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Arsenal see double deal for Paqueta, Zhegrova

Arsenal are considering double substitutions for Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta and Lille winger Edon Zhegrova. Transfer Talk has the latest. (Author: Gardener)

PaquetaAccording to Media Foot, Arsenal are considering double substitutions for Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta and Lille winger Edon Zhegrova. Paqueta, 24, is said to have turned down several clubs as he seeks a new challenge after only joining Lyon from AC Milan in 2020 for around €20m. The Brazil international scored 11 goals in 44 games last season but wants to continue. The 23-year-old, who has been compared in style to Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard, is believed to be a cheaper option than Leeds United winger Raphinha, who the Gunners were looking to sign earlier this month. Arsenal spent €80m to sign Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe from Lille in 2019 before it flopped and will therefore be wary of doing the same thing again. Kosovan international Zhegrova joined Lille in January for €7m from FC Basel. C. United are set to lead the MLS team, sources told ESPN, with the club still looking for a permanent replacement for Hernan Losada, who was sacked in April. Rooney, who spent 14 months with the Washington DC-based team between 2018 and 2019, resigned as Derby County manager last month after failing to help the club overcome financial woes and relegation from the EFL Championship in the to avoid last season. Sources have told ESPN that the former Manchester United and England captain is now enjoying family time before deciding on his next career move. 12.20 BST: According to Goal, Barcelona have fulfilled the €70m offer for Raphinha that Leeds agreed with Chelsea last week. Raphinha, 25, wants to join Barca but the club couldn't find the funds to sign the Brazilian winger due to financial problems. Chelsea made the first acceptable offer while Arsenal were also there a week ago as Raphinha waited to finalize his future. 11.51 BST: Former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has signed a one-year contract with LaLiga club Villarreal, the club announced. Reina, 39, played three seasons for Villarreal before joining Liverpool in 2005. The former Spain international has spent the last two seasons at Lazio. "I'm ready to do my best to help the club achieve its goals. 11.00 BST: ICYMI - Clement Lenglet has joined Tottenham Hotspur on a one-season loan from Barcelona, ​​the Premier League club have confirmed. The France centre-back's position in the squad came under further pressure when Barcelona signed Andreas Christensen as a free agent from Chelsea this week, while ESPN reported manager Xavi is also keen to bring in Sevilla's highly-rated Jules Kounde. Tottenham have been so far frustrated in his efforts to persuade Alessandro Bastoni to leave Inter Milan and turn his attention to other targets as head coach Antonio Conte is keen to sign at least one centre-back to bolster the defence, Mundo Deportivo report that the Catalan giants until June 2024. Dembele's contract with Barca expired last month and has attracted interest from a host of top clubs, including Chelsea and PSG , but the LaLiga side were still hopeful an agreement could be reached for the France international to take over staying at Camp Nou this summer. According to reports, an agreement has now been reached between the forward and the club according to which Dembele will sign a two-year deal and earn 40% less than his previous deal. However, Barca's sporting directors need to give the green light for the deal to become official. Dembele, 25, joined Barca from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017 for €105m. 10.17 BST: Sporting CP have reached an agreement with Barcelona to sign Francisco Trincao, Record reports. Barca will still own 50% of the rights to Trincao and have the option to re-sign him, which is included in the deal. Trincao, 22, spent last season on loan at Wolves from Barca and started pre-season training with the Blaugrana last week knowing his stay at the Camp Nou would be temporary. 10.08 BST: Brentford have completed the signing of Scotland full-back Aaron Hickey from Bologna. Hickey, 20, has signed a four-year deal after joining Italy from Hearts in 2020. Last season he played 36 of Bologna's 38 games and scored five goals. Manager Thomas Frank said: "I'm delighted that we've managed to sign Aaron. We think Aaron is a player with great potential who has already played an impressive number of games at a good level. We believe we have We have proven that we are a good club for players to maximize their potential. He's an attacking full-back with good creativity, he's a great crosser and he scored goals in Serie A last year. We played in Italy for two years and we know he'll have good defensive qualities. There are areas where we can improve and we look forward to having him with us so we can be part of his development as a player." 09.52 BST: Paul Pogba will complete his return to Juventus today. The 29- year-old Pogba undergoes a medical in Turin this morning before penning a four-year deal.The France international has spent the last six years at Manchester United, making 226 appearances and scoring 39 goals, but is moving as a free agent. "I'm back, me I'm here and I can't wait to get started," Pogba told the club's Twitter account. Pogba joined Juve from Manchester United in 2012 and won four Serie A titles and two Coppa Italia trophies with the Bianconeri before returning returned to Old Trafford in 2016 for a then world record £89.3million 9.39am BST: ICYMI - Angel Di Maria has signed for Juventus after leaving Paris Saint-Germain, the K announced in Serie A. Di Maria scored 92 goals in 295 games for PSG after joining from Manchester United in 2015 and won five league titles during his time in the French capital. The Argentina winger left PSG when his contract expired this summer and Juventus have now secured his signature. 09.00CET: ICYMI - Luka Jovic has left Real Madrid for Fiorentina on a free transfer, three years after the LaLiga club paid €60m to sign the striker, who was then one of Europe's most sought-after young stars. 24-year-old Jovic joins Fiorentina on a two-year deal until June 2024. Madrid retain the right to receive 50% of the transfer fee if the Serie A club decides to change players. The Serbia international will be looking to revive his career in Italy after scoring just three La Liga goals and never scoring in the Champions League during a disappointing spell at the Bernabeu. Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti was keen to downsize his squad this summer, sources told ESPN, with both Jovic and Mariano Diaz seen as redundant in attack. - Manchester United coach Erik ten Hag wants to beat his ex-club Ajax Amsterdam with striker Brian Brobbey's signature, according to the Times. Ajax have been in talks with RB Leipzig, with whom Brobbey appears to have no future, but Ten Hag believes he can lure the 20-year-old to Old Trafford. Brobbey played just 124 minutes in the Bundesliga before returning to Ajax on loan and was widely expected to return to his hometown club on a permanent transfer this summer. Brobbey would cost United around €20m and he scored 10 goals in 23 games under Ten Hag in his previous tenure at the club. - According to Corriere dello Sport, AS Roma are keen to beat Internazionale to sign former Juventus forward Paulo Dybala. The Argentine striker's contract with Juve ended on June 30 and he is yet to commit to his next move despite reportedly having a verbal agreement with Inter. However, the Nerazzurri - despite offering a contract Roma could struggle to match - will need to sack one or both of Edin Dzeko or Joaquin Correa before they can make any further offensive additions, which has opened the door for Roma boss Jose Mourinho to steal one March on the 28-year-old Dybala. - Paris Saint-Germain may have to increase their offer for Sassuolo forward Gianluca Scamacca if they want to add him to their attacking options, according to Sky Sports Italy. The French champions have offered Sassuolo €30m plus bonuses to sign the Italy international but Sassuolo chief executive Giovanni Carnevali is sticking to just under €50m. The 23-year-old scored 16 goals in 38 appearances last season. - Barcelona are looking to poach Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta before the Blues embark on their pre-season tour this weekend, according to the Sun. The Catalan club are keen to strengthen their defense and see the perfect addition in the experienced Azpilicueta. The Spaniard's deal at Stamford Bridge ended this summer but was automatically extended for another season, meaning Barcelona will have to negotiate a small fee with Chelsea if they want to sign the 32-year-old. - Everton are keen to add Southampton full-back Kyle Walker-Peters and Chelsea striker Armando Broja to their ranks, according to the Mirror. Toffees manager Frank Lampard is a big fan of Walker-Peters, who has two caps for England while Broja was at Chelsea while Lampard managed the Blues. Broja, 20, has been on loan at Vitesse Arnhem and Southampton for the last two seasons but Chelsea are now keen to get a fee for the striker.

