Wellington Silva free to play for Arsenal four years after arrival

The Brazilian winger has been on the Gunners’ books since 2011 but has been unable to feature due to work permit issues

Wellington Silva is finally free to play for a competitive game for Arsenal four years after joining the club.

The 22-year-old moved to the club from Fluminese in 2011 but has been unable to play for the Gunners after failing to obtain a work permit.

As a result, he has been loaned out to Levante, Alcoyano, Ponferradina, Murcia and, most recently Almeria, whilst awaiting a Spanish passport.

However, the winger – who has made 27 appearances in all competitions for Almeria this season – confirmed on Thursday that he has been finally been granted Spanish nationality.

“The good thing is slow in coming, but arrives with the greatest satisfaction in the world. Spanish nationality!!” he posted on Twitter.

Lo bueno tarda en llegar, pero llega y lo recibo con la mayor satisfacción del mundo. Nacionalidad española !! pic.twitter.com/GWFo9wYWzB

— Wellington Silva (@wsilva11) April 14, 2015

Silva will hope to link up with the Gunners for the club’s pre-season campaign and could finally make his debut in English football next term.

Effenberg: Tuchel the only man that can replace Klopp

The former Germany international is in no doubt that the ex-Mainz coach should be the next man to take the hot seat at Signal Iduna Park

Stefan Effenberg says that Thomas Tuchel is the only man that could possibly succeed Jurgen Klopp as Borussia Dortmund boss.

It was announced on Wednesday that Klopp will part company with BVB this summer after seven seasons at Signal Iduna Park.

While much of the fallout has unsurprisingly centred on his next move, with the 47-year-old already being linked with Manchester City and Barcelona, the focus in Dortmund has now switched to potential successors.

Effenberg has now weighed into the debate, claiming that Tuchel, who, like Klopp, is a former Mainz boss, is the obvious replacement.

“I am sure Dortmund will sign a coach who speaks German and knows the Bundesliga very well,” the former Germany international told Sky Sport.

“Taking it all into account, it can only be Thomas Tuchel. 

“He worked successfully, had a clear plan – also in Mainz – and I can easily imagine him at Dortmund.””

Meanwhile, another former Germany international, Oliver Bierhoff, believes that Klopp is bound for the Premier League, admitting his departure will be a big blow to the Bundesliga.

“If he goes to another club it will surely be one from another country and England has maybe the best league in the world,” he told reporters at an awards ceremony in Shanghai.

“I am a bit sad that he is quitting. He is a big personality and did excellent work at Dortmund. It will be a loss for the Bundesliga. 

“But I myself played 13 years abroad [in Austria, Italy and France] and it was a great experience. Is the same for coaches.”

Manchester United tracking transfer targets since January, reveals Van Gaal

The Dutchman claims the club have targeted potential signings and are monitoring the progress of players who are out on loan this season

Louis van Gaal has revealed Manchester United’s plans regarding their summer transfer business are already underway.

Goal understands that United are closing in on a move for PSV winger Memphis Depay, while Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels and Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne remain on the club’s radar ahead of the summer window.

Goal also revealed in December that United were keen to recall Nani back from his loan with Sporting and the 28-year-old could be part of Van Gaal’s plans next season after scoring 10 goals in 30 appearances for the Portuguese club this term.

United announced on Wednesday that they will return to the United States for part of their pre-season tour and Van Gaal insists preparations for the new season are already in progress.

“Already in January [we began thinking about next season] because we have to prepare our pre-season and Manchester United will go to America,” Van Gaal told the club’s official website.

“The aim is of course that we have to train and not only to play matches. Already for three or four months we are talking about our pre-season.

“We also think about the scouting of players, the scouting of our own players because we have a lot on loan and then we have to analyse their performances, so it’s a lot of work.

“It’s not only the present season but also what we have to decide for players next season.”

Schneiderlin should not be signed to replace Coquelin, says McLintock

While the former Arsenal centre-back believes the Southampton midfielder would be a “terrific” addition to the squad, he wants the 23-year-old to be allowed to thrive

Arsenal should not sign Morgan Schneiderlin as a replacement for Francis Coquelin, according to former Gunners centre-back Frank McLintock.

Coquelin has become a key member of the Arsene Wenger’s squad in recent months, having been drafted in from the wilderness following a short loan spell at Charlton Athletic.

