The Daily Mail claim the Gunners targeted Portugal international Dias at the start of the summer transfer window. The 22-year-old has a release clause of around £54million, which could prove too costly for Gunners boss Unai Emery, who has been given a transfer budget of just £45million. However, Arsenal’s need for a centre-half has increased over the past two days following the revelation of Laurent Koscielny’s desire to leave.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is considering Paul Pogba for the captaincy, despite the Manchester United’s midfielder desire to leave this summer. Speaking after United’s 2-0 pre-season win over Perth Glory, Solskjaer was asked about who will be his skipper this season.
He said: “No, it hasn’t (been decided). We’ve got quite a few possibilities there and when the season starts we’ll announce. “Of course we’ll have a good assessment, see how pre-season goes, so there we go. But, as you saw, Ashley (Young) will wear it when he’s playing until we decide on someone, yeah.”
Asked if Pogba is under consideration for the role, Solskjaer said: “Yeah.”