Arsenal are on the hunt in the market to replace their outgoing striker and they’ve targeted Depay
Arsenal are keen on replacing their outgoing striker with Memphis Depay in the summer. Other clubs such as Everton, Juventus, and newly taken over Newcastle are all looking for his signature, according to Superdeporte.
The Dutch star has had a troubled season at Barcelona so far. The forward is Blaugrana’s top scorer this season, however has seen himself play second fiddle to other forwards since January after Xavi returned as manager.
Depay looked like he was finally at the right place under former manager Ronald Koeman earlier this season. However, the Dutch manager’s sack and Depay’s own injuries have seen him ousted as a starter for Barcelona.
A forward line that regularly features Torres, Aubameyang and Ousmane Dembele, Depay finds it hard to displace any.
Man Utd flop Memphis Depay ‘seduced’ by Premier League return with Arsenal among English giants keen on transfer https://t.co/IUiWYVKFMK
— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) April 5, 2022
Depay joined Manchester United back in 2015. However, the then 21-year-old disappointed massively and was sent to Lyon in a season and half.
Nevertheless, he earned a much deserved free move to Barcelona with his scintillating showings in France. The Dutch forward has 10 goals and 2 assists so far this season.
Since Depay only joined on a two year deal, Barcelona feel this is their best chance at cashing in on him. Arsenal want to replace strikers Auba, Lacazette and Nketiah who all left or will leave on a free.
Arsenal are not the only club looking at Depay
Depay can also fill in at the striker position, even though his main position is the left wing. This has led to three Premier League clubs, Arsenal, Everton and Newcastle target him for the summer.
Arsenal hope to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with another star, while Newcastle hope to make a statement signing.
Everton will be hoping to renovate their whole squad over the summer, if they avoid relegation that is.
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Marco Asensio’s agent says Arsenal interested
One of the most oft named players to be linked with Arsenal is Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio. The winger first emerged onto the scene as a young wonderkid back in 2017/18.
Goals against Barcelona and salvaging games for Real Madrid in that season saw Asensio’s stocks soar. However, injuries and lack of game time ever since has seen him relegated to a secondary role ever since.
— DAVID PREMIER (@davidpremier) April 6, 2022
Nevertheless, this season the 25 year old has seen his form look a bit more like the Asensio of old. Several English clubs, including Arsenal and Serie A giants AC Milan are said to be interested.
The player’s agent said: “We are proud of Milan’s interest. The Rossoneri are an option even if there are offers from a couple of English clubs, including Arsenal. We are ready to evaluate every option.”
Araujo close to renewing with Barca despite Arsenal interest
It looks highly unlikely now that Arsenal target Ronald Araujo will be moving away from Camp Nou. All of this comes as the Uruguayan’s agent has hinted that the club and player are close to agreeing a new deal for him.
Despite of interest from numerous English clubs, including Arsenal who were willing to pay double what Barca was offering. The center-back has decided to accept a lower salary to stay with the Blaugranas.
Xavi on Ronaldo Araújo extending the contract: "It's the right decision. He's happy to stay here in Barcelona with his family, it's a joy to have players like Ronald". 🔴 #FCB
"He can play for Barcelona for the next 10 years. He's incredible, he's a guarantee for us".
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 6, 2022
His agent, Perchman, said this, via ESPN. “It’s close[the renewal]. There is a desire on both sides [to renew] and Ronald wants to stay at the club.”
Members of Barcelona’s board have also confirmed this deal. Both parties were keen, but the club had to be harsh with negotiations due to the club’s dire financial straits.
Arsenal will have to battle it out with Newcastle for Coutinho
It seems that Arsenal will have to contend with Newcastle for Coutinho as Gerrard hopes to keep the Brazilian
The Brazilian star is currently at Aston Villa on loan from Barcelona till the end of the season. The move back to England at Villa Park under Steven Gerrard has seen his stocks rise back up again as he’s turn his fortunes.
Seeing his performances, the Brazilian has started attracting the interest of several big English clubs. Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspurs are already interested, but now it seems newly taken over Newcastle are set to join the race.
— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) March 31, 2022
The Brazilian star joined Barcelona from Liverpool in 2018. The move has, since, been a disappointment for all parties concerned.
Moreover, Coutinho spent two seasons away on loan at Bayern Munich, who let him go back to Barca after the spell ended.
Arsenal to contend against Newcastle for Coutinho as Gerrard wants him to stay
However, now according to Catalan news agency Sport, there are several suitors for the winger. Newcastle have now joined the race to lure over a resurgent Phillipe Coutinho in a bid to send a statement.
The North East side certainly have the finances to satisfy the player since their Saudi takeover. Reports have suggested that Arsenal have also been looking at the Brazilian.
🔄 (COUTINHO): Aston Villa are delighted with Philippe Coutinho. Arsenal are also interested, but the Brazilian has ruled out thr option of Newcastle.
• Coutinho rather prefers to lower his salary and feel happy and comfortable at a club.#FCB 🇧🇷
— Barça Buzz (@Barca_Buzz) April 1, 2022
Arteta and director Edu are both keen on snatching the magician over to the Emirates. However, this deal might not be as easy or simple as it seems.
Aston Villa manager Gerrard has indicated it won’t be too difficult to convince Coutinho to stay at Villa Park.
“Phil wouldn’t have come here if he didn’t believe in the club, if he didn’t believe in the people.
“He has experienced playing here as a player for many years with Liverpool. I think the compliment should go to the club. First and foremost the ambition from above to make it happen to get a player like Phil in.”
Regardless, it is rather obvious that due to their previous relationship as teammates at Liverpool, Gerrard has leverage on making the Brazilian stay put.
Arsenal target move for Serie A striker with a €40m price tag
According to reports Arsenal have several target in the market for a striker
Arsenal, according to various rumors, are in for a striker from Serie A side Sassuolo. Gianluca Scamacca is the mentioned forward, who has apparently already agreed terms elsewhere.
Nevertheless, Arsenal have made contacts and are trying to make the Italian striker come over to North London. The striker prefers to remain in Italy, with his contract at his current club running through till 2025.
The Arsenal striker target is high in demand
Juventus and Inter Milan are the rumored clubs which could be potential destinations for the 23 year old. While his contract does run through till 2025, the striker will most likely be on the move this summer.
Not only these Italian giants, clubs including the likes of Borussia Dortmund and newly bought Newcastle are among the clubs that maintain a key interest in the striker.
Although, it has to be noted that the striker’s main goal is to stay put in the Italian league, where he feels at home.
For Arsenal, they are trying hard to fill the void left by Pierre-Emerik Aubameyang. After the Gabonese international left in January for Barcelona, the Gunners had too little time to line up a replacement.
— HITC Sport (@HITCsport) March 31, 2022
Their main striking target, Dusan Vlahovic, left for Juve in that same month. With Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah on the last few months of their contracts, it’s likely Arteta will be left with no strikers at this rate.
The Spanish coach has already identified this problem, and combined with the board is searching for replacements. The Sassuolo forward has registered 13 goals in 28 appearances this season.
His performances speak for themselves as he’s picked 3 national caps for Italy so far.
His current club values Scamacca at around €27 million, however that could always change. Especially, since Arsenal might be willing to go as far as bidding €40m for the player.
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