‘Mustafi exit at Arsenal was never close’ – Wenger tips German defender for bright future

Arsene Wenger insists he never came close to sanctioning the sale of Shkodran Mustafi in the summer of 2017, with the German defender considered to be a big part of Arsenal’s future.

After just one season in English football, speculation suggested that the World Cup winner could be moved on by the Gunners – with Serie A side Inter among those reported to be keen.

No move materialised and the 26-year-old has remained at Emirates Stadium for what has been a difficult campaign for both him and Arsenal.

Wenger has seen a £35 million asset struggle at times, with questions being asked in the wake of costly mistakes, but the Frenchman – who will be heading for the exits himself at the end of the season – insists Mustafi has always been a long-term investment.

He said in the Daily Mail: “He wasn’t close [to leaving].

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“He is a young defender who has had ups and downs. I believe overall he has potential. He is one of the guys who is committed and goes for the challenges.

“He is not one guy who hides from the responsibility, so overall he will be a promising defender for the future. Experience helps.

“In this job, goalkeeper and central defender is a job for old people or older people. So overall that plays a part of course.”

While talking up Mustafi’s future potential, Wenger concedes that the Germany international has endured a testing period in the present.

He added of a player who has seen errors against Manchester City, Southampton and Newcastle lead to goals: “His confidence is lower.

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“He has played many games and most of the mistakes he made have been post-Europa League games because he was a bit jaded.

“On that front that is part of the fatigue factor which would be the explanation why he had some less good games.”

Mustafi has made 34 appearances for Arsenal this season across all competitions, collecting 12 clean sheets.

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Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Real Madrid want Salah & Sane


Real Madrid want Salah & Sane


Real Madrid want to rebuild their attacking ranks this summer by signing Mohamed Salah and Leroy Sane, reports Don Balon.

The Blancos are being heavily linked with a raid for Liverpool’s 41-goal top scorer, but that may not be the only move they make on the Premier League.

Champions Manchester City are also in danger of attracting unwelcome interest, with an €80 million bid being readied for Germany international Sane.


Wenger has four future options


Arsene Wenger has four options to continue his career when he leaves Arsenal at the end of the season, including the chance to coach Borussia Dortmund, claims Telefoot.

Wenger has decided to end his 22-year tenure at Arsenal, but plans to stay in football, with the opportunity to replace Peter Stoger as Dortmund coach one possibility.

A position with Paris Saint-Germain is also an option, along with the chance to become Japan national team coach and the opportunity to be entrusted with the development of football in China.


Salah urged to accept Real or Barca offers


Mohamed Salah has been advised by Mido to leave Liverpool on the back of his PFA Player of the Year award-winning exploits and “immediately accept any offer from Real Madrid or Barcelona”.

The former Tottenham striker has said of a fellow Egyptian: “I can say that the likes of Salah have a huge chance to succeed alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and the stars of Real Madrid.”

Read the full story on Goal.


Mourinho reveals Man Utd transfer plans


Jose Mourinho has lifted the lid on Manchester United’s summer transfer plans, while warning that there will only be “basic” investment.

The Red Devils have spent big in recent windows, splashing out a club record £89 million on Paul Pogba and £75m on Romelu Lukaku.

Further strengthening is expected in 2018, as a couple of experienced heads prepare to head for retirement and pastures new, but Mourinho insists there will be no elaborate rebuild at Old Trafford.

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Pogba: I have no problem with Mou


As transfer rumours swirl, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has insisted that he has no problem with manager Jose Mourinho. 

Reports of a deteriorating relationship between the pair and a lack of playing time in 2018 have led to reports that the France international could be leaving Old Trafford.

But Pogba says he isn’t thinking about a transfer and is only focused on the Red Devils. 

Read the full story on Goal!


‘Neymar must join Madrid to be the best’


Former Barcelona and Brazil star Rivaldo says that PSG star Neymar must join Real Madrid if he is to be considered the best player in the world.

Neymar only joined PSG last summer from Barcelona, but he is reportedly unsettled in France and could be set to make a swift departure.