The Frenchman has been at the heart of Arsenal’s midfield as they have embarked on an eight-match winning run – closing the gap on leaders Chelsea to seven points – but reports continue to link the north London club with a potential summer move for Southampton midfielder Schneiderlin.

The Saints star has spoken of his desire to play in the Champions League on several ocassions but, while McLintock believes Schneiderlin would be a fine signing, he has called for Coquelin to be allowed to thrive.

“[Coquelin has been] very good,” he said. “They’ve been linked with Schneiderlin at Southampton. He’s got height, something Arsenal have been lacking because they’ve been a small team for a long time.

“So someone of that calibre would be a good thing.

“But it would be a shame if he were to replace Coquelin, he’s come on a bundle in the last month or so. That’s because he has the opportunity to play regularly and he’s taken on the task very well.”

Manchester City must go for Klopp – and he should bring Reus and Hummels with him

COMMENT: The Dortmund coach has announced he is leaving this summer and placed Premier League clubs on alert after he revealed he has no plans to take a sabbatical

If Jurgen Klopp was telling the truth when he claimed there has been “no contact” from other clubs, that should change once Manchester City have digested the news that he is leaving Borussia Dortmund.

There has been a sense that Manuel Pellegrini might survive the Premier League club’s dreadful title defence due to the lack of viable alternatives, with Bayern Munichh boss Pep Guardiola unlikely to be available for another year at the earliest.

Suddenly, however, the ideal candidate has presented himself. Klopp is the perfect fit for a City squad that needs an overhaul this summer and he is a coach that would sate their desire for a “holistic” identity that includes youngsters being brought through the academy.

Pellegrini has looked a beaten man in recent weeks. City are fourth in the Premier League and fighting to qualify for next season’s Champions League, while they once again failed to get past the last 16 in Europe’s elite competition.

City are planning massive changes to their ageing squad this summer and Klopp would be the ideal man to rejuvenate the club ahead of a renewed title challenge. He has the personality, the tactical nous and a CV that includes two Bundesliga titles, a DFB-Pokal and a Champions League final appearance.

Despite Dortmund’s poor campaign, he remains one of the most attractive coaches in Europe and, at City, he would be given the platform to compete for trophies without the handicap of losing his best players to rivals, as has happened at Signal Iduna Park with Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski being prised away by Bayern.

It would be even better for City if the likes of Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan and Marco Reus could follow him to the Etihad Stadium.

They have the financial clout to sign all three players and are desperately looking for proven ‘A-list’ talent this summer to solve their issues and replacing a creaking spine. A central defender, a deep-lying playmaker and a speedy forward with a goalscoring instinct were already clear priorities.

Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal have all sounded out Klopp in the past only to be told, ‘Thanks, but no thanks’.

Now, though, the timing is perfect for City after Klopp confirmed that he will not take a year out of the game, as was anticipated when the news broke of his departure from Dortmund on Wednesday.

“It’s not that I am tired. I have had no contact with another club, either in England or elsewhere,” Klopp said during an emotional press conference.

“But I do not intend to take a sabbatical year. It is important that we give the news today so that everyone can adjust and the club can plan.”

City will be wary of the possibility of Real Madrid or Barcelona making a move for Klopp, but the 47-year-old has revealed in the past that the Premier League is the only division he would coach in outside of the Bundesliga.

Asked last November about one day managing in England, Klopp said: “I think it’s the only country I think where I should work, next to Germany because it’s the only country I know the language a little bit and I need the language for my work. If somebody will call me, then we will talk about it.”

One concern for Klopp would be the sacking culture at City, where Roberto Mancini was relieved of his duties a year after winning the club’s first title in 44 years and Pellegrini is now under extreme pressure after winning the league and the Capital One Cup in his debut season.

Klopp spent seven years in charge of Mainz and will leave Dortmund after seven years, too.

Arsene Wenger has long considered Klopp as a good man to replace him at Arsenal, but the Gunners are in excellent form and there is no chance of a change of leadership in north London this summer.

Likewise, Manchester United are happy with Louis Van Gaal and the possibility of Brendan Rodgers leaving Liverpool is slim – despite a mixed season at Anfield.

Opportunities as enticing as this present themselves once in a blue moon and it is one that is surely too good to resist if City are to deliver on their intention of becoming a true European superpower.