Arsene Wenger is looking at replacements for Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and has targeted a Forest winger, while Cristiano Ronaldo will be offered a new Real Madrid contract.
ARSENAL TRACKING FOREST WINGER
Arsene Wenger wants to take Nottingham Forest midfielder Oliver Burke to Arsenal, according to the Sun.
Arsenal’s chief scout Steve Rowley has been keeping track of the 19-year-old winger as Wenger looks to replace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott.
Burke, who agreed a new four-and-a-half year contract with the Championship side in February, has made the breakthrough into the Forest first team this season.
Former Forest manager Dougie Freedman claimed Burke was the “next Wilfried Zaha” when he tied him down to the new deal.
The speedy winger has made 18 appearances and scored twice this season and made his Scotland debut last month when he came on as substitute in the 1-0 win over Denmark.
Burke, who has pace to burn, is believed to be on Wenger’s short-list to replace Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott, who both could be moved on in summer
REAL READY TO TIE DOWN RONALDO
Real Madrid look set to offer Cristiano Ronaldo a new two-year contract extension, according to the Daily Mail.
Real will complete “their U-turn on the future of Ronaldo” report the tabloid and aim to offer the Portuguese forward a deal to keep him in the Spanish capital until he is 35.
The Mail claims Madrid president Florentino Perez started the season with the intention of cashing in on Ronaldo with PSG reportedly prepared to pay £80million for the former Manchester United man.
That however that is speculation and to suggest the La Liga giants will make a “U-turn” on their decision is folly.
Ronaldo’s salary is unlikely to be raised, state the Mail, and his current £16.5m per year pay packet will remain the same but Ronaldo will be contracted to Real until 2020.
And instead Real will offload James Rodriguez and Isco to fund their summer spending spree.
Reports on Thursday suggested Ronaldo may be in favour a shock return to Old Trafford this summer.
Spanish news outlet Don Balon claimed Ronaldo had been in contact with his agent, asking him to manufacture a move back to Manchester.
But they admitted the interest between the club and player may not be mutual with United having concerns over the financial package involved with bringing the 31-year-old back.
BENTEKE LINKED TO WEST BROM
West Brom want Liverpool striker Christian Benteke, according to reports in Belgium.
The former Aston Villa striker is out of favour at Anfield, and even though he has four years left on his contract, he could be moved on just one year after last summer’s £32.5m transfer from Villa Park.
DH claim Albion are interested in the Belgium striker and are in fact leading the chase for the 25-year-old, who is believed to be interesting several other clubs.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is eager to sell the player and Albion are on the hunt for a frontman with the future of Saido Berahino far from assured, while Victor Anichebe will be allowed to leave when his contract expires in the summer.
Benteke has scored eight goals in 35 appearances for Liverpool this season and if the Reds can recoup half of last summer’s outlay for Benteke then they will probably cut their losses on him.
AND THE REST
Ryan Giggs believes he is in with a shout of managing Manchester United if Louis van Gaal is sacked next month. (Sun)
Tottenham are in talks over the use of Wembley Stadium for European games next season, as they close in on qualification for the Champions League. (Times)
Chelsea are also planning a move for Romelu Lukaku and John Stones for a combined £90m. (Star)
Rashford is not ready for Manchester United’s first team, according to boss Louis van Gaal. The teenager has scored seven goals in 13 appearances for United. (Manchester Evening News)
Rashford will put off signing a new deal at Manchester United until the season is over and he has appointed an agent. (Mail)
Chelsea are closing on a £35m deal for Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan. (Express)
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, 44, will earn a £500,000 bonus if he can steer the club to their first top-flight title since 1961. (Sun)
Everton boss Roberto Martinez, 42, must win the FA Cup to stand any chance of keeping his job. (Daily Mirror)
Meanwhile, Roberto Martinez’s job at Everton is safe – for the time being. (Star)
Former Republic of Ireland international Andy Townsend is working as an advisor at Bolton. (Star)
Aston Villa want to sell Joleon Lescott, but the defender’s wages could prove a stumbling block. (Mirror)
Crystal Palace are lining up a cut-price move for Barcelona midfielder Alex Song, 28, this summer. (Sun)
Liverpool’s Belgium forward Divock Origi, 21, will be out for between four and six weeks with the ankle injury he suffered in Wednesday’s win over Everton. (RTBF)
Reading manager Brian McDermott, 55, does not fear being sacked by the club a second time. The Royals are 15th in the Championship table. (Reading Chronicle)
Bolton Wanderers defender David Wheater, 29, has passed up more than £10,000 in appearance fees due to him for the final four league games for the relegated Championship club. (Bolton News)
Former Aston Villa assistant boss Ray Wilkins says his attempts to help striker Gabriel Agbonlahor, 29, get back to match fitness “fell on deaf ears”. Villa have suspended former England international Agbonlahor and started an investigation after he was allegedly pictured with laughing gas canisters. (TALKsport)
Leeds United boss Steve Evans, 53, has played down speculation linking him with the vacant job at Celtic. (Yorkshire Post)
Former Sunderland manager Gus Poyet could return to English football with Nottingham Forest when he leaves AEK Athens at the end of the season. (Telegraph)