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David Luiz Keen On Extending His Stint With Arsenal

Arsenal’s solid centre-back, David Luiz has no plans of leaving the London club as of now, Kia Joorabchian, David Luiz’s agent has informed the media. There has been a lot of talk going about David Luiz’s transfer to Benfica since his statements on his former club.

According to The Athletic, Arsenal paid £8m to Chelsea and £6m to “intermediaries to fix everything up”, in addition to Luiz’s annual salary of £10m. However, Joorabchian insists the figure of £6m paid to intermediaries to broker the deal is inaccurate.

David Luiz
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In an interview with Sky Sports News on Sunday, Joorabchian insisted David Luiz did not want to leave north London, adding the club and player would discuss his future as soon as possible.

David Luiz Has No Plans Of Leaving Arsenal Anytime Soon

“He’s very happy at Arsenal,” Joorabchian said. “He has an extremely good relationship with both the coach and the sporting director. He has good relationships all throughout the club, right up to the owner. He respects everybody,” Joorabchian added.

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“Arsenal had an option, which expired. We also had a pandemic [coronavirus]. So the option expired in the middle of the pandemic. We are all very aware of that situation and we are all trying, very slowly, to get back to this ‘new normal’, Joorabchian further said.

David Luiz Will Sit With The Arsenal Board Before The Next Season: Joorabchian

“These contract situations, these renewals, if he stays or if he goes… will all sort themselves out when we get back to some kind of ‘new normal’, Joorabchian said.

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David Luiz Image Credits: Goal.com

“David will sit down with Arsenal before the season begins, have his conversations and they will both decide if he will stay or not. That will come before the season starts. The chances are very high [of Luiz being at Arsenal next season]. There is no desire to leave,” Joorabchian added.

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Moise Kean, Malcom, Junior Firpo
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Transfer report: Moise Kean, Malcom and Junior Firpo

The article sums up the latest transfer of players across Europe

Moise Kean – Juventus to Everton:

Moise Kean, Malcom, Junior Firpo
Moise Kean in Everton (Image Credit: Google)

19-year-old Moise Kean joins Everton from Juventus in a deal worth £27.5 million. The Italian forward signed a 5-year contract at Goodison Park. Kean became Everton’s 5th summer signing. The blues have prior announced the signings of Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin and keeper Jonas Lössl.

In an interview, after the signing was made official Kean said: “I am very proud and honoured to wear the Everton shirt. I will give my best to this team. I was convinced to sign because Everton is a club looking to the future and so am I, I know about the size of the Club.”

Malcom – FC Barcelona to Zenit St. Petersburg:

Moise Kean, Malcom, Junior Firpo
Malcom (Image Credit: Google)

FC Barcelona and Zenit St. Petersburg have agreed a €40 million fee for Brazilian forward, Malcom. The 22-year-old is set to join the Russian side only one year after joining Barcelona from FC Girondins de Bordeaux for a similar fee.

Malcom made 24 appearances for Barcelona and scored 4 goals, helping them in winning the La Liga 2018/19. Last summer, Barcelona had hijacked Roma’s move for Malcom at the last moment. The club and player had agreed to a move when Barcelona stepped in and convinced the player to come to the Camp Nou.

Junior Firpo – Real Betis to FC Barcelona:

Moise Kean, Malcom, Junior Firpo
Junior Firpo (Image Credit: Google)

FC Barcelona have signed left-back, Junior Firpo from Real Betis for €18 million-plus €12 million in variables. The 22-year-old will sign a 5-year contract with Barca, until June 30, 2024, with a release clause of 200 million euros.

He comes from the Real Betis academy and made his first-team debut in 2018. Since then, he has been a regular at the club. He made 29 appearances for the club last season, scoring thrice and providing five assists.

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Arsenal Transfer Business: Spending reaches almost £100 m as 14 leaves club

Arsenal opted against bringing in any new faces on transfer deadline day after Arsene Wenger’s spending reached nearly £100 million as 14 players exit Emirates.

The Gunners announced the signings of both Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi on Tuesday.

The pair cost a combined total of £52m with former Deportivo La Coruna star Lucas the man charged with leading Arsenal’s frontline this season.

Wenger was keen to add more firepower up front to accompany Olivier Giroud, having made failed approaches for Jamie Vardy and Alexandre Lacazette.

With the deadline looming, Arsenal switched their attention to 27-year-old Lucas following his solid season in La Liga.

