Search

Arsenal transfer round-up January 3: Wenger snubs Chelsea’s Luiz as Jamaican wonderkid Leon Bailey linked to Emirates move

PUBLISHED: 17:31 03 January 2018

Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar and Brazil's David Luiz (right) hold up the shirt of injured teammate Neymar during the anthems before the 2014 World Cup semi-final

Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar and Brazil's David Luiz (right) hold up the shirt of injured teammate Neymar during the anthems before the 2014 World Cup semi-final

PA Archive/PA Images

Arsene Wenger has denied rumours of a move for sidelined Chelsea star David Luiz ahead of London derby.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has denied being in the hunt for Chelsea defender David Luiz. PA Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has denied being in the hunt for Chelsea defender David Luiz. PA

Arsene Wenger has denied rumours of a move for sidelined Chelsea star David Luiz ahead of London derby.

The £30 million rated centre-half had been dropped from boss Antonio Conte’s line-up for confronting the Italian about tactics following a 3-0 defeat to Roma.

The Brazilian hasn’t played a Premier League game since but soon after Conte had dropped him, Chelsea insisted Luiz had injured his knee.

Wenger denied a bid, saying: “I don’t want to speak of any names, but these reports are wrong.”

Jamaican wonderkid Leon Bailey has been strongly linked with the Gunners and according to Sports Illustrated, they are leading the pack to sign the Bayer Leverkusen left-winger for around £30 million.

The 20-year-old has six goals and four assists in the Bundesliga this season, ripping the league apart with his blinding pace since joining a year ago.

However, Leverkusen’s director Jonas Boldt told German magazine Kicker: “There is no offer for Leon. We have absolutely no thought of selling him.”

Long-linked with a move to the Emirates, Sevilla’s Steven N’Zonzi looks like he might be on the move.

The Guardian reported the Frenchman is keen for move back to Britain, and the 29-year-old former Stoke man would be ideal to bolster Wenger’s defensive-midfield.

Sevilla boss Vincenzo Montella has given the Gunners hope, saying he is not confident his £35 million rated man will stay. N’Zonzi has been drawn comparisons Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira for his power mixed with technical ability.

N’Zonzi was certain he wanted to leave the club in December after a bust up with Eduardo Berizzo, who was sacked as the boss of Sevilla. Montella has hinted that N’Zonzi may be happier at Sevilla now: “He has been training very well and he has a great attitude.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

Yesterday, 16:00

Hendon will be looking to get back to winning ways in the Bostik Premier Division as they make the trip to strugglers Needham Market this weekend.

England international only needs two more goals to reach a hundred in the league and netted a hat-trick against Southampton on Boxing Day

Yesterday, 09:18

Sarries stars Owen Farrell, Alex Lozowski, Maro Itoje, Nick Isiekwe, George Kruis, Jamie George and Mako Vunipola also named

Yesterday, 08:00

In an article from our ‘Year in Sport’ pullout, the other teams in the Six Nations have their chances previewed

Wed, 18:30

Everton have completed the signing of Theo Walcott from Arsenal in a deal worth £20 million on a three-and-a-half year contract.

Wed, 17:00

Dagenham & Redbridge forward Joe White is delighted to be given the chance to get some match fitness with his loan spell to Hendon.

Wed, 15:00

Spurs have won eight of their last 10 games in all competitions and suffered just one defeat during that period - at the Etihad last month

Wed, 14:00

UCS youngsters won a thrilling final in east London

PROMOTED CONTENT

Toni Krok, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007, has set up a charity to help people living with the condition and their families adjust to the challenges it brings.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now