I will gladly Welcome Martial to Arsenal – Pires

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‘I would welcome him at Arsenal!’ Robert Pires urges former club to sign Manchester United forward Anthony Martial.

anthony-martialRobert Pires insists he would ‘welcome’ Anthony Martial at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Robert Pires has urged his former club Arsenal to attempt to sign Anthony Martial from Manchester United.
France international Martial joined the Red Devils in 2015, becoming the most expensive teenager in history when he left Monaco for a fee of over £50million.
The 22-year-old has struggled to live up to his price-tag, however, failing to nail down a place in United’s team under Jose Mourinho.
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Report: Manchester United Given Boost in Sergej Milinkovic-Savic Pursuit

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Report: Manchester United Given Boost in Sergej Milinkovic-Savic Pursuit

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Lazio's midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from Serbia celebrates at the end of the Italian Serie A football match Torino Vs Lazio on April 29, 2018 at the 'Grande Torino Stadium' in Turin. (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

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Manchester United have reportedly moved to the head of the queue to sign Lazio‘s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic after Barcelona cooled their interest due to his €80 million (£70 million) price tag.

According to Mundo Deportivo (via MailOnline’s Robert Cottingham), Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho is eager to add two more midfielders to his squad over the summer, and United sent scouts to cast their eye over Milinkovic-Savic last month.

The Serbian has a number of other suitors including Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, but United are now said to be leading the race as Barca have balked at Lazio’s hefty asking price.

Milinkovic-Savic, 23, has been a key part of the Lazio first team for the last three seasons and is enjoying a successful 2017-18 campaign.

In Serie A this term he has netted 11 goals and provided three assists in 32 appearances from his central midfield role.

He is able to operate as a No. 10, particularly in a 4-2-3-1 formation, but his preferred position is in the middle of the park, perhaps in a 4-3-3 system, where he can contribute both in defence and attack.

Along with his fantastic technique, passing range, ball control and maturity, he is also a physically imposing player and threatening in the air, per WhoScored.com:

United are one of few clubs who boast the financial clout to meet Lazio’s asking price, and Milinkovic-Savic has previously labelled Mourinho as “the best manager in the world,” per Sky Sport Italia (via Football Italia).

United are not short on options in midfield. But Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic are more defensive minded in the middle of the park, Michael Carrick will be retiring at the end of the season and Marouane Fellainicould depart Old Trafford as his contract expires in the summer.

The prospect of Milinkovic-Savic playing alongside Paul Pogba in United’s midfield is an exciting one for Red Devils fans, and it could yet become a reality if Barca have pulled out of the running for the Serbia international.

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May 2, 2018 at 03:03AM

Rumours rated: Aubameyang to Arsenal, Belotti to replace Griezmann — REPORTSOCCER

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With the transfer window open, David Amoyal sorts through the speculation and rates how likely the rumoured moves are to take place. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang to Arsenal: 45 percent The Gabonese forward was recently dropped from Borussia Dortmund’s squad for the third time in the past 14 months for disciplinary reasons. Aubameyang appears to be on […]

With the transfer window open, David Amoyal sorts through the speculation and rates how likely the rumoured moves are to take place.

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang to Arsenal: 45 percent

The Gabonese forward was recently dropped from Borussia Dortmund’s squad for the third time in the past 14 months for disciplinary reasons. Aubameyang appears to be on his way out, and at this point, he has two options: move to China after accepting a rich offer from either Guangzhou Evergrande or Beijing Guoan, or head to Arsenal to help replace Alexis Sanchez. At the moment, the Gunners are fairly confident that they can sign Aubameyang regardless of whether Olivier Giroud is included in the deal.

Andrea Belotti to Atletico Madrid in summer: 35 percent

Last summer’s transfer ban blocked the Torino striker’s move to Diego Simeone’s squad. But despite Diego Costa’s arrival, Los Colchoneros have not stopped monitoring Belotti, a player they still view as an ideal replacement for Antoine Griezmann, who is expected to leave in the summer. While Torino were able to stand firm in their request for the full €100 million exit clause to keep Belotti last year, now they’ll likely have to lower their demands since Belotti has struggled with injuries this season and won’t have an opportunity to showcase his talents at the World Cup.

Suso to Liverpool: 10 percent

While the Reds are on the lookout for Philippe Coutinho’s potential replacement, bringing back former player Suso during the January window will be next to impossible. For one, the Spanish winger’s €40m exit clause is valid only in the summer, and in a recent post on social media, Suso reaffirmed his desire to stay with Milan after recently signing a contract extension.

Alisson to Liverpool: In January 10 percent, in summer 30 percent

Both Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool could use an immediate upgrade to their goalkeeper, but Alisson is expected to finish the season in Italy after Roma qualified for the knockout rounds of the Champions League. Real Madrid are also expected to join the race in the summer after Kepa Arrizabalaga’s recent injuries; considering the number of suitors, Roma will demand at least €40m, the fee Man City spent to acquire Ederson, Alisson’s backup on the Brazilian national team, from Benfica last summer.

Emre Can to Juventus in summer: 80 percent

While Liverpool made numerous attempts to extend the German international’s expiring contract, they are now resigned to the fact that they’ll lose him. Juventus have tried to accelerate his arrival in Turin to this month, but they are confident they’ll at least avoid another Axel Witsel scenario after agreeing to terms with Can on a five-year deal with an annual salary of €5 million after taxes, to be completed on July 1.

Massimiliano Allegri to Chelsea in summer: 15 percent

With Antonio Conte appearing likely to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, there has been a lot of speculation that Allegri would continue the club’s long tradition of Italians at the helm. But after locking Allegri into an extension last summer, Juventus are determined to continue with Allegri in charge. The club’s management sided with him after his dispute with Leonardo Bonucci last season, and they’re working closely with Allegri on potential transfer moves for next summer.

Moise Kean to Leeds: 15 percent

Could the first millennial to score in a Serie A match take his talents to Elland Road in 2018? While Leeds are willing to raise the 18-year-old striker’s current wages, he is unlikely to leave Hellas Verona before the season ends. In fact, Juventus, the club that owns Kean’s rights, are very pleased with his progress under manager Fabio Pecchia and would prefer he continue to acclimate himself to Italy’s top league rather than trying an experience abroad.

Radja Nainggolan to Guangzhou Evergrande: 15 percent

The Belgium international’s recent suspension for breaking team rules has restarted the rumor mill on his future. While Fabio Cannavaro’s club is interested in acquiring Nainggolan and Monchi might not have many more opportunities to cash in significantly on a player set to turn 30, both the club and the player want to continue their relationship despite Nainggolan’s recent suspension.

Rafinha to Inter: 60 percent

After landing Lisandro Lopez from Benfica on loan, the Nerazzurri are now focused on improving Luciano Spalletti’s midfield. In addition to Ramires, Inter are also working on signing versatile Brazilian Rafinha. On Tuesday, Inter’s sporting director Piero Ausilio travelled to Spain to try to close the deal, and there’s optimism of a positive resolution since Rafinha has already agreed personal terms and the remaining hurdle is the fee for the option to buy with Barcelona.

Manolo Gabbiadini to Bologna: 10 percent in January, 45 percent in summer

After a strong start at Southampton, the Italian striker has struggled in his second season in the Premier League and could soon be on his way back to Serie A. Gabbiadini’s former club are in fact interested, and while they’ve explored the possibility of signing him before the January window closes, they will likely have to wait for the summer for a reunion, especially after Bologna striker Simone Verdi turned down a transfer to Napoli.

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