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Former Arsenal star William Gallas warns returning William Saliba

Will Saliba finally get his chance at Arsenal? (Author: Gardener)

ArsenalWilliam Saliba will be hoping to make a breakthrough at Arsenal this season (Image: /Getty Images) William Saliba will need to remain patient as he waits to break into Arsenal's first-team squad but also faces a move from Marseille to a ' different level,” he warns Wilhelm Gallas. The 21-year-old has had a strange time since winning for £27m in 2019. Nothing unusual about this story for a young player but Saliba has shone and won five caps for France as Arsenal continue to work to regain former strengths. Gallas, who played for Arsenal and Marseille, was impressed by his compatriot but understands Gunners boss Mikel Arteta's decision to go for the centre-back. The former defender warns Saliba that playing in the Premier League is a big leap and he needs to work hard, prepare for his chances and impress when the opportunity arises. He's had a great season with Marseille but Arsenal and the Premier League are another level," Gallas told Metro.co.uk for Genting Casino. “I think he has to be patient, I'm sure Mikel Arteta will give him minutes to play and slowly, slowly he'll be in the starting XI. “What is very important for the young players is to be patient because if you don't you can get upset. When you're upset you don't train properly, when you play at the weekend you don't perform as well, so you have to be patient and know that your time will come. Saliba had a good season on loan at Marseille (Image: Getty Images) “When a manager puts you in the starting XI you have to be ready. That's sometimes the excuse for players, if they don't play well in the starting XI they can say they didn't perform because they didn't play very much. You should be ready, on the training ground you have to do more because you never know what can happen at the weekend. William Gallas has urged William Saliba to be patient on the pitch at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images) Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes remain the first-choice centre-backs under Arteta at Arsenal but Gallas believes Saliba will get his chances with the Spaniard switching behind to three at. With four behind, we know there are players in front of him so he has to be patient,” said the former Chelsea and Tottenham man. “If you have the opportunity to play, show them what you can do. If you have the good performance, the manager will be under pressure.”

