Arsenal have opened talks over a £60million deal for Romelu Lukaku, while Liverpool and Manchester City have entered the race to sign Newcastle’s Andros Townsend, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.
ARSENAL SET SIGHTS ON LUKAKU SWITCH
Arsenal are keen on Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, according to reports in Italy.
The powerful Belgium is expected to leave Everton this summer after expressing the need to progress in his career.
The Toffees have offered Lukaku a new deal, and while the player says he’ll give the Toffees the courtesy of listening, he is likely to ask for a move elsewhere, with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, PSG and Juventus all linked with his signature.
However, TuttoMercatoWeb claim the Gunners have joined the race to land the 23-year-old hitman and have opened talks over a £60million deal with Everton.
Arsenal’s move comes amid increasing fears that target Jamie Vardy is leaning towards snubbing a move to the Emirates Stadium.
And with Arsene Wenger believing a deal could be dead in the water for the Leicester star, attention has turned elsewhere, with £60million-rated Lukaku set to become their new top target.
LIVERPOOL AND MAN CITY JOIN RACE FOR TOWNSEND
Liverpool and Manchester City have joined Crystal Palace, Southampton, Crystal Palace and West Brom in expressing interest in Andros Townsend.
The Daily Telegraph claims the £10.5million release clause in the England winger’s contract has alerted both clubs and they are now weighing up whether to make a surprise bid for the winger.
Liverpool and City could be added to the list of Townsend’s possible destinations, particularly if they fail to land more expensive targets such as Saido Mane and Leroy Sane.
Despite missing out on Roy Hodgson’s final 23-man squad for the European Championships, former Tottenham Hotspur wide man Townsend has become one of the most sought-after English players of the summer.
His impressive form for Newcastle, together with a release clause in the region of £10.5million, has made him an attractive proposition for a host of clubs – including Liverpool and City.
Liverpool academy director Alex Inglethorpe knows Townsend well from his time on the coaching staff at Spurs and the player’s name has been put forward as a potential signing as the club weighs up a number of attacking targets.
Manager Jurgen Klopp is keen to add more pace to his attack and has already looked at Southampton’s Saido Mane, Schalke’s Leroy Sane and Arsenal’s Theo Walcott.
All three of those players would be far more expensive than Townsend. Southampton would demand at least £30m for Mane, while Manchester City are reported to have made a bid worth around £40m for Sane but face competition from Bayern Munich.
Schalke are due to discuss Sane’s situation on Wednesday, meaning City may well know whether or not they are likely to land the 20-year-old.
Bayern are believed to be willing to allow the player to stay at Schalke for another season before signing him next summer.
AND THE REST
Leicester are prepared to pay £30m to land Watford striker Troy Deeney (Daily Telegraph)
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is plotting double swoop for his Italy stars Antonio Candreva and Leonardo Bonucci (The Sun)
Champions League winners Real Madrid have opened talks to sign France midfielder Paul Pogba, 23, from Juventus, according to the player’s agent (Marca)
Chelsea and Arsenal are competing to sign Juventus striker Alvaro Morata, who will be re-signed by Real Madrid (The Sun)
Leicester are closing in on an £11.5m deal to sign Nampalys Mendy from Nice, which could allow N’Golo Kante an exit (The Sun)
Southampton want talks with Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal over the vacant head coach position (The Times)
Troy Deeney is demanding showdown talks with Watford because he wants a move to Leicester (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina is wanted by Turkish club Besiktas (Daily Mirror)
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is involved in a tug-of-war between current club Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United (Daily Mail)
Ryan Giggs is not in the running to take over at Forest, whose owners hope to appoint a foreign coach and have contacted Spaniard and former Olympiakos boss Michel (Nottingham Post)
Everton are plotting a move for £16m-rated Porto striker Vincent Aboubakar (Daily Mail)
Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, ex-Ajax head coach Frank de Boer and Andre Villas-Boas are in contention for the vacant AC Milan job (Gazetta dello Sport)
Swansea are ready to offer midfielder Leon Britton and full-back Angel Rangel, both 33, new contracts as they look to retain two of the senior figures in Francesco Guidolin’s squad (South Wales Evening Post)
Laurent Blanc will leave Paris Saint-Germain by the end of the week, says his agent (The Guardian)
Burnley are yet to receive any bids for defender Michael Keane, 23, with Premier League champions Leicester and Everton interested in the player (Burnley Express)
AC Milan striker Fernando Torres, 32, is to sign a one-year deal with Atletico Madrid, where the Spaniard spent last year on loan from the Serie A side (Marca)
West Brom are targeting FA board member Roger Burden to succeed Jeremy Peace as chairman (Daily Mail)
West Brom are keen on signing Newcastle United’s 26-year-old France midfielder Moussa Sissoko (Birmingham Mail)
Paris Saint-Germain are ready to offer Neymar a world-record contract to move from Barcelona (Daily Mail)
Rangers are set to sign former Tottenham and QPR midfielder Niko Kranjcar (Daily Mail)
Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho, 19, could miss the start of the season if he is called up by Nigeria for the 2016 Olympics in Rio (Manchester Evening News)