Meanwhile in defence, Per Mertesacker and Gabriel’s long term injuries left Wenger desperate for experience at the back.

Mustafi was chased for some time and the Gunners finally agreed a fee with Valencia to bring the Germany international to north London.

Earlier in the summer, defensive midfielder Granit Xhaka was introduced for a hefty £34m, as were English youngster Rob Holding and Japan forward Takuma Asano.

The latter has been sent out on loan though since to Stuttgart, with another 13 players leaving Arsenal over the summer.

Yesterday, England star Jack Wilshere secured his loan move to Bournemouth as the 24-year-old went in search of more regular game time.

Another deadline day departure was midfielder Glen Kamara who joined Colchester until January.

Elsewhere, Dan Crowley (Oxford), Jon Toral (Granada), Wojciech Szczesny (Roma), Joel Campbell (Sporting Lisbon) and Calum Chambers (Middlesbrough) all left on loan.

Permanently heading out of Arsenal were Serge Gnabry, Isaac Hayden, Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky, Mathieu Flamini and Wellington Silva.

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Major Twist: No more striker hunt for Chelsea, Conte has SPECIAL transfer plan

Chelsea set to abandon their pursuit of a top striker in order to focus on signing defensive targets, latest reports revealed.

This could bring some good news for the Blues’ EPL rivals, as Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool all have been locked horn with Chelsea battling it out for the ongoing striker hunt. Be it Morata or James Rodriguez, or may be Icardi, Gabigol – the summer transfer window so far saw some exciting rumours flying around.

Antonio Conte’s side are expected to be among the busier clubs in the market ahead of the transfer window closing and had been thought to be pursuing a new attacker.

But after failed attempts to bring the likes of Alvaro Morata and Romelu Lukaku to Stamford Bridge, Conte is now ready to give up on landing a new frontman.

The Italian boss is instead fully focused on bringing defensive recruits to the club, according to the Telegraph.

He is already without Kurt Zouma due to a long-standing knee injury and is keen to add to his back-line before deadline day on 31 August.

Alessio Romagnoli is their top centre-back target and they are locked in negotiations with AC Milan.

Should they fail to land the 21-year-old, Torino centre-half Nikola Maksimovic could be on his way.

Conte is also keen to bring a full-back in with Ricardo Rodriguez and Stephan Lichtsteiner both on his radar.

One thing’s for sure, Chelsea’s summer business is not done yet.

Conte’s predicament was accentuated on Tuesday [23 August] when 19-year-old debutant Ola Aina was taken off during the 3-2 win over Bristol Rovers in EFL the action at Stamford Bridge.

The blow leaves the club short of options heading into the fulcrum of the campaign which will stretch the 47-year-old’s squad to its limit.

“I hope the injury to Aina is not serious because if it is we will only have four defenders for Burnley. I’m a bit worried,” Conte told Sky Sports. “The situation with the market, I’d rather speak with the club about transfers and we stay in contact every day. We are trying to find the right solution to improve this team. It’s right to pay the player in the right way.”

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Joke of the day: Arsenal employee quits job blaming Wenger, you won’t believe the reason!

A bizarre letter is going viral on social media on Monday, as an Arsenal employee has quit his job just to force Arsene Wenger into buying new players this summer.

The Gunners drew 0-0 at Leicester on Saturday, while as soon as the full-time whistle blew, it felt like the entire Gooners away support were shouting for Wenger to resign.

In his post-match interview, Wenger was once again grilled about Arsenal’s lack of spending in the summer.

The Frenchman in reply made an astonishing statement. He claimed that one of the reasons Arsenal have had limited spending this summer is due to the club’s responsibilities in making sure all 600 employees at the club get paid.

That’s provoked the following Arsenal fan to quit the job.

The Arsenal fan revealed how he worked in the club shop for 7.20 pounds per hour, while his yearly wage adds up to what Theo Walcott earns in one week.

Here is the letter for you.


if Arsenal go on a storming run in the Premier League and narrowly miss out on the title then there could (just) be a case to be made for him staying on.

But it is hard to see Arsenal getting to where they want to be now with Wenger as their manager. A discussion should take place at the end of the season with Wenger offered the role of director of football. He is perfect for that job. He should not simply leave the club.

It is awful to argue that managers should lose their jobs but Wenger’s position at Arsenal has to be looked at hard-headedly.