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Former Arsenal star William Gallas warns returning William Saliba

William Saliba will need to remain patient as he waits to break into Arsenal's first-team but also faces a move to a 'different level' from Marseille, warns William Gallas. That... (Author: Gardener)

William GallasWilliam Saliba will need to remain patient as he waits to break into Arsenal's first-team but also faces a move from Marseille to "another level", warns William Gallas. Nothing unusual about this story for a young player but Saliba has shone and earned five caps for France as Arsenal continue to work to regain former powers. Gallas, who played for Arsenal and Marseille, was impressed by his compatriot but understands Gunners boss Mikel Arteta's decision to go for the centre-back. The former defender warns Saliba that playing in the Premier League is a big leap and he needs to work hard, prepare for his chances and impress when the opportunity arises. He's had a great season with Marseille but Arsenal and the Premier League are another level," Gallas told Metro.co.uk for Genting Casino. “I think he has to be patient, I'm sure Mikel Arteta will give him minutes to play and slowly, slowly he'll be in the starting XI. “What is very important for the young players is to be patient because if you don't you can get upset. When you're upset you don't train properly, when you play at the weekend you don't perform as well, so you have to be patient and know that your time will come. “When a manager puts you in the starting XI, you have to be ready. That's sometimes the excuse for players, if they don't play well in the starting XI they can say they didn't perform because they didn't play very much. You should be ready, on the training ground you have to do more because you never know what can happen at the weekend. “You could have a situation where you might have to play at the last moment. So if you don't have a good session during the week how can you be good at the weekend? Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes remain the first-choice centre-backs under Arteta at Arsenal but Gallas believes Saliba will get his chances when the Spaniard moves to three at the back. 'Saliba will have the opportunity to play because Arsenal play three at the back sometimes, he can play that system. With four behind, we know there are players in front of him so he has to be patient,” said the former Chelsea and Tottenham man. “If you have the opportunity to play, show them what you can do. If you have the good performance, the manager will be under pressure.” MORE : Gabriel Jesus and Mikel Arteta react to the Brazilian's brace in Arsenal's win over Nuremberg MORE : Former Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham star William Gallas votes out its top 4 of the Premier League

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Arsenal see double deal for Paqueta, Zhegrova

Arsenal are considering double substitutions for Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta and Lille winger Edon Zhegrova. Transfer Talk has the latest. (Author: Gardener)

