Category: Italian

Opinion: Mislintat would pull off biggest Arsenal coup yet with extraordinary Ramsey swap-deal

Italian side Lazio are the latest club to express an interest in Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, Calcio Mercato reports.

What’s the word?

Major changes are taking place at Arsenal under Unai Emery, who is set to approve a major departure in 2019 as Aaron Ramsey rapidly approaches the end of his contract after the Gunners withdrew their offer of an extension.

While it remains to be seen whether Arsenal cash-in during the January transfer window or allow the Wales international to leave for nothing next summer, a host of clubs in the Premier League and Europe have entered the running.

According to Calcio Mercato, the latest side to express an interest in the 27-year-old is Serie A outfit Lazio after they identified the former Cardiff City man as a ‘dream’ addition.

Could this benefit Arsenal?

The Gunners would be handed a bonus by seeing Ramsey snub the advances of their Premier League rivals to move abroad but Unai Emery could use Lazio’s interest to his advantage by offering his services in the January window.

Rather than get a fee for Ramsey’s services, which Lazio would be unlikely to pay as they could land his signature for nothing at the summer, Arsenal should use the Wales ace as makeweight to bring Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to the Emirates Stadium.

The Serbia international was widely linked with a move to the Premier League in the summer but his agent revealed earlier this month he wanted to stay for at least one more year to help Lazio with their push for Champions League football.

While persuading Milinkovic-Savic to move will not be easy, offering him a regular starting spot and handing Lazio Ramsey in return could suit all parties.

Opinion: Arsenal's future would look very exciting if Unai Emery seals £52.8m attacker move

Arsenal are in pole position in the hunt for Roma winger Cengiz Under, according to

What’s the word?

Unai Emery has led Arsenal to instant improvements after his arrival in the summer as the Gunners enjoy a nine-match winning streak across all competitions, although there is still a need for further additions in January.

One shortfall of Arsenal’s squad is the lack of depth in the wide areas after failing to replace Alexis Sanchez, with the club being overly reliant on the impressive Alex Iwobi and seeking recruits to strengthen in this area.

According to, Arsenal are leading the chase for Roma starlet Cengiz Under as the Italian club prepares to cash-in if their asking price of €60m (£52.8m) is met.

A good addition?

At 21 years of age, Cengiz Under is widely regarded to be one of the best young talents in European football and Arsenal would certainly make a major statement of intent if they were to bring the Turkey international to the Premier League.

With Under and Iwobi, who is just 22 himself, the Gunners would boast strong options for the future and it could be the final piece to an attack that is shining with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette leading the line.

While the hefty price-tag will raise eyebrows, Arsenal showed their willingness to splash the cash on the right sort of addition in last season’s winter window by bringing Aubameyang to the club and signing Under would be money well spent as it would help propel the Gunners back into the Premier League.

Opinion: Liverpool interest in another potential £50m+ deal raises big question marks over Klopp

Liverpool are alongside Premier League rivals Arsenal in the hunt for Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski, according to Calcio Mercato.

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Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have impressed so far in the Premier League, avoiding defeat in each of their opening eight matches to sit joint-top of the standings alongside Chelsea and Manchester City – with a huge title fight on the cards.

The Reds have shown their financial strength in recent windows with the signings of Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson, with reports from Calcio Mercato suggesting they could splash the cash once again the snatch Piotr Zielinski from Napoli.

Zielinski, regularly linked with Arsenal, has a whopping £57.1m release clause in his contract but the Italian side are looking to secure the Poland international to an extension which could lead that figure to double.

A good signing?

With Adam Lallana and James Milner in their 30’s, suggesting their time at Anfield could come to a close, it is not surprising to see Liverpool in the hunt for further midfield additions. However, the club have splashed plenty of cash in this area in the past year.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabinho and Naby Keita have all moved to Merseyside during the past 18 months and it is not entirely clear where Zielinski would fit into the side – particularly as his expensive fee suggests he would demand being one of the first names on the teamsheet.

At 24, Zielinski has plenty of time to develop into an incredible asset for the Reds but his arrival could be detrimental to the aforementioned trio that Klopp has recently brought to the club and would raise questions about Liverpool’s long-term transfer strategy.

Opinion: Pellegrini must avoid same old West Ham mistakes and forget about reported target

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has denied that the club are interested in signing Roma’s Edin Dzeko in January, as quoted by Football.London.

What’s the word?

Despite spending in excess of £100m in the summer, Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham are struggling for form and have lost five of their eight Premier League matches so far this season – suggesting another fight near the foot of the table lies ahead.

While Marko Arnautovic, Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson have shown signs of developing an exciting attacking line, the lack of a recognised centre-forward has been an issue and has led to reports that the Hammers are eyeing Roma’s Edin Dzeko.

However, quoted by Football.London, Pellegrini has denied eyeing a reunion with a player he managed during the pair’s time at Manchester City.

What was said?

“I cannot answer you about the amount of payers who are coming in to West Ham. At least you can talk about five or six players, lots of players want to be here and are linked to West Ham. I know him very well but we are not thinking about him at the moment.”

Should they move?

Dzeko may boast 50 Premier League goals from his time with Manchester City but, at 32, he is well into the twilight years of his career and signing the Bosnia and Herzegovina international would echo the Hammers’ previous mistakes in the market.

Javier Hernandez was signed last summer from Bayer Leverkusen, another striker who boasted a decent record from his previous stint in the Premier League but has struggled to establish himself as the leading man at the London Stadium.

West Ham could encounter similar problems by signing Dzeko and should be eyeing a younger, more exciting forward if they are keen on bolstering their attacking ranks.

Opinion: Emery's transfer plan will have 2016 Wenger signing fearing for his Arsenal future

Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella has stated he is pleased to be linked to big clubs amidst reported interest from Arsenal, he told Sky Italia via Metro.

What’s the word?

Unai Emery is on the hunt for January additions for his Arsenal squad and the need for a new midfielder has been increased by the seemingly imminent departure of Aaron Ramsey, with the Gunners withdrawing their contract offer.

The Gunners have been named alongside the likes of Juventus and Liverpool as holding an interest in Cagliari’s 21-year-old midfielder Nicolo Barella, who featured for Italy’s senior squad twice during the international break.

Quoted by Sky Italia via Metro, the young starlet has admitted he is pleased to be linked to ‘big clubs’ but is focusing on the task currently on hand with Cagliari.

What was said?

“I’m not the one who sorts out the transfers. It’s the agents, presidents and clubs who do that. I only think about Cagliari and to stay up in the league. We’ll see about the rest. The interest from big clubs is pleasing and makes me proud. It means I’m doing the right things.”

Could it happen?

Arsenal’s chances of signing a midfielder in January look set to hinge on whether Emery decides to cash-in on Ramsey in the mid-season window or whether he will allow the Wales international to leave at the end of the season for nothing.

Either way, Barella is not necessarily a direct replacement for the 27-year-old as he is a more defensive-minded player and the links should leave Egyptian international Mohamed Elneny fearing for his future at the club.

Elneny is yet to feature in the Premier League this season as his three appearances have come in the Europa League and EFL Cup.