Paper Talk: Arsenal’s striker target shortlist; Kane deal close

Date published: Friday 6th May 2016 7:41

Alvaro Morata: recently linked with Chelsea

Alvaro Morata: recently linked with Chelsea

Arsenal have shortlisted their striker wish list to three men, while Harry Kane is on the verge of becoming Tottenham’s best-paid player of all-time, according to Friday morning’s newspapers.

 

GUNNERS EYE STRIKER TRIO

Arsene Wenger is keeping tabs on Vincent Janssen, Alvaro Morata and Mauro Icardi as Arsenal look to bolster their strikeforce this summer.

The Daily Mirror claims Wenger will personally check on Dutch hot-shot Vincent Janssen after the 21-year-old enjoyed a prolific season – scoring 26 goals in 33 games – and also forced his way into the Dutch national set-up.

Janssen played, scored and provided an assist against England at Wembley in March and has alerted Arsenal’s scouts with consistent displays.

Arsenal have yet to make a move on the Dutch striker and are weighing up whether he would be a good fit after just one season at AZ Alkmaar.

But Janssen is on their radar as they look to bring in a new striker and shake up the squad this summer.

They have also looked at Inter Milan’s Icardi and Juventus striker Morata is a long-term target.

 

KANE SET FOR BUMPER NEW SPURS DEAL

Harry Kane: Back Tottenham striker to score against West Brom

Tottenham are set to make Harry Kane the highest-paid player in their history of the club by offering the England forward a new £100,000-a-week deal.

The 22-year-old is expected to sign a new deal which will double his £50,000-a-week salary and smash Spurs’ existing ceiling of about £80,000 per week, reports the Daily Mail.

England striker Kane signed his current, five-year contract last February. However, after following up last term’s 31 goals with another 28 so far this season, he will be duly rewarded for his efforts.

While a new deal may not be reached before the prolific hitman heads to France for the European Championship, the paper claims that all parties are ‘relaxed about the situation’ and there is little doubt on either side that an agreement will be reached over the summer.

The news will come as a blow for potential suitors, including Manchester United, who were strongly linked with the boyhood Tottenham fan last season.

 

AND THE REST

Mikel Arteta: Could move into coaching at Man City

Jose Mourinho will not wait for Manchester United if they decide to postpone bringing him in to replace manager Louis van Gaal beyond this summer (Daily Mail)

Louis van Gaal has ordered 26ft-high fences to be built around pitches at Manchester United’s training ground to prevent potential onlookers (Daily Mail)

Pep Guardiola has made Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta a firm offer to take his first step into coaching at Manchester City (Daily Mail)

Chelsea captain John Terry has paid £22,000 to hire out the Stamford Bridge pitch for a farewell party (Daily Mail)

Chelsea’s Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic, 27, will leave the club this summer after a £20m move to Italian champions Juventus was agreed (Daily Star)

Chelsea are monitoring Josh McEachran, 23, with a view to re-signing the midfielder after selling him to Championship side Brentford last summer for £750,000 (London Evening Standard)

Ronaldo has identified the English player who most reminds him of his own incredible talents – Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford (The Sun)

Thibaut Courtois seems set to leave Chelsea after learning goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon must stay (The Sun)

Riyad Mahrez has told Leicester bosses he wants to stay and spearhead the club’s Champions League campaign (The Sun)

Middlesbrough could axe boss Aitor Karanka – even if they win promotion (The Sun)

Chelsea are threatening to relegate striker Dominic Solanke, 18, to their development squad next season unless he lowers his £50,000-a-week wage demands (The Times)

Midfielder Yaya Toure, 32, thought he was being approached by Manchester United, not Manchester City, when his agent told him of the interest during his time at Barcelona in 2010 (Daily Mirror)

Rangers and Celtic are set for an Old Firm battle to sign former Swansea striker Danny Graham (The Sun)

West Ham United have offered Marseille £31m for Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, 22, but face competition from European clubs including Juventus (The Guardian)

Manchester United have stepped up their interest in Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, 23. The France international has been dropped to the bench for key Champions League games this season (le 10 Sport)

Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini is in the sights of Greek giants Panathinaikos (The Sun)

Stoke forward Joselu has slammed Yaya Toure for his poor performance in Manchester City’s Champions League semi-final defeat to Real Madrid (The Sun)

Pep Guardiola will oversee a radical shake-up at Manchester City this summer, with Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba and West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell on his wishlist (Daily Mirror)

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has dealt Liverpool and Manchester City a blow by expressing his wish to remain at the Nou Camp this summer (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool have joined the hunt for £6m-rated Charlton wonderkid Ademola Lookman (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United are set to complete the signing of 17-year-old Polish goalkeeper Kacper Chorazka, who has previously attracted interest from Liverpool, Tottenham and Rangers (Daily Mirror)

Lyon are ready to block Tottenham and West Ham’s attempts to land France striker Alexandre Lacazette (