Man United Enter Race To Sign €65m Rated German Forward
According to latest reports, Manchester United have entered the race to sign Bayern Munich forward Serge Gnabry in this summer transfer window. The German winger has emerged as a shock target for the Red Devils to replace wantaway star Cristiano Ronaldo.
United are seeking a centre-forward to replace Cristiano Ronaldo who has expressed his desire to leave Old Trafford this summer. After missing out on Champions League qualification for the upcoming season, it is evident that the Portuguese star doesn’t fancy playing in the second-tier European competition and has thus informed the club of his wish to leave.
It is also understood that Erik ten Hag is keen on bolstering the front-line, particularly after Ronaldo requested on letting him see the exit doors of Old Trafford if the right offer is made. The Red Devils are very keen on keeping their star forward by all means, but if the 37-year-old truly wants to leave, then they will eventually be looking for a potential attacking replacement before the start of the 2022-23 campaign.
According to The Sun, Manchester United have identified Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry as a potential option to replace Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford. The Red Devils have been keeping tabs on the 26-year-old winger since the beginning of the year amongst possible attacking targets, but now has turned up as a direct replacement.
Serge Gnabry has only a year left on his current contract at the Allianz Arena. So far, both parties have failed to reach an agreement over a new deal, with the player refusing to sign a new contract. Last month, he turned down a £200,000-a-week contract extension offer made by the Bavarians.
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic (via The Mirror) spoke about the Gnabry situation:
“We really want to keep him. We would love to extend with him. I hope that he chooses FC Bayern.”
“But if a player doesn’t want to decide for the club, then it’s only fair to tell us so that we can find a solution that makes everyone happy.”
As things stand, it appears that the Bundesliga giants are willing to sell their 26-year-old asset this summer. Bayern are ready to cash in and have set an asking fee of around £35 million for the winger. The report also mentions the interest of Manchester City in signing Gnabry as boss Pep Guardiola is looking to bring in a replacement for Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling.
Serge Gnabry moved to the Allianz Arena in 2017 from Werder Bremen. The 26-year-old has made 45 appearances last season for Munich, scoring 17 goals and registering 10 assists (stats via Transfermarkt) across all competitions. He was also part of the Bayern team that sealed the continental treble in 2020, including the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, and the UEFA Champions League.
After Robert Lewandowski, who has expressed his desire to move on and look for a new challenge, Serge Gnabry could potentially be the next to quit the German club. Bayern have found Lewandowski’s replacement by signing Liverpool star Sadio Mane, and are also linked with a move for Cristiano Ronaldo. Interesting times are ahead and one just has to wait and see how the summer unfolds for the big names in football.
Arsenal Open Talks To Sign €10m Rated Ligue 1 star
Arsenal are reportedly interested in securing the services of LOSC Lille midfielder Amadou Onana. According to reports in France, the North London outfit have opened talks with the player’s representatives over a possible summer move to the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners have already signed Fabio Vieira in this transfer window. However, reports suggest that Arteta is seeking yet another midfield signing to bolster the squad. While the Portuguese midfielder offers more depth on the attacking front, Arsenal currently have just 4 options for the defensive midfield.
Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka were Arteta’s preferred duo throughout the 2021/22 season. Albert Sambi Lokonga and Mohamed Elneny offered solid depth throughout the campaign. Lucas Torreira has also returned from a loan stint at Fiorentina. However, the Gunners are looking to add one more player to their roster.
The 20-year-old Lille midfielder played his first season of top-flight football in the recently concluded campaign after signing from Hamburg last year for a fee of £6m. The Belgian played 41 games across all competitions, including 17 as a starter (stats via Transfermarkt).
Onana’s impressive performances have piqued the interest of several big clubs. The youngster also got a call-up from the Belgium national team and earned his first cap with a substitute appearance against the Netherlands in the UEFA Nations League.
According to French publication RMC Sport (via Football Talk), Arsenal are interested in signing Amadou Onana and have held talks with the player’s agents. Manager Mikel Arteta is also said to be impressed by the Belgian midfielder. However, the Gunners must act fast if they wish to sign the Hoffenheim youth graduate.
RMC Sport’s Sacha Tavolieri (via The Sun) reports that another unnamed Premier League side are also pursuing the midfielder. It appears that West Ham United are the interested party. As reported by The Athletic, the Hammers have had a bid of €23 million rejected by Lille. The French club maintain that Onana is not for sale, while West Ham are weighing up a second offer.
Amadou Onana is a very bright player. It is no surprise that the Belgian has progressed through the youth ranks so quickly. Furthermore, the midfielder offers Arteta a distinct profile, one the Spaniard currently does not have at his disposal. Arsenal’s squad is littered with talented individuals with great technical ability. Adding a destroyer-profile in the mix would give the manager great flexibility in selection.
The Belgian midfielder’s ability on the ball will also undoubtedly improve with time. The North London side have relied on a possession-heavy system under the Spanish manager. Paired with better teammates in a setup that favours ball retention, Onana has a better chance of improving his all-round game.
The only hindrance could be the transfer fee. LOSC Lille seem determined to hold on to Amadou Onana, and Arsenal may require a bid of over €30 million to prise away their starlet.
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