Real Madrid have been the club most strongly linked with a move for the 26-year-old, who could sensationally join his former club’s biggest rivals. 

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Lingard set for pay rise


Manchester United star Jesse Lingard is set to be rewarded for his strong campaign with a pay rise, reports The Sun.

Lingard is currently on £85,000-a-week, but will receive a bump up to £100,000-a-week after tallying 13 goals and six assists in all competitions this season.


Madrid make Salah top priority


Real Madrid have made Liverpool star Mohamed Salah their top priority for the summer, claims Don Balon.

The Blancos are preparing for a summer of big signings after falling well short of Barcelona in the race for the La Liga title. 

Madrid president Florentino Perez is prepared to bid €200 million for the new PFA Player of the Year , who has been sensational in his first campaign with the Reds. 


Oblak unsure over Atletico Madrid future


Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak has admitted that he is unsure if he’ll stay with the capital club. 

The Slovenia international has garnered attention from plenty of big-name clubs, with Arsenal, Liverpool and PSG just a few of the teams rumoured to be interested. 

Read the full story on Goal!


Pochettino wants financial backing


Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to be given sufficient financial backing if he’s to stay at the club, according to The Telegraph.

Spurs will end 2017-18 without a trophy after falling to Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final at the weekend, underlining the club’s need for reinforcements.

Wilfried Zaha is at the top of Tottenham’s wish list, and the club also wants to sign Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris to new contracts. 


Arsenal at risk of losing GK prospect


Arsenal academy goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo could be set to leave the club due to a contract stand-off, according to the Mirror

The 16-year-old is considered a potential future starter for the Gunners, but has yet to agree to a professional deal. 

RB Leipzig and Celtic are among the clubs hoping to swoop in with a move for the England U-17 international. 


Navas will be at Madrid for many years – Perez


Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says that goalkeeper Keylor Navas will be at the club for many years to come.

The Costa Rican’s future has been questioned this season, as Madrid have been linked with moves for the likes of Alisson and David de Gea.

But the club’s president has attempted to cool speculation that Navas could be replaced this summer. 

Read the full story on Goal!?


Newcastle looking at £20m King


Newcastle are hoping to move for Bournemouth striker Joshua King, reports  The Sun .

Rafa Benitez wants to upgrade his attacking options this summer, and the Spaniard has identified the 26-year-old as an ideal candidate.

The Norway international would likely cost the Magpies around £20 million.


Wenger to be offered PSG president role


Departing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be offered the chance to become president of Paris Saint-Germain, reports the Mirror

Wenger will leave the Gunners after the season ends, and has set his sights on another management job in football. 

But PSG are preparing to test his resolve to stay on the touchline by offering him an opportunity to run the French club. 


Jorginho prefers City over United


Napoli midfielder Jorginho would prefer to join Manchester City over their local rivals Manchester United, according to  The Sun .

City are keen to bolster their midfield this summer, with Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred also on their radar.

But they could be about to usurp United in the race for Italy international Jorginho, with the player’s agent having met both clubs during a recent visit to England.


Batshuayi bid being readied by Dortmund


Borussia Dortmund are keen to sign Michy Batshuayi on a permanent basis from Chelsea this summer.

The Belgium international striker moved to Germany on loan during the January transfer window  and scored nine goals in 14 appearances before suffering an ankle injury.

It may be that he has played his last game for Dortmund, with a return to Stamford Bridge set to be made, but the Bundesliga outfit will be asking questions of Chelsea once the managerial picture in west London becomes a little clearer.

Read the full story on Goal!


Rakitic desperate for Iniesta stay


Ivan Rakitic is desperate for Andres Iniesta to quash speculation over his Barcelona future and commit to remaining at the club where he has established himself as “one of the greatest players in history”.

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Iniesta is reportedly on the brink of a move, with Chinese Super League side Chongqing Lifan tipped as the 33-year-old’s next destination .

But, speaking after Barca’s 5-0 Copa del Rey final triumph over Sevilla, in which Iniesta scored the fourth goal, Rakitic expressed his desire to see his team-mate stick around.

