Sunday, April 30, 2023

Transfer decision made on Mikel Arteta duo as Bayern Munich star makes request

Arsenal are reportedly open to offers for Granit Xhaka and Kieran Tierney this summer. The Gunners are set for a hectic transfer window at the end of the season as Mikel Arteta looks to bolster his squad.

As every club experiences, purchasing new players must come with selling some of their assets to raise funds. Folarin Balogun is one name heavily linked with a move away after impressing with Reims, with the future of Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles gradually looking to be elsewhere.

Now, the Daily Mail have reported that the Gunners are prepared to listen to offers for Tierney and Xhaka as part of the trimming of their squad. Left-back Tierney has lost his place in Arteta’s side following Oleksandr Zinchenko’s £32million move from Manchester City and has been tipped to join Newcastle at the end of the season.

Xhaka’s possible exit may come as a surprise after his emergence as one of Arteta’s most influential players. The Swiss midfielder has only missed one Premier League game this season and has added goals to his game with 12 contributions.

Gravenberch boost

Ryan Gravenberch has asked Bayern Munich to ‘soften’ their stance on a potential exit in the summer transfer window, according to reports. Arsenal have been linked with the midfielder, with the opportunity of regular minutes in north London an attractive factor. And since being tipped to join the north Londoners, Gravenberch received glowing references in comparison to Jude Bellingham.

Now, with Thomas Tuchel getting his feet under the table in Germany, it has emerged that Gravenberch has requested that Munich lower their stance on his future at the end of the season. It had been reported in Germany that Bayern have no intention of selling the Dutchman, but the Gunners target is now said to be doing his best to get the wheels moving.

According to 90mins, Gravenberch – who is valued at £35million by CIES Football Observatory – has urged the club to listen to any offers which may arrive. Liverpool have identified alternatives to Borussia Dortmund’s Bellingham, though Manchester United are also monitoring the situation.

Wilshere star signs on

Arsenal have confirmed that defender Michal Rosiak has signed his first professional contract with the club. The 17-year-old played a key part in the Gunners’ Under-18s journey to the FA Youth Cup final this season.

Rosiak has enjoyed a successful debut season with Jack Wilshere’s side, making 15 appearances in all competitions after making his debut last season. The right-back played six games in the young Gunners’ run to the FA Youth Cup final, scoring four goals – including a last minute winner against Cambridge and a superb free-kick against Man City.

His form has earned him his first start for Arsenal’s Under-21s, coming off the bench in February’s 1-0 loss at Chelsea, with Bukayo Saka handing his seal of approval last month. Now, he has committed his future to the club with his first professional contract.

“Signing my first professional contract for Arsenal means everything to me, it’s pretty amazing,” he said after putting pen to paper. “Playing for the club I’ve always loved and watched growing up, hopefully it will be the first of many contracts. I want to win major trophies with the club.”

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