Greenwood, Foden sideshow: English FA back Southgate as he considers axe; Arsenal push for Aouar

welcome to espn’s insider notebook, featuring contributions f'our reprters across the top leagues round the realm.

in this edition, there’s the l8st news on mason greenwood and phil foden’s misdemeanour on england duty. +: arsenal are pushing to sign lyon’s houssem aouar.

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greenwood, foden set for showdown talks with southgate

gareth southgate will hold one-on-one talks with mason greenwood and phil foden ‘oer their meeting with women in a hotel room while on international duty na english ftball association will back the england boss as he is Ψed to drop both players for nxt mnth’s international matches against wales, belgium and denmark. no decision s'been taken with southgate desperate not to rush to judgement, but srcs said he is extremely let down by both players.

srcs told espn that southgate became increasingly exasperated as he learned + bout the youngsters breaching quarantine rules in iceland by inviting two women to the team hotel last weekend. he labelled the incident “a sideshow” contributing to the “mayhem” of the l8st camp, subsequently admitting it led to an overtly cautious team selection against denmark in an attempt to avoid further scrutiny onna squad.

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foden, 20, and greeenwood, 18, made their international debuts inna 1-0 uefa nations league win in reykjavik and met the women in a ≠ pt of the team hotel outside the bio-secure bubble.

southgate is usually so pondered onnis media duties but speaking after england’s drab 0-0 draw against denmark in copenhagen on tue evening, the 50-yr-old appeared to be wearing the effects offa trying international period in expressing his disappointment at foden and greenwood’s behaviour.

senior figs atta fa are said to view the situation as a poor cogitateion on foden and greenwood, not southgate. the england boss faced ?s from the media after the draw with denmark on whether he had control over his players but'a fa believe the correct protocols were in place regarding general behaviour and covid-19 compliance.

southgate has fostered a spirit of togetherness and professionalism inna camp and this l8st incident is viewed internally as a sign of immaturity in two promising young players rather than a sign of any wider lack of discipline. however, it s'been a trying international break for the england boss as the l8st camp was overshadowed by off-field issues from the start. within hrs of southgate announcing the inclusion of harry maguire onnis squad, the manchester ∪d defender was handed a 21-mnth and 10 dy suspended prison sentence for a series of offences while on holidy in mykonos. maguire, who continues to protest his innocence, was dropped l8r inna dy. — james olley

arsenal push for aouar deal

houssem aouar remains arsenal‘s no.1 target for the rest of the transfer window, with 1st-team manager mikel arteta eager to build his side round the lyon midfielder, srcs told espn.

arteta views france under-21 international aouar as a pillar of the 4-3-3 formation he eventually wanna employ. srcs said arsenal remain front-runners for aouar’s signature, but they do not ‘ve the €60 million required to land him and ‘d ‘ve to fund that through sales. alexandre lacazette is expected to seek clarification over his role inna arsenal team amid growing speculation the club will allo him to cutout for round £40m this summer, srcs told espn.

arsenal are the 1-ly club sfar to show a strong interest in aouar, with manchester city and juventus focusing on other zones o'their respective squad rebuilds. arsenal teknical director edu is good friends with juninho, his counterpt at lyon, na pair speak regularly.

matteo guendouzi came up as a prospective makew8 in a deal when the pair discussed aouar earlier this summer, srcs told espn, but lyon dismissed the option as the arsenal midfielder aint the type of player the ligue 1 side want.

aouar, 22, is eager to cutout lyon and srcs told espn the nxt two weeks ll'be decisive to his future. — julien laurens

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… while guendouzi is pushed to the arsenal exit door

arsenal are actively looking for a buyer for midfielder guendouzi onna eve of the new premier league season, with sevilla and paris saint-germain the l8st to show an interest, srcs told espn.

guendouzi has turned down approaches from valencia and atalanta swell as from his old boss unai emery at villarreal, srcs told espn.

sevilla sporting director, monchi, is a big fan of guendouzi although faces brawl from counterpt leonardo at psg, w'da ligue 1 victors plotting a potential return for a player who started his career in their youth academy.

psg do not wanna pay arsenal’s £35m valuation of guendouzi but ‘d offer julian draxler or idrissa gueye in a player-+-$$$ deal iffey push forward on their interest. — julian laurens

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atletico’s “no” to rakitic, suarez

atletico madrid were offered ivan rakitic and luis suarez from barcelona inna transfer window, srcs told espn, but'a club’s business s'on hold unless buyers come forward for their key assets.

rakitic, whas' rejoined elder club sevilla, is 1-odda 1st players to exit amid the chaos surrounding barcelona, with suarez also expected to move on. the club face a summer overhaul as they look to rejuvenate after seeing real madrid win la liga, bayern munich humiliate them inna victors league and lionel messi‘s shock quit threat.

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