English Premier League outfit Arsenal’s veteran midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to return to the club after a rather disappointing loan-spell with the Italian Serie A outfit AS Roma. The 31-year-old is currently spending a season-long loan with the Rome-based club where he has not been able to cement his spot in the starting XI due to mixed form and fitness problems.
As per the Sun cited by Daily Star, even though Roma are willing to sign Mkhitaryan permanently, but they are not convinced that the veteran midfielder is valued around £20 million, a fee which is demanded by the North London-based club.
The Armenia-international has represented his current club in 15 matches in all competitions where he has only managed to score four goals and provided an assist as well.
The news will be a disastrous one for Arsenal as they were looking to offload the player permanently in order to bring reinforcements in the summer transfer window.
Mkhitaryan has been an Arsenal player since January 2018 when he moved from league rivals Manchester United in a straight-swap which saw Alexis Sanchez going the other way around.
During his stay in London, the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder has represented the Gunners in 59 matches in all competitions where he has scored nine times and provided 13 assists.
Real Madrid, Inter Milan to compete for signing of Serie A star in summer transfer window
Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid will compete with the Italian Serie A outfit Inter Milan for the signing of Napoli’s star midfielder Fabian Ruiz in the summer transfer window. The Spain international has been a real sensation ever since joining the Naples-based outfit and has been attracting interest from a number of top clubs in Europe.
Both Real and City have been in the market to sign players in order to strengthen their squad for future campaigns.
Therefore, as per Daily Express, Real and City are ready to compete in the transfer market as well where they are both making a move to sign Ruiz in the summer transfer window.
However, it will be interesting to see if either club will be able to convince Napoli’s hierarchy in selling their prized asset in the upcoming transfer window.
Ruiz has been with Napoli since the summer of 2018 when he moved from Spanish La Liga club Real Betis for a reported transfer fee of €30 million.
Since then, the versatile midfielder has represented his current club in 70 matches in all competitions where he has managed to score 10 times and provided five assists as well.
In the ongoing campaign, the 23-year-old has three goals and two assists to his name in 30 appearances for Napoli in all competitions.
Chelsea eye move for PSG star in the summer transfer window, Inter Milan, Mauro Icardi
English Premier League club Chelsea are eyeing a move for French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG)’s on-loan star striker Mauro Icadi in the summer transfer window. The Argentina international is currently spending a season-long loan with the Paris-based club who also have an option to make the deal permanent by paying €70 million.
In the recent past, reports have circulated in the Italian and French media which suggested that PSG are not looking to make Icardi’s move permanent and he is likely to return to San Siro after the end of the ongoing campaign.
Therefore, as per FC Inter News, Chelsea are ready to take advantage of the situation and sign Icardi in the summer transfer window in order to bolster their attacking unit for the future campaigns.
Chelsea have been in the market for quite some time in order to enhance the competition in the attacking department where there is too much reliance on young striker Tammy Abraham.
That is not the only problem Blues are facing in the competition as two other strikers, Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud are likely to leave the club in the summer as well.
In the ongoing campaign, Icardi has represented his current club in 28 matches in all competitions where he has managed to score 19 times and provided four assists.
Juventus vs Inter in doubt with Italian PM considering postponing Week 26 Serie A fixtures due to coronavirus
Upcoming fixtures across Italy’s leagues are in doubt, with Serie A leaders Juventus scheduled to host Inter in Turin on March 1.
Italy prime minister Giuseppe Conte revealed all of Serie A’s Week 26 fixtures, including the blockbuster showdown between Juventus and Inter, could be postponed due to coronavirus fears.
The outbreak of coronavirus in Italy forced four top-flight matches to be postponed over the weekend, including Sunday’s clash between Scudetto hopefuls Inter and Sampdoria.
Italy’s move came as part of preventative measures against the spread of the coronavirus, officially named COVID-19 which originated in China, after two people died and dozens more reportedly tested positive.
Now, upcoming fixtures across Italy’s leagues are in doubt, with Serie A leaders Juve scheduled to host Inter in Turin on March 1.
“I don’t think that in just one week we’d be able to slow down the contagion so much that we could resume sporting events,” Conte told Rai.
“We are constantly monitoring the situation and will evaluate. We’ll see the evolution of the contagion and evaluate postponing all next week’s matches.”
Juve are a point clear atop the table following Saturday’s 2-1 victory away at bottom side SPAL.
Cristiano Ronaldo marked his 1,000th career appearance with a goal, scoring in an 11th consecutive top-flight match – matching a feat previously achieved by Gabriel Batistuta and Fabio Quagliarella.
In-form Lazio were also in action on Saturday and edged Genoa 3-2 to extend their unbeaten streak to 20 games, while Inter are six points off the pace with a game in hand.
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