Arsenal and Manchester City are scouting Celtic defender Kieran Tierney, while the Gunners will also rival Man Utd for a Portuguese prodigy.
CITY AND ARSENAL TRACKING TIERNEY
Arsenal and Manchester City are keeping tabs on Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney.
That is according to The Sun, who say the Premier League giants have both been impressed by the teenager’s displays in Brendan Rodgers’ defence.
Pep Guardiola was able to watch Tierney close up when City drew 3-3 at Celtic, with The Sun quoting ‘an Etihad source’:
“Pep was impressed by Tierney’s non-stop running and refusal to hide on the night.
“City have built close links with Celtic in recent years with Patrick Roberts currently on loan there this season.
“Scouts have been watching him all season and last. The longer Celtic stay in the Champions League, the better.”
Both City and Arsenal are likely to be in the market for a new left-back before next season. At the Emirates, neither Nacho Monreal nor Kieran Gibbs have impressed Arsene Wenger enough to make the position their own, while City are yet to offer Gael Clichy a new contract and Aleksandar Kolarov has been used mostly as a centre-half by Guardiola.
Tierney already has 50 Celtic appearances under his belt and one Scotland cap.
ARSENAL RIVAL UNITED FOR WINGER
Arsenal have also joined Manchester United in the race for Benfica prodigy Goncalo Guedes.
United were linked earlier in the week with a move for the winger but A Bola says the Red devils will have to fight off competition from Arsenal if they are to land the latest ‘new Cristiano Ronaldo’.
Scouts from United were said to have been watching Guedes last weekend when Benfica beat Feirense 4-0. Alex Grimaldo is also said to be the subject of interest from Old Trafford.
Guedes has two caps for Portugal and was has been nominated for the Golden Boy award.
AND THE REST
– Wayne Rooney is set to start for England against Malta on Saturday. (Daily Mirror)
– Manchester City are ready to hand Pep Guardiola another £150m to turn them into the best team on the planet. (Daily Mirror)
– Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin, rated at £40m, is a player Pep Guardiola covets and he also remains keen on Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci, who is valued at £60m by his club. (Daily Mirror)
– Arsenal failed in a move for Gonzalo Higuain over the summer, Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed. (Daily Star)
– Major League Soccer would welcome Bastian Schweinsteiger with open arms, according to MLS commissioner Don Garber. (Daily Star)
– Chelsea are in talks to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Thiago Silva. (Daily Star)
– England and Tottenham defender Kyle Walker claims England didn’t know what to do when things went wrong in matches at Euro 2016 under Roy Hodgson. (Daily Star)
– Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has predicted that the club will make a collaborative decision with Arsene Wenger over whether he continues as manager beyond the end of next season. (The Telegraph)
– Arsenal have joined Manchester United in the race for Benfica prodigy Goncalo Guedes. (The Sun)
– Leonardo Bonucci is a target for both Chelsea and Man City as they consider strengthening defensive options but any prospective move to England depends on the player’s family situation. (Daily Mail)
– A day after Memphis Depay admitted that sitting on the bench this season has left him feeling like ‘a loaded gun’, Fausto Pari said that Matteo Darmian is in danger of losing his place in the Italy side. (Daily Mail)
– Alex Iwobi is set for a second bumper pay rise this year. (Daily Mail)
– Fernandinho is poised to put pen-to-paper on a new bumper Manchester City contract. (Daily Mail)
– Michy Batshuayi is determined to fight for a starting spot at Chelsea despite reports linking him with a return to Marseille on loan despite his £33m summer move. (The Guardian)
– Matteo Darmian could leave Manchester United in January, according to his agent. (Daily Express)
– Joey Barton has been undergoing a personal fitness camp in Qatar to help his bid to revive his career at Rangers following a club suspension. (Daily Record)