Gossip: Arsenal eye Kondogbia & Bentaleb

Date published: Thursday 4th June 2015 8:07


Speculation suggests Arsene Wenger will look to sign a new holding midfielder this summer, despite the form of Francis Coquelin in the second half of the season, and both the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail claim Monaco’s Geoffrey Kondogbia is a target for the Arsenal boss.

Inter Milan have made an approach for the 22-year-old and are apparently willing to offer £18.5million, but that is short of Monaco’s £25million valuation. Both newspapers report that Arsenal have asked to be kept informed of developments, therefore, while the Mail claims Manchester City are also interested in the France international, along with Barcelona midfielder Alex Song, who spent last season on loan at West Ham.

City are also said to be ‘discussing a move’ for France Under 18 international David Faupala, while they are also rivalling Manchester United for Valenciennes’ 16-year-old defender Dayot Upamecano.


Manchester United were reported to have had an enquiry about the availability of Raheem Sterling rejected out of hand by Liverpool last month, but the Red Devils are now set to further test the waters with a £25million bid, according to the Daily Mirror.

The newspaper says Louis van Gaal is convinced the 20-year-old will leave Anfield this summer and, although it says United’s offer will be rejected, it could prompt Manchester City into making a firm approach of their own.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are all listed as further admirers, and the Mirror claims Sterling’s preference is to move back to his home city of London.


Nabil Bentaleb hopes his excellent form for Tottenham this season will be rewarded with an improved contract.

“I give everything on the pitch,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “I’ve been working really hard and it’s normal for me to want to get rewarded. We’ve been negotiating for nearly nine months now, since September, and it’s getting really long and, of course, I’m getting a little bit tired of it.”

Bentaleb has said he wants to stay at White Hart Lane, but the Telegraph claims Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus have all sent scouts to watch the Algeria midfielder in action this season, possibly putting pressure on Spurs to get the Academy graduate tied to a longer-term deal as soon as possible.


– Chelsea are closing in on a loan deal for Manchester United flop Radamel Falcao (Daily Star)

– Liverpool are ready to finalise a deal for Manchester City’s James Milner (Daily Express)

– Marseille striker André Pierre Gignac’s future lies either in England or in Russia with Dynamo Moscow. In England, Gignac’s agent has been in touch with West Ham, Newcastle, Stoke City and Southampton, but West Brom have made a concrete offer (France Football)

– Aaron Lennon is ready to hold out until the end of the summer as he eyes a permanent move to Everton (Daily Mirror)

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