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How Do Arsenal Respond To Traumatic Transfer Window?

The transfer window is shut and now we can all focus on the football. But how do Arsenal get around their clearly shambolic final few days of the window.

Depsite Wenger’s public stance, the club clearly were open to selling Alexis Sanchez on deadline day, but despite having a £92million bid accepted for Thomas Lemar, the player opted to stay at Monaco, meaning the Gunners now have an Alexis Sanchez that everyone knows wanted to be at Manchester City.

It is a similar scenario for Mesut Ozil, with the German having less than a year remaining on his current contract. Arguably Arsenal’s two best players will be allowed to sign a pre-contract with a foreign club in just a few months – how will this impact on the Gunners season?

In my opinion, if we knew neither player were going to extend, we should’ve sold them earlier and sorted replacements earlier in the window. Thomas Lemar may have turned the club down on deadline day, but he wanted the move to Arsenal in June. Arsenal must have known Alexis would not be extending for some time, and Lemar could’ve been secured (for less money) at the start of the window. At worst Arsenal would’ve had Lemar and Alexis for a season.

It’s possible that Alexis could leave in January for a reduced fee, with Man City 7/2 favourites with PaddyPower to be his next club.

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There is a spin to it though, it’s possible that Alexis and Ozil put in top quality performances in order to secure moves to top clubs at the end of the season. If this happens then it’s true that Arsenal perhaps are a better side than last season, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain the only significant departure and Kolasinac and Lacazette arriving.

Lacazette has started the season well and is an outside shot as the Premier League’s top scorer at 12/1. But even if this is the case, the long term impact on Arsenal’s squad will not be good when Ozil and Alexis leave for nothing. The cost of replacing those two players, in this market, will be significant.

As an Arsenal fan I’m trying to think positively from this situation, but I cannot. There is incompetence at every single level of this football club and I don’t see our situation improving any time soon. This could be a big problem considering clubs like Liverpool, Tottenham and both Manchester sides are continuing to show improvements. When will Arsenal be back at the top again? After Arsenal’s poor start, SkyBet have the Gunners as 28/1 outsiders for the title, which makes them 6thfavourites. This window has only pushed us back, we need something fresh, but sadly it is not coming any time soon.

4 Players Chelsea Are Trying To Sign On Transfer Deadline Day

Chelsea are one of a number of big clubs looking to do business today. In this article we take a look at 4 deals the club are reportedly trying to complete before tonights 11pm deadline.

1 – Danny Drinkwater

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Chelsea are attempting to finally seal their move for Drinkwater on deadline day. The player is desperate to join Chelsea after handing in a transfer request. After losing Nemanja Matic to Manchester United earlier in the summer, Conte has been attempting to add a central midfielder to the clubs ranks, with the clubs current squad very thin considering the fact they will have to participate in the Champions League this season. Drinkwater is unlikely to become a starter at Chelsea but he could reunite with N’Golo Kante in the heart of midfield to form a central midfield partnership that of course won the league title two seasons ago. Conte will be well aware of this and it most likely factored into Chelsea’s interest in Drinkwater. With a couple of bids already knocked back, will this one be completed before the deadline tonight? We think so.

4 Signings Liverpool Are Reportedly Trying To Complete Before The Window Shuts

Liverpool haven’t been overly active in the transfer market this summer and despite the exciting addition of Mohammed Salah, the fans will be hoping their club can surprise a few in the final week of the window and complete some top signings. In this article I take a look at four signings Liverpool are reportedly trying to complete before the window shuts, and take a look at what they would add to the club, if they did complete a move. The transfer market is moving fast, but at the time of writing, we are bringing you the latest news.

1 – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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The Ox has been linked with a move to Liverpool all summer, but after Chelsea agreed on a fee with Arsenal for the player yesterday, it seemed this one had drifted from Klopp’s grasp. Now though, the player has seemingly turned down Chelsea as he wants to join Liverpool, but will the club be willing to match the £40million bid made by Chelsea? It also appears that the Ox turned down Chelsea because he wants to play in central midfield now, whilst Chelsea want him to continue to play as a wing back. Reports now suggest that Liverpool will make a decision on Oxlade-Chamberlain today.

Reports: 5 Big Money Signings Chelsea Could Still Complete This Month

Chelsea look to be desperate to make some more signings ahead of the transfer window slamming shut in two weeks time. Antonio Conte has grown frustrated at the lack of activity so far this summer and there are certain positions that certainly need to be supplemented ahead of the new season.

Chelsea are the title holders, but they have to play much more football this season with the Champions League involved and having lost the likes of John Terry, Nemanja Matic and seemingly soon, Diego Costa in the transfer window, depth, at the very least, is required.

In this article, we take a look at four players being heavily linked with a move to Chelsea currently.

1 – Cedric Soares

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According to The Mirror, Conte is targeting Southampton full back Cedric as competition for Victor Moses at right wing back. Reports are that Chelsea’s interest is at around £15million, though S’oton will likely want more than that, with limited time to find a replacement. Cedric won’t be the stellar signing that many fans will be hoping for, but the Portuguese international is a player that is already Premier League proven and settled in the league, so it wouldn’t be a concern that he is joining the squad with the season already underway. It’d be an interesting battle between Cedric and Moses for the wide right berth, as neither player are known as world class, but both have good qualities and are probably at a similar level. The healthy competition between the duo would likely bring out the best of both players.

Chelsea Set To Seal £35m Deal For Midfielder

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Chelsea look like they will finally add another signing to their squad this summer, with Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater closing in on a move.

Valued at £40million by Leicester, Chelsea are readying a second bid of around £35million, which may be enough for a player that was left out of the clubs season opener against Arsenal on Friday night.

Drinkwater is viewed as a replacement for Nemanja Matic, as Chelsea look to add some depth to their midfield options after Matic’s departure left them very thin on the ground. This hasn’t been helped by the fact that Tiémoué Bakayoko, the clubs new signing from Monaco, is currently injured.

Drinkwater’s arrival will give the club several senior options in central midfield, with N’Golo Kante, Bakayoko, Cesc Fabregas and Drinkwater all competing for two positions. But with the added stress of Champions League football set to take its effect on the squad, Conte will certainly be looking forward to having several options in a physically demanding position.

