Defender says goodbye ahead of possible Arsenal move, Arteta ready to sign £35m man, Odegaard opens door to Arsenal deal, Could Arsenal sign Coutinho?
Will Odegaard stay, Bertrand says his goodbyes, Will Arsenal sign Coutinho, Arteta wants Beerge in Arsenal roundup…
Barcelona are reportedly open to the ideal of selling long-term Arsenal target Philippe Coutinho in the transfer window, but could the Gunners get him?
Coutinho has been in the transfer headlines alot over the past six months as all indications suggested that he was done at Barcelona, that the Spaniards were keen to sell on this transfer window.
However, it seemed that Coutinho will not be sold, that he does have a future at the club and that he will not be coming back to the Premier League this summer, as Ronald Koeman was more willing to give him a chance in the squad.
But that seems to not be the case, according to Sport, as they claim that the Spaniards have now decided that they will be open to the idea of letting the Brazilian depart the club.
The Liga giants wants to free up funds that will allow them to move for Erling Haaland, with two attacking talents now available on the open market, but they will need to offload a number of players to help raise some transfer funds.
Look, if the reports are true and Barcelona are open to the idea of letting Coutinho leave the club in the transfer window, we are massive fans of the man and still believe he would have alot to offer a club like Chelsea.
Despite all the quality that the Gunners have, they do not have a player like Coutinho in the squad and for the right amount of money, he could be a very smart buy from the club.
He is not the same player he was at Liverpool, but he is still a world class midfielder guys.
And if the Gunners offered the right money, fans would surely welcome him to the club.
Martin Odegaard has told Arsenal fans that ‘you never know what could happen’ as he addresses his future at the club.
Odegaard was a player that many clubs wanted during the January transfer window after he told Madrid that he wanted a move to get some much needed game time, but it was the Gunners who wrapped up a transfer deal.
And despite some dodgy performances in that Gunners shirt, Odegaard has become a big part of the set-up under Mikel Arteta and fans are hoping that the club manage to secure a more long-term deal for the midfield.
Arsenal’s chances of landing Odegaard could hinge on where they finish this term, as they currently sit down in 8th in the Premier League witha slight chance of getting back into Europe next season.
But Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s 1-0 win against Chelsea on Wednesday, Odegaard was asked about his future and although he does not know where his future will be, he has given the Gunners a chance of getting a deal done.
‘You never know what’s going to happen,’ Odegaard told Sky Sports.
‘Every time you step onto the pitch you want to do as well as you can and you want to try to win. ‘Today we play against a top side who are in the Champions League final.
‘That’s a great motivation for all of us to show our qualities and to show that we have something to do against these sides.’
Odegaard is a very special player and it clear that Mikel Arteta wants to keep him. But the Gunners will have to offer something special in the summer to get Madrid to let the starlet leave the club
Arsenal could make a move for Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge this summer, according to the latest transfer reports in the media
The season is pretty much over for Mikel Arteta’s men and they are now just playing to get as high up that Premier League as possible, maybe even sneak a European place in the process.
But that has not stopped speculation about players that could potentially make the move to the Emirates in the summer, and Berge has been a player that has been linked with a move to the Emirates for some time.
A number of top European clubs are also known to be keen on the Norway international, who returned to competitive action on Sunday after more than four months out with a hamstring injury
Now reports on THE ATHLETIC have claimed that Arsenal are now ready to step up their interest in the player and try to get a £35 million transfer deal done
The Gunners are revamping both their playing squad and recruitment model this summer after a disappointing season, and are looking at Berge as an option for reshaping their creative centre.
The rumours come after ex-Gunner Kevin Campbell claimed that he could be a very good signing for the club: “Anybody who can come into that midfield and add some bite is welcome,” Campbell said on GOAL
“Berge is a good player but he is a great worker. For me, if he is willing to give 100 per cent for that shirt I would take him. The names on the back of the shirt against Villarreal were not enough.
“Arteta needs players that are going to work. Players who are going to graft for the team.
“He may be the type of player who goes unsung but in the scheme of things every team needs players like that.
“Look at Liverpool, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum do not get enough credit for the work they do. But when they are not there you notice it.
“Berge could be like Henderson, and be that type of player for Arsenal.”
Arsenal are all clear to offer Ryan Bertrand a contract after the defender confirmed he was leaving Southampton at the end of the season.
It is no secret that Arsenal are in the market for a new left-back during the summer transfer window as they need to add a viable option to the squad to help cover the brilliant Keran Tierney.
Cedric Soares has been used there on a number of occasions this season by Mikel Arteta before the Spanish boss opted to give Granit Xhaka a go at playing in that position, which never really worked out.
The 31-year-old confirmed his decision to leave Southampton in a lengthy statement on his social media pages on Wednesday.
He wrote: “After many months of hard decision making, I have decided to leave Southampton Football Club.
“This has only been decided in the last 48 hours and comments that I had not accepted an offer previously are not true.
“I want to thank all the fans for welcoming me to this football club and supporting me endlessly. All the support staff behind the scenes, I thank you.
“Also, special thanks to the Liebherr family. It is a shame I cannot experience a full crowd at St Mary’s one more time.
“As this year has shown us, football is nothing without the fans. Arriving at Southampton seven years ago, I soon realised what a family-orientated club this is. A true peoples’ club!
“I bought into the ‘Southampton Way’. A connected football club, built on solid foundations and ambition, with an attractive, attacking style of football.
“During my time here, there have been many battles and there have been many amazing moments along the way too. From finishing in the club’s highest position within the Premier League, to playing in two FA Cup semi-finals, to a Carabao Cup final, to me being voted to the Premier League Team of the Season.
“This has been a difficult decision for me, but the time has come for me to seek a new home that allows me the freedom to play and maximise my contribution to the team.
“This club is in great hands now with CEO Martin Semmens and Matt Crocker. I would like to thank them both for their efforts.
“Southampton Football Club will always have a special place in my heart and I hope the saying, ‘once a saint, always a saint’ still stands because I look forward to returning to this club one day, either behind the scenes or as a fan. Thanks again, keep marching on!”