Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Arsenal make mega £100m offer as Emery looks to pull off major late coup

According to Mundo Deportivo via the
Mirror , Arsenal have offered a package worth £100m to sign Barcelona attacker Ousmane Dembele as Unai Emery looks to pull off a major coup during the closing stages of the window.
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Emery has already blown his initial £70m budget on five new signings so he’s needing to offload fringe players like David Ospina, Lucas Perez, Carl Jenkinson, Joel Campbell and Calum Chambers to free-up more funds.
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The boss is reportedly in the market for another centre-back to fix our vulnerable defence but a wide attacker is also on the agenda and Dembele has been touted as our prime target throughout the summer window.
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The French international has been tipped to leave Barcelona after enduring a tough debut campaign at the Nou Camp following his big-money move from Borussia Dortmund last summer.
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The 21-year-old was plagued by injury problems and started just a handful of La Liga games under Ernesto Valverde, and he looks set to fall even further down the pecking order following the arrival of Malcom from Roma.
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Speculation suggests Dembele could be eyeing a move in search of regular football and he fuelled talk of a switch to Arsenal after attending a dinner party in London with the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last week.
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It looks like we’ve now stepped-up their interest as the Mirror are citing a report from Mundo Deportivo that claims Arsenal have offered to pay £10m to take Dembele on a season long loan.
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The Spanish publication says Arsenal have agreed to then pay £90m next summer to make the deal permanent meaning the package would be worth £100m to the Catalans – although I’ve seen other reports suggesting the figures would be closer to £89m [€100m].
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Either way, this would be a sensational coup if Arsenal could pull it off as Dembele would be an excellent addition to the squad and offer us some genuine pace/quality on the wings – something we lack at present.
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However, we could face competition from Manchester United as the report says Jose Mourinho is also eyeing Dembele as a potential replacement for want-away attacker Anthony Martial.

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If the Red Devils beat us to Dembele’s signature then I’d love to see us make an audacious swoop for Martial. He’s also a huge talent and would thrive at the Emirates once he’s unshackled from Mourinho.
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It’s going to be an interest few days but let’s pray we manage to sign a top class attacker as that would top off a solid summer.

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