12pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Coutinho ‘visits training ground’, Partey, Gabriel, Ceballos ‘£100m SPREE’, Willian
ARSENAL are lining up an incredible £100m spending spree which would see them sign Thomas Partey, Gabriel Magalhaes and Dani Ceballos.
But Mikel Arteta will have to sell to buy, with the likes of Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira, Shkodran Mustafi and Ainsley Maitland-Niles said to be in the firing line.
Get all the latest news and transfer gossip from North London here…
Jake Lambourne 14 minutes ago COUT ME IN
Philippe Coutinho reportedly visited Arsenal’s training ground yesterday despite being pictured preparing for Bayern Munich’s Champions League clash against Chelsea.
According to Sport, the Brazilian was at London Colney as he looks to join the Gunners after his loan spell with Bayern comes to an end.
They state that the playmaker is keen to join the Gunners as he pushes for a move back to the Premier League.
Mikel Arteta is believed to be a huge fan of the player, with the Spaniard desperate to sign an attacking midfielder this summer.
Jake Lambourne 46 minutes ago TO BE FRANK
Frank Lampard insisted Chelsea “have done everything” they can to keep Willian as the Brazilian edges closer to signing for Arsenal.
He said: “In terms of being disappointed, certainly as a club we have done everything we can to explain to Willian.
“Mine and his relationship is very close and I would have no feeling of disappointment if he does move on. He is a fantastic man and a fantastic player.
“The club have acted very well in this as well. If he moves on I personally will wish him well. That is where we are at.
“I think he leaves a hole as a player who has been here for I think seven seasons, being part of successful teams. He has his own decisions to make. We as a club will always want to move forward, no matter what.”
Former Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez has took a dig at Manchester United after completing his move to Inter Milan.
The 31-year-old striker, said to have got a £9m pay-off to get his £505,000-a-week wages off the books, suggested his new club had more desire to win something big.
The Chilean striker, who spent this season on loan at the Serie A club, took to social media to aim a parting shot at United.
He said: “I’m really happy to be staying here with you, Inter fans. I’ve found a family here and the staff are great.
“It’s a group where there’s a real desire to win something big.
“People here want to fight together as a team to give the club the success it deserves.”
Robin van Persie has joined Advocaat’s Feyenoord coaching staff after admitting: “I can’t say no to Dick.”
The Manchester United and Arsenal legend has got his pecker up after the coronavirus lockdown with his first coaching job.
Van Persie, 37, retired as a player with Feyenoord last summer after winning 102 Holland caps, having also spent 11 years in the Premier League.
And RVP says it was too hard to turn down working under ex-Rangers, Sunderland and Dutch national boss Dick Advocaat.
He told Feyenoord’s website: “Dick called me and asked if I wanted to come. And I couldn’t turn Dick down.
“It is not an official position. So it’s hard for me to give it a title. I don’t see myself as a strikers’ coach, for example.
“I think it’s a win-win. I’ll find out here whether I like doing this and I’ll help the staff a bit.”
Jake Lambourne Today, 04:06 NEARLY WEN
Arsene Wenger endured an up-and-down time as Arsenal manager.
During his 22 years at the club, he led the side to an unprecedented period of success – including the 2003-04 Invincibles campaign.
But he lost the fans towards the end as results suffered on the pitch, the squad fell apart and he failed to replace leaving stars in the transfer market.
It wasn’t necessarily for a lack of trying, with Wenger linked to a host of star names down the years.
However, more often than not, the former Gunners chief missed out – and we’ve compiled a best XI of players he tired and failed to sign.