Gossip: Arsenal eye forward ahead of ‘substantial’ summer move

Date published: Wednesday 13th January 2021 8:56 - Matthew Stead

Arsenal to sign a forward for ‘a substantial fee’ in the summer? It literally could not possibly ever go wrong.

 

A TIMELY MANOR
“They really wanted me and I had a meeting with them but unfortunately it did not work out,” said Manor Solomon of interest from Manchester City in 2017. Four years later and the Shakhtar Donetsk winger, scorer against both Pep Guardiola’s side and Real Madrid in recent times, might get his Premier League wish.

It won’t be with the official owners of the League Cup. The Guardian report that Arsenal ‘are monitoring’ the 21-year-old.

A winter move is unlikely as the Gunners do not have the necessary funds at this time. No specific numbers are mentioned but to sign Solomon would require ‘a substantial fee’ given his fairly lengthy contract.

 

SERG OF INTEREST
It is an absolutely appalling hyphen, for a start. ‘Man City star Sergio Aguero eyed by Barcelona on free transfer with contract having just SIX-MONTHS left,’ report The Sun. But let’s move beyond that to the story itself.

Aguero’s Manchester City deal expires in the summer. He is free to speak to European clubs if and when he so wishes. Barcelona are eager to explore that very option.

They will have competition from Paris Saint-Germain and City themselves might have something to say about the whole situation. But Lionel would surely be happy to welcome a familiar face to the Camp Nou before he immediately leaves.

 

NUNOPE
Defeat to Everton has left Wolves 14th in the Premier League table, a mere three points above Newcastle and 11 points clear of a Fulham side with three games in hand. They genuinely might get dragged in, you know.

But Nuno Espirito Santo won’t be able to rely on new additions to galvanise an already small squad beset by injuries. The Daily Mirror say any potential moves for Divock Origi and Olivier Giroud have been ‘aborted’ due to budget concerns.

Their summer investment – of £83.3m – is mentioned, but that did come after more than £70m was generated in sales. Not that owners Fosun are bothered, because Nuno’s request for ‘more firepower’ will see nothing more than Patrick Cutrone and Morgan Gibbs-White recalled from their respective loan spells.

This could also mean the end to their pursuit of Diego Costa, which is truly heartbreaking.

 

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