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20 Big Name Players Who Failed in the Premier League - 90min
The cliché of just how physical and aggressive the Premier League is gets thrown around far too often, but there is a little bit of truth to it. Doing it on a wet Monday night in Stoke is easier said than done. Because of that, we've seen plenty of players fail to make it in England, some of whom were among football's biggest names at the time they arrived. Fernando Torres, Alexis Sánchez and a few other players have been both stars and flops, but there are a group of players who will only ever be remembered poorly. Let's take a look at 20 of the biggest players who failed to shine in the Premier League. Juan Sebastián Verón An Argentine international, Juan Sebastián Verón had excelled in Italy with both Parma and Lazio and looked destined to become one of the world's best midfielders. So, as players in his situation usually do, he moved to Manchester United. Unfortunately, his patient, methodical style of play did not translate to the Premier League. He wanted time on the ball but was given none of it, and ended up looking more like a chump than a champ. Inexplicably, Chelsea decided it was a good idea to pay to sign Verón in 2003, and they acted surprised when the Argentine was still bad at football. The English game just wasn't for him. Falcao Manchester United v Arsenal - Premier League Falcao was once known as the most dangerous striker around. 'El Tigre' had dominated with both Porto and Atlético Madrid between 2009 and 2013, and his time with Monaco in the 2013/14 season started off pretty well. But then he got injured. Manchester United took the plunge and gambled on Falcao rediscovering his form in 2014, but he managed just four goals in 26 appearances with the Red Devils. He had flopped in England and had convinced the world that he wasn't worth signing anymore. And yet somehow, Chelsea decided to sign Falcao on a big-money contract immediately. Their reward? One goal in ten games. Had they learned nothing from Verón? Andriy Shevchenko Chelsea's Ukrainian Striker Andriy Shevc Andriy Shevchenko won the 2004 Ballon d'Or. Andriy Shevchenko was the Champions League top scorer in both 1998/99 and 2005/06. Andriy Shevchenko earned a spot in the FIFPro World XI in 2005. Andriy Shevchenko could well be the biggest flop in Premier League history. Brought to Chelsea by owner Roman Abramovich in 2006, his poor form and awkward fit at Stamford Bridge contributed to José Mourinho's first departure, and his return of nine goals across two and a bit seasons was nowhere near what fans had expected. Roberto Soldado Tottenham Hotspur FC v ACF Fiorentina - UEFA Europa League Round of 32 After dominating Spain with Valencia, Roberto Soldado's move to Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 was supposed to propel him towards best-in-the-world status. Safe to say it did the exact opposite. Seven goals in 52 games did nothing but frustrate fans, and his poor performances nearly turned Spurs into a laughing stock. Soldado's form was so bad that Spurs had no choice to turn to this random young kid from the academy to save them. That kid turned out to be Harry Kane, whose career might not have taken off if Soldado had actually been good. Ángel Di María West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United - Premier League When you join United from Real Madrid for an English-record £59.7m, you're supposed to actually be good at football, but clearly nobody told Ángel Di María. The Argentine was handed the iconic number seven shirt, but proceeded to stink it up at Old Trafford, bagging just three goals in 27 games. A combination of injuries, off-field issues and beef with Louis van Gaal didn't help, but there's no denying that Di María was nowhere near good enough. He was quickly shipped off to Paris Saint-Germain, where he has managed to rediscover his best form and show United fans what could have been. Juan Cuadrado Chelsea v Sunderland - Premier League During his time with Fiorentina, Juan Cuadrado blossomed into one of the most exciting wingers in Serie A, and his performances with Colombia at the 2014 World Cup only boosted his profile even more. He was ready for the next step. It was Chelsea who took the plunge and lured Cuadrado to England in early 2015, but things quickly fell apart. He failed to impress in his brief cameos, never looked worthy of starting games and made Chelsea worse when he was on the pitch. It was a disaster. He managed just six months in England before being loaned out to Juventus, with whom he spent a total of two years on loan before