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We know the team have the quality to win the league and beat any team in the league, but with no European football last season, the squad depth was never really tested. Flying around Europe and playing those extra games seriously takes its toll on players and often massively increases the probability of a muscular injury occurring.

What will be interesting is whether or not Drinkwater can replicate his title winning form of two seasons ago, because if he can’t, then £35million is an awful lot for a player that has done very little with his career aside from that season. Is he really good enough to start for Chelsea? Personally I don’t think so – which means he isn’t worth close to the £40million Leicester value him at. But the current market is crazy and Chelsea are in a position where they need extra bodies, though I do think they could be doing better with that money.

2 More New Signings in a 3-5-2: Chelsea’s Possible Line-Up After The Transfer Window Shuts

Chelsea were pretty limp in the Community Shield against Arsenal and with the extra pressure of Champions League football this season, it’s pretty clear that Antonio Conte’s squad needs to be bolstered.

In this article we take a look at how the team could possibly line up after the transfer window shuts.

GK – Thibaut Courtois

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The Villian of the Community Shield, Courtois saw his penalty balloon over the bar, but he needs to refocus himself for the Premier League season as he did look very distraught after that miss. On form he’s one of the best keepers in the world and there’s no doubt he will be Chelsea’s number one this season.

CB – Antonio Rudiger

The new summer signing looks likely to come into the starting eleven and hopefully he will impress. It’s likely to mean that Azpilicueta will shuffle to play as full back – but Rudiger’s arrival gives the Chelsea defence versatility.

CB – David Luiz

The most central of the defensive trio, Luiz is a reliable defender that perhaps had the best season of his career last campaign.

CB – Gary Cahill

The club captain, Cahill needs to be at the heart of this Chelsea team and ensure they can maintain their form from last season and keep going. Too often the previous title winners have fallen apart in the following season, so Chelsea need to buck the trend and they will need leaders to ensure all goes well, Cahill is one of them.

Coutinho linked with Barcelona move

Brazil international midfield maestro Philippe Coutinho has once again been linked with a move to Barcelona.

According to Catalan Radio RAC1 as reported by the Metro, the highly rated attacking midfielder has reached a personal agreement with Barcelona for a potential switch to Camp Nou. Liverpool fans who have been banking on football accumulators may have to have a rethink if their talented attacker leaves the club.

Report claims that Barcelona representatives are already in England for talks.

The La Liga giants’ initial offer of £72m was rejected by the Reds, but they are expected to make an improved offer in other to secure the star signature.

Coutinho, whose prolific exploits last season helped the Red Devils qualify for next season Champions League has been in the news all summer about a move to the Barcelona.

It is believed that Barcelona sees Coutinho as a possible replacement for Neymar, who wants to leave Camp Nou for PSG this summer.

Coutinho joined Liverpool in 2013 from Inter Milan in a £8.5 million deal. Since his move to the Merseyside club, the 25-year-old midfielder has made a total of 182 appearances, while finding the back of the net 42 times in all competitions.

He has also featured for the Brazilian national team side 28 times, scoring seven goals.

Fast, skilful and highly creative Coutinho will certainly be a good buy for Barcelona should they be able to prize him away from Liverpool.

However, the South American star is also a target for Ligue 1 giants PSG. The French club are making plans to lure Coutinho to France as they plan to claim the League title next season.

Report according to the Mirror also claims that Liverpool are close to signing RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, having had their two offers rejected.

It is claimed the Bundesliga club are now preparing life without Keita by scouting potential replacement for the African star.

Meanwhile, Coutinho will travel with his team-mate for a pre-season tournament in Germany today.

Manchester United close in on Matic

Report according to the Independent claims that Manchester United are in pole position to sign Serbian international midfielder Nemanja Matic.

United have had initial offers of £35 and £40m rejected for Matic this summer as the Blues hold out for a fee of £50m for the defensive midfielder. I suspect you will find many Manchester United fans using their william hill promo code 2017 if they pull this one off.

Earlier report had it that Italian giants Juventus were battling the Red Devils for the experienced midfielder signature, but the Old Lady are now focusing their attention on PSG star Blaise Matuidi.

It is believed Juventus have conceded defeat to United over Matic signature and have switched their attention to Matuidi.

Antonio Conte had secured Monaco ace Tiemoue Bakayoko this summer, to partner fellow national team mate N’golo Kante in the heart of Chelsea’s midfield.

It is believed Bakayoko arrival at Stamford Bridge will see Matic starting chances limited to the bench next season.

Conte is willing to sell the Serbian this summer after he was left out of Chelsea’s pre-season tour squad amid interest from other club.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is desperate to reinforce his team ahead of next season campaign.

Although he has brought in Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof as a first team starter, he however wants to add more forces to his squad.

Mourinho is willing to have a reunion with Matic at Old Trafford, after they both had a successful stint at Chelsea winning the Premier League title and the Capital One Cup.

Conte was initially reluctant to sell Matic to Manchester United after they hijacked Lukaku deal. But report now has it that the Italian tactician could let him join United, having signed a replacement for the 28-year old midfielder.

The Serbia international has made over 120 appearances for Chelsea since his returned to Stamford Bridge in 2014 for a second spell.

The Premier League defending champions are also willing to part ways with goal poacher Diego Costa.

Report in Italy has it that Costa’s agent Jorge Mendes met with AC Milan directors yesterday for a possible switch.

The Serie A giants are willing to sanction move for Costa having failed to sign Alvaro Morata.

Although Costa will fancy a move to former club Atletico Madrid, Milan are however willing to hijacked the deal as the La Liga club are currently ban from registering any player.

Mourinho keen on bolstering Manchester United squad

Jose Mourinho is keen on bolstering his team ahead of the new season and has made two signings so far, with Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof joining the Europa League winners. Now might be a good time to use the 10bet referrer code on United going for the title as they continue to show great ambition in the transfer window.

But the Portuguese coach is not leaving the club’s academy out of the transfer market and has added to their goalkeeping rank.

As confirmed by his agent Charlie McNicholas, goalkeeper Theo Richardson has secured a permanent move to Manchester United from Leeds United, swelling the number of keepers at the club to seven.