The club needs a change. Be careful what you wish for, they say, and point to Manchester United as evidence: but that is only if the wrong choices are made as to who succeeds Wenger. Arsenal need fresh impetus, a new start. Wenger cannot provide that.

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Wenger gives shocking update on Arsenal’s last minute transfer plan!

Arsene Wenger has insisted that signing a new striker is not a certainty as the transfer window edges closer to deadline day.

The vastly experienced Arsenal boss is in search of a centre-back to fill the void left by injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel, but many have urged him to sign a goalscorer as well with Danny Welbeck sidelined.

When asked ahead of the Leicester City game about the possibility of bringing in a new striker, Wenger revealed he would not mind keeping faith in the current options in his squad.

“We have a few strikers who have a chance, if we find the right players we buy.” he said “It is not that easy – look at a club like Real Madrid, who have they bought? Up front, it is very difficult”

Asked if Chuba Akpom was in his plans, the Frenchman added: “Theo as well, it is an important season for Theo, because last year he had a difficult period.

“He can play as a striker and his numbers are excellent when he plays up front, we have Giroud, Sanchez, Walcott, Akpom and (Yaya) Sanogo who is still here but is injured at the moment – the players we buy have to be better.”

After the 0-0 draw with Claudio Ranieri’s men, Wenger added that his main striker would need a couple of games to redeem his form.

“Giroud does not look completely ready physically but that should improve every week now.” he said.

Wenger has bought midfield man Granit Xhaka from Borussia Moenchengladbach for £35m this summer as well as £2m on 20-year-old Rob Holding, who was excellent against Leicester.

Arsenal are hoping to do a £25m deal for Valencia central defender Shkodran Mustafi before the transfer deadline.

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Chelsea fans be ready to celebrate: Conte reveals his transfer plans for rest of the window

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has revealed he hasn’t ruled anything out with the transfer window coming to a close.

With the August 31 deadline coming up, the Italian believes he could still add to his Blues side.

Conte was speaking after his side picked up three points in their Premier League opener against West Ham at Stamford Bridge.

He said: “It’s important to have contact every day with the club.

“The market is very crazy, the club knows my ideas and it’s important to find the right solution to improve this team, not to buy for the sake of it.

“We are waiting for the right solution but I’m very happy to have these players because every day they show me a great attitude.

“There are two weeks and we’ll pay attention if we find the right solution that’s fine.”

Chelsea have so far only signed two players, N’Golo Kante from champions Leicester and Michy Batshuayi from French side Marseille.

But they have been linked with Everton striker Romelu Lukaku and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly in recent weeks.

The Blues are desperate to compete for the Premier League title once again after a disastrous last season which saw them finish 10th.

Antonio Conte will primarily be delighted that his Chelsea reign has started with a victory, thanks to Diego Costa’s late goal in the 2-1 win over West Ham, but he’ll also be reasonably pleased with his side’s overall performance.

Chelsea lacked creativity in central positions and generated few clear-cut chances, but the structure of the side was obvious, and Chelsea controlled the game for long periods.

The Italian was famed for his 3-5-2 formation at Juventus and arrived at Chelsea determined to play the 4-2-4 system once considered his forte, but this was unashamedly a 4-3-3, the shape Chelsea have played on and off since Jose Mourinho’s arrival in 2004.

It might be a new era, but this was a familiar system, with N’Golo Kante the only major arrival. Even then, it felt somehow natural to see him sitting deep in the Makelele role.

 

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Shocking: Mourinho facing REVOLT as players not happy under new United boss

The Portuguese boss recorded his first win in charge of the Red Devils in the Premier League yesterday with a 3-1 win over Bournemouth.

The victory was satisfying enough for the new manager, even if this was a victory achieved against a side who looked a shadow of the vibrant team that enjoyed its first season in the top-flight last year, and there was no shortage of other positives for Mourinho to focus on.

Most notable was the performance of two of his four high-profile signings with Zlatan Ibrahimovic continued his remarkable record of scoring on his league debut — the striker has now scored on his first appearance in La Liga, Serie A, La Ligue, the Champions League and the Premier League — and Eric Bailly looked impressively solid at the heart of the back four.

There were also a telling, if the inconsistent contribution from Wayne Rooney, who added the second goal, while Juan Mata, restored to the starting line-up just a week after he was humiliated at Wembley after finding himself a substituted substitute, scored the important opening goal five minutes before half-time.