permanently moving to Italy. Eliaquim Mangala Leicester City v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Quarter-Final Eliaquim Mangala became the most expensive defender in league history when he sealed a £42m move to Manchester City in 2014 - a deal which actually seemed fine at the time. The Frenchman was a monster with former side Porto and looked like a real star. City needed just two seasons to realise that they had fallen for a cruel trick. Mangala made more mistakes than useful contributions and looked like he was terrified of playing football at times. After a few failed loan moves, Mangala was offloaded to Valencia on a free transfer in 2019, bringing an end to one of the most disappointing spells in England we have ever seen. Gonzalo Higuaín Leicester City v Chelsea FC - Premier League In 2019, then-Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was adamant that he could turn an ageing Gonzalo Higuaín back into the superstar who had taken Italy by storm with Napoli. That did not happen. During his six-month spell in England, Higuaín managed just five goals, and three of those came against sides who would go on to be relegated. His other two strikes came against sides who ended up in the bottom half of the table, which speaks volumes of the kind of 'quality' he brought to Stamford Bridge. When Sarri was given his marching orders at the end of the season, Higuaín unsurprisingly followed. Robinho Robinho's time in England began when he told reporters that he was delighted to join Chelsea, despite it being Manchester City who had just shelled out £32.5m to sign him in 2008. Awkward. Things started off pretty well, but Robinho soon forgot how to play football. He kept getting injured and being generally rubbish, so he was shipped out on loan to Santos in January 2010, having failed to live up expectations. His form had Chelsea fans feeling as though they had dodged a bullet, but the Blues' bazillion other failed transfers quickly had them crashing back to reality. Davor uker One of Croatia's greatest exports, Davor uker lit up La Liga for eight years between 1991 and 1999, in which he bagged a huge number of goals for Sevilla and Real Madrid. He also led Croatia to the 1998 World Cup semi-final, so it was clear he could hang. Arsenal pounced to lure him away from Madrid, but they were soon wishing they hadn't. The former Ballon d'Or runner-up scored in just five league games (racking up eight goals), and he was allowed to leave for West Ham after just one season. With the Hammers, he spent most of his time injured and added just two more goals before he was shipped off to Germany. Patrick Kluivert It's perhaps a little harsh to include Patrick Kluivert on this list, given he was past his best when he joined Newcastle United in 2004, but there's no doubting that the Dutchman failed to live up to expectations. Once seen as one of Europe's deadliest strikers during his time with Barcelona, Kluivert bagged just six goals in 25 league appearances that year. That's not too bad, but the fact that he scored five in six UEFA Cup games had fans asking for a little more domestically. He was 28 by the time the season ended, so he still had a few more years in the tank, but Newcastle declined to extend his contract and let him walk away for free after seeing him fail to set the league on fire. Memphis Depay Wayne Rooney Testimonial: Manchester United v Everton Optimistically (and foolishly) touted as the hier to Cristiano Ronaldo's throne at Old Trafford, Manchester United signed Memphis Depay for £25m in 2015, and they hoped they had found the next global superstar. It was a slow start for Depay, who claimed to be struggling with both fitness issues and the physicality of the Premier League, and he was soon demoted to the bench. Unfortunately for Depay, he never really recovered. He managed two goals and one assist in his debut season, before being restricted to just 20 minutes of action in the first half of the 2016/17 campaign. It was obvious that his time in England was over, so Lyon swooped in and brought him to France. Álvaro Morata Chelsea FC v Crystal Palace - Premier League Chelsea needed a prolific star striker to replace Diego Costa in 2017 and they settled on Álvaro Morata, whose £60m move from Real Madrid was a club record at the time. He came into the season on the back off bagging 20 goals in the previous season, so Blues fans were feeling optimistic. After he bagged six goals in his first six games, that optimism grew even more. However, things quickly fell apart as Morata started picking up injuries and drawing cries of 'my grandma could've scored that' from fans. He