This is Naija News compilation of the latest Arsenal news online for today, Thursday, May 16th, 2019.
Arsenal look for Ramsey replacement
It won’t be the most spectacular window, but the Gunners do have some very important business to conduct. The key question is the size of their budget.
With Europa League football, we’re told it will be as low as around £40m. But with Champions League football, it will be higher. I’ve been led to believe that could mean up to £100m.
The higher figure would require player sales and also need to cover the salaries of signings. There’s also a revenue boost that will come with Adidas taking over as Arsenal’s kit supplier.
The low kitty is mainly explained by Arsenal’s heavy investment in recent transfer windows, a total commitment to their self-sustaining model and the adherence to financial fair play (FFP) rules.
Despite the continued absence of a technical director, the existing recruitment team have identified targets and conversations are underway. They’re looking for experience and youth.
Their priorities are a central defender and box-to-box midfielder.
Jeremy Wilson from The Telegraph mentioned Getafe centre-back Djene Dakonam, who is under contract until 2021 and has a 35m euros release clause.
The midfielder will replace the outgoing Aaron Ramsey.
Arsenal came close to a deal for PSG midfielder Christopher Nkunku in January, while Adrien Rabiot is another they’ve pursued in the past – but I’ve not heard that either are targets this time around.
Alexandre Lacazette: Arsenal striker in Barcelona link after website glitch
Antoine Griezmann is linked with an eye-catching move to Barcelona and for a moment on Wednesday, Arsenal fans feared his France team-mate Alexandre Lacazette was set to follow suit.
But while Atletico Madrid’s Griezmann has declared he is on the move, Lacazette’s dalliance with Barcelona owed to nothing more than an internet glitch.
Twitter erupted at the sight of the 27-year-old’s name appearing among the player profiles available on Barcelona’s official website.
Rugani: ‘He turned down Arsenal for Juve, Pogba’s return…’
Daniele Rugani will stay at Juventus until at least 2023, despite the rumours that have been circulating recently. In fact, during his time at the Bianconeri, he has turned down several offers, as revealed by the player’s agent to Calciomercato.com.
“The doctors put him to rest a bit, he has been unavailable for three weeks, but now he’s better and for the future, the renewal is ready. Juve can take anyone, but if you’ve been there for four years and have to stay for another five seasons, it means you’ve worked in a certain way.
“Arsenal? There were one of the first teams interested. There were also other teams, but it’s useless to talk about that now that he’s at Juventus. There are requests now as well but there is no need to advertise.”
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