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Manchester United and Juventus target summer move for Arsenal star Hector Bellerin

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Manchester United and Italian giants Juventus are set to battle for the signature of Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin this summer.

Juventus have been previously linked with the 23-year-old, while Manchester United have made enquiries about his potential availability, according to The Mirror.

Bellerin has been linked with a move away from Arsenal, and boss Arsene Wenger could be tempted to sell as he would have a high transfer value – he is contracted to the club until 2023 – and with the Gunners needing funds to rebuild the squad in the summer.

Both Juventus and Manchester United are in the market for a right-back in the summer. For the Old Lady, Stephan Lichtsteiner is set to depart in the summer and they don’t have an established back-up. Similarly at United, Antonio Valencia usually fills that role, but he is aging and has come in for criticism from manager Jose Mourinho.

Bellerin, who has been a regular for Arsenal since the 2013/14 season, was linked with a move back to boyhood club Barcelona last summer, but a move failed to materialize.

Everton target summer free transfer move for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshire

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Everton are rumoured to be planning to make an offer to sign Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshire this summer.

Wilshire is in the last year of his deal at the Emirates Stadium, and contract talks are said to have stalled, with Arsenal’s bosses having offered 26-year-old Wilshire a deal that would see him take a pay cut.

While Wilshire is apparently keen to stay at Arsenal – he has been with the club since he was a boy, apart from a couple of loan moves – the contract talks impasse has alerted other clubs, with Everton particularly interested, according to The Mirror.

The newspaper add that Wilshire currently earns £110,000 per week, but Arsenal have only offered him £90,000 per week so far. However, the deal on offer does include numerous incentives based on appearances – Arsenal’s bosses noting his track record with injuries – and the contribution he makes to the success of the side.

Matters at Arsenal are also complicated by the £350,000 per week deal they recently gave to Mesut Ozil – other stars at the club now want their wages to rise too.

It is thought that Everton would be willing to offer Wilshire a larger wage and, of course, as a free agent, he could also get a large signing-on fee as well.

Should Wilshire become available, other clubs would also be interested in his signature. Italian champions Juventus have been mentioned, but there would also be no shortage of offers from other Premier League clubs. AFC Bournemouth could be interested in bringing him back to the Vitality Stadium, where he spent the 2016/17 season on loan, but whether they could afford his wages is a different matter.

Get the factz on Arsenal v Watford, including what TV channel its on

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There are two matches in the Premier League today. The first sees Arsenal take on Watford at the Emirates Stadium. The match kicks off at 1.30pm and it is live on Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Watford took all 3 points at Vicarage Road in the reverse fixture, with Tom Cleverly netting a late winner.
* Arsenal have lost their last 3 PL matches and 5 of their last 7 in all competitions, but they did beat AC Milan away last time out.
* Watford have won 3 of their last 5 in the PL, losing 1.
* Arsenal haven’t kept a clean sheet in 11 PL matches.
* Watford have lost 6 of their last 7 away PL matches, drawing the other.

Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham in race to sign Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure

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Premier League title contenders Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, and other clubs, such as Arsenal, are all considering making a bid for Watford midfielders Abdoulaye Doucoure this summer.

The 25-year-old Frenchman has been a standout performer for the inconsistent Hornets this season, and is currently their top scorer, with 7 goals in 28 appearances.

Manchester United are known to be in the market for central midfielder, with Michael Carrick set to retire at the end of the season, and it appearing likely that Marouane Fellaini will leave when his contract ends in the summer. Doucoure would be an effective replacement for either.

Likewise, Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal are all looking to strengthen in the summer, and Doucoure’s pace, strengthen and technical ability would fit well in any of those sides.

But, at 25, Doucoure is entering the best years of his career, and Watford will want top dollar for a star player who has two years left on his contact. In today’s inflated market, Doucoure could easily cost upwards of £30 million.

Doucoure himself has done little to quell speculation. He was asked about his future plans recently and said: “We’ll see what the state of play is in the summer and then we can ask questions,” according to The Mirror.

Should one of the big clubs – or Arsenal – come in for him, you would think Doucoure would jump at the chance to make the step up and Watford would struggle to resist him. However, the Hornets could use the money to reinvest in the side as they seek to establish the club as a regular in the top 10 in the Premier League.

Get the factz on Brighton v Arsenal in the Premier League including what TV channel its on

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The first match in the Premier League today sees Brighton & Hove Albion take on Arsenal at the Amex Stadium. Can Arsenal lift some of the pressure off manager Arsene Wenger with a win? The match kicks off at 1.30pm and it is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Arsenal won the reverse fixture 2-0 earlier in the season.
* Brighton are unbeaten in 4 in the PL, and have won their last 2 at home.
* The Gooners have lost their last 3 away matches in the PL.
* They also haven’t kept a clean sheet in 10 matches.
* After struggling to score for most of the season, Brighton have scored 8 goals in their last 3 matches. They had managed 18 in their previous 25.