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Arsenal have reportedly held talks over a move for Malang Sarr

A recent report in the English media has linked Arsenal with former OGC Nice defender, Malang Sarr.

Sarr, now 21, has to date, spent all of his senior career on the books of Nice.

The centre-back, had previously impressed with Nice’s B side, before making his senior debut in 2016.

Sarr, who has also notched six appearances for France’s under-21 side, then went on to impress with the Ligue 1 outfit’s senior team.

All told, across all competitions, Sarr has notched 119 appearances for Nice, in which he has scored three and assisted three.

The stopper is a centre-back by trade. But he is also very capable of lining out on the left-hand side of defence, a role he impressed in several times throughout the 2019/20 campaign.

The 2019/20 Ligue 1 season was, of course, brought to a premature end due to COVID-19. But Sarr still managed to garner 19 league appearances, guiding Nice to a respectable 7th-place finish.

However, despite coming up through their youth ranks and being just 21, Sarr departed Nice last month when his contract expired.

And given his age and ability, this makes the centre-half a fairly attractive free agent.

One club, as mentioned above, who are seemingly well aware of the potential bargain Sarr could represent is Arsenal.

"According to a report from Goal on Thursday, the Gunners have held talks over a move for the former Nice man."

However, the Arsenal faithful probably shouldn’t get their hopes up too much when it comes to landing Sarr.

This is because Goal add that Arsenal are yet to table a contract offer for Sarr and also, talks with other clubs are more advanced, including with Italian outfit Torino, whom Goal claim are making a concerted effort to lure in Sarr.

Arsenal in advanced talks with No.10 South American playmaker

Gunners have reportedly been offered the opportunity to seal the transfer of Barcelona flop Philippe Coutinho this summer. Brazil international was a world-class performer during his time at Anfield but has badly struggled at Camp Nou and in his loan spell with Bayern Munich this campaign.

As a result, it looks like he’s set to leave the Blaugrana this summer as both Arsenal and Newcastle have been offered the chance to sign him, either permanently or on loan with a view to a permanent move.

Arsenal may well be tempted to sign Philippe, who could be a superb signing if he can get back to anything close to his best form that he showed in his last spell in the PL.

The Spanish manager could also do with more options in the playmaker department after the unconvincing form of the likes of Mesut Ozil and Nicolas Pepe this campaign.

Still, there’s no doubt it would also be a gamble as there’s no guarantee the Brazilian attacker would definitely get back to his best at the London club.

The way in which his form has dipped so quickly will no doubt be a concern and it may even be that Blaugrana will struggle to find anyone willing to take him off their hands this summer.

Defender pinpoints why Arsenal are confident ahead of Man City clash

Cedric Soares believes that Arsenal’s character against Liverpool shows they have a good chance of following up the surprise win with success in the FA Cup.

The Portugal international is cup-tied for Saturday’s meeting with Manchester City but has backed his team-mates to get the job done.

After falling behind to Liverpool through Sadio Mane’s goal, Arsenal rallied and were gifted two goals as Alexandre Lacazette and Reiss Nelson pounced on defensive errors to earn a 2-1 win.

It was a fine response from Mikel Arteta’s side, who had lost the north London derby at neighbours Tottenham three days earlier.

Soares was recalled for the game against Liverpool and now wants to see his colleagues keep momentum going as he cheers them on from the sidelines.

“We know it will be another tough game against a great opponent on the weekend, but we are in a good moment,” said the full-back, who featured for Southampton in the FA Cup before joining Arsenal in January.

“I just think we need to keep this spirit and the rest will come. If we keep working like this, it is just the natural way for a win to come.

“The team have moments and when you keep growing something the wins always give you a push.

“You have to believe in the work of the coaching staff every day and, of course, when you win you can believe more and it helps the team in that moment.”

“I think against Tottenham it was a different game, we gave our best and controlled most of the game but didn’t get the three points.

“Last night we had a great reaction with character, we showed that sometimes you need to be able to suffer and stay together as one.

“We did that, we showed a great attitude, everyone was supporting one another and when that happens the wins can happen like they did.”

Report: European giants step up pursuit of Jorginho as agent said his client is open to Chelsea exit

Juventus have reportedly advanced their pursuit of Chelsea midfielder Jorginho as the transfer would “suit” all parties involved, Tuttosport claim.

There have been questions surrounding the 28-year-old’s future at Stamford Bridge after he had a spell on the sidelines since the Premier League restart.

Jorginho has since returned to Chelsea’s starting line-up, but manager Frank Lampard has not exactly had many options with N’Golo Kante and Billy Gilmour’s injuries.

If Lampard wants to implement his two attacking No.8s midfield system, Jorginho could still be pushed out of the picture again once Kante recovers from his injury.

And if that happens, a return to Serie A could be an attractive option for Jorginho.

According to a report from Italian outlet Tuttosport, Juventus are looking to sign another midfielder despite having already signed Arthur from Barcelona in a swap deal involving Miralem Pjanic.

The report claimed Jorginho fits the criteria the Serie A leaders are looking for; a technical player under the age of 30 who can defend and help build attacks.

The fact that Jorginho has had a history with their manager Maurizio Sarri at both Napoli and Chelsea also makes him an even more ideal target.

Juventus even would sacrifice one of either Sami Khedira or Blaise Matuidi to make room for the Italy international, the report added.

Last week, Jorginho’s agent Joao Santos also spoke about the possibility of his client’s reunion with Sarri.

He told Le10Sport: “(Maurizio) Sarri probably thinks he needs a player like Jorginho, but I don’t know what Juventus’ plan will be.”

“If the Bianconeri and Chelsea agree, then we will assess.”

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