Xhaka proud of Jose Mourinho links

The Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has been tipped to leave Arsenal this summer, and there have been numerous rumours that Jose Mourinho is very keen to leave the Emirates to play under him in Serie A with Roma next season.

The Swiss captain has certainly had a rollercoaster career at Arsenal with his relationship with the notoriously fickle Arsenal fans often being in the spotlight, and he was hotly tipped to be leaving before Mikel Arteta took over the reins when Unai Emery was dismissed 18 months ago.

But the Spaniard persuaded Xhaka to stay and it must be said that he has put in many solid performances this season but I still don’t think he has won over many of the Arsenal faithful.

H is currently with the Switzerland national team ahead of the rescheduled Euro2020 coming up, and has been talking to the media about the links with Roma and Jose Mourinho.

Xhaka told Blick: “Of course I read [about the interest]. But now I’m one 100 per cent focused on the national team here,” the 28-year-old told Blick as he prepares to compete at Euro 2020 with Switzerland.

“That’s more important than Arsenal or rumours right now. I have another two years on my contract in London and Arsenal they know what they have in me. When the time comes to talk about a transfer, I’ll be here.”

“To be honest, I didn’t hear what Mourinho has said about me. But that makes you proud. Everyone knows Mourinho, knows what he has achieved. Mourinho knows how to win titles.

“You can now see what work I have done over the past few years.”

Arsenal to take advantage of Roma woes with BARGAIN transfer?

It is not the transfer that most of the Arsenal fans are hoping for. In fact it is not even in one of the two positions that most of us see as the priorities for strengthening in the January transfer window, central defence and central midfield.

But Arsene Wenger may be tempted to take advantage of the Serie A club Roma and their situation to pick up the Italy international star Mattie Destro for a bargain price when the transfer window opens in January. Roma were knocked out of the Champions League last night and the money lost from that as well as their desire not to sell Kevin Strootman to Man United have led them to offer to sell their talented young striker to us.

THey value him at around £15 million but with Wenger not really needing a striker right now, they would have to accept less than that to persuade Arsenal to do the deal. So should we sanp up this starlet on the cheap and strike while the iron is hot?

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The possibility of Arsenal completing this transfer in January could still rest on matters outside of our control, as his current Serie A club Roma face a home game against Man City in the Champions League on Wednesday. If the Italian club qualifies for the next round, they may be unwilling to part with any of their players in the coming transfer window.

Roma’s European situation might not have anything to do with it either, but one thing that does seem certain is that there is a good chance that their striker Mattia Destro is keen on a move to the Premier League and Arsenal are interested in signing him.

The 23-year old has already spoken about the links between him and the Gunners and suggested that he would be more than happy to make the move and now a Metro report claims that his agent is on his way to London to discuss a potential £20 million January transfer.

£20m GOAL MACHINE welcomes January Arsenal transfer talk

Although Arsenal seem to have a couple of other transfer priorities than to strengthen the forward line in January, it does not mean that Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal scouting team will not still be looking at striking options for the January.

And with it looking increasingly likely that either Lukas Podolski, Joel Campbell or both will be looking to leave the Emirates in January in order to get more game time, maybe the Gunners will need to sign another striker when the winter window opens.

So the Metro report that reveals that one of our transfer targets, the Roma and Italy international striker Mattia Destro, has heard about Arsenal’s interest and declared himself delighte3d about it. The 23-year old is now in his third season with the Serie A club and has started the season in stunning form, hitting four goals from just six starts and it sounds like he is ready to make the next step up to the Premier League with Arsenal.

Destro said, “Arsenal for me? The rumours are good, I’m happy for them.

“This is the proof that I’m doing my work well.”

The paper also claims that sources in Italy claim that Arsenal have already opened talks with the Italian club over the possible transfer of their prolific hit man, so we could see him in the famous read and white pretty soon…

Agent admits Arsenal are one of many clubs chasing Top striker!

As Arsenal begin to prepare for the start of the new Premier League season, there is a sense of optimism among the club’s supporters in regards to the North London side’s credentials in this summer transfer window. Whilst there are quite a few areas that need to be strengthened, there is no question that the most important is in attack, more specifically, a central striker.

There have been several reports in the last couple of days claiming that the former Arsenal man Carlos Vela is set to return for a second spell at the Emirates following a very successful two-year stint at Real Sociedad, although the young Mexican is more of a left winger these days. Whilst this is definitely something to be excited about, there is more good news for Arsenal fans.

