It’s going to be a scrap at the top table for the crumbs of the transfer window. Something that may well see Unai Emery of Arsenal in direct competition with Ole Gunner Solskjaer for signatures and although a number of high profile targets have been associated with both, its likely that the club’s will have to drop to look for prospects with potential in the long term.
The media persists with the rumour that both are looking at Lille striker Nicolas Pepe but, without selling players first, £45m plus is a bit too rich a taste given Arsenal and United’s circumstances.
It’s interesting to see that these two great rivals are enduring the same transitional problems, although United have spent in the region of £744m in the transfer window to get themselves in deep trouble, whereas Arsenal have spent a fraction of that in their pursuit of mediocrity.
Another name that the press are claiming both clubs are seeking to acquire is Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly. Arsenal are going to be priced out of this opportunity quite quickly because various sources report that he will cost around £60-£70m. At 27 years of age, that’s a little bit on the steep side to say the least.
Nicolas Tagliafico of Ajax looks something of a bargain and is available in for a bid in excess of £17.3million, which would be music to the ears of both clubs, but only Arsenal at present are reported to be considering a firm bid during the transfer window.
Ajax have apparently lined up a replacement for David Neres – allowing the Arsenal target to leave. Meanwhile, Manchester United have reportedly entered the race for Nicolas Pepe.https://t.co/07IGtRVWpF
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Adrien Rabiot is another of the joint targets, but Chelsea could also join the hunt if Eden Hazard takes flight but he won’t be cheap. Barcelona apparently turned down the player after it was established that he wanted £175,000-a-week wage demands and signing-on fee of £10m as a free agent.
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West Ham’s Declan Rice has been associated with the pair but Arsenal’s interest is thought to be minimal, whereas United are just looking at a number of options for the same position.
No doubt in the coming weeks, especially after the season is completely concluded, there will be more names linked to the pair but the clubs will need to take stock and offload, before a single player is approached.
It’s going to be quite a summer transfer window.