PaquetaAccording to Media Foot, Arsenal are considering double substitutions for Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta and Lille winger Edon Zhegrova. Paqueta, 24, is said to have turned down several clubs as he seeks a new challenge after only joining Lyon from AC Milan in 2020 for around €20m. The Brazil international scored 11 goals in 44 games last season but wants to continue. The 23-year-old, who has been compared in style to Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard, is believed to be a cheaper option than Leeds United winger Raphinha, who the Gunners were looking to sign earlier this month. Arsenal spent €80m to sign Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe from Lille in 2019 before it flopped and will therefore be wary of doing the same thing again. Kosovan international Zhegrova joined Lille in January for €7m from FC Basel. 10.40 BST: Ousmane Dembele is ready to stay at Barcelona and sign a contract with the Catalan giants until June 2024, Mundo Deportivo report. Dembele's contract with Barca expired last month and has attracted interest from a host of top clubs including Chelsea and PSG, but the LaLiga side were still hopeful an agreement could be reached allowing the France international to stay at the club beyond this summer Camp Nou stays. According to reports, an agreement has now been reached between the forward and the club according to which Dembele will sign a two-year deal and earn 40% less than his previous deal. However, Barca's sporting directors need to give the green light for the deal to become official. Dembele, 25, joined Barca from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017 for €105m. 10.17 BST: Sporting CP have reached an agreement with Barcelona to sign Francisco Trincao, Record reports. Barca will still own 50% of the rights to Trincao and have the option to re-sign him, which is included in the deal. Trincao, 22, spent last season on loan at Wolves from Barca and started pre-season training with the Blaugrana last week knowing his stay at the Camp Nou would be temporary. 10.08 BST: Brentford have completed the signing of Scotland full-back Aaron Hickey from Bologna. Hickey, 20, has signed a four-year deal after joining Italy from Hearts in 2020. Last season he played 36 of Bologna's 38 games and scored five goals. Manager Thomas Frank said: "I'm delighted that we've managed to sign Aaron. We think Aaron is a player with great potential who has already played an impressive number of games at a good level. We believe we have We have proven that we are a good club for players to maximize their potential. He's an attacking full-back with good creativity, he's a great crosser and he scored goals in Serie A last year. We played in Italy for two years and we know he'll have good defensive qualities. There are areas where we can improve and we look forward to having him with us so we can be part of his development as a player." 09.52 BST: Paul Pogba will complete his return to Juventus today. The 29- year-old Pogba undergoes a medical in Turin this morning before penning a four-year deal.The France international has spent the last six years at Manchester United, making 226 appearances and scoring 39 goals, but is moving as a free agent. "I'm back, me I'm here and I can't wait to get started," Pogba told the club's Twitter account. Pogba joined Juve from Manchester United in 2012 and won four Serie A titles and two Coppa Italia trophies with the Bianconeri before returning returned to Old Trafford in 2016 for a then world record £89.3million 9.39am BST: ICYMI - Angel Di Maria has signed for Juventus after leaving Paris Saint-Germain, the K announced in Serie A. Di Maria scored 92 goals in 295 games for PSG after joining from Manchester United in 2015 and won five league titles during his time in the French capital. The Argentina winger left PSG when his contract expired this summer and Juventus have now secured his signature. 09.00CET: ICYMI - Luka Jovic has left Real Madrid for Fiorentina on a free transfer, three years after the LaLiga club paid €60m to sign the striker, who was then one of Europe's most sought-after young stars. 24-year-old Jovic joins Fiorentina on a two-year deal until June 2024. Madrid retain the right to receive 50% of the transfer fee if the Serie A club decides to change players. The Serbia international will be looking to revive his career in Italy after scoring just three La Liga goals and never scoring in the Champions League during a disappointing spell at the Bernabeu. Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti was keen to downsize his squad this summer, sources told ESPN, with both Jovic and Mariano Diaz seen as redundant in attack. - Manchester United coach Erik ten Hag wants to beat his ex-club Ajax Amsterdam with striker Brian Brobbey's signature, according to the Times. Ajax have been in talks with RB Leipzig, with whom Brobbey appears to have no future, but Ten Hag believes he can lure the 20-year-old to Old Trafford. Brobbey played just 124 minutes in the Bundesliga before returning to Ajax on loan and was widely expected to return to his hometown club on a permanent transfer this summer. Brobbey would cost United around €20m and he scored 10 goals in 23 games under Ten Hag in his previous tenure at the club. - According to Corriere dello Sport, AS Roma are keen to beat Internazionale to sign former Juventus forward Paulo Dybala. The Argentine striker's contract with Juve ended on June 30 and he is yet to commit to his next move despite reportedly having a verbal agreement with Inter. However, the Nerazzurri - despite offering a contract Roma could struggle to match - will need to sack one or both of Edin Dzeko or Joaquin Correa before they can make any further offensive additions, which has opened the door for Roma boss Jose Mourinho to steal one March on the 28-year-old Dybala. - Paris Saint-Germain may have to increase their offer for Sassuolo forward Gianluca Scamacca if they want to add him to their attacking options, according to Sky Sports Italy. The French champions have offered Sassuolo €30m plus bonuses to sign the Italy international but Sassuolo chief executive Giovanni Carnevali is sticking to just under €50m. The 23-year-old scored 16 goals in 38 appearances last season. - Barcelona are looking to poach Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta before the Blues embark on their pre-season tour this weekend, according to the Sun. The Catalan club are keen to strengthen their defense and see the perfect addition in the experienced Azpilicueta. The Spaniard's deal at Stamford Bridge ended this summer but was automatically extended for another season, meaning Barcelona will have to negotiate a small fee with Chelsea if they want to sign the 32-year-old. - Everton are keen to add Southampton full-back Kyle Walker-Peters and Chelsea striker Armando Broja to their ranks, according to the Mirror. Broja, 20, has been on loan at Vitesse Arnhem and Southampton for the last two seasons but Chelsea are now keen to get a fee for the striker.

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Arsenal offer £34m for shock midfield target; Serie A star 'on Man Utd list'

Arsenal have made an offer for one of their former midfielders as Man Utd continue to search for Ronaldo replacement... (Author: Gardener)

