Gossip: Turan to replace Ozil; Robertson, Varane

Date published: Saturday 22nd April 2017 11:04 - Ian Watson

Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Arda Turan from Barcelona, supposedly to replace Mesut Ozil.

That is according to The Sun, which repeats a CNN Turk report that Barca are ready to let the midfielder leave with Arsenal at the front of the queue.

Turan is attracting interest from China – who isn’t? – but the former Atletico Madrid star would prefer a move to the Premier League.

The Turkey international has scored 13 goals and contributed seven assists in 29 appearances for Barca this term, with 19 of those coming as starts. That is a pretty reasonable record for a midfielder that has failed to convince the Catalans, but still they are prepared to cut their losses, supposedly at a loss of around £8million.


Liverpool are “closing in on an £8million deal for Hull left-back Andrew Robertson”, according to the Daily Mail.

Jurgen Klopp wants shot of Alberto Moreno in the summer and despite James Milner’s performances on the left side of his defence, the manager is said to want at least one specialist in the position.

Mike Keegan’s story claims Robertson “fits the bill at an acceptable price”, especially since Klopp is supposedly keen to recruit a couple of left-backs during the coming transfer window.

Robertson joined Hull in 2014 from Dundee United, who are reportedly due 10 per cent of any fee Hull receive for the 23-year-old. The Scotland defender has been an ever-present in the Premier League since Marco Silva’s arrival, scoring one goal and creating a couple more in the new manager’s 12 games in charge.


Jose Mourinho supposedly wants Alvaro Morata and Raphael Varane from Real Madrid in exchange for David De Gea.

Reports this week suggested Real are willing to pay £60million for the United keeper, though that figure and The Sun’s report today certainly don’t add up.

Morata is valued at £50million, and that is for a striker Real are prepared to get rid of. They are rather less happy at the prospect of losing defender Varane, but as Rene Meulensteen said on Friday, United have to find a way to get the most out of any deal if they are to lose their brilliant keeper.

It all sounds like both sides establishing their starting position in negotiations. Strap in, it’s going to be a long summer…


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