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Sky reporter: Arsenal plotting audacious double summer swoop for£150m duo

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Arsenal are reportedly plotting an audacious double summer swoop for Declan Rice and Moises Caicedo, as per Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth.

Following the conclusion of the January window that saw the Gunners making three major acquisitions, Mikel Arteta’s side appear to have already started planning their transfer businesses for next summer.

Arsenal tried to sign Caicedo last month and made two official proposals worth up to £70m. But Brighton & Hove Albion turned down both offers and decided to keep hold of their star man. This forced the Gunners to look at alternative targets and they ended up signing Jorginho from Chelsea on deadline day.

As per Sheth (via Football Daily), having failed to get the deal done in January, Arsenal are expected to revisit signing Caicedo next summer if he doesn’t commit his long-term future with the Seagulls. In addition, Arsenal are also set to launch an audacious move to sign West Ham star Declan Rice as well as Caicedo.

Sheth said:

“I’m told that whatever Arsenal bid, Brighton were not going to sell Moises Caicedo in this transfer window. This will then fast forward into the summer – if he doesn’t sign a new contract – we’re going to have another saga again. Caicedo, Rice, Arsenal in for both of those we think in the summer.”

Arsenal eye double swoop

Arsenal could face stiff competition for the paid as Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United have also been linked with moves for Caicedo and Rice.

Caicedo still has two and a half years left in his current contract, so Brighton are in a strong position to ask a big fee for their star man next summer and it has been reported that the Seagulls could consider selling if the likes of Arsenal offer a fee of around £80m.

In addition, West Ham have slapped a £70mvaluation on Rice’s head. So, Arsenal will need to spend around £150m to sign both Premier League midfielders in the summer.

It’s going to be interesting to see whether Arsenal will be able to broker deals for the midfield duo over the coming months. Caicedo and Rice would form a formidable midfield partnership if the club’s hierarchy can manage to broker deals for both of them.

However, having already got Jorginho, Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey, it remains to be seen whether Arteta’s side will opt to spend £150m to sign two more new faces in the middle of the park. Or use some of that money to strengthen other parts of the squad.

Man Utd could complete deal for ‘incredible’ forward now, he wouldn’t cost a penny

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Manchester United are thought to be interested in signing Marco Reus, with the Borussia Dortmund winger’s contract set to run out in the summer.

Erik ten Hag has made three loan signings in January, adding goalkeeper Jack Butland, striker Wout Weghorst and midfielder Marcel Sabitzer to the squad, but it wasn’t all plain sailing.

The Red Devils looked to have their transfer business done and dusted before Ten Hag was forced into action on deadline day, following an injury to Christian Eriksen.

In response, the Dutchman completed the emergency loan signing of Marcel Sabitzer from Bayern Munich, ensuring extra cover in midfield.

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Ten Hag is thought to be in the market for further attacking recruits this summer, with United eyeing Champions League football next season – and Reus’ name has been thrown into the mix.

The Borussia Dortmund star is set to become a free agent at the end of the season and has been linked with a move to Old Trafford, as well as teams in the Middle East.

According to journalist Christian Falk, via Caught Offside, United could snap him up for free in the summer.

Falk claimed the Red Devils are “an option” when it comes to Reus’ next destination. His agent was reportedly in the stands when United beat bitter rivals Manchester City 2-1 earlier in the month.

Falks claimed that Ten Hag subsequently held a meeting with Reus’ representative, in which the United boss expressed his interest in signing the 33-year-old.

However, for now, United are yet to make an approach for the German.

Reus has scored more than 150 senior goals for Dortmund since joining the side in 2012, and has been linked with a move to the Premier League ever since he emerged as one of Europe’s top wingers.

However, injuries have hindered his progress, missing out on both the 2014 and 2022 World Cup tournaments. Now in his thirties, Reus has been limited to just nine Bundesliga appearances this season, registering two goals and a further two assists.

Edu could fix Arsenal’s January woes by landing£70m”revelation”next summer

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There is optimism aplenty at Arsenal right now despite the failure to secure the signing of Moises Caicedo from divisional rivals Brighton & Hove Albion, but moves must be made to ensure a deal is tied up in the summer…

What’s the word?

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta attempted to raid the Seagulls once again and fired a succession of bids at the south coast in hopes of securing the Ecuadorian prodigy Caicedo, but Albion’s resolve was unwavering.