34Arsenal have made an offer for one of their former midfielders, while Manchester United continue to look for a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo... GUNNERS WANT THEIR FORMER MIDFIELDER Premier League club Arsenal are preparing a bid for AC Milan's Ismael Bennacer this summer, according to reports. The Algerian international, who progressed through north London youth, completed one senior game for the Gunners before joining Empoli in 2017. Since then his game has continued to develop and Bennacer is now a regular for Milan and has played 105 games in his three seasons with the Serie A giants. And now Arseanl want him back this summer while they look for another midfielder, Den they can add to their squad, with some reports linking them heavily with Leicester City's Youri Tielemans. The report adds that Arsenal are offering "€40m (£34m)" for Bennacer in hopes of "putting pressure" on Milan after their "seeker" landed on the Algerian. This Arsenal offer could "shake Milan" but with Franck Kessie's loss to Barcelona already this summer, Milan "would have to find two midfielders on the market to fill the gap". According to reports from Italy, Paulo Dybala is a name Man Utd are considering to replace Cristiano Ronaldo this summer. Ronaldo has made it clear to the Red Devils hierarchy that he wants to leave the Premier League club this summer if they get a "satisfactory" offer. The 37-year-old is United's only recognized centre-forward available, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial playing mainly in broader roles for the Red Devils. Dybala left Juventus after his contract expired last week and there are a number of clubs interested in his services, with Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio insisting Man Utd is one of those sides. Di Marzio told Betting Buddies: "Inter have withdrawn, AC Milan and Roma are on the list but will only enter the race if he decides to earn less. “Manchester United yes if Ronaldo goes but they are looking for a number 9 and if they get Dybala they have to change their style of play. Manchester United have made an improved £43m offer to Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez to beat Arsenal with the Argentina centre-back's signature. Arsenal are interested in Lyon's 24-year-old Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta, who has also been linked with Newcastle... Barcelona have presented a 'final offer' of £47m for Raphinha, who has also been linked with Chelsea and Arsenal... West Ham is considering a £13m move for Roma striker Justin Kluivert... Paris Saint-Germain have met with Sassuolo to discuss a move for Italy striker Gianluca Scamacca but no agreement has been reached... Southampton want the Manchester defender City's Issa Kabore on loan but faces competition from Nottingham Forest.

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Arsenal and Manchester United still have a lot to learn because good sales are what differentiate them best from the rest

There's the Big Three and the Malfunctioning Three, and part of what sets them apart is the ability to sell well. Arsenal are terrible at that. (Author: Gardener)

