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Arsenal made move for Lille attacking midfielder Yusuf Yazici
Arsenal have reportedly reigning their interest in signing Lille attacking midfielder Yusuf Yazici as Mikel Arteta keen to strengthen his midfield option with creative midfielder in second half of the season.
According to Daily Mail claims Yusuf Yazici, who started this season with huge impression has been identified as a potential target by Gunners’ chief.
Yazici, 23, has scored back-to-back hat tricks in the Europa League. His match-winning performance away to AC Milan was one of the best individual performances witnessed anywhere in Europe so far this season, with the midfielder putting the Serie A table-toppers to the sword in ruthless fashion.
He has averaged 0.8 key passes and 0.8 shots per game this season (as per Who Scored). It’s claimed the Gunners made a £14.5 million bid for Yazici back when he was at Trabzonspor.
Their interest in the player is seemingly long-standing and so it would be safe to assume there is a wealth of scouting information and data held on the 23-year-old at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners would surely have a good idea of what they are getting.
Versatility is one of Yusuf Yazici’s qualities, capable of playing on the right or left, but he is most comfortable playing in behind a central striker.
Jerome Boateng on a free transfer next summer
Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea will battle it out to sign Bayern Munich veteran defender Jerome Boateng on a free transfer next summer, according to reports in Germany.
The 32-year-old centre-back has entered the final year of his contract with the reigning European champions and has made it no secret that he would like to extend his stay at the Allianz Arena after nine years at the club.
However, according to Sport Bild, The Bavarian have decided not to renew the German’s deal and will instead let him leave on a free at the end of the season.
The news has sparked a three-way race between the Premier League trio, who are all reportedly interested in bringing him to London for 2020/21 campaign.
The report claims that Boateng was a transfer target for the Gunners this summer with Mikel Arteta still keen to strengthen his back-line while Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur also keen in sign the 32-year-old.
Arsenal confirm Omari Hutchinson has signed professional terms
Arsenal have confirmed that wonderkid Omari Hutchinson has signed his first professional contract with the club.
Hutchinson, who recently turned 17, has been one of the standout performers for Arsenal at U18 level so far this term.
Usually deployed as an attacking midfielder but also capable of playing out wide or as a left-back, Hutchinson has created plenty of chances for Ken Gillard’s side.
The youngster, who has long been regarded as an exciting prospect, was recently added to Arsenal’s Europa League squad and could make his debut for the U23s this season.