Transfer Shorts (22/07/16)

Arsenal target and Olympique Lyonnais striker Alexandre Lacazette has told his club to he would like to leave, according to L’Équipe, despite fears of backlash from the Ligue 1 club’s fans.

The 25-year-old has internally expressed his desire to move on in light of interest from more reputable clubs, such as Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain, but will also, however, accept staying one more season if Lyon wishes to keep him.


Lacazette saw fans turn on him last season when uncertainty surrounded his contract renewal with the club, therefore he’d be happy to stay if it meant he avoided another transfer circus and further frictions with the club’s fanbase.

Lyon’s initial stance has complicated Lacazette’s exit further, openly stating that only one first team player would leave all season (Samuel Umtiti joining Barcelona), but the Frenchman still hopes his club will at least listen to offers after clarifying his position.

Lyon-based Le Progrès believe that Unai Emery’s appointment at PSG means the Ligue 1 champions are no longer interested in Lacazette, whereas Arsène Wenger, following the Gunners’ 1-1 draw in a friendly with RC Lens, reaffirmed that Arsenal “remain very active [in the transfer market]” and that they are “not afraid to spend big”.

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Arda Turan’s agent has claimed that the Turkish midfielder will remain at Barcelona this season, amid interest from Arsenal.


The ex-Atlético Madrid man failed to impress at the Camp Nou last season, a campaign that was cut short due to Barcelona’s transfer embargo.

Turan’s future at the club now looks bleak following André Gomes’ arrival from Valencia for a reported €50 million, but the player’s agent, Ahmet Bulut, has moved quickly to deny Arsenal’s interest and a swift exit from the La Liga champions.

In an interview with, Bulut simply stated: “I haven’t heard anything from Arsenal. Arda [Turan] will be staying at Barcelona.”

Barcelona also added Villarreal’s Denis Suárez to their squad earlier in the window after activating his buy-back clause.

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Arsenal have completed the signing of Bolton Wanderers defender Rob Holding for an undisclosed fee, the club confirmed this Friday.


The 20-year-old had been linked with the Gunners right throughout the transfer window after his breakthrough season with the Trotters, finally concluding his deal by signing a long-term contract with Arsenal.

Holding, who can play across the backline, impresses in the 30 times he played for relegated Bolton and secured the club’s Player of the Season award.

Arsenal’s new number 16 capped off his season by winning the Toulon tournament with England’s Under-21s alongside new teammate Calum Chambers.

The official club website also hinted at further activity in the transfer window, informing: “We remain in the market, so stay close to for any further transfer news.”

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Watford are interested in taking Arsenal’s Calum Chambers on loan, despite the Gunners’ reluctance to allow the defender to leave the club at this moment in time.


According to the Daily Mail, the Hornets would like to add the ex-Southampton defender to their squad, with new boss Walter Mazzarri looking to utilise him as a centre back.

Arsenal are thought to be considering Watford’s offer but could look to add another centre back and right back first, with new signing Rob Holding also likely to be loan listed.

The Daily Mail add that Torino have received enquiries from Arsenal for their coveted wing back Bruno Peres, but the Gunners’ would have to compete with Leicester City for the Brazilian’s services.

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Patrick Ribeiro

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