Manchester UnitedThere's the Big Three and the Malfunctioning Three, and part of what sets them apart is the ability to sell well. While the transfer slump can be all about who gets in (or doesn't get in if you're Manchester United or Chelsea), keeping track of spending can prove just as instructive. Arsenal are actually pretty funny objectively. Whatever you like - whether it's conspiracy theories against the tin-foil anti-Gooner agenda to handing out £300,000-a-week contracts to spirited 30-year-olds to quit playing football, or crazy Swiss midfielders, all of them three years have episodes – there is something to do in the Emirates tickle even the most cheerless cucumber. As a month is a long wait in these barren, tournament-less wastelands, you have a stat to back you up: In the past four seasons, no team in world football has come anywhere close to matching Arsenal's net transfer spend. Going back to 2018/19, that blissful pre-pandemic summer when Premier League clubs spent almost £1billion more on players than they received, Arsenal invested £417.5million in transfer fees, depending on your point of view - or lost. To go from sixth place in 2017/18 to the dizzying heights of fifth last season, they've spent £107m more than Paris Saint Germain, who signed Kylian Mbappé in a transfer that forever distorted the economy of football and essentially broke financial fair play. lol From all of this, one can intuitively conclude that they spent stupid amounts of money. That five years ago they were a pretty bad team, finishing 37 points behind the very good, expensively assembled team that won the league and therefore had to break the bank to restore balance. Over the same period, the semi-established Big Three® of Chelsea, Liverpool and City each had lower net spend (£174m, £234m and £260m respectively) than the Malfunctioning Three® of Spurs, United and Arsenal. When the postponed purchases of Spurs' Cristian Romero and Dejan Kulusevski are factored in, the difference is truly astounding, with each of the latter three accounting for a net loss of almost £350m - at least double that of Chelsea. While that will no doubt change in the coming weeks as Todd Boehly's war chest is open to all comers, this is the state of play as things stand: Arsenal, United and Spurs have raked in plenty of money to catch up and just one of them seems to be able to do this. Even with Cuti and Kulu's charges coming up, Spurs have actually spent less than everyone but Liverpool. United and Arsenal have spent less than Chelsea and City, who top the figures by a wide margin. Because where the real problem lies in all of this is not in buying, but in selling. Since 2018/19, Chelsea have made a whopping £383m and City £328m from player sales. Over the same period, United, Spurs and Arsenal have earned a combined £372m. Liverpool have made just £170m but raised £121.5m from the sale of Philippe Coutinho the year before, which famously funded the purchases of Virgil Van Dijk, Alisson Becker and Andy Robertson. While Arsenal let Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Özil, Aaron Ramsey, Willian, Henrik Mkhitaryan, Danny Welbeck, Saed Kolašinac, Sokratis Papastapopolous, Shkodran Mustafi, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla go on a free transfer, Manchester City have sold Pedro Porro, Lukas Nmecha, Angelio, Danilo and Angus Gunn for a combined £74million. They once managed to get some poor souls to buy Sunderland's best Jason Denayer and a guy named Pablo Maffeo for £17million in a single summer and made £20million in a year off Ferran Torres, despite her noticing him hardly played. Although the defender left a £60million defender for free last month - and, lest we forget, Danny Drinkwater - the revolving door at Stamford Bridge has also been obscenely profitable. Even post-pandemic, as poor, cash-strapped clubs on the continent feed on gruel and dribble across the Channel with envy, Chelsea have managed to bleed £80million from Serie A for a pair of academy graduates deemed overdue requirements as well as Mario Pasalić and Davide Zappacosta. Including loan fees, they have pulled off the frankly absurd act of recovering £47.7million for barn door refuser Álvaro Morata and have made untold millions by lending their players to other teams. Most notably, although their purchase of Tiemoue Bakayoko was slightly flawed, the severity of the purchase was mitigated somewhat by the fact that they recovered nearly a third of their investment by charging other teams the dubious privilege of having him pooled ineffectively something in the middle. As for Liverpool, there is only one name you need to know. Signed in 2016 and loaned out for four seasons – each for a fee, of course – Marko Grujić was finally sold this summer. Inexplicably, with total winnings in excess of £6million. We now live in an era where the best are no longer flocking to La Liga and the big guns of the Premier League are no longer under selling pressure. With the exception of Eden Hazard in 2019 and Sadio Mane this summer, none of the players sold were key players in their career prime. At best, the departures were all six decent squad players you'd like to have around; at worst they were chaff. However, the chaff at Liverpool, City and Chelsea are far more marketable than those at United, Spurs and Arsenal. Rightly or wrongly, when you buy a City player you think you're training them the Guardiola way. Likewise at Klopp at Liverpool and at Chelsea the least you expect is one who has benefited from a fully operational coaching system with a track record of improving players. If the player you are looking at was close to a winning formula, no matter how marginal, their prize will be higher. Nowhere is this more evident than with Arsenal's signing of Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City last week. Signed for £28million in 2017 and scoring every two and a half games, Jesus has been very good at times but mostly fine. However, for seemingly little reason other than playing in Pep's (almost) all-conquering side, he has demanded a £47million fee with his contract having just one year left. Whilst money may not seem a big object for a nation-state funded side, the Abu Dhabi group have run the club as a legitimate business and in recent years have funded much of their spending through sales, raking in at least £55m a season, seems to suggest otherwise. The desire to pump endless sums of money into a toy or sports wash project fades over time; One look at those Chelsea numbers compared to five years earlier is enough to tell you that, even factoring in the transfer ban. And while the likes of Newcastle are in their first amorous moments where money is no object, those already at the top are looking for a more sustainable model. Liverpool have always been run this way, the suggestion is that Chelsea will do so and more recently City too; the goal is to invest rather than splurge. Arsenal City are making this possible by paying £47m. They've acquired a good player and in the process funded 87% of Erling Braut Haaland, bolstering an already vastly superior squad with a vastly superior centre-forward and further solidifying the rift between them. Additionally, the impact of the pandemic, Middle East blood money and disastrous financial mismanagement have meant that much of the traditional market for a player like Jesus - namely Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid and Juventus - simply doesn't have the money to make it finance. The only way City could have ordered something like the fee they have is if they got it from the Premier League. It's fair to say that Arsenal aren't fighting the likes of City, but those who are likely to go for that fourth place. If so, fair enough - the signing of Jesus might make that a slightly more likely prospect. The article 'Arsenal and Manchester United still have a lot to learn as sales differ well from the rest' appeared first on Football365.com.

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The pundit claims the Arsenal Milinkovic-Savic transfer will be the 'icing on the cake' as Chelsea are suddenly in danger

Paul Merson has opened up on what the Lazio midfielder - and an experienced midfielder in general - could do for the Gunners (Author: Gardener)

the Arsenal Milinkovic-SavicPaul Merson has urged Arsenal to look after Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic while also citing two other solid transfer alternatives. The Gunners wasted no time this summer strengthening their ranks while boss Mikel Arteta looks to continue. While Arsenal missed out on just a top-four finish in the Premier League at the end of last season, Arteta looks like he's on yet another rebuilding mission. Arteta has made Matt Turner his new backup goalkeeper and wants Ajax's Lisandro Martinez - valued at around £45m - to strengthen his ranks at centre-back and left-back - following the £50m arrival of Ben White last summer . In midfield, exciting prospect Fabio Vieira has cost Arsenal £34m from Porto. But Arteta wants a higher-level signing to really revolutionize his engine room in the long run. Merson also tipped James Ward-Prowse to impress at the Emirates Stadium if he shows a desire to leave Southampton. The former shooter added that Arsenal "don't have time to embed players". But he insisted Lazio's Serbia international Milinkovic-Savic "is the player I would choose". "Arsenal need a quality midfielder now more than ever to compete with the best," wrote Merson. “And I think Savic is a lovely player. "From the way he played for Lazio last season, I personally think he's the best midfielder in Italy. I think a lot of clubs are missing a trick.” In fact, Merson concluded that Arsenal could even overtake Chelsea if they sign a “quality midfielder”. "You would say it's between Arsenal and Tottenham in fourth place and maybe you even want to overtake Chelsea," he added. Arsenal have an exciting group of younger talents in their squad but the lack of real experience began to show towards the end of last season. But it's that extra touch of know-how the Gunners lacked in games like the 3-0 defeats to Tottenham and Crystal Palace and the 2-0 defeat at Newcastle that bolstered their top-four and Champions League dashed hopes. Arsenal and Arteta will have learned a lot by the end of last season - most notably how it feels to be so close and lose. They are therefore fueled by that frustration, but a new signing in midfield will also help them. Article Pandit claims Arsenal Milinkovic-Savic transfer will be 'icing on the cake' as Chelsea suddenly in danger appeared first on Teamtalk.com.

