Paper Talk: Chelsea in for Ligue 1 star; Arsenal’s £200m kitty

Date published: Wednesday 12th April 2017 12:10

Benjamin Mendy: Manchester duo chase defender

Arsenal are planning a major overhaul of their squad, while a Premier League trio are eyeing a Monaco star, according to Wednesday’s papers.

 

Gunning for change

Arsenal are ready to make wholesale changes in order to revamp their squad, according to reports.

Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Olivier Giroud and other squad players could be sold to bolster £100m kitty already set aside for summer signings, according to the Daily Mirror.

David Ospina and Lucas Perez are also in the list of players that could leave the Emirates Stadium this summer.

Alexis Sanchez is also a reported Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus, but there is a feeling he is ready to stay at Arsenal for one more year.

Possible targets for the Gunners include Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, Celtic pair Moussa Dembele and Kieran Tierney, plus Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.

This is an addition to reports in the Mirror that Arsene Wenger will be the man trusted to spend up to £200million to overhaul the squad.

Wenger is under increasing pressure after Arsenal put in a dismal performance as they were beaten 3-0 by relegation battlers Crystal Palace.

 

Battle for defender

Benjamin Mendy: Tipped for move to Man Utd

Chelsea have joined the race for Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy, but face competition from their Premier League rivals.

Manchester City and Liverpool are also keen on the 22-year-old according to the Daily Mirror.

Mendy could cost around double the £13million his club paid to sign him from French neighbours Marseille last June.

The defenders has made 28 appearances in all competitions and has been a key part of the successful season that Monaco have had both domestically and in Europe.

Blues’ boss Antonio Conte is after reinforcements this summer ahead as Chelsea return to the Champions League next season.

Meanwhile, midfielder Cesc Fabregas wants to stay at Chelsea despite interest from Turkish club Besiktas and Italian giants AC Milan.

And the rest…

Arsenal are ready to spend £200m in the next window to fix their squad – and Arsene Wenger will be the man splashing the cash (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal are pressing ahead with plans to appoint their first ever director of football, with former player Marc Overmars among the early contenders (Daily Mail)

Manchester United fear David De Gea could have his head turned by the prospect of a £50m summer move to Real Madrid (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City hope to take advantage of Arsenal’s troubles by swooping for Alexis Sanchez (The Sun)

The Chelsea academy is set for summer changes with Blues great Frank Lampard linked to potential youth coaching role (Daily Mail)

Midfielder Cesc Fabregas remains determined to stay at Chelsea, despite interest from Turkish club Besiktas and Italy’s AC Milan (Daily Mirror)

Cesc Fabregas: Staying put

West Brom are set to go head-to-head with Crystal Palace in a summer battle for Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho (The Sun)

West Ham will make a fresh move for Sunderland defender Lamine Kone this summer, with the Black Cats looking doomed to relegation (Daily Mirror)

Michael Carrick admits he “dreamt” of playing for Newcastle United when he was young, but says the moment for him to sign for the Magpies has passed (Newcastle Chronicle)

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia says striker Jonathan Kodjia is not for sale (Birmingham Mail)

Hull could trigger a 12-month contract extension to try and keep head coach Marco Silva at the KCOM Stadium next season (Hull Mail)

Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno is being chased by Inter and AC Milan as Jurgen Klopp considers cashing in on the defender (Daily Mail)

Fenerbahce want to beat PSV Eindhoven to the signing of Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel in the summer (London Evening Standard)

Brendan Galloway has returned to Everton from his loan at West Brom for the rest of the season, but cannot play for the first-team (Liverpool Echo)

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