Monchi on way, De Ligt transfer announcement, Legend makes shock Emery claim in Arsenal Sunday news and gossip
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Arsenal and Manchester United transfer target Matthijs De Ligt has talked up a possible move to Liverpool in the coming transfer windows.
De Ligt is regarded as one of the finest young defenders in world football and is tipped to become one of the best in world football after a stunning first few seasons with the Dutch giants, who have just knocked out Real Madrid in the Champions League in sensational fashion.
Arsenal and United are in the market for a new defender during the summer transfer window as there is some doubt about the quality of the pairs back-line, with many in the media believing that they will both need to spend in the summer in order to compete for the Premier League title next season.
However, it is Liverpool who have been given a huge boost in their chase for De Ligt, after the £60 million rated defender admitted he would love to play alongside Dutch compatriot Virgil Van Dijk at club level.
‘Virgil is a player who has experience in the top leagues,’ De Ligt told Omnisport.
‘Of course you want to learn from him. It’s very useful to play next to him in the Dutch team.
‘It could happen [joining Liverpool]. He plays for Liverpool. A nice club. But I’m not focused on this. I focus on Ajax. And then I will see where I will end up.’
Liverpool were boosted earlier in the week after Ajax Sporting Director claims claimed that De Ligt will follow De Jong out the transfer door and onto a big club.
“We don’t need to sell him,” Overmars said in quotes cited by AS.
“We don’t need money, but I know he’ll go to a top club. Selling our best players? We don’t want to, but we have no choice.”
Director of Football Monchi has officially left Roma by mutual consent, amid claims he is all set to make his way over to Arsenal.
Monchi has been one of the names in the frame for Arsenal following the departure of Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment earlier this year, with all indications suggesting that the two parties agreed some sort of deal earlier this month.
Roma Roma CEO Guido Fienga has confirmed that the two have parted ways after just a few seasons together amid rifts that there were numerous fallings out.
The Italians announced on the TMW website: “The club would like to thank Monchi for his work while at the club.
“I want to put on record our thanks to Monchi for his dedication during his time at the club and we wish him all the best for his future endeavours in football.
Monchi, who spent 17 years as a sporting director at Sevilla and has previously worked with Unai Emery at the Spanish giants, has said his goodbyes and has thanked Roma for his time with the club.
“I would like to thank President Pallotta, the club’s management, staff, players and fans for their support during my time at the club,” said Monchi. “I wish Roma a lot of success in the future.”
Gunners legend Paul Merson has claimed Unai Emery could leave Arsenal next season if he is not backed in the transfer market.
Emery has enjoyed an indifferent first season at the Emirates, with many questioning whether or not he is the right man to help the club get back into the habit of challenging for the Premier League title, and not just compete for a Champions League spot.
Emery was left disappointed during the January transfer window after the Gunners board failed to back him on his quest to land more than Denis Suarez, with the Spaniard keen to improve the back-line, which has cost the club vital points this season.
The level of backing Emery will receive in the summer is as of yet unknown and Merson claims Emery could leave if substantial transfer funds are not presented.
‘I like Emery, but he has to sort out the defence,’ Merson told talkSPORT. If he gets that sorted in this window or in the next two windows, then he’ll be judged.
‘Arsene Wenger always used to say one thing: “You’re only as good as your players, it doesn’t matter who you are.” ‘You wouldn’t see Pep Guardiola going down to do the job Sol Campbell’s doing and playing the Man City way down there.
‘So you’re only as good as your players. For me I think Emery needs two windows and then he’ll be judged. Then after that I think he could move on and think: “This [job] isn’t what it said it was on the tin”.’