Fresh from the news that Emile Smith Rowe has signed a new long-term deal, Mikel Arteta was keen to highlight another player who has committed his future to us.
Kieran Tierney agreed a new contract earlier in the summer, and his manager says he epitomises everything he wants from a character in his squad.
“Absolutely there is another character in this dressing room that transmits every value that I would like to transmit to the club and our fans [and it is Kieran],” Arteta told Arsenal Media.
“Again, it is young, hungry, talented, and people with huge desire and again he has all four ingredients – and he didn’t want to talk about anything other than staying here.
“He had a really, really good season after a really difficult start at the club and I really value people that when things aren’t going for them, they don’t give up. Kieran didn’t give up, he needed support and I think the club gave him a lot of support, but he was really willing to turn that situation around and prove people wrong if people were doubting him.
“That character, I think it shows on the pitch – when anything happens that is not going for us, you don’t give up, you just raise your level, try to be better and transmit that to the rest of the team so they all believe.
“Kieran has this capacity, and Emile as well, to lift the crowd with an action, Gabi Martinelli has this capacity – and this is something you either have or you don’t have.”
United finally complete signing of Sancho
Manchester United have finally announced the signing of Jadon Sancho in what has been one of the longest running transfer saga’s of the last few years. In what seemed like an infinite “Will they, won’t they” loop with previous transfer flop Ed Woodward trying the transfer sealed, it appears they have finally got the job done.
Sancho, 21, scored 50 goals and registered 64 assists in four seasons with Borussia Dortmund. The England International was part of the squad that reached the final of Euro 2020.
Jadon Sancho said:
“I’ll always be grateful to Dortmund for giving me the opportunity to play first team football, although I always knew that I would return to England one day. The chance to join Manchester United is a dream come true and I just cannot wait to perform in the Premier League. This is a young and exciting squad and I know, together, we can develop into something special to bring the success that the fans deserve. I am looking forward to working with the Manager and his coaching team to further develop my game.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said:
“Jadon epitomises the type of player I want to bring to the club, he is a forward player in the best traditions of Manchester United. He will form an integral part of my squad for years to come and we look forward to seeing him blossom. His goals and assists records speak for themselves and he will also bring tremendous pace, flair and creativity to the team.
“Old Trafford will give him the platform he needs to release his untapped talent and perform at the highest level. For a player of his age, Jadon has already achieved a great deal and showed the courage to go and prove himself abroad. We all look forward to welcoming Jadon to the squad as we prepare for the new campaign.”
Football Transfer Gossip – Thursday 22nd July
So the gloves are off, and silly season has begun. As with all Gossip columns, these headlines should be taken with a shovel of salt!!
Chelsea have spoken to the agent of Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, 32, about a possible move to Stamford Bridge. (Bild, via Sun)
Arsenal are preparing a bid of £30m for Sheffield United’s English goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, 23. (TalkSport)
However, the Gunners have been told to raise their offer for Ramsdale to more than £32m after having two offers rejected. (Times)
Chelsea are willing to let English striker Tammy Abraham join Premier League rivals Arsenal on loan. Tottenham and West Ham are also keen on the 23-year-old. (Sun)
German forward Timo Werner, 25, is open to leaving Chelsea this summer and would ideally prefer a return to the Bundesliga. (90min)
Liverpool could sell English centre-back Nat Phillips, 24, Welsh winger Harry Wilson, 24, Belgian forward Divock Origi, 26, Wales full-back Neco Williams, 20, and Switzerland midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, 29, as they look to raise £60-70m. (Liverpool Echo)
Liverpool have identified West Ham’s 24-year-old English forward Jarrod Bowen as a potential transfer target. (Athletic, via Metro)
Paris St-Germain are interested in Manchester United’s France midfielder Paul Pogba, 28, but the French club will need to sell players first. (Sky Sports)
Manchester United are leading Arsenal in the race to sign Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves, 24, for £35m from Wolves this summer. (TalkSport)
United remain in discussions with Real Madrid’s France defender Raphael Varane, 28. (Daily Express)
Meanwhile, United have offered Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka £200k-a-week to sign when the 26-year-old’s Bayern Munich deal expires next summer. (Daily Mail)
Also, United midfielder Donny van de Beek is set to go on a season long loan to Ajax in order to rediscover his form (Sport Anon)
But Real Madrid have also already made contact with Gortezka about a move. (Bild, via Marca)
Aston Villa are in advanced talks to sign Norwich City’s 23-year-old English midfielder Todd Cantwell. (Football Insider)
Villa are also ready to move for Bayer Leverkusen’s 23-year-old Jamaican winger Leon Bailey, who is valued at between £25m-£30m. (Daily Mail)
Crystal Palace are negotiating with Schalke over a deal for Turkey defender Ozan Kabak, 21. He could cost £10-12m. (Guardian)
Everton have joined the list of clubs interested in 28-year-old English forward Jesse Lingard’s situation at Manchester United. (Sun)
West Ham manager David Moyes will target Aston Villa’s English midfielder Ross Barkley, 27, if the club cannot sign Lingard. (90min)
Newcastle United are likely to pay £13m if they are to sign 21-year-old Sweden midfielder Jens-Lys Cajuste from FC Midtjylland. (Chronicle)
Newcastle hope to reach agreement with Southampton over a £4m deal for Gabon midfielder Mario Lemina, 27, this week. (Daily Mail)
Leeds United are close to signing Chelsea’s 18-year-old English midfielder Lewis Bate. The Blues are expected to include a sell-on clause, but not a buy-back option. (Leeds Live)
Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek, 24, is determined to stay at Manchester United this summer despite interest from clubs in Italy, Spain and Germany. (Manchester Evening News)
Juventus are close to agreeing a deal with Sassuolo for Italy midfielder Manuel Locatelli, 23. (Corriere dello Sport – in Italian)
Barcelona are facing a wage bill crisis and could be forced to make £441m worth of cuts to meet La Liga’s salary cap. (Star)
Celtic announce signing of Swedish defender Carl Starfelt
Celtic Football Club have announced that it has reached agreement with FC Rubin Kazan for the transfer of Swedish defender Carl Starfelt, subject to the satisfaction of usual conditions and international clearance. On satisfaction and gaining clearance, Carl will sign on a four-year deal.
A Swedish internationalist, Carl has been with FC Rubin Kazan in Russia since 2019 and previously played with IFK Goteborg.
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou said: “I am really pleased agreement has been reached and we are really looking forward to Carl joining up with the squad. Carl is an experienced player and someone with the attributes to be a real success at Celtic.
“He is a strong, athletic and committed defender and will add quality to our squad. I am sure he will be a player our supporters will welcome warmly and someone who will be really important for us going forward.”
Carl will also be subject to standard quarantine protocols and will join the squad as soon as possible.