Everton hoping to beat MLS sides to signing of Arsenal forward – report

Everton will look to bring Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski to Goodison Park this summer despite interest from overseas, according to the Daily Star.

Roberto Martinez is believed to be an admirer of the German winger, who can also operate as the main striker, and could make a serious offer after learning he does not feature in Arsene Wenger’s plans going forwards.

Podolski spent the second half of the 2014/15 season on loan in Italy with Inter Milan but the Serie A side do not want to sign him permanently so the World Cup winner will have to look for a new club.

The 30-year-old has one year left on his current Arsenal contract so would demand a transfer fee were he to leave, but that isn’t likely to be large so the Toffees only possible stumbling block could be wages.

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A move to Major League Soccer has also been suggested for the German, with the player himself reportedly “eager” to make the move stateside.

Galatasaray and Wolfsburg are two other sides believed to be keeping tabs and so Everton will face a tough task in trying to lure Podolski to Merseyside.

Would Lukas Podolski be a good signing for Everton?

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Arsenal and Liverpool suffer setback in pursuit of French international

Arsenal and Liverpool have suffered a setback in the hunt to sign the Ligue 1 top goalscorer Alexandre Lacazette after the Olympique Lyonnais club president Jean-Michel Aulas has made it clear they will do their utmost to keep their star striker at the club.

“We will do everything within our powers to hold on to Alexandre. You never have any certainties in football, but we are determined to keep him here,” said Aulas while speaking to Canal+.

“A transfer fee of €50 million (£36m) would not be enough for an attacker like him. He is priceless.”

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Tottenham and Newcastle have also reportedly been interested in the French international who has scored an impressive 27 goals in 33 league appearances this season and also won the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Sunday.

Aulas knows that Lyon are undoubtedly going to be inundated with offers from England for Lacazette as the Premier League sides look to bolster their attacking options heading into the 2015/16 season.

The 23-year-old striker is contracted with the club until 2018, so Lyon will know they can demand a hefty transfer sum for one of the hottest prospects in French football right now.

Is Alexandre Lacazette worth more than £36 million?

Arsenal moving closer to DOUBLE signing as Wenger refuses to rule out moves

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has refused to rule out moves for English duo Raheem Sterling and James Milner this summer as the Gunners look to be busy in the transfer market once again.

Sterling is one of this summer’s biggest transfer stories as he looks like he could be leaving Liverpool after contract talks have yet to prove successful.

Arsenal are one of several clubs linked with a move for the 20-year-old attacker, who is reportedly set to tell Liverpool he wants to leave, and Wenger did little to quash rumours of a Gunners bid.

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“We will bid for people, yes, but at the moment we are not in transfer mode at all,” he said in his press conference ahead of the game against Sunderland on Wednesday night.

When asked specifically about a Sterling bid, Wenger replied: “You want me absolutely to say something that I don’t want to say … I don’t like to lie so if I say I will [bid] and I don’t do it, you will say I lied.”

Another Englishman strongly linked with a move to the Emirates is Manchester City‘s James Milner and Wenger has not ruled out a move for the soon to be free agent.

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“29 is not old,” Wenger said when pressed on Milner.

“We have a big squad at the moment and that is not in mind at all. I make my decisions after the season.

“We are in front of a big game tomorrow and are focussed on that.”

Should Arsenal make moves for Raheem Sterling and James Milner this summer? Do they need more midfielders?

Southampton to turn to Arsenal as they look to solve goalkeeping dilemma

Ronald Koeman has identified Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny as an ideal short-term replacement for injured goalkeeper Fraser Forster, according to the Sun.

Forster is currently recovering from a knee injury that looks set to keep him out for the whole of 2015 and Southampton will need to find a replacement until he is fit.

Szczesny is a target due to losing his starting spot to David Ospina at Arsenal earlier this year. Coincidently, Szczesny’s last start in the Premier League was against Saints on New Year’s Day.

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It seems that Szczesny would be open to the move too after only starting 17 times this term and there is no guarantee he’ll get any more regular action next year.

Any move would be a loan move as Southampton see Fraser Forster as their long-term goalkeeper, and it looks like it could be a move that benefits both sides.

Should Wojciech Szczesny be allowed to leave Arsenal, and if so, is he a worthy replacement for Fraser Forster?

Chelsea suffer blow as star is open to joining Arsenal or United

Chelsea have suffered a huge blow as Petr Cech‘s agent has revealed his client is open to a move to Arsenal or Manchester United.

Both Arsenal and United are expected to dip into the transfer market for new goalkeepers. Arsene Wenger could seek an upgrade for David Ospina and David de Gea’s Real Madrid saga is still ongoing.

Cech would be a great addition for either club, having won almost every trophy available during his eleven year chelsea career.

Jose Mourinho is hoping to keep hold of his back-up ‘keeper but it appears the decision will be down to owner Roman Abramovich.

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Cech still has one season to run on his current contract and if he stays with Chelsea he will more than likely move on for free. If the Premier League champions cash in on the 32-year-old shot stopper it is estimated his services would fetch around £10 million.

Paris Saint Germain, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Besiktas are all reportedly interested in the Czech Republic number one and Mourinho will hope his star will opt for a move away from one of the clubs rivals.

