Mikel Arteta contacts Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic over Arsenal transfer

first_imgAdvertisement Rakitic could soon leave Barcelona (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has personally contacted Ivan Rakitic to try and convince him to join Arsenal, reports say.Rakitic has been tipped to leave Barcelona this summer after falling down the pecking order at the Camp Nou and has been linked with a transfer to Manchester United.Le 10 Sport claim Rakitic is preparing for an exit from Barcelona and Arteta is desperate to recruit him for Arsenal.In the conversation Arteta told the Croatian he wanted him to be the boss of his Arsenal midfield as he aims to revamp his squad despite limited transfer funds.ADVERTISEMENTRakitic’s deal at Barcelona expires next year and the 32-year-old is expected to be available at a knockdown price this summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementArteta may be keen, but Rakitic told the Arsenal head coach moving to the Premier League was not his preference.Rakitic wants to stay in Spain or join an Italian side and has interest from several clubs in both countries. Comment Rakitic could be available for a knockdown fee (Picture: Getty)Barcelona too are facing financial difficulties will are expected to offload several of their playing staff to raise transfer funds.The Catalan giants want to sign Inter striker Lautaro Martinez, but have been so far unable to trigger his £98.8million release clause.Arteta has drawn up a long list of targets and has been told by Arsenal to focus on swap deals and free transfers where possible.Arsenal are set to lose Dani Ceballos in midfield as he returns to Real Madrid, while Arteta is keen to sell Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi.MORE: Dani Ceballos issues ultimatum to Real Madrid after Arsenal’s FA Cup final winMORE: Matteo Guendouzi snubs Arsenal celebrations after FA Cup win vs ChelseaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Coral BarrySunday 2 Aug 2020 6:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.9kShares Advertisement Mikel Arteta contacts Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic over Arsenal transferlast_img read more

What in the world is the Leagues Cup

first_imgThe best teams from Mexico and the United States will play a small tournament, which will grow next season, in order to find the best club from both countries.With the growth of Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States and the penetration of the Mexican Liga MX in Spanish and English, football is becoming one of the biggest business in America.The North American nation is hosting many of the International Champions Cup (ICC) matches.But the MLS and the Liga MX have created their own tournament to decide once and for all who the best league is.This is the Leagues Cup, an eight-team competition that will start today and will end on September 18th.The competition has yet to start and next year will be expanded from eight to sixteen clubs.Today Chicago Fire will host Cruz Azul, while Los Angeles Galaxy will do the same with Club Tijuana.And tomorrow, Club America will visit Houston Dynamo, while Tigres UANL pays a visit to Real Salt Lake.The winners will advance to the Semifinals to be played on August 20, while the big Final will be played in Las Vegas on September 18th.Chile, Alexis SanchezAlexis Sanchez rules out move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami Andrew Smyth – September 5, 2019 Alexis Sanchez reckons he’s still got another “five or six years left” of European football in him amid links of a move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami.Players like Fire’s Bastian Schweinsteiger have said this is an excellent opportunity to showcase their talents against their Mexican counterparts.“It’s a good idea, especially since the rivalry between Mexican teams and American teams is growing,” he said.“It’s going to be interesting to see.”“I know it means for Mexican teams a lot to be playing against MLS teams,” he added.“They want to come here and show they have better teams than the MLS. At the end of the day, we will see who has the better team.”Do you know what the @LeaguesCup is? No? We got you cover, visit https://t.co/xVZj9zJD38 for more information.#LeaguesCup #MLS #LigaMX pic.twitter.com/hqHhCUMrZZ— Ronaldo.com (@ronaldocomint) July 23, 2019last_img read more