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Transfer news: Arsenal agree Auba, Willian contracts; Soyuncu to Barcelona

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The latest Arsenal transfer news and rumors: the Gunners have reportedly agreed to contract terms with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and free agent-to-be Willian.

Meanwhile, Barcelona are in hot pursuit of Leicester City’s Caglar Soyuncu; Liverpool have a hurdle to clear in their pursuit of Thiago Alcantara; and Edinson Cavani could be headed to a few different continents…

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Arsenal agree contract terms with Aubameyang, Willian

According to multiple reports out of the UK, Arsenal are set to retain star striker Aubameyang by way of a new three-year contract which would keep him at the club until the summer of 2023. The new pact will reportedly pay the Gabonese international more than $325,000 per week.

In slightly less expensive Arsenal transfer news, Willian has reportedly accepted a three-year contract offer of $130,000 per week. The Brazilian, who will turn 32 on Sunday, will likely be announced as an incoming Arsenal player upon Chelsea’s exit from the Champions League.

Barcelona to bid for Soyuncu

A report out of Turkey claims that star Leicester defender Soyuncu will be the subject of a $47-million bid from Barcelona. The 24-year-old has been nothing short of a star for the Foxes in his two seasons at the club, but that means clubs around the Premier League and Europe will have certainly taken notice.

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Thiago pursuing Liverpool?

Thiago is said to be desperate for a move to Liverpool this summer, but the Reds will have to sell at least one player to raise the funds to sign the 29-year-old Spanish midfielder, provided the interest is mutual. The squad is full of sellable assets, no doubt about that, but ones that Jurgen Klopp is willing to let go as he prepares to defend the PL title? That could be a different story.

Cavani has offers all over the world

Free agent Cavani has reportedly already received contract offers from PL-bound Leeds United, MLS side Inter Miami and Portugal’s Benfica. Now, you can add Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro to the 33-year-old Uruguayan’s list of suitors.

Transfer news: Updates on Silva, Hojbjerg; Leeds chase defenders

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There are updates on David Silva to Lazio, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to Tottenham, and more in Thursday’s Premier League transfer rumors.

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Silva to Lazio latest

Last week’s report keeping David Silva in sky blue, albeit in another country, has been buttressed by Thursday news out of Italy.

Sky Sports says Lazio is increasingly confident of bringing the living Man City legend to Rome.

Silva is set to star in Friday’s UEFA Champions League second leg against Real Madrid, a result and three more wins from a European Cup to add to his World Cup, two EUROs, Copa del Rey, and 15 trophies with City.

Lazio faded down the stretch after challenging Juventus for the scudetto for much of the 2019-20 season. The club has rumor mill mainstays Ciro Immobile and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic under contract as well as Luis Alberto and Joaquin Correa, the quartet combining for 58 goals and 30 assists.

Silva’s not going to hurt that production, given six goals and 11 assists for Pep Guardiola this season.

Leeds linked with defenders

Marcelo Bielsa is readying his back line for the test of 19 other Premier League attacks, one with an eye for the future.

Fulham teenager Cody Drameh and Rangers veteran left back Borna Barisic are being linked with a move to the Peacocks.

Barisic, 27, has surged back into the Croatia set-up since arriving Glasgow from NK Osijek in 2018. He had two goals and 14 assists for Steven Gerrard last season.

Drameh is just 19 and yet to make his first team debut for Scott Parker’s also-promoted Cottagers. An England U-18 right back, he registered seven assists in 17 PL2 appearances for Fulham last season.

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Hojbjerg to Tottenham, Walker-Peters to Southampton update

There are 18 million reasons for Southampton to be okay with wantaway former captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg taking the next step in his career.

That’s the transfer fee reportedly set for St. Mary’s as Spurs purchase the Danish midfielder.

The Express says that Everton had a $33 million bid accepted for Hojbjerg but that Tottenham interest swayed the player.

Spurs have also agreed a fee with Saints over Kyle Walker-Peters, who spent the second half of the 2019-20 season on loan to Southampton.

For some reason, the clubs wanted the deals kept apart, though it’s difficult not to read them as basically a swap given Walker-Peters’ reported $15 million deal.

Transfer news: Jimenez to Arsenal; David to Leeds

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The transfer window is now open for Premier League clubs as Raul Jimenez has been linked with a move to Arsenal, while Canada’s Jonathan David has been linked with Leeds United.

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Starting in north London, Raul Jimenez has been linked with a move to Arsenal who are said to be lining up replacements for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette who could both leave this summer.

According to a report from the Le10Sport in France, Jimenez is one of Arsenal’s top summer targets if both Aubameyang and Lacazette leave. With one year left on Aubameyang’s contract and Lacazette said to be keen on a move away, Arsenal would only have Eddie Nketiah remaining as a center forward option.

Jimenez, 29, has been in sensational form for Wolves over the last two seasons and has been linked with Real Madrid, Manchester United, Juventus, Barcelona and others. The Mexico star has always left his options open when talking about a transfer away from Wolves and the former Benfica and Atletico Madrid seems to want one more crack at an elite club in the Champions League.

If that is the case, is a move to Arsenal the right thing for Jimenez? Mikel Arteta is building something at Arsenal and the lure of living in London could appeal to Jimenez, but Wolves are a lot closer to challenging for a top four spot than Arsenal right now.

It will be intriguing to watch this situation unfold as Wolves have to now win the Europa League to qualify for the Champions League next season and if they do that you feel like Jimenez will probably stay at Molineux. If not, there will be a mad scramble for Jimenez this summer.