Will Cech leave Chelsea? Will he be allowed to move to one of their rivals?

Arsenal set to raid FC Barcelona for second successive summer

Arsenal could sign FC Barcelona‘s Pedro Rodriguez for as little as £10 million, according to Fichajes.net.

Last summer’s marquee signing of Alexis Sanchez has proved to be great business by Arsene Wenger and it looks as if he could be set to raid the Catalans for a second pre season in succession.

Pedro has seen his game time limited this season and a number of clubs are interested in signing the Spanish World Cup winner, but he could favour a move to link up with former teammate Sanchez.

The 27-year-old cannot be blamed for wanting a new challenge as he has played second fiddle to Barca’s deadly trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.

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At just £10 million, Pedro would be an absolute bargain for any potential new club and he will certainly be looking to move somewhere where he is guaranteed playing time and Champions League football.

The skilful winger boasts an impressive trophy cabinet, with the likes of the World Cup and Champions League winners medals, and he has a wealth of experience.

In 2010 he scored Barca’s opener against Manchester United in the Champions League final at Wembley and is still just as sharp and calm in front of goal.

Pedro has scored six times this season in 34 league appearances, 20 of which are from the bench and it looks likely that he will be moving on this summer for a new challenge at a cut-price.

Will Pedro leave FC Barcelona this summer and is Arsenal a possible destination?

Liverpool, Arsenal and United handed HUGE boost in chase for French £20m striker

Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United have been handed a huge boost in their chase of Olympique Lyonnias striker, Alexandre Lacazette.

The 23-year-old Frenchman has netted an impressive 27 league goals in 33 appearances and L’Equipe report that he is not willing to sign a new deal with his current club.

Lacazette is contracted to Lyon until 2018 but his decision not to sign a new deal has filled clubs chasing his services with optimism.

Lyon are desperate to keep hold of their star but will be hard pushed by clubs who are reportedly ready to offer in excess of £20 million for him.

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Liverpool are set to up their efforts to sign a new striker this summer as Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert are expected to depart and Daniel Sturridge’s injury woes continue.

Manchester United have been linked with a number of goal-scorers as Louis Van Gaal is to revamp his squad once again in their push for silverware next term.

Arsene Wenger’s side look close to being the complete package and are arguably only a couple of signings away from challenging for the Premier League title, and Lacazette could hold the key for their success.

Will Lacazette be on the move this summer and where is his most likely destination?

DONE DEAL: Arsenal beat United to young French star – report

Arsenal have completed the signing of RC Lens midfielder Yassin Fortune on a three-year deal, according to France Football.

The Frenchman is a regular in the France U16 squad and plays for the Lens U19’s despite only turning 16 in January.

He has been watched by Manchester United scouts this season but Arsenal look to have won the race for the promising talent.

Fortune is a versatile midfielder, who can operate in a holding role, as well as in a more advanced position and is tipped for a big future.

Arsenal fans may have to wait at least a couple of seasons before Fortune makes an appearance for the first team but they look to have made another promising acquisition, beating their Premier League rivals to his signature.

Is Yassin Fortune a good signing for Arsenal? Do they need more young midfielders?

Liverpool legend urges Arsenal to strengthen this summer

Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has urged Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to strengthen his squad this summer.

The comments come as Arsenal drew 1-1 against Manchester United on Sunday, and Souness suggested that to win the title, Arsenal would need to strengthen over the summer.

“Forget spine, forget any names, if you’re a big football club and you’re not strengthening, you’re standing still as all the other big clubs will be strengthening.” Souness said on Sky Sports.

Arsenal’s title drought has stretched another year and it’s now eleven years without winning the league for the Gunners.

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A topic that has sparked debate is Arsene Wenger’s transfer policy recently. Arsenal have made a marquee signing in each of the last two summer transfer windows, adding Mesut Ozil in 2013 and Alexis Sanchez in 2014.

Both players have been brilliant recently and Souness has suggested that Arsenal should once again look to spend big in the market.

Should Arsenal look to strengthen again it would be interesting to see who they target, as it seems that they will be competing with rivals: Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea for the biggest names available.

Do Arsenal need to strengthen this summer, and which players should they be looking at?

Arsenal dealt HUGE blow as target eyes Real Madrid move

Arsenal have been dealt a huge blow in their pursuit of Petr Cech as he is ready to join Real Madrid, according to The Sun.

Madrid have been heavily tipped to secure the signing of Manchester United shot stopper, David De Gea, but if the Spaniard snubs Los Blancos, Cech is willing to step in.

The Chelsea ‘keeper is unhappy with playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois and does not want another season on the sidelines.

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Jose Mourinho does not want to lose his number two, who has performed as good as ever in the games he has been called upon in the Premier League this season, with five clean sheets in six games.

Cech would be considerably cheaper than De Gea, with talk of any transfer for the Spaniard costing upward of £30 million.

Chelsea are keen for Cech to stay but have not ruled out his departure, although Mourinho doesn’t want him to move to any of their Premier League rivals.

Cech is rated at £10.5 million by transfermarkt.co.uk and Chelsea risk losing the Czech Republic international on a free next summer when his contract expires if they do not sell him in the coming months.

Will Petr Cech leave Chelsea this summer? Do Arsenal have any chance of signing him?