And it seems United’s impressive win over the Cherries has been down to Mourinho’s strict regime off the field. According to The Sun, Mourinho has had partition built at the club’s training ground to separate his first-team stars from the rest of the squad.

Mourinho is keen on building a close-knit group and doesn’t want interference from people who don’t fit into his plans.

He has already understood to have told several stars they won’t feature under him, including Bastian Schweinsteiger, Andreas Pereira, and Adnan Januzaj – with the latter recently completing a loan switch to Sunderland to join up with Donald Love and Paddy McNair.

Mourinho’s treatment of Januzaj by forcing him to train with the reserves is said to have forced him into leaving.

The report claims those that have been outcasted by Mourinho’s actions are frustrated and morale inside the camp is low.

Pereira is understood to be pushing for a loan move in order to earn regular football, while Schweinsteiger his attracting interest from European clubs

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte handed £140m for summer transfer window!

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is planning a significant assault on the transfer window before it closes after being handed a massive £140m war-chest to strengthen his squad, according to  the Daily Express.

The Blues have already added two marquee signings in N’Golo Kante from Leicester City and exciting Belgian attacker Michy Batshuayi, but the Italian manager is determined to bolster his squad even further as he seeks Premier League title glory in his first season in at Stamford Bridge.

With this fresh injection of cash, Conte is expected to pursue deals for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and Everton striker Romelu Lukaku. Chelsea are believed to have already had a £42m bid turned down for the defender, while they have been courting their former striker all summer – who, pertinently, has expressed a desire to leave Goodison Park.

According to the Express’s report, Chelsea are willing to exercise patience stretching to the transfer deadline day for Lukaku, but are expected to accelerate their interest in Koulibaly.

Both players are purported to be interested in a move to Stamford Bridge, but prising them away from their respective clubs may be a protracted process, especially with Everton preparing a bumper new contract for the Belgian striker.

Chelsea have also been linked with Santos midfielder Thiago Maia, who would cost in the region of £15m.

Interestingly, Chelsea coach Carlo Cudicini assured one restless fan on Twitter that the club is doing everything in its power to build a squad necessary to wrestle back the Premier League title.

“I appreciate your desire to help, but rest assured, the Club is doing everything they can to build a competitive team,” he wrote.

 

Mourinho believes Chelsea have a ‘much easier’ schedule than Manchester United next season.
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Manchester United in crisis: Mourinho wants to sell at least 3 star players

Jose Mourinho won’t be able to make any more signings until the club offload some players and the Portuguese boss has reportedly identified three players whom he wants to offload to raise money. The players are believed to be Daley Blind, Schweinsteiger and Adnan Januzaj.

Januzaj’s move to Sunderland is almost done deal, but Schweinsteiger remains in doubt as United yet to identify a suitable buyer. Schalke, Inter Milan have shown interest but the German midfielder’s huge wage seems to the main problem.

Blind have already told that he wants to stay at Manchester United but the new Old Trafford boss thinks a bit different. He has believed to be decided the Dutchman’s future and it’s not at United.

The Portuguese boss is keen to add another defender to his ranks during the transfer window.

He has already brought in Eric Bailly to bolster his defence, while marquee signings Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all made the move to Manchester.

But ESPN claims Mourinho has been told by club officials that his transfer plans will be put on hold until more players are shipped out.

Mourinho is thought to be willing to axe around 10 players including big names like Adnan Januzaj and Bastian Schweinsteiger, while Juan Mata’s future also looks uncertain.

The only players that have so far been sold for a fee are Paddy McNair and Donald Love. The young duo both completed moves to Sunderland yesterday for a combined £5.5m.

United kick off their Premier League campaign with a trip to Bournemouth on Sunday.

The new Premier League season brings a renewed sense of belief and excitement to the Manchester United supporters as the Jose Mourinho era takes shape.

Having missed out on Champions League football in two of the past three seasons, a return to Europe’s top club competition is a must.

When he was officially unveiled as the new manager Mourinho, made it clear he wanted to make four signings to help revitalise an underperforming United squad.

In the past few days the 53-year-old has got his wish following the signing of Paul Pogba, who returns to the club from Juventus to add real quality in midfield.

The summer started off with central defender Eric Bailly joining from Villarreal who has already looked at home in the heart of defence in pre-season friendlies. Next came, the one and only Zlatan Ibrahimović who brings a wealth of top level experience and appears to be getting better with age.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s arrival the club is the one, United arguably needed the most, a player who can pick out a pass and knows where the back of the net is.