Zaha responds to Arsenal links, Gunners must pay £27 million to sign midfielder who wants Emirates move, Martinez transfer warning and Guendouzi can leave for £40 million
Zaha responds to Arsenal links, Gunners must pay £27 million for Danilo, Martinez sends transfer warning, Guendouzi for £40 million in Arsenal roundup…
Arsenal will have to shelve out ‘something close’ to £27million for Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is desperate to bolster his midfield options this summer, but Arsenal’s efforts to land their coach’s top targets are set to be hampered by a limited transfer budget.
That Means that Arteta may look to try and sign a few bargains that will be in the budget of the Arsenal, with Danilo a player that would not cost the Arsenal that much money to sign up.
Portuguese news outlet O Jogo report that Pereira will be allowed to leave the Estadio do Dragao this summer – but only at the right price.
Various reports have indicated that the Gunners would be willing to offered £18m for Pereira’s services, but it is expected that any such bid would be instantly rejected, as Porto are understood to have rejected a bid of £27m for the Portugal international last summer.
Pereira, 28, is clearly keen on a switch to the Premier League and lavished praise on the job Arteta is doing at the Emirates. ‘I think he [Arteta] is doing a really, really, good job there,’ Danilo told Stats Perform News.
‘He is a really good coach who started as the second coach at [Manchester] City, so he has a little experience and Arsenal play very good football and I think he is doing very well there.
‘He is a Spanish coach, he is a bit similar to Portuguese coaches, they also want to play with the ball and improve with the ball, so I think he is a good coach.
‘The style I think I can fit there, the way he plays also thinking on the ball, the team always has to be together – I think it is a good way to play.
‘Of course I like to be here in Porto to be here in my country, but I want to be in a better league like the Premier League.
‘I always dreamed about playing in that league. I played also in Serie A but I think the Premier League is a huge league and one day I want to play there, to improve to be a better player. I think it’s the best league in the world.’
Chelsea target Emiliano Martinez has warned Arsenal that if he doesn’t get enough game time next season he will be looking to move on from the club.
Martinez has been a revelation in the Arsenal side since he took over Bernd Leno just after the re-start of football, and his performances have been impressing alot of people, and clubs.
There has been talk that he could be tempted into leaving the Emirates over the next few months of the club do not offer him the kind of guarantees that he is seeking, namely keeping his place in the starting squad.
Leno is getting back to full fitness and he is still the clubs number one stopper, meaning that Martinez may have to settle for sitting on the bench next season, something that he does not want to happen, which will alert Chelsea.
It is no secret that Frank Lampard is eager to add another stopper to the side and will be keeping a close eye on developments, as he will have until October to try and get a deal done for Martinez if the Argentine is not given the guarantees that he wants.
But, if he does, Martinez has admitted that he will be looking elsewhere: ‘I demonstrated to the club that I can play and also when I return in the next season I need to play more games,’ the 27-year-old told Argentinian radio station Continental.
‘And that’s the only way that I will stay at Arsenal. If I don’t play for Arsenal I would clearly move on.’
Arsenal reportedly want £40million for bad boy midfielder Matteo Guendouzi this summer transfer window.
Guendouzi is regarded very highly with the Arsenal fans who believed that he would be a massive star for the club, but after falling out with boss Mikel Arteta and failing to impress on the pitch, his future at the club looks uncertain.
It has been claimed in the media that Arsenal and Barcelona are in talks about a possible summer deal for Guendouzi, with reports suggesting that the Spaniards are big fans of the gifted Frenchman.
However, according to Football London, if the likes of Barcelona want to swoop in and take him away from the Arsenal, then they will have to spend £40 million to complete this deal, as the Gunners will not him leave on the cheap.
Mikel Arteta knows that he will need to fill the void that will be left by the presence of Guendouzi, and considering he is one of the most highly-rated midfielder in Europe, the Arsenal are trying to get as much money as they possibly can.
If Arteta does not want him at the club, then the best thing would to be to let the man leave and forge a career elsewhere, as having him at the club right now is bringing all sorts of negative headlines to the club.
Wilfried Zaha has “I can’t control everything everyone does” in response to a video on Instagram in which he appears to point to a ‘Zaha to Arsenal’ sign.
Regarded as one of the best and most creative wingers in the Premier League, The Crystal Palace winger was heavily linked with a switch to Arsenal last summer but the Gunners instead spent big to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille.
However, there has been some rumours circling in the media that he could be set to leave Palace this summer window, with Arsenal, and a number of other top-clubs, all reportedly interested in paying £30 million to try and get a deal done.
In the Instagram story, which went viral on social media, Zaha was seen in a club in front of the sign in the background alongside the caption “So me and Wilfried Zaha have a message for you guys @Arsenal”.
Zaha has since posted a story on his own account, playing down his involvement by writing: “I’m just enjoying my time off and can’t control everything everyone does.”
Speaking last month, Palace boss Roy Hodgson admitted Zaha had revealed his desire to seek a new challenge.
“Wilf has made it clear, ever since I came to the club really, that he would relish a move and would like to move on and find some pastures new,” Hodgson said.
“But he’s a very valuable player and the club realises his value and appreciates his value and so really everything will depend I guess – as it always does – [on] what sort of offers the club is going to receive for him and how they will equate that with the need to keep him or the need, maybe, to satisfy his wishes, and allow him to go after giving good service to the club for a period of time.”