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Arteta calls Barcelona links ‘fake news’, Van Dijk stuns Liverpool, Tottenham-linked Nusa to Brentford deal stalls

Emery 100% trusts Ramsey

Unai Emery has expressed his clear views on Jacob Ramsey amid interest from many sides.

The academy graduate’s impact has diminished this season, making just 14 appearances and clubs are starting to monitor the England youth team star.

Reports in Germany say Bayern Munich are interested, while The Athletic has added Tottenham and Newcastle to the list.

Responding to the news, his club coach Emery said: “He is a very important player, he grew up in this academy and his progress is clearly getting better and better .

“His level is increasing a lot and I want to keep him with us. Of course he is starting to have movements around him, several teams are interested in the possibility of signing him, of course, because he is a player with great potential.

“I want to keep him here, 100%.”

Emery has made his opinion clear about Ramsey

Newcastle missed the opportunity?

Newcastle’s chances of raising funds through winger Miguel Almiron may be over.

The Magpies are operating on a sell-to-buy basis due to the Premier League’s Profitability and Sustainability rules, and Almiron looks like their best strategy.

The Paraguayan was expected to bring in around £35m from Saudi Pro League side Al Shabab, but the deal was delayed amid reports Almiron was not interested in the move.

Al Shabab, who were managed by Igor Biscan, then brought in Sevilla and Barcelona great Ivan Rakitic.

Now, they are set to make another signing, with former Liverpool man Suso joining in a deal worth £6million, according to Relevo.

The signing of forward Suso could mark the end of Al Shabab’s pursuit of AlmironCredit: Getty

Luton reinforcement

Luton Town beat Bundesliga side Bochum to sign Daiki Hashioka.

According to Sky Germany and The Telegraph, the Japanese right-back is moving from Belgium’s Sint-Truidense VV to Kenilworth Road for around £1.7 million.

Despite having seven international caps, the 24-year-old was not selected by Japan for the Asian Cup so will be able to play for Luton immediately.

Hashioka (left) will go to LutonCredit: AFP

Newcastle’s impossible mission

Eddie Howe admits Newcastle will not be able to add to their squad in January without pre-sale.

The Magpies have spent heavily since being taken over by the Saudi PIF in 2021 and made little profit.

Now, with the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability rules in place, Howe has said there won’t be any revenue without upfront spending.

“(The prospect of) no new arrivals increases with each passing hour as the deadline approaches,” he told the media.

“Probably what we won’t do is bring a player in without losing a player the other way, I think that’s impossible.”

Most likely to leave in a bid to raise funds is winger Miguel Almiron, with Al Shabab agreeing terms to sign the Paraguayan.

Newcastle is struggling to stay in the top half after finishing fourth last season


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has strongly denied reports linking him with the Barcelona job.

Spanish media have linked him with the job at the Catalan giants, with Xavi set to leave at the end of the season.

In response, Arteta said: “No. It’s completely fake news. What I read yesterday, I don’t know where it came from. I’m really upset about it.”

“I can’t believe it. I don’t know where it came from. I think we have to be very careful when talking about personal matters.

“I’m in the right place.”

Arteta commits his future to Arsenal

Van Dijk is skeptical

Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk suddenly opened the door to leaving Anfield in an interview with The Times.

The 32-year-old was Jurgen Klopp’s signing in 2018, joining from Southampton and helping the team win every trophy on offer.

However, with Klopp announcing his departure in the summer, Van Dijk is unsure whether he will continue to stick with his 18-month contract.

“The club will have a big job on their hands, everyone knows that,” he said.

“Replace not just the manager but the entire staff and a lot of things will change.

“I’m very curious which direction it will take but when that is announced we will see how we are.

“The Jurgen Klopp era will end – I’m still part of that era, that’s why I don’t want to talk about it – and that’s my main focus.

“Hopefully we will achieve the success we all dream of and by then there will probably be more clarity on what the club wants going forward and then we will see .”

Asked if he sees himself as part of the next era, Van Dijk added: “That’s the big question. I do not know”.


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