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Staying with a forward from CONCACAF, Canadian sensation Jonathan David is being linked with a move to Leeds United.

According to his chairman at Gent, the 20-year-old striker is wanted by newly-promoted Leeds as Marcelo Bielsa aims to bolster his attacking options ahead of their Premier League return.

David scored 23 goals for Gent in 2019-20 and the striker is billed as one of the top young forwards in Europe with Gent said to be seeking $35 million for David.

“I have expressed my annoyance that contact has been made with Lille behind our back,” Gent chairman Ivan De Witte told De Zondag. “They have made a transfer impossible because of that, it is a bridge too far. Contacts were stopped this week, but other clubs are still interested, with much better proposals even, including Leeds.”

Leeds need extra attacking options as Patrick Bamford was their top goalscorer in their Championship title-winning season with 17 goals, and plenty of others chipped in. They have been linked with Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic but David is obviously the better long-term option.

Bielsa’s side press high and create plenty of goalscoring chances and the one major criticism of the Argentine coach over the last two seasons has been that his team doesn’t finish enough chances.

David is a rising star and it seems likely he will end up in the Premier League in the next few seasons as he’d previously been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United.

Transfer news: Gueye to Man United; Zlatan to Leeds

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In the latest transfer news Idrissa Gueye has been linked with a shock move to Manchester United, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Leeds United could actually be happening.

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Starting in Leeds, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been linked with a move to newly-promoted Leeds United.

Ibrahimovic, 38, has admitted he probably won’t stay at AC Milan beyond this season and after Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani admitted they tried to sign Zlatan in January but it didn’t come off, while they are also eyeing a deal for free agent Edinson Cavani.

Zlatan told our partners Sky Sport Italia that he is unsure of his future.

“I still have three games, still 10 days, nobody said anything to me and I don’t expect anything else. There are things that we cannot control, but that seem strange to me, but we are doing great things. We play with great confidence and we believe in what we do,” Ibrahimovic said.

So, a new contract at AC Milan seems unlikely despite Zlatan continuing to score goals after his short term return to Milan. He has now scored seven goals and added four assists in his 13 Serie A appearances since arriving back at AC Milan and even though head coach Stefano Pioli is staying on, it seems like Milan CEO Ivan Gazidis wants to take the team in a different direction.

Zlatan to Leeds would be epic on so many levels and they need a prolific goalscorer. Marcelo Bielsa has Patrick Bamford as his main striker and he’s hardly been prolific, so a Premier League caliber forward is essential if Leeds are going to impress back in the Premier League. That said, Bielsa’s tactics really on plenty of high-pressing and Zlatan or Cavani may struggle to do that. Still, as the target man both would work in finishing off chances.

If they can sort out the finances with Zlatan, you can see this happening, right?

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Switching from Leeds to Manchester, a report from Le10 Sport in France states that Idrissa Gueye to Manchester United could happen.

Gueye, 30, joined Paris Saint-Germain from Everton last summer and the midfield destroyer is apparently available for a transfer this summer. With Ander Herrera and Julian Draxler ahead of him in the pecking order at PSG, plus PSG’s sporting director Leonardo wants to bring in plenty of new players, the report says Gueye and Leandro Paredes could be sold.

It is believed Man United have enquired about Gueye who is a master of breaking up play in front of the back four and would be an upgrade on Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay and Fred in that area of the pitch. Gueye is said to want to stay at PSG but there’s a deal to be done here as Wolves are also reportedly interested in the Senegalese holding midfielder.

There’s been a lot of focus on Man United adding attacking players this summer but bringing in Gueye would be a perfect fit for their midfield and add balance.

Report: Edinson Cavani to Leeds United

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Edinson Cavani to Leeds United? Edinson Cavani to Leeds United! Edinson Cavani to Leeds United…

You likely had one of the three reactions to this latest snippet of transfer news but Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani is serious about trying to sign the star Uruguayan striker.

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Cavani, 33, is out of contract after leaving Paris Saint-Germain and El Matador would be absolutely perfect in Marcelo Bielsa’s system.

Here’s what Radrizzani told our colleagues in Italy, Sky Sport, about the possibility of signing Cavani.

“In addition to his quality, Cavani could contribute with his physicality and adapt here, but I’ve never talked about him with the coach,” Radrizzani said. “Having said that, we’ve certainly thought about him and we’ll see, given he’s still available on a free transfer.”

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In many ways Cavani would be the perfect signing for Leeds. A huge name arrival to celebrate their return to the Premier League after a 16-year absence but also a clinical striker who can finish off the countless chances they create.

One of the big problems for Bielsa’s side in the Championship over the past two years has been finishing teams off, as they dominate games but the likes of Patrick Bamford and Jack Harrison haven’t had much help in the goalscoring department.

Signing Cavani may be a long shot but many would have said attracting Bielsa to be their manager in the second-tier of English soccer was too. Radrizzani also revealed Leeds tried to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic in January but he decided to return to AC Milan, so they are ambitious and it’s easy to forget how big of a club Leeds United are. Remember: they were in the Champions League semifinals in 2001.

If the finances can be worked out, Cavani’s style of play would suit the Premier League and it’s easy to see him being a success, especially playing for Bielsa. Injuries have piled up for him at Paris Saint-Germain in recent seasons, though, so that may be a concern for whoever signs the veteran forward.

Judging by the last few seasons when he has been fit, Cavani has plenty left in the tank.