The 18-year-old joins the likes of David de Gea, Sergio Romero, Joel Pereira, Kieran O’Hara, Max Johnstone and Ilias Moutha-Sebtaoui at the club.

The Lincoln-born keeper was on trial at Old Trafford towards the end of last season and impressed coaches at the club, prompting Man United to offer him a deal, after Leeds refused to extend his contract which end this summer with them.

McNicholas, who works for World in Motion Agency took to his Twitter account to announce the deal while United have also created a profile for him on the club’s website with the statement:

“Signed on a permanent contract after arriving on a short-term basis towards the end of the 2016/17 season”.

“Formerly with Leeds United, he produced some outstanding performances when thrust into the Reds’ Under-18 team to earn a deal over the course of the summer”.

He made his debut in the academy Manchester Derby at the Etihad Stadium in March making stunning saves, and his brilliant performance in the match earned him a place on the bench for the U23s’ penultimate game of the season against Arsenal.

He may likely join the U23 team and the UEFA Youth League squad but has the likes of David De Gea and Sergio Romero ahead of him in the first-team.

And he will also compete with Kieran O’Hara, Max Johnstone and Joel Pereira for a starting place in the reserve, while Sam Johnstone and Dean Henderson have moved on loan to Aston Villa and Shrewsbury Town respectively this summer.

Richardson was part of the team that featured against Cortiba, Chivas and Real Salt Lake at the Dallas Cup and may also play in United’s return to the prestigious Super Cup NI tournament in Northern Ireland
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Is It Time For Manchester United To Move On From David De Gea?

The transfer window has opened, and yet again, Manchester United fans are wondering whether David De Gea will still be at their club when the season starts again.

Reports have suggested that De Gea has told Mourinho he wants to play for Real Madrid at some point in his career. If that is the case, then why don’t United move on from De Gea? The uncertainty about his long term future can do no good and surely it is best for United to try and find a keeper that is happy at the club and wants to be there long-term.

The Telegraph suggest that United have braced themselves for a bid from Madrid this summer, with the club valuing their keeper at £60million. With just two years left on his current contract, it looks as if De Gea will not extend his contract and if he doesn’t, then United need to sell as soon as possible in order to maximise the amount they will receive for him.

It’s anyone’s guess as to whether or not De Gea will make the move this summer, the likes of Ander Herrera and Sergio Romero are desperate for him to stay in Manchester but what is your prediction? Check out some football betting sites like the ones listed on BettingTop10 to have a flutter on your instinct.

My gut tells me that De Gea will still be United’s keeper when the season starts, but I’m not sure that is the best thing for the club and their fans, to continue to delay what seems likely to be the inevitable.

There are some top quality keepers in Europe at the moment that United could start to pursue. Gianluigi Donnarumma now looks unattainable for a while due to recently signing a new contract, but Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid may be a realistic target. Inter Milan’s Samir Handanovic is also a name that is regularly linked with the club.

Neither of the aforementioned names would come cheap but they’d almost certainly be attainable for less than the £50million-£60million that United would likely receive for De Gea – so replacing De Gea is unlikely to have any effect on United’s transfer budget this summer.

Mourinho won’t be keen to sell but with the Portuguese manager hoping to be at United for the long term, surely he too will have concerns over the current cloud hovering over De Gea.

 

Chelsea Expect £30m Asking-Price To Be Met As Atletico Become Desperate

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is making major changes to his Premier League champions this summer and a wealth of significant departures could occur in the coming weeks.

The Blues missed out on the services of striker Romelu Lukaku, who sealed a move from Everton to Manchester United, but have added Willy Caballero and Antonio Rudiger to their ranks ahead of a Premier League title defence.

Conte is still focused on getting further deals done, as he eyes a new striker and a midfielder, and his transfer kitty is likely to be bolstered by a sale of Diego Costa, who has been informed he’s surplus to requirements.

Atletico Madrid, despite their transfer ban that would leave any signings unable to feature until the new year, are keen to bring the striker back to the Spanish capital and The Guardian indicates Diego Simeone’s side are growing increasingly desperate.

That’s left Chelsea confident their asking-price of £30m will be met, with Atletico’s transfer plans falling apart.

What’s happened with Atletico?

Things started relatively positive for Atletico Madrid as they retained the services of Antoine Griezmann amidst interest from Manchester United, securing the Frenchman to a new contract, but their transfer ban was upheld- casting major problems for the club’s recruitment drive.

Initial agreements were in place to sign Alexandre Lacazette, Vitolo, Diego Costa and Sandro before their ban was confirmed to still be going ahead. Since then, Lacazette has joined Arsenal, Sandro has joined Everton and Vitolo is set to sign a new deal with Sevilla.

Simeone’s frustration means that Atletico don’t really have a strong bargaining position when it comes to negotiations with Chelsea and will probably have to pay whatever the Blues desire, although a £30m fee wouldn’t be the end of the world for the Spaniards.

Tottenham Ace Keen To Join Man United With £50m Offer Prepared

Manchester United have already spent heavily this summer to bring Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof to Old Trafford but Jose Mourinho is ready to splash the cash once again.

The Red Devils are keen on signing a defensive-minded midfielder to slot into their side, which would allow Paul Pogba and Player of the Year Ander Herrera more freedom in attack- which should significantly improve Mourinho’s side.

Manchester United have been linked with Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic and Monaco ace Tiemoue Bakayoko but Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier is their priority signing, with The Guardian reporting the boyhood United fan is keen on a transfer.

A fresh approach of £50m is rumoured to be in the works but Manchester United may have to part with an even higher figure, as Tottenham don’t want to sell and Daniel Levy is renowned for being a difficult man to deal with in the transfer window.

Where does a deal stand?

Unfortunately for Manchester United, the early indications are not good. Manchester United made an approach earlier in the season, which came with a bid under instruction from Jose Mourinho, but Levy immediately rejected the approach- and insisted he won’t be selling Dier this summer.

The fact that Dier is open to a move will give Manchester United hope though and Spurs may struggle to keep hold of the England international if he seeks an exit, particularly as the Red Devils can easily double the midfielder’s current £70k-a-week wages.

Dier has also faced problems securing regular opportunities at White Hart Lane during the past 12 months, with the signing of Victor Wanyama last summer dethroning the 23-year-old as Spurs’ first-choice defensive midfielder.

