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Victor Osimhen, Marcus Rashford:Ten players Mikel Arteta could try to sign for Arsenal this summer



Ten players Mikel Arteta could try to sign for Arsenal this summer

Arsenal are in the market for at least three new players this summer, with both manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu determined to strengthen the first-team squad.

Several first-team players have contracts that are expiring in June, with the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah and Mohamed Elneny all expected to leave, along with other players including Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira and Konstantinos Mavropanos.

The positions they want to sign new players in are central midfield, two forwards as well as defensive options in the fullback areas.

Gunners owner Stan Kroenke will back Arteta with significant transfer funds in a similar scenario to last summer, where Arsenal were Europe’s biggest spenders after forking out £150million on six new players.

Generally, the transfer policy is targeted at signing players under the age of 26 who have the potential to develop under Arteta, with top-flight experience and the ability to be sold on for a significant transfer fee in the future.

Jonathan David

The Lille striker is highly admired by many figures at Arsenal including technical director Edu, who held a meeting with David’s agent.

David has just helped Canada qualify for the World Cup for just the second time in history and wants to leave the French side this summer. His preference would be a move to La Liga, but he is open to joining a Premier League team.

His pace and finishing ability have seen him be compared to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and after scoring 13 goals in 29 Ligue 1 appearances, a transfer certainly can’t be ruled out this summer.

Darwin Nunez

Benfica striker Nunez is rated at £60million by Benfica and has admirers across Europe, including fellow Premier League side West Ham and Newcastle.

Arsenal have already contacted the representatives of Nunez and remain keen on signing him this summer.

Alexander Isak

Despite his significant £75m release clause, Isak is considered a potential target to bolster Arsenal’s strikeforce following the departures of Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Isak would be keen on a move to the Premier League and sources close to the player claim he wants to leave Sociedad this summer.

Youri Tielemans

Arsenal have already held a meeting with Tielemans’ agent, with the Belgian international set to leave Leicester upon the expiration of his contract next summer.

Arteta believes that Tielemans would bolster Arsenal’s midfielder and without costing a transfer fee, represents great value for money.

Ruben Neves

The Gunners tried to sign Neves from last summer but weren’t prepared to match Wolves’ £35million valuation of the player.

Arteta believes Neves’ passing ability makes him the ideal replacement for Granit Xhaka, whose future remains uncertain despite signing a new contract last summer.

Luka Jovic

Jovic has scored just three goals in 49 appearances for Real Madrid, but Arteta believes he can get him firing goals again.

He’s not seen as a priority target but if the Serbian international is available at a fee in the region of £30million, Arsenal will consider making it happen.

Marco Asensio

Asensio has just 14 months remaining on his current contract and Arsenal are seriously interested in signing the Real Madrid playmaker.

The Gunners have a good relationship with Los Blancos after the deals involving Martin Odegaard and Dani Ceballos, while Arteta wants to add to his midfield which could see the likes of Granit Xhaka leave this summer.

Arteta is a huge admirer of Asensio and had made enquiries to sign his compatriot in previous transfer windows.

Victor Osimhen

Osimhen has scored 15 goals in 25 matches this season but is unlikely to leave Napoli for anything less than £80million.

His unpredictable movement and ability to breeze past defenders make him a top target to bolster Arsenal’s frontline this summer.

There have been enquiries made from the Gunners to the player’s agent and he remains on the list of potential targets.

Marcus Rashford

Rashford is another homegrown option and is seen as someone who can run in behind defences to cause problems.

His time at Manchester United is coming to an end and his agent has offered the forward to a number of clubs, including Arsenal.

However, it remains unlikely that United would sell to a rival unless it’s for a considerable sum, and the Gunners are unlikely to go over their valuation of him.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Arsenal held a strong interest in Calvert-Lewin last summer, but his disappointing performances and injury-plagued campaign at Everton has seen that interest dwindle.

Arteta remains a fan of the player but a potential move no longer appears as likely as it did previously.

Calvert-Lewin is an English player making him a homegrown option, which means his transfer fee will be considerably higher than some of Arsenal’s European targets.

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U.S. swimmer Alvarez saved from drowning by coach at world championships in Budapest (Photos)



Anita Alvarez loses consciousness in pool at world championships in Budapest

American artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez was in danger of drowning after losing consciousness in the pool at the world championships in Budapest before being rescued by her coach Andrea Fuentes.

Spaniard Fuentes, a four-time Olympic medalist in synchronized swimming, jumped into the pool after she saw Alvarez sink to the bottom at the end of her solo free final routine.

She was given medical attention beside the pool before being taken away on a stretcher.

It was the second time Fuentes has had to rescue Alvarez after she leapt into the pool during an Olympic qualification event last year and pulled her to safety along with the American’s swim partner Lindi Schroeder.

“Anita is much better, she is already at her best. It was a good scare, to be honest,” Fuentes told Spanish newspaper Marca.

“I jumped into the water again because I saw that no one, no lifeguard, was jumping in. I got a little scared because she wasn’t breathing, but now she’s fine. She has to rest.”

In a statement on the US Artistic Swimming Instagram page, Fuentes said 25-year-old Alvarez would be assessed by doctors on Thursday before a decision was made on her participation in Friday’s team event.


A member of Team USA (R) swims to recover USA's Anita Alvarez (L), from the bottom of the pool.
A member of Team USA (R) swims to recover USA’s Anita Alvarez (L), from the bottom of the pool.
USA's Anita Alvarez is recovered from the bottom of the pool by a team member after the incident.
USA’s Anita Alvarez is recovered from the bottom of the pool by a team member after the incident.
She was given medical attention beside the pool before being taken away on a stretcher.
She was given medical attention beside the pool before being taken away on a stretcher.

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Serie A: Pogba agrees deal with Juventus



Juventus have reached an agreement in principle to sign Paul Pogba, according to Sky Italia.

Pogba is a free agent after leaving Manchester United this summer.

It is believed that small details of the contract are being sorted out. It will either be a four-year contract or a three-year deal with an option for a further year.

Pogba will officially sign the contract at the start of July.

The move to Juventus would mark a return to a club where Pogba spent four years before rejoining United in 2016.

Manchester City also made a bid to sign Pogba from their bitter rivals, but the player opted against it and has now gone back to Italy.

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LaLiga fixtures for 2022/2023 season confirmed



LaLiga fixtures for 2022/2023 season

The LaLiga fixture list for the 2022/2023 season was released by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) on Thursday.

Real Madrid will open their campaign with a trip to newly promoted Almeria, while Barcelona are home to Rayo Vallecano.

The two rivals will face off in the first Clasico on the weekend of October 16.

The game on Match Day 9, will be played at Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium, with the return fixture at Barcelona’s Camp Nou taking place on the weekend of March 19, 2023.

Atletico Madrid, who finished third last season, begin the season away at Getafe while Sevilla, who finished fourth in the final Champions League spot, will travel to Osasuna.

The 2022/23 LaLiga season will begin on the weekend of August 14, 2022, and end on the weekend of June 4, 2023.

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