Arsenal are armed with £27million and ready to hijack Liverpool’s move for Mario Gotze, while Liverpool are the subject of a £700million takeover proposal.
CHINESE LOOKING AT £700M LIVERPOOL TAKEOVER
An investment group supported by the Chinese government is attempting to buy Liverpool for £700m, according to an exclusive on Thursday.
The Independent claim SinoFortone, who have has committed £5.2billion towards new projects in the UK over the last 12 months, are keen on the Merseyside club. It’s understood that Fenway Sports Group have been aware of the proposal from SinoFortone since March, but are not keen to sell.
John W. Henry has been “unreceptive to the approach”, according to the report although SinoFortone are also thought to be open to the idea of part-investment in Liverpool, offering FSG a medium to long-term exit strategy, which “might appeal more to key yet ageing figureheads like Henry and chairman Tom Werner”.
The pair will be 67 at their next birthdays, but they are convinced that Jurgen Klopp will lead Liverpool into a successful era and they want to be at the helm.
SinoFortone, who are fronted by managing director Peter Zhang, have already explored the potential of building a new stadium in the dockland area of Liverpool and want to redevelop the club’s training ground at Melwood and install a series of football academies across China.
The Chinese company is known for building roads, railways, airports, seaports and power stations across China and the Middle East.
GUNNERS READY TO MOVE IN ON GOTZE
Arsenal are lining up a £27million bid for Liverpool target Mario Gotze after Borussia Dortmund refused to sell Henrikh Mkhitaryan, according to a report.
The Sun claim “reports in Germany” have suggested that Arsenal have moved their interest on to Bayern Munich outcast Gotze because Dortmund playmaker Mkhitaryan has his heart set on a move to Manchester United. That has meant that Arsene Wenger has now targeted Gotze, who Jurgen Klopp has being trying to nail down all summer.
Gotze has been identified as a “key part in Wenger’s jigsaw” and the Gunners will now put all their efforts into luring the 24-year-old to The Emirates.
The paper continues by referring to “reports in Germany” without referencing them, but claim “the Bavarian club are keen to get him off their wage bill as they cannot justify his £110,000-a-week contract”.
Gotze, whose time at Bayern has been plagued by injury problems, played in Germany’s opening Euro 2016 victory against Ukraine alongside Gunners team-mate Mesut Ozil.
AND THE REST
Pep Guardiola is considering offering Manchester United flop Victor Valdes a City contract. (Daily Mail)
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola wants to sign Spain forward Nolito. The 29-year-old has a £14m buyout clause in his Celta Vigo contract. (Sun)
Everton are set to offer striker Romelu Lukaku, 23, a new deal worth more than £100,000 per week. Chelsea and Juventus are both interested in the Belgium international. (Daily Mail)
The Toffees are considering a £30m move for Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman, 26, with new manager Ronald Koeman given £100m to spend. (Liverpool Echo)
Stoke have opened talks to sign 22-year-old West Brom striker Saido Berahino for £15m. Potters manager Mark Hughes has made signing a forward his priority this summer. (Guardian)
Premier League champions Leicester are close to completing the £9.5m signing of Nancy midfielder Nampalys Mendy, 23. (Le 10 Sport)
Chelsea may need to spend almost £50m if they want to sign Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, 29. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
And the Blues have been told they must pay £42m for Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes, 22. (Daily Mirror)
Antonio Conte’s side are in talks to sign Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, 31, whose contract runs out next month. (Evening Standard)
Borussia Dortmund have blocked 27-year-old midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s proposed move to Manchester United. The Armenian has one year remaining on his contract. (Times)
Arsenal are the only side to have made an offer for Mkhitaryan, but he would prefer a move to Old Trafford. (Squawka)
Arsene Wenger says he considered signing Dimitri Payet many times in the past before deciding France’s Euro 2016 star was too inconsistent. (Daily Express)
Tottenham have been told to pay £12m if they want to sign Croatia midfielder Milan Badelj, 27, from Serie A side Fiorentina. (Daily Express)
Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini, 31, would be happy to join Fiorentina, according to his agent. (Radio Blu)
West Brom want to sign French midfielder Moussa Sissoko, who wants to leave Newcastle after relegation to the Championship. The Magpies will want about £15m for the 26-year-old. (Chronicle)
Premier League newcomers Middlesbrough have agreed a deal to sign 25-year-old Uruguayan playmaker Gaston Ramirez, who spent time on loan at the club from Southampton last season. (Gazette)
Wigan are in talks to re-sign midfielder Jordi Gomez, 31, two years after he left the club to join Sunderland. (Sunderland Echo)
Swansea City have opened talks with left-back Stephen Kingsley, 21, about a new contract. (South Wales Evening Post)
Ugandan midfielder Khalid Aucho, 22, says he says he is on the brink of joining Scottish Premiership side Rangers from Kenyan club Gor Mahia. (Goal)