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‘Salah can shine alongside Ronaldo’ – Liverpool star urged by Mido to accept Real Madrid offer

Mohamed Salah has been advised by Mido to leave Liverpool on the back of his PFA Player of the Year award-winning exploits and “immediately accept any offer from Real Madrid or Barcelona”.

The 25-year-old was recognised by his peers as the Premier League’s standout performer for 2017-18 on Sunday, with a 41-goal haul across all competitions carrying him to the top of the English game.

It has been a truly remarkable debut campaign at Anfield for Salah, with his record-breaking exploits seeing his reputation rocket from tricky winger to a member of football’s global elite.

Mido feels his fellow Egyptian should take advantage of such a standing and snap up any opportunity offered to him to head for Spain and take his game to even greater heights alongside iconic figures such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The former Tottenham and Celta Vigo striker told ON Sport: “With all due respect to Liverpool and his fans, Salah should immediately accept any offer from Real Madrid or Barcelona.

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“He has been amazing with Liverpool the entire season, and could be very useful in La Liga especially with Real Madrid who are suffering from Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema’s horrible form this season.

“With his quality and pace, it should be easy for him to make it in La Liga.

“I’ve been there for a while, and I can say that the likes of Salah have a huge chance to succeed alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and the stars of Real Madrid.”

Mohamed Salah accept Real Madrid or Barcelona offer Mido

The Blancos have already been heavily linked with a summer approach for Salah.

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He is considered by those at Santiago Bernabeu to be of the ‘Galactico’ mould and a perfect option for the present and future.

Liverpool, though, have no intention of parting with a star turn they acquired for just £36.9 million in the summer of 2017, with Jurgen Klopp refusing to be drawn on his current value.

The Reds lost one key creative cog to La Liga during the January transfer window, as Philippe Coutinho departed for Barcelona, and are understandably reluctant to sanction another sale.

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Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Real Madrid make Salah top priority


Madrid make Salah top priority


Real Madrid have made Liverpool star Mohamed Salah their top priority for the summer, claims Don Balon.

The Blancos are preparing for a summer of big signings after falling well short of Barcelona in the race for the La Liga title. 

Madrid president Florentino Perez is prepared to bid €200 million for the new PFA Player of the Year, who has been sensational in his first campaign with the Reds. 


Pogba: I have no problem with Mou


As transfer rumours swirl, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has insisted that he has no problem with manager Jose Mourinho. 

Reports of a deteriorating relationship between the pair and a lack of playing time in 2018 have led to reports that the France international could be leaving Old Trafford.

But Pogba says he isn’t thinking about a transfer and is only focused on the Red Devils. 

Read the full story on Goal!


‘Neymar must join Madrid to be the best’


Former Barcelona and Brazil star Rivaldo says that PSG star Neymar must join Real Madrid if he is to be considered the best player in the world.

Neymar only joined PSG last summer from Barcelona, but he is reportedly unsettled in France and could be set to make a swift departure.

Real Madrid have been the club most strongly linked with a move for the 26-year-old, who could sensationally join his former club’s biggest rivals. 

Read the full story on Goal!


Lingard set for pay rise


Manchester United star Jesse Lingard is set to be rewarded for his strong campaign with a pay rise, reports The Sun.

Lingard is currently on £85,000-a-week, but will receive a bump up to £100,000-a-week after tallying 13 goals and six assists in all competitions this season.


Pochettino wants financial backing


Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to be given sufficient financial backing if he’s to stay at the club, according to The Telegraph.

Spurs will end 2017-18 without a trophy after falling to Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final at the weekend, underlining the club’s need for reinforcements.

Wilfried Zaha is at the top of Tottenham’s wish list, and the club also wants to sign Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris to new contracts. 


Arsenal at risk of losing GK prospect


Arsenal academy goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo could be set to leave the club due to a contract stand-off, according to the Mirror

The 16-year-old is considered a potential future starter for the Gunners, but has yet to agree to a professional deal. 

RB Leipzig and Celtic are among the clubs hoping to swoop in with a move for the England U-17 international. 


