Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is undoubtedly looking to bolster his attacking options this term, and a number of stellar names have been linked with moves to north London. But so far nothing has gathered any real traction on that front.
Reports from the Sun last month claimed Pochettino made Manchester United‘s Anthony Martial his priority target, but weeks later nothing is any closer to materialising and talks of a contract extension for the 22-year-old are now circulating around Old Trafford.
Then came Spurs’ alleged pursuit of Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha, with Pochettino quickly deciding to cool interest, after the Eagles revealed their £70 million valuation of the 25-year-old, in reports from Sky Sports.
Fans were excited by links to Borussia Dortmund’s attacking prodigy Christian Pulisic, feeling Tottenham could be the next big step in his career. But the player’s father quickly refuted claims that any negotiations were taking place between the two, in quotes via Sky Sports, heaping further disappointment on Spurs’ pursuit of another quality attacker.
Tottenham simply cannot afford to see deals keep falling through, and should act on an opening that arose yesterday.
Gelson Martins allegedly terminated his contract with Sporting Lisbon, according to Portuguese outlet Record, which could mean the 23-year-old is available for a cut-price, or potentially a free transfer, and Arsenal among others are reportedly interested in sorting a deal.
Tottenham would be foolish to let the Portuguese international go to their north London rivals on the cheap, and they could pip the Gunners to his signature with the lure of Champions League football.
There are certainly no concerns over the player’s pedigree, as he has emerged as one of Europe’s most promising youngsters in recent years – notably bagging 15 goals and 15 assists in little over 50 appearances with Sporting.
Eye-catching performance from Aleksandr Golovin shows why Arsenal were interested
The 22-year-old impressed in Russia’s World Cup opener.
The World Cup has kicked off and the host nation Russia have got their campaign off to the perfect start.
There were doubts about their quality and they will persist, but they managed to convincingly beat Saudi Arabia 5-0.
Although it won’t be their toughest test, it will give the squad confidence and they will now to be a more difficult proposition in their remaining group matches.
Alan Dzagoev has been the star player for Russia in recent years, but he suffered an injury in the first-half and that provided a platform for the next big hope of the nation to star.
The 22-year-old looked a cut above on the pitch and was the player that the world was talking about when the match ended. He contributed a goal and two assists in an all-action midfield display.
Every time he got onto the ball, he looked comfortable and wanted to play positive passes to move Russia up the pitch. It would have been easy for Golovin to hide, but he stepped up and at his age, that should be praised.
During the match, he made five key passes underlining the creativity that he offered on the pitch.
His pass success rate of 71% is a little disappointing considering the quality of the opposition, but it does show that he was looking to be positive when he had the ball. Golovin will be looking to be less wasteful with possession in the final two group games.
His free-kick goal was nicely struck, but a better goalkeeper would have been able to stop it from going in. The goal and two assists will take the headlines, but Golovin’s work rate and tenacity stood out on Thursday. The 22-year-old midfielder won four tackles and made a further three interceptions.
It is becoming more important for midfielders to be able to thrive in both halves of the pitch and the Russian international showed that he can.
It is too soon to get too excited about Golovin, as the opposition were weak. Saudi Arabia didn’t offer much in possession and often overplayed when they had the ball.
Despite Russia being considered one of the weaker nations, they were far superior to their Group A opposition and a better assessment of the midfielder can be made during the next two group games.
That said, Golovin caught the attention on Thursday and clubs that have previously registered an interest will have taken notice. Arsenal are one of those clubs and they are undergoing a period of transition under Unai Emery.
If the Russian midfielder can deliver similar performances against Egypt and Uruguay, the interest in him will quickly pick up. He will be the main man for the hosts over the next couple of weeks and if he does the business, the Gunners could be ready to reignite their interest.
Arsenal fans call for Aleksandr Golovin signing after dazzling World Cup display
Arsenal fans are calling for an impulse signing after the World Cup opener yesterday.
