Arsenal Join Rivals Tottenham & Host of European Clubs in Race to Sign Rising Turkish Star

​Arsenal are eyeing up a summer move for Trabzonspor attacking midfielder Yusuf Yazici, according to reports from Turkey. 

A whole host of European clubs are said to be readying to battle to sign the 21-year-old Turkey international with the Gunners just the latest team to throw their hat into the ring. 

Turkish newspaper ​Gunes claim to have the inside scoop that Arsene Wenger is interested in bringing Yazici to the Emirates and somehow even know that the Gunners boss has been watching the young midfielder on TV. 

Yazici’s agent, Dr Erkut Sogut, happens to also represent Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi, which could give the Gunners an edge in possible transfer negotiations.

Arsenal would join the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, and North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in pursuit of Yazici this summer, with the young midfielder seemingly turning heads across Europe.

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Yazici is enjoying a breakout season with Trabzonspor where he has scored five goals and registered seven assists in the Turkish Super Lig this term. Standing at over six foot, Yazici commands a strong physical presence as well as attacking flair which could be well suited to the Premier League. 

Gunes report that Yazici is valued at around £17.5m. Tottenham were reportedly ramping up their interest in the midfielder earlier this season and were expected to launch a bid in the January transfer window. No such deal materialised and the battle to sign the Yazici is expected to be won this summer.  

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Trabzonspor will be reluctant to part with their biggest asset and could demand a hefty transfer fee from any interested club. But after continuing to impress in Turkey over the last 12 months, Yazici could be tempted to a big European club. 

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Agent Reveals How Arsenal Star Almost Joined Liverpool Prior to His Move to the Bundesliga in 2013

​Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan might have become a Premier League player several years before he joined Manchester United in 2016, according to sensational claims by his former agent Dimitry Seluk.

Speaking to ​These Football Times (via ​men’s lifestyle website Joe), Seluk claimed his former client could have joined Liverpool instead of Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund, whom he joined in 2013:

“If we hadn’t parted ways with Henrikh, he would have been a Liverpool player.”

​​Seluk represented the Armenia international when he was still playing for little-known Ukranian side Metaluruh Donetsk.

However, according to the agent, his working relationship with Mkhitaryan became untenable after Seluk fell out with Metaluruh owner Oleg Mkrtchyan – and because the agent was involved in a dispute with the Armenian FA, whose employees included Mkhitaryan’s mother:

“I had a conflict with Mkrtchyan who sold another one of my clients, Aras Özbiliz, to Spartak Moscow for €8m but made it look like it was €2m. I also had a conflict with Armenian football federation where Mkhitaryan’s mother worked.

“Eventually, we parted ways with him because of that whole situation,” said Seluk.

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Seluk claims he had already been in contact with the Reds by the time Borussia Dortmund had offered €27m for Mkhitaryan – who by then was a Shakhtar Donetsk player:

“I had already talked to Liverpool who were also interested in Mkhitaryan and wanted to sign him.”

However, the Armenian had new representation by then and he moved to Dortmund instead.


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Liverpool fans may have mixed feelings about what might have been. Mkhitaryan was one of the Bundesliga’s outstanding players in his three years at Dortmund, and was voted best player in the Bundesliga in the 2015/16 season.

However, he failed to make an impact in the Premier League after his high-profile move to Manchester United in 2016, and has enjoyed mixed fortunes since moving to the Gunners this year.

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Manchester United & Arsenal Both Reportedly Sending Scouts to Track Highly Rated Benfica Winger

Andrija Zivkovic may not be a household name yet, but the young Serbian winger could be set for a sensational Premier League switch following a strong season at Benfica.

Manchester United and Arsenal are amongst the teams tracking the star, with both sides having scouts in attendance for a top of the table clash with Porto.

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Primeira Liga has proved a great source of talent for decades, English clubs cast an eye over several targets, in this match. The Premier League powerhouses were joined by representatives from Everton, Leicester, Liverpool, West Ham, Tottenham, Aston Villa, Southampton, and Swansea.

