Category: Italian

Opinion: West Ham will ruin relationship with huge fan favourite if Pellegrini gets his own way

Marko Arnautovic’s future at West Ham United is bound to be under consideration if Edin Dzeko moves to the London Stadium.

What’s the word?

According to Calciomercato, the Hammers are weighing up a move for Roma forward Dzeko in the January transfer window.

The report claims that the 32-year-old is keen to return to the Premier League, where he spent five years playing for Manchester City between 2011 and 2016.

Since moving to Roma, the forward has scored 78 goals and registered 30 assists in 148 appearances.

This season so far he has netted five goals and bagged two assists in nine outings.

It is easy to see why the Hammers are interested, but it raises questions about Arnautovic’s future.

What could happen?

The Austrian has become a talismanic figure at the London Stadium and is well loved by the fans.

With that in mind, it would not make much sense for West Ham to oust him from the team, but there is reason for concern.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini already has a relationship with Dzeko having worked with him for three years at City.

If the Chilean is the driving force behind a move for the Bosnian then it could result in Arnautovic losing his position as the sole striker up front.

The 29-year-old has the ability to drift out wide if needs be, but he has been excelling as the main focal point and may not want to relinquish that role, which would give West Ham a problem.

'What a mess', 'Screwed for good' – These Chelsea fans debate future of Conte's expensive flop

Tiemoue Bakayoko was signed by Chelsea for around £40m during the summer of 2017 when Antonio Conte was manager.

The 24-year-old was recruited to provide extra steel in midfield, but it has not worked out for him so far.

During the 2017-18 campaign Bakayoko made 43 appearances in all competitions, but towards the end of the season he spent a chunk of time on the bench during Premier League games.

With Maurizio Sarri now in charge of the Blues, Bakayoko has not had a look-in and was sent out on loan to AC Milan during the summer window.

The move was an opportunity for the Frenchman to get back on track but he has only made six appearances in all competitions, four of them being in Serie A.

In total, the midfielder has played 82 minutes of league action as head coach Gennaro Gattuso seemingly not favouring him.

Because of this there were rumours that Bakayoko could be sent back to Chelsea in January, but the player’s agent Federico Pastorello recently told Calciomercato that the speculation is “untrue”.

Supporters have posted their reactions to the news on Reddit.

Opinion: Arsenal fans must start preparing for the worst ahead of inevitable blow

AC Milan are preparing an offer for Arsenal ace Aaron Ramsey and hope Ivan Gazidis can play a key role in negotiations, The Mirror reports.

What’s the worse?

While stability on the field has been secured by Unai Emery after nine consecutive victories across all competitions for Arsenal, there is still problems to be solved behind the scenes and the future of Aaron Ramsey continues to attract plenty of speculation.

Arsenal have withdrawn their contract offer to the Wales international and the 27-year-old is set to be available on a free transfer at the end of the campaign, which has sparked interest from a host of clubs across the Premier League and Europe.

According to The Mirror, Serie A giants AC Milan are preparing their own offer for the midfielder and are hopeful that Ivan Gazidis can play a key role in negotiations when he moves from North London to the San Siro later this year.

Will a move abroad happen?

AC Milan, Juventus and even Real Madrid are some of the names being thrown around with a reported interest in Aaron Ramsey but there is no guarantee the Wales international will seek a move away from the Premier League.

A key reason for this is his young family, with his wife recently giving birth to twins, and he may not be keen on moving to Europe. Jack Wilshere was in a similar situation last summer and eventually elected to join West Ham, which was not at all surprising.

Arsenal would certainly prefer for Ramsey to complete a move abroad, that would see him not join a direct Premier League rival, but it seems increasingly like the European links are simply paper talk so supporters may have to prepare for the worst.

Opinion: Pellegrini must scrap West Ham move for unnecessary defensive addition

Napoli have joined West Ham in the hunt for Atletico Madrid outcast Santiago Arias, according to Corriere Dello Sport via TalkSport.

What’s the word?

West Ham are yet to find their rhythm this season despite splashing over £100m in the summer transfer window as Manuel Pellegrini’s side have lost five of their opening eight Premier League fixtures in the first few months of the campaign.

A leaky defence is likely to be improved with further additions in January but West Ham may have to change their plans as Corriere Dello Sport via TalkSport states Napoli are eyeing a move for Atletico Madrid’s Santiago Arias.

The 26-year-old only joined the Spanish giants in the summer but is said to be considering his option after a lack of opportunities with Diego Simeone’s side, which has led to Napoli reviving an interest in a defender they wanted during the summer.

A necessary addition?

Any headline that suggests West Ham are set to miss out on a transfer target will automatically provide a blow to supporters but the reality is Santiago Arias is an addition that the Hammers do not need, as their problems lie in other areas.

West Ham already have Ryan Fredericks and Pablo Zabaleta competing for a spot down the right side of defence and do not need Arias to throw his name into the ring for a spot in that position, with the Hammers instead needing a decent option at left-back.

Securing Arias’ services would also prove to be difficult as Atletico only purchased the player from PSV Eindhoven in the summer and are showing no signs of a willingness to negotiate a departure, so West Ham currently have very little chance of securing a deal.

Opinion: Emery target would struggle to fit into Arsenal's ranks

Arsenal are the latest club to express an interest in Cagliari starlet Nicolo Barella, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport.

What’s the word?

Unai Emery has led Arsenal valiantly so far this season, securing nine consecutive victories in all competitions prior to the international break, but there is still work to do in order to develop the Gunners into a side capable of fighting for the highest honours.

According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, Arsenal have joined the likes of Inter and AC Milan in pursuit of 21-year-old Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella after scouts were left impressed by his performances for the Italian side.

Barella earned his senior debut for Italy’s national side against Ukraine last month and is tipped as one of the finest young players within Serie A, though Cagliari are adamant they will not approve a sale in January.

What can he offer?

The likely departure of Aaron Ramsey in 2019 will lead to plenty of speculation regarding potential midfield recruits for Arsenal as they seek a replacement for the Wales international but Barella does not quite fit that mould.

Instead, Barella is a more defensive player that has earned comparisons to Belgium and Inter ace Radja Nainggolan so it is not exactly clear where he would fit into an Arsenal side that already boasts Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira, Mohamed Elneny and Matteo Guendouzi.

While he is capable of playing in a more advanced role, he is better suited to a position that would see him sit in the centre of the park and that makes it difficult to identify how he would strengthen Arsenal’s first-team ranks, though the links could leave Elneny sweating about his future at the club.