Arsenal already possess any array of creative forwards, but Gooners are extremely keen on CSKA Moscow maestro Aleksandr Golovin, after seeing the midfielder dazzle in Russia’s World Cup debut againt Saudi Arabia yesterday evening.
The 22-year-old already had links to north London spanning back to January (the Sun), with Arsene Wenger revealing his admiration for the player’s talent ahead of the Europa League quarter-final clash against the Russian heavyweights in March.
And Golovin highlighted his obvious ability last night, as Russia routed Saudi Arabia 5-1 in Moscow, creating two goals for teammates, before rounding an impressive display off with a sumptuous free-kick in added time.
His vision and technical ability led the hosts to a comfortable victory, with a superbly placed cross finding Denis Cheryshev in the box to open the scoring in the 12th minute. Before he again showed his class to pick-out Artem Dzyuba with a floated cross, which the striker converted comfortably 20 minutes from time.
And Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to demand that Unai Emery should re-ignite interest in the player this summer.
Here’s the reaction:
Golovin is such a classy AM. Sign him up @Arsenal !
— Ariel Ehsan Reynaldi (@arielehsanr) June 14, 2018
golovin is a beast. wish hed come to arsenal but looks like hes going to juventus
— Ismail Mostafa (@isher92) June 14, 2018
Inject a ‘Welcome to Arsenal, Golovin | Skills & Goals Compilation’ video directly into my veins.
— Father Figure (@Filop__) June 14, 2018
This Alesandr Golovin boy is si good on the ball, Arsenal should go for him.
— Ahmad Gozali Siahaan (@ahmad_siahaan) June 14, 2018
Arsenal have to be looking at Golovin during the world cup! Looks like a talent!
— Neil (@Neilmehta4) June 14, 2018
Been repping Golovin since he was first linked with Arsenal ?? feel like a proud dad
— ? (@Donhbankz2) June 14, 2018
Arsenal’s recent focus has been on landing Sampdoria’s industrious midfielder Lucas Torreira, as the manager looks to add balance to the team, according to the Guardian.
But it seems fans want Emery to keep a close eye on the World Cup this summer, as it has become something of a shop window in recent years. And Golovin could earn himself a high-profile move if he continues performing at such a high level.
Everton should prioritise landing Borussia Dortmund star Mario Gotze
Marco Silva should go all out to make this deal happen.
Marco Silva is aiming to make a statement of intent in the market this summer, as Everton owner Farhad Moshiri targets a return to European football in the near future. And the club has now been linked with a sensational move for Borussia Dortmund maestro Mario Gotze, according to Sky Sports.
The 2014 World Cup Golden Boy has struggled to nail down a regular starting position, since returning to Dortmund from Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in 2016. And is struggling to get back to the form that saw him widely recognised as one of the finest play-makers in world football.
However, despite his modest return of two goals and seven assists in 32 appearances, he began showing glimpses of his best form for the Bundesliga giants, and if Marco Silva can bring the best out of him, he could instantly elevate Everton to higher levels next season.
Toffees fans bemoaned the pragmatic style of football under Sam Allardyce last term, having finished 19th for number of shots registered, shots on target and chances created in England’s top tier, highlighting the need for creative players this summer and Gotze certainly fits the bracket.
However, the player has garnered a reputation for being injury prone in recent years – having missed 13 games last season (tranfermarkt) – and the investment would be something of a risk for the Portuguese manager.
If Everton are to return to European football, Gotze is the calibre of player that needs to be targeted though, and he is certainly worth the risk. The 26-year-old was arguably the most influential player in Dortmund’s recent ascendancy, alongside Marco Reus, as the club won back-to-back Bundesliga titles and the DFB Cup in 2012 – ironically under the tenure of the now Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
Gotze has two years remaining on his contract at the Westfalenstadion and will likely cost a hefty price, having returned to Dortmund for around £22 million in his last move.
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