Ozil Completes Gunners Exit

Ozil and Arsenal had agreed to a mutual termination of his contract, allowing the German international to move to the Turkish club on a free transfer. The player reportedly gave up much of the £7m owed to him by the Gunners in order to make the move.

The 32-year-old leaves as one of Arsenal’s all-time leading assist makers, with only Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas recording more in the Premier League era.

Ozil has long-spoken of his desire to play for Fener, as he grew up supporting the side as a child. Ozil’s grandparents are from Turkey, although the player himself was born in Germany and opted to represent his birth country on the international stage.

The former Real Madrid midfielder has held close links with Turkey for some years, and President Erdogan was even Best Man at Ozil’s wedding in 2019. This led to criticism from German nationals, who blamed Ozil for the country’s poor display at the 2018 World Cup.

The move to Turkey should free up a sizeable chunk of wage budget for the Gunners, who have been quiet in the transfer window so far. Reinforcements are expected more in the summer, with the focus now on continuing their revival after a poor first half of the season.

Mikel Arteta says trimming Arsenal squad is January transfer window priority

The Gunners were able to offload Emiliano Martinez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan on permanent deals in September while a month later Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira departed on loan.

But forgotten man Mesut Ozil remained at the Emirates along with Shkodran Mustafi and Sead Kolasinac, who have barely featured in the Premier League this season.

Arsenal have been linked with a loan move for Real Madrid playmaker Isco next month, but first of all technical director Edu will attempt to raise funds by moving on those who are surplus to requirements.

One player who is not set to depart is attacker Reiss Nelson, despite failing to play for the club since December 3.

It has been a stop-start campaign for the 21-year-old, who has scored once in eight outings for the Gunners this term. Mikeal Arteta confirmed Nelson had a muscular issue which saw him in and out of training, but not 100 per cent fit.

Manchester United continue chase of Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho

Tottenham Hotspur have pipped United to the post for the signature of full back Reguilon, who will link up with ex-Reds boss Jose Mourinho in North London for a €30m fee.

Manchester United were in talks with Real Madrid over a potential transfer, but the Spanish giants’ insistence on buy-back and first refusal clauses in the player’s contract soured the deal.

Some sources claim the buy back clause is a mere €40m, affording just €10m profit to the selling club.

Wales star Gareth Bale is also in line for a move back to former club Spurs, with the 31-year-old evidently unhappy in Madrid.

Much has been made of Bale’s time at the Bernabeu, with manager Zinedine Zidane seeing the winger as surplus to requirements – Real are even willing to pay a chunk of the player’s wages in order to see him leave the club.

Manchester United were offered the chance to secure Gareth Bale, but have decided against it, preferring to save any transfer funds for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.

Dortmund have made it crystal clear that Sancho will be staying in Germany beyond the October 5th deadline, insisting the England man is not for sale.

However, Manchester United appear willing to call Dortmund’s bluff, with some reports suggesting Ed Woodward is willing to wait until the final stages of the window in order to force the Bundesliga side to accept an offer for Sancho.

Spurs nearing Gareth Bale loan return and Sergio Reguilon signing in double Real Madrid capture

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano on Twitter, Jose Mourinho will soon be welcoming full back Sergio Reguilon through the doors at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in a deal believed to be worth €30m (£27.6m).

Romano claims personal terms have been agreed with the player ahead of the Spurs move, as have buy-back and first refusal clauses in Reguilon’s contract.

The Spaniard had been in discussions with Manchester United over a possible switch to Old Trafford, but United were not prepared to meet Real Madrid’s criteria of those said clauses and as such pulled out of any deal.

That left the door wide open for Spurs, who have all but sewn up the transfer.

But Reguilon might not be the only arrival from the Spanish giants, as reports claim that ex-Tottenham star Gareth Bale could make a return to the Premier League with his former club.

Bale’s disgruntlement at Real Madrid has been well documented, and it is clear for all to see that he is not fancied by current boss Zinedine Zidane.

The Wales international was close to a move to China during the January transfer window, but Real pulled the plug late on.

Now though a homecoming for Bale seems closer than ever, with it suggested Madrid are willing to pay a chunk of the 31-year-old’s wages in order to see him leave the Bernanbeu.

This is where Spurs are likely to take a chance in bringing Bale ‘home’ on a loan deal – Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett confirmed to the BBC: “Gareth still loves Spurs, we are talking. It’s where he wants to be”.

The deal is thought to cost Spurs around €20m for the season.

Everton sign James Rodriguez from Real Madrid

The 29-year-old was brought to the Bernabeu shortly after his starring role at the 2014 World Cup by Ancelotti, who then linked up with the playmaker three years later when Bayern Munich signed the player on loan.

Rodriguez spent two years with the Bundesliga giants before returning to Real, where he made just 14 appearances in all competitions last season, clearly surplus to requirements under head coach Zinedine Zidane.

He has become the Toffees’ second summer signing – after Brazil international Allan, who also worked under Ancelotti when they were at Napoli.

“I am really, really happy to be at this great club, a club with so much history, and here with a manager who knows me really well,” Rodriguez told evertonfc.com.

“I’m looking forward to achieving great things here – and winning things, which is what everyone’s aim is.

“I’ve come here to try to improve, to get better. I’ve also come here to help the team to win, to play good football – entertaining football.

“I’m convinced, with Carlo and his technical staff, we can achieve big things and one of the big reasons (I signed) was the presence of Carlo Ancelotti.

“I have enjoyed some great times with him previously at two different clubs. That was a massive reason to come here.”

Rodriguez won the Golden Boot at the World Cup six years ago before joining Real, where he made 125 appearances in his two stints and helped the club win LaLiga and the Champions League, both twice.

