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?

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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?

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?

Wenger delivers worrying news for Arsenal fans ahead of United clash

Arsene Wenger has revealed worrying news for Arsenal fans if his side are beaten to third place in the Premier League by rivals Manchester United this season.

Wenger feels his side could struggle to sign new players in the summer if they come fourth once again.

This has added pressure to their now ‘showdown’ clash on Sunday as the sides go head-to-head at Old Trafford.

Wenger has admitted that it makes bringing in star signings more difficult and avoiding the qualifying rounds for the Champions League is a ‘must’.

“It’s very important [we avoid a Champions League qualifier], not to have that stress over your head from the first day when you start again is vital,” he is quoted as saying in the Daily Express.

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“Finishing fourth can make it more difficult to bring players in. They think most of the time that you will play in the Champions League but you are not sure.

“We have to convince them by saying that statistically we have always progressed.”

Arsenal have finished in fourth in six of their last ten seasons and with second place looking as good as Manchester City’s, United and Arsenal will both be gunning for third with two weeks to go.

Does finishing fourth make signing top players harder? How important is it that Arsenal finish third?

Arsenal closing in on £10m-rated defender – report

Arsenal are readying a £10 million offer for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Arsene Wenger has been heavily tipped to delve into the Arsenal bank account again this summer as he looks to further improve his defensive options.

Italian under-21, Rugani, has played this season for Empoli on loan from parent club Juventus. The Old Lady have been expected to loan him out again for the coming season so he can gain more experience, but Wenger is reportedly looking to tempt them with an offer.

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Rugani is yet to make a senior appearance for Juve and given how strong their defensive options are it is unlikely he would be breaking into the side anytime soon.

The 20-year-old centre-back could be a replacement for Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker and he could learn a lot training and playing alongside Wenger’s current defensive options Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista.

Are Arsenal taking a risk if they sign Daniele Rugani? Or is youth the right option in defence?

Arsenal, Liverpool and United dealt HUGE blow in pursuit of World Cup winner

Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have been dealt a huge blow in their pursuit of World Cup winner, Sami Khedira, as the Express are reporting he has opened contract talks with Bundesliga side Schalke 04.

Khedira has long been reported to be on the way out of Real Madrid when his contract expires this summer and has been a target for some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs.

But according to the Express, he has opened talks with Bundesliga outfit, Schalke ahead of a possible move back to his homeland.

Khedira’s midfield anchoring abilities are on par with some of the best in Europe and he would be a great asset for any club chasing his services.

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The World Cup winner has made 161 appearances for Madrid, but after an injury-hit season it is looking likely that he will be plying his trade somewhere else next campaign, as a new offer is not set to be put on the table.

The 28-year-old German star is hitting the peak of his career and his next club could be decided sooner rather than later.

Will Sami Khedira snub Premier League offers this summer to join Schalke? Where should he go?

United and Liverpool legends reveal what Arsenal need to win title

Manchester United legend Gary Neville revealed Arsenal need a goalkeeper to stand any chance of winning the Premier League title next season, while speaking on Sky Sports.

Neville’s views were shared by fellow Sky Sports pundit and Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher. The pair blamed Arsenal keeper, David Ospina, for their 1-0 defeat to Swansea on Monday night and feel it is an area the club need to look at.

Carragher has urged Arsene Wenger to sign a world-class goalkeeper in the summer as he doesn’t think Ospina isn’t good enough.

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“I think Arsenal need to go out in the summer and just buy a proper number one,” Carragher said.

“His record is good because the team are playing well and are defending well so they’re not having that much to do, but he was bought as a number two.

“Very rarely do you see a number two goalkeeper become a number one. If he was that good, why was he bought as a number two? Why wasn’t he coming and being the number one?”

Arsenal have been linked with Chelsea’s Petr Cech as he has struggled for first team action this season, playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois. But Neville doesn’t see Chelsea selling Cech to their rivals.

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“If I was Jose Mourinho, with Arsenal potentially being one of my biggest rivals next season, I would not sell them Cech at all.

“It’s a struggle to win a title without a great goalkeeper, a massive struggle. Ospina is obviously a good goalkeeper and he has done well, but he is not a No 1 and they need a top goalkeeper.

“They need someone who is going to make saves and save his team points.”

Arsenal have continually been regarded as being ‘one or two’ top signings away from finally regaining the Premier League title and signing a world-class goalkeeper this summer could certainly be a step in the right direction.

Wojciech Szczesny is expected to depart the club after falling behind Ospina in the pecking order, and so Wenger may be in the market for a new man between the sticks.

Do Arsenal need a new goalkeeper or is David Ospina good enough to play as the number one?