Gossip: The Ox, Toprak, Calhanoglu, Aubameyang

Date published: Wednesday 9th March 2016 9:56

There have been a number of whispers about the future of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with West Ham mentioned in more than passing. Weirdly, people won’t stop talking about Manchester City.

The Times say that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a target of Pep Guardiola when he takes over at City this summer.

We’re not doubting the validity of the rumour, but there are a few things to say here:

1) Oxlade-Chamberlain wants to leave Arsenal because he isn’t getting enough first-team football.
2) City have Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and David Silva already.
3) City are also likely to buy another attacking player who will command a first-team place.

The point is obvious. Is Oxlade-Chamberlain really likely to get more league minutes at City than at Arsenal?

This is a player who has stagnated at his club, we don’t know what he does and he is a Plan B at Arsenal.

It’s definitely not a story manufactured by an agent because the most glamorous interest so far has come from West Ham.


Manchester United are interested in signing three Bayer Leverkusen players, including defender Omer Toprak, 26, midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, 22, and forward Karim Bellarabi, 25. According to German publication, Bild, United have sent scouts to watch all three.

Top of the list is centre-half Toprak. The Turkish will not come cheap. A transfer fee of approaching £28million being suggested.

Toprak has played 159 times in all competitions since joining the Bundesliga club in 2011 and has also generated interest from Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid, but he is contracted until 2018.

The interest in fellow Turk Calhanoglu is nothing new, An attacking midfielder known as something of a set-piece specialist, Calhanoglu is also rated in the £30m bracket.

Forward Bellarabi, meanwhile, has not previously been linked with United, but has been mentioned as a possible target for Liverpool and Arsenal. The German is capable of playing on the left or right of an attacking three.

It’s unlikely United will sign all three, but we’re told that they would have to spend up to £90million to land all three players.


On November 21, The Sun told us that Chelsea could sign Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

On January 2, The Sun told us that Arsenal were eyeing up a move for Aubameyang.

On February 14, The Sun told us that Manchester United could sign Aubameyang. They mocked him up in a United shirt.

On Wednesday, Antony Kastrinakis has an ‘exclusive’ that Aubameyang is not for sale this summer and will not be leaving Dortmund. That’s what we thought all along.


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