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Reports have claimed Arsenal have held talks with Rennes winger Ismaila Sarr about a possible summer move to the Emirates.
Despite spending over £70 million in last summer’s transfer window, Gunners boss Unai Emery still needs to add players in key areas of the pitch and is widely expected to be busy in the summer transfer window, as rumours claim he could have over £100 million to play with.
And with midfielder Aaron Ramsey all set to depart the club and make a move to Italian giants Juventus, who fee they have a real bargain, Emery is looking to bolster his midfield in the transfer window ahead of a fresh push to challenge for the Premier League title.
and according to reports on the Goal France website, Emery was impressed by the performance of Sarri last week in the Gunners shock defeat in the Europa League and immediately got to work trying to tempt him to a move to London.
Sarr has scored nine times in the 35 appearances across all competitions this season and would provide Unai Emery with the pace and energy he craves in wide positions.
Meanwhile, Emery revealed the importance of winning the Europa League before Arsenal’s second leg with French side Rennes.
The Gunners were chasing a 3-1 defeat from the first leg against the French side but ran out 3-0 winners at the Emirates Stadium to book their place in Friday’s quarter-final draw.
Emery is still chasing a top four spot and Champions League football, but with the likes of Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United all in the hunt it will be a battle for the Gunners to finish in the top four and the Spaniard knows winning the Europa League means automatic qualification into the Champions League.
And Emery has revealed that he has told Arsenal’s players that they should be ‘excited’ by the prospect of winning a trophy ahead of their impressive 3-0 win, telling the Sky Sports website: ‘The Champions League is very important but the Europa League grew up a lot and now is giving every team the possibility to play in the Champions League.
‘In the domestic league, like here, we have six teams playing to be in the top four. Two teams are going out and the Europa League is giving us a big opportunity also to take one way to go to the Champions League.
‘And also, it’s one title. I said to the players today, I am excited about this competition. It’s not just because you can get to the Champions League through this competition.
‘It’s also because it’s one title and I think we can feel the possibility to win one title, doing this way with a difficult moment like today and playing also against big teams.
‘But I think we can feel this competition like in the Premier League, to do a good way and create, with our supporters, a big atmosphere and a big feeling together to do this way in the Premier League and also here in the Europa League. Together and stronger.’
Chelsea target Gareth Bale will make a decision on his Real Madrid future at the end of the season, according to the Welshman’s agent Jonathan Barnett.
Bale has been heavily tipped to pack his bags at the end of the season and make a move back to the Premier League, where the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea are all reportedly keen on trying to nail down his services, despite his hefty price tag.
Despite his poor form and performances, Madrid still Value Bale at around £150 million and the Premier League trio would have to spend big money to land him and then pay above the £500,000-a-week he currently gets at the Spanish giants.
But although Barnett has admitted that Bale is happy at Madrid, he has also admitted that the Welshman will decide his future when the season is up.
Asked on BBC Radio 5 Live if he can see Bale in Madrid next season, Barnett said: “Yeah, why not. He wants to play the rest of his career with Real Madrid.
“If that doesn’t work out, then we’ll talk again. At the moment he’s very happy. He’ll talk with Mr Zidane and take it from there. We’ll see at the end of the season.
“He (Bale) wanted to play one way and Zidane wanted him to play another way. I think that was the cause of it. Over the period of time it just got worse.
“I think if you let Gareth play the way he wants to play and give him a run of games in a row, he can be right up there with anyone. He’s still got a great talent.”
Arsenal boss Unai Emery has installed a new belief and atmosphere at the Emirates since arriving at the club, according to legend Nigel Winterburn.
Despite a relatively disappointing domestic Cup and Premier League title push, the Gunners still have a chance of winning the Europa League under the Spaniard while also getting into a top four spot, if they can beat off the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea.
It is a far cry from a Gunners side that finished way down in sixth position in the Premier League last season under Arsene Wenger, with the Frenchman’s tactics and style of play seemingly outdated for the clubs immediate success.
“At this moment in time, the atmosphere within the stadium (is biggest change)” Winterburn told The Debate.
“Particularly last season with Arsene Wenger, it was toxic at times within the stadium, Arsenal supporters arguing with each other, and I think there’s just a renewed energy with Unai Emery coming in.
“Different voice, different style of play, he’s quite happy to bring people off after 45 minutes, I just feel there’s more belief around the stadium and the atmosphere in some of the home games has been very, very strong.
“This is not Unai Emery’s team; he’s not bought in many players, bar one or two, and I’m looking forward to seeing if he gets another two or three transfer windows and have money to spend, and see where the team are from there.”
Reports have claimed Real Madrid have stuck a £51 million asking price on Arsenal transfer target James Rodriguez.
Rodriguez is currently coming towards the end of his two-year loan spell with Bayern and there were some suggestions that they had no intention of offering him a permanent move to the Bundesliga, as he had not impressed as many had hoped.
That had led to speculation that Arsenal boss Unai Emery was looking to step in and offer the Colombian a move to the premier League, as he needs an immediate replacement for the departing Aaron Ramsey, who is signing for Juventus at the end of the season.
And should he decide to leave Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich at the end of the season, with the Germans having first option to sign the Colombian, Madrid are set to significantly hike up his price in order to raise funds for their own summer spree, with a fee of £51 million the desired asking price, according to El Confidencial.
However, Bayern are keen to keep hold of James and recently stated that he will be at the club next season.
“The option that we have, we have to exercise by June 15th,” Rummenigge told Abendzeitung.
“So we still have plenty of time. But I have to make it quite clear that everyone here is happy with him. I firmly believe that James will also play for FC Bayern next season.”