Monday, June 12, 2023

ALMOST DONE: Patrick Vieira endorses Palace duo to join Gunners amid Declan Rice transfer boost

Vieira backs Palace duo

Former Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira has backed Eagles duo Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise as good enough for Arsenal.

When asked by Mirror Football which Palace players would be good enough to play for the Gunners, Vieira said: “Listen at Palace I had the chance to work with some really talented young players, and the two that come to my mind are Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze.

 

“They are young and still have a lot to improve on, but they have the potential to play in the top teams in Europe.”

Positive Rice talks

Arsenal have held positive talks with West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice in recent days, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, who has claimed that an official offer is expected to come in next week.

Writing on Twitter, Romano said: “Arsenal will enter into crucial stages of Declan Rice deal next week.

“Official bid expected very soon after positive talks in the recent days. (White moji) (Red emoji) #AFC Gunners feel they’re ahead of Bayern as player priority is to continue in England — but timing will be crucial for Arsenal.”

Gundogan hope

Arsenal academy manager Per Mertesacker has spoken about the prospect of Manchester City captain Ilkay Gundogan joining Mikel Arteta’s side this summer.

Speaking as a pundit for German broadcaster ZDF, via Metro, Mertesacker said that City’s Champions League final victory could convince his comptariot to leave the Etihad. “To say, okay, mission accomplished”, Mertesacker said when discussing the impact the Citizens’ treble win could have on the German international’s future in Manchester.

Mertesacker continued by saying: “I think the clubs are queuing. Because Arteta knows him and we probably haven’t broken off contact, we’re in a good position.

“I think he’ll let it all sink in first and then choose from one of the four clubs.”

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