Arsenal’s hopes of securing the signature of Jeffrey Schlupp have been dealt a blow following reports the Leicester City wing-back is set to sign a new four-year contract at the King Power Stadium.
According to the Daily Mirror, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had been credited with an interest in luring the highly-rated Ghana international to the Emirates Stadium, but after talks with the Midlands club’s director of football Jon Rudkin he’s opted to stay with the Foxes.
News of Schlupp’s commitment will come as a huge boost for Nigel Pearson as he bids to strengthen the squad that successfully staved off the threat of relegation from the Premier League last term.
For a long time it looked as though the 22-year-old would be on his way out after attracting admiring glances from a host of top-flight suitors - including Manchester United.
However, like Arsenal, the Red Devils have been unable to convince Schlupp that his future would be better served away from Leicester.
Arturo Vidal move ’90% done’
Arsene Wenger is close to completing a deal to sign Alexis Sanchez’s international team-mate Arturo Vidal, according to Spanish radio station Cadena Cope, who say the Juventus midfielder’s prospective move to Arsenal is “90 per cent done”.
It’s reported that the 28-year-old playmaker will cost the Gunners around £24 million, with the Chilean expected to become the north London club’s second summer arrival at the Emirates Stadium behind Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech.
Ospina edges closer to Arsenal exit
Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina is edging towards the Emirates Stadium exit door less than 12 months after signing, and could officially ask to leave the north London club when he discusses his future with Arsene Wenger on July 20.
Acutely aware of Petr Cech’s imminent arrival as the Gunners new No.1 stopper, the Colombia international does not want to settle for a prolonged period on the sidelines and so is ready to find a new employer where he’ll be guaranteed more regular action.