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Coral’s Rumour Reel: Arsenal to land Barcelona midfield maestro?

| 30.07.2015

Arsenal will be hoping to mount a serious title challenge this season, with Arsene Wenger having boosted his squad already this summer to prepare for a tough campaign ahead.

The Gunners are 9/2 with Coral to lift their first Premier League crown since 2004, but will make a sensational swoop for Barcelona’s midfield anchor Sergio Busquets, with the 27-year-old Spaniard a possible departure from the Nou Camp.

Elsewhere, Aston Villa want to continue to revamp their squad after the departure of star striker Christian Benteke, and Nantes midfielder Jordan Veretout is now expected to fly to the West Midlands to complete a move.


Newcastle United have rebuffed their interest in Marseille’s 22-year-old wideman Florian Thauvin, though the Ligue 1 oufit have already rejected a £12m bid from Steve McClaren’s Magpies this summer.

Having made many key new signings at the Britannia Stadium already, Mark Hughes isn’t stopping there, as he looks to lure both Andriy Yarmolenko and Adama Traore to Stoke City this year. Ukraine international Yarmolenko has long been tipped for a switch, while Barcelona’s 19-year-old prospect is another potentially superb arrival.

Roberto Martinez’s Everton are still trying defiantly to retain the services of talented England international centre back John Stones this year, having recently rejected a renewed bid of £25m from Chelsea for the sought-after defender.

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Meanwhile, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has incredibly declared that he has no idea of the whereabouts of his out-of-favour Argentine attacker Angel Di Maria. The Old Trafford misfit has been linked heavily with French champions PSG.

Further bad news for the Red Devils, with reported defensive target Sergio Ramos set to sign a new contract with Real Madrid in Spain. With a deal for the Spanish centre back now dead in the water, Los Blancos will continue their approach for David de Gea as a replacement for Iker Casillas.

And finally, West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic says he has not given up hope of securing former loan star Alex Song on a permanent basis from Barcelona, with the 27-year-old having enjoyed a successful loan spell last term. The Hammers are 2/1 to secure a top 10 finish this campaign in the top flight.



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.