couldn't hit a barn door. Fans were soon begging for him to be dropped from the lineup, and he was eventually discarded back to Spain in early 2019, when the equally awful Higuaín arrived to take over. Proper Chels. Jérôme Boateng Manchester City's German defender Jerome You might not even have realised that Jérôme Boateng even played in the Premier League, which tells you everything you need to know about how ineffective he was. A £10m-signing for Manchester City in 2010, Boateng was largely played out of position in Manchester, spending most of his time as a right-back instead of a centre-back, and that didn't exactly help him show his best. It wasn't always his fault, but Boateng looked to be an awkward fit in England, so he was sold to Bayern Munich after just one year, and he went on to become one of Europe's best centre-backs. It's crazy what happens when you play a player in their actual position. Maicon Speaking of underwhelming Manchester City defenders, it would be rude not to give a shout-out to Maicon. The former Inter star was no longer the player who was seen as one of the best right-backs in the world when he joined in 2012, but he was still supposed to be pretty good. However, he looked a shadow of his former self and rarely even made the bench. Maicon made just nine appearances, including four starts, and was swiftly sent packing. Filipe Luís Chelsea FC v Sporting Clube de Portugal - UEFA Champions League Chelsea hate left-backs. Ever since Ashley Cole left in 2014, the Blues have never had a reliable option in the position, and Filipe Luís is just one of several players who failed to impress. Before his £16m move to Stamford Bridge, Luís has proved himself as one of La Liga's best defenders with Atlético Madrid, and he looked like the perfect person to replace Cole. On paper, it all made sense, but it turned out that Luís was nowhere near the player Chelsea expected him to be. Luís was eventually replaced by right-back César Azpilicueta, and when an out-of-position player is preferred over you, it's a sign that you're not doing a good job. Shinji Kagawa Having made his name as a part of Jürgen Klopp's overwhelmingly popular Borussia Dortmund side, Shinji Kagawa was tipped for big things when he joined Manchester United for an initial £12m in 2012. Given he only lasted two years, you can take a good guess at how it went. Amid claims that he was being used out of position, Kagawa blew hot and cold at Old Trafford. He was by no means the biggest flop on this list, but it's fair to say that almost everyone expected more from the Japan international. United took a loss by sending him back to Dortmund two years later, when their search for any form of creativity in midfield continued. Diego Forlán Like Kagawa, Diego Forlán was by no means a major failure in England. With United, Forlán scored some bangers between 2002 and 2004, but he didn't really look like a dominant force. If anything, he looked like a reasonably reliable second-choice striker. He was sold to Valencia ahead of the 2004/05 season, with whom Forlán proceeded to fire home 25 goals and win the European Golden Shoe award. That form earned him a move to Atlético Madrid, and the Uruguayan added yet another Golden Shoe a few years later. Where was that form when he was in England? Bastian Schweinsteiger AS Saint-Etienne v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Round of 32: Second Leg Bastian Schweinsteiger was another player who arrived in England a little too late. He has starred in Germany during his prime, but his reputation took a bit of a blow after his two-year spell with United between 2015 and 2017. The 30-year-old simply couldn't keep up with the pace of the Premier League, and he even managed to get himself demoted to the reserves by José Mourinho, who decided that he was fed up with Schweinsteiger after just one year. It was the kind of signing which had the potential to be perfect, but it ended up going catastrophically wrong. Now, Schweinsteiger is often referred to as the exact kind of player which United should avoid. Fernando Morientes One of the deadliest strikers in Champions League history, Fernando Morientes looked like a bargain when he sealed a 9m move to Liverpool in 2005. Unfortunately, Morientes looked nowhere near as prolific at Anfield. He managed eight goals in his 41 league outings, which was nowhere near what anyone expected. Liverpool had to turn to Peter Crouch and an ageing Robbie Fowler in search of their goals. Morientes was gone after just two seasons, and the fact that he rediscovered some of his best form after leaving made it even more painful for Liverpool fans.
Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal: Gunners Secure Title After North London Derby Draw at White Hart Lane - 90min
"We won the league! At *White* Hart Lane! We won the league at *White* Hart Lane! "We won the league, at the ****hole, we won the league at *White* Hart Lane! We've taken the liberty of removing any explicit language from the chant above. There's enough material below to offend Tottenham, so we thought we'd go easy. After all, Arsenal fans wouldn't want to ruffle any Spurs supporters' feathers! If you've started reading this, and you're a Spurs fan, you probably won't really enjoy reliving the match that confirmed Arsenal as the Premier League's champions in 2004. To be fair, salvaging a 2-2 draw against Arsène Wenger's title-winning, record-breaking, and simply put extraordinary Arsenal side merits a degree of commendation. However, the Gunners arrived at White Hart Lane with the knowledge that a mere point would secure them their Premier League title. Even better, they could win it on their arch-rivals' own turf. Spurs, by contrast, had the chance to delay the inevitable, but also do their best to derail their rivals' aspirations of going the entire season unbeaten. Well, that was a fun idea while it lasted. And Arsenal ensured it didn't last long. The Gunners took the lead within the opening minutes, and did so in some style. Thierry Henry scampered away from several Spurs players before sliding an inch-perfect through-ball to Dennis Bergkamp. The Dutchman expertly laid it on a plate for captain Patrick Vieira to prod home. Tottenham could only watch as Arsenal yet again carved their defence apart in scintillating fashion to make it 2-0. Bergkamp was again the orchestrator, playing a defence-splitting pass that reached Vieira, who set up Robert Pires for an easy finish. Credit to Spurs, they battled until the very end, refusing to succumb to the harsh reality of their side's acute inferiority. Jamie Redknapp lashed an excellent effort past Lehmann around the hour mark, and Robbie Keane converted a late penalty to snatch a point at the death. Rather hilariously, the home side celebrated the 2-2 draw as if they'd achieved something spectacular. Clearly, a home draw that handed their north London rivals the title on a silver platter, was a moment worth savouring. In any case, Arsenal's league title was confirmed, and the celebrations that followed remain one of the great moments in the club's history. It doesn't get much better. TOTTENHAM Key Talking Point Perhaps it's just Arsenal fans, but is it not slightly difficult not to laugh at Tottenham's players dancing around, celebrating their equaliser as if they'd won a trophy? Yes, they'd fought back from 2-0 down against an excellent Arsenal side. But surely you'd be slightly conscious of your celebrations when you knew a draw would result in your greatest rivals the Premier League title? Who knows, maybe Spurs were just over the moon with the point they claimed. To be fair, it helped them stay up that season, so good on you lads! Tottenham Player Ratings Starting XI: Keller (5); Kelly (5), Gardner (5), King (6), Taricco (4); Davies (5), Brown (5), Redknapp (7), Jackson (5); Kanoute (5), Keane (7*). Substitutes: Defoe (6), Poyet (5), Bunjevcevic (N/A) Robbie Keane The Republic of Ireland international made a decent fist of it given his team were pretty much played off the park for the majority of the match. Keane was involved in pretty much every attack that troubled the Arsenal defence, and his tireless work was rewarded after he earned a stoppage time penalty He scored, he celebrated, and that was that. A solid performance slightly undermined by a result that wins your rivals' the league title! ARSENAL Key Talking Point Without a shadow of a doubt, Arsenal winning the league title at White Hart Lane will forever be a moment to savour. It was, after 1971, the second time they'd achieved such a feat, but the sight of Henry, Pirés, Vieira and co. gallivanting around having performed so exceptionally well throughout the entire season provided a truly timeless moment that will remain forever in the hearts of every Arsenal fan. Obviously, a win would have proved a more emphatic way to do it, but the way in which the Gunners scored their goals perfectly represented what they'd been doing all season - immaculate, incisive, and quite simply glorious attacking football that no one in the country could match. Arsenal Player Ratings Starting XI: Lehmann (5); Lauren (6), Campbell (7), Toure (6), Cole (7); Parlour (6), Vieira (9*), Silva (7), Pires (8); Henry (8), Bergkamp (8). Substitutes: Edu (5), Reyes (N/A) Patrick Vieira Mr. Captain fantastic on the day. Not only did Vieira open the scoring after finishing off an exceptional attacking move, but he was part of the equally impressive second as he assisted Pires to make it 2-0. A goal, an assist, and a typically dominant central midfield performance, this was a quintessentially commanding showing from the captain. For Vieira, it must have been a sweet, sweet moment. What Aged the Worst Spurs' Mauricio Taricco's jubilant celebrations after Keane equalised. He had to be substituted after cramping up from celebrating too wildly. That's not aged well, has it? What Aged the Best To this day, the significance of this game's outcome remains unrivalled. Well, for Arsenal fans at least. You're unbeaten in the league so far, you score two classically brilliant goals, you watch on as Spurs celebrate a draw that eases relegation fears, and then you have a chance to share the experience of winning the league at your rivals' stadium in front of the opposition's fans and players. Iconic, eternal, unprecedented, whatever you want to call it. This is a moment in history that will never be forgotten, it was just that perfect. Players You Completely Forgot Existed Forgive us for excluding