Celtic have warned a string of European heavyweights that their star man is not for sale, while Arsenal are set to reward Alex Iwobi with...
Celtic have warned a string of European heavyweights that their star man is not for sale, while Arsenal are set to reward Alex Iwobi with his second new pay rise in a matter of months, according to Wednesday’s papers.
Celtic Stand Firm On Dembele
Celtic’s major shareholder Dermot Desmond insists the club are in no rush to cash in on in-demand hitman Moussa Dembele, amid claims Real Madrid have joined Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Tottenham in watching the player.
The 20-year-old Frenchman has been a smash hit since signing for Brendan Rodgers for just £500,000 from Fulham.
A strike rate of 12 goals in 17 games – including a hat-trick against Rangers and a brace against Manchester City – has attracted interest from all over Europe.
Iwobi Set To Earn New Bumper Contract
Alex Iwobi is in line for a bumper new Arsenal contract – just six months after his last new deal.
Starlet Iwobi signed an agreement worth £25,000-a-week in April but is now in line for a further extension, which underlines him becoming a fixture in the first team this season.
The 20-year-old Nigeria international has impressed the club’s top brass and manager Arsene Wenger with his progress, and the Daily Mirror claims he will be rewarded with a big rise and another improved contract worth double the money he’s on now.
Iwobi has been one of Wenger’s best recent success stories and Arsenal want to tie him down for the long term and take him up to a good first-team salary.
The Gunners are also set to open discussions with Hector Bellerin, nowBarcelona and Manchester City particularly keen on the Spanish right-back.
Wenger is also hopeful of tying down Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez to big new deals.
Madrid Plan Shock Swoop For Rakitic
If there's one way to rile your eternal rivals, it's displaying a persistent interest in their best players if only to provoke new, improved terms on their deal.
Real Madrid, alongside PSG and the two Manchester clubs were reportedly in for Neymar last summer, according to Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo, and now Los Merengues are ready to return this time for Ivan Rakitic.
The Croatian midfielder's improbable move to the Santiago Bernabeu would see him link up to form a mouthwatering partnership with international colleague Luka Modric.
The signings of Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez are thought to be behind news of his potential availability and with Rakitic's current deal having just two years left to run by next summer, Real could swoop in with an offer.
Luis Enrique's side will look to fend off any interest from rivals in Marc-Andre ter Stegen by offering the German a new contract until 2021,according to German newspaper Bild.
Despite a calamitous performance in last weekend's loss to Celta Vigo, Barça will increase his €2.86m wages to €5.6m with a buy-out clause raised to €100m.
Manchester United have cooled interest in Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo, with the Mirror stating that Jose Mourinho is content with Luke Shaw and Daley Blind in that position.
The Red Devils could face competition for the former Barcelona starlet as Juventus, Valencia, Osasuna and Middlesbrough were also in attendance for Benfica's game last weekend to cast eyes over a host of talented players.