Arsenal Hoping to Continue Transfer Spree With Move for Barcelona Midfield Ace

​Unai Emery is currently in the process of rejuvenating his newly-inherited ​Arsenal squad, and it appears as though he has identified ​Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes as his next target.

Gomes has struggled to make an impact on the first team at Barcelona and has regularly faced criticism from supporters who believe that the 24-year-old is simply not good enough for the team.

The report comes from French outlet ​Paris United, who wrote: “Arsenal have opened talks with Andre Gomes. FC Barcelona will not keep him.”

The Portuguese midfielder has been subject to transfer rumours for a while, with his name linked to the likes of ​Tottenham and ​Chelsea. However, ​Sport have reported that Arsenal and ​Juventus are the two teams with the most interest in Gomes.

Sport claim: “At the moment, there are two clubs who appear to tick all the boxes: Arsenal and Juventus. “

Barcelona v Atletico Madrid - La Liga

“They still need to agree on a fee though, with Barcelona valuing him at €20m. However, neither Juve nor Arsenal are willing to pay that much and the most likely scenario is reaching a compromise of around €18m.”

The report states that Gomes will not travel with the Barcelona squad for their pre-season, in order to secure a permanent transfer away.

Their valuation of around £18m would leave the club making a loss on Gomes, who they signed from Valencia for around £33m in 2016. Barcelona are keen to recuperate as much of their initial fee as possible, with Sport claiming that the Catalan giants are insisting on a clause which would gift them a percentage of any future transfer which Gomes may make.

Barcelona v Atletico Madrid - La Liga

Last season, Gomes made 31 appearances for Barcelona, but only started 12 of those matches. Furthermore, he only completed 90 minutes in six of those appearances. He managed to register one assist in his 31 appearances, and it appears as though Barcelona are unconvinced by Gomes.

Arsenal already have multiple options in the centre of midfield, including new signing Lucas Torreira, but it remains to be seen how Emery will incorporate all these midfielders, or whether he will look to sell some to make space for Gomes.


Report Confirms Scottish Giants Celtic Seal Signing of 16-Year-Old Arsenal Starlet

Celtic have won the race to sign highly rated 16-year-old ​Arsenal youth player Armstrong Okoflex.

The youngster, who has represented both England and Ireland at youth level, can play as a left winger or a striker and made seven appearances for Arsenal’s Under-18s last season.

Okoflex turned 16 in March and had trials at West Ham and Tottenham before opting to sign for the Gunners at the age of 11 and served five years at the club before making the move to Glasgow.

Neither Arsenal or Celtic have officially confirmed the news at this stage, but Twitter captured the teenager turning up outside Celtic Park as well as having pictures taken pitch side with the iconic hooped green and white shirt, while ​the Scottish Sun have confirmed the deal has gone through.

He spoke to the Irish Times last summer about what nation he feels more connected to. He said: “Ireland is where I’m from, but England is financially better, and the grounds are amazing.

“I enjoy playing with both but obviously I’m Irish, so I feel the connection with them.”

Okoflex will join up with the Celtic academy under the watchful eye of Hoops Under-20 coach Tommy McIntyre and head of youth and academy Chris McCart who will carefully analyse his development over the next few years.


Arsenal & Chelsea Look Set to Lose Out to Serie A Giants in Race for World Cup Star

CSKA Moscow and Russia midfielder Aleksandr Golovin appears to be favouring a move to ​Serie A champions ​Juventus over ​Chelsea and ​Arsenal. 

According to reports from ​Tuttosport, ​the 22-year-old seems to prefer a transfer to Juventus because they can offer Champions League football, something that both Chelsea and Arsenal cannot after finishing fifth and sixth in last season’s ​Premier League respectively. 

Russia v Croatia: Quarter Final - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

The same report also claims that the Blues were initially leading the chase to sign the Russian, but the Turin-based side now look to be the front-runners for Golovin’s signature off the back of an impressive ​World Cup.

Golovin starred for Russia as the hosts reached the quarter finals, scoring once and providing two assists which saw his stock rise even further after a promising campaign for CSKA Moscow. 

With a €30m asking price placed on Golovin’s head, it seems that Juventus are willing to meet it in what has already been a busy and expensive summer at the club.

Having already signed the likes of ​Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Cancelo, Mattia Perin and Emre Can, while also signing Douglas Costa permanently following a two year loan spell, the arrival of Golovin will only strengthen Max Allegri’s squad as they look to mount a serious challenge in next season’s Champions League.


​​For Arsenal, it could mean an end to their summer transfer business following comments made by Unai Emery, while ​Chelsea have looked to start their recruitment drive after naming Maurizio Sarri as their new manager, by ​announcing the signing of Napoli midfielder Jorginho. 


6 Players Who Could Follow Cristiano Ronaldo Out of Real Madrid This Summer

The world of football was left in a state of shock on Tuesday after Cristiano Ronaldo signed for Juventus, bringing his glorious nine-year stint at Real Madrid to an end after scoring 450 goals in 438 games and winning 15 trophies with the Spanish giants.

It was a move some people thought would never happen. Every year Ronaldo is linked with the Madrid exit door, only to sign a new and more lucrative deal and enjoy another stellar season at the Bernabeu. Now that the move has actually happened, people have been left speculating on what could happen next.