If reports from various sections of the media are to be believed, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is working on a deal to bring FC Porto’s much-coveted hitman Jackson Martinez to London. The Frenchman is known to be a long-time admirer of the Columbian international who has himself claimed that a move to Arsenal would definitely interest him. Furthermore, Martinez’s agent, Peppino Tirri, has confirmed that Arsenal are indeed interested in his client, although he was quick to add that there will be competition.

Speaking to Corriere Giallorosso as reported by the Daily Star, he said: “I am waiting for Jackson Martinez’s manager, Henrique Pompeio, to arrive in Italy tonight for a series of transfer meetings we’ll have together. We’ve got meetings set up with numerous European clubs, as he is of interest to Manchester United, Atletico Madrid, Arsenal and Valencia, but also important Italian sides.”

The much sought-after striker is believed to have a £32 million release clause at Porto but with a goal-scoring record of 60 goals in 91 appearances for the Portuguesse side, few would think twice before splashing the cash. The 27-year-old boasts attributes of excellent hold-up play, great pace and a very clinical finish, something that the Gunners strike force seemed to lack last season.

While competition will most certainly be high, I believe that Wenger will get his man if he is keen enough. For someone who is looking to take his career to the next level, Arsenal appears to be the most tempting destination. And with the Columbian already stating his willingness to play for Arsenal, a big-money move from Wenger may well be on the cards.

Gervinho about to say Arrivederci Arsenal, Hello Roma!

News emerged yesterday that Gervinho is seemingly ever more certain to leave Arsenal this summer as the player, agent and representatives from Roma have met and discussed personal terms, which Gervinho agreed upon. All that is now left to do is for the two clubs to agree a price with there supposedly being just £1 million in difference according to the speculation.

Gervinho was named as one of the club’s deadwood players this summer, despite playing a rather regular role in the Arsenal first team last season. Many seemed confident that despite his worrying woes, he would remain in North London, but that no longer seems to be the case. As mentioned there is just £1 million difference between the two clubs’ valuations. Supposedly Roma started bidding at a pitiful £3 million before eventually making their latest bid of £7 million, but Arsenal are hoping to gather £8 million for the 26 year old that cost us around £11 million two seasons back in the summer of 2011.

I actually think £8 million is quite cheap for a player of Gervinho’s capabilities in this current financial market. Although he isn’t a top player, I felt that maybe he would be worth around £10m but ultimately if we sell him for £8m it isn’t a problem. What is certain is that the Roma manager is desperate to bring Gervinho to the Italian league, after working with the Ivorian back in France with previous club Lille.

Roma officials stated, “Garcia has made Gervinho his top choice. He knows only too well of his capabilities and that is why Roma will pay a higher price.”

As I mentioned I don’t feel they are paying a particularly high price, but perhaps I see it differently, being as their original bid was £3 million – Talk about taking a few tips from Wenger. I wouldn’t have been overly disappointed to see Gervinho stay this season as I think he could have done a good job coming off the bench and being a squad rotation player. My main point is, I don’t have an issue with selling the forward, as long as we know who we want to replace him, and in Wenger’s mind, no doubt the answer to that will be either Ryo Miyaichi or Serge Gnabry.

Why Arsenal could be in line for Reina transfer

We all know that QPR’s Julio Cesar seemed almost certain to join Arsenal after QPR confirmed that he would leave the club and Cesar said that he wants to stay in London. It was pretty much a done deal because no other London clubs in the Premier League really need a new keeper other than Crystal Palace. But today it seems that Roma are intent on taking Cesar back to Italy to replace their outgoing Dutch international goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg who has sealed a move to London club, Fulham.

My point is, if Cesar moves to Roma and out of Arsenal’s hands, should Arsene Wenger look to Liverpool’s Pepe Reina?

Wenger has been an admirer of Reina’s since before he moved to Liverpool and has tried to make moves for him several times in the last three or four years but a proper deal has never materialised. This is the perfect time to do so as another Arsenal target Simon Mignolet, seems to be heading to Liverpool this summer in a £9 Million move.

Reports coming out of Liverpool claim that the club will want to get rid of Reina as soon as Mignolet arrives at the club. Reina has also been linked with Barcelona though as they hope to get rid of long serving Victor Valdes but he may be playing out the remainder of his contract which runs out at the end of next season and Reina will not wait a whole season before a move to Barcelona.

Arsene Wenger often looked to Reina when nobody was happy with Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski but now there is Wojciech Szczesny to think about. The understanding of Cesar coming to the club would be that he would be rotated and used to tutor Szczesny into a world class goalkeeper. Would Reina do the same or would he be the undisputed number 1?

Should Arsene Wenger once again look to his long term target Pepe Reina if Julio Cesar decides on a move back to Italy?