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Aston Villa willing to sanction Arsenal sale as Gerrard picks out two superior upgrades

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Arsenal are expected to bid for Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz this summer, and a report has stated Steven Gerrard’s side could sell as they already have two superior upgrades in mind.

Arsenal’s hopes of securing Champions League football have suffered a hammerblow in the last seven days. The Gunners lost successive matches to Crystal Palace and Brighton to put Tottenham in pole position to snag fourth spot.

Mikel Arteta has been boosted by the lack of European football this season. That has ensured Arsenal have not endured the type of fixture pile-up and injury crisis that can come with extended European campaigns.

However, Arsenal’s squad depth has been exposed this week following injuries to Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey.

Those absences meant Granit Xhaka had to deputise at left-back against the Seagulls. Removing him – along with Partey – from the engine room also severely weakened the Gunners in the middle of the pitch.

It has been a poignant reminder that Arsenal remain a work in progress and that the club still have work to do in the summer window.

As such, Football Insider state Arsenal are ‘expected to bid’ for Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz.

The Brazilian, 23, has regularly been namechecked alongside a future move to the Emirates. He has been a key component in Villa’s eleven under Steven Gerrard. Though it’s indicated Villa would actually be on board with selling.

Villa eye two Douglas Luiz upgrades

That’s because Aston Villa are looking to make a splash in the position with a raid for either Brighton’s Yves Bissouma or Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips. Both would be an upgrade on Luiz.

It’s noted Arsenal’s main priority in the market will be addressing their centre-forward position.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wasn’t replaced after moving to Barcelona in January. Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah, meanwhile, will both be free agents when the season concludes.

However, making additions in central midfield is also a hot topic at the Emirates. Mohamed Elneny is also due to leave as a free agent.

Even if Arsenal do fail to finish fourth, it appears highly likely they’ll qualify for either the Europa League or Europa Conference League.

Adequate squad depth will therefore be required, especially in a position as important as central midfield.

 

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2 in, 1 out: The transfer scenarios that might play out at Bristol City early in the summer transfer window

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Bristol City’s season was a disappointing one as they finished 17th in the Championship, losing 21 games over the course of the campaign. 

Under the management of Nigel Pearson, the Robins will be looking to have a much more successful season next year as they aim to push further up the table and improve on this season.

Therefore, it will be an important summer for Pearson as he aims to make the right signings and recruit the right heads to make sure he has a squad that is able to compete next season.

With that in mind, here we take a look at two possible transfers in and one out from Ashton Gate this summer.

In: Andy Rinomhota

According to Bristol Live, Bristol City have got the 25-year-old midfielder on their radar.

Rinomhota made only 20 appearances for Reading this season as he was struck with injury issues but he did well when he played and proved to be a big miss for his side when he was out of action.

The 25-year-old’s contract expires this summer and despite being offered a new deal, he hasn’t yet signed anything with his current side.

Although Bristol City didn’t have the best season themselves, with the Royals only narrowly avoiding relegation, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the player move on to something new.

City may face some competition for the player’s signature as he’s an established Championship midfielder, however, the Robins will be keen to secure his services with a number of midfielders out of contract at the club this summer.

Quiz: Can you name which club Bristol City sold these 23 players to from the last decade?

In: Ryan Alebiosu

According to Football Insider, Arsenal are open to offers for the 20-year-old this summer and Bristol City are battling it out with Blackburn Rovers to try and secure his signature.

He’s another player that’s been unlucky with injury issues this season and his second half of the season loan move to Crewe resulted in only six appearances.

However, there is clearly talent there and he has done well for this season scoring a goal and assisting three times in 11 U23s appearances and EFL Trophy games.

He’s yet to make an appearance for the senior side but Football Insider claim he’s trained with the first team since signing a professional deal suggesting he’s used to a professional set up.

Out: Antoine Semenyo

Semenyo has been a bright spark in the side this season managing to contribute eight goals and 12 assists in 31 appearances during this campaign.

The club had an offer for the 22-year-old in January from Nottingham Forest but they turned the offer down as they felt it was below the value of what their player was worth.

However, Pearson has admitted that should the right offer come along then he would not stand in the way of his player getting the opportunity to play at a higher level and if Forest go up to the Premier League, they may have more resources to their disposal to come back and reiterate their interest in the player.

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Quiz: Can you name which club Wigan Athletic sold these 23 players to from the last decade?

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The last ten years have certainly been something of a rollercoaster for Wigan Athletic.

With three promotions and four relegations in that time, not to mention a spell in administration, there has always been something for fans of the club to talk about.

Here though, we’re looking at how much you know about the transfer business the Latics have done in since 20212.

In order to help do that, we’ve given you the names of 23 players, and all you have to do, is correctly say which club they were sold to by Wigan in the past decade.

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