Can Spurs fend off interest?

Tottenham will likely fight tooth and nail to keep hold of Dier but they may struggle to retain the services of the England ace as there is still a long way to go in the transfer window- especially as Manchester United’s approach will likely lead to Dier seeking assurances.

Dier will want regular football ahead of the World Cup next summer, as he battles for a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad, and may demand an increase in wages. However, breaking the £100k-a-week threshold would shatter the Lilywhites wage structure and may lead to further demands from other players.

In all honesty, Dier is probably the most expendable player within Tottenham’s squad, amongst those attracting interest from big sides, and they’d be able to cope with his departure, whereas they’d find it difficult to replace Harry Kane, Dele Alli and company.

West Brom Eye Ambitious Double Swoop To Land Man United Pair

West Brom haven’t been known for making waves in the transfer market that much but they’re looking to land a significant double-deal ahead of the new season.

The Daily Mirror indicates Tony Pulis has set his sights on Manchester United’s defensive duo Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, both of whom have two-years remaining on their contracts at Old Trafford.

Both England aces face uncertain futures in Jose Mourinho’s side following the capture of Victor Lindelof from Benfica, who’s set to partner last summer’s recruit Eric Bailly in the heart of the Red Devils defence- potentially leaving Smalling and Jones in real trouble in their battle to make England’s World Cup squad.

Jones’ versatility appeals to Pulis, who’s also looking to bolster his defensive options with former Manchester United man Jonny Evans attracting interest from elsewhere, Jonas Olsson having already left and Gareth McAuley halfway into a retirement home.

Whether they can persuade Manchester United to sell though is another matter as the departure of the pair would significantly decrease the depth at Mourinho’s disposal.

The England impact

Crucially, moving to West Brom could help both defenders in their quest to establish themselves as key figures within Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of the World Cup next summer, especially as Jake Livermore battled his way back into the set-up after joining the Baggies from Hull in January.

Smalling is probably better placed for a starting spot within the England squad next summer as it stands but the rise of young pairing John Stones and Michael Keane prevents problems, especially as the pair will be assured of regular football this season.

Jones is perhaps the man who desperately needs to move on though as he seems out of Mourinho’s plans and a move to West Brom, who’ll offer regular football and stable surroundings, could spark his career back into life.

Italian Side Eyeing Deal For Liverpool Favourite, Exit Likely

Liverpool’s transfer window has commanded as many headlines as many of their fellow Premier League sides but significant moves are still likely to be made.

The Reds secured a big addition in the form of Mohamed Salah from Roma and Jurgen Klopp continues to chase the ideal recruits, whilst he’s also preparing for the potential departure of a wealth of the club’s fringe players.

Lucas Leiva stood as one of those last season and is now available on a free transfer after his contract at Anfield drew to a close earlier this month, although he’s still training with the side where he became a fan favourite following a decade at the club.

The Daily Star, citing Di Marzio, claim Italian outfit Lazio are keen on the services of the Brazilian veteran, who accumulated over 340 appearances for Liverpool during 10 years on Merseyside- and it’s likely his spell in England will come to a close.

Why are Lazio keen?

Lazio are reportedly preparing for life without Argentine ace Lucas Biglia, who looks set to become the latest recruit of AC Milan’s frantic summer transfer push- with the San Siro giants having already secured the likes of Adrien Silva and, for some reason, former Liverpool flop Fabio Borini.

30-year-old Leiva could fill the void left by his fellow South American in Rome and a free transfer would be financially appealing to an Italian side who cannot afford to spend as much as rivals like Juventus and both Milan sides in the market.

Everton Identify £32m Premier League Man As Ideal Lukaku Replacement

Everton have been very active in the transfer market thus far and Ronald Koeman shows no signs of stopping, with the Toffees now seeking additions in attack.

Star-man Romelu Lukaku waved goodbye to Goodison Park earlier this week as he sealed a lucrative move to Manchester United, leaving Everton in the market for a replacement striker that can fill the void left by the Belgian forward.

The Toffees have endured frustration in the market as they seek replacements, with Arsenal insisting Olivier Giroud is going nowhere, but Koeman intends to continuing focusing on signing players from the capital.

The Daily Mirror indicates that Everton have set their sights on Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke, although the Eagles are adamant their £32m club-record signing will not be leaving Selhurst Park this summer.

Everton’s newfound financial strength could prove to be difficult for the Eagles to fend-off though and the Toffees could present a bid in the coming days.

Back to Merseyside?

After netting an impressive 42 goals in 89 games for Aston Villa, Christian Benteke earned a big move to Liverpool but it ended up being another striking mishap for the Reds, with the Belgian striker leaving to join Crystal Palace last year.

His form in front of goal helped the Eagles fend off relegation, as he netted 15 times, and Palace believe he’s crucial to their quest to avoid the drop once again this summer- but Everton’s growing ambition could turn Benteke’s head.

Everton have already signed Davy Klaassen, Wayne Rooney, Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane this summer, amongst others, and are assembling a side capable of fighting the Premier League’s elite for European football- something Palace are a long way off being able to offer.

Doubts Raised On Everton Ace’s Future As He Misses Pre-Season Tour

Everton have enjoyed a busy transfer window so far but the next few weeks could revolve around further departures, following the loss of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United.

Ronald Koeman’s side have showed their ambition this summer by being incredible active, adding the likes of Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane and Wayne Rooney to their squad, but questions remain on the future of one key-asset.

Ross Barkley has still not signed a new contract, despite being informed by the Dutch manager he would be sold this summer if he did not do so, and questions have raised further after he was left out of the club’s pre-season trip to Tanzania.

The Daily Mail states Everton have claimed Barkley is suffering from a groin injury but the likelihood of Barkley leaving rises day by day, as the 23-year-old has entered the final 12 months of his contract- and Everton would rather sell than lose him on a free transfer next summer.

Unfortunately for Barkley, his bargaining position has been weakened due to the fact that interest in his services has cooled significantly- leaving the England international in limbo.

Where does he fit at Everton?

Barkley’s biggest issue at the moment is the fact that Everton see him as expendable, with the Toffees having strengthen their ranks this summer with the additions of Wayne Rooney and Davy Klaasen- both of whom are amongst Everton’s 25-man tour squad and could fit into Barkley’s attacking midfield position.