Whilst there was plenty of talent on display, The Sun believes United and Arsenal only had eyes for upcoming star Zivkovic. The two famous clubs are no stranger to competing with each other and could be set to go head to head again to secure the Serbian’s signature.

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Zivkovic came through the ranks at Partizan Belgrade, making his professional debut at the age of 16. The player quickly found himself a regular in the side the following season, scoring a total of 24 goals in an additional 92 appearances.

He went onto to play an integral role in Serbia’s 2015 Under-20’s World Cup winning side, providing two goals and two assists on route to the final.

He caught the attention of Benfica who kept close tabs on the player before bringing him in on a free transfer after his Partizan contract expired in 2016. Zivkovic has gone on to bag four goals in 49 appearances since his arrival, helping Benfica to a league and cup double in his first season.

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Performances have not gone unnoticed with Zivkovic now drawing suitors from some of Europe’s top teams. Benfica will be eager to hold onto their young prospect, but have struggled when the top sides have come knocking in the past.


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With Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho’s sides offering a very different prospect in terms of style of play, the preference could come down to the player. 

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Arsenal Reportedly Set to Beat Spurs & Man City in Race for £30m-Rated English Youngster

Arsenal are reportedly ready to beat Manchester City and Tottenham to the signing of Norwich’s attacking midfielder James Maddison, after the 21-year-old’s impressive first full season for the Canaries.

Maddison has scored 15 for the Championship club this season and registered eight assists. He is expected to leave Carrow Road this summer, but Arsenal are not the only potential suitor. 

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According to ​Metro, ​Everton, Southampton, Brighton and Leicester are also set to join the top Premier League clubs in the race for Maddison’s signature, and will be able to offer him more game time to develop than the league’s elite. 

But Norwich are expected to want a fee of around £30m, which may put some of the league’s lower placed clubs on the back foot in the chase for the England Under-21 international. 

Maddison is reportedly earning £13,000-a-week at Norwich after his move from League One side Peterborough last year.

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The mid table Championship club’s parachute payments end this season and will likely be making budget cuts in the summer, meaning Norwich will be unable to match the wages Premier League clubs can offer. 

Maddison looks ready for a Premier League move but who will get his services is still unclear. He was recently named in Championship’s PFA Team of Year in midfield, alongside Wolverhampton Wanderer’s Ruben Neves, Fulham’s Tom Cairney and Bristol City’s Bobby Reid.

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Arsenal will be looking to rebuild this summer for an improved Premier League season next campaign, and Arsene Wenger has a proven track record in developing young talent.

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Tottenham Set for 3-Club Summer Transfer Battle As Leicester Set Defender’s Price at £50m

​​Tottenham have reportedly entered into a three-club race to sign ​Leicester City defender Harry Maguire, who has been valued at a whopping £50m.

Manchester United and Arsenal are thought to be battling with Spurs to sign the England international, according to ​The Sun.

The report claims that Leicester have already rejected two verbal offers for Maguire – thought to be over £40m – as they bid to keep hold of the 25-year-old. However, if the chasing clubs agree to splash out to secure the defender, the Foxes could have no choice but to let him depart the King Power stadium this summer.  

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The Foxes are thought to be hoping that a good shift at the World Cup could allow them to rise Maguire’s price tag to three times the £17m that they paid Hull City for him last summer.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino reportedly sees Maguire as a possible replacement for Toby Alderweireld, who has failed to agree terms for a new contract with the north London club, and has not appeared for Spurs in the ​Premier League since he returned from injury at the beginning of the year.

However, Pochettino has already revealed how ​he plans to get his business done before the World Cup kicks off, to avoid performances in Russia altering a players value. Therefore, if Leicester are insisting on holding off until the conclusion of the tournament, a deal could be off the table.

If Alderweireld was to depart Spurs in the summer, Maguire could be an option to replace the talented centre-back. However, Alderweireld’s experience and ability will be near impossible to match, and the north London club would ideally keep hold of the 29-year-old. 


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Meanwhile, 21-year-old Davinson Sanchez has already made that spot his own in the Belgians absence, so unless Pochettino reverts back to a three man defence, Maguire could find himself as a back up rather than first choice if he were to make the switch to Spurs.​​

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