Navas will be at Madrid for many years – Perez


Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says that goalkeeper Keylor Navas will be at the club for many years to come.

The Costa Rican’s future has been questioned this season, as Madrid have been linked with moves for the likes of Alisson and David de Gea.

But the club’s president has attempted to cool speculation that Navas could be replaced this summer. 

Read the full story on Goal!?


Newcastle looking at £20m King


Newcastle are hoping to move for Bournemouth striker Joshua King, reports The Sun.

Rafa Benitez wants to upgrade his attacking options this summer, and the Spaniard has identified the 26-year-old as an ideal candidate.

The Norway international would likely cost the Magpies around £20 million.


Wenger to be offered PSG president role


Departing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be offered the chance to become president of Paris Saint-Germain, reports the Mirror

Wenger will leave the Gunners after the season ends, and has set his sights on another management job in football. 

But PSG are preparing to test his resolve to stay on the touchline by offering him an opportunity to run the French club. 


Jorginho prefers City over United


Napoli midfielder Jorginho would prefer to join Manchester City over their local rivals Manchester United, according to The Sun.

City are keen to bolster their midfield this summer, with Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred also on their radar.

But they could be about to usurp United in the race for Italy international Jorginho, with the player’s agent having met both clubs during a recent visit to England.


Batshuayi bid being readied by Dortmund


Borussia Dortmund are keen to sign Michy Batshuayi on a permanent basis from Chelsea this summer.

The Belgium international striker moved to Germany on loan during the January transfer window  and scored nine goals in 14 appearances before suffering an ankle injury.

It may be that he has played his last game for Dortmund, with a return to Stamford Bridge set to be made, but the Bundesliga outfit will be asking questions of Chelsea once the managerial picture in west London becomes a little clearer.

Read the full story on Goal!


Rakitic desperate for Iniesta stay


Ivan Rakitic is desperate for Andres Iniesta to quash speculation over his Barcelona future and commit to remaining at the club where he has established himself as “one of the greatest players in history”.

Iniesta is reportedly on the brink of a move, with Chinese Super League side Chongqing Lifan tipped as the 33-year-old’s next destination .

But, speaking after Barca’s 5-0 Copa del Rey final triumph over Sevilla, in which Iniesta scored the fourth goal, Rakitic expressed his desire to see his team-mate stick around.

Read the full story on Goal!


Lopes refuses to rule out Man City return


Rony Lopes insists he wants to repay Monaco’s faith and win titles with the Ligue 1 side, though the former Manchester City attacker has refused to rule out a return to the Etihad Stadium in the future.

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Lopes has flourished in his first full season at Monaco following a loan spell with Lille, scoring 15 goals in all competitions for Leonardo Jardim’s men in 2017-18.

But Lopes’ connection to Premier League champions City runs deep as some of his family still live in Manchester, despite him swapping England for France in 2015.

Read the full story on Goal!

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Neymar must join Real Madrid to become the best – Rivaldo

Neymar must join Real Madrid if he is to be considered the best player in the world, according to former Barcelona and Brazil star Rivaldo.

The 26-year-old left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain last year and has excelled in Ligue 1, but compatriot Rivaldo feels he will not be able to reach his full potential in France.

And amid widespread reports that Madrid are interested in Neymar, the World Cup winner has told the current Brazil forward to push for a move.

“I have even told [Neymar] he could be the best in the world,” Rivaldo told GloboEsporte.com. “But I believe that if he stays at PSG, it will not happen. He has to leave PSG.

“The football for him, if he is to be the best in the world, has to be in Spain. If you’re going to analyse, there’s England, Spain, Italy, Germany – all different – but I’m talking about competitive football.

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“Barcelona, ??because of his situation, is difficult. But I believe that, from what I hear, from people who bring information to me, he has a chance to play for Real Madrid.

“Then, yes, I think he can be the best in the world.”

Neymar is nearing a return from a fractured foot suffered with PSG as he looks to lead Brazil in this year’s World Cup and improve on a fourth-placed finish four years ago.

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