An initial £60m bid was followed by a £70m offer, both of which fell on deaf ears amid an £80masking price, and Arsenal instead turned attention towards Chelsea’s Jorginho, who was signed for £12m to instil experience and composure into the ranks.

While technical director Edu may see the failure to land priority targets in the shape of Mykhaylo Mudryk and indeed Caicedo as somewhat of a disaster, high-flying Arsenal must nurse their wounds and ensure focus does not slip from the Premier League title race and make the requisite moves to continue talks at the end of the campaign.

“Revelation”

Brighton signed the 21-year-old Caicedo for a paltry £4.5m from his Ecuadorian homeland outfit Independiente del Valle, beating Manchester United to his signature after the Red Devils were credited with an interest in the weeks preceding Albion’s swoop.

Since then, he has blossomed into a regular presence in his outfit’s side, starting 18 of his team’s 19 league matches this term, providing tenacity and composure from the centre for a side that currently occupy sixth place in the Premier League, just seven points behind fourth placed Man United and with a game in hand.

This meteoric ascension up the table is a testament to the club’s diligence and accuracy in the transfer market, with an esteemed recruitment team that rarely hit wide of the mark.

And with Caicedo, once heralded as a “revelation” by talent scout Jacek Kulig, in the centre pulling the strings, it is no wonder that some of the division’s most prominent outfits have been sniffing around and willing to part with such a lucrative sum of money to land his signature.

As per Sofascore, the 28-cap gem has recorded an average league rating of 7.10 this season, completing 88% of his passes, averaging 1.1 key passes per match, also making 2.9 tackles and 1.4 interceptions per game – illustrating his dynamic approach that indeed sets him a gulf apart from the majority of positional peers plying their trade in the Premier League.

And upon his arrival to English football, South American football writer Tim Vickery waxed lyrical about the calibre of the young gem.

He said: “He is a terrific athlete who makes football look easy. A box-to-box midfielder.

“That kind of box-to-box midfielder that’s very much in the tradition of the England game. Strong, quick, intelligent and cool. He really does look like the genuine article.”

Granted, Arsenal would have reaped the rewards of landing Caicedo for the remainder of the campaign, but the club are in a superb position regardless, five points clear atop the league table and boasting a remarkable crop of superlative young talent.

And with the signing of Chelsea’s experienced pass master Jorginho, the centre of park has added the sheen it needed ahead of the business end of the season.

As such, the Gunners should not feel the effects of the missed transfer too strongly, but in order to cement success for years to come, and make up for their late transfer woes, Edu must pull all the punches and secure their man in the summer.

“I have a sneaky feeling…”- BBC man claims£100m superstar”may”want to join Man United

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Journalist Luke Edwards has claimed that striker Harry Kane could be keen to join Manchester United in the summer transfer window.

What’s the word?

Now that the January transfer window has closed, the Red Devils will be relieved to have landed Marcel Sabitzer on loan from Bayern Munich as a replacement for the injured Christian Eriksen.

What’s more, they may also feel as though they’ve pulled off some shrewd business in landing Wout Weghorst on loan until the end of the season too. However, that doesn’t solve their issues up top in the long term.

With that in mind, they may be in the market for a new striker in the summer and Edwards seems to think Tottenham Hotspur star Kane could not only be on the agenda, but the Englishman could also be ready for a move too.

While speaking about it all on BBC Sounds’ Transfer Gossip Daily, he said: “He’ll have one year left on his contract, I think, in the summer.

“Conte might still not be there, they might have missed out on the Champions League. They could, of course, be in the Champions League.

“We will be talking about Harry Kane 100% in the summer. I have a sneaky feeling that Manchester United might come in for Harry Kane in the summer and I have a sneaky feeling that he may well want to go.”

Kane, who has a price tag of £100m, has been delivering his standard prolific goalscoring numbers this term with 16 goals in 21 Premier League games. And so, despite now being 29 years of age, he is showing no signs of slowing down.

However, he will turn 30 in the summer and as everyone knows he is still yet to win a major trophy during his career. With his contract up in 2024, next summer could be the moment to really consider his options.

Of course, the Englishman was previously keen on a move away from London – albeit to Manchester City – and so that proves that he could be prepared to leave Spurs if the right offer comes in.

