Arsenal boss angry at club’s indecision in the market as chiefs drag their heels over signings


Mikel Arteta’s transfer window woe! Arsenal boss is angry at club’s indecision in the summer market as chiefs drag their heels over signings and insist EVERY deal is signed off by American owners – with fears they could now miss out on Gabriel Jesus

  • Mikel Arteta is growing frustrated by Arsenal’s indecision in the transfer market
  • England fans face being priced out of a Milan trip to watch the clash against Italy
  • The country’s leading agents are waiting for Kalvin Phillips’ call next week
  • Plans to block leveraged buy-outs such as ALK Capital’s purchase of Burnley
  • The FA are working on a proposal that would see them set up a new board

Mikel Arteta is growing frustrated by Arsenal’s indecision in the transfer market.

The north London club, who were pipped to a place in the top four by bitter rivals Tottenham, are insisting that all major transactions are approved by the American ownership, which Arteta fears could cost them the chance to sign top transfer target Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City.

The Brazil striker was made available for transfer almost two months ago and Arsenal were quick to register their interest, but have yet to commit to meeting City’s £50million asking price or open talks over personal terms with the 25-year-old.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is growing frustrated by Arsenal’s indecision in the transfer market

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The Gunners are insisting that all major transactions are approved by the American ownership

The Gunners are insisting that all major transactions are approved by the American ownership

Arteta fears could cost them the chance to sign top transfer target Gabriel Jesus from Man City

Arteta fears could cost them the chance to sign top transfer target Gabriel Jesus from Man City

With Arteta’s bosses seemingly vacillating, Chelsea, Tottenham and Real Madrid have also joined the race to sign Jesus, leading to concerns that Arsenal could miss out.

The Gunners are in desperate need after Alexandre Lacazette’s departure left them with Eddie Nketiah as the club’s only recognised striker.

The Brazil striker was made available for transfer almost two months ago for £50million

The Brazil striker was made available for transfer almost two months ago for £50million

England fans are fashion victims

England fans face being priced out of a trip to watch the UEFA Nations League clash against Italy in Milan next season by an invasion of fashionistas. 

The Euro 2020 final rematch on September 23 clashes with Milan Fashion Week and as a result accommodation in the city is scarce, with the limited number of rooms that do remain available having trebled in price.

Many supporters have also ruled out going to the World Cup due to the cost. In an indication of the widespread reluctance to travel to Qatar, the FA’s initial ticket allocation of 2,489 for England’s opening match of the tournament has yet to sell out.

England fans face being priced out of a trip to watch the Nations League clash against Italy

England fans face being priced out of a trip to watch the Nations League clash against Italy

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Agents wait for Kalvin’s call

The country’s leading agents are waiting with bated breath for Kalvin Phillips’ return from international duty with England next week.

The Leeds United midfielder is due to make a decision on who will negotiate his next contract after his existing agreement with Palm Sports Management expired last week.

The 26-year-old is thought to be ready to leave Elland Road, with every big agency having pitched for his services over the last few months.

Phillips’ new agent is in for a busy and potentially lucrative summer. Leeds want to offer their star man a new contract but there is considerable interest from other clubs, with champions Manchester City willing to pay up to £60million.

The country’s leading agents are waiting with bated breath for Kalvin Phillips’ call next week

The country’s leading agents are waiting with bated breath for Kalvin Phillips’ call next week

Plan to block Burnley deals

The Premier League have opted not to impose any restrictions on private equity investment in clubs as part of a beefed-up owners and directors’ test, but will proceed with plans to block leveraged buy-outs such as ALK Capital’s purchase of Burnley.

Restrictions on state-funded takeovers are also under consideration, although no firm agreement was reached at this week’s AGM. 

The Premier League have been mandated by the clubs to put forward a series of resolutions regarding the owners and directors’ test ahead of a vote at the start of next season.

Plans are in place to block leveraged buy-outs such as ALK Capital’s purchase of Burnley

Plans are in place to block leveraged buy-outs such as ALK Capital’s purchase of Burnley

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FA’s whole new board game

The FA are working on a proposal that would see them set up a new board to act as an independent regulator for the sport in line with the recommendations of the Tracey Crouch review. 

In what would be one of the most radical changes to their governance in their 155-year history, the FA would establish a new completely independent board to sit above the existing one, which consists of representatives from the professional and grassroots game.

In addition to getting approval from Government, the FA would also require approval from the FA Council and FA Board in order to make the change, which could prove challenging as the move would see their powers reduced. 

The Premier League, EFL and the clubs are likely to be supportive, however, as they would rather see the independent regulator emerge from within football rather than being imposed on them by the Government.

The FA are working on a proposal to set up a new board to act as an independent regulator

The FA are working on a proposal to set up a new board to act as an independent regulator

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