Arsenal want to sign Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick on a free transfer, while Manchester City are unlikely to raid Bayern Munich in the summer.
WENGER REVIVES INTEREST IN CARRICK
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to make a fourth attempt to sign England midfielder Michael Carrick in the summer.
Carrick is out of contract at Manchester United in the summer and has been kept in the dark over whether he will be offered a new deal at Old Trafford. Newcastle have been linked with the 34-year-old, but according to the Daily Mirror, Wenger is a long-term admirer.
While Southampton’s Victor Wanyama is understood to be Wenger’s main target but the Gunners are likely to be in need of further midfield reinforcements with Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky all expected to leave the club.
Wenger reportedly tried to sign Carrick when the anchorman first broke through at West Ham, before losing out to United when he left Tottenham in 2006. Arsenal also registered an interest last summer when Carrick was facing a similar contract situation.
Should United allow their long-serving stalwart to leave then Arsenal will face plenty of competition, with PSG and clubs in the MLS also reportedly keen.
GUARDIOLA AGREES NOT TO RAID BAYERN
Bayern Munich have an agreement with Pep Guardiola that the Spaniard will not raid the Bundesliga giants for any of their stars when he replaces Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City, according to the Daily Star.
Former Barcelona boss Guardiola is expected to conduct a squad overhaul at the Etihad Stadium in the summer and has been linked with a number of players he is currently in charge of at Bayern.
However, the German champions are confident Guardiola will stick to their verbal agreement, ruling out City moves for the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller and Thiago Alcantara. City will reportedly turn their attention to Paul Pogba, Sergio Busquets and John Stones.
The news will come as a major boost for Manchester United, who are desperate to land a big name and are interested in Lewandowski and Muller.
AND THE REST
– Tottenham and West Ham are in a £25million transfer tug of war over Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi (Daily Mirror)
– Manchester United are set to overhaul their players recruitment structure after spending £320million since 2013 (The Sun)
– The Premier League could offer English clubs in the Europa League financial incentives to try progress as far as possible in a bid to ensure the top flight does not lose its fourth Champions League slot (The Times/The Guardian)
– West Ham, Spurs and Southampton are monitoring 22-year-old Augsburg midfielder Dominik Kohr (Daily Mirror)
– Watford want to sign Granada striker Isaac Success which could pave the way for sought-after forward Odio Ighalo to leave Vicarage Road (Daily Star/Daily Mirror)
– Big-spending Middlesbrough have asked to take Swansea winger Jefferson Montero on loan until the rest of the season (The Sun)