The Toffees also continue to chase Gylfi Sigurdsson, who could again fit into the slot that Barkley has adopted in recent years, and Everton’s priority is getting a deal for the Icelandic international done, as well as signing a striker to replace Lukaku.

That means Barkley is left in a difficult position as his club’s demands of around £50m have led to a decrease in interest in his services and he currently doesn’t have a strong position to argue his case with Koeman.

What’s a likely outcome?

With Barkley struggling to find his place in Everton’s new-look side and interested parties being put-off by Everton’s £50m asking-price, the young midfielder may have to swallow his pride and work on rebuilding the bridges at Goodison Park.

The Toffees would no doubt be delighted if Barkley committed his future to Everton on a long-term basis and that seems to be the best course of action for him, as even a move to Arsenal or Tottenham wouldn’t give him guaranteed first-team football.

If Barkley sorts his head out, then he could be a crucial part of Everton’s new-look side and it’s a test of his maturity and desire now.

Arsenal Superstar Confirms He Intends To Stay This Summer, Contract Talks Planned

Arsenal have been handed a significant boost in the transfer market as one of their superstars has revealed he’s intending to stay with the Gunners this summer.

Arsene Wenger deserves praise for his summer business so far, with Arsenal signing Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette, but the success of Arsenal’s transfer window hinges of whether the Gunners can retain the services of key-men.

Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mesut Ozil have all entered the final 12 months of their deals, with speculation continuing to suggest that they could be lured elsewhere, but the Gunners have been handed a significant boost by the latter.

German World Cup winner Mesut Ozil has confirmed he intends to stay with Arsenal this summer and is poised to hold talks regarding a new deal upon his return to North London, as he’s currently on-tour with the squad in Australia.

What’s been said?

Quoted by The Daily Mail, Ozil said following the launch of Arsenal’s new third-kit:

‘It is definitely my preference to stay. It is such a great club and I have always said that I feel very good at Arsenal. Once everyone is back in London we will sit down and discuss the future.’

‘For now the most important thing is our pre-season and getting through the tour, training and getting fitness. When I’m back in London, we will sit down and discuss.’

What does this mean for Arsenal?

Whilst it doesn’t solve all of Arsenal’s issues this summer, retaining the services of Mesut Ozil is a huge boost for the club- especially as the German’s creativity in midfield will compliment new striker Alexandre Lacazette fantastically.

Keeping Ozil will also help Arsenal in their discussions to keep Alexis and Oxlade-Chamberlain, amongst others, showing that they’re still a force to be reckoned with and have moved away from their issues in the past where they’ve struggled to retain the services of their big players.

The focus will now be on ensuring that Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis both also remain at the Emirates Stadium, with Arsenal insistent the pair won’t be sold but they risk losing the duo on a free transfer next summer.

Revealed: Wenger Held Long Meeting With Prime-Target, Arsenal Still Chasing

Arsenal have already made significant moves on the transfer market to bring Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac to the club but that’s nothing in comparison to what could occur.

The Gunners are one of many European giants interested in the services of Monaco’s starring teenager Kylian Mbappe, following the 18-year-old’s meteoric rise last season for the French champions that left everyone talking.

Monaco are understandably desperate to keep hold of the French international, reportedly demanding as much as £130m, but France Football indicates the Gunners have not ended their pursuit, despite signing Lacazette from Lyon in a club-record deal.

In a significant report, it’s claimed Arsene Wenger had a face-to-face meeting with Mbappe following France’s international friendly with England last month, where he spoke about the possibility of Mbappe emulating his hero Thierry Henry in North London.

Could a deal really happen?

Despite Arsenal’s desire to complete a move that would probably have to be a world-record, the Gunners’ chances of securing Mbappe either now or in the coming years seem to be extremely slim, as they face rival competition from Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and other European giants.

Monaco are desperate not to sell though and Mbappe returned to training with the French principality side this week, suggesting that he’s loyal to the club and will not seek to force an exit- leaving the situation very much in Monaco’s hands.

Tottenham Defender Confirms He Wants Departure As Southampton Lurk

Tottenham Hotspur have been relatively quiet in the transfer window so far this summer but things could heat up in the coming weeks, with one first-team defender confirming he’s seeking an exit.

The Daily Mirror quotes Spurs’ Austrian centre-half Kevin Wimmer as stating he’s seeking an exit from White Hart Lane this summer in order to secure more regular playing opportunities, ahead of potentially representing his nation at the World Cup next year.

Austria currently trail Serbia, Wales and the Republic of Ireland in Group D of the World Cup qualifiers, sat four points behind the group leaders, and face a major battle to overturn their deficit and seal a spot in Russia.

Wimmer, now 24, has his future on his mind though and revealed he’d prefer to stay in the Premier League, where he could get a chance with Southampton as the Saints are reportedly keen on funding a move.

What’s been said?

Hinting that he’d reject the possibility of a return to German side Cologne in order to remain within English football, Wimmer said:

“It would be the most beautiful to stay in the Premier League. Twenty-four years is exactly the age at which it is most important to play regularly and not only have to train week after week and have to sit down on the bench at the game.”

“In the next few days and weeks, the main focus will certainly be placed on what is there for offers, and we will definitely look around, it’s time to look for something, where the chances of regular use are again higher.”

“In Cologne, I experienced three super years. I believe that Cologne is always a very nice step for me, you have to look at what happens. But I would prefer it if I could remain in the Premier League.”

Would Spurs regret a sale?

Spurs are in a difficult situation with Kevin Wimmer as it’s clear the Austrian has the credentials to be a key-player within the Premier League if given the opportunity, although he’s highly unlikely to oust Belgian duo Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld from their starting spots.

Tottenham do lack cover in central defence though, with Eric Dier the only real senior alternative excluding Wimmer, and an exit for the 24-year-old could force Spurs into the market- and it may be difficult to lure a player to the club without the offer of regular football.

Spurs are reportedly eyeing a move for Estudiantes 19-year-old Argentine defender Juan Foyth though, who could be developed into a fine successor for either of Spurs’ senior Belgian pairing. However, it remains to be seen whether he’d provide an immediate boost to the squad.

