Arsenal are reportedly preparing a move for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Douglas Costa, who wants a move away from the club as a result of the unrest currently plaguing the eastern European nation, according to Inside Futbol.
Costa is one of a group of players who went absent without leave after the Ukranian side played a pre-season friendly in France. While the club agreed to move their training base to the capital city Kyiv and play their games at the Arena Lviv, there is still considerable unrest among their foreign contingent.
Only midfielder Fred has returned of those who questioned their safety. The rest have been questioned by the club, with a belief that they are simply trying to force moves to other sides.
Dutch outlet Voetbal Primeur has suggested that Arsenal are looking to take advantage of the situation, and are putting together a €20 million bid to see if Shakhtar are willing to sell one of their star players. They signed Douglas for only €6 million from Gremio in 2010.
He has made 121 appearances for the Ukranian side since joining, scoring 25 goals in the process, and they have won five league titles since his arrival.
Liverpool are reportedly set to confirm the signing of Belgian striker Divock Origi on Monday after the Lille forward agreed a five year deal with the Anfield club, according to the Daily Star.
Origi made headlines during the summer after forcing his way into Marc Wilmots’ World Cup squad. He had an impact on the competition, scoring his first international goal after replacing Romelu Lukaku in Belgium’s second game of the competition. Origi bagged in the 88th minute to give the European side a 1-0 win against Russia.
The Belgian international passed a medical with the Merseyside team on Friday, having joined them on their United States tour, and would become their fifth signing of the summer, after the captures of Emre Can, Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic.
Origi was also joined in Boston by Loic Remy, who is likely to confirm a move to Liverpool shortly, and they are also expected to sign Dejan Lovren from Southampton.
Adam Lallana has suffered an injury in training and is expected to miss the start of the new season.
Arsenal are reportedly in the race for the signature of Angelo Ogbonna after Juventus decided they were seeking a quick sale, which has also piqued the interests of La Liga winners Atletico Madrid and Sevilla, as reported by the Daily Star.
The 26-year-old central defender moved to the Old Lady of Turin last summer but only made 16 appearances in the league as they captured the Scudetto for the third season in a row. Juventus signed the 6 foot 3 inch defender from their cross-city rivals Torino.
Reports in Italy suggest that new manager Massimiliano Allegri is hoping to move Ogbonna on quickly to fund transfers, with the hope of building towards a Champions League adventure and winning Serie A for the fourth year in a row.
Prior to Ogbonna joining Juventus last summer, Arsenal were interested in signing him, and could reaffirm their interest now that his price has taken a £500k hit. He moved to Juventus for £10 million but the Turin club are now willing to see him depart for a cut-price £9.5 million.
Wenger is hoping to boost his central defensive ranks after Thomas Vermaelen was repeatedly linked with a move away from the club, with Manchester United and Barcelona two possible destinations.
Ogbonna has received nine international caps for Italy.