Paper Talk: Arsenal target three Sanchez replacements; free Rooney
Date published: Friday 3rd March 2017 8:14
Arsenal have a list of at least three strikers on their short-list to replace to Alexis Sanchez, while Wayne Rooney could leave Manchester United on a free transfer, all in today’s papers.
TRIO ON ARSENAL STRIKER SHORT-LIST
Arsenal are lining up at least three strikers to replace Alexis Sanchez, according to reports.
The Daily Mirror claims the Gunners “are lining up Alexandre Lacazette as a £60m replacement” for Sanchez.
Arsene Wenger “is privately resigned to Sanchez leaving” this summer and Lyon hot-shot Lacazette is top of their wanted list of targets this summer.
Arsenal tried to sign the France international last year but had a £35million bid turned down.
However, Liverpool are also interested in the player, who will have two years left on his contract in the summer.
The Daily Mail meanwhile claims Arsenal also have Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus and Porto’s Portugal striker Andre Silva on their short-list.
ROONEY ON A FREE?
Manchester United are reportedly ready to reach a financial settlement with Wayne Rooney which would allow the England man to leave on a free in the summer.
Rooney, who is wanted at his old club Everton, has a contract at United until 2019 worth around £250,000-a-week, but United are prepared to come to an agreement over his contract, according to The Sun.
With around £26million owed to Rooney in his contract before tax it’s unlikely United would pay up the full value, but they are apparently ready to “compensate” him and let him leave on a free.
They will also not “insist on any clauses restricting him from joining a Premier League rival”, according to the report.
AND THE REST
Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is the latest Premier League star in the sights of China’s mega-rich and ambitious Super League clubs. (Daily Mirror)
Everton boss Ronald Koeman is considering a move for Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford this summer. (Daily Mirror)
Mauricio Pochettino has been earmarked as a potential successor to Luis Enrique at Barcelona and will meet with the club, according to shock reports. (Daily Star)
AC Milan are considering a summer move for Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge, 27. (TalkSPORT)
Liverpool have reportedly made an offer for 17-year-old Brazilian striker Rodrygo. (The Sun)
Antonio Conte and Chelsea have opened talks over a new deal for the Italian manager that will put him up with the top earners in the Premier League. (Daily Express)
Jose Mourinho is reportedly set to axe seven Manchester United players this summer. (Daily Express)
Marouane Fellaini tried to secure a move to the Chinese Super League last week – according to Fabio Cannavaro. (The Sun)
Borussia Dortmund duo Ousmane Dembele and Christian Pulisic claim they both rejected Liverpool in 2016. (The Sun)
RB Leipzig and Guinea midfielder Naby Keita, 22, is one of five or six major transfer targets for Liverpool this summer. (Daily Mirror)
Sergio Aguero will have showdown talks with Manchester City in June regarding his future as the club have yet to inform him officially that he is wanted beyond the summer. (Guardian)
Chelsea are set to remind their players about the rules regarding mid-season breaks after captain John Terry appeared to breach club guidelines by going on a skiing holiday. (Daily Telegraph)
Manchester United have held talks with Mino Raiola, the agent of AC Milan’s 19-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, but the deal could cost 50 million euros (£43m). (Calciomercato)
Real Madrid have reignited their interest in Tottenham’s France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 30. (L’Equipe)
Leicester have approached Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill about the vacant manager role. (Daily Mail)
Arsenal want Arsene Wenger to make a decision on his future by the end of this month. (Sun)
Arsene Wenger says he is not interested in replacing Luis Enrique at Barcelona and reiterated his preference would be to stay at Arsenal beyond the end of the season. (Guardian)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is prepared to stay at Manchester United until 2019. (Daily Mail)
Real Sociedad manager and former Barcelona midfielder Eusebio Sacristan has ruled himself out of the running to replace Luis Enrique at the Nou Camp. (AS)
Aitor Karanka has dismissed suggestions his job at Middlesbrough is under threat. (Daily Telegraph)
Arsenal and Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, 28, has revealed how Jose Mourinho called him a “coward” during their time together at Real Madrid. (Bild via Guardian)