Usmanov makes bid
Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov has made a £1b bid to buy out majority shareholders at the club. At present, it does seem major shareholder, ‘Silent’ Stan Kroenke, has yet to accept the offer and looks set to turn it down.
Usmanov owns just over 30 percent of the club while Kroenke owns 67.05 percent.
It’s about to be an interesting time for the club if Usmanov does become the major shareholder. Although Usmanov recently said that manager Arsene Wenger should be the one to choose his successor as Wenger is a main symbol and asset at the club.
Exciting times or just more dragged out negotiations at the club, this summer is going to be an interesting one.
Wenger decision still not made
Well according to Wenger there is still no announcement, but Wenger did confirm a meeting is in place after the FA Cup final with Chelsea, which he is attending to discuss his next move. The meeting will also discuss potential player transfers, new contracts and the future of the club.
Arsenal have been given a major boost with the potential signing of Ross Barkley from Everton. Everton manager Ronald Koeman had given Barkley an ultimatum on signing a new contract or leaving the club. Barkley so far has not signed a new contract and seems likely to move away from Goodison Park.
The Gunners have been strongly linked with the midfielder and seem ahead of the queue, although a bid of around £50m would be required to sign the England man.
Barkley would be a good fit at the club, after struggling in midfield positions this season following the loss of Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey, as well as the form of others.
Porto players linked
Two players recently linked to the club are Porto duo Danilo and Andre Silva with Porto looking to sell players in the summer to bring in extra funds.
Danilo Pereira is a holding midfield and has been capped 17 times for Portugal while Silva is a forward with a great eye for goal, fantastic technique and quick feet.
Draxler explains decision
Julian Draxler explained the reason why he didn’t sign for Arsenal and it was not down to money. The Paris Saint-Germain star felt a move to the French club would give him the perfect opportunity to develop as a player. Although the money helped, right Julian.
French striker Alexandra Lacazette has confirmed he will be leaving Lyon and heading to pastures new in the summer. The news will undoubtedly put Arsenal on full alert, however, with Lacazette insisting his desire to play in the Champions League, Atletico Madrid seems a more likely destination.