Arsenal Round-Up: Battle For World-Class No.4 Defender, Transfer Boost, French Defender Set to Leave Club

By | December 2, 2020

Arsenal and Chelsea eyeing move for multiple trophy winning defender

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has reportedly still not been offered a new contract by the La Liga giants.

The 34-year-old stays an inspirational figure for Zinedine Zidane’s side, whom he has represented on 660 times in all competitions, however, his existing contract at the Bernabeu is set to expire next June.

The defender is allegedly a target for Premier League giants Chelsea and Arsenal.

The Spain international is believed to want a new two-year deal, however, it stays to be seen whether the Los Blancos are prepared to put forward anything other than a 12-month extension following to the centre-back’s age.

According to COPE, Zinedine Zidane’s side have still not offered the Spain international a new deal despite the fact that he will be free to discuss terms with foreign clubs at the start of 2020.

The report claims that Ramos’s priority is to stay in the Spanish capital, while he will not hold talks with any other teams until the Los Blancos have set out their plans for his future.

Chelsea have signed experienced defender Thiago Silva and if they somehow managed to lure Ramos it would give them chance to compete for all possible trophies, while Arsenal are missing a leader like Ramos in both on and of the pitch.

Arsenal closing in on a deal for in-demand Salzburg midfielder

Arsenal have reportedly have a new plan to beat Tottenham Hotspur in their pursuit of Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai.

The Hungary international continues to attract attention from hosts of teams across the globe, with the Gunners regarded as one of the favourites to secure his services when the transfer window will be re-opened in January.

However, the North London giants are sure to be facing a battle for the 20-year-old’s signature, with a recent report claiming that RB Leipzig had stolen a march on both North London teams in the race for Szoboszlai.

Now, Football Insider suggests that the North London club are prepared to go toe-to-toe with Leipzig by striking a deal for Hungary international playmaker in January and allowing him to stay at Salzburg on loan until the summer.

Such a deal is supposedly what RB Leipzig had initially planned for the Hungary starlet, and while the report suggests that Salzburg are still reluctant to sell Szoboszlai, it appears inevitable that he will depart from the club as soon as possible.

The promising playmaker  is under contract with the Austrian champions until 2022, where he has managed to found back of the net five times and provided nine assists in all competitions from the left flank this campaign.

Arsenal out-of-favour defender set to force loan exit in January

William Saliba is reportedly desperate to depart from Arsenal on loan in the January transfer window.

The 19-year-old defender has arrived at the Emirates Stadium from Ligue 1 outfits Saint-Etienne over the summer, however, has not yet made a first-team games for the Gunners.

The French defender has been left out of the Gunners 25-man Premier League squad, meaning that he has been restricted to featuring for theeir Under-23 side in Premier League 2.

According to Foot-sur7, 19-year-old defender is determined to secure first-team football in the second half of the 2020-21 season and is willing to give up as much as £90,000 per week salary to make the move happen.

Ligue 1 outfits, Saint-Etienne are allegedly interested in re-signing the talented defender, however,  would not be able to commit to a deal unless the centre-back was prepared to give up a chunk of his pay packet.

Saliba has a deal at the Emirates Stadium until the summer of 2024.

Meanwhile, The London giants are amongst a host of top European teams that are interested in exciting Sao Paulo star Brenner. Gunners join Juventus, PSG, AC Milan, Ajax and Lazio with interest in U20 Brazil international, who really looks to have taken his game to the next level.

The youngster, whose full name is Brenner Souza da Silva, is contracted until 2022 with the report adding that he’d be available for lower than his roughly €50m release clause this summer.

That €50m clause applies only to foreign teams, with this information somewhat inconsequential as Brazilian Serie A sides would find it difficult to shell out the kind of transfer fees that European clubs do.