any Arsenal's players in this section. We just feel it would be slightly disrespectful, even if you did, by some miracle, forget the name of one of Invincibles. What about some insignificant Spurs players then? It's always funny to remember Jamie Redknapp was a real life footballer, and that he hasn't been a SkySports pundit all his life. Freddie Kanoute? As a French centre-forward, the guy must have struggled. Must have been quite the challenge living and breathing in the towering Henry-shaped shadow that loomed over you from the other side of north London. What Happened Next Well, with the title confirmed in such wonderful fashion, Arsenal lifted the trophy at Highbury on the final day against Leicester. A 2-1 win completed the historic feat of going an entire top flight league season unbeaten. Played 38. Won 26. Drawn 12. Lost 0. Spurs, on the other hand, successfully managed to avoid relegation. They won their final two fixtures of the season, and finished 14th. The less said about this season, the better we reckon, don't you Spurs fans? Questions? Is there any better way to be crowned Premier League champions? Will Spurs ever win the title (haha) at Arsenal? (No is the answer)
Breaking Down What UEFA's Latest Statement on Completing the 2019/20 Season Means - 90min
UEFA have released their latest update on measures, advice and guidance to see the 2019/20 season through to completion as best as possible in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, although concessions are now starting to creep in to acknowledge it may not be possible. There are already growing concerns that the Premier League will struggle to finish, with the United Kingdom notably several weeks behind other European countries in terms of what stage of the crisis it is currently at as the virus didnt properly arrive until later. This is what UEFAs latest stance actually means There Is No Pressure While UEFA obviously want domestic seasons across Europe to be properly concluded so as not to cause potential problems in terms of qualifying for 2020/21 European competitions, the governing body is not putting additional pressure on any national association to have to finish. It is made extremely clear that football comes second to public health and that the safety of anyone involved should not be compromised under any circumstances. So while UEFA urges that every member association explore all possible options, there is no escaping the fact that the health of players, spectators and all those involved in football as well as the public at large must remain the primary concern at this time. Its Up to Individual Leagues/Countries If a domestic league cannot fully complete the 2019/20 season by playing all remaining games without compromising safety or defying orders from its own national government as would be the case in the Netherlands where all public events are banned until September it will be up to the particular national association to decide how to proceed. The most important thing to UEFA is that entrants into European competitions in 2020/21 gain their place through sporting merit. In other words, picking the top few sides from each country in the current UEFA club coefficient rankings, which is based on several years worth of averages and does not necessarily reflect current achievements, wont cut it. Sorry, Arsenal fans. There could be a few ways that seasons might be satisfactorily concluded if not all remaining games can be played. While completion of all games in the original format is the ideal, UEFA suggests that countries could restart in a different format to reach the elusive sporting merit. That will be for each league to decide as appropriate. If no more games can possibly go ahead, the domestic league or national association in question would have to choose its European qualifiers for next season based on sporting merit that uses objective, transparent and non-discriminatory principles. One suggestion in the event of no more games is that points per game could be used to decide things. That would have notable appeal in any leagues where teams have played more or less games than others, including the Premier League. UEFA are specifically concerned about European qualification, but if a national association is applying a different format to remaining games, or turning to a points per game scenario, to determine things at the top of the league, they could and it would be fair to do so - employ the same measures at the other end of the table to sort out relegation. Voiding Is Off the Table Cancellation that would see league seasons completely voided, as has happened lower down the non-league pyramid in England, appears to be pretty much off the table now in light of the overall flexibility UEFA have provided. If a national association decides its league season cannot continue at all and must be ended prematurely, UEFAs focus on sporting merit one way or another will determine final positions and negate the need for a total voiding. More to the point, voiding the season would eliminate all possible sporting merit as if all results up to the moment of suspension are declared null there would be nothing to base it on. Liverpool Will be Champions One Way or Another With no voiding, Liverpool look as though they will be crowned 2019/20 Premier League champions, whether the season actually resumes or not. Either the Premier League season resumes in due course and they win the games they need to; a shortened or reduced format is brought in and they win the games they need to; or the season ends prematurely and they are awarded the title on sporting merit through points per game. The only scenario that would see Liverpool not get their hands on the Premier League trophy this season is if the campaign resumes and they suddenly lose every game. For more from Jamie Spencer, follow him on Twitter and Facebook!