Man United have of course linked heavily with Kane in recent times however the cost of the deal may prove to be a stumbling block with the Daily Starestimating that a staggering £300m may be required (including wages and a signing-on fee) to get this transfer over the line.

‘I’m told’- journalist claims Arsenal are’very serious’about signing£70m star next summer

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Arsenal are reportedly ‘very serious’ about signing West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice in the summer, as per the transfer insider Dean Jones.

The Gunners have been exploring the possibility of strengthening their engine room since the start of this season. They tried to broker a deal for Douglas Luiz on deadline day last summer but could not manage to get the deal done. So, they ended up commencing the campaign with a thin midfield department.

Arsenal left it late once again this winter to reinforce in the middle of the park. The Emirates outfit made a concrete approach to sign Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Moises Caicedo during the dying embers of the January window, however, they failed to persuade the Seagulls to cash-in.

Mikel Arteta then made a surprise deadline-day deal and signed Jorginho from Chelsea for a fee of around £12m, including bonuses.

However, the 31-year-old has only signed an 18-month contract with an option to extend the deal for one more year. So, he is a short-term addition and it has been touted that the Gunners will look to make a move for a new younger midfielder next summer, with Rice being suggested as a serious target.

Summer deal

Speaking to GiveMeSportJones has stated that Arsenal are very keen on signing Rice and they will ‘definitely’ try to broker a deal for the England international next summer.

Jones said:

“The Declan Rice interest is very serious, I’m told. I was very doubtful about the authenticity of that rumour at first but I’ve checked it out several times with different sources and they are definitely going to have a crack at signing him.”

It has been reported that Chelsea are also eyeing a move for Rice. So, the north London club will have to overcome the Blues’ challenge in getting this deal done. Having lost out in the battle to sign Mykhaylo Mudryk last month, the Premier League leaders will be desperate to beat their city rivals in the race to land Rice.

The West Ham man has previously expressed his desire to leave the club at the end of this season in order to take the next step in his career and it was reported that he could be available for a fee of around £70m.

It will be interesting to see whether Arsenal will be able to win the race for Rice, it has been reportedthat the 24-year-old favours a move to the north London club over Graham Potter’s side. So, that will give the Gunners an advantage in getting this done.

FC Barcelona looking to re-sign their football legend: Is Xavi capable of bringing Messi back?

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According to Dailymail, Barcelona are the frontrunners in acquiring Lionel Messi’s signature at the end of this season as the greatest player in football history remains hesitant about signing a new deal with Paris Saint Germain. The World Cup winner is having doubts about signing a contract extension and is considering his options away from France. The Catalan giants remain the favourites in bringing him back to Spain.

Lionel Messi’s Impressive Run Of Form For PSG And Argentina This Season

Messi is having a brilliant campaign with the French giants as he has produced several dominant displays in the final third. He has managed to find the back of the net on thirteen occasions and produced fourteen assists over twenty-one appearances for PSG so far this season across all fronts.

Moreover, his excellent run of form has helped Argentina lift the World Cup once again as he managed to score seven goals and create three assists over seven appearances in the competition that was held in Qatar.

The Rosario-born sensation has been flawless in the attacking third after averaging 4.1 shots, 2.3 key passes and 3.3 dribbles per game in Ligue 1. He has also been accurate when linking up with his teammates based on his pass completion rate of 83.3% in the French top flight (stats via whoscored).

Messi‘s contract at the Parc Des Princes expires at the end of this season. Hence, it makes sense for Barca to negotiate a deal with him before other clubs join the race.

Can Xavi Successfully Convince Messi To Return To Barcelona?

Messi’s controversial departure from Camp Nou was reportedly due to the Spanish La Liga regulations that made it difficult for a deal to formalise due to economic and structural obstacles. The deal fell through regardless of both parties coming to an agreement with Messi even agreeing to take a 50 per cent pay deduction from his previous contract.

PSG seemed an automatic fit for the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner as he reunited with his close friend and ex-teammate Neymar Jr. However, Messi has yet to sign a contract extension after agreeing to a two-year deal with the French outfit in 2021, so it is certainly possible for him to return to Camp Nou as he would again become a free agent in the summer.

