Latest Football News (Week 5 January 2018)

 

Aubameyang to Arsenal a sign away

Arsenal’s pursuit for Aubameyang has been under the limelight for a couple of weeks and it looks like the Gabon International is on his way to the Emirates. Arsenal will be paying Dortmund £60 million to acquire the services of the 28-year old. Arsenal fans have been furious over Alexis Sanchez swap and the signing of Auba would be a relieve and help Wenger stand on his ground for the latter part of the season.

Dortmund hasn’t shied away from putting a hefty price tag on the Gabonese’s head and considering his previous season’s form many pundits believe it to be a bargain. However, Auba is known for his erratic behaviour and his unorthodoxy hasn’t gone down well with people in the past. Auba would reunite with Mkhitariyan and the duo formed a dominant partnership in Dortmund. Auba would be delighted to have the services of Ozil and Wilshere with Lacazette in company/ competition.

 

Chelsea step up Dzeko pursuit

Pressure is mounting on Italian coach Antonio Conte and the signing of Edin Dzeko may act as a stress reliever. The purchase of Alvaro Morata seems to backfire as the Spanish striker had a horrendous couple of months and Eden Hazard being the only bright spot in an otherwise lacklustre Chelsea attack. Roma seems keen on keeping Dzeko as he was their star man last campaign and started off this season from where he left off. With Salah leaving the ranks and Roma short of game changers Chelsea will need enough of persuasion and money to pen down a deal.

Chelsea has been linked with Andy Carrol, but that seems unlikely. Talks of Giroud have grown since Auba’s arrival rumours and the French striker may not be the most technical, but boasts of a good record in the PL. Giroud has fallen out of favour with Lacazette’s arrival, but proved to be decisive in the past few months. Conte would be relieved to see Morata firing again, but his lack of belief in Batshuayi means that Chelsea need to find someone before a barrage of matches against Manchester City and Barcelona in February.

 

Manchester City closing in on Laporte

Manchester City may have won the league, but Pep feels an addition to their centre back options is necessary. They have stepped up their purchase for Aymeric Laporte who currently plies his trade for Athletic Bilbao and is a sound, efficient, and ball playing defender. Blessed with height and power and paired with finesse, Laporte is one of the best young defenders in La Liga. City has triggered his buy-out clause and is ready to pay £57 million but Bilbao would be keen on keeping him as talks of Kepa leaving for Los Blancos growing stronger day by day.