Featured ImageThe Tottenham fans in the Transfer Tavern think that their side could do with a bit more midfield depth…

With the injury status of Mousa Dembele concerning fans, Tottenham are quite short on depth in the middle of the park. Beyond Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier, Pochettino can call on young Harry Winks, but a lack of other, more experienced options, is certainly concerning.

Tottenham have been able to manage lately, but this season – with the Champions League, Carabao Cup, Premier League and FA Cup all on the agenda – they might not be so lucky.

Thus, it makes sense for them to sign a new midfielder or two, and our landlord has thrown a surprising option out there: £16.2m-rated Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere. It would certainly be a surprising move, given the negative atmosphere between Tottenham and Arsenal, but could it make perfect sense for all parties?

For Wilshere, if he wants to regain his form, there is no better place than Tottenham. Mauricio Pochettino has been wonderful at getting the best out of English players, and if he can have half the effect on Wilshere as he has on Dele Alli and Harry Kane, then we might finally start to see the best of the midfielder. Beyond that, his technical skill and fantastic passing range will align perfectly with Pochettino’s philosophy, and so he’d fit in perfectly. The aforementioned lack of options would also likely mean regular game time, something that he isn’t getting at Arsenal.

For Tottenham, meanwhile, his homegrown status is obviously helpful, but so is his price tag. His current contract ends next summer, and so if he doesn’t re-sign, he could be available on a free. Financially, that makes a lot of sense, and whilst there may be concerns over his fitness, the lack of financial outlay means that this deal carries very little risk.  At 25-years-old, he’s still yet to reach his peak, and he has shown in fits and bursts this season that there is a lot of life in him yet.


Arsenal may need £29m to buy Dries Mertens

Arsenal may be able to buy Napoli forward Dries Mertens for £29m, according to latest reports from Italy.

The Napoli forward signed a new contract at the club last May which included a release clause of £25m. According to Calciomercato, there’s a condition in his contract that will increase that release clause to £29m should Napoli win the Serie A title.

Napoi are currently top of the table, having won seven out of seven games and scoring 25 goals in the process. Mertens has seven of those goals, picking up from the 28 league goals he scored last season.

For a striker of his quality, £29m would be a tremendous bargain, in my opinion, given the amount of that clubs have to spend to sign top quality forwards these days. However, at 30-years of age, he wouldn’t represent a long-term investment for any clubs.

Napoli are believed to be keen to remove that release clause. Mertens spent most of his career playing either on the left or right wing, and proved to be inconsistent. Due to an injury crisis, he ended up playing through the middle and entered an incredible run of form.

He could be an option for Arsenal to replace Alexis Sanchez should the Chilean leave the club for free at the end of the season.

Arsenal keen to tie Juventus and United wonderkid target to new deal

Marcus McGuane is being lined up for a new contract currently, with Arsenal keen to secure his future with the club.

The 18 year-old made his senior debut for the Gunners in last week’s Europa League victory over Bate Borisov, coming from the bench to replace Reiss Nelson, and is being tipped to make the step-up into the first-team squad.

McGuane has been training with the senior side this term, as well as starring for the Under-23 side, and is believed to be highly-rated in North London.

Juventus and Manchester United are said to be keen on poaching the versatile youngster, who is into the final year of his two-year scholarship with the club, but Arsenal are keen on securing him to a new long-term contract.

Our club has a few too many players running down their current deals this season, and losing McGuane would only make things worse.

The midfielder is able to play out wide or in central defence, but is most adept to playing just in front of the defence, but has been improving his play up the pitch this season also.

The youngster was recently persuaded to change his international allegiances to play for England’s Under 19s, having previously played for Ireland’s youth sides.

McGuane will be hoping to become the latest youngster to become a permanent first-team regular since Alex Iwobi broke into the side in during last season, but he is currently behind Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson in the race for prominence.

Nelson has only come to the fore this term, and is being tipped to be the next biggest star to come up through our ranks, and could well be in line for a new contract in the near future also, with just over 18 months remaining on his current deal.

How crucial is it to keep McGuane from joining a rival? Can he make the jump to the first-team this term?

Arsenal willing to sell star man Alexis Sanchez in January

Reports in France claim that Arsenal have decided to sell star man Alexis Sanchez in January.

Sanchez was reportedly close to joining Manchester City on deadline day this summer, but a deal was never completed as the Gunners could not source a replacement in time.

The Chile international could walk away from the Emirates Stadium for free next summer upon the expiration of his contract.

However, Le Parisien claims that Arsenal will sell Sanchez in January to avoid any possibility of not getting a transfer fee.

City are expected to return with an new bid, but the report claims that Paris Saint-Germain have also retained their interest from the summer.

The French outlet goes on to claim that PSG are willing to make room for the 28-year-old by selling striker Edison Cavani.

In addition, they will be able to move Kylian Mbappe to a more central role, the position in which he thrived at Monaco before his arrival in Paris.

Neymar reportedly wanted Sanchez to join him at PSG this summer when he made a world-record move from Barcelona,.

Arsenal star’s agent holds transfer talks with Champions League group toppers despite Man United link

Arsenal star’s agent holds transfer talks with Champions League group toppers despite Man United link

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil continues to be linked with a move away from the Emirates.

Ozil has under 12 months remaining on his contract but has yet to sign a new deal leading to speculation that he could be on his way out.

The 28-year-old will be a free agent at the end of the season unless a new agreement is reached.

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Reigning Super Lig giants Besiktas have become the latest side to express an interest in Ozil.

The Black Eagles held talks with Ozil’s agent Dr Erkut Sogut according to the Fanatik newspaper.

Per the source, Besiktas first held talks with Dr Sogut in Istanbul last month.

The Istanbul giants reportedly put forward an offer to Ozil’s agent.

The report also highlights that Manchester United and Inter Milan are interested in his services.

Ozil joined Arsenal on a record £42.5 million move from Real Madrid in 2013.

The playmaker of Turkish origin has 32 goals and 57 assists in all competitions for the North London based outfit since making his move to North London.

The 2014 World Cup winner has however, failed to score or provide an assist in all competition this season.