Arsenal Transfers: 5 Centre-Backs the Gunners Could Realistically Target This Summer - 90min
Sorry Mr. Arteta, the hard graft continues. Then again, you knew that when you agreed to take the Arsenal job. You also knew that one of your greatest priorities was to improve the club's faltering defence. More specifically, the centre-back position. Yes, there are several other areas of the squad that require some serious thought. But, as has been the case for longer than Arsenal fans would care to remember, there remains room for considerable change in terms of the club's current central defensive options. So, seeing as we've already analysed the five positions that the Gunners ought to address come the opening of the transfer window, laid out several central midfield and centre forward targets, it's now time to take to look at our centre-back situation. Even with the impending arrival of the highly promising William Saliba, Arteta will know better than anyone that the current centre-back options at his disposal do not quite cut it for a club whose ambition is to return to the Champions League with immediate effect. So, enough chit-chat. Here are 90min's five centre-back options for Arteta's Arsenal to analyse as credible options to sure up the centre of their defence. Starting with... Pablo Marí (Flamengo) So we said Arsenal still need to strengthen the centre of their defence. But wait! What about Pablo Marí - the handsome Spaniard who arrived on loan from Brazilian club Flamengo in January? Well, he didn't have much time to showcase his credentials. No sooner had he reached full match fitness and was impressing alongside David Luiz was the season paused. Despite arriving on a short-term loan, it was more or less agreed that if Arsenal were to pay 4m in January (which they did), they would pay a further 8m to complete a permanent deal at the end of the season. And at that price, it looks as though Marí will be an enticing, economically sound proposition for the club's hierarchy when they consider how best to strengthen the centre of Arteta's defence. Potential Price: £8m Evan N'Dicka (Frankfurt) What is there to know about Evan N'Dicka? Here's a couple basic 'fun' facts for you. He's 20 years old, plays his football at Eintracht Frankfurt, represents France at Under-21 level, and he won the Bundesliga's 'Rookie of the Month' award last year in recognition of his impressive performances as a player under the age of 23. He's hard enough to miss on account of standing 6ft 4in tall, but his breakthrough into Frankfurt's first team has not gone unnoticed across Europe. The Gunners have been touted as a potential destination, but so have Liverpool. In any case, he's a highly promising prospect and Arsenal would do well to market themselves as an attractive destination for the young Frenchman, whose stock will only rise as time goes by. Potential Price: £18m-25m Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona) Yes, we know you've heard it before - 'Arsenal are interested in signing Barcelona's Samuel Umtiti'. It's one of the more consistent transfer rumours of the past couple of years, but rumours of the Frenchman's arrival at the Emirates continue to do the rounds. Therefore, we conclude there must be some truth to it. It appears that Umtiti's days at Barcelona are pretty much over. He's suffered from countless injuries and fitness issues throughout his time at Camp Nou. But, he remains a talented central defender who has won a World Cup and is still just 26. Then again, it's likely that Barça's valuation of the player will prove pivotal in Arsenal's thinking. It's recently been suggested the Catalans have lowered their asking price, so perhaps he may emerge a more realistic target than he was previously. One to keep an eye on... again. Potential Price: £26m-35m Malick Thiaw (Schalke) First, can we just appreciate how young Malick Thiaw looks in the above photo?! To be fair, he's only 18, so you can hardly blame him. Thiaw is Schalke 04's very own 6ft 3in centre-half who, as a teenager, is a highly promising prospect. He may have only played once for Schalke's first team, but his potential hasn't gone unnoticed. He's already being mooted as one of Jurgen Klopp's future transfer targets. It remains to be seen whether Thiaw opts for a change of scenery so early in his career. If he did, his profile would certainly meet Arsenal's criteria for the promising young talents they will be scouring the market for. That is, before they become too expensive. Potential Price: £7m-10m Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig) For most Arsenal fans, Dayot Upamecano is the 'if we could sign one centre-back in an ideal world' option. The club have been tracking the young Frenchman throughout his time at RB Leipzig, and would undoubtedly remain keen given the quality and consistency of his performances in recent months. However, it looks as though (shockingly!) the Gunners aren't the only club to be on the lookout for an exceptional centre-half. And, with both Manchester clubs keen, along with reported interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona, it looks as if the Upamecano ship might have sailed. It is likely Leipzig would command a fee upwards of 60m. Who knows though, if Arteta decides Upamecano is the guy, then perhaps the club will find a creative way to make it happen. Perhaps being the crucial word there... Potential Price: £50-60m