Arsenal told to sign £131M man – Boss sends Arsenal message to £88m star – Gakpo addresses rumours
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Arsenal have been told that Jude Bellingham is the ideal replacement for the ageing Granit Xhaka
Bellingham is one of the most exciting young players in the game and is a star that all the big clubs are interested in trying to sign.
It has been suggested in recent days that Liverpool and Chelsea have already begun talks to try and get a £131 million transfer deal done – but Arsenal have also been linked with an ambitious move for the lad.
Xhaka is a man that Arsenal fans love to hate – but he is a player that always put in a performance and gives everything for the club – and that is why he is still very important to the squad.
But if you believe the words of Goal’s Charles Watts – Bellingham could be the ideal replacement for Granit Xhaka.
“He fits the bill perfectly when it comes to the profile of player that the Gunners now target under the watch of Mikel Arteta and sporting director Edu, given his age and technical ability.
“And with Granit Xhaka now into his 30s, Bellingham would be the ideal long-term replacement for the Switzerland captain to play in one of the No.8 roles that Arteta likes to operate with in his 4-3-3 system.”
Bellingham is a super talented player and a man that will go places in the game.
Arsenal would be a very good move for the lad to make as he could thrive under Mikel Arteta – but we cant see the Gunners playing a fee of £131 million for the man – we are pretty sure on that
But Watts is right, and he would be a very good replacement for Xhaka –
Mudryk message sent –
Shakhtar Donetsk manager Igor Jovićević has urged Mykhaylo Mudryk to resist a move to Arsenal
Mudryk has 10 goals and eight assists in 18 appearances this season – and is a player that Arsenal have been linked with for some time as Mikel Arteta looks to add some depth to his squad.
But Speaking after Shakhtar’s final game before the winter break, Jovićević was asked if the winger had played his last game for the club and encouraged the star to snub a move to the Emirates for now.
‘This management will decide what to do when there is an option to sell a football player, the star of the team,’ Jovićević said.
‘As a coach, of course, I would like such a player to play as long as possible in the team, to build a quality Shakhtar around him, so that everyone gains momentum, gains experience and does what, perhaps, the team once did in the Champions League.
‘With our efforts, talent and ambition, I think we could do it together eventually. They are young, I say again, young.
‘There are several football players in Dinamo (Zagreb), for example, Guardiol, who plays for Leipzig and today played in the World Cup [for Croatia], the Spaniard Dani Olmo, who played in Zagreb.
‘Each of them played at least 100 matches for the club and only then moved from the intermediate club, and not immediately to Barcelona and Manchester City.
‘This is one small example of how to build your career correctly, so that you reach the highest level already ready, powerful. To be able to say “I’m here.”.
‘However, the coach is always a bit selfish and wants to have quality players in his team as long as possible to give results and excitement to the fans.
Gakpo addresses rumours –
Impressing World Cup star Cody Gakpo has suggested he is in no rush to leave PSV despite the links with the likes of Arsenal
Mikel Arteta is undoubtedly wants to bolster his wing options after Arsenal’s failed pursuits of Raphinha and Pedro Neto in the summer – and Gakpo is a player that has caught the eye of the Spaniard.
PSV reportedly value Gakpo at £40m, a fee that hasn’t changed since the summer despite his electric start to the current campaign.
He’s registered 13 goals and 17 assists in in all competitions for PSV this season, more direct goal involvements than Manchester City’s Erling Haaland.
The 23-year-old scored Netherlands’ opener against Senegal earlier this week and was also on target in their Group A clash against Ecuador, opening the scoring with a superb left-footed strike.
But amid all the speculation – the talented star has hinted that he is in no rush to Leave PSV: ‘I understand the mindset of those players [who dream of joining a major European club]. I also have my sporting goals myself and I will make a choice from there,’ he told Algemeen Dagblad.
‘But it is certainly not the case that when I train here with players who play at big clubs abroad, I constantly think, “oh dear, now I also have to go abroad quickly.”
‘The idea that “they have all gone abroad, now I will too” is not there. But I do see players who have become even better and stronger abroad.
‘I played with Dumfries and Bergwijn at PSV and those guys have already experienced it. They share their experiences just like Memphis. The level abroad is even higher, you hear that all the time.’
It is now easy to see that Arsenal. can start attracting some big players and if they get Gakpo – they would have been getting a brilliantly gifted attacker that is for sure
But it will be interesting to see what he does of big offers should arrive guys
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