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Arsenal make William Saliba decision amid interest in permanent transfer

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The latest word stemming from the media over the last 24 hours suggests that those in a position of power at Premier League giants Arsenal have come to a definitive decision regarding the future of on-loan talent William Saliba.

Saliba starring

Gifted stopper Saliba is of course currently in the midst of his third successive loan spell away from the Emirates.

Despite having been signed in the summer of 2019 amid widespread fanfare, the 20-year-old is yet to convince those in a position of power at his parent club of his readiness to feature on a consistent basis in the Premier League.

In turn, after returning from an altogether impressive spell with OGC Nice over the 2nd half of last season, it was decided during the summer that yet another move back to his home country would benefit Saliba best over the campaign ahead.

The Frenchman linked up with Ligue 1 heavyweights Olympique Marseille, and has since not looked back.

Saliba has been widely lauded for his efforts at the heart of OM’s backline over the opening half of the term, displaying a complete repertoire of ability in the tackle, explosive athleticism and composure in possession.

All told, he has been afforded starts in all but one of the club’s league fixtures, helping Marseille to a spot in 2nd-place in the Ligue 1 table as things stand.

Arsenal make William Saliba decision amid interest in permanent transfer

NICE, FRANCE – AUGUST 22: William Saliba of Marseille during the Ligue 1 match between OGC Nice (OGCN) and Olympique de Marseille (OM) at Allianz Riviera Stadium on August 22, 2021 in Nice, France. (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)

Gunners stand firm

Amid his starring stint in the south of France, however, speculation, of course, has continued to swirl surrounding just what may be next for Saliba.

Despite Mikel Arteta having hinted at a place in his plans for the defender late in October, the stellar partnership being fostered by Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes means that regular game-time could well prove difficult to come by at Arsenal once again in 2022/23.

Saliba himself, meanwhile, was keen to reiterate his commitment to the Marseille cause in mid-December, in confirming:

‘I’m on loan. But I pretend I’m there for many years. I’m not thinking about returning to Arsenal [right now]. I give myself to Marseille. I don’t think about what will happen afterwards.’

In turn, amid rumoured interest on the part of the Ligue 1 giants in making their temporary defensive star’s move to the club permanent, those of an Arsenal persuasion still hopeful of seeing Saliba back in the club’s colours next season were understandably beginning to express concern.

Such supporters, however, need not fret.

That’s if the latest reports doing the rounds in the media are anything to go by, anyway.

As per English outlet The Mirror, citing sources in France, the Arsenal hierarchy have sent a crystal clear message to their Marseille counterparts when it comes to Saliba’s future – that the defender is, under no circumstances, available for a permanent transfer this summer.

 

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1 Manchester City 21 40 53
2 Chelsea FC 21 29 43
3 Liverpool FC 20 34 42
4 West Ham United 21 12 37
5 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
6 Tottenham Hotspur 18 3 33
7 Manchester United 19 3 31
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 0 28
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 19 0 27
10 Leicester City 18 -2 25
11 Southampton FC 20 -6 24
12 Crystal Palace 20 -1 23
13 Brentford FC 20 -6 23
14 Aston Villa 19 -5 22
15 Everton FC 18 -9 19
16 Leeds United 19 -16 19
17 Watford FC 18 -14 13
18 Burnley FC 17 -11 11
19 Newcastle United 19 -23 11
20 Norwich City 20 -36 10
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Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Jorginho Chelsea FC 6
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Reports coming out of the Netherlands have credited Manchester City and Liverpool with an interest in PSV’s Cody Gakpo.

According to Goal citing Dutch outlet Voetbal International, Manchester City and Liverpool have both held talks over the potential signing of Cody Gakpo. The 22-year-old is being valued in excess of €40 million.

Gakpo still has three years left to run on his contract, with PSV said to be eager to extend that agreement through to 2026.

However, the report from Goal claims Gakpo wants to move to one of Europe’s biggest clubs in the summer, seemingly opening the door to a move to Man City or Liverpool.

Who is Cody Gakpo?

Cody Gakpo is a player who has spent his entire career on the books of his hometown club, PSV.

The Eindhoven-native has featured on 116 occasions for PSV’s senior side. In said games, he has scored 31 and assisted 29.

Gakpo is having a particularly fruitful 2021/22 season, which has so far seen him notch 10 goals and 11 assists in 28 outings across all competitions – a fantastic return for a winger.

Gakpo, who made his senior Netherlands debut in June of 2021, is a natural left-winger. However, he is pretty versatile and can operate both on the left-wing and through the middle.

Would Gakpo fit in at Manchester City and Liverpool?

Regarding Liverpool’s interest, it seems like Gakpo would be a decent buy for the Reds.

Jurgen Klopp has proven he is more than capable of taking good players with potential and turning them into world-class talents – see Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

Liverpool are also in desperate need of some fresh legs up top, especially at left-wing.

