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Arsenal transfer of £13.4m rated defender Shkodran Mustafi to Lazio or Napoli ‘gaining momentum’

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ARSENAL defender Shkodran Mustafi is reportedly a transfer target for Serie A sides Lazio and Napoli.

The Gunners are open to offers for the German who has just one year left on his deal at the Emirates.

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Calciomercato claims Lazio have identified Mustafi as a priority for the centre of their defence, with Arsenal willing to sell for around £13million.

The report states that asking price could even drop to £11million.

Napoli are also interested in Mustafi, as well as his Arsenal team-mate Sokratis, as a potential replacement for Manchester City target Kalidou Koulibaly.

The biggest obstacle in any deal could be the World Cup winner’s salary.



Mustafi is thought to earn around £4million per year in north London.

Lazio are reportedly willing to offer the 28-year-old a five-year deal worth £2.3million per season plus bonuses.

Mustafi featured heavily for Mikel Arteta’s side last season following their switch to a 3-4-3 formation before a knee injury ruled him out of the FA Cup final.

He is still recuperating and has yet to feature for Arsenal this season.

Mustafi previously played in Serie A for Sampdoria between 2012 and 2014.

The Gunners added centre-backs William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes to their squad in the off-season, hence their willingness to let Mustafi go.

Arsenal are hoping to raise money through sales to fund a move for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.

The north London outfit have already sold goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa for £20million, with several other names linked to the exit door.

Mikel Arteta claims Arsenal are as big as Barcelona which helped convince Aubameyang to stay and sign new deal

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Manchester City: Pep Guardiola reveals club couldn’t afford a new striker this summer

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Pep Guardiola has admitted Manchester City could not afford to buy another striker in the summer transfer window.

The City boss revealed he wanted to bring in another forward of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus‘ calibre but conceded that the club would need to break the bank to do so.

Lionel Messi was linked with a sensational summer move to the Etihad after the Barcelona talisman declared his intention to quit the club.

Pep Guardiola has admitted that Manchester City could not afford a new striker this summer

Pep Guardiola has admitted that Manchester City could not afford a new striker this summer

Pep Guardiola has admitted that Manchester City could not afford a new striker this summer

However, a reunion with Guardiola fell through which has now left the Spaniard with no other options.

Now with Aguero and Jesus both facing spells on the sidelines with muscle injuries, Guardiola has revealed how he wanted to strengthen at striker but didn’t have the funds to do so. 

‘We considered it, we thought about another but we could not,’ Guardiola said. 

‘I think the club do what they can, it’s not a club that wants revenues at the end of the year – it’s what they want and what’s best for the team.

City believed they were favourites to sign Barca talisman Lionel Messi but a move fell through

City believed they were favourites to sign Barca talisman Lionel Messi but a move fell through

City believed they were favourites to sign Barca talisman Lionel Messi but a move fell through

‘If you decide to buy a striker, it has to be a striker in the league of Gabriel and Sergio but we cannot afford it. That is the reality.

‘I’m not saying the club didn’t want to do it – they wanted to make as strong a team as possible. But we thought: “OK, Sergio is back.” We didn’t expect Gabriel to be injured, sometimes it happens.’

Ahead of their Champions League clash on Tuesday, Guardiola and Co arrived in Marseille with no striker, with teenager Liam Delap ineligible to play in the competition.

Guardiola went on to reveal that Aguero could be out for a month after he picked up a muscle strain during Saturday’s draw with West Ham.

‘With Sergio’s injury, 10-15 days is the minimum,’ Guardiola added. ‘If it’s a little bit longer it will be three weeks, one month. The muscular ones normally do not move [beyond] these [parameters]. Sergio will be the same, there will be no exception.’ 

Sergio Aguero picked up a muscle injury against West Ham and could be out for a month

Sergio Aguero picked up a muscle injury against West Ham and could be out for a month

Sergio Aguero picked up a muscle injury against West Ham and could be out for a month

Gabriel Jesus is still sidelined and Liam Delap remains ineligible for the Champions League

Gabriel Jesus is still sidelined and Liam Delap remains ineligible for the Champions League

Gabriel Jesus is still sidelined and Liam Delap remains ineligible for the Champions League

He insisted that Aguero was not rushed back last week, with the forward breaking down midway through his third consecutive start at the London Stadium following four months out with a meniscus problem.

‘We were incredibly patient,’ the Catalan said. ‘We didn’t force him. Unfortunately he was unlucky in one action.

‘Everyone got the statistics than in the Premier League, we have 47 per cent more muscular injuries than the same period last season. It’s not just about City.

‘In just a few months arrive in November, December, January and I guess it will be the same. The strongest ones will survive, the others will fall down.’ 

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Inter Milan: Antonio Conte insists Romelu Lukaku still has room for improvement

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Antonio Conte has laid down the gauntlet for the in-form Romelu Lukaku, insisting he needs even more from his star striker in order for him to one day be considered one of the greats.

Lukaku enjoyed one of the most successful debut seasons ever in European football  history during the last campaign in which he swapped Manchester United for Inter Milan, scoring 34 goals in all competitions to become the first Inter star to do so in a maiden season since Ronaldo.

Beginning the current campaign in sizzling form Lukaku has six goals in seven games – leading his agent to label him the best striker on the planet right now – but Conte is still in search of more.

