Aston Villa are on alert after a club official admitted Spanish striker Raul de Tomas could be allowed to leave this summer.
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There have been a number of low points in Manchester United’s recruitment under the Glazer ownership, but the failed pursuit of 33-year-old Marko Arnautovic in mid-August, amid a backlash from fans and in the wake of an opening-day defeat to Brighton is right down there. United have decided not to follow up on Arnautovic, after having a low-ball bid rejected by Bologna, and with supporters reportedly emailing chief executive Richard Arnold in droves to complain about the former West Ham forward, who has been accused of using racist language in the past. Binning the deal is surely for the best, but the episode spoke to United’s increasing desperation to improve the squad as the August 31 transfer deadline inches closer.
Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea are all said to have made offers as the transfer window ramps up. The start of the Premier League season might be dominating headlines as things stand, although the three London giants are all believed to be working away during what remains of the window in an attempt to challenge towards the upper end of the League. Arsenal have already spent big on one Porto player this summer and are now said to have turned their attention to Pepe, the winger who replaced Luis Diaz upon his move to Liverpool.