Category: Italian

Opinion: Tottenham must scrap pursuit of 22-year-old defender to prioritise new contract

Tottenham have joined Inter Milan in the hunt for Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersen, according to SportMediaSet.

What’s the word?

Mauricio Pochettino’s side are braced for significant changes in 2019 and a defensive overhaul could be on the cards, as both Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld see their contracts in North London expire at the end of the season.

That has put Spurs on the hunt for a new central defender and Italian outlet SportMediaSet names Tottenham amongst the clubs interested in signing Joachim Andersen from Sampdoria after his impressive performances in the Serie A.

The 22-year-old Denmark youth international is also a target for Inter Milan and Juventus, while FC Inter News have suggested that Arsenal are also in the running for Andersen.

A good move?

Tottenham’s hunt for a young defender has seen a number of names appear in the tabloids in recent weeks and Joachim Andersen is an option that could provide a significant boost to Spurs’ defence – although he is perhaps not quite at the quality of Vertonghen or Alderweireld.

In reality, Spurs will struggle to be able to afford a defender of similar calibre to the Belgian duo and their priority should be securing their two most experienced centre-back’s down to a new contract before the season comes to a close.

Pochettino has the attributes and record that suggests he can get the best out of the young defender but it would be a significant jump for Andersen to join the Premier League side, particularly as he has no experience of English football.

Opinion: Emery probably missing out on Cengiz Under is actually exciting news for Arsenal fans

Arsenal are set for disappointment in the hunt for Roma ace Cengiz Under as the Italian side are set to hand the Turkey international a new deal, CalcioMercato reports.

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Unai Emery is starting to make an impression at Arsenal after nine consecutive victories across all competitions but he still has work to do with the Gunners, as he eyes new recruits heading towards the January window.

Arsenal failed to replace Alexis Sanchez following his move to Manchester United in January and have been linked with a host of targets in the wide positions, one of which is Roma starlet Cengiz Under – but the Gunners are set to be handed a blow.

CalcioMercato states the Italian side are set to hand a new deal to the Turkey international, who is also a target for Bayern Munich and Manchester City, as they are keen to secure the future of the 21-year-old.

A major blow?

Widely regarded to be one of the finest young attacking talents in European football, it was always going to be difficult for Arsenal to win the battle to sign Under and the fee required to tempt Roma into a sale would have been monstrous.

Therefore, the setback now being reported is not a major concern and Emery should have a long think as to whether the club really does need to sign a winger as the Gunners have a number of quality youngsters coming through.

Alex Iwobi has settled into life under Emery extremely well, while Emile Smith-Rowe has also impressed in the opportunities he has earned this season and Reiss Nelson is making waves on loan with Hoffenheim, while he also scored and provided an assist on his debut for England’s U21 side.

With Iwobi well established and that duo coming through the ranks, the need for a winger is perhaps not as severe as originally thought.

Opinion: Unai Emery must hope for major Aaron Ramsey favour from European giants in January

Serie A champions Juventus are ready to make an offer to Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey in January, according to The Daily Mail.

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Arsenal’s decision to pull out of contract negotiations with Aaron Ramsey has left the Wales international extremely likely to leave the Emirates Stadium in 2019, with his current deal due to expire at the end of the season.

The 27-year-old has already emerged as a potential target for a number of Premier League clubs, including Liverpool and Manchester United, but The Daily Mail states Serie A champions Juventus are looking to use an advantage that they have in the market.

Clubs outside of England will be able to discuss a pre-contractual agreement with Ramsey in January and the report states that Juventus are looking to do exactly that, as they plot a move to bring the player to Italian football.

The ideal solution?

While Arsenal seem to have decided that Ramsey is surplus to requirements, seeing another player move to a Premier League rival would be a real kick in the teeth for the Gunners and they would, therefore, love to see Ramsey move abroad.

However, the player himself may be reluctant to move his young family to the continent and a stay in the Premier League looks to be the most likely outcome and, due to his contract situation, Arsenal have very little control over what happens.

All that Emery can do is hope that Juventus manage to persuade Ramsey to move to Turin at the end of the season as that would see the Gunners avoid having another fan favourite jump ship to join a rival.

Opinion: Emery must forget potential club-record deal & make 22-year-old Arsenal man world-class

Arsenal face competition in the market for Roma ace Cengiz Under as Bayern Munich have joined the hunt, Turkish-Football reports.

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Unai Emery is seeking improvements for his Arsenal squad despite enjoying a nine-game winning streak and a new winger could be top of his wishlist after the Gunners failed to adequately replace Alexis Sanchez after his move to Manchester United.

Head of Recruitment Sven Mislintat has his eye on Roma talent Cengiz Under, Turkish-Football reports, but the Gunners face competition in the market as CalcioMercato adds Bayern Munich are plotting a £55m bid for the Turkey international.

However, Arsenal may have the edge as it is added that Under would prefer a move to the Premier League or La Liga if he were to leave the Italian capital – although he currently has no intention of leaving Roma.

A good signing?

While Alex Iwobi has improved significantly under the guidance of Unai Emery, the Nigeria international is still a long way off the level of Alexis Sanchez and is not yet the sort of player who strikes fear into an opposition.

Cengiz Under, who has scored one goal and contributed two assists in five Serie A appearances this season, would probably be a slight upgrade on Iwobi, but is he really worth paying a high fee for when they already have an 22-year-old who is developing and can get even better?

Yes, Under would be a signing that would be another statement of intent for Arsenal, but Emery should keep the faith with the Nigeria international instead and try and turn him into a world-beater.

Opinion: Exciting Tottenham target would finally do what Janssen and Llorente failed to

Tottenham Hotspur target Krzysztof Piatek, also a target of Barcelona, has addressed speculation on his future, speaking to Diario Sport via TalkSport.

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The form of Mauricio Pochettino’s side has raised concern at certain stages of the season so far and the continued reliance of Harry Kane in front of goal is an issue, with Spurs not having any depth beyond the England captain.

Spurs are amongst the clubs eyeing a move for Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek but face a fight with the likes of Barcelona to land the services of the Poland international, who addressed speculation on his future in comments made to Diario Sport via TalkSport.

Rated at around £30m by the Italian side, Tottenham will have to part with a hefty sum to secure his services but the player has suggested he will hold off on a transfer until the end of the current campaign at the earliest.

What was said?

“I have heard that Barcelona want to sign me, but I do not believe it. I did very well last season and felt I needed to move on and I have only been here for two months helping my team, but who knows what the situation will be next year.”

What should Spurs do?

Having scored 12 goals across all competitions this season, becoming the first player in Europe to hit double figures in the process, it is no surprise that Piatek’s services are highly-coveted but Spurs can offer more regular opportunities.

With little back-up to Harry Kane, Piatek would arrive to become an important member of the squad and a player who would allow Pochettino to rotate his options in the final third  – something Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente have failed to do previously – particularly on the eve of Champions League matches.

However, a bidding war could emerge for Piatek and the chances of him leaving in January seem slim as he only arrived at Genoa in the summer. If Spurs really do want the 23-year-old, Pochettino must accelerate a move.