Leicester Hold Crunch Talks With Key Asset Attracting Spurs & Everton Interest

Leicester City’s remarkable few seasons now seem to have settled back into mediocrity, with the former Premier League champions preparing for a season without Champions League involvement.

The Foxes will likely be battling for a mid-table finish next term and could see the core of their sensational title-winning squad dissected over the next month or so, with the likes of Riyad Mahrez attracting hefty interest from larger sides.

Leicester may be powerless to stop the Algerian ace from moving, as he’s ready for the next step in his career, but boss Craig Shakespeare is determined to retain the services of excelling youngster Demarai Gray- who’s been linked with Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

Sky Sports quotes the Foxes boss as confirming he’s held talks with Gray and has informed the English youngster he wants him to stay, whilst adding that the club have received no official approach for the former Birmingham City man’s signature.

What’s been said?

Speaking ahead of Leicester’s pre-season campaign, Shakespeare said:

“We’ve had those conversations. I understand the frustration of young players expecting and wanting more time. But on the other hand they have to be respectful of their team-mates and who is in front of them.”

“Hopefully he can get more game time. He’s a player of huge potential who is rated very highly here among the coaching staff and his own players. He’s a young lad and I understand the frustrations but hopefully this season we will see him playing more.”

Can he fill the Mahrez void?

With Riyad Mahrez likely to be on his way out, having been heavily linked with a move across the Premier League to Arsenal, England U21 starlet Demarai Gray may have the perfect avenue into the side that can give him the chance to be a star for the Foxes.

Standing as England’s top-scorer in the U21 European Championships this summer, where the Three Lions lost to eventual winners Germany on penalties, Gray showed his talent and his ability to impress off the bench, having started the tournament as a reserve.

Gray will now be looking to convert those performances onto the domestic stage for Leicester and will seek a breakthrough year with the Foxes, having been a bit-part player during the second-half of Leicester’s Premier League title winning campaign and the entirety of last season.

Newcastle Considering €15m Swoop To Land Stopper From European Giant

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez is aware of the challenges that his side face next season in their quest to retain a position in the Premier League, which has led to a flurry of links on the transfer market.

The Magpies stormed to Championship success last season but are seeking recruits to help them remain competitive in the top-flight, with one of Benitez’ priorities including signing a new goalkeeper to provide competition for Tim Krul.

Krul spent the season on-loan in Holland last term, initially with Ajax before moving on to AZ Alkmaar in January, but returns to St. James’ Park this summer and is likely to stand as Newcastle’s first-choice goalkeeper.

However, Newcastle want competition for the 29-year-old Dutch international and France Football reports that Benitez is considering a €15m swoop for Paris Saint-Germain’s second-choice goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.

Could it happen?

The 24-year-old is an established member of Paris Saint-Germain’s squad, standing as understudy to German goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, and any departure would mean the French side would need to sign a replacement- regardless of whether they complete a move for RC Lens goalkeeper Nicolas Douchez.

Areola’s demands for regular first-team football could force PSG’s hands though and it’s understood that the Frenchman is Benitez’ priority signing between the sticks, despite being linked with the services of Manchester City’s Joe Hart and Napoli veteran Pepe Reina.

A fee of €15m is certainly affordable for Newcastle and it would be a significant coup for the club, as Areola has been linked with an array of top sides during the past 12 months and would be considered to be a key-player over the course of the coming years.

Crucially, a move could help Areola in his quest to force his way into France’s senior squad- having been called up to Didier Deschamps’ side on numerous occasions but thus far failing to make his debut for Les Bleus.

Arsenal Superstar Will ‘Definitely Stay’, Claims Team-Mate

Arsenal face a battle to keep-hold of their key-players this summer but one member of their squad believes they’ll be successful in their attempts to keep Alexis Sanchez- at least for the short-term.

The Chilean superstar has attracted the attention of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Arsenal face a battle to retain the services of the two-time Copa America winner, as his contract has entered it’s final 12 months and there’s no sign of an extension.

Arsenal, naturally, are desperate for their Player of the Year to remain at the Emirates Stadium the long-term and could even be prepared to miss out on funds this summer by ensuring Alexis stays at the club for the remainder of his contract- potentially meaning they’ll lose him on a free-transfer next year.

However, despite the potential financial loss, Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker believes Alexis Sanchez will ‘definitely stay’ and has stated the Gunners cannot sanction a sale.

What was said?

Quoted by Goal, Mertesacker responded to a question from Fox Sports as to whether Alexis will remain at the club and stated:

“Yes, definitely. We have a strong squad and we do not want to lose any players. Even in their final contract year we need them. We cannot afford to lose them. If you’re talking about championships, to keep our best player is key.”

“I think he was impressive in the Confederations Cup. He’s now on holiday, so it’s quiet in terms of conversations. But he’s a warrior on the pitch. I think he wants to come back as quickly as possible – he hates holidays, he hates to calm down.”

“I’m looking forward to playing alongside him in my last season and he thinks the same.”

Leicester City Agree Deal To Sign Manchester City Forward But Issues Need Resolving

Leicester City are making moves to bolster a squad ahead of a campaign where the Foxes will be thrust back to reality after a fairytale few years.

After winning the Premier League and reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season, where they stood as British football’s last representative in Europe’s elite competition, the Foxes sole focus this term will be securing a top-half finish.

With key players like Riyad Mahrez linked with an exit, a transitional season is likely to occur and boss Craig Shakespeare faces a challenge to keep his squad competitive- but it appears a significant signing is now imminent.

Sky Sports reports that the Foxes have agreed a deal in principle to sign Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City, as the Nigerian striker has fallen down the pecking order in Pep Guardiola’s side following the arrival of Gabriel Jesus in January.

The highly-rated 20-year-old, who will hope to feature for his nation at the World Cup next summer, is seeking a move that will hand him regular first-team football and a partnership could be crafted with Jamie Vardy.

How expensive is a deal?

According to the reports, a fee for the Nigerian could rise to as much as £25m but a number of contractual issues still need to be resolved before a deal can be completed, including whether Manchester City will possess a buy-back clause that will allow Guardiola’s side to bring the Nigerian back to the Citizens in the future for a fixed price.

