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Arsenal to swoop for two new forwards, Nainggolan to reject Chelsea and today's other transfer gossip

Plus the latest on Manchester United target Paul Pogba.

Draxler only joined Wolfsburg last year but could be on the move again.
Draxler only joined Wolfsburg last year but could be on the move again.
Image: Martin Rickett

HERE ARE THE good, the bad, and the unlikely football moves being talked about today.

Arsene Wenger could be about to add to his German contingent at the Emirates with the purchase of Wolfsburg forward Julian Draxler, but it will cost the Gunners over £40 million to get their man.

The North London club have also been linked with Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette but the transfer fee could become a stumbling block, with the French club in no rush to sell the 25-year-old who signed a new four-year contract last summer.

But it could be a case of two in and one out for Arsenal though.

Juventus look ready to re-invest the money from their rumoured sale of Paul Pogba, with Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez their first target.

French international midfielder Pogba continues to be linked with a return to Old Trafford in a transfer worth £100 million, and the move is expected to gather pace with the player’s agent requesting urgent talks with the Serie A giants after Sunday’s Euro 2016 final.

Arsenal v Norwich City - Barclays Premier League - Emirates Stadium The Chile international has been with Arsenal since 2014 after joining from Barcelona. Source: John Walton

Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan, who impressed for Belgium during Euro 2016, looks like he is ready to snub the advances of new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and stay in the Italian capital.

Italy Soccer Champions League Nainggolan looks happy to stay with Roma, despite Chelsea's interest in his signature. Source: Alessandra Tarantino

However, the role of Cesc Fabregas in the first team remains in doubt as the Italian doesn’t believe that the former Arsenal midfielder can adapt to his style of play.

It’s no secret that West Ham and Tottenham are looking for new strikers to fire them up the Premier League table, with Spurs linked with AZ Alkmaar forward Vincent Janssen, while the Hammers are chasing the more experienced AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca.

Robbie Brady, who played a starring role for Ireland in the European Championships, may have his dream of playing in the Champions League dashed by Norwich City, after they reportedly put a £20 million valuation on the 24-year-old.

The former Hull City man had been linked with Premier League champions Leicester City.

Finally, Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic has reportedly been given permission to speak to other clubs with Liverpool, Sunderland, Stoke and newly-promoted Middlesbrough all vying for the 27-year-old’s signature.

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Soccer - Friendly - Nottingham Forest v Tottenham Hotspur Source: EMPICS Sport

Spurs signed Portuguese midfielder Pedro Mendes from FC Porto in 2004, with striker Helder Postiga, who scored just one league goal in his only season with the White Hart Lane club, going in the opposite direction.

Mendes, who went on to win 10 caps for his country, was perhaps best known for two controversial incidents that happened in Manchester.

First, it was the goal that never was at Old Trafford when Roy Carroll fumbled a long-distance effort from Mendes into his own goal.

Although the television replays proved that the ball was a couple of yards over the line, referee Mark Clattenburg failed to award Mendes the goal.

Source: SuperEpicSportTV/YouTube

A year later on the other side of Manchester, Mendes was on the end of a nasty challenge from Manchester City’s Ben Thatcher.

The City defender charged into Mendes with his elbow, knocking the then Portsmouth man into the advertising hoardings, leaving the midfielder requiring hospital treatment.

Source: Thu Huong Nguyen/YouTube

Mendes would go on finish his career with spells with Rangers, Sporting Lisbon and Vitoria S.C. before retiring in 2012.

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