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The pundit claims the Arsenal Milinkovic-Savic transfer will be the 'icing on the cake' as Chelsea are suddenly in danger

Paul Merson has opened up on what the Lazio midfielder - and an experienced midfielder in general - could do for the Gunners (Author: Gardener)

the Arsenal Milinkovic-SavicPaul Merson has urged Arsenal to look after Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic while also citing two other solid transfer alternatives. The Gunners wasted no time this summer strengthening their ranks while boss Mikel Arteta looks to continue. While Arsenal missed out on just a top-four finish in the Premier League at the end of last season, Arteta looks like he's on yet another rebuilding mission. Arteta has made Matt Turner his new backup goalkeeper and wants Ajax's Lisandro Martinez - valued at around £45m - to strengthen his ranks at centre-back and left-back - following the £50m arrival of Ben White last summer . In midfield, exciting prospect Fabio Vieira has cost Arsenal £34m from Porto. But Arteta wants a higher-level signing to really revolutionize his engine room in the long run. Merson also tipped James Ward-Prowse to impress at the Emirates Stadium if he shows a desire to leave Southampton. The former shooter added that Arsenal "don't have time to embed players". But he insisted Lazio's Serbia international Milinkovic-Savic "is the player I would choose". "Arsenal need a quality midfielder now more than ever to compete with the best," wrote Merson. “And I think Savic is a lovely player. "From the way he played for Lazio last season, I personally think he's the best midfielder in Italy. I think a lot of clubs are missing a trick.” In fact, Merson concluded that Arsenal could even overtake Chelsea if they sign a “quality midfielder”. "You would say it's between Arsenal and Tottenham in fourth place and maybe you even want to overtake Chelsea," he added. Arsenal have an exciting group of younger talents in their squad but the lack of real experience began to show towards the end of last season. But it's that extra touch of know-how the Gunners lacked in games like the 3-0 defeats to Tottenham and Crystal Palace and the 2-0 defeat at Newcastle that bolstered their top-four and Champions League dashed hopes. Arsenal and Arteta will have learned a lot by the end of last season - most notably how it feels to be so close and lose. They are therefore fueled by that frustration, but a new signing in midfield will also help them. Article Pandit claims Arsenal Milinkovic-Savic transfer will be 'icing on the cake' as Chelsea suddenly in danger appeared first on Teamtalk.com.

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The debut of Gabriel Jesus, Smith Rowe at No. 10 and Cobwebs

Gabriel Jesus stole the show with two goals but Smith Rowe's positional and formation adjustments impacted Arsenal's victory (Author: Gardener)