With Sergio Aguero’s importance at Manchester City dwindling, Iheanacho could still have a future at the Etihad Stadium and the Citizens want to ensure they have a route to bringing the striker back to the club- avoiding the issues that Chelsea and Manchester United had with Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku respectively.

Crucially, all parties are keen to get a deal done but Iheanacho also needs to resolve an issue on his image rights with a former agent before any contract can be signed, which means the saga surrounding the Nigerian striker could extend into August.

How Arsenal Could Line Up Next Season If They Signed Lemar, Mbappe & Kept Alexis

Let’s dream for a bit. Arsenal have already signed Alexandre Lacazette, but reports suggest that Arsene Wenger remains interested in both Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Lemar of Monaco. Many view this splurge on attacking talent as a sign that Alexis Sanchez is on his way out, but what if the Gunners are targeting these players to support their Chilean superstar? Could they all fit in the same XI – I take a look below.

Midfield

I think if all these players arrived without Alexis leaving then Arsenal would switch back to a 4-3-3 formation. Arsene Wenger has said he will experiment with many different formations in pre season, but that he intends to start the season with three at the back. You do feel though that if Alexis stayed and Mbappe and Lemar arrived, he’d have little option but to try and accommodate all that talent straight into the XI. I can see Xhaka anchoring the midfield as a deep lying playmaker, and then Arsene attempting to play Lemar and Ozil as central midfielders. Lemar has played most of his career as a w

DM – Granit Xhaka

Granit grew into this role as the season went on last time around and I think this season he will cement his place in the starting eleven and continue to improve. At the base of the midfield he can play with the game ahead of him and dictate the tempo.

CM – Thomas Lemar

Lemar has played most of his career as a winger but he does have the attributes to thrive in a central midfield role. He has the stamina and on the ball ability to thrive in a more central role and I have a feeling that Arsene sees him as a potential central player should he sign.

CM – Mesut Ozil

Ozil needs to play deeper in my opinion, as in the number 10 role he often gets frozen out of games, he has played in this deeper role for Germany alongside Toni Kroos and excelled there. Surrounded by the energy of Lemar and the calming presence of Xhaka at the base, I think this midfield trio could work, certainly in games where Arsenal are playing lesser opposition, anyway.

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Roma Interested In Loan Deal For Manchester United Forward

Italian club Roma are interested in signing Manchester United forward Anthony Martial on a season-long-loan, according to John Cross in The Mirror.

 

Roma’s newly appointed Sporting Director Monchi is looking to find a suitable replacement for new Liverpool winger Mo Salah, who was sold by the Romans to help ease pressure from FFP regulations. Now that they have balanced the books, they have now begun enquiring for players across Europe, with Martial’s name being high up on the list.

 

With Romelu Lukaku joining Manchester United this past week and Ivan Perisic also on the verge of signing for Jose Mourinho’s side, that puts Martial further down the pecking order for a forward position, something Monchi and Roma are looking to capitalize on.

 

Roma are keen on a loan deal for the former Lyon and Monaco forward, but Manchester United are insistent on a £30M fee, something which may throw a spanner into the works on Roma’s end.

 

After passing their FFP regulations, they are very unlikely to pay the fee demanded by the English club

Leeds United Pursuing Signature Of Highly-Rated Man United Defender

Leeds United face another rebuild this summer after losing Garry Monk to Middlesbrough but new manager Thomas Christiannsen is ready to strengthen the Peacocks’ ranks by securing a Premier League defender.

ESPN sources indicate Leeds are pursuing the signature of Manchester United defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, with the Yorkshire outfit exploring the possibility of a deal either on-loan or on a permanent basis.

The 20-year-old endured a disappointing time on-loan with Wolves in the first-half of last season, before returning in January to feature for Manchester United’s U23 side, but his future in Jose Mourinho’s side remains under speculation.

Despite having three-years to run on his current deal, having penned a new contract last year, Borthwick-Jackson could become the latest Manchester United starlet to fail to break into the side and leave- following in the footsteps of Michael Keane, Paul Pogba and others.

Can a deal be done?

At this stage it’s difficult to speculate what Manchester United’s stance on a deal would be and it’s more likely that a loan deal would be agreed initially, potentially with Leeds being given the opportunity to complete a permanent deal later down the line.

After making his breakthrough under Louis Van Gaal, earning 14 first-team appearances under the Dutchman’s tenure, Borthwick-Jackson struggled to impress Jose Mourinho and now faces further competition for places following the capture of Victor Lindelof from Manchester United.

With 22-year-old Lindelof set to partner 23-year-old Ivorian defender Eric Bailly in the centre of defence, Manchester United’s central-defensive pairing looks secure for the next few years- which may mean Borthwick-Jackson needs to leave.

Arsenal Star Determined To Fight For His Place & Reject West Ham’s Approach

Arsenal have enjoyed a busy summer so far, bringing in Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette, but their changes have led to uncertain futures for many players already within the squad.

The Gunners current longest-serving player Theo Walcott is one of many who has seen his future thrown into speculation this summer, especially with reports indicating that Arsenal are looking to strengthen their wide options this summer as they pursue Monaco’s Thomas Lemar and Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez.

With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alex Iwobi and Danny Welbeck to compete with, as well as the next generation of youngsters ready to step-up, 28-year-old Walcott faces a battle to find his place within the squad.

However, The Daily Star indicates Walcott is not prepared to turn his back on a club he’s spent 11 years with, despite suggestions that a move to West Ham could occur for a fee worth around £20m.

Having jetted out to Sydney with the rest of Arsenal’s 25-man squad for a pre-season tour in Australia and China, Walcott has the chance to make an impression ahead of the new season and could secure a spot for himself.

Is it the right move?

Walcott’s 11 years have been surrounded with a general consensus of ‘what might have been’, especially after he remarkably made England’s World Cup squad in 2006 at the age of just 16-years-old; an opportunity he later admitted came too early in his career.

Amidst a wealth of injury problems, Walcott has struggled to find stability at Arsenal but he has made his impression within the squad, although it’s been difficult for him to find the opportunities to consistently star for the Gunners- as he eyes a role as a central striker which hasn’t been regularly forthcoming, whilst not quite putting in the same performances on the wing though.

