Arsenal targeting Gokhan Tore and Oguzhan Ozyakup in Besiktas raid
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TOP STORY: Arsenal want Gokhan Tore and Oguzhan Ozyakup
It appears as if Arsenal's stunning 3-0 win over Manchester United might have stoked an internal fire within Arsene Wenger to finally purchase some outfield players in January. The manager has reportedly sent scouts to watch two Besiktas midfielders in Gokhan Tore, according to the Express, and Oguzhan Ozyakup, based on a report from Football Turkey
The Gunners were heavily criticised for being the only club in Europe's top five leagues not to sign an outfield player during the summer, but their recent success might have changed things.
Despite Arsenal's well-known struggles in the Champions League, the team is sitting an impressive second in the Premier League, with 16 points. With the Premier League so unpredictable (several giants are struggling), Wenger and his squad might have a legitimate chance to win the title this season. Interestingly enough, both Tore and Ozyakup started their careers in England.
Tore is a Chelsea youth academy product, and surprisingly, Ozyakup began his career at Arsenal. According to Whoscored.com, Ozyakup has been transitioned into a defensive midfielder this season and has four assists and one goal, which might help Arsenal, despite the player's not being very strong defensively in the midfield. Attacking midfielder Tore has five assists and one goal. The Express lists Tore's pricetag at £15 million, and Ozyakup is rated the same number by Football Turkey. Stay tuned.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed to MLS?
Paris Saint-Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic became the Ligue 1 club's all-time top goal-scorer this weekend, but could this be his final year in France's capital?
According to Tutto Mercato Web, PSG's Zlatan Ibrahimovic could move to MLS' Orlando City SC next summer. Contact already established.- Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) October 5, 2015
It is well-known that Ibrahimovic's contract runs out after this season, and Orlando City SC have made no secret of their desire to recruit an elite striker, despite having promising Canadian rookie Cyle Larin. If the rumours are true, Orlando City SC could have one of the most star-studded sides in MLS next season, with a attacking quartet of Kaka, Ibrahimovic, Larin and Brek Shea.
Still, Orlando and MLS might be concerned with the Swedish striker's penchant for outbursts ...
Manchester United want Mustafi
After missing out on Nicholas Otamendi to rivals Manchester City, Manchester United appear to be interested in another Valencia defender, according to the Daily Star. The outlet is reporting that Shkodran Mustafi is being tracked by United. Mustafi is a former Everton youth academy player who has already drawn rave reviews at only 23 years old.
But as Mustafi's star gets bigger, it opens up more competition for the Red Devils, an unwelcome prospect at Old Trafford. The Star also reports Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona are also interested, with Bayern's Pep Guardiola said to be a big fan of the German international. The centre-back is understood to have a £37 million buyout clause in his current deal, which is set to run until 2019.
Juventus want to wrap up Cuadrado deal
One club's disregarded player could be another's treasure, as Juventus are working hard to seal a €20 million deal for on-loan player Juan Cuadrado, Goal.com reports. The Colombian struggled during his time (15 appearances) at Chelsea after being a star player in Serie A for several seasons with Fiorentina.
Moving back to Serie A on loan with Juventus, Cuadrado has had some positive moments, which prompted the defending league champions to make a move. However, the website reported Chelsea are holding out for a number closer to their outlay for the 27-year-old, wanting at least €25m to wrap up the transfer. With only €5 million separating both sides, this one looks close and is definitely one to keep an eye on.
- After Brendan Rodgers' sacking by Liverpool on Sunday, there has been plenty of talk over which manager would want to deal with the club's criticised transfer committee approach. The BBC reported that over the years, Rodgers wanted several players and was denied, including relatively modest targets in Swansea's Ashley Williams and Ryan Bertrand, who was at Chelsea at the time. Good luck, No. 1 target Jurgen Klopp!
- Does anyone want to coach Sunderland? Based on a report from the Daily Mail, the club has received rejections from Real Sociedad's David Moyes, Burnley's Sean Dyche and unemployed former West Ham boss Sam Allardyce. The Championship could await the Black Cats if things don't change soon.