Gabriel JesusWith a test trip to Selhurst Park as the opening game of the Premier League season, Arsenal need to get going as soon as possible this pre-season. Mikel Arteta's side endured a mixed afternoon against Nuremberg, trailing 2-0 at half-time but winning 5-3 with a strong performance in the second half. Arsenal must use the remainder of this pre-season to dust off the cobwebs displayed against Nuremberg in the first half. It wasn't the end of the world in a friendly game, but the poor performance in the first 45 minutes cannot be an issue in preparation. Arsenal struggled to gain momentum in the pre-season last season, with disappointing results against Hibernian (lost 2-1), Rangers (draw 2-2), Chelsea (lost 2-1) and Tottenham Hotspur (1-1). :0 defeat). That's somewhat understandable given that it was the first time some players had played pre-season (after missing out on last week's 5-1 win over Ipswich Town), but ironing will need to be done in the coming weeks. It took almost 90 seconds for Jesus to show his class in the Arsenal jersey. Barely 9️⃣0️⃣ seconds after making his Arsenal debut, GJ9 is on the scorer list! The 25-year-old, who scored two of the five second-half goals and was involved in two others, was the perfect way to introduce himself. The game was a bit lengthy as they combined for Jesus' first goal - a clinical finish from a tight angle - but they continued to rebound well to break into the final third and offer a different dimension in attack. Jesus' movement to get to the end of Gabriel Martinelli's cross before deftly finishing also showed just how important a presence in the penalty area is to Arsenal. Alexandre Lacazette's inability to carry the ball made Arsenal one-dimensional at times last season, but Jesus showed a willingness and ability to take on defenders. Arsenal played the first half in a 4-2-3-1 with Emile Smith Rowe as number 10. While there are still some steps to be taken to return to his high level, the positions he took in that role were interesting . Last season, Smith Rowe spent most of the season playing on the left wing, with Martin Odegaard at number 10. With Odegaard not yet in the pre-season squad, it was interesting to see Smith Rowe have similar bags like the occupied Norwegian – but on the other side of the field. Odegaard, who drifts into the right half-space to receive the ball and combines with Bukayo Saka, was a theme of Arsenal's game last season. Smith Rowe had a moment in the third minute when he picked up Pablo Mari in the left halfspace to drive high and wide into the field with Reiss Nelson on the left. He also assisted Kieran Tierney inside as Nelson made a forward run that resulted in a well-held shot that went into the far post. Smith Rowe, 21, was not at his best. However, with more wingers in the squad (Nelson and Marquinhos) getting used to playing in those pockets once the season really gets going could be crucial. Second-half asymmetry Alongside the inclusion of Jesus, the change in form in the second half was intriguing. After the move, it initially appeared that Nelson was playing more as a right-back, with Martinelli functioning as a left winger. When the England Under-21 international was replaced by Marquinhos, that form appeared to be reversed, with Arsenal's new signing acting as a right winger while Martinelli took care of the entire left flank. Nürnberg struggled with Arsenal's tactical flexibility as they also left gaps for the central midfielders to exploit. Even off the ball, Arsenal were more aggressive in this setup. When pressing before a goal kick, two strikers were always supported by two attacking midfielders. The big question will be whether this move was made out of necessity - still without his entire squad - or if it's a plausible option for Arteta this season. He unsuccessfully experimented with a stricter 3-5-2 when chasing games in the closing stages of last season, but if there's more fluidity in that structure, like there was in the second half against Nuremberg, it could be an interesting avenue be so that the squad can develop. Especially since Arteta was keen to bring more unpredictability to Arsenal's game. Kieran Tierney was dropped after exactly half an hour, suggesting it was a planned move. Nuno Tavares has not yet joined the pre-season squad but has been inconsistent when deputizing for Tierney and has been interest-bearing on a loan from Marseille. At left centre-back, the decline in physicality and stability from Gabriel to Mari since last season is evident. Given his versatility at left-back or centre-back, it's clear why many clubs are pursuing the 24-year-old.

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Arsenal's £45m signing Gabriel Jesus has already convinced club legend Ian Wright

Gabriel Jesus has already impressed Arsenal legend Ian Wright, who gave an upbeat assessment of the season ahead after seeing the Brazilian shine in training (Author: Gardener)

Ian WrightGabriel Jesus has already impressed Arsenal legend Ian Wright, who gave an upbeat assessment of the season ahead after seeing the Brazilian shine in training. already achieved - and the same will be the case for Gabriel Jesus. The new Arsenal striker has joined the club on a five-year deal after the Gunners accepted a £45million offer for the Brazilian. With the departure of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal were in dire need of a new frontman and Jesus was put in charge. Jesus hasn't had a chance to show off his skills in front of the fans yet, but he may have upped the ante and already won over club legend Ian Wright. The former Arsenal striker was on hand to watch Arsenal's pre-season training and he has already admitted he "feels something happening" after seeing Jesus. Wright may now be a professional figure on television as a pundit, but to this day he cannot hide his love for Arsenal. The former forward loves the club but has been extremely critical at times in recent seasons as results have plummeted. As a striker, Wright's opinion is as good as anyone's and the former Arsenal star criticized Lacazette last season for falling too deep and not being involved enough. But after just one training session, Wright already seems more smitten with Jesus than he ever was with Lacazette. After seeing Jesus in action, Wright confronted the Brazilian, saying: "Jesus man. It's so good to be part of this Arsenal team. Arsenal have seen their average age drop since Mikel Arteta took charge , and now a very young team is looking for it." Bringing the Gunners back to their glory days. Jesus is now tasked with scoring the goals, although Lacazette barely contributed in the second half of last season. Wright criticized Lacazette, who scored just one Premier League goal for the Gunners in 2020. "We just need a little bit more going forward," Wright told Premier League Productions. Alexandre Lacazette was criticized by Ian Wright last season. "I'd like more To see goals from someone like Lacazette."I want him to stay up there a little bit more, we know he needs to connect but need to stay up there a little bit more, give us someone to beat." But Lacazette didn't heed Wright's advice and now Jesus will be looking to make an improvement.Jesus arrives with plenty of excitement and has already defeated one of Arsenal's greatest forwards.The number 9 will be the main man next season after breaking away from City has separated.

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