergio Ramos collected his customary booking in El Clasico

Yet Barcelona began to ease their way back into the first leg, and shortly after the half-hour mark struck the woodwork.

Malcom’s free-kick found Ivan Rakitic, but his header rattled off the bar.

The hosts went into the interval with a one-goal disadvantage, but 12 minutes after the break were back on level terms.

Jordi Alba was played in on Barcelona’s left-hand channel, only to meet a fast-charging Keylor Navas who looked to have averted the danger.

The ball, however, fell to Luis Suarez and, from an impossible angle, the former Liverpool man’s strike hit the post. With Navas still scrambling back towards his own goal, the rebound fell to Malcom who fired the ball home.

Malcom celebrates with his Barca teammates

Moments later, Messi was introduced and so, too, Bale. Messi’s impact appeared immediate and Barcelona were in the ascendancy.

But the home side failed to muster up a clear-cut opening and it was Bale who had the best opportunity to win the match in the final 10 minutes.

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen charged out from his area but his clearance fell only to Benzema, who was quick to find Bale.

But, with Ter Stegen out of his goal, Bale was slow to react, his first touch was wayward and his shot was blocked and cleared.

Transfer news: Liverpool and Chelsea enter race for Real Madrid ace Lucas Vazquez after reported Arsenal offer

1 Jul

Liverpool and Chelsea are interested in signing Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez this summer, according to reports.

Vazquez, 27, is currently representing Spain at the World Cup on the back of a fine season for Los Blancos.

Lucas Vazquez helped Real Madrid to a third successive European Cup

No player made more appearances for Real in 2017/18 than Vazquez, who scored eight goals and created a further 16 in 53 matches.

However, he started only 16 league matches, and has been offered the chance to leave for the Premier League.

According to Marca, Liverpool are interested in signing Vazquez, as they are unlikely to bring his Real and Spain team-mate, Marco Asensio, to Anfield this summer.

The report also claims Chelsea are ‘following developments closely’ as they consider whether to make a rival move for Vazquez.

Liverpool and Chelsea’s interest comes just a few days after Arsenal made a move to sign Vazquez, offering to triple his wages if he left Madrid for north London.

Vazquez is currently representing Spain at the World Cup

Vazquez is understood to be happy at the Bernabeu, although he is aware a move to the Premier League would guarantee an increased salary, and that could convince the 27-year-old to secure a move to England.

 

Arsenal transfer news: Gunners make offer for Real Madrid ace Lucas Vazquez that will triple his current wages

28 Jun

Arsenal have made an offer to sign Lucas Vazquez from Real Madrid, according to reports.

Vazquez, the winger, scored eight goals and created a further 16 in 53 games last season, helping Real win a third successive Champions League.

Vazquez made more appearances than any other Real player last season

The 26-year-old was selected in Spain’s squad for the World Cup, and he appeared in their first two group matches as La Roja secured a round-of-16 knockout tie against Russia by finishing top of Group B.

And now, according to OK Diario, Arsenal have made an offer for Vazquez, with the club’s manager, Unai Emery, keen on bringing him to the Emirates.

The report says that the Gunners are willing to triple Vazquez’s current salary should he move to Arsenal, although it is stated that Real consider Vazquez ‘non-transferable’ this summer.

The winger has a contract until summer 2021, and he’s expected to play a key role under new Los Blancos boss Julen Lopetegui, who managed Vazquez for Spain.

Vazquez is currently representing Spain at the World Cup

Vazquez has spent his entire career at the Bernabeu, representing Real’s C team and B team before making his name in their senior squad. He also enjoyed a successful loan spell with LaLiga side Espanyol in 2014/15.