Euro Paper Talk: Unai Emery set to seal first Arsenal signing

Date published: Friday 25th May 2018 5:01 - Rob McCarthy

Unai Emery is closing in on his first signing as Arsenal boss, while Juventus are proposing a double swap deal with Manchester United for two Old Trafford stars, according to Friday’s European papers.



Arsenal are reportedly closing on in their first signing of the Unai Emery era.

The Gunners are poised to land Switzerland captain Stephan Lichtsteiner, who is out of contract this summer, having spent the last seven years at Juventus.

The 34-year-old made more 300 appearances for the Serie A champions and has been attracting of interest since revealing he would be quitting Juve.

A deal is not yet done but reports state that negotiations are progressing positively and that the experienced defender will be Emery’s first addition at The Emirates.

Indeed, speaking about his future in April, Lichtsteiner admitted: “I’m playing in one of the biggest clubs in Europe and there’s always competition for places.

“But my future is going to be away from Turin. At the end of the season I’m leaving. I’ll play abroad next year but I’ve not signed anything yet.”


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Italian champions Juventus are reportedly proposing a double swap deal with Manchester United this summer.

It is no secret that the Serie A giants are keen on re-signing midfielder Paul Pogba, while United defender Matteo Darmian has also been on Juve’s radar for some time.

Indeed, Juventus are said to be in advanced negotiations to land the latter, but United are keen on left-back Alex Sandro and forward Mario Mandzukic – sparking talk of a double swap deal, according to Calciomercato (via Sky Sport).

Jose Mourinho is in the market for a new left-back as he prepares to part company with Luke Shaw, while Mandzukic would provide a good foil for Romelu Lukaku and has the ability to play in a deeper attacking role.

The Croatian, along with Gonzalo Higuain, is being tipped to leave this summer – if Juve get the right price for the experienced international hitmen.

Despite returning to form in the latter part of the season, Pogba remains an enigma at Old Trafford and it is thought that Mourinho would still be prepared to cash in on the France star if he can land a suitable replacement.


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Juventus and Mino Raiola are working on a deal to take Barcelona and Tottenham target Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax to the Allianz Stadium this summer (Calciomercato)

Juventus are ready to challenge Man Utd for €50million-rated Portugal defender Joao Cancelo (Calciomercato)

West Ham are in pole position to sign Barcelona defender Marlon Santos, who is currently on loan at French club Nice (Mundo Deportivo)

Manchester City continue to be linked with a move for Napoli and Italy midfielder Jorginho (Calciomercato)

Juventus are reportedly working on a triple swoop for United’s Matteo Darmian, Genoa’s Mattia Perin and Atalanta’s Bryan Cristante (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Newcastle, Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea are all in the running for Hamburg teenage defender Josha Vagnoman (Bild)

Benfica have agreed a €9m deal for Espanyol defender Aaron Martin, who has also been linked with Man Utd and Man City (Football Espana)

Inter Milan have opened talks for Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan and Cagliari’s Nicolo Barella, who share the same agent (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Anderson Talisca has reportedly told his Besiktas teammates that he will move to Roma this summer (Football Italia)

Juventus are reportedly one of three clubs leading the race to sign RB Leipzig winger Emil Forsberg (SportExpressen)

Napoli are dreaming of signing Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema this summer (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Marek Hamsik will reportedly hold talks with new Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti before possibly leaving for China (Tuttosport)

Deportivo are hopeful of renewing the loan deal of Real Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde despite the club’s relegation from La Liga (Football Espana)

Monaco attacker Djibril Sidibe is being touted as a possible replacement for Sime Vrsaljko at Atletico Madrid for next season (France Football)

Real Betis and Villarreal are considering an approach for Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro (La Gazzetta Dello Sport)

Marseille midfielder Florian Thauvin wants to play in the Champions League, sparking rumours that he will leave the club this summer

Former Chelsea striker Alexandre Pato has issued a come-and-get-me plea to former club Milan (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Atletico Madrid have confirmed the signing of former youth product Rodri Hernandez from Villarreal on a five-year contract (Football Espana)



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