£100m star opens up on Possible Prem move, Arsenal to submit £30m bid, Man United make massive £70 million offer
Here is the roundup of the latest Arsenal and Manchester United news from icfootballnews
Benfica star Joao Felix has told the likes of Manchester United that he is happy at the Portuguese club.
The 19-year-old is considered one of the most exciting prospects in European football after bursting onto the scene this season, , scoring or assisting 31 goals in 43 appearances, and his performances have linked him with a mega money move to the Premier league.
United have sent scouts to watch the talented midfielder on a number of occasions this season, with speculation the Red Devils were ready to splash close to £60 million in the next window to be the club that secures his signature, as they look to add some fresh talent to the United squad.
Benfica executive manager Domingos Soares de Oliveira recently told TVI24 (via Record ) that any bid below the £100 million release clause will be rejected.
He said: “The goal is to keep the squad. If someone hits 100 million for Felix, the intention is not to sell.”
However, Felix has spoken out about his potential exit from Benfica amidst interest from United and Manchester City.
He told Benfica’s website: “I think that time will tell. I’m good here, I’m very happy, I love the club.
“I adore these fans who adore me. I want to enjoy the moment, play ball, have fun doing what I like, and then, over time, things happen naturally.
“I am very happy in Benfica.”
Reports have claimed Manchester United have made a £70 million bid to sign Liverpool and Barcelona target Matthijs De Ligt.
De Ligt is one of the most in-demand players in Europe ahead of the summer transfer window, having captained Ajax’s impressive young side to the Champions League semi-finals.
Many reports in the media have suggested that the likes of United, Arsenal and Barcelona are all keen on a transfer deal, with the latter reportedly leading the chase for a £60 million transfer deal.
But reports in the media over the past few days have claimed the Red Devils are hopeful their £12.3million-a-year package will see them beat Barcelona and Liverpool to his signature.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate for defensive reinforcements as he looks to guide Manchester United back to the Champions League next season, and has been linked with the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly, Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire over the last few days.
According to the Mirror, United have moved into pole position for the 19-year-old’s signature after agreeing to outbid any club and meet Mino Raiola’s demands for a £350,000-a-week wage and a huge fixer’s fee.
However, De Ligt wants to play Champions League football – which United won’t have next season – and that will be the stumbling block over a potential move to Old Trafford.
Fresh reports have claimed Arsenal are to submit a £30 million offer to sign Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser.
With Gunners boss Unai Emery seeking to add a bit more width and creativity to his Gunners attack, there has been some speculation in the media over the past few weeks which have suggested the Gunners could make a move to try and sign Fraser for a fee of £25 million.
Fraser has scored eight goals and registered 15 assists this term and the Scotland international has also caught the attentions of Chelsea and Liverpool.
According to The Independent, Arsenal are optimistic that they can lower Bournemouth’s asking price and are preparing to make a move after the Europa League final in Baku next Wednesday.
It is believed that Bournemouth do not want to sell the winger but would be open to a transfer deal if the chasing Premier League giants met their £50 million valuation this summer.
However, despite all the transfer speculation, Fraser has recently admitted that he has not made a decision on his future.
‘I’ve got a year left,’ he said in the Sky Sports news website.
“There’s a very good chance I’ll be here next season. If that’s that then I’m going to try my best as I always do and I’ll enjoy it. I love the group here and the fans. There’s no bad side to what’s happening.
‘There’s a good chance I’ll be here next season and I’ll try and beat my assists record next season as well.’