He also was part of Bundesliga-winning sides in the two campaigns he was with Bayern before heading back to the Spanish capital, where he made just eight appearances in LaLiga, five of them starts.

“I’m a winner, I’m a real winner,” Rodriguez added. “I can see the plans here, the project here is very serious. Everyone means business.

“I think the seriousness and determination to win trophies can lead to silverware.

“I can see, too, these fans are real, true supporters. I hope we can have a good, positive, mutual feeling between ourselves. What they can be sure of is I am going to give everything in every game situation.

“I have sensed that good feeling right from the very start, and it is excellent.”

Ancelotti added: “James, as everyone knows, is a fantastic player with a lot of quality and a lot of ability to make assists for the strikers.

“He’s really excited about the project of the club and the fact we want to improve. He was really excited to sign and I didn’t spend time to convince him – he was already convinced.

“Players like James and Allan can help us to be better and we can help them to be better. This kind of connection can be helpful to improve the results, the team and results of this club.”

Everton agree £25m Doucoure deal with Watford

It’s understood the two clubs reached an agreement for the 27-year-old earlier this week, with the player set to travel to Everton’s Finch Farm training ground for a medical.

Doucoure had been a Watford player since 2016, making more than 100 Premier League appearances for the Hornets.

The Frenchman was one of the more impressive performers at Vicarage Road last season, a campaign which ultimately ended in Watford’s relegation from the top flight.

Now Doucoure becomes a part of Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton project, with the Italian manager known to have lofty ambitions at Goodison Park.

Napoli midfielder Allan and Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez are both expected to follow Doucoure through the door on Merseyside in the coming days.

Everton target James Rodriguez transfer, reports claim

Newspaper the Daily Star suggest the Colombian is close to a £27m switch to Goodison Park.

The report claims Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has been key in convincing the 2014 World Cup star to swap Madrid for Merseyside, having managed James before during his time in charge at the Bernabeu.

James has found game time difficult to come by in recent seasons at Real Madrid, with current gaffer Zinedine Zidane not thought to be a huge fan of the midfielder.

Zidane, now in his second stint as Los Blancos boss, sanctioned James’ two-season loan spell at Bayern Munich back in 2017.

Now it’s understood Zizou is willing to sell the 29-year-old midfielder this summer, with the Daily Star saying Everton is believed to be the top destination.

It would be a marquee signing for the Toffees as Ancelotti looks to strengthen his side ahead of the new Premier League season.

Manchester City hungry for Champions League success says Raheem Sterling

City claimed a deserved place in the quarter-finals with a 2-1 victory against Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium on Friday.

Sterling and Gabriel Jesus took advantage of Raphael Varane errors to score either side of a Karim Benzema equaliser and complete a 4-2 aggregate victory over the 13-time winners.

After a gap of more than five months between the two legs of a pulsating tie due to the coronavirus pandemic, City now go forward to the newly-arranged last-eight tournament in Lisbon and will face Lyon on August 15.

As City look for a breakthrough first win in the Champions League, Sterling said: “We were extra hungry (against Real Madrid).

“I think the mentality since we got back in – day one after lockdown – has been how much we want this. We’ve got energy to progress in this competition. Energy and fight – we showed that against Madrid throughout the game.

“There are teams in his competition with great quality. We have to keep up the energy and play our football. We want to go out there and play our football.

“The most important thing is to run and give 100 per cent for every minute we are in the competition.

“It’s a new format and it’s one we are ready for. All we can do now is go over there and run our socks off. That will make the difference and decide whether we progress or not.”

After the win over Madrid, City boss Pep Guardiola singled out Jesus for particular praise. The Brazilian has had to shoulder the burden of leading the attack in the absence of injured top scorer Sergio Aguero.

Sterling joined his manager in his appreciation of Jesus, but emphasised that the striker was not merely a back-up for Aguero.

“He’s not a sub, we’ve got two great strikers at this club,” said the England forward. “Both strikers score goals and when you play with either one of them you know what you expect from each of them.

“They are both top players in front of goal. You saw (on Friday) from Gabby his calmness in front of goal was brilliant.”

Norwich youngster heads to Spain

The 19-year-old scored 6 times for the Canaries’ U23 side this season and will now gain some experience in senior football in the Spanish second tier.

Ahadme, who was born in Morocco, will hope to help Oviedo improve on their 15th placed finish in the Segunda Division this year.

Players such as former Arsenal man Santi Cazorla and ex-Real Madrid and Barcelona star Robert Prosinecki have turned out for Oviedo in the past.

Manchester City’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid in doubt after Covid-19 scare

City, who hold a 2-1 advantage from the first leg which was played before lockdown, are due to play the second leg of the last 16 encounter with Madrid in Portugal on August 7.

However, there are now serious concerns as to whether the game can go ahead following Real Madrid’s confirmation that their Dominican striker Mariano Diaz has contracted coronavirus.

The original date for the second leg tie was scheduled for March, but that was postponed following news that a player from Real Madrid’s Basketball team – who share the same facilities as the footballers – returned a positive test.

Spanish radio reporter Fernando Burgos, who initially broke the news, tweeted that ‘the game against Manchester City is lost [translated]’.

The news comes just a matter of days after the UK added Spain to it’s quarantine list of destinations due to a rise in coronavirus cases, with anyone landing in the UK from Spain having to self-isolate for 14 days upon their arrival.

Real Madrid insist that Mariano Diaz is in good health and displaying no physical symptoms of the virus – however, regardless of these claims UEFA have a decision to make as to whether the game with Manchester City will go ahead as planned.