Ismael Bennacer eyed
AC Milan playmaker Ismael Bennacer is Pep Guardiola’s ideal replacement for Manchester City legend David Silva.
Bennacer, who is a product of the Arsenal academy but only made one appearance for the Gunners’ first-team, has enjoyed a terrific debut season at the San Siro, having signed from Empoli for £14.5million last summer.
The youngster is a box-to-box midfielder and while he is for the most part being played in a defensive position for Milan, the Algeria international has excellent attacking talents.
According to FootMercato, Guardiola has been following the Bennacer for a long time and has already opened a dialogue with the player’s representatives.
Impressive Victor Osimhen
Manchester United are showing interest in Victor Osimhen.
The Lille forward, 21, has attracted interest from several clubs after a tremendous debut campaign in Ligue 1 – netting 18 goals and providing six assists in 38 appearances.
The Nigeria international’s progress has seen several European heavyweights linked with his services and Lille believe they can break their club-record sale that currently stands at the £72million Arsenal paid for Nicolas Pepe.
Liverpool and Chelsea have both been linked with Osimhen, but ESPN claim United have already dispatched scouts to watch him earlier this season and they were ‘impressed’ with his displays.
ESPN claim that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking for ‘something different’ to Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial with Wissam Ben Yedder and Moussa Dembele also on the radar.
Moussa Diaby enquiry
Arsenal have contacted the agent of Bayer Leverkusen star Moussa Diaby to discuss his availability.
The 20-year-old winger is having an impressive debut season for Leverkusen and has scored five goals and provided eight assists in 27 appearances in all competitions.
But Mikel Arteta’s side aren’t the only side looking to make an approach.
French publication Le10sport claim Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund have also enquired about his availability with the player’s representative.
However, the Gunners hold a significant advantage over Dortmund and that’s because they reportedly share an excellent relationship with Diaby’s representative.
Kai Havertz to Real Madrid
Real Madrid are in the frame to sign Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz.
That’s according to French publication Le10Sport, who claim Zinedine Zidane has made Havertz a priority with deals for Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland unlikely in the upcoming transfer window.
The La Liga heavyweights have supposedly been in contact with Havertz’s representatives for several months.
Zidane’s interest could be bad news for Premier League trio Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea, who have taken ‘concrete steps’ to sign the Germany international over the last two weeks.
Published at Wed, 20 May 2020 09:05:00 +0000