Thursday, 4 July 2019

Arsenal Transfer Updates: Zaha, Saliba and Markus Schubert - Full Article

Arsenal prepared to go to £70m for Zaha

According to Sky Sports, Arsenal’s first bid of £40m for Wilfried Zaha may have been rejected by Crystal Palace but the Gunners are capable of increasing their offer up to £70m to get their man this summer.

Zaha to Arsenal 'not happening'

Wilfried Zaha’s proposed move to Arsenal will not be happening as things stand.
According to the BBC, it will take major changes for a transfer to materialise, with Crystal Palace left “incensed” by the Gunners’ approach to sign the Ivory Coast winger.
Palace believe Zaha to be worth £80m, and are said to be furious with Arsenal’s attempt to destabilise the 26-year-old before offering just £40m.
After selling right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United for £50m, they expect to receive something much higher for a full international and Premier League star.
Zaha is Palace’s highest-paid player after signing a new five-year deal last summer. That agreement was reached on the basis that Palace would let him leave if they received a credible offer in the future if the price is right - but they do not believe Arsenal’s offer to be anywhere near acceptable.

Saliba deal 'close'

Arsenal are in need of a defensive overhaul this summer.
And all the signs are pointing towards that happening as a host of central defender - as well as a couple of full-backs - have been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.
This will be welcome news for supporters as the Gunners' leaky defence cost them dearly in the race for a Champions League spot last season as they conceded 12 more than Chelsea as well as Tottenham Hotspur and missed out on a top four finish by a solitary point.
William Saliba (L) vies with Rachid Alioui (Image: PASCAL GUYOT / AFP)
head coach Unai Emery would like to sign a left-back and central defender this summer.
Links to centre-backs have been consistent in recent weeks, with William Saliba's name doing the rounds of late.
Here's everything we know about Saliba potentially joining Arsenal this summer.
Chambers decision
In order to boost Emery's transfer budget and raise funds for Saliba's arrival, it is understand Arsenal are willing to listen to offers for Calum Chambers who impressed out on loan at Fulham last season.
Contracted to the Gunners until 2022, Chambers is among the relatively few players in Emery's squad who Arsenal would be willing to part with and whose sale would significantly improve their transfer budget.
Manchester City interest
The Gunners were dealt a huge blow earlier in the month when his agent Djibril Niang was spotted in Manchester amid links to both clubs.
According to  Peuple-Vert.fr  Niang was posting live videos on his Instagram page from a restaurant in the city.
As Peuple Vert state, he could have simply been on holiday, but being spotted in Manchester, during the transfer window, with City and United thought to be interested in one of his clients Saliba, couldn't have just been a coincidence.
William Saliba (L) vies with Jimmy Briand (Image: NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP)
And the Manchester sighting was a huge blow to Arsenal's chances of signing him.
€30m deal
Reports in France at the beginning of the week claimed the Gunners had agreed a five-year deal with Saliba and Saint Étienne are willing to do a deal worth €30m but on the one condition that the teenager is loaned back to the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard for the 2019/2020 campaign.
It remains to be seen if such a deal would interest Arsenal as their need for immediate defensive reinforcements is extremely high.
Fee negotiation
According to reports in France , Arsenal remain in pole position to sign the centre-back and are not put off by the French club's €30m asking price
Although, it is also being reported that the north London outfit are ready to try and get the defender for lower than his asking price.
Saint-Etienne's financial situation
It could be that the Ligue 1 outfit have no other option but to accept whatever bid Arsenal make following comments from a French journalist on their financial situation.
"A sale of Saliba will bring cash to recruit and endorse the signing of Timothy Kolodziejczak," Denis Balbirsaid . "As I said before, I think it would be a priority to keep it.
"Especially at the advertised rate (5 M €) which seems honest to a player who has adapted to the club, was part of the adventure of last season and can cover several positions.
William Saliba (R) vies with Igniatius Knepe Ganago (L) (Image: JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK)
"Raising this option of purchase seems to me a necessary effort to make. A big priority even."
Spurs hijack
RMC Sport claim Arsenal have put in an official €30m bid for Saliba, but they now face strong competition from none other than bitter rivals Totenham Hotspur.
According to L’Equipe via GFFN, the centre-back would prefer a move to the Gunners after agreeing terms for a contract last week, but Spurs have reportedly entered the race to sign the defender.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are apparently in talks with the player’s representatives and confident that they can agree personal terms ahead of a move.
Transfer hint
The topic of Saliba's future was discussed during Ghislain Printant unveiling as the brand new Saint-Etienne manager and he dropped a huge hint amid talk of a move to north London.
"The sale of Saliba is not an absolute necessity," he told reporters. "There is no urgency [to do so]. He is courted by clubs.
"From a sporting point of view we want to keep him next season and that's his wish too. He still has room for development [here].
Lenny Pintor and William Saliba at the U20 World Cup (Photo by Marc Atkins - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
"We will see. Our goal is for him to be with us again this season."
Those comments very much keep in line with reports that Saint-Etienne are willing to do a deal for Saliba but only if he's allowed to spend next season with them.
Transfer boost
According to French journalist Nabil Djellit, negotiations between Arsenal and the French club over the youngster are still ongoing, although there are still some barriers to overcome.
The French club are also close to completing the capture of midfielder Denis Bouanga, which may mean that they are expecting a cash injection.
This news will come as music to the ears of Arsenal fans, who are becoming frustrated with the lack of movement in the transfer market so far this summer.
Deal close
Another French journalist Manu Lonjon has provided an update and it's looking promising.

Setback as youngster rejects Arsenal

Unai Emery has faced a setback in his transfer plans for this summer, with a young star rejecting a move to the Gunners.
Unai Emery after the final whistle in Baku.
Highly-rated young German goalkeeper Markus Schubert has rejected the chance to join Arsenal and will instead sign for Schalke in the coming days.
The 21-year-old was a target of serious interest to Arsenal after the expiry of his contract with Bundesliga 2 side Dynamo Dresden. The Gunners had been confident of securing his signature but - as reported last month - they were far from the only side hunting the German U21 international.
Bayern Munich and VfB Stuttgart were also tracking Schubert, who has ultimately opted for Schalke, where he will compete with Ralf Fahrmann and Alexander Nübel for a starting role.
Indeed Fahrmann has also been linked with a move to Norwich that could open up a starting role for Schubert at one of Germany's biggest clubs.
it is understands that the youngster prioritised finding a club where he had more immediate opportunities to play regular football. With Bernd Leno firmly established as Arsenal’s No.1 and Emiliano Martinez set to take on the role of understudy it could be a lengthy wait for any goalkeeper to establish himself in Unai Emery’s first-team.
Schubert’s preference was also to remain in Germany for the time being, though the Gunners are expected to continue monitoring the goalkeeper’s progress in the Bundesliga.
Former head of recruitment Sven Mislintat initially recommended Schubert to Arsenal and the club have kept a close eye on the ball-playing goalkeeper since he left in February.
Arsenal have made slow progress in the transfer market ahead of their return to pre-season training on Friday. Bids for Kieran Tierney and Wilfried Zaha have been rejected by Celtic and Crystal Palace, with the position of the latter club increasingly hardening after a £40m offer that represents just half of their minimum valuation for the Ivory Coast international.


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