Xavi is also a close friend of Messi and there is more than a decade of history between the two. This makes Xavi more than capable of convincing the GOAT of a dramatic return home. The 35-year-old has shown no signs of stopping just yet and is currently playing as if he’s in his prime again so we can expect him to help the Catalan giants regain their position in European football if he decides to join them next season.

Lionel Messi looks sombre during training amid PSG’s struggles and contract uncertainty

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After the highs of Argentina’s World Cup triumph in the Qatar World Cup final against France, Lionel Messi is facing some lows at his club Paris Saint-Germain.

Messi and France star Kylian Mbappe went toe-to-toe in an epic battle at the Lusail Stadium in December, with Argentina eventually emerging as champions. It was expected that the return of Messi and Mbappe, along with Brazil’s Neymar, would rejuvenate the Parisians. But that has not been the case.

PSG have won just one of four league games this month – including a 1-1 draw against Reims on Sunday – and manager Christophe Galtier has been forced to deny the theory that playing Messi, Mbappe and Neymar together in the same side has a negative impact on the team’s balance.

“We have at PSG three incredibly strong attacking players – Kylian, Leo and Ney, with 55 goals and 34 assists since the start of the season,” Galtier said.

“To say that we have to leave one of them out to be balanced is a mistake. We’ve been able to play well and be solid with all of three of them.”

The path ahead looks even tougher with PSG facing a run of six games in 19 days, including the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Bayern Munich on February 14.

“January hasn’t been good and everyone needs to have it in their heads that February will be better,” added Galtier.

Adding to the drama is the continued suspense over Messi’s future at the club. In December, it was reported that Messi was all set to renew his contract, which runs out in June.

However, latest reports suggest he is having second thoughts and that Messi is considering leaving France, with a return to Barca seen as a possibility.

All this was possibly weighing on his mind as Messi trained with his PSG teammates on Tuesday.

Also, PSG are set to be without Neymar at Montpellier in Ligue 1 on Wednesday with the Brazil forward suffering from “muscle fatigue”. PSG have 48 points from 20 games and have seen their advantage dwindle to three points over second-placed Lens.

Liverpool set to win the race to sign Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund

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Liverpool are looking set to win the race to sign Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season in a long-awaited move for the Anfield faithful.

The Reds chose not to make any signings this January to bolster their midfield which is dire need of reinforcements for the second half of a season that has not seen Jurgen Klopp’s men perform at their usual best.

According to a report from The Liverpool Echo, it is claimed that the Reds remain the frontrunners to land Bellingham’s coveted signature come the summer despite there being a huge possibility of a transfer battle to sign him.

Jurgen Klopp and Co. face huge competition for the England international from Manchester City, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United but signing for Liverpool is understood to be Bellingham and his family’s preference.

It remains to be seen what happens if Liverpool, who are languishing mid table in the Premier League this term, do not qualify for the Champions League which has often proved to be the lure for big-name players in the market.

OFFICIAL: Chelsea announce Enzo Fernandez £105m transfer

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Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Enzo Fernandez on their website.

The battle to sign the Argentine central midfielder lasted all month, but finally Todd Boehly has his man.

In the end it went down to the wire, and there were times yesterday afternoon where we thought it wouldn’t happen. But finally, at some point just before 11pm, both parties were able to agree on a payment plan, and the medical team were already there on standby in Lisbon to get everything rushed through.

It’s a British transfer fee record of £105m, capping a window of insane spending by the new ownership, who have revived a tired squad from front to back.

The changed Champions League rules mean he will be able to join us in Europe too – although there will be some shuffling of the squad needed to accommodate him.

After all that, Enzo is a Blue, and we can’t wait to see him in action.

Arsenal were ready to trigger €60million transfer deal to sign star, summer deal could be possible

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Arsenal were reportedly ready to trigger the €60million release clause in Martin Zubimendi’s release clause this January, but the Real Sociedad midfielder preferred to wait until the summer for a transfer.

The Spain international has shone in La Liga and looks like he’d be a good fit for Mikel Arteta’s style of football, but in the end a deal couldn’t be done this winter, as reported by The Athletic.

Zubimendi was one of a number of options considered by Arsenal before they moved to bring in Jorginho from Chelsea, with The Athletic also claiming they considered Ajax midfielder Edson Alvarez.

It will be interesting to see if Arsenal try again for Zubimendi in the summer, and one imagines that will depend on the availability of other targets.