Arsenal keep a close eye on€35m-rated La Liga centre-forward
Gunners are said to be prepared to offer Luka Jovic a huge wage to join them this summer. Gunners could be on the hunt for a new striker, with the future of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang uncertain, and Serbia international has emerged as their one of their top targets.
Luka has experienced a difficult campaign at Real Madrid after making a £52m move last summer. Gunners see the quality that Jovic possesses though, and are now willing to make him one of their top earners, according to the latest reports.
Gunners reportedly would offer the 22-year-old striker up to £192,000-a-week to sign for them, such as Mikel Arteta’s desire to see him at the London club. That would have to be classed as a shock move if it did happen for Arsenal.
The Gunners have been trying to cut the wage bill, so they would be making a big exception if they were to offer the Serbian centre-forward such a huge salary. Gunners stance may come as replacing Aubameyang will be extremely tough for them.
Gabon international has been a frequent scorer and finding an adequate replacement is unlikely to be possible, unless Gunners are prepared to spend big.
Arsenal in talks with€20m-rated RB Salzburg star
The London giants are targeting RB Salzburg attacker Dominik Szoboszlai as a possible replacement for Matteo Guendouzi, according to reports. Arsenal manager is keen to revamp his midfield options in the summer transfer window and the London club have already held talks with Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey.
Reports claim that Ghana international is keen on joining the Gunners, but Arsenal are looking to negotiate a lower transfer fee than his €50m release clause. The Spanish manager is open to selling Matteo and also Lucas Torreira, with Thomas and Hungary international being signed as replacements.
"Dominik has been in fantastic form for RB Salzburg this campaign with 11 goals and 17 assists in 39 games. Szoboszlai, who has already played eight matches for Hungary’s national team, can play either in a central or a left-sided attacking midfield role."
The report also claims that Mikel Arteta will be reliant on free transfer and loan deals this summer unless he can generate his own transfer budget by selling footballers. Speaking this week, Mikel Arteta revealed that Gunners finishing place in the PL will have a major impact on the club’s transfer plans this summer.
‘I have a very clear plan and the specificity of the players and squad balance that we need to compete with the rest of the top teams in the country,’ said Mikel Arteta.
‘We don’t know how the market is going to be. Obviously, we are putting different plans together to see what we’ll be able to do. At the moment, the uncertainty is still big, the way we’re going to finish the season will dictate a lot of things financially as well.’
Arsenal’s summer transfer failure might have started already
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta hopes to storm the summer transfer market to do some deals that will help save the team of further failures in the coming seasons.
Owing to the poor performance in recent seasons and the inability of the Gunners team to compete for titles, Mikel Arteta called on the club’s management to support the team to finalise deals so as to bring in quality players that will help improve the team and complement those who are already there.
However, the major target for the North London outfit, Thomas Partey is believed to be making a u-turn in the decision about his future to remain with Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid.
It was earlier reported that the Ghanaian international was interested in a move to switch to the Emirates Stadium and his father had given his nod to that but the latest report by GhanaSoccerNet reveals otherwise.
The report says the player has made up his mind to snub Arsenal and sign a new deal of £135,000 weekly wage with Atletico Madrid.
This will no doubt, be a big blow to Arsenal who are hoping to get it right this time as one of the failures will mean not getting the players of their choice or being rejected by quality players.
Pep Guardiola names Arsenal's 'special' trait ahead of FA Cup semi-final against Man City
Pep Guardiola has pinpointed the “special” trait of Arsenal that he believes will make them a tough challenge in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final.
The Gunners face Guardiola’s Manchester City side at Wembley this weekend as they look to book their place in final on August 1.
Mikel Arteta – who was appointed Arsenal boss after working as Guardiola’s assistant at the Etihad Stadium – is searching for his piece of silverware as a manager, and will also be looking to the cup as a passage to next season’s Europa League.
The Gunners, though, will head into Saturday’s tie as big underdogs, having found themselves comfortably second best in their last meeting against City.
They faced the recently deposed Premier League champions in their first game back upon the restart, and were soundly beaten 3-0 at Eastlands.
Ahead of their latest encounter though, Guardiola has downplayed his side’s tag as heavy favourites, and has been impressed with the job done by his former assistant so far.
“I said before that no semi-final is easy, never,” said Guardiola.
“They are always tight. We lost semi-finals in my first year here, and the players know it will be so tight.
“I have the same opinion of Arsenal and Mikel, my opinion didn’t change when they beat Liverpool or lost to Brighton, not for one second.
“We expect a tough game. They [Arsenal] have something special, team spirit.
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