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Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal plot summer bids for Real Madrid star Isco

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Premier League clubs Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are all considering making a bid for Real Madrid star Isco this summer as his relationship with the club continues to deteriorate. 

Isco has fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu under manager Santiago Solari this season and was left out of the match day squad last weekend over concerns over his fitness and focus. Solari has reportedly also requested that Real bosses take disciplinary action against the forward.

Isco also refused to board the team bus ahead of Real’s Champions League defeat against Ajax last week, according to Spanish newspaper AS.

With Real planning a major clearout of players this summer after their poor season – culminating in being knocked out of the Champions League by Ajax at the last 16 stage – it looks increasingly likely that Isco will be one of the players to depart.

There will be no shortage of interest in the 26-year-old. Manchester United are looking for creative attackers, especially if misfit Alexis Sanchez moves on.

Meanwhile London rivals Spurs and Arsenal will be looking to bolster their squads in order to be able to make a sustained bid to win the Premier League title.

However, Arsenal May have to sell before they could buy a player of Isco’s value. Mesut Ozil would The the obvious name to be sold in that case, given his fractious relationship with manager Unai Emery and £350,000 per week wage packet.

Isco would likely command a transfer fee in excess of £50 million, given his age and record prior to this season.

All the factz on Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal, including which TV channel its on

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It’s the 198th North London derby today as Tottenham Hotspur take on Arsenal at Wembley Stadium. 

With both sides fighting for Champions League football next season, there is more at stake than just local bragging rights.

The match kicks off at 12.30pm and it is live on BT Sport 1. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Arsenal came from behind to win 4-2 at the Emirates Stadium earlier in the season. Spurs gained some revenge by beating the Gunners 2-0 in the Carabao Cup quarter final.

* Spurs have lost their last 2 home matches in the PL. they haven’t lost 3 in a row on home turf since 2012.

* Arsenal are in good form, having won 4 of their last 6 PL matches.

* However, their away form isn’t great: they have won 1 of their last 7 on the road and haven’t kept an away clean sheet all season.

* Spurs have gone 32 League matches without drawing. This is a PL record. The all-time record is 38 matches, held by Portsmouth.

All the factz on the February 27 fixtures in the Premier League

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Completing this midweek round of Premier League fixtures there are important matches at the top and bottom of the table. All of the top 6 are in action and the race for the title and Champions League places has got increasingly tight in the past couple of weeks.

Meanwhile two of the current bottom three face off in an old-fashioned 6-pointer.

The matches kick off at 7.45pm unless otherwise stated. Here are the factz you need to know:

Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored Arsenal’s winner in a 1-2 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium earlier in the season.
  • Arsenal have won their last 7 PL matches at The Emirates.
  • Meanwhile Bournemouth have lost their last 8PL matches away from home – conceding at least 2 goals in each match.
  • The Gunners are looking to keep consecutive clean sheets for the first time since September.
  • Joshua King is the Cherries’ form man with 4 goals in his last 5 appearances.

Southampton v Fulham

  • Fulham beat Saints 3-2 at Craven Cottage earlier in the season.
  • Saints have lost their last 2 PL matches and are without a win in 4.
  • Fulham have lost 7 of their last 8 matches in all competitions.
  • Southampton have kept just one clean sheet in their last 17 matches – against Chelsea in January.
  • Fulham have the leakiest defence in the Premier League, with 61 goals conceded so far.

Crystal Palace v Manchester United (8pm)

  • Palace have never beaten United in 19 attempts in the Premier League era, losing 15 of those matches.
  • However, the Eagles are in good form; they are unbeaten in 6 matches in all competitions with 4 wins in that run.
  • United are also in good form – they have won 8 and drawn 2 in the PL since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over as interim manager.
  • Palace are strong in defence, with 9 clean sheets this season – only the top 4 have had more shut-outs.
  • United have won their last 7 away matches in all competitions – they haven’t done that since 2002.

Liverpool v Watford (8pm)

  • Liverpool beat Watford 0-3 at Vicarage Road earlier in the season, with goals from Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
  • The Reds are unbeaten in 34 league matches at Anfield – a run stretching back to April 2017.
  • Watford are in decent form, with just one defeat in their last 11 matches in all competitions, and 6 wins in that run.
  • Mo Salah is just one goal shy of a half-century of PL strikes for Liverpool.
  • In 23 previous league meetings there has never been a 0-0 draw between the sides. There have been two scoreless meetings between the sides in the FA Cup, however.

Manchester City v West Ham United (8pm)

  • Manchester City thumped West Ham 1-4 at the London Stadium earlier in the season.
  • City are imperious at home – they have won 13 of their 14 PL matches there this season.
  • Meanwhile the Hammers have lost 4 of their last 5 away matches in all competitions.
  • Sergio Aguero has scored a hat-trick on each of his last 2 appearances at the Etihad, versus Arsenal and Chelsea. No Premier League player has scored a hat-trick of hat-tricks at home.
  • West Ham are consistently inconsistent – they have won 3, drawn 3 and lost 3 of their last 9 PL matches.

Lille admit Arsenal target Nicolas Pepe can leave – at the right price

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Lille forward Nicolas Pepe – a long-term target for Arsenal – could leave the club this summer, but only if the club receive an offer of £50 million for him, according to the club’s sporting director. 

Pepe has been a star in Ligue Un this season, scoring 17 goals in 28 appearances.

Arsenal have been tracking the Ivory Coast International for some time. However, financial constraints meant the Gunners couldn’t bid for him in January. But in the summer it is expected boss Unai Emery will have funds to spend.

Lille’s sporting director Luis Campos has now admitted that an offer of about £50 million would be hard to turn down.

Speaking to French TV station Telefoot, Campos said: “We are not a rich club – it means that if a really good proposal comes in for Pepe, we have to sell him.”

However, Arsenal will face strong competition for Pepe, with Manchester United and Barcelona among the other clubs said to be interested.

It is thought that if he is sold, it would be to a side in the Champions League. Arsenal are currently in a battle for 4th place – and the final Champions League spot – in the Premier League. Whether they make it into Europe’s top tournament could have a large bearing on their attractiveness to Pepe.

PSG linked with £60 million move for Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi

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French champions Paris St-Germain are thought to be monitoring Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi and plan to make a £60 million bid this summer, according to reports. 

Guendouzi has impressed at the heart of the Gunners’ midfield this season. The 19-year-old only joined from French second division side Lorient for £7 million in the summer.

So if PSG were to come in with an offer of £60 million, it would represent a huge profit in just a year.

However, Gunners boss Unai Emery has no plans to sell Guendouzi. “His development with us is very important and he’s playing with big consistency. He quality is very impressive.”

Emery added that he was surprised by the PSG link. “I don’t want this,” he added.

Arsenal could I’ll afford to lose another midfield star after Aaron Ramsey has announced he will join Juventus in the summer once his Gunners deal has expired.

PSG meanwhile want to bolster their midfield with Adrien Rabiot seemingly certain to leave in the summer. Guendouzi is the latest in a long list of names to be linked with the club.