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Coral’s Rumour Reel: Gunners chasing Portugal Under-21 star?

| 30.06.2015

England’s Under-21s haplessly crashed out of the European Championship in the Czech the Republic at the group stage, but both Portugal and Sweden are set for a final appearance, with their young stars having impressed throughout.

Sweden are 4/1 with Coral to topple the favourites Portugal, with imposing midfield anchor William Carvalho having been a key aspect of his nation’s progression, with his performances catching the eye of Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal are keen to lure a new midfielder to the Emirates and Sporting Lisbon’s Carvalho would be a superb summer signing, with Chile international Arturo Vidal also in the frame for such a switch to London.


Elsewhere in the capital, West Ham United are working to sign Monaco’s Tunisia centre back Aymen Abdennour, also tracked by big-spending Liverpool, plus Barcelona midfielder Alex Song, who spent last term on loan with the Hammers.

A possible departure from Upton Park could be that of Stewart Downing, who is reportedly being tracked by the likes of Newcastle United, Middlesbrough, Leicester City and Sunderland.

Tony Pulis is preparing for his full top-flight campaign with West Bromwich Albion, and he is aiming to capture QPR star striker Charlie Austin, who is being valued at around £15m after his superb goalscoring season last term.

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Manchester City are facing losing frontman Edin Dzeko this summer, but they are hoping to land Brazilian full back Fabinho from Monaco. The 21-year-old would cost the Sky Blues around £15m to lure him to the Etihad in this window.

On the blue half of Merseyside, Everton are chasing the signature of Leeds United right back Sam Byram, as Roberto Martinez faces the potential loss of current defender Seamus Coleman, who is linked heavily with Manchester United.

With long-serving stopper Petr Cech having joined Arsenal, Chelsea are now turning their attention towards Stoke City goal guard Asmir Begovic. A bid of £6m is expected from the Blues as they look to replace their recently departed goalkeeper, and are 6/4 to retain the Premier League title next term.



Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.