Arsenal ‘keen to sign Napoli striker Victor Osimhen as well as Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus’

Arsenal are reportedly looking to sign Napoli forward Victor Osimhen as well as Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus as they aim to bolster their attacking options this summer.

The Gunners missed out on Champions League qualification by two points on the final day of the season as arch-rivals Tottenham pipped them to fourth spot.

While Mikel Arteta’s young side showed promise throughout the season, they did not have a reliable goal-scoring striker and accordingly ended the league with eight less goals than Spurs.

Victor Osimhen’s agent reportedly met with Arsenal last week to discuss a potential transfer

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Given that forwards Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette are both out of contract this summer, picking up two new strikers could be an important move for Arsenal.

According to Goal, Osimhen’s agent flew to London for talks with Arsenal about a potential transfer last week.

However, the north London club understands Napoli will only consider offers considerably above the £65million that they played for the 23-year-old two years ago.

Arsenal’s failure to secure fourth place may hinder their chances of signing the in-demand Nigerian striker, as they are likely to be bidding against teams that can offer Champions League football.

Gabriel Jesus will struggle for game time when Erling Haaland arrives if he stays at Man City

He is certainly an exciting prospect with 28 goals in 62 appearance for Napoli since joining from Lille in 2020. 

The Gunners may have a better chance with Gabriel Jesus, though.

The 25-year-old Brazilian has one year left on his contract with Manchester City but will slip down the pecking order when Erling Haaland arrives ahead of next season.

Jesus has scored 95 goals in 236 games for City, and appeared 28 times last season as they won the Premier League by a point. 

He could be a shrewd edition for an Arsenal team short of a consistent striker. 

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PSG women’s coach suspended following allegations of ‘inappropriate actions and remarks’

Paris St Germain women’s coach Didier Olle-Nicolle has been provisionally suspended following allegations of inappropriate behaviour.

‘Paris Saint-Germain was informed today of inappropriate actions and comments to which members of its women’s team were allegedly exposed,’ a club statement said.

‘These facts and remarks, if confirmed, would be incompatible with the sporting and human values of Paris Saint-Germain.

Paris St Germain women’s coach Didier Olle-Nicolle has been provisionally suspended

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‘Paris Saint-Germain takes the situation very seriously and intends to shed full light on the facts and comments reported. 

‘In this context and in order to preserve the interests of all parties involved, the coach of the women’s team has been placed on leave today, by mutual agreement with Paris Saint-Germain.’

Olle-Nicolle could not be immediately reached for comment.

PSG are currently second in the French top flight and play leaders Lyon on Friday in their penultimate game. Last week they won the French Cup and also reached the semi-finals of this year’s Champions League, losing to Lyon.

The suspension comes just before second-placed PSG play leaders Lyon on Friday night

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Aston Villa star Douglas Luiz pursued by Jose Mourinho as the Roma manager looks to add depth

Jose Mourinho is expected to step up his efforts to bring Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz to Roma after Wednesday’s Europa Conference League Final.

The Brazilian has been on Roma’s radar since last summer and Villa are likely to consider offers for him, given there is only one year remaining on his contract.

Villa have already strengthened in midfield, with Boubacar Kamara agreeing a five-year contract with the club after allowing his deal with Marseille to expire, and may look to add another player in that area of the pitch.

Jose Mourinho first expressed interest in Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz last summer

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With John McGinn, Jacob Ramsey and Marvelous Nakamba also at the club along with youngsters Carney Chukwuemeka and Tim Iroegbunam, Gerrard has plenty of options and the sale of Luiz – although highly regarded by Villa – would give him room for manoeuvre in the market in other positions.

Mourinho is also keen to improve his midfield, with Roma willing to sell Jordan Veretout and also set to lose Sergio Oliveira, whose loan deal expires at the end of the season. 

Meanwhile Henrikh Mkhitaryan is out of contract in the summer and has still not agreed fresh terms. 

In January, Villa and Roma successfully negotiated a loan deal for goalkeeper Robin Olsen to move to Villa Park.

Roma will need to strengthen their midfield after potentially losing three players this summer

Luiz joined Villa in summer 2019, following promotion to the Premier League, and played a vital role in keeping them in the top flight when football resumed after the three-month coronavirus lockdown. He has played regularly ever since.

Speaking about recruitment, Gerrard said: ‘I’m fully involved in recruitment and I know how important it is in the modern game. 

‘Myself, (sporting director) Johan Lange and (chief executive) Christian Purslow speak regularly, and I’m in constant dialogue with the owners as well.

‘We’re all aligned in terms of the targets we want. The most important part of recruitment is your own eyes, what you see and feel, and what areas need support and addressing.’

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