Report: French club knockback Arsenal’s opening bid for 14-goal midfielder who craves move

Report: French club knockback Arsenal's opening bid for 14-goal midfielder who craves move – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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According to Get French Football News, Ligue 2 side FC Lorient have rejected an opening bid of £6 million from Arsenal for the signature of attacking midfielder Alexis Claude-Maurice.

The 20-year-old scored 14 goals in 35 league games for the French side this term, attracting plenty of suitors from Europe as a result.

However, he is keen on joining Arsenal in order to reunite with his close friend and former teammate Matteo Guendouzi.

Both were seen together during the week, and the Gunners are said to be preparing an improved bid in order to convince Lorient to part with the youngster.

Maurice can play anywhere in a three behind a striker – primarily on the left – or as a second striker, but he is more of a playmaker who excels playing exactly behind a number 9.

Lorient mainly relied on his creativity for the majority of the campaign, and he singlehandedly won some games for them.

His vision and ability to regularly carve out chances stand him out from the crowd, and he could be a long-term replacement for the ageing Mesut Ozil.

It’s no secret that cash-strapped Arsenal don’t have much to spend this summer, and securing the services of Maurice makes sense after the success of Guendouzi.

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Everton in pole position to land 28-yr-old, ready to offer him more than £100k-a-wk

Everton in pole position to land 28-yr-old, ready to offer him more than £100k-a-wk – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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Everton are favourites to sign the Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck this summer.

According to London Evening Standard, the striker is out of contract soon and the Toffees are leading the chase.

As per the report, Newcastle and Wolves are keen on the 28-year-old as well.

Welbeck wants to continue in England and he could prove to be a decent addition to Marco Silva’s side.

The attacker can play across the front three and he would be the ideal back up for Richarlison next season.

Silva needs to add more depth to his attack and Welbeck can be signed on a bargain. The transfer should be a no-brainer for Everton.

It will be interesting to see if they can agree on a contract with the player now.

As per the report, Welbeck currently earns around £100,000-a-week and Everton are willing to offer him more than that.

Welbeck wants to join a club with Champions League ambitions and Everton must convince him of their plans now.

The likes of Newcastle are miles off European football right now and Wolves are the only real threat for Everton. The Molineux outfit are already in Europe and they have the financial muscle as well.

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Report: Arsenal ready to sell Mkhitaryan this summer after this general acceptance at the Emirates

Report: Arsenal ready to sell Mkhitaryan this summer after this general acceptance at the Emirates – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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According to The Sun, Arsenal are willing and ready to offload Henrikh Mkhitaryan this summer because there is a general acceptance at the club that the Armenian international will never play at the peak of his powers in the English Premier League.

The 30-year-old arrived the club from Manchester United in January 2018 in a deal that saw Alexis Sanchez move the other way, but he hasn’t particularly impressed despite contributing six goals and seven assists in 39 games in his first full season at the Emirates.

Mkhitaryan’s current contract runs out in the the summer of 2021, but Arsenal won’t hesitate to sell him for the right price as he clearly isn’t impressing as they had hoped.

The midfielder scored 13 goals in 63 games for the Red Devils and ended with three goals in 17 appearances for Arsenal last season.

The Armenian impressed during his three seasons at the Bundesliga, scoring 41 times in 140 games, but he has struggled to replicate that form in the English top-flight, and at 30, he has passed his peak.

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Mourinho comments on Arsenal’s Europa League chances and Cech playing the final

Mourinho comments on Arsenal's Europa League chances and Cech playing the final – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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Arsenal and Chelsea will be facing off next Wednesday in the Europa League final, and there is a lot at stake for the Gunners.

It is the last chance saloon for the North Londoners as far as playing Champions League football next season goes, and manager Unai Emery and his players are expected to give their all.

Should goalkeeper Petr Cech play, it will be his last game as a professional, but after reports emerged during the week that he will be returning to Chelsea in a sporting director role, there have been calls for Emery to play Bernd Leno instead given the 37-year-old’s affiliation with the Blues.

However, former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho doesn’t believe Cech will be distracted should he play, and the Portuguese feels he will want to give his best and bow out a winner.

“It’s Petr Cech’s last football match, I think it’s the match that he would choose if he could choose a match to retire, I think this would be the match,” the erstwhile Manchester United boss told Sky Sports.

“And I’m pretty sure that before he goes back home (Chelsea), I think of course he will want to do it in a winning way because he’s a winner and has won so many things.”

Mourinho has also commented on Arsenal’s chances of winning the Europa League, and while he believes that they are under more pressure compared to Chelsea, he is expecting them to give their all given what is at stake.

“More pressure of course for Arsenal because they play for the Champions League spot next season, they play for many millions, they play for their pride, for the success of their season, so more pressure on the Arsenal side.”

The Gunners’ transfer budget will be given a huge boost should they win the game due to the winners’ and Champions League money, and its result will also determine the quality of players they will attract this summer, considering that a lot of top players will reject them if they end up playing in the Europa League next term.

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