Leno wants to stay at Arsenal, Chelsea agree Nouwen deal, Man United sent Marquinhos message, Skriniar addresses Liverpool rumours in news of the day…
Chelsea have agreed pre-contract terms to sign Holland defender Aniek Nouwen from PSV Eindhoven on a three-year deal.
Nouwen has made over 100 appearances for PSV since making her professional debut in 2016 and has been capped 14 times by the Netherlands, and she has been on the radar of Chelsea for the last 12 months.
Now Chelsea have won the race to get a transfer deal done as Nouwen will will join Emma Hayes’ squad ahead of the 2021-22 season, and The 22-year-old says she jumped at the chance to sign for the Women’s Super League champions and is excited at the prospect of linking up with her new team-mates.
“There were other clubs who were interested, but I made my decision to join Chelsea pretty fast,” Nouwen said on the club website
“To play in the English league has always been a dream for me as it is the best competition and it provides the best opportunity for me to develop even more.
“I’m very honoured and proud to become a Blue and I can’t wait to be a part of this winning team. I want to win prizes and play in the big games.
“I’m looking forward to joining up with the team. It’s all going to be very new but I’m really excited.”
Nouwen has been impressing over the past 12 months and it is very easy to see why she was signed up by the Blues so quickly, she is certainly a player that should help the club defensively next season.
Milan Skriniar has addressed the rumours linking him with a summer transfer move to the likes of Liverpool.
The commanding centre-half has seen a switch to the Premier League mooted for some time, with his talents said to be registering on recruitment radars heading towards the summer.
Liverpool have one of the very best defences in the Premier League under Jurgen Klopp, but there is a feeling that the German wants to add another centre-half to that back-line, as Virgil Van Dijk will need a partner for next season.
However, despite the speculation that Liverpool are ready to wrap up a transfer deal for Skriniar, the defender claims to be in no rush to explore options that are supposedly open to him.
Skriniar has told Sport Aktuality on the interest he is said to be attracting from afar: “There have been rumours, there are and there will be.
“However, I have never listened to or commented them.
“Of course, it will be no different after this season.”
He has added on his ambitions for the immediate future: “I want to enjoy this great feeling now, then I want to finish the season and prepare for the European Championship.
“Will I defend the title with the Inter shirt next year? Yes, of course.”
Skriniar is one of the very best defenders over in Italian football and it is very easy to see just why so many clubs are after him. So even though he is happy at the club, money talks, and if the likes of Liverpool offer the right amount of money, they will get a deal done.
Even if he doesnt want to leave the Italian giants.
Bernd Leno says he is still happy at Arsenal and insists there are no other players in the dressing room who want to leave the club.
There was massive hope at the end of the season that Arsenal would be challenging for more than just a top four spot this season, especially after winning that FA Cup last year in shock fashion.
However, after a very disappointing campaign this year, Arsenal face the prospect of no European football for the first time in 25 years, and According to newspaper reports, Germany goalkeeper Leno is supposedly one of the first players who will leave the Emirates part of a summer overhaul.
However, despite all the speculation that he will be sold in the transfer window, the 29-year-old says he wants to stay and insists no one else in the dressing room is pushing for a move either.
“I am still happy at Arsenal. Arsenal is still a big club, a big name in the world and in the Premier League,” he told Sky Sports.
“There is nobody in the dressing room who says ‘I want to leave the club, I am not happy here anymore’.
“We still have a good environment at the club and in the dressing room. Of course, at times it was not easy this season, but this is part of football.”
Leno is not the stopper that Arsenal need in that squad and they need to splash the cash to bring in a better alternative that will add 20-points to the side.
Rio Ferdinand says Manchester United need look no further than Paris Saint-Germain’s Marquinhos if they are looking to sign a defender in the transfer window.
There is alot of rumours that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be backed in the transfer window and will look to add another defender, a midfielder and maybe a striker to his attack in order to win every possible title that they will be competing for.
Marquinhos is a player that has been linked to the Premier League on a number of occasions, and there has been some speculation in the media that he is one of the players that Solskjaer would like to Bring to Old Trafford in the summer.
And Ferdinand says there is only one player they should be looking at to upgrade their defence, identifying PSG skipper Marquinhos as one of the very best centre-backs in the world.
‘If any team is in the market for a centre-back, right now, out of the top teams, with the finances, Marquinhos is the only place I’m going,’ Ferdinand said on his Vibe with Five YouTube show.
‘Big-game player. Every big game you see that guy play he turns up.
‘Fit as you like, quick, robust, hardened, battle-hardened, understands the big-game environments. Top, top player, great attitude, leader, got it all.
‘If I’m looking for a centre-back of experience who can take me to the next level, he’s the one I’m going for.’
Marquinhos is world class and is just the kind of statement signing that would worry Pep Guardiola over at City. United certainly have a chance of signing Marquinhos, but will PSG let him leave?