Gossip: Low linked with Arsenal job as 'pay divide' unsettles players, Conte 'could stay at Chelsea', Sessegnon 'wants Tottenham move'

Transfer gossip: Antonio Conte, Ryan Sessegnon and Joachim Low are stealing the headlines on Thursday
Transfer gossip: Antonio Conte, Ryan Sessegnon and Joachim Low are stealing the headlines on Thursday

“Spend some money, Wenger!” they screamed.

“But I think football is not just about spending money. It is about nurturing youth and taking a more holistic approach…”

“Grrr! Stop hoping you can turn Yaya Sanogo into the next Thierry Henry! Just buy some world class players for millions and millions of pounds!” they screamed again.

“But I think perhaps that could cause more probl…

“Just do it!”

And eventually Arsenal did throw off the shackles of prudency and spend millions and millions of pounds on some players. Not working out very well though, is it?

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Not only are the Gunners currently more rubbish at football than at any time in recent memory; the shattering of Wenger’s carefully maintained “socialist” wage structure has reportedly made for some unhappy campers in the dressing room.

The Times reports that the new “pay divide” at the Emirates – with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil earning more than everyone else – has “unsettled” the squad.

The broadsheet says Arsenal’s “team spirit is being tested” by the pay gap. Repeatedly losing football matches can’t be helping it much either.


Low is top Gunners target

But maybe it will cheer up the beleaguered Gooners to see that Joachim Low is again being linked with Wenger’s job.

According to ESPN, the Germany coach will be the “leading candidate” if the long-serving Frenchman leaves the Emirates this summer – a scenario that “is becoming increasingly likely”.

ESPN’s “source” for this information adds that, “A lot of the players don’t want Wenger. They are not happy with his tactics and the training.”

Low, on the other hand, is a highly respected World Cup winner, despite the fact he has not managed at club level since leaving Austria Vienna in 2004. His contract with Die Mannschaft runs until 2020 though.

There is more promising news for Antonio Conte, who the Sun says could remain as Chelsea manager next season even if the Blues miss out a top-four finish.

Owner Roman Abramovich is allegedly willing to keep faith with the Italian, as long as he “curbs his moaning about transfers”. But for a man who loves a moan as much as Conte does, that could be easier said than done.

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Sessegnon prefers Spurs move

Remember when we learned yesterday that Ryan Sessegnon was a boyhood Liverpool fan who wants to move to Anfield this summer? Well scrap that, because today he wants to move to Tottenham instead.

The Mirror says the Fulham wonderkid “favours” a move to Spurs, despite interest from the Reds and both Manchester clubs, thanks to “manager Mauricio Pochettino and their north London location”. Wherever the 17-year-old goes he won’t come cheap, with his ever-rising price tag currently at £50m.

Elsewhere, Man Utd could face a battle to keep Anthony Martial at Old Trafford this summer with Juventus keen on the French forward (Mirror), Newcastle are favourites to sign Porto’s goalkeeping legend Iker Casillas on a free transfer (Chronicle) and Simon Mignolet is ready to leave Liverpool, with Napoli and Borussia Dortmund both interested in Belgian keeper (La Derniere Heure). But he will always hold a special place in our hearts.

 

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