Benzema linked with Arsenal as Ozil is set to leave the Emirates Stadium on free contract next summer

David Cooper 13/09/2017
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Arsenal bound? Karim Benzema

The transfer window may not open again until January 1 2018 but that hasn’t put an end to plenty of speculation throughout Europe.

Here, we take a look at three big stories dominating the headlines.

Do you think any of these deals will get over the line in January?

Let us know your thoughts.

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KARIM BENZEMA

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has started planning a serious attacking overhaul at the Bernabeu.

According to the Daily Star, Perez is willing to sell Benzema and Gareth Bale to finance a move for Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann and Paulo Dybala.

If Benzema is to leave, Arsenal will emerge as front runners to secure the Frenchman’s signature.

RATING: 5/10

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Benzema had an average season in 2016-17 by his standards and as his 30s approach this is arguably Real’s best time to sell up. Plenty of parties will be interested in taking the Frenchman with the Gunners said to be chief among them but it will all come down to the money.

However, Benzema has repeatedly proven his value to Madrid and manager Zinedine Zidane has faith in him, so a move away from the Spanish capital is not as simple as it sounds.

Karim Benzema

Karim Benzema

MESUT OZIL

Ozil is set to leave Arsenal next summer and will not sign a new contract, according to the Sun.

The 28-year-old has not spoken with club officials about a new contract since negotiations broke down back in February.

Since Wenger signed a new deal back in May, the club have not pushed for Ozil to commit his future at the Emirates Stadium, which puts his future on high alert.

RATING: 6/10

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With Barcelona and Bayern Munich taking a close interest in Ozil’s negotiations, it remains to be seen what the next step is for the German international if he leaves North London.

His body language and form has dipped in recent weeks and this hasn’t helped his teammates – as it comes at a time when they need his leadership the most.

Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil

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West Ham missed out on signing former Chelsea star Andre Schurrle on transfer deadline day

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Schurrle could have returned to the Premier League.

West Ham United missed out on the chance of acquiring the services of former Chelsea star Andre Schurrle on transfer deadline day, according to The Sun.

The German international was keen to return to the Premier League after spending two years in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg and now Borussia Dortmund.

West Ham were given the chance to sign the 26-year-old on a loan deal with a clause to buy him at the end of the season for £26m, a day before deadline day.

However, the Hammers were caught up in their pursuit of Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, and Schurrle was neglected amidst the chaos.

Later, their bid to sign Carvalho was rejected too.

Up until now, Schurrle hasn’t had much of an impact at Dortmund under Thomas Tuchel, with his time at the Westfalenstadion being blighted by injuries.

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Manchester United line up £100 million bid for Antoine Griezmann, Manchester City plan mega bid for Toby Alderweireld

David Cooper 11/09/2017
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Manchester United bound? Antoine Griezmann.

The transfer window may not open again until January 1 2018 but that hasn’t put an end to plenty of speculation throughout Europe.

Here, we take a look at three big stories dominating the headlines on Monday.

Do you think any of these deals will get over the line in January?

Let us know your thoughts.

Get in touch via Twitter and Facebook.

ANTOINE GRIEZMANN

Manchester United are set to pay £100 million to sign Atletico Madrid ace Antoine Griezmann next summer, according to the Daily Star.

The 26-year-old had been linked with a move to Old Trafford earlier in the summer, but Atletico’s transfer ban ended his hopes of a move to the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho remains positive he can lure Griezmann to join the club in 2018, where he could link up with a star-studded attack, including Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial.

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The elusive Frenchman is undoubtedly one of the best attackers in the world – except that he’s declared that he’s not actually available.

Earlier in the summer, when speculation was rife that the Frenchman was on his way to Manchester United, he committed to staying at Atletico in the wake of the club’s transfer ban.

There’s no reason his stance would have changed, but with Diego Costa’s expected arrival in January, United will be front runners to secure his signature if he decides to leave.

Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann

RAHEEM STERLING

Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling remains a key target for Arsenal in the January transfer window, according to the Daily Mail.

The England international was reported to have been suggested by the Gunners to be part of a swap deal for Alexis Sanchez, who has been a City target all summer.

Arsene Wenger expects City to return with a significant bid in January and negotiations for Sterling could resume then.

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Although Pep Guardiola is adamant that Sterling has a vital role to play at the Etihad Stadium, it is understood the 22-year-old is open to a return to London and the chance to play more regularly.

With it being a World Cup year, perhaps it’s the right time for Sterling to move club in the hope of boosting his chances to start for Gareth Southgate’s side in Russia.

Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling

TOBY ALDERWEIRELD

Manchester City are hoping to sign Tottenham centre back Toby Alderweireld next summer, according to The Sun.

Regarded as one of the best defenders in the league, the 28-year-old is believed to be unhappy with his £50,000 per week wages at White Hart Lane.

With Vincent Kompany sidelined through injury again, Pep Guardiola believes Alderweireld can be a long term successor to his Belgian teammate.

RATING: 7/10

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Alderweireld has not agreed a new deal at Spurs yet, with his adviser Stijn Francis insisting “he deserves either a correct contract from Tottenham or a transfer”.

Although he will cost around £60 million, it remains an ideal long term option for Guardiola as the Belgian rarely misses games through injury and is always a consistent presence.

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Toby Alderweireld

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