Arsenal fight back as battle with Borussia Dortmund over sensational La Liga youngster hots up

January 25th, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Arsenal have matched Borussia Dortmund’s £13million offer for Real Valladolid ace Ivan Fresneda.

Fresneda, 18, is expected to make his decision over the next hours and will be loaned back for the season.

It has been claimed that the Gunners had matched Dortmund’s £13million bid but it seems as if Fresneda will be playing his football in Germany.

However, Dortmund believe they hold an edge with the career pathway they can promise the right-back.

The Bundesliga giants have turned other youngsters into superstars, like Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham,

Arsenal plot sensational hijack of Moises Caicedo, join Chelsea in bidding war despite Brighton’s £100 million valuation

January 25th, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Arsenal have joined rivals Chelsea in the bidding war for Brighton star Moises Caicedo.

According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the Gunners are plotting a swoop on the Seagulls again.

However, the North Londoners face stiff competition from the Blues as well as Liverpool for the midfielder, who has recently hired a new agent.

Romano tweeted: “Official. Moises Caicedo has picked Futbol Division as new agents — it’s now confirmed by agency statement.

“One to watch in the final days of Jan [January] window — Brighton want to keep him but Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal are well informed on Moises situation.”

In fact, Arsenal could hijack Caicedo and West Ham star Declan Rice, both of whom are Chelsea targets ahead of the summer transfer window.

The Blues poached Mykhailo Mudryk from under the Gunners’ noses in January but could be set to taste their own medicine.

Arsenal are interested in signing Caicedo and Rice this summer, according to the Evening Standard.

REVEALED: How Cristiano Ronaldo put pressure on super agent to secure Chelsea or Bayern Munich move during Man United rumpus

January 24th, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Reports have emerged that Cristiano Ronaldo demanded super agent Jorge Mendes secure him a move to either Bayern Munich or Chelsea last summer.

The potential deals collapsed after both clubs were alarmed the star had missed the start of pre-season training.

Ronaldo split from Mendes last year, with the final straw in their longstanding relationship coming when he conducted his controversial interview with Piers Morgan.

The interview led to the 37-year-old’s departure from Manchester United and lucrative £175m-a-year move to Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr – with his switch to his new club facilitated by his close friend Ricky Regufe.

A report by Spanish newspaper El Mundo, via the Daily Mail, reveals Ronaldo had issued Mendes with an ultimatum last summer as the star desperately sought a move away from United following the club’s failure to secure Champions League football.

“Bayern, Chelsea or we break up,” Ronaldo reportedly demanded, with the command coming “after Jorge Mendes expressed to Cristiano his disagreement with many of his decisions in recent years, the first being to leave Real Madrid”.

Mendes had touted Ronaldo to several clubs during the transfer window, with Bayern and Chelsea the clubs most prominently linked with a move for the star, in part due to his commercial appeal.

New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly had been keen on taking the veteran forward to Stamford Bridge, although then-manager Thomas Tuchel was believed to have had reservations.

Oliver Kahn, the CEO of German champions Bayern Munich, had also admitted the club had internally discussed the prospect of signing Ronaldo before claiming he did not ‘fit our philosophy’.

Both clubs reportedly backed away from a deal for Ronaldo after he missed pre-season training with United having already harboured concerns over his decline.

It is claimed officials from the clubs called Mendes directly to inform the agent they were no longer willing to pursue a deal.

REVEALED: Benfica’s response to Chelsea’s fresh move for Enzo Fernandez as midfielder set to make demand

January 24th, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Benfica still have no intention of selling Enzo Fernandez this month despite Chelsea preparing to revive their interest in the midfielder with a late offer, according to reports.

The west London club had pushed hard to try and lure World Cup winner Fernandez to Stamford Bridge at the start of the month only for the deal to seemingly fall apart.

But, after unsuccessfully exploring other options – such as Brighton’s Moses Caicedo and even Tottenham summer signing Yves Bissouma – Chelsea are now thought to be readying a fresh attempt to land Fernandez.

However, Portuguese newspaper Record report that Benfica will once again resist any approach for the 22-year-old and he will only leave the club if his €120million (£105m) release clause is paid in full.

Benfica’s answer will be the same, with club president Rui Costa ready to tell Chelsea – not for the first time – that they must pay the release clause.

The issue with that from Chelsea’s point of view is that the figure would have to be deposited in full immediately, which they simply cannot do.

According to Record, Chelsea have remained in contact with Fernandez’s agent throughout the month and the midfielder is ready to demand a €2m loyalty bonus that he believes he is entitled to if Benfica continue to block a move.

The west London club are also conscious of growing interest from other teams, including Barcelona and Real Madrid, and fear added competition for the Argentine in the summer.

Speaking last week, Benfica boss Roger Schmidt said of his in-demand midfielder: “The issue with Enzo is closed. There is no issue anymore.

“So he is our player, he is in a very good condition, he is training well, he is happy here, he is part of the squad and he is a key player. So I think I have already said everything about him.”

Tottenham hijack Everton’s move for La Liga star after undergoing Toffees medical

January 24th, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Tottenham have reportedly hijacked a last-gasp loan swoop for Arnaut Danjuma, stealing the forward from under Everton’s noses.

The Villarreal star, who has been seeking a return to the Premier League this month, was all set to join the Toffees on temporary terms before next week’s deadline.

But Spurs have hijacked the move, with the expectation now that the former Bournemouth player will join the north London club.

Danjuma is understood to have completed a medical at Goodison Park, but the paperwork is yet to be finalised.

