Ornestein opens up on possible Rabiot deal, Guardiola claim, Torreira warning, Kluivert wants Rashford deal in Arsenal, Man United Wednesday
Here is the daily roundup of Arsenal and Manchester United news, gossip and transfer speculation.
Dutch legend Patrick Kluivert has urged Barcelona to make a move for Manchester United star Marcus Rashford.
Rashford is one of the most exciting young players in world football and is reportedly in talks to sign a new contract with the Red Devils, which is set to double his wages and take him to a massive £150,000-a-week.
The news comes after months of speculation that he could leave the club after becoming unsettled under former boss Jose Mourinho, who claimed that the Englishman didn’t have the ability to lead the United attack in the long-term.
However, England international Rashford has scored 13 goals this season – is thriving under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – and is tipped to become the future of the club alongside Anthony Martial.
‘I like Marcus Rashford, a lot. It will be really difficult to get him over [to Barcelona],’ Kluivert told Sport360.
‘But he is a good player. I don’t see a lot of players who can play in Barcelona. [Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, perhaps he can play.
‘There is not a lot. Maybe some players who can play in La Liga, young players.
‘But, for me, I think the best one is Marcus Rashford.’
Meanwhile, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has claimed United could chase down Liverpool for the Premier League title.
Liverpool, along with City, are favourites to win the Premier League title this season for the first time in 29-years after a stunning start to the new season put them three points ahead of the reigning Champions.
But after a run of nine wins in ten matches under Solskjaer, Guardiola thinks Chelsea and United can close the 12 and 14 point gaps respectively to potentially be crowned Champions this season.
‘Three or four days ago, we were already done,’ he said on the Metro website.
‘The champions were Liverpool, and now we can be leading. We try to be calm. There will be surprises and it will be tough for teams to win every game.
‘Non contenders have the ability to create problems. What I’m more concerned about is never forget who we are as a team and doing what we have to do. That’s what I want to watch. After, we see about the results, the table.
‘I would say it’s typical in England. What’s not common is what happened last season – 18 games in a row, 100 points. Normal is what happens now. You can win or lose every single game. Every team involved in the title, or Europe, or staying in the Premier League.
‘I never said Tottenham is not there. Chelsea, I never said. United making this run every single week and they will be there.
‘Now we see the table and see the first two or three and we don’t look further than that. Chelsea can win games in a row and be a contender. There are 39 points to play, and nine or 10 behind it’s not too much. Everyone is ready to take points.’
BBC Sports pundit David Ornestein has claimed Arsenal are set to make a move to sign PSG star Adrien Rabiot.
With news that Aaron Ramsey is leaving the club to sign for Italian Champions Juventus at the end of the season after failing to agree a new contract with the club, Gunners boss Unai Emery is desperate to add another midfielder to fill the void of the Welshman.
And one target that has now been top of the shopping list is that of Rabiot, who is leaving PSG at the end of the season on a free after also failing to agree a new contract with the French giants, with reports he wanted more money than what the French Champions were prepared to offer.
And according to Ornestein, there is hope in London that Rabiot will be keen to link-up with his former boss.
I’m told Unai Emery likes experienced players, he likes to go with players he knows and trusts,” Ornstein said on Arsenal fan podcast Arsecast Extra.
“That certainly explains the Nkunku interest, who he played far more than Thomas Tuchel has this season.
“It explains the pursuit of Denis Suarez, who I know a number of people in the game have reservations about, not just at Arsenal.
“And also [it explains] the reported interest, once again, in Adrien Rabiot who Arsenal were keen on during Arsene Wenger’s time with his links to PSG and the French game.
“It seemed he’d be signing for Barcelona [on a free] but they’ve signed a player for that midfield position, Frenkie de Jong.
“There are credible reports that Arsenal will come back in for Rabiot.
“There are people within Arsenal who are very keen that they sign Rabiot, or at least make a concerted effort. He’s very highly admired.
“There are some complications, around him, particularly around the people you have to deal with and his salary demands. But that’s certainly one to keep an eye on.”
Meanwhile, Lucas Torriera has admitted they need to deal with the Manchester United problem if they want to qualify for the Champions League.
The Gunners have dropped to sixth after they slumped to a 3-1 defeat against an undeterred Manchester City side on Sunday and are struggling to keep in touch with the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham and now United.
After a poor start to the season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has transformed the United side and won nine of his opening ten matches as Old Trafford boss, and Torreira admits the Gunners have a real challenge on their hands in the race for the top four after their recent blip in form.
However, the midfielder insists his side “deserve” the chance to be competing in the Champions League.
“Just a few weeks ago, United were obviously behind us but it’s happened and it’s something we have to deal with,” Torreira told Sky Sports News.
“We obviously don’t want that form to happen again.
“As players, you always need to be fighting for an objective when you walk out onto the pitch and for us that means qualifying for the Champions League.
“We know it’s not going to be easy, that’s for sure, because we are up against some great teams such as Chelsea and Manchester United but we need to try and stand firm as a team and as a group and battle in every game.
“The squad is focused on qualifying for the Champions League because a big club like Arsenal deserves to be playing in that competition.”