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It is looking increasingly likely that Arsenal will look to sell midfielder Mesut Ozil in the January transfer window, and he could go to Premier League rivals Manchester United.
Ozil is becoming an increasingly marginalized figure at the Emirates. He has recently lost his place in the starting 11, and talks over a new contract have stalled, with it appearing Arsenal’s top brass are unwilling to offer him the £350,000 he is said to want.
With that in mind, Arsenal will look to sell Ozil in the January transfer window, rather than risk losing him for nothing once his contract expires next summer.
One potential destination could be Manchester United. Jose Mourinho is known to be a fan of his, and the pair had a good working relationship when they were both at Real Madrid earlier in the decade.
A report in the Mirror says that Ozil is keen on the move and has told his teammates that he is off to United, although there is no source given for this, so must be taken with a pinch of salt.
Inter Milan have previously said they are interested in signing the German, especially if he is available for a cut price – with only 6 months left on his deal, Arsenal cannot expect to receive his full market value.
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Spanish giants Real Madrid are prepared to offer up to three players in a bid to tempt Tottenham Hotspur to part with striker Harry Kane, according to a report from Spain.
Real are reportedly willing to offer former Spurs players Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, as well as striker Karim Benzema to try and secure a deal for Kane, according to Spanish news outlet Diario Gol.
Diario Gol also claim that Spurs will not let Kane leave for less than €200 million (£179 million) – hence the willingness to involve a swap deal.
But all three players will be seen as expendable to the Spanish side. Bale has been blighted by injuries in the past season, which has affected his form and value. Meanwhile Benzema would be the player most likely to lose his place in the side if Kane were to join Madrid. Finally, while Modric is still highly rated, his is 33.
However, nothing has been said by Spurs, and this story comes without quoting any sources, so it is best filed under ‘speculation’ – for now.
Manchester City could mount a sensational world-record bid for Barcelona star Lionel Messi, if he doesn’t put pen to paper on a new contract at the Camp Nou.
In July, Barca officials announced that a deal to keep Messi at Barcelona until 2021 had been done. However, it seems that announcement jumped the gun as, three months on, the deal has not been signed and there are more than just a few formalities to be sorted out, according to a report in Spanish newspaper Marca.
Should talks not prove fruitful, Manchester City could come in with a bid. Marca reports a potential €400 million (£356.5 million) offer, which would dwarf the current world record £198 million Paris St-Germain paid to Barca in the summer for Neymar.
Unnamed sources close to City say that “serious conversations have been held with the footballer’s inner circle,” although this remains confirmed, Marca add.
However, it should be remembered that this report has appeared in Marca, which is associated with Barca’s great rivals, Real Madrid – so should be taken with a pinch of salt, especially with unnamed sources quoted. Likewise, it is known that Messi and his family are settled in Barcelona and he has not fallen out with the club in any way. In addition, the club are still saying that the deal is complete.
So, while this is speculation and just that, let’s just dream of what it would be like to have Messi in the Premier League.
Arsenal could sell German international midfielder Mesut Ozil in January, rather than risk losing him on a free transfer in the summer – and Inter Milan have expressed an interest in signing him.
Ozil is in the last year of his contract with the Gooners, and while he has said publicly he is happy in London, talks about him signing a new deal have stalled. It is reported that Arsenal are offering Ozil £275,000 per week – which would make him the highest earner at the club – but the player is holding out for £350,000.
If this impasse continues, Arsenal could decide to cash in on him, rather than risk him walking away for nothing in the summer.
However, if they do decide to sell, they won’t get a top transfer fee for him due to the fact he becomes a free agent in the summer.
Ozil is injured currently, but in his absence the team has performed well, which could further tempt manager Arsene Wenger to sell, especially as he appears resigned to losing Alexis Sanchez for nothing in the summer.
Inter chairman Erick Thohir has publicly admitted the club are keen on the midfielder, and it is thought that they would make an offer in January if they were given signs by Arsenal that they were willing to sell.
Spanish giants have finally agreed a deal to re-sign Chelsea striker Diego Costa for £53 million and end his Stamford Bridge nightmare.
Costa will undergo a medical this afternoon (September 21) ahead of the move, according to Spanish newspaper AS. If it goes through, it will be a record for Atletico, eclipsing the £35 million they paid Porto for Radamel Falcao in 2011.
However, Atletico are currently subject to a transfer ban, which means that even if the deal is agreed, Costa won’t be able to play for the club until January. However, he will be able to train with his new teammates.
Atletico have been keen on bringing Costa back to the club since it emerged early in the summer that he wasn’t part of Antonio Conte’s plans. However, they were unable to agree a deal before the window closed at the end of August.
Costa is currently in Brazil, having refused to return to Chelsea since the summer. He was told by Conte he had no future at the club – allegedly by text message – and relations have completely broken down between the pair since. Costa has consistently said he wants to move back to Atletico and appears to have got his wish.