Juventus hand Edu £30m January demands as AC Milan rival Arsenal amid Noa Lang transfer decision



Welcome to our football.london The Arsenal Way daily news round-up. Maybe not the first, we’ve definitely done transfer round-ups before, and European round-ups, so I guess in some ways it’s not that new at all.

Anyway, we thought we would enter the world of football in a broad and roundabout manner for you and have some fun with some of the stories and captions doing the daily rounds.

Arsenal target forces move

Noa Lang’s entourage have made it clear to Club Brugge that their client wants to leave in the summer amid Arsenal’s interest, according to Dutch outlet Voetbal.

The report claims that the Netherlands international wants to play for a bigger club and that he’s ready for the step up following his fruitful displays in Belgium.

Lang has directly contributed towards nine goals in 13 Jupiler Pro League fixtures this season, alternating between left-wing and centre-forward.

Voetbal add that Club Brugge have accepted his wish and will cooperate with any offers if the price is right.

Our view: This has always been an interesting transfer rumour because on one hand the signing of a young and exciting winger is always good but Lang’s potential arrival would surely spell the end of Nicolas Pepe’s and/or Gabriel Martinelli’s Arsenal tenures.

Yes, of course, both could stay but with the amount of game time they’re not getting as it is, it’s a deal that Edu must be careful with.

Elneny nears exit

Arsenal have sanctioned Mohamed Elneny’s move to join Galatasaray but the Super Lig side have no intention of paying a fee, according to Turkish outlet Fanatik.

The Egypt international sees his current deal at the Emirates expire at the end of the season and could either leave in the upcoming winter window or the summer on a free.

Elneny’s agent, William D’Avila, confirmed the interest in an interview with Fanatik, claiming that the 29-year-old is excited by the prospect of joining Galatasaray.

“I think Elneny’s move to Galatasaray will be good for him, especially that he himself wants to join the club. I have a good relationship with Galatasaray officials,” he said.

“His contract ends by the end of the season and he could join them in January or after the season ends on a free transfer.

“Elneny wants to move to Turkey, and there is interest from multiple big clubs, but it’s too early to say where the player will end up.”

Our view: He’s been a great servant to the club and I think he was slightly underrated, albeit by no means a world beater. If the reports are true, good luck to him.

Juventus turn down Edu proposal

Arsenal offered Nicolas Pepe to Juventus in a swap deal for Dejan Kulusevski but the Old Lady rejected the Gunners’ offer, according to Italian outlet TuttoJuve.

The report claims that Italian side are only interested in a cash deal worth at least €35 million (£29.6m), handing Mikel Arteta’s side a major blow ahead of January.

Pepe arrived at the Emirates from Lille in 2019 for £72 million but he’s failed to live up to his price tag and is now valued at just £31.5 million by Transfermarkt.

Our view: This doesn’t look good at all on Arsenal and, more importantly, Pepe. But, it’s all part of Edu’s learning and he has definitely shown that after a great window in the summer.

When Edu was appointed it was publicly known that he wasn’t as familiar with the European market as other leading sides’ transfer chiefs and that’s the risk you take.

Equally, it doesn’t help that Pepe hasn’t be able to perform over a consistent basis in the big games.

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