Next season could well be Walcott’s chance to shine though as a switch to a three-man defence late last term may hand the England international a new lease of life, especially if the Gunners fail to hold onto Alexis Sanchez.

Whilst the signing of Lacazette means central-striking opportunities won’t be forthcoming, he could fill Alexis’ position in the side by moving centrally to play behind Arsenal’s new record-signing and would thrive playing alongside Mesut Ozil.

Will he be a star?

That’s up for debate, as Walcott needs to find his position in the side. If a central opportunity becomes available, then the England ace may finally fulfil his potential. On the flip-side though, he may find himself an outcast unless he somehow converts to a wing-back; which seems increasingly unlikely.

Walcott is certainly more efficient through the middle and he may get his chances this season as Arsenal could rotate heavily due to their involvement in the Europa League, which is significant for Walcott as he could show he’s capable of filling the void left by Ozil or Alexis if either player leaves in the next 12 months.

Competition is rife though as Oxlade-Chamberlain is also eyeing a central position, whereas Aaron Ramsey may feel he can step forward into a more attacking role if the Gunners find the right replacement for him alongside Granit Xhaka.

Newcastle United Battling For Signature Of Liverpool’s World Cup Winner

Newcastle United are preparing for their return to the Premier League and manager Rafael Benitez is prepared to use his relationship with former employers Liverpool to his advantage.

The Magpies, who secured an immediate return to the top-flight after winning the Championship title last season, have already brought in defender Florian Lejuene from Spanish side Eibar and captured Ghanian winger Christian Atsu from Chelsea- but their business is far from done.

The Sun, quoting The Times, states the next man on Benitez’ short-list this summer is Liverpool youngster Sheyi Ojo as Jurgen Klopp is ready to approve a temporary exit for the 20-year-old, as long as he secures regular playing opportunities.

Recently relegated outfit Middlesbrough are also keen on bringing Ojo to the North East, as new manager Garry Monk eyes an immediate return to the top-flight, but handing the England U20 World Cup winner Premier League opportunities may be preferable.

Fierce competition out-wide at Anfield, which has been strengthened further by the addition of Mohamed Salah from Roma, means that Ojo is unlikely to get the opportunities he deserves on Merseyside this season and Newcastle could be the perfect development path.

Can he be a hit?

After impressing with England’s U20 side this summer, being part of the Three Lions squad that secured the first World Cup trophy for England at any level since 1966, Ojo is one of many members of that side hoping to make an impact in senior football this year.

Ojo’s only two senior opportunities at Liverpool last season both came in the FA Cup against Plymouth but he’s capable of providing an impact at senior level, although Newcastle may struggle to hand him the regular football that Liverpool are demanding.

Having seen Tammy Abraham excel on-loan in the Championship last season, Liverpool may feel a loan to Middlesbrough is more beneficial as the pressure would be significantly less than fending-off relegation with Newcastle but the opportunity of Premier League football would be difficult to turn down.

Tottenham Seek Signing Of £10m Defender Managed By Ex-Man United Man

Tottenham Hotspur have been relatively quiet in the transfer window thus far, with no major deals taking place in the white half of North London- whilst their Premier League rivals conclude big business.

Following two fantastic campaigns, there’s a general consensus that Tottenham don’t need to improve their ranks too much and success will come with further experience. However, that’s a dangerous strategy to adopt and Mauricio Pochettino is well aware that new recruits will be needed.

The Daily Mirror states the Lilywhites are pursuing the services of Estudiantes defender Juan Foyth, who could be available for just £10m this summer- handing Spurs a signing that could become a star over the course of the coming years.

Tottenham are already excelling in central-defence, with Belgian duo Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld leading the line, but further additions may be necessary- especially as Austrian defender Kevin Wimmer is relatively unfavoured and has been linked with a move of his own.

Rather crucially, 19-year-old Foyth, who’s managed by former Manchester United man Juan Sebastian Veron, is keen on a move to Europe.

What’s been said?

Quoted by The Mirrorthe teenager stated he’s keen to make the next step in his career and is not prepared to move to Russia.

“I would like to play in Europe, and if something comes up that convinces me and the club I will go.”

“My agent never told me that an offer had arrived from Zenit. I would not go to Russia right now. If I do go it is not because I want to, but rather to help the club out economically.”

Who else is keen?

As well as the aforementioned Zenit St. Petersburg, who seemingly have no chance of completing a move, Foyth has also been linked with Roma, potentially as a replacement for highly-rated defender Kostas Manolas, but he could also reject the advances of the Italian side.

Linking-up with compatriot Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham could be a very wise career move, especially as the former Southampton boss has established a reputation as a manager who’s prepared to give young players an opening in the first-team.

Crystal Palace Poised To Land Chelsea Ace As De Boer’s First Signing

Crystal Palace are one of many Premier League side’s undergoing a major transition this summer and Dutch boss Frank De Boer is eager to make his mark with the Eagles, as he seeks the signature of an England U21 ace.

The Telegraph states the South London side are closing in on the signature of Chelsea midfielder Rubens Loftus-Cheek on a season-long loan deal, which would see the England U21 regular become De Boer’s first signing at Selhurst Park.

The 21-year-old has been a rare prodigy at Chelsea, standing as one of few young players who have remained in West London rather than going on-loan elsewhere but the opportunities having been forthcoming regularly for Loftus-Cheek.

Since making his debut in 2014, Loftus-Cheek has earned 22 Premier League appearances which, remarkably, is just five more than he’s made for England at U21 level- a stat which proves he’s been crying out for a loan move for a while.

What can Loftus-Cheek provide?

With Chelsea rebuffing the opportunity of sending Loftus-Cheek on-loan previously, it’s clear the Blues value the England ace highly and believe he can be a useful asset. However, he’s unlikely to make a breakthrough fully until he impresses elsewhere.

First-team football at Crystal Palace could bring the best out of Loftus-Cheek, helping Crystal Palace in their strive for improvements on the field and providing a deal that could be great for all parties- as Loftus-Cheek would get the opportunities he needs, the Eagles would get a solid addition and Chelsea would see a young asset develop in the Premier League.

His experience at U21 level for England should leave him ready to make a lasting impression in the Premier League and he could become a crucial asset for the Eagles next season, providing he settles into the challenges he’ll face swiftly.