Arsenal and Liverpool have been told it will take £9million to sign goalkeeper Simon Mignolet from Sunderland this summer. The 25-year-old is in high demand after an excellent season at the Stadium of Light, and both Arsenal and Liverpool have apparently turned to him after Stoke quoted around £15million for Asmir Begovic.
Mignolet is keen to move to a bigger club in order to boost his chances of claiming the number one spot for Belgium at next year’s World Cup, with the Sunderland keeper currently playing second fiddle to Chelsea youngster Thibaut Courtois, who has become one of the most highly rated keepers in Europe whilst on loan at Atletico Madrid.
Arsene Wenger is targeting a new number one at the Emirates after Wojiech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski failed to impress last season.
Marseille have confirmed their interest in signing Arsenal forward Gervinho, who is set to leave the Emirates after two disappointing seasons. The Ivorian is one of a number of players Arsenal are looking to move off their wage bill as they attempt to finance a radical overhaul of their squad this summer.
Despite his poor performances for Arsenal, several clubs are eyeing up Gervinho, with Arsenal reportedly prepared to sell the 26-year-old for less than the £11milion they spent in 2011 to bring him to the Premier League from Lille. Marseille assistant coach has said that Gervinho is a player that interests the Ligue 1 club.
Reported Arsenal target Paul Pogba has rejected suggestions he will leave Juventus this summer, saying he is happy at the Serie A club and focussed on securing a place in France’s World Cup squad for next summer.
There had been speculation the former Manchester United player would leave Italy this summer after becoming unsettled despite a break though year at the Serie A champions. Arsenal had been tipped to capitalise on the situation with a £17million bid for the 20-year-old midfielder, but Pogba now looks set to stay at Juventus.
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