Arsenal not interested in Krychowiak, says Wenger

The Frenchman has stressed the Gunners are not looking into signing the Sevilla midfielder, before adding he sees no need to enter the transfer market

Arsene Wenger has made it clear that Arsenal are not interested in signing Polish midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak from Sevilla.

A number of recent reports suggested the 25-year-old had caught the interest of the Arsenal scouts with his fine performances for the Liga side in 2014-15, yet Wenger has stressed he is not looking to strengthen his midfield with the former Reims man.

“Are we interested in signing Krychowiak? No,” the Arsenal boss stated at a press conference.

The Frenchman then went on to discuss the situation of Mathieu Flamini, who has been told he can leave Arsenal this summer, but is holding out for a pay-off from the club.

“Flamini? I expect him to stay.”

Arsenal were beaten 2-0 by West Ham on matchday one, but Wenger has insisted his side’s disappointing start will not force him to flex his muscle in the transfer market.

“When you lose a game there is a demand to sign players. Let’s look inside and not except a miracle from outside.

“We have a great group with a fantastic mentality. We are united and we will focus together on the next game. 

“One result does not affect our transfer plans. We are working hard on that.”

Arsenal have brought in Petr Cech this term, but have remained quiet in the transfer market otherwise.

Cristante not leaving Benfica for Inter, says agent

The Italian midfielder has been linked with a return to Serie A, but his representative has made it clear he is happy at his current club

Bryan Cristante’s agent Giuseppe Riso has insisted that the promising midfielder is not thinking about leaving Benfica amid strong interest from Inter.

The 20-year-old joined Benfica from Milan in the summer of 2014, but has so far been unable to secure regular first-team action in Lisbon.

Cristante has therefore been linked with a move away from the Portuguese champions again and Inter are said to be keeping a close eye on his situation.

Nevertheless, his representative has downplayed suggestions that a transfer is on the cards this month.

“A number of clubs have made enquiries,” Riso was quoted as saying by Record.

“But there is nothing official for now. Bryan still has a contract with Benfica for four years and is happy in Lisbon.

“I would rather not say much more about speculation.”

Cristante made five league appearances for Benfica in 2014-15, starting on just one occasion.

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Pedro is what Manchester United need – Van Gaal

The Dutchman refused to be drawn on the status of the deal to sign the unsettled Barcelona star but re-asserted his admiration for the 28-year-old

Louis van Gaal admits Pedro is precisely the kind of player Manchester United need as speculation mounts that the unsettled Barcelona star is set to complete a summer move to Old Trafford.

The 28-year-old was omitted from Luis Enrique’s starting XI for Barcelona’s Uefa Super Cup clash with Sevilla, with technical secretary Robert Fernandez claiming the player had informed the club that he wanted to leave.

Pedro came off the bench to score an extra-time winner in a 5-4 victory for the Catalan giants and afterwards rebuked Fernandez for his comments, though he appeared to distance himself from his team-mates during the trophy celebrations.

Speculation is now mounting that Pedro will imminently complete a £21 million move to Old Trafford and while Van Gaal refused to shed any light on the status of the deal, he re-asserted his admiration for the Spaniard.

“You have to ask Pedro, not me,” Van Gaal insisted when asked about the deal. “My answer is it’s a process – a club, a player and we are there also. I don’t mention anything to you until he has signed. Then I come to you and say ‘Pedro is here’. But it’s still not the case and we shall wait and see.”

When asked if Pedro was the kind of fast, direct striker United are looking for, Van Gaal replied: “Pedro is a player like that… so write it!”

De Gea does not want to play for Manchester United – Van Gaal

The Red Devils boss has revealed the Spaniard does not want to play against Aston Villa on Friday amid ongoing speculation of a move to Real Madrid

Real Madrid target David de Gea appears to have edged closer to an Old Trafford exit after Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal revealed the unsettled goalkeeper does not want to play while his future remains unclear.

Goal revealed in July that United were resigned to losing De Gea after the Spain international informed them that he wants to join Madrid this summer and the 24-year-old missed Saturday’s 1-0 win over Tottenham, with Van Gaal claiming his goalkeeper lacked the necessary focus.

Summer signing Sergio Romero kept a clean sheet in De Gea’s absence and Van Gaal has now revealed for the first time that the Spaniard has explicitly told United staff he does not want to play for the club.

“We talked with him [De Gea] and he fully agreed with our decision,” Van Gaal told reporters.

“I have one assistant coach and another assistant coach so we speak about that kind of thing together. We have a goalkeeping coach, Frans Hoek, and I’m not doing everything alone.

“Frans Hoek… he has a meeting with David de Gea and he asked him: ‘Do you want to play?’ [De Gea said “No”]. Then I have to take the decision. It is a process.

“We had been observing him in preparation, he was not so good, he was not the same David de Gea as before. He was my best player last season. According to the fans, he was the best of the last two years.”