Newcastle United play Family Fortunes, Man Utd aim to Strike It Lucky, Arsenal lead The Chase
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‘We asked 100 people to name the top five clubs looking to sign one of Turkish football’s most promising young talents...’
Eddie Howe reaches for the buzzer and suggests Newcastle United. His response is met by a positive chime as the Magpies come out as the top answer in this slightly bizarre version of Family Fortunes.
But family does seem to be at the heart of the St James Park club’s efforts to land Fenerbahce midfielder Arda Guler, who has impressed for club and country over the course of the last 12 months to capture the attention of some of European football’s biggest clubs.
His form for the Istanbul-based club led to a maiden senior international call-up and it now seems increasingly likely the 18-year-old will get a chance to move to the Premier League as both Arsenal and Newcastle show a serious interest in making a move for the youngster this summer. Turkish outlet Karar have claimed the Magpies have already held a meeting with Guler’s family and will hold a second over the next week as they look to sign a player that has been described as the ‘Turkish Messi’.
It’s more Strike It Rich that Family Fortunes for Manchester United as they look to to bolster their defensive options with the signing of Napoli centre-back Kim-Min Jae.
Il Mattino have confirmed the South Korean international will ‘almost certainly’ leave the newly-crowned Serie A champions during the summer transfer window and have claimed the Red Devils have been made aware of a £52m release clause in his current deal that will only be valid for the opening 15 days of July.
The report also claims Napoli have made securing the signing of a replacement for the centre-back at the top of their list of priorities as they look to defend their title and push for success in other competitions when the new season gets underway in August.
And to continue and thankfully bring to an end this rather laboured game show theme, Arsenal are said to be leading ‘The Chase’ for Galatasaray defender Sacha Boey as they look to solve one key issue within Mikel Arteta’s squad.
Ben White was a regular on the right-hand side of the Gunners back-four last season as Takehiro Tomiyasu endured an injury-hit campaign. Turkish outlet Turkiye Gazetesi have claimed Arsenal have moved to resolve the issue by submitting an opening bid of around £17m for the French defender and described the Gunners as ‘determined to finalise the transfer’ in the near future.
The 22-year-old made 32 appearances in all competitions as Galatasaray claimed the Super Lig title ahead of arch rivals Fenerbahce in recent weeks but it remains to be seen whether the former France youth international will be part of their title defence next season.