According to various sources in Italy, Arsenal has made an initial £17 million proposal for Lazio attacker Joaquin Correa. The Argentine international, who scored 11 goals in all competitions last season, is valued at closer to £30 million by the Italian club.
Everton is also reportedly interested in Correa, who can play as a second striker or on the side, but new Lazio manager Maurizio Sarri is thought to want to keep him, so the price will likely be too high for both clubs.
BARISIC A WANTED MAN
Arsenal, Aston Villa, and Wolves are all expected to see Rangers star Borna Barisic play for Croatia against England today, according to Football Insider. They apparently didn’t realize Barisic was out against England, but the speculations persist: Arsenal, Aston Villa, and Wolves are all said to be interested in the Rangers left-back, who was previously connected with Leeds.
‘The Premier League trio are all in the hunt for a new senior left-back this summer,’ according to the report, which may come as a surprise to Kierney and Matt Targett.
Some are portraying this as a new line from Mundo Deportivo, but the Spanish publication is just reporting that “in England, they point out that the “Foxes” could launch themselves for the signing of the Brazilian.” And they were simply reporting what Sport had said earlier in the week in England.
What did Sport have to say earlier this week? Leicester and Tottenham have both “left the door open” for Coutinho, who now had three Premier League options: Leicester, Spurs, and Arsenal. A fee of £17 million has been proposed, as well as the possibility of a loan.
The top five richest clubs in the Premier League
Newcastle United fans celebrated when Mike Ashley’s 14-year ownership of the English club came to an end.
There is no doubt that Newcastle is currently the richest club in England after it was purchased by the Saudi-backed consortium for £305m.
Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) purchased 80% of the club shares, while the Reuben Brothers and Amanda Staveley remained with 10% each.
We take a look at the top five richest clubs in the Premier League
1. Newcastle-Saudi Public Investment Fund (£320bn)
Thanks to the massive wealth of the PIF, the Magpies expect key investments, especially in players, to make the club competitive in Europe.
Newcastle United have already started to enjoy the fruits of the new ownership as they have already signed two players, namely Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood.
The PIF is chaired by Mohammed Salman, the Saudi crown prince. He is also the second most important person in Saudi Arabia, after the king. He not only serves as the country’s deputy prime minister but also the Minister of Defence.
2. Manchester City-Sheikh Mansour (£22.9bn)
Mansour is the deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and one of the country’s many team owners.
The Magpies have now joined the likes of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, but the two most high-profile examples have been Manchester City and PSG.
The sheikh owns an interest in Virgin Galactic and is the chairman of the International Petroleum Investment Company.
He bought Manchester City in 2008 when they were a mid-table team, and with his billions, he has turned them into one of the best teams in the world.
His fortune has allowed him to hire Pep Guardiola and a slew of other world-class players, allowing City to become Manchester’s most successful club in the last decade.
As a result, Mansour has hired Khaldoon Al Mubarak to manage the club on a daily basis, while his City Football Group continues to buy clubs all around the world.
3. Chelsea – Roman Abramovich (£9.6b)
In a rumored 15-minute conversation, football’s first high-profile billionaire, purchased Chelsea from Ken Bates in 2003.
Following the hiring of Jose Mourinho the following year, Chelsea became the dominant team in the Premier League thanks to the Russian’s riches.
The Blues have won silverware on a consistent basis, winning five league titles and the Champions League twice.
Chelsea FC cost Abramovich £140 million of his billions earned from the sale of previously Russian state-owned businesses he purchased after the Soviet Union fell apart.
4. Arsenal – Stan Kroenke (£6.35bn)
Arsenal’s divisive owner is seldom seen at the Emirates and has a tense rapport with the supporters.
Arsenal’s fortunes have deteriorated throughout his tenure, despite the fact that the team had previously won Premier League titles.
In 1974, Kroenke married Ann Walton, a Walmart heiress, and in 1983, he created the Kroenke Group, a real estate development corporation.
The American, who owns the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams and the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, originally invested in Arsenal in 2007 before acquiring a full stake in the club four years later.
5. Aston Villa – Nassef Sawiris (£5.3bn)
In July 2018, the Egyptian took over as owner from Tony Xia, and saw Villa gain promotion to the Premier League within a year.
Sawiris, who comes from one of Egypt’s wealthiest families, purchased a 55% controlling stake in the club.
His fortune comes from owning a slew of construction, engineering, and construction firms.
With nearly £200 million spent over the past two summers, Dean Smith has consolidated the Midlands team as a top-flight outfit once again.
Mikel Arteta praises Arsenal’s ‘terrific’ signing after Norwich win
Following Saturday’s 1-0 win over Norwich City, new signing Aaron Ramsdale received great praise from manager Mikel Arteta.
After completing a successful move to Arsenal in the summer, the goalkeeper seems to have finally settled into life at The Emirates.
The 23-year-old put in a stellar performance against Norwich, helping Arsenal get their first triumph of the season thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal.
The Gunners’ first-choice goalkeeper, Bernd Leno, was dropped in favor of Ramsdale and the manager was pleased with the English goalie.
Arteta said: “I think he was terrific.
“It is not only what he did on the technical side, it is what he transmits, his energy, his chemistry with the backline, how he reacts, his body language… I think it was top.
“We have two fantastic goalkeepers and never forgot what Bernd has done for us and what a good goalkeeper he is.
“I had to make decisions and I felt Aaron was the right one to do so and like in any other position, and that is what we decided today.”
Arsenal transfer news roundup
Mikel Arteta is running out of time in his attempt to improve his squad with roughly just two weeks left till the transfer window closes.
Arteta is wary of his side’s weaknesses especially now after they lost their opening match to new boys Brentford.
The Gunners are in dire need for a creative midfielder and more options in attack with both their strikers, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Lacazette missing the season opener due to illness.
According to Sky Sports News, European giants Barcelona wanted to secure a move for the Gabon International to Camp Nou and were ready to offer Philippe Coutinho in a swap deal.
However, recent reports by football journalist, Fabrizio Romano have it that Barcelona are no longer interested and given their financial situation, their priority is to offload some excess players.
This is a great blow to Arteta and the Gunners who were looking to offload the forward as he has failed to impress in recent times.
The 32-year-old managed 14 goals last season as Arsenal finished eighth in the league, missing out on Europa League football.
Arsenal renewed Aubameyang’s contract till 2024 last year after a series of superb performances but his form has taken a dive in recent times thus making his exorbitant salary a huge problem for the club.
Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka has signed a 1-year contract extension at the club, keeping him in London till 2024, although Arsenal have an option for an additional year.
The Switzerland international was heavily linked with a move to AS Roma this summer, with the London side willing to cash in on him.
In other news, Arsenal have suffered a blow in their pursuit of Dusan Vlahovic. According to HITC via Gianluca Di Marzio, the Fiorentina striker prefers a move to Tottenham Hotspur, who are also in the race for his signature. The Serbian is wanted by Atletico Madrid too, but they have been unable to agree a deal with the Serie A side.
Arsenal were previously interested in Tammy Abraham and Luataro Martinez. Abraham is all set to join AS Roma, while the Argentine is unlikely to move to the Emirates.
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