Paper Talk: Arsenal eye striker; Man Utd in defender battle

Date published: Sunday 17th April 2016 7:36

Karim Benzema: Striker linked with Arsenal once more

Karim Benzema: Striker linked with Arsenal once more

Arsenal are targeting a new striker, while Manchester United face competition to sign a defender, according to today’s bumper Paper Talk.

WENGER EYES STRIKER AS XHAKA DEAL CLOSE

With Arsenal’s signing of Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka understood to be all but agreed, Arsene Wenger has turned his attention to signing a big-name striker.

And according to the Mail on Sunday, Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema is yet again one of the Gunners’ main targets.

Benzema was linked with Arsenal throughout the whole of last summer, and the France international’s future at the Bernabeu could be under threat if Real sign either Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.

However, one player who won’t be moving to the Emirates is Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with the north Londoners unwilling to match the 34-year-old’s wage demands.

Arsenal’s need for a new forward has become evident as the season has progressed. Having started the campaign relying on only Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott to lead the line, Wenger has been left to rue not signing any reinforcements last summer as the duo have notched a cumulative total of only 17 goals in the Premier League this term.

MANCHESTER UNITED FACE BATTLE TO LAND YOUNG DEFEDNER

Manchester United will battle with Juventus this summer to land Ajax defender Kenny Tete.

Holland international Tete, 20, has rejected a new deal at the Dutch giants, and with a little over a year left on his contract, could be available for as little as £5million, according to both the Sunday Mirror and Sunday People.

Tete, who can operate as either a right-back or centre-half, has caught the eye for Ajax this term, making 27 appearances in all competitions, and the youngster’s form has alerted Serie A leaders Juventus.

United could be in the hunt for defensive recruits this summer with questions lingering over the futures of the likes of Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones.

AND THE REST

– Jose Mourinho is adamant he will take over at Old Trafford in the summer and has made Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain his main target (Sunday People)

– Real Madrid have started to closely monitor prodigious Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli (Daily Express)

– Theo Walcott will consider his future at Arsenal this summer if he continues to struggle for first-team football (The Sun)

– Chelsea hope to beat Tottenham to the signing of young Fulham striker Moussa Dembele (Daily Mail)

– Everton are eyeing Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius as a replacement for Tim Howard (Sunday People)

– Claudio Ranieri is weighing up a £7million move for AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda (The Sun)

– Massimo Cellino wants Italy World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro to be the next manager (Daily Mail)

– Southampton want to offload Spanish forward Juanmi, with Real Betis interested in the 22-year-old (Daily Mirror/Sunday People)

– Tottenham are tracking 23-year-old Rennes winger Paul-Georges Ntep, who could cost £8million (The Sun)

– England boss Roy Hodgson will reject the recent clamour to take West Ham striker Andy Carroll to Euro 2016 (Various)

– Spurs and Southampton are set to battle for Charlton striker Ademola Lookman, 18, if the Addicks are relegated (Daily Mirror)

– Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign 16-year-old Swiss striker Nishan Burkhart (Daily Mail)

– West Ham are plotting a move for Swansea forward Andre Ayew, who they tried to sign last year (The Sun)

– Bournemouth are stepping up their pursuit of 19-year-old Leeds midfielder Lewis Cook (The Sun)

– Lazio will reignite their interest in Sunderland striker Fabio Borini if the Black Cats are relegated to the Championship (Daily Mail)

– Former Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is among the contenders for the Nottingham Forest job (The Sun/Sunday People)

– Swansea are leading the race for FC Sion forward Moussa Konate (The Sun)

– Crystal Palace will move for Brighton centre-back Lewis Dunk, 24, if the Championship outfit fail to win promotion (The Sun)

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