Monday, 31 March 2014

This week's transfer rumours, news and updates:

Hello and welcome to a new blog post where I have the latest transfer news, rumours and updates from across the world - including the EPL. There will be at least one blog post every week (which summarises the latest transfer news)

LATEST transfer news and updates:

Arsenal midfield trio Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and young German Gedion Zelalem have all signed new contracts with The Gunners, the club has confirmed. 

Promising: Ramsey is still a relatively young midfielder at 23, and has signed a new contract with The Gunners

Inspired form: Ramsey was in the form of his life until he got injured in mid-December

Young midfielder Gedion Zelalem also put pen to paper, along with team-mate Santi Cazorla
Liverpool are ready to make a move for PSV's young winger Zakaria Bakkali - who is highly-rated and poised to rise in price in the next couple of months. 

Liverpool are interested in signing Bakkali from PSV before the World Cup starts in June

Arsenal are rumoured to be scouting Bayer Leverkusen defensive midfielder Lars Bender and are ready to make another move for the 24-year-old German. 

Tough-tackler: Bender has impressed Arsenal with his powerful displays in the depth of midfield

No messing around: Bender is a very key player for Leverkusen - a move on the cards?
Just what we need: Arsenal are in search of a leader in midfield - could Bender be their man? 
They had a previous offer of £19million pounds rejected by the Bundesliga side back last year, but times are tough for Leverkusen (as they try to secure a top four finish as well as Champions League football) and they are increasing likely to take the money while they can for Bender. 

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed that he will look to sign on-loan goalkeeper Pepe Reina from Liverpool on a permanent basis this summer.

Napoli signed Reina on-loan in the summer, taking advantage of Liverpool's issues with him

Influential: Reina has played 24 games, made 83 saves and has 8 clean sheets this season.

Safe hands: Will Reina return to Liverpool in the summer, or opt to stay in Italy?

Top stopper: Reina has been an influential figure for a solid Napoli side this season
The Spanish stopper has been an instrumental part of a solid Napoli side in the Europa League and Serie A this season, and with Liverpool having signed Mignolet in the summer it showed to Reina that he was not a part of the club's plans for the future. The question is whether he will stay in Italy or fight with Mignolet for the number 1 jersey at Anfield after the end of the current season. 

PSG have risked angering Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho ahead of their Champions League quarter-final by admitting their rumoured interest in midfield duo Oscar and Eden Hazard. 

Top player: Hazard (right) has flourished under Mourinho at Chelsea this season
Hazard has scored 14 goals in the league this season, as well as 7 assists for The Blues.  

Dominant: Oscar isn't doing too badly either - having forced former team-mate Mata out of the starting line-up with his consistently good performances
Oscar has played well this season, with the confidence and freedom to run at defences and split defences open with killer passes to start counter attacks

Team-mates Lucas Moura and Yohan Cabaye have both publicly stated that they would love the duo to join them next season at the Parc des Princes. 

Moura said: "Oscar is a very good player. A rare talent in today's football, given his qualities. He is very complete and is very smart. We need someone like him at PSG. I think he would help us a lot - the more quality players there are, the better it is for the squad."

"Also, he's a very good friend of mine. I would be very happy if he came to PSG, the club too."

Cabaye also said: "Who would I recruit if I was club director? Hazard is a player that I would like to see at PSG. It would do so much good in Paris and for the championship. He is one of the best players I've played against."

"Eden Hazard is the Chelsea player. he can make the difference at any time, can be dangerous every time he touches the ball." 

When asked if he would sell the midfield duo, Mourinho said: "No problem. If there is Financial Fair Play, they don't have the money to buy them.

If there is no Financial Fair Play and they threw something crazy, £300million pounds for both then I think that Chelsea has to think about it" (the offer)