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Arsenal on the brink of agreeing deal for first summer signing

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Arsenal are on the verge of signing Germany and Dynamo Dresden goalkeeper Markus Schubert, per reports.

Petr Cech hung his gloves after the Gunners Europa League final but he is yet to be replaced. Although David Ospina is still in the books of Arsenal, he is expected to join Napoli, leaving Arsenal a tad of short of options at the post.

Schubert will see out his contract at the end of the month and as usual, Arsenal are looking to take advantage of his situation and prise him for free.

The 19-year-old star has featured at all the junior levels for his country and he is currently dubbed as one of the most talented youngsters in Germany.

Arsenal are limited in their transfer budget but the effort to get Schubert on a free transfer has hit the rocks. There are claims of technicality in the rules of FIFA as it concerns the transfer of the aforementioned German.

According to the Daily star who cited German Bild, the interpretation of Article VII of FIFA’s Transfer Regulations means Arsenal will pay compensation fees to Dynamo Dresden for Schubert move.

Clubs who have trained players under the age of 23 must be compensated for each season played between the ages of 12 and 21 if the star moves abroad.

This is ‘regardless of whether the contract expires or not’.

The amount depends on the ‘donating’ and ‘receiving’ clubs, but it ‘significantly higher’ when switching to England. Daily Star

The Gunners are expected to pay about €560k for the player, the amount translates to  €70k per year for the duration of the player’s spell at the club.

 

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Arsenal to contend with Man United over signing of quality defender

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Manchester United are expected to be in contention for Juventus defender Merih Demiral when the transfer window reopens in January.

Though the Red Devils upgraded their defensive unit when the captured Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bisaka’s services prior to the start of the season, they haven’t been too solid at the back of the pitch.

The Premier League giants have 12 conceded goals, and Solskjaer is set to make some changes to the list of defenders at his disposal.

According to Italian media Tuttosport (via Football-Italia), the Norwegian tactician has set his eyes on the Turkish defender with a view of luring him to the Theatre of Dreams in the winter.

However, Solskjaer will need to contend with Arsenal manager Unai Emery in the race for the 20-year-old. It is believed that the Gunners manager is impressed with the report he got from his scouts who monitored the youngster’s performance against Iceland on Thursday.

The under-fire Arsenal manager has seen his defenders conceded 17 goals in 12 Premier League matches this season, a record which has led to fans displeasure.

The Spaniard is equally linked with a move for Demiral’s services as part of his plans to improve his defence in the second half of the campaign.

The same source further revealed that Serie A side AC Milan are equally keeping a close tab on the player’s situation under Maurizio Sarri, and they hope to beat the two Premier League giants to his services.

Demiral is finding regular game-time too hard to get under Sarri who prefers Leonardo Bonucci, Danielle Rugani and Matthijs de Ligt.

 

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Arsenal already identify Unai Emery’s replacement

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Arsenal have failed to record a single victory in their four previous Premier League and the Gunners faithfuls are calling for Unai Emery’s dismissal as soon as possible.

The North London club were defeated 2-0 by Leicester City on Saturday, a result which put them in the sixth position with 17 points from 12 matches.

It was earlier reported that the Gunners hierarchy are willing to respect their contractual agreement with the former PSG manager by giving him the chance to be at the helm of affairs till the end of the season but that could change anytime soon.

According to Spanish media El Confidencial, the Gunners board members are losing their patience with the Spanish tactician and they are reportedly in search of his replacement.

The same source revealed that former Barcelona and Spain head coach Luis Enrique is being considered as the best man for the job.

Enrique, who surprisingly left his post as Spain head coach this year, is heavily linked with Gunners managerial position but it is left to be seen if he will accept the offer midway through to the campaign.

Former Manchester United manager José Mourinho was earlier said to be leading the race for the job but the Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi quickly debunked the rumors.

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Arsenal star set to leave the Emirates in January

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Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is experiencing one of his most difficult times at the Emirates Stadium since his unhealthy incident with his own fans few weeks ago.

The Swiss midfielder was appointed the Gunners captain by Unai Emery at the early stages of the season, a decision which doesn’t go well with fans.

Unfortunately, Xhaka couldn’t keep the captain’s armband for a long period of time as he was stripped off the position following his avoidable spat with his own fans during their 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last month.

However, situation got worse for the former Borussia Monchengladbach star who has failed to feature in the last three matches played the Gunners.

To worsen the player’s situation at the Emirates Stadium, report via the Mirror claimed that Unai Emery and his employers are ready to cash-in on his services in January.

According to the British media, Arsenal board members are willing to release the Switzerland international in January even if they won’t make much profit from his sale.

It should be recalled that the Xhaka joined the Gunners from Monchengladbach in a £34m deal, but The Mirror revealed that the Gunners are expecting inexpensive offer from potential suitors when the next transfer window commences.

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