Arsenal have set their sights on signing a Manchester United midfielder, Chelsea have lodged a British record bid for Sergio Ramos and N’Golo Kante’s buy-out is revealed.
ARSENAL TARGET CARRICK
Arsenal are looking to sign Michael Carrick on a free transfer in the summer, according to reports on Thursday.
Carrick, 34, has been at Old Trafford almost a decade and has featured more than 400 times in all competitions, but his contract is up in the summer and United have not made any moves to extend his deal.
According to Transfermarketweb, that has alerted Arsenal, who look set to lose Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky in the summer.
West Ham and Everton are also believed to be keen to take the former England playmaker, who signed for United from Tottenham in 2006 for £14million.
Meanwhile, Arsenal also could sign Inter Milan’s Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, who is on a long-term loan.
The 23-year-old is on loan at the Italian club from Dinamo Zagreb, but the Gunners are eyeing up a £15million summer move, according to Tuttosport.
CHELSEA MAKE BRITISH RECORD BID FOR RAMOS
Chelsea have made a British record £63.5million bid for 30-year-old Real Madrid and Spain defender Sergio Ramos, according to Don Balon.
The Spanish site, not renowned for their reliable sources, believe the defender could join the Blues as a replacement for John Terry, but even they must acknowledge they have jumped the gun on this link.
The 30-year-old Ramos is understood to be high on Antonio Conte’s list of targets as he prepares to take over the reigns in west London after Euro 2016.
Ramos almost joined Manchester United last summer before claiming he never intended to leave the Bernabeu, but reports of a bid being lodged by Chelsea seem way of the mark.
KANTE BUY-OUT HAS VULTURES CIRCLING
N’Golo Kante has a £20million buy-out clause in his Leicester contract, according to the Mail.
Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs are alll rumoured to be circling for the player, who was yesterday named on the shortlist for the Player of the Year award.
Kante, 25, signed for the Foxes from Caen for £5.6 million last summer and at the time a £20million release clause seemed adequate, but such has been the form of the midfield enforcer that his value has rocketed.
The bargain price could also attract Paris Saint-Germain into making a bid for a player who looks set to represent France at Euro 2016.
AND THE REST
Barcelona star Sergio Busquets will join Pep Guardiola at Man City. (Journalist Emanuele Giulianelli)
United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann on Wednesday denied reports suggesting he was being lined up to take over from Roberto Martinez at Everton.
Spanish giants Barcelona are planning a £50m move for West Ham and France midfielder Dimitri Payet, 29. (TALKsport)
The Premier League has changed the referee for Tottenham’s game against Stoke on Monday following pressure on social media, with Leicester-based Kevin Friend originally scheduled to take charge. (Daily Mail)
Serie A leaders Juventus are considering a £20m bid for 25-year-old Liverpool striker Christian Benteke. (TALKsport)
However, Benteke wants to stay at the Merseyside club, despite his lack of playing time under manager Jurgen Klopp. (Independent)
Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34, says he has received lots of offers from the Premier League but is only interested in joining a club with trophy-winning potential. (Daily Express)
Jose Mourinho could take charge of PSG if they part company with Laurent Blanc following their Champions League exit. (Daily Mail)
Arsenal duo Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 22, and Kieran Gibbs, 26, are reluctant to leave the Gunners this summer despite their lack of first-team football. (Evening Standard)
Bayern striker Mario Gomez is set to sign a permanent deal with loan club Besiktas.(Daily Star)
Incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants to bring in his own director of football – Roma’s Walter Sabatini – when he takes over at Stamford Bridge.(Sun)
Premier League leaders Leicester City are interested in signing 18-year-old AC Milan midfielder Manuel Locatelli but they face competition from Arsenal. (Daily Mirror)
Gianluca Lapadula’s 21 goals for Pescara in Italy’s Serie B this season have made the 25-year-old striker a target for Tottenham and Leicester.(Gazzetta dello Sport)
Vincent Kompany will not be sold by incoming boss Pep Guardiola this summer, according to the Manchester City captain’s agent.(Daily Telegraph)
Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United are all tracking Marquinhos, 21, with the Brazilian defender understood to be unhappy at Paris St-Germain.(Daily Star)
Charlton defender Regan Charles-Cook, 19, is attracting interest from Premier League sides Arsenal and Liverpool. (South London Press)