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Thursday’s transfer rumors – Arsenal to rival Tottenham with €20m offer for Turkish ‘Harry Potter’

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Arsenal to rival Tottenham with €20m offer for Turkish ‘Harry Potter’

Galatasaray winger Kerem Akturkoglu has emerged as a reported transfer target for the Gunners.

Fans have nicknamed the 23-year-old Turkish star as ‘Harry Potter’, the main character of a fantasy novel series, after a selfie he posted on Instagram last year bore a striking resemblance to the young wizard.

But it turns out Akturkoglu is quite the wizkid on the pitch as well. His performances have caught the eye of Tottenham, Atletico Madrid, Wolfsburg, and Lyon. Now Arsenal have entered the race. It’s alleged The Premier League giants are preparing a €20 million offer. [Star Gazetesi – in Turkish]

Three Brazilian clubs approach Fernandinho

Brazilian clubs Corinthians, Botafogo, and Flamengo have approached Manchester City captain Fernandinho.

The 36-year-old midfielder intends to leave Manchester City once his contract ends in the summer. A return to his native Brazil is the priority – ideally with former side Athletico Paranaense. [Globo Esporte – in Portuguese]

Manchester City make their move for Erling Haaland

Silva set to sign new Real Sociedad contract

David Silva is expected to sign a one-year contract extension with Real Sociedad.

The former Manchester City midfielder’s current deal expires at the end of the season. He is likely to sign an extension, but there is a catch. Real Sociedad want him to take a pay cut. [Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish]

Arsenal to rival Juventus for Morata

The Gunners plan to compete with Juventus for the signing of Alvaro Morata from Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window.

Juventus can sign the Spaniard permanently for €35 million when his loan from Atletico ends. However, they hope to renegotiate their buy option down to €15 million instead.

This could swing things in Arsenal’s favor. The Premier League side plan to offer Atletico around €25 million. And while Morata would prefer to stay in Italy, they could sway him with a better financial package. [Calciomercato – in Italian]

Ronald Araujo set for €1 billion release clause

Inter Milan to sell first

Lautaro Martinez, Alessandro Bastoni, and Milan Skriniar are among the players Inter Milan could sell.

The Nerazzurri plan to sell first in order to fund their summer transfers. Paulo Dybala is at the top of their list. The Juventus forward can join the club on a free transfer once his contract ends in June.

Other strikers on Inter’s radar are Torino’s Bremer, Sassuolo’s Gianluca Scamacca, and Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic. As for midfielders, they have eyes on Sassuolo’s Davide Frattesi and Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos. [Tuttosport – in Italian]

Obinna Nwobodo heads to the MLS

The former Nigeria U-20 midfielder has joined FC Cincinnati from Turkish side Goztepe on a three-year deal.