As for Man City, they are pretty well stocked on the left flank right now, but could maybe do with some extra legs on the right now Ferran Torres has left and Riyad Mahrez is getting one.

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1 Manchester City 23 41 57
2 Liverpool FC 22 39 48
3 Chelsea FC 24 30 47
4 Manchester United 22 6 38
5 West Ham United 23 10 37
6 Arsenal FC 21 8 36
7 Tottenham Hotspur 20 2 36
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 3 34
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 22 0 30
10 Leicester City 20 -3 26
11 Aston Villa 21 -4 26
12 Southampton FC 22 -8 25
13 Crystal Palace 22 -3 24
14 Brentford FC 23 -12 23
15 Leeds United 21 -16 22
16 Everton FC 20 -11 19
17 Norwich City 22 -32 16
18 Newcastle United 21 -22 15
19 Watford FC 20 -17 14
20 Burnley FC 18 -11 12
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
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Bruno Guimaraes set to undergo medical after Lyon accept Newcastle bid

A fresh update on Newcastle’s pursuit of Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes has emerged on Wednesday.

Newcastle’s interest in the Brazilian was first reported on Tuesday evening.

It was claimed at the time that Newcastle had submitted a €36m bid for the South American:

And now, it has been reported by Sky that Newcastle have agreed a fee with Lyon for Guimaraes, which is believed to be in the region of £30m.

Elsewhere, David Ornstein is reporting that Guimaraes is set to undergo a medical in Ecuador where he is currently on international duty:

Newcastle still need to improve

Should the Guimaraes deal get over the line, which now seems likely, the Brazilian will be Newcastle’s 3rd signing of the January window after Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood.

All three players are solid additions and should prove valuable to Eddie Howe as he fights to keep the club in the Premier League.

However, it remains obvious that Newcastle still need to bring in a centre-back this month.

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The Tyneside outfit are currently in possession of the second-worst defence in the Premier League, only behind Norwich.

Newcastle, though, have struggled to get a deal for a centre-back done.

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1 Manchester City 23 41 57
2 Liverpool FC 22 39 48
3 Chelsea FC 24 30 47
4 Manchester United 22 6 38
5 West Ham United 23 10 37
6 Arsenal FC 21 8 36
7 Tottenham Hotspur 20 2 36
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 3 34
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 22 0 30
10 Leicester City 20 -3 26
11 Aston Villa 21 -4 26
12 Southampton FC 22 -8 25
13 Crystal Palace 22 -3 24
14 Brentford FC 23 -12 23
15 Leeds United 21 -16 22
16 Everton FC 20 -11 19
17 Norwich City 22 -32 16
18 Newcastle United 21 -22 15
19 Watford FC 20 -17 14
20 Burnley FC 18 -11 12
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
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Arsenal look to have been put on red alert as a player believed to be of interest to the Gunners has all but confirmed he wants to leave his current side.

The player in question is Ajax and Morocco standout, Noussair Mazraoui.

Mazraoui, 24, would join Ajax’s youth ranks as a child back in 2006. He has since worked his way up to their senior side where he has featured 125 times, scoring 10 and assisting eight in the process.

The full-back has been in especially good form this term, scoring five and assisting two in 16 league outings for Ajax.

Now, though, it looks as though Mazraoui’s time with the Dutch powerhouse could be coming to an end.

The 12-time capped international is out of contract this coming summer. And now, when asked if he could sign an extension at Ajax, Mazraoui stated that there is a small chance he could stay put, but he thinks that it is a good moment for him to leave Ajax: “That’s a good question. I think the chances of me remaining at Ajax are very small, maybe 5%.

“I am open for something new, I have played here for 16 years and I think it’s a good moment to leave.”

Should Arsenal sign Mazraoui?

The same source that provided the Mazraoui quotes also claimed that Arsenal are interested in the African.

But should Arsenal be looking to sign him? The Gunners could certainly do with some competition at right-back for Takehiro Tomiyasu.

However, due to Mikel Arteta’s asymmetrical system, Arsenal generally need a right-back who can slot into a back-three when his side are attacking and is somewhat comfortable being used as a makeshift centre-back.

But as Mazraoui is a fairly attack-minded option, perhaps he may not fit this role.

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1 Manchester City 23 41 57
2 Liverpool FC 22 39 48
3 Chelsea FC 24 30 47
4 Manchester United 22 6 38
5 West Ham United 23 10 37
6 Arsenal FC 21 8 36
7 Tottenham Hotspur 20 2 36
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 3 34
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10 Leicester City 20 -3 26
11 Aston Villa 21 -4 26
12 Southampton FC 22 -8 25
13 Crystal Palace 22 -3 24
14 Brentford FC 23 -12 23
15 Leeds United 21 -16 22
16 Everton FC 20 -11 19
17 Norwich City 22 -32 16
18 Newcastle United 21 -22 15
19 Watford FC 20 -17 14
20 Burnley FC 18 -11 12
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
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