Arsenal’s Dani Ceballos provides transfer advice on Wolves star Adama Traore


Arsenal star Dani Ceballos has given Wolves ace Adama Traore some transfer advice.

It comes as the two sides prepare to go head to head in the Premier League on Sunday night.

The Gunners are desperate for some domestic form after going nearly eight hours without scoring in the league.

It has seen them drop to 12th in the table with one win in five.

They face a Wolves side that have had to contend with a series of transfer rumours surrounding multiple players.

Diogo Jota was the only high-profile departure despite clubs linked to the likes of Raul Jimenez, Ruben Neves and Traore.



Adama Traore has been linked with a move away

Particularly the latter, who has been chased by several elite sides including Manchester United, Liverpool and Barcelona.

And Ceballos has told his countryman that any club would be lucky to have the 24-year-old.

“I think he’s a very special player that any coach in the world would love to have in their team,” Ceballos told the official matchday programme.



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“Apart from the fact that he’s really intimidating in terms of his physique, I think he’s really improved on a technical level and in terms of cutting inside or going wide, plus he scores goals too.”

One player that looks set to play out his latter years at the Molineux is Joao Moutinho, who works as Nuno Espirito Santo’s midfield metronome.

The 34-year-old is contract to Wolves until 2022 and Ceballos believes he is one of the most important cogs in their machine.



Adama Traore has been linked with a move away

He added: “I think Joao Moutinho is a player we all know about too.

“He’s so important for Wolves because he brings that stability that a team needs and manages the tempo of games.

“He’s a very experienced player and he’ll go down in the history of Portuguese football.

“Nuno has a very well-drilled side that is really recognisable in that 5-3-2 or 5-2-3 formation. They have a really clear style.

“I don’t think there are many other teams in the Premier League that are as well-drilled as they are.

“They’ve started very well this season and last year they only missed out on the Europa League because we won the FA Cup. If we want to get a good result, we’re going to need to be at 100 per cent.”





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Transfer rumours: Sancho, Traore, Gomes, Dybala


Manchester United have been given hope a deal for Borussia Dortmund and England winger Jadon Sancho, 20, can still be done after they ‘misjudged’ their summer approach. (Star)external-link

United are also targeting Sporting Lisbon’s 16-year-old Luis Gomes. The Portuguese midfielder has been dubbed ‘the next Luis Figo’ in his homeland. (Mirror) external-link

Wolves winger Adama Traore, 24, is set to snub interest from Barcelona and Liverpool in order to sign a new £100,000-a-week contract at Molineux. The Spain forward joined the club from Middlesbrough in 2018. (Sun)external-link

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says the club must sign a new centre-back after Netherlands international Virgil van Dijk, 29, was injured against Everton. (Mail) external-link

Derby County player-coach Wayne Rooney, 34, is expecting the results of a Covid-19 test on Monday after discovering a friend who sold him a watch has tested positive for coronavirus. (Daily Telegraph – subscription required)external-link

Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 26, was involved in a tunnel bust-up with Juventus’ chief football officer Fabio Paratici after being left out of the starting line-up on Saturday. (Mail via Tuttosport)external-link

French winger Allan Saint-Maximin, 23, became one of Newcastle’s top earners when he signed a new six-year deal – with his wages almost doubling to £70,000 per week. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Liverpool winger Harvey Elliott, 17, studied Blackburn’s squad before agreeing a loan move to the Championship side. (Mail)external-link

EFL clubs are threatening to withhold taxes in an attempt to secure a government bailout. (Sun)external-link

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Blow for Mali as Traore trains with Spain


Tug-of-war forward Adama Traore from English Premier League club Wolves is training with Spain, effectively ending Malian hopes he might play for them.

The 24-year-old was born in Barcelona to parents from the west African country, making him eligible to play for either national team.

He got two call-ups last week — from Spain for fixtures against Portugal, Switzerland and Ukraine and from Mali for matches against Ghana and Iran.

Here, AFP Sport rounds up African team news ahead of an international window, which is being used to prepare for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying next month.

Mali

Having seemingly failed to convince Traore his international future lay with Mali, coach Mohamed Magassouba must also do without forward Sekou Koita for the two friendlies in Turkey.

His Austrian club, Red Bull Salzburg, have quarantined the entire team after three players tested positive for coronavirus.

