Arsene Wenger has guaranteed his Euro 2016 stars a four-week summer break, potentially leaving his side short staffed at the start of the new Premier League campaign.
Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, German playmaker Mesut Ozil and French duo Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny have all been granted an additional break following a draining European Championship.
Alexis Sanchez is also nursing the ankle injury he sustained helping Chile win the Copa America in the US, but Wenger won’t rush back his other stars.
“I believe they need four weeks’ holiday because they need to recover from that,” he told Arsenal Player.
“It takes you two or three weeks to regenerate... to recover completely, and they need to come back with hunger. That disappointment to lose a final, it takes some time to recover from that.
“I believe the club benefits from experiences at the top level, and the mental experiences as well that they have gone through with such a huge pressure. Of course, in the longer term you benefit from that.”
Inter Milan defender Jeison Murillo is a reported target as Wenger looks to bolster his squad, as is AC Milan forward Carlos Bacca, along with German international Julian Draxler, whose club Wolfsburg remain confident he will stay. But forward Joel Campbell has been linked with a move to Valencia.
Elsewhere, Claudio Ranieri hopes Leicester work hard to persuade N’Golo Kante his future is at the King Power stadium, but the champions’ manager says he would understand if the midfielder decides to move on amid fierce transfer speculation, with Chelsea heading the list of suitors.
“I know one thing, we have offered a new deal of a contract to him,” Ranieri said. “He wanted to wait because he wanted to finish Euro 2016. Now I hear there is so much speculation behind him. I don’t want to lose him. I don’t want to, but I could understand if he wants to go.”
Kante’s fellow France Euro 2016 star Dimitri Payet insists he has no intention of leaving West Ham, despite being flattered by transfer interest.
“I’ve heard about all the interest and I’m flattered,” Payet said. “But I love West Ham. We had a fantastic season and I can’t wait to play in the Olympic Stadium.
“I’m 100% staying at West Ham, I love the club. I can tell the Hammers fans that.”
Meanwhile, Juventus have signed Bayern Munich defender Medhi Benatia on a season-long loan. The deal also includes an option for the Bianconeri to make the switch permanent for the price of €17m over two-years.
At international level, Marc Wilmots has left his post as Belgium coach after his bosses admitted “intended goals had not been reached”.
Former AC Milan and Chelsea forward Andriy Shevchenko has been appointed the new head coach of Ukraine.
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