Antonio Conte says Romelu Lukaku has improved but must still step up his game to be a great

Antonio Conte says Romelu Lukaku has improved but must still step up his game to be a great

Antonio Conte says Romelu Lukaku has improved but must still step up his game to be a great

‘They [Lukaku and Martinez] made huge improvements and they can become even more important for the team,’ Conte told reporters during his pre-Champions League press conference on Monday.

‘In order to compare them with other [great strikers] at European level, we need to win, it’s the only way to carve out an important place in Europe.’

Lukaku scored 34 in his debit season with Inter and already has six from seven this campaign

Lukaku scored 34 in his debit season with Inter and already has six from seven this campaign

Lukaku scored 34 in his debit season with Inter and already has six from seven this campaign

Conte’s rallying words for Lukaku stand in quite stark contrast to the Belgian’s agent, who has already declared his client as the best striker on the planet right now.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Federico Pastorello said: ‘Romelu is a modern player and a sensitive person. 

‘He needs love, when he feels everyone’s affection he really becomes the best the market can offer, even if Inter obviously do not intend to sell him. In terms of quality, attitude and mentality, he is currently the best striker in the world.’

Pastorello has also turned the knife when it comes to Lukaku’s former club United, implying the Belgian is much more appreciated in Italy. 

‘His transfer to Italy was the right decision and the best choice for him. Inter are a great family and the fans are completely crazy about him.’ he added.

Conte feels Lukaku and strike partner Lautaro Martinez (right) need to help the team win more

Conte feels Lukaku and strike partner Lautaro Martinez (right) need to help the team win more

Conte feels Lukaku and strike partner Lautaro Martinez (right) need to help the team win more

Inter return to action this week when they face Ukrainan outfit Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

Shakhar enter the fixture as top of the group after pulling off a shock opening match victory over Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Inter meanwhile have just a point to their name after drawing 2-2 with Borussia Monchengladbach, courtesy of a Lukaku brace. 

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Liverpool announce AXA will sponsor their new training ground at Kirkby

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Liverpool have revealed their new £50million training facility in Kirkby will be sponsored by AXA as the club showed a glimpse of their new home.

The French insurance company already sponsor the Reds’ training kit and have now extended their partnership to include the state-of-the-art training ground, which will be named the AXA Training Centre. It is the first time Liverpool have had a training ground naming partner.

The Premier League champions released a video of the new base alongside the agreement on Tuesday morning as the finishing touches are added to the complex.

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Liverpool have revealed their new £50m training facility in Kirkby will be sponsored by AXA 

The club showed a glimpse of their new home as they announced the agreement on Tuesday

The club showed a glimpse of their new home as they announced the agreement on Tuesday

The club showed a glimpse of their new home as they announced the agreement on Tuesday

Jurgen Klopp's office at the new hub, with a balcony overlooking the outdoor pitches

Jurgen Klopp's office at the new hub, with a balcony overlooking the outdoor pitches

Jurgen Klopp’s office at the new hub, with a balcony overlooking the outdoor pitches

The Reds showed off the three full-size pitches, goalkeeping and warm-up areas as well as sports hall in the brief look at the training hub.

The AXA Training Centre also has two gyms, a swimming pool, hydrotherapy and sports rehabilitation facilities.  

Liverpool are gearing up for moving into their new home in November following delays to the construction due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The insurance company already sponsor Reds' training kit and have now extended partnership

The insurance company already sponsor Reds' training kit and have now extended partnership

The insurance company already sponsor Reds’ training kit and have now extended partnership

A brief look at the nutritional facilities was shown in the clip posted by Liverpool on Tuesday

A brief look at the nutritional facilities was shown in the clip posted by Liverpool on Tuesday

A brief look at the nutritional facilities was shown in the clip posted by Liverpool on Tuesday

Liverpool were due to move training bases at end of last season but construction was delayed

Liverpool were due to move training bases at end of last season but construction was delayed

Liverpool were due to move training bases at end of last season but construction was delayed

The finishing touches are being added to the state-of-the art facility in Kirkby, Merseyside

The finishing touches are being added to the state-of-the art facility in Kirkby, Merseyside

The finishing touches are being added to the state-of-the art facility in Kirkby, Merseyside

Klopp's Premier League champions nd the club's Under 23s will train at the new complex

Klopp's Premier League champions nd the club's Under 23s will train at the new complex

Klopp’s Premier League champions nd the club’s Under 23s will train at the new complex

Jurgen Klopp’s side and the club’s Under 23s were originally set to make the transition from Melwood, where they have been located for 70 years, at the end of last season but the teams will now switch next month.  

‘The expansion of AXA’s partnership to include the naming rights of the club’s new Training Centre makes perfect sense,’ Liverpool FC’s chief executive officer Billy Hogan said.

‘We have already seen their emphasis on driving health, well-being, confidence and self-belief, and so deepening their relationship in the field of training makes this partnership a great fit.

‘We’re pleased to have AXA on board as we start this new chapter at the club and are proud to expand our relationship with a brand that shares our common values and aspirations both on and off the pitch.’

The Premier League champions will move into their new home from Melwood in November

The Premier League champions will move into their new home from Melwood in November

The Premier League champions will move into their new home from Melwood in November

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