Arsenal have offered Ligue 1 side Caen more money than Italian giants Inter for 19-year-old Yann Karamoh, according to journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.
Di Marzio claims that the Gunners have offered the ‘new Kylian Mbappe’ a higher salary than Italian giants Inter Milan.
The Gunners and their north London rivals Tottenham have both been linked with a swoop this summer for the Caen forward who scored 5 goals in 35 appearances in his first season in professional football.
With Lucas Perez seemingly on his way out of the Emirates stadium just a year after joining from Deportivo La Coruna, Arsene Wenger is said to be keen on signing the youngster to bolster his attacking options for this season.
Perez is set to join Turkish outfit Fenerbache after a frustrating first season on the fringes in London, and this has led to Wenger turning his attentions to the Ivorian, after he impressed in Caen’s outstanding campaign as they finished seventh last season.
Despite heavy interest from the Premier League, Di Marzio says that Karamoh “has made his mind up regrading a move to the San Siro,” and is destined to join Inter at some point.
The French U21 international has one year remaining on his current contract and Caen are reluctant to sell one of their main assets, but could be forced to cash in on him in the January window, if they are able to resist the temptation of Inter until then.
?Kick It Out are investigating racial abuse directed at Sikh referee Sukhbir Singh after he took charge of Chelsea’s pre-season defeat against Inter last weekend.
?Sky Sports have reported that the official was the victim of the vitriol of fans angry with his performance in the friendly.
Singh awarded a contentious penalty against Chelsea in the first half after a challenge by Cesar Azpilicueta on Inter forward Stefan Jovetic, and Michy Batshuayi saw a late goal wrongly ruled out for offside in the 2-1 defeat.
A number of social media users made racist comments about the referee while the game was in progress, some of which had not been taken down as of Tuesday.
Football’s anti-discrimination campaign Kick It Outhave been contacted by people expressing concern over the comments.
The organisation’s reporting officer is investigating the matter and “liaising with relevant authorities”.
Kick it out claim that they have “been made aware by members of the public concerned by the comments directed” towards Singh.
It is not the first time Singh has faced criticism for a performance, although the abuse was far less extreme on previous occasions.
The Singaporean official was accused of being in favour of India – the country of his origin – when they played against Afghanistan in the SAFF Championship final in 2011.
Manchester United are nearing the completion of a £48m deal for Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic, according to the Daily Star.
Jose Mourinho had previously outlined his transfer targets for the remainder of the summer’s transfer window, citing his club’s need for a midfielder and winger. United went some way to satisfying Mourinho’s needs by recently securing the services of former Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic for a reported fee of £40 million.
The Red Devils have now focused their efforts on signing a winger as Gareth Bale was again linked with a move to Old Trafford. However, the Galactico’s agent Jonathan Barnett rejected the notion that Bale is looking to depart Real Madrid.
And now, Mourinho has ‘urged’ chief-executive Ed Woodward to complete a deal for Perisic instead. In fact, it is said that the Portuguese favors adding Perisic to his squad over Bale.
Despite Inter boss Luciano Spalletti suggesting otherwise, negotiations between United and the Nerazzurri are ongoing. Furthermore, the 20-time English league champions believe progress is being made in the aforementioned talks.
Perisic, unlike most roaming wide-men, favors turning defenders towards the byline, rather than coming inside. The Croatia international also has a particular penchant for sending crosses into the penalty box, something none of United’s wingers – apart from Antonio Valencia – possess. Such a playing style bodes well for a potentially lethal Romelu Lukaku and Perisic combination when taking into account the former’s significant aerial presence.
Moreover, Perisic has demonstrated immense versatility over the course of his career. The attacker impressed in an unfamiliar role on the right side of a front three during the European Championships, while also being able to operate through the middle.
United will begin their competitive campaign with a UEFA Super Cup match against Real Madrid, before hosting West Ham in the Premier League.