With Madrid’s talisman gone, who could be set to follow the Portuguese forward’s example in seeking pastures new? Here are seven players who could be set to join Ronaldo in leaving Real Madrid this summer.

1. Mateo Kovacic

A strong technical player with the ability to make powerful driving runs with the ball, Kovacic is good enough to walk into almost any team in Europe. Yet even this is not enough for the Croatian midfielder to nail down a first-team place at Real Madrid, especially with the likes of international teammate Luka Modric to compete with.

A host of Premier League clubs, including Manchester United and Tottenham, are reportedly interested in securing Kovacic’s signature and it looks increasingly likely that the midfielder will be playing elsewhere come the start of the new season.

2. Marcelo

One of the longest-serving players at Madrid having signed in 2007, it’s hard to remember a time when Marcelo wasn’t bombing up and down the left flank for Los Blancos

Regarded by many as the world’s best left-back, the Brazilian is one of the definitive players of Real Madrid in the 21st century and will be sorely missed when he goes.

However, reports in Italy suggest this could be sooner rather than later. Calciomercato are reporting that Marcelo could be set to follow Ronaldo to Juventus, with the two players known to be close friends from their time together at Madrid. Should the move take place, it would represent quite the summer’s transfer business for the Bianconeri.

3. Gareth Bale

Having struggled to secure a place for himself in Zinedine Zidane’s side during the Frenchman’s two years in charge of Madrid, Bale looked almost certain to be moving on a few months ago. Since then, however, a few things have changed.

First of all, Bale helped Madrid win the Champions League by scoring twice in the final, including a jaw-dropping overhead kick which many labelled the greatest ever Champions League final goal.

Secondly, Zidane departed, with former Spain boss Julen Lopetegui drafted in to replace him. Under a new manager, Bale could be given the chance to prove his worth to the club and cement his place as a starting XI player.

Finally, the departure of Ronaldo gives Bale an opportunity to stake his claim as Madrid’s main attacking outlet in the Portuguese forward’s absence. Bale has spent his entire Madrid career in Ronaldo’s shadow – will this be his chance to shine, or will he too be heading for the exit door this summer?

4. Karim Benzema

Another long-serving Madrid player, joining the club in 2009 like Ronaldo from French side Lyon, Benzema has often been labelled by fans and pundits as surplus to requirements despite scoring nearly 200 goals during his time at the Bernabeu.

New manager Lopetegui is rumoured to be considering giving his main striker the axe this summer, with a view to signing a new man to lead the line going forward. Could this finally be the year Benzema moves on? If so, there will surely be a host of clubs lining up for the 30-year-old’s signature.

5. Keylor Navas

Keylor Navas has been virtually unchallenged as Madrid’s number one during is four years at the club, having signed from Levante in 2014. 

While the keeper is capable of producing some stunning saves, doubts still remain over the Costa Rica international’s all-round game and whether or not Madrid could do better.

Rumours persist that Madrid are keen to do a deal for Roma’s goalkeeper Alisson, who has impressed in Serie A and become Brazil’s first-choice stopper over the past two years. 

With Madrid now flush with cash following the Ronaldo sale, Florentino Perez could finally be prepared to meet the Italian side’s heft asking price for the player.

6. Marco Asensio

Last week, the internet was abuzz with rumours that 22-year-old winger Asensio could be set for a shock departure from Madrid, with Liverpool reportedly keen to build their future side around the Spaniard.

However, Asensio now seems likely to remain at Madrid for the time being after his agent told the press he would definitely be staying at the club. One for the future, perhaps?


Unai Emery Explains ‘Tactical and Technical’ Decision to Sell Superstar Jack Wilshere

​Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has revealed the finer details of his conversation with Jack Wilshere which influenced the 26-year-old to leave the club. 

The England international had been at the north London club since the age of nine, but left the Gunners last month to join ​West Ham United on a free transfer after Emery could not guarantee him first-team football at the Emirates Stadium next season. 

And Emery, who took over from legendary boss Arsene Wenger in May of this year, ​told the official club website, “the conversation with Wilshere was a very good conversation, very directly, together.

“I explained to him my opinion and how I wanted to create the team, and I wasn’t sure he was going to play in the 11 players.”

Wilshere had become a fan favourite at Arsenal, making 197 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners in a ten-year spell between 2008 and 2018. During this time, he won two back-to-back FA Cups in 2014 and 2015 and earned the PFA Young Player of the Year award in 2011.


And new boss Emery understood Wilshere’s connection with the Arsenal fanbase, and explained that decision to part company was difficult for both sides.

“He explained to me that the decision was not easy for him, but he wanted to choose the best option for him, and every time it is with respect.

“I know this player is important here for the supporters and he grew up here in Arsenal, but I can’t guarantee him a place in the starting line-up. It was a tactical, technical decision”.

Arsenal v Norwich City - Carabao Cup Fourth Round

Despite enduring a injury-plagued career in North London, Wilshere made 20 league appearances for Arsenal last season, and also made 13 Europa League appearances for the Gunners as they reached the semi-final of the competition. 

And if he remains fit for the start of the season, he will be in line to play on his return to the Emirates Stadium on 27th August, when West Ham visit Arsenal in the ​Premier League.