£25m star wants Arsenal move, Agent opens door to Veretout deal, Gunners in ‘advanced talks’ to sign defender, Gotze opens up on possible move
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Arsenal bound target Yannick Carrasco has admitted he wants to return to Europe with the Gunners close to securing a deal.
Despite spending over £70 million in the summer transfer window, Gunners boss Unai Emery is still keen to splash the cash over the next few transfer windows and keep improving his side, and Carrasco is reportedly on his shopping list.
The former Atletico Madrid star caused controversy over 12 months ago when he decided to join Dalian Yifang alongside teammate Nicolas Gaitan in big-money moves, but he desperately keen on a making a big money move back to Europe at the end of the season, with the Gunners keen.
The Gunners are known to be keen and are believed to have been close on finalising a deal for the Belgian for days and now the winger, who formerly played for Monaco and Atletico Madrid, with the TalkSport website reporting Italian journalist Nicolo Schira says personal terms have been agreed to take Carrasco to the Emirates, with Arsenal and Dalian Yifang now in negotiations to agree a fee.
Now he has admitted he wants to be back in Europe.
“The whole world knows that I want to return to Europe,” he said on the Daily Express.
“Now, it depends on the president and I hope he finds a solution.”
Arsenal have been given some hope in their pursuit of Jordan Veretout after his agent revealed there was interest from England and said his client wanted a move to a ‘big club.’
Now that Aaron Ramsey has left the club to build a new life over in Italy with Juventus, there has been a lot of transfer speculation in the media about whom Unai Emery will look to try and sign to help fill the void of the Welshman.
And one name that has been on the radar for some time now is that of former Aston Villa star Veretout.
He made 29 appearances in his first and only season with Villa, which ended in relegation to the Championship, before spending the following season on loan at Saint-Etienne which ultimately secured him a £60 million move to Fiorentina in 2017 where he has rebuilt his career.
Arsenal have been given some hope in their pursuit of Veretout after his agent revealed there was interest from England and said his client wanted a move to a ‘big club.’
“As far as I know, Fiorentina have not given the all-clear for Veretout to join Napoli,’ agent Mario Giuffredi told Radio CRC.
“The problem is they [Fiorentina] don’t currently have a director of sport, so I don’t know who to communicate with.
“I also have no guarantees that Vincenzo Montella will remain as coach, it’s all up in the air after the club’s takeover [by Rocco Commisso].
“There are four or five important clubs who want Veretout, in Italy and abroad.] I don’t like to name names, but we’ll see what happens and who steps forward to close the deal.”
Mario Gotze has refuted suggestions that he will leave Borussia Dortmund this summer, with Arsenal linked with a move.
There is no doubt in the media that Gunners boss Unai Emery needs to delve into his transfer kitty over the next few months and land some fresh faces, especially in midfield with the departures of Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck.
However, he may have a big problem as there has been talk that he will only be handed a meagre £45 million transfer kitty to turn this Arsenal side back into a Champions League side, and the pushing on for a Title or two.
And that means Emery will have to switch his attentions from the likes of Isco, Gareth Bale and Asensio and eye up more cheaper alternatives this summer, with Gotze now on the radar.
Gotze, the 2014 World Cup winner, has never fulfilled the potential he showed as a youngster, though he enjoyed a relatively prolific season with Borussia Dortmund, scoring seven goals and creating a further seven.
The 27-year-old’s contract expires at the end of next season, and reports suggested the Gunners want to take advantage of his situation by securing his services in a cut-price deal.
However, speaking to DAZN, he insisted that he has no plans to leave the club.
“I always hear these rumours, they come up every year,” he said.
“Everyone has their value and the club has to decide who fits where.
“I have a year on my contract and I am comfortable in the Bundesliga.
“I am very relaxed, I wanted to play a reasonable season, contributing with my performances and focusing on myself was important for me.”
Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba.
Breaking into Saint-Etienne’s first-team in September, Saliba had an outstanding debut season in France and caught the attentions of the Premier League’s elite with his performances.
Gunners boss Unai Emery have been keeping close tabs on Saliba’s progress and reports this weekend claim that Arsenal are looking to hold talks over a possible deal for the centre-back.
Saliba, who is valued at around €30 million (£26m) by Saint-Etienne, has also impressed the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham over the past 12 months.
The Ligue 1 club are said to be open to selling the 18-year-old Frenchman this summer, but only if an interested club stumps up around €30m and then loans him back for the upcoming season.
But Le10Sport in France claim Arsenal are currently leading the chase and have already begun talks about a possible transfer deal.