Paper Talk: Celtic warn suitors off star; Iwobi’s big pay hike

Date published: Wednesday 5th October 2016 7:41

Moussa Dembele: Not going anywhere

Celtic have warned a string of European heavyweights that their star man is not for sale, while Arsenal are set to reward Alex Iwobi with his second new pay rise in a matter of months, according to Wednesday’s papers.



Celtic’s major shareholder Dermot Desmond insists the club are in no rush to cash in on in-demand hitman Moussa Dembele, amid claims Real Madrid have joined Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Tottenham in watching the player.

The 20-year-old Frenchman has been a smash hit since signing for Brendan Rodgers for just £500,000 from Fulham.

A strike rate of 12 goals in 17 games – including a hat-trick against Rangers and a brace against Manchester City – has attracted interest from all over Europe.

Asked whether Brendan Rodgers could look forward to Dembele remaining at Celtic Park, Desmond, who is in Scotland to take part in the Alfred Dunhill Links Pro-Am Championship, replied: “I think so. Hopefully we can.

“They’re a team, they’re together, we don’t need to sell any players.

“Hopefully we can retain him but again our job is to have players that are wanted by other clubs in the Premier League and elsewhere.

“That will be an indication of the quality of footballers that we have.”




Alex Iwobi: Loving his time at boyhood club Arsenal

Alex Iwobi is in line for a bumper new Arsenal contract – just six months after his last new deal.

Starlet Iwobi signed an agreement worth £25,000-a-week in April but is now in line for a further extension, which underlines him becoming a fixture in the first team this season.

The 20-year-old Nigeria international has impressed the club’s top brass and manager Arsene Wenger with his progress, and the Daily Mirror claims he will be rewarded with a big rise and another improved contract worth double the money he’s on now.

Iwobi has been one of Wenger’s best recent success stories and Arsenal want to tie him down for the long term and take him up to a good first-team salary.

The Gunners are also set to open discussions with Hector Bellerin, now Barcelona and Manchester City particularly keen on the Spanish right-back.

Wenger is also hopeful of tying down Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez to big new deals.




Stefan De Vrij, Lazio

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