And that has given Spurs an opportunity to move for Danjuma.

Fabrizio Romano: Danjuma to Tottenham, here we go! Deal agreed — hijack completed after player did medical tests and media as new Everton signing last weekend 🚨⚪️ #THFC

Loan deal agreed with Villarreal — he’s on his way for medical with Spurs.

Everton sack Frank Lampard months after rescuing Toffees from relegation

January 24th, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Frank Lampard has been sacked as Everton manager after a 10-game winless run.

The 44-year-old was appointed little under a year ago, replacing Rafa Benitez when the club were 16th and four points above the relegation zone, and helped guide them to safety with one game to spare.

But the Toffees have failed to push on since then and have endured another miserable season, slipping to 19th place in the Premier League table – only ahead of bottom-placed Southampton on goal difference.

After failing to win since October 22, Everton’s board have finally decided to pull the trigger and are now in the process of looking for a new manager.

Arsenal star trolls Bruno Fernandes after Gunners 3-2 win over Man United

January 24th, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes trolled Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes after the Gunners beat Erik ten Hag’s side 3-2 on Sunday.

The Gunners strengthened their bid to win the Premier League title by defeating United at the Emirates to go five points clear of champions Manchester City with a game in hand.

The 25-year-old Brazilian centre-back took to social media following the victory to post a picture of himself standing over and confronting Fernandes.

“YESSS… There’s no victory without a fight,” he wrote on Instagram. “Come on you gunners. Thank God.”

Gabriel has featured in all 19 of Arsenal’s Premier League games so far this term, with Mikel Arteta’s team losing just once in the top-flight.

Bukayo Saka – who scored in the 3-2 win over United on Sunday – feels that the Gunners need to ‘stay humble’ as they look to lift the top-flight trophy in May.

“It’s something we can be proud of (Arsenal’s best start to a Premier League season) but we have to stay humble,’ Saka told Sky Sports.

“It’s only halfway through the season and things can change very quickly.

“But if we keep playing like we have then we’ll be in a good place at the end of the season, we just have to keep it up.

“You can see how much it (the win over United) means to everyone. They’re the only team that have beaten us this season so we really wanted to beat them for the fans.

“We know how important this win is for us. It wasn’t easy and it definitely wasn’t our best start to the game but we showed a lot of character to come back and get the win.”

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Revealed: How Kylian Mbappe rejected Premier League club summer switch

January 24th, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe rejected a move to Liverpool in the summer after being offered the chance to leave.

According to The Athletic, PSG consultant Antero Henrique opened the door for Mbappe to depart.

But Henrique and the French champions’ president Nasser Al-Khelaifi were demanding a staggering £352million for his signature.

Although in the end the numbers turned out to be irrelevant, with the star striker rejecting the option to join the Reds.

The report adds the France international had his heart set on a move to Real Madrid.

That all came less than two months after he signed a new mega money contract to stay at PSG until 2024.

Leandro Trossard’s agent reveals how Arsenal beat Tottenham to star’s transfer

January 23rd, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Leandro Trossard’s agent has revealed how Spurs missed out on his client to rivals Arsenal.

“Spurs were in contact with us for the last two weeks – but it was, ‘We want him, but wait this, wait that’,” his rep Josy Comhair said.

“[On] Wednesday, we got in touch with Arsenal; 24 hours later, they had an agreement.”

Photo Credit: LTrossard/Twitter

Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard hail instant Mudryk Chelsea impact, identify what he’s brought to Blues

January 22nd, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard both hailed the impact of Chelsea new boy Mykhaylo Mudryk after the £88million signing made his debut against Liverpool on Saturday.

The Ukrainian starlet began the match on the bench after his move from Shakhtar Donetsk but made an immediate impression with an exciting cameo in the goalless draw at Anfield.

The 22-year-old was brought on for Lewis Hall in the second half as Graham Potter went for all three points and Mudryk went close to opening his Chelsea account on two occasions.
First, he slalomed in between two Liverpool defenders before shooting into the side netting, and then a heavy touch denied him a tap-in at the far post later on.

His 35-minute display was enough to give Blues fans some encouragement for what the future may hold for the winger after stealing him from under the noses of Arsenal last week, despite the fact Mudryk had not played a competitive match since November 23.

And both Ferdinand and Gerrard, working the game as pundits in the BT Sport studio, were taken aback by his ability on show on Merseyside, backing him to prove Arsenal were wrong not to sign him.

“We’ve all seen clips of his explosive pace, but I saw someone there with soft feet today,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport after the match.

“Someone who’s got a good weight of pass, good decision-making in the final third, the calmness running at speed – those elements there make it a frightening proposition running at a full-back when he gets into full flow.

“These are only his first minutes in a month or so, so who knows what he’s going to be producing after this. It’s an exciting moment for Chelsea fans and I’m sure there will be Arsenal fans sitting there going ‘oh my days, how did we let this one go?’.”

Liverpool hero Gerrard was in full agreement about the potential the Ukraine international has in his locker and said his performance was reminiscent of former Blues star Arjen Robben, who was known for terrorising defenders with his slick dribbling and pace.

“I would be really excited about the new kid, Mudryk, if I was a Chelsea fan going away,” Gerrard added.

“I thought that was a strong cameo, and if he’s not fit and there’s more to come in that department then I know Chelsea fans will be really excited.

“He looks the real deal, some of his clips today were outstanding. He reminded me a little bit of Arjen Robben here today, his footwork, how quick he is, how he manipulates the ball, I would be very excited if I was Chelsea.”

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