Aubameyang Arsenal return, Odegaard BLOW, Chelsea target Aguero, Haaland LATEST – transfer news updates

Aubameyang Arsenal return, Odegaard BLOW, Chelsea target Aguero, Haaland LATEST – transfer news updates

April 16, 2021

ARSENAL'S quest in making Martin Odegaard's transfer permanent has taken a blow, with reports in Spain naming him as one of Real Madrid's four 'untouchables'.

And we've got the very latest on Sergio Aguero and Erling Haaland's futures as the transfer speculation intensifies for what will be a thrilling summer.

Follow ALL of the latest updates below…

  • Jake Lambourne

    BAIL OUT

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he is relaxed over Eric Bailly’s contract situation with the defender set to become a free agent in 2022.

    The Man Utd boss said: “Eric has played well when he’s played. I know there’s been speculation. We’re talking to him about his contract so I don’t see any issues really.”

    And the Red Devils boss is hopeful the centre-back will be ready for selection to face Burnley on Sunday.

    He added: “Eric has been isolating back home in the Ivory Coast. He’s back to England now. We hope he can be available for the weekend.

    “Hopefully he can train tomorrow, depending on how he feels within himself. He’s had his tests today so we need to get the confirmation that he’s still negative.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    STOP AT NOTHING

    Barcelona have pulled out all the stops to try and convince Lionel Messi to stay, according to reports.

    The Catalan giants are said to have offered the Argentine a staggered pay packet, an ambassador role after he retires and the signing of Erling Haaland this summer.

    Barca are in dire financial straits with the Nou Camp club said to be around £1BILLION in debt.

    And as a result, they cannot offer Messi anywhere near the £2.4million-a-week salary he is currently getting.

    Club chief Joan Laporta knows he cannot compete with the financial might of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain who are the favourites to sign the 33-year-old if he does leave Barca.

    And as a result he has offered Messi a deal that would see his earnings start lower than what he currently earns but gradually increase throughout the duration of the new deal as the club's finances improve, according to RAC1.

    This would also see him transition into a role as a club ambassador when he decides to retire.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SILVA LINING

    Man Utd will have to fork out £35million if they want to sign Eintracht Frankfurt striker Andre Silva in the summer.

    According to Bild, the Red Devils are interested in the Portugal international who has banged in 23 Bundesliga goals this term.

    It has been claimed that United are battling Atletico Madrid and Barcelona for his signature.

    Silva is seen as a cheaper alternative to Borussia Dortmund marksman Erling Haaland.

  • Jake Lambourne

    COOCHY COOCHY BLUE

    EXCLUSIVE – Man City wonderkid Phil Foden is celebrating again after revealing he is to become a dad for the second time.

    He and childhood sweetheart Rebecca Cooke, both now 20, had little Ronnie — named after Foden’s boyhood nickname — in January 2019.

    Now the midfield ace has told friends they are having a baby girl to join them in their £3.25million mansion in Prestbury, Cheshire.

    The new arrival is expected in late summer or early autumn, The Sun understands.

    A source said of Foden and his table-topping Sky Blues: “City can’t stop scoring at the moment — both on and off the pitch.

    “They’ve hit the back of the net more times than any of the teams and are now celebrating another kid. It couldn’t be a better way to cap off such a great season.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    STAR SUPPORT

    Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe paid tribute to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on Thursday night.

    The Gunners duo put up an ‘A’ celebration after the Frenchman’s second goal in their 4-0 win at Slavia Prague.

    The message was a tribute to team-mate Aubameyang, who contracted malaria while on international duty.

    The Gabon striker missed the Europa League quarter-final second leg and explained the reason why on Instagram.

    After the victory, Mikel Arteta said: “He feels really good. That’s what he said to me today. Everybody’s been in contact with him.

    “He was watching the game like everybody else at Colney. These things happen. He travelled to his country. These risks always exist.”

    Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette showed their support for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
  • Jake Lambourne

    BISS CHASE

    Liverpool should replace Georginio Wijnaldum with Brighton’s Yves Bissouma this summer, according to John Barnes.

    The former England star told BonusCode Bets: “Yves Bissouma has the ability to play at a team like Liverpool.

    “He could fill what Jurgen Klopp wants from the three midfield players.

    “He is strong defensively, he works hard, he plays the ball quickly and every now and then when he needs to dribble, as much as we don’t speak about Brighton, you know he can do it, because he has [in the past].

    “Of all the players playing in England, that could fit the template of Liverpool’s midfield three, he is one of them.

    “He looks like Georginio Wijnaldum, although he doesn’t attack as much as Gini, because Brighton plays a different style of football, when Bissouma wants to he can. He is 24 and young, he would be a great fit.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    ODE GEAR

    Martin Odegaard has reportedly been named as one of four young ‘untouchables’ at Real Madrid, in a blow to Arsenal’s chances of signing him.

    The Norwegian has impressed during his temporary stint in North London, even bagging a memorable derby goal against Spurs last month.

    Hopes have been raised among the Gunners’ fanbase that the attacking midfielder can be retained for next season.

    But according to Marca, Odegaard won’t be going anywhere.

    The Spanish paper report that the 22-year-old is one of four young ‘untouchables’ that the Madrid hierarchy want to build around.

    Odegaard’s contract in Spain is set to expire in 2023, and a board-led renewal appears likely.

    Spanish media state that Real Madrid do not wan to sell Martin Odegaard in the summer
  • Jake Lambourne

    AGUER-DOUGH

    Chelsea target Sergio Aguero is demanding £200,000-a-week wages from his next club, according to reports.

    The Manchester City legend is leaving the Etihad at the end of the season when his contract expires and there are four clubs looking to land the 32-year-old.

    Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are the three teams battling Chelsea for Aguero’s signature, according to AS.

    And the striker’s agent told Italian giants Juve they would have to cough up £200k-a-week in order to sign him, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

    Aguero is trying to capitalise on his free agent status with any club not required to pay a transfer fee for such a talented player.

    Barca are unlikely to be able to cough up the big dough with their finances crippled by Covid-19, but the chance to play with his friend Lionel Messi – if he stays in Catalonia – could tempt Aguero to the Nou Camp.

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