Transfer Shorts

Arsenal target Álvaro Morata is seeking assurances regarding his future role at Real Madrid, as interest from the Premier League persists.

According to AS, talks between the club and the player’s agent, Juanma López, are scheduled for this week in order to clarify the player’s role, on top of discussing the Spaniard’s wage demands ahead of the new season.


Following a two-year-spell at Juventus and a fruitful Euro 2016 campaign in France, Morata stated: “I’ve got nothing to prove. I’m not a Castilla player anymore”.

The striker is hoping for a greater role in Real Madrid’s squad, often afforded to Karim Benzema over the past half a decade.

Madrid-bound Morata is also reportedly looking to better his €4 million-a-year Juventus contract, meanwhile ‘Los Merengues’ appear to be only willing to match his current terms after tax.

The report claims Arsenal have already personally expressed a desire to pay Morata €9 million-a-year, working out to approximately £145,000-a-week, as Real Madrid ponder over the striker’s sale to fund other summer transfers.

Please read the full report here.

Arsenal have suffered a potential blow in the transfer market after Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas stated that shortlisted striker Alexandre Lacazette would remain with seven-time Ligue 1 champions.

In comments made to Canal+, the same outlet Wenger fuelled such rumours concerning a move for Lacazette, Aulas confirmed the general consensus surrounding the French striker’s stay at the Parc OL.


“We have had a few calls, but Alexandre will stay,” Aulas revealed. “I think it is his desire, and the coach [Bruno Genesio] counts on him.”

Aulas’ claims bode well with reports coming from Le Parisien, reporting that Lyon would only need to sell one of their key players this summer.

That player could well be French centre back Samuel Umtiti, who last week agreed to join Barcelona in a deal worth €25 million.

The Daily Telegraph has also reported that the £40 million price tag quoted to other interested clubs was unlikely to be met by Arsenal.

Please read the full report here.

Poland and Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny could soon return to AS Roma on loan this season, according to Sky Italia.


The 26-year-old lost his place in the Arsenal first team in 2015 to David Ospina and has since fallen out of favour at the Emirates Stadium, courtesy of Petr Čech’s arrival last summer from Chelsea.

Having joined Roma on loan for the entirety of last season, making 42 appearances, a deal to bring Szczęsny back to the Italian capital on a temporary basis is thought to be close.

Talks are reportedly underway between the two clubs to include an €18 million fee should the Serie A club wish to sign the Poland international at the end of his loan spell.

However, Szczęsny shall face sterner competition upon his return to the ‘Giallorossi’, following Roma’s signing of Internacional goalkeeper Alisson for €7.5 million.

Please read the full report here.

Patrick Ribeiro

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