Arsenal Wednesday! Carvajal Premier League dream, Almiron fee set and stunning Carrick claim
Here is a roundup from all todays Arsenal Headlines.
Real Madrid star Dani Carvajal has told the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United ‘that he dreams of playing in the Premier League’
Regarded as one of the finest right-backs in world football, Carvajal has been linked with a move to the Premier League for a number of transfer windows, as United see him as the long-term replacement for Antonio Valencia while Arsenal will need a replacement if Hector Bellerin joins Barcelona.
Madrid signed Alvaro Odriozola for £40m last summer and Carvajal fears for his future at the Bernabeu, despite being a regular starter under former boss Zinedine Zidane and And he has suggested he could leave the club by admitting he would like to play in England.
He was quoted on the Metro website:‘I would love to play in the Premier League.
‘It’s an experience that I would love to have and I don’t want to be left cursing not having experienced it.’
Now Carvajal has a contract at Madrid until 2022, but with a number of changes expected to arise next summer, reports have claimed Madrid could accept anything between £40-60 million for the Spanish international.
And Atlanta United have told Arsenal they will have to spend more than £11 million to secure a deal for Miguel Almiron.
After a few weeks of scouting the South American star, reports emerged which claimed Arsenal were all set to announce the signing of Almiron early in the January transfer window after the MLS side announce he was heading to the Premier League.
A fee of around £11 million has been what many media outlets believe will be the price, but now Atlanta President Darren Eales has claimed Arsenal will now need to break the back to secure a January deal.
He was quoted on the Metro website: ‘So there were two clues as to why that was total nonsense, one was Eagles, not Eales.
‘And the other was the suggestion of £11m because it would have to take at least triple that for me to even get out of bed and think about any bids for Almiron.
‘So everyone knew, as soon as they saw that figure, that it was a load of rubbish.’
Asked again if the £11m – or $14.5m – was too small a fee to land Almiron, Eales confirmed: ‘Oh yeah, way, way light, absolutely.’
Finally, Manchester United coach Michael Carrick has stunningly claimed he almost signed for Arsenal, but got stopped by a certain Cesc Fabregas.
After more than a decade as a United player and countless trophies, Carrick decided to hang up his playing boots at the end of last season after an injury plagued season, and he decided to join the coaching staff at Old Trafford, accepting the job offer from Jose Mourinho.
But back in 2004 he was hot property, with a number of clubs interested in trying to secure his services after a number of impressive performances for West Ham, but it seemed he was all set to sign for Arsenal after meeting with Gunners legend Arsene Wenger.
Reports claimed the deal was due to be completed on a Monday, but Fabregas was so impressive in the Community shield, it rendered Carrick surplus to requirements.
Carrick was quoted on the TalkSport website: “On the way home, we got another call. Arsenal again, asking us to meet Arsene. As it happened we were driving past his home in north London, so we arranged to call in on the way.
“Within an hour I was sitting in the front room of Arsene Wenger’s house, pinching myself. Could this really be happening? Arsenal! Could I really be on the verge of signing for the Invincibles who’d just gone through the season unbeaten?
“We talked for almost an hour about football. Wenger had the Community Shield at the weekend but was spending an hour with me, so surely he had to be interested in signing me? “Let’s get Cardiff out the way, and we’ll see you Monday,” Wenger said as we left.
“On the Sunday, I settled down at home in Theydon Bois, Epping, to watch Arsenal, my team to be, in the Community Shield against Manchester United. I saw that a kid, Cesc Fabregas, only 17, started in Vieira’s place.
“Fabregas played a blinder but I didn’t think too much about the significance. I sat at home on Sunday night waiting for the call to arrange details of the next day. Arsenal! I couldn’t wait.
“But I waited, and waited, and that call never came. The next day, I had to go into training at West Ham instead and, on the way, David [Geiss, Carrick’s agent] phoned to say he’d had a call from Dein. David relayed the gist of his message, like, “I’m sorry, the manager says we don’t need Michael. Fabregas is coming through like he is. Sorry, the deal’s off.” Fabregas’s performance changed Wenger’s mind about needing me.
“I was totally devastated as I had my heart set on Arsenal and playing with all that talent. My head was gone. Arsenal had swayed me and I didn’t have a clue what I’d do now.”