Other Africans affected by the Salzburg clampdown are Zambians Patson Daka and Enoch Mwepu and Cameroonian Jerome Onguene.

Tunisia

Two stars of US Monastir, the surprise side of the just-completed domestic season, have been rewarded with call-ups by Tunisia for matches against Sudan and Nigeria.

Goalkeeper Bechir Ben Said and forward Ellyes Jelassi are among seven home-based stars in a 27-man squad selected by coach Mondher Kebaier.

Monastir shocked Esperance to lift the Tunisian Cup and win their first trophy since being formed 97 years ago.

Uganda

Rather than play friendly matches, Uganda will fly to the United Arab Emirates for a 10-day training camp under Irish coach Johnny McKinstry.

The getaway will serve as the Cranes’ preparations for back-to-back Cup of Nations Group B qualifiers against South Sudan.

Egypt are the only other country among the top 20 by rankings in Africa who will not be in action, preferring to complete their national championship.

Gabon

Arsenal captain and former African Footballer of the Year Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be the star Gabon attraction when they face Benin in Lisbon.

The prolific scorer and Fulham midfielder Mario Lemina are the two Premier League players chosen by French coach Patrice Neveu.

Aubameyang skippered hosts Gabon in the 2017 Cup of Nations tournament and they suffered a humiliating first-round exit after three draws.

Algeria

All but three of the 11 starters and three substitutes who won the 2019 Cup of Nations for Algeria have been picked for matches against Nigeria and Mexico.

The missing trio are defender Djamel Benlamri and forwards Youcef Belaili and Islam Slimani, all of whom have been inactive while involved in transfer talks.

New faces in the Desert Foxes’ squad include Portugal-based defender Abdeljalil Medioub and Bordeaux midfielder Mehdi Zerkane.

Tanzania

Domestic league pacesetters Azam, Simba and Young Africans supply 15 of the 25 Tanzanians chosen for a friendly in Dar es Salaam against fellow east Africans Burundi.

But the crowd pullers are two foreign-based forwards — Mbwana Samatta of Turkish club Fenerbahce and Thomas Ulimwengu from Democratic Republic of Congo giants TP Mazembe.

The match pits Burundians against each other with Etienne Ndayiragije coaching Tanzania and Jimmy Ndayizeye standing in for Burundi coach Olivier Niyungeko, who is getting married.

Gambia

The Gambia squad named for matches against Congo Brazzaville and Guinea in Portugal has a strong Italian Serie A flavour.

Sampdoria defender Omar Colley was called up along with forwards Musa Barrow and Musa Juwara from Bologna and Ebrima Colley from Atalanta.

Belgian coach Tom Saintfiet also included Cody Drameh, a young full-back who joined Leeds United two months ago from fellow Premier League outfit Fulham.



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Transfer rumours: Bale, Sancho, Grealish, Havertz, Pereira, White, Traore


Jose Mourinho wants to bring Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale, 31, back to Tottenham. (Cuatro – in Spanish)external-link

Paris St-Germain and Brazil centre-back Thiago Silva, 35, who is leaving the French club after the Champions League final, has been offered to Chelsea. (Telegraph)external-link

An inability to agree personal terms is holding up 20-year-old England winger Jadon Sancho’s move from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United. (ESPN)external-link

Manchester United may offer Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero, 33, to Aston Villa as part of a deal for England midfielder Jack Grealish, 24. (Mail)external-link

Chelsea will complete the signing of Germany midfielder Kai Havertz, 21, on a five-year deal this week if they and Bayer Leverkusen can reduce the £18m difference in their valuations of the player. (Telegraph)external-link

Chelsea and Atletico Madrid are interested in Juventus and Italy’s 26-year-old winger Federico Bernardeschi. (Calciomercato – in Italian)external-link

Manchester United and Brazil midfielder Andreas Pereira, 24, is a target for Benfica and Valencia. (ESPN)external-link

United have re-ignited their interest in Juventus and Brazil left-back Alex Sandro, 29. (Calciomercato – in Italian)external-link

Leeds have made a third bid – believed to be around £25m – for Brighton’s English defender Ben White, 22. (Sky Sports)external-link

Wolves are willing to listen to big-money offers for Spanish winger Adama Traore despite the 24-year-old having three years left on his contract. (Mail)external-link



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