Arsenal are desperate to bring in a La Liga attacker who stunned Real Madrid with a brace recently, a player wanted by Liverpool and Chelsea has named his ‘dream’ next destination, while Friday’s Euro Paper Talk reveals Manchester City have been given a boost in their hunt for Jude Bellingham.
ARSENAL IN FOR VILLARREAL STAR
Arsenal have reignited their interest in Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze and are ‘crazy’ about taking him to the Emirates this summer, according to a report.
Chukwueze is a Nigeria international who mainly plays on the right flank but can also operate on the left if needed. He is making a big impression in Spain, having registered 13 goals and 11 assists across all competitions this season.
Arsenal were backed to sign Chukwueze in the January transfer window, but they ended up prioritising different players instead. However, Gunners chiefs Mikel Arteta and Edu Gaspar have landed back on the La Liga ace as a target.
According to Sport Witness, who cite Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Arsenal are preparing to go back in for Chukwueze. They are ‘crazy’ about signing him, it is claimed.
There are a couple of reasons why Arsenal have decided to make him a priority summer target. The first is his brilliant recent form. The 24-year-old has notched five goals and three assists in his last eight league appearances.
That includes a brace as Villarreal stunned Real Madrid with a 3-2 victory at the Bernabeu on April 8.
After Real went 1-0 up thanks to a Pau Torres own goal, Chukwueze showed brilliant feet to get away from Nacho before slotting into the bottom corner to equalise.
Vinicius Junior then restored Real’s lead, only for Jose Luis Morales to pull Villarreal level once again. Then it was Chukwueze’s time to step up and win the watch for the Yellow Submarine.
Gunners eye winger who dominated Real Madrid
He cut inside and sent a brilliant curling effort into the top corner from outside the box to make it 3-2.
This performance – which Mundo Deportivo describe as ‘dazzling’ – showed that the wide man has what it takes to make a big impact at the top level. And this is exactly the kind of player Arsenal need if they are to challenge for the Premier League title again next season while also competing in the Champions League.
Arsenal will have also been alerted to Chukwueze’s availability due to his contract situation. His current deal at El Madrigal expires in June 2024.
The report reveals that he has rejected an offer from Villarreal to extend his terms. As a result, Arsenal could get him for a reduced price. The Spanish outfit have not yet set a price tag, though transfermarkt value the player at €20million (£17.7m).
Unfortunately for Arteta and Edu, they are not alone in admiring Chukwueze. The report claims Everton and West Ham are also interested in bringing him to the Premier League this summer.
This will be a blow for Arsenal, but the Gunners should still be considered favourites to complete a deal. After all, Chukwueze would rather join title-chasing Arsenal than Everton or West Ham, both of whom are still at risk of being relegated.
BRIGHTON ACE DISCUSSES FUTURE AMID LIVERPOOL, CHELSEA RUMOURS
Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo has revealed it ‘was always my dream to play for Real Madrid’. If he gets his way then Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal will all miss out on his capture. (Cadena Ser)
Barcelona are confident about landing both Lionel Messi and Man City skipper Ilkay Gundogan. (various)
Defender Milan Skriniar will not play for Inter again after undergoing spinal surgery. He is poised to join PSG on a free transfer in July. (various)
West Ham and Aston Villa have a better chance at snaring Matteo Guendouzi as Marseille have decided they want Denis Zakaria to replace the 24-year-old. (Foot Mercato)
An unnamed Saudi Arabian club have made a last-ditch contract offer to Luka Modric to prise him away from Real. It is worth an eye-watering €50m (£44m), double what he would earn by staying at the Bernabeu. (Diario AS)
Fulham look set to miss out on a deal for Porto star Mateus Uribe as the midfielder has ‘promised’ he will join Lazio. (Corriere dello Sport)
Chelsea hope to include Romelu Lukaku in a player-plus-cash deal for loanee Joao Felix in order to bring the cost of a permanent transfer down. (Calciomercatoweb)
MAN CITY GIVEN HELPING HAND IN BELLINGHAM CHASE
Pep Guardiola will be delighted after learning that PSG will not be battling Man City for Jude Bellingham later this year. PSG would rather bring in Nice star Khephren Thuram or Seko Fofana of Lens. (Jonathan Johnson)
Real, meanwhile, will try to offer Borussia Dortmund Brahim Diaz so they can sign Bellingham for less than his £120m price tag. (Bernabeu Digital)
Feyenoord boss Arne Slot ‘has to go’ to Tottenham if they offer him the opportunity to become Antonio Conte’s permanent replacement. However, Slot has been urged to avoid joining Leeds United or Crystal Palace. (Valentijn Driessen)
Victor Osimhen could cost Bayern Munich as much as €150m (£132m) to sign in the summer. The Napoli striker is also a target for Man Utd and Chelsea. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Arsenal centre-back William Saliba is picking up ‘a lot of interest’ from teams around Europe. (Jonathan Johnson)
Zinedine Zidane remains PSG’s ‘priority’ as they look for Christophe Galtier’s potential successor as head coach. (L’Equipe)
Sevilla playmaker Ivan Rakitic has described their stunning win over Man Utd as ‘just another night’ for the club. (Estadio Deportivo)