Emile Smith Rowe scored Arsenal’s second in the 3-0 win against Qarabag in the Europa League on 4 October
Henry eyeing Smith Rowe
Is Thierry Henry going to make a move to sign Arsenal starlet Emile Smith Rowe on loan?
According to reports in the French press the Gunners legend, who is now in charge of Monaco, is keen to sign the 18-year-old attacking midfielder on a temporary basis.
That might suit both parties, with the teenager limited for the moment to the odd outings in the Europa League and League Cup.
Monaco, meanwhile, lost again at the weekend and are now second from bottom in Ligue 1, and new boss Henry desperately wants fresh blood to help his squad climb up the table.
Reds go cold on Ramsey
It’s one in and one out as far as the race to sign Aaron Ramsey is concerned. According to the Daily Mirror, Liverpool “will not be moving” for the Arsenal midfielder for the simple reason that “he doesn’t fit the profile” that Jurgen Klopp wants in his new signings.
First, there is the question of his extensive injury history, while the Welshman’s wage demands are also expected to be exorbitant. But above all, says the Mirror, it’s Ramsey’s age that has turned Klopp cold. He’ll be 28 next month and the Reds’ boss believes that is too old, particularly given his injury problems.
But Bayern are bullish
Liverpool may have dropped out of the race to sign the Gunners midfielder, but Bayern Munich have come up on the outside and, according to the Daily Express, they are now the “surprise front-runners in the pursuit of the Welsh international”.
Apparently the German giants are taking a “keen interest in Ramsey’s contract talks with Arsenal”, and the rumours emanating from the Emirates suggesting the Welshman is definitely leaving when his contract expires at the end of the season have emboldened Bayern.
The Express claims that Bayern are ready to offer Ramsey “a deal to move to Germany as soon as they are allowed under Fifa rules early in the New Year”.
Barcelona courting Koscielny
Laurent Koscielny is scheduled to return to first-team action later this month, six months after rupturing his Achilles tendon in the Gunners’ Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid, but might the Frenchman soon be packing his bags?
The Daily Star claims that Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde wants to shore up his defence in January, and among the names on his list of potential targets is Koscielny.
Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo says that Valverde sees the central defender as the experienced blocker he requires at the Camp Nou.