Just the four players linked with Arsenal this morning, including a Man Utd flop and a 35-year-old centre-back…
MEMPHIS WALKING INTO ARSENAL?
It’s not been a bad 24 hours or so for Arsenal. After Bukayo Saka signed a new deal, the Gunners humped Norwich before Mikel Arteta made positive noises over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signing a new contract.
If Aubameyang doesn’t commit, however, then Le10 Sport reckon they have an idea of who Arsenal might sign to replace their captain. Apparently, Memphis Depay is chief among the Gunners’ targets if Aubameyang and/or Alexandre Lacazette decide they’ve had enough of this sh*t.
According to the report, no concrete move has yet been made, but Mikel Arteta is said to rate Depay’s talent and personality. Presumably he hasn’t yet sought any references from Manchester United or Wayne Rooney.
Depay is in a strong position since he is a year from the end of his contract. Lyon still hope to persuade the Dutchman to sign new terms but a return to the Premier League supposedly appeals to Depay, as would living in London.
GUNNERS EYE THREE MORE
Depay is just one of the names being whispered in relation to Arsenal…
The Athletic claims the Gunners have stepped up their interest in Thomas Partey but not to the point of showing any willingness to pay the Atletico Madrid midfielder’s £45million release clause. Partey fancies the move but Arsenal are said to expect a hefty discount.
Antoine Griezmann might be up for a switch this summer too. The Daily Express reckons Arsenal and Inter Milan are waiting to rescue Griezmann from his Nou Camp nightmare, but Barcelona won’t just give away a player they bought for £100million a year ago. They’re already resigned to taking a massive hit on Philippe Coutinho, while Griezmann is presumably hoping that he’ll outlast Quique Setien and a new coach – Ronald Koeman, perhaps? – might give him the time of day.
Lastly, Le10 Sport recycle another whisper coming from The Emirates. Word is, the Gunners are hoping David Luiz can have a word in Thiago Silva’s shell-like and convince the PSG defender to join them as a free agent this summer. Which would at least offer one reason for giving Luiz a new contract.
SERGE IN INTEREST FOR SPURS STAR
Speaking of defenders who scare the living sh*t out of their supporters, Serge Aurier could be heading out of Tottenham this summer, with Monaco said to be keen to take the right-back.
Sky Sports says Aurier could be a target for new Monaco sporting director Paul Mitchell, who used to oversee Spurs’ recruitment. Mitchell moved to Monaco earlier this month from RB Leipzig, where he enhanced his reputation as one of the most sought-after transfer gurus in the game. Which presumably he achieved by showing a little more imagination than simply returning to one of his old clubs for one of their cast-offs.
AND THE REST
Manchester City have made signing David Alaba a priority… Alaba wants a massive pay rise to sign a new deal at Bayern… Andreas Christensen is open to a new deal at Chelsea… A swap deal between Arsenal and Roma involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Justin Kluivert is unlikely but Mkhitaryan still appears set to complete a permanent move to the Italian capital… Ronald Koeman is again being linked with the Barcelona job… Manchester United youngster Largie Ramazani is set to join Almeria after turning down a new contract at Old Trafford… Rennes have no intention of selling Eduardo Camavinga to Real Madrid.