Paper Talk: Arsenal target WBA defender; Balotelli’s shock link

Date published: Thursday 18th August 2016 8:00

Jonny Evans: Defender linked with Arsenal switch

Jonny Evans: Defender linked with Arsenal switch

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been told £16million will not be enough to sign Jonny Evans, while Mario Balotelli could be heading for Wolves.

WENGER TOLD HANDS OFF EVANS

Arsenal have targeted a move for West Brom defender Jonny Evans, but Albion will refuse to sell him, according to The Sun.

The finer details in the report are brief but the Gunners have apparently been told that a bid of £16million for the former Manchester United defender, 28, will not be enough.

Evans signed for West Brom from Man United last summer for £6million and Tony Pulis is eager to keep hold of the Northern Ireland international with just two weeks of the transfer window remaining.

Arsene Wenger is desperate to strengthen his defence with Per Mertesacker (knee) out for five months, Gabriel (ankle) for eight weeks, while Laurent Koscielny is not match-fit.

Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi is understood to be Wenger’s top target, but Fenerbahce’s Denmark international defender Simon Kjaer is also Wenger’s radar, while he has apparently been priced out of a move for Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez.

France Football say Fabian Schar of Hoffenheim and Monaco’s Marcel Tisserand have also emerged as two possibilities for the Gunners.

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WOLVES AN OPTION FOR BALOTELLI

Liverpool misfit Mario Balotelli could reignite his career at big-spending Wolves, according to several reports.

The Sun, Express and Star all carry the story that Balotelli could be in line for a sensational move to the Championship side thanks to his links with super agent Jorge Mendes and Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho now has strong links with Wolves after his close friend Mendes sold 20 per cent of his company Gestifute to the Wolves’ new owners, the Chinese investment firm Fosun International.

Since the takeover, Wolves have undergone a massive summer squad overhaul with Portugal youth internationals Joao Teixeira and Helder Costa arriving on loan from Benfica to work under new boss Walter Zenga, as well as players such as Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Prince Oniangue.

Balotelli meanwhile, reportedly sought the advice of Mourinho and the Manchester United boss has suggested he look outside the Premier League to revive his career

‘Oddball’ Balotelli, as The Sun have referred to him has no future at Anfield under boss Jurgen Klopp and has been told to find another club and Port Vale have also been mentioned, who are managed by Mourinho’s pal Bruno Ribeiro.

AND THE REST

Arsenal are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign Julian Draxler from Wolfsburg. (Transfermarketweb)

Goalkeeper Joe Hart, 29, has told his Manchester City team-mates he will leave the club before the transfer window closes. (Daily Mirror)

Hart may be on his way out of Manchester City as Everton look to bring in the England goalkeeper. (Sun)

Hart is intent on leaving Manchester City before the transfer window closes if a move beneficial to his career is on offer, otherwise the out-of-favour goalkeeper will stay. (Guardian)

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, 26, could move to Wolves or Port Vale following advice from Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. (Sun, Express)

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 29, will ignore interest from Juventus to stay and fight for his place at Stamford Bridge this season. (Evening Standard)

Hertha Berlin are considering a bid for 21-year-old Arsenal and Germany midfielder Serge Gnabry. (Bild)

West Brom are hopeful of signing 23-year-old winger Jeff Schlupp from Leicester City, despite being told he will not be leaving this summer. (Leicester Mercury)

Danny Drinkwater has rejected a new and improved £80,000-a-week Leicester deal amid interest from Tottenham. (Sun)

Sam Allardyce has rejected an offer from the FA to dictate the playing style and tactics of England’s junior teams. (Times)

Antonio Conte has instructed Eden Hazard to put on more muscles to help him regain the form that led to him winning the PFA Player of the Year and the Footballer of the Year awards the season before last. (Times)

Liandro Martis, a 20-year-old forward who had a trial with Manchester United, is to sign for Premier League rivals Leicester City. (Daily Mail)

Southampton manager Claude Puel says captain Jose Fonte, 32, has not been affected by being linked with a move to Manchester United. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea are set to make a big bid for Napoli’s £40m-rated defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 25. (Daily Mirror, Telegraph)

Adama Traore has told Aston Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo he wants to quit the club. (Sun)

Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado is heading back to Juventus on loan after “failing to impress Antonio Conte”. (Sun)

Middlesbrough are considering a new bid for Hull centre-back Harry Maguire. (Mirror)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could turn to Porto centre-back Bruno Martins Indi. (Mirror)

Leeds United are set to sign 25-year-old Torino centre-back Pontus Jansson. (Yorkshire Evening Post)

Juventus are weighing up a second offer for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, amid claims the Gunners turned down a £43m bid from the Italian giants earlier this summer. (Star)

David Moyes has turned to the Championship as he looks to bolster his Sunderland squad, with his attentions focused on Nottingham Forest’s Britt Assombalonga. (Star)

Manchester United are ready to step up their interest in £29m-rated Monaco defender Fabinho. (Star)

Derby County and Fulham are both hoping to sign 20-year-old Manchester United striker James Wilson. (Daily Telegraph)

Benfica, Sevilla and Valencia are keen to sign Liverpool’s 23-year-old midfielder Luis Alberto. (Cadena Sur)

Turkish club Trabzonspor are interested in 23-year-old Tottenham defender DeAndre Yedlin. (NBC Sports)

Valencia striker Paco Alcacer, 22, and keeper Diego Alves, 31, will cost Barcelona 36m euros (£31.15m). (Marca)

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