Monreal completes Sociedad switch
Nacho Monreal has completed his move to Real Sociedad from Arsenal.
The left-back departs after Arsenal signed Kieran Tierney from Celtic.
Monreal has agreed a two-year deal with the Spanish club and will be present on Monday.
Sociedad released a statement saying: “Real Sociedad and Arsenal FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of Nacho Monreal to the Txuri Urdin team. La Real, in turn, has reached an agreement with the player until June 30, 2021.”
Lukaku and Sanchez to shine
Romelu Lukaku has backed Alexis Sanchez to shine in Italy.
Both players have joined Inter Milan from Manchester United this summer, and Lukaku thinks it will be a success.
He told the BBC: ”It is a good move for Sanchez. He played in this league before. The people here know him. In the Premier League he did really well when he was at Arsenal.
“He has had a difficult time at Manchester United. Coming here was the right move, in a good dressing room, where the manager wants winners who can really help the team. He is going to be part of that.
“He is going to add a lot of competition to the squad we already have. Now it is up to him to show it. I really believe he is going to do well for us. We are here to help him out. Hopefully, he can add that little spark to our team.”
Steven Gerrard admits there could be more players leaving Rangers before Monday’s transfer deadline.
The summer transfer window closes on Monday and Rangers could still be active with players heading out.
“There’s more noise about other players,” Gerrard added. “I predict there’ll be another two or three that may go out as well, but there’s no solid information on it – only Jake at the moment.
“There’s rumours of little Holty (Jason Holt) going out – there’s a few different interested parties in him. Same with (Eros) Grezda. There’s been a few phone calls over (Joe) Dodoo. But we’ll wait to see what happens over the next 48 hours over them three.”
Neymar in a Barca shirt
Neymar has been pictured in a Barcelona shirt, as the transfer saga rumbles on.
Neymar wants to leave PSG this summer but a deal to join Barca or Real Madrid is still to be completed.
However a picture of Neymar in a Barca shirt has emerged online after being posted by GaGa Milano, one of the forward’s sponsors.
The picture sees Neymar clad in flashy jewellery and accessories while donning Barcelona’s 2019/20 home strip, which is believed to have been edited onto him.
Sanchez has a Man Utd future
Alexis Sanchez has a future at Manchester United, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Sanchez completed his season-long loan move to Inter Milan this week but Solskjaer claims he could be back in the fold next term.
Solskjaer said: “Definitely. This is a loan for a year.
“We expect them to be professional. Go there and represent Manchester United as well. We want them to do well.”
Palace ready to sell Zaha
Steve Parish will let Wilfried Zaha leave Crystal Palace when his valuation is met.
The Palace owner stood firm when Arsenal and Everton came knocking this summer, and refused to sell for less than £80m.
He could still leave to a European team although looks likely to stay until at least January now.
And Parish has admitted he will sell him if the money is right.
“I’m sure it has a happy ending for everybody,” said Parish. “That’s what I want to generate and I’m sure we’ll make that happen.
“We’ve all been young, but the situation was not right for anybody this summer. You think at the time it is, but I wouldn’t put a cap on this kid’s talent.
“I’ve watched him every week for 10 years, he scored the first goal in the first game after we bought the club when he was 16. So there’s even a bit of me that wants to see what he can do at a top club, and I certainly wouldn’t want to be the person who stopped that.
“I feel he deserves to get there, I hope it happens and sometimes it mystifies me he’s not up there already. I don’t know what he’s got to do — run the length of the pitch and beat four players? If people stood in my shoes having to replace him, trying to find someone in world football to do what he does, they would know.”