Gunners Linked With Younger Lukaku
Arsenal are being linked with a summer move for Anderlecht winger Jordan Lukaku. The 18-year-old brother of Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku – currently on loan at West Brom – is expected to leave the Belgian side at the end of the season and is already attracting the attention of a number of top clubs.
Reports from Italy claim Lukaku is also a target for AC Milan after impressing when he played against the Serie A’s youth team in a tournament in Italy last week.
Lukaku is a left-sided player who can play at full-back or as a winger. He made his senior debut last season but has yet to make a league appearance for the first team this season.
The Daily Express links Arsenal with a possible move after reports emerged from Italy citing the Gunners’ interest. Lukaku, whose contract with Anderlecht expires in the summer, stated in an interview last year that he is a fan of Arsenal.
Arsenal are also being linked with PSV Eindhoven’s defensive midfielder Kevin Strootman. The Gunners sent scout Steve Bould to watch the Holland international in action as long ago as December and Caught Offside claims the interest is still there.
The 23-year-old Strootman has been heavily linked with interest from Manchester United as a replacement for Paul Scholes and Arsenal could find themselves in competition with the Red Devils should they decide to make a move this summer.
Frimpong On His Way Out?
Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong could move to their London rivals Fulham on a permanent basis this summer.
The 21-year-old Ghana midfielder is currently on loan at Craven Cottage but could be allowed to leave Arsenal as he is no longer part of Arsene Wenger’s long-term plans for the club.
Fulham boss Martin Jol said at the weekend that he would jump at the chance to take Frimpong on a permanent basis and he may get his wish if reports today are to be believed.
Frimpong came on as a substitute for Fulham in their 2-2 draw with Sunderland on Saturday. It was only his second appearance for the Cottagers since arriving on a six-month loan deal but Jol says he has been impressed with the youngster since his arrival.
“If I could take him on loan again, I probably would,” said Jol.
“He is versatile and he has a good mentality. I was impressed with him from the start. ”
The Daily Mirror claims Frimpong could move on a free transfer as he is out of contract at the end of the season. Arsenal would be entitled to some kind of compensation for a player who came up through the youth ranks at the club but the paper seems to be suggesting that compensation could be waived in order to push through the deal.
Bendtner Banned After Drink-Drive Offence
Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has been banned from playing for Denmark for at least six months after being caught drink-driving at the weekend.
The 25-year-old is currently on loan at Serie A side Juventus but injury has ruled him out of playing for the past three months and he is currently recuperating in Denmark. Bendtner was caught driving down the wrong side of a road by police in Copenhagen and used his Twitter account to apologise for his actions.
“It is not OK to drink and drive. I take full responsibility,” he said. The Danish FA have responded by banning him indefinitely from playing for the national side but have suggested he spends the next six months considering his actions.
Bendtner has made just two starts and seven substitute appearances for Juve, failing to score for the side. He picked up a thigh injury in December which appears to have been much more serious than first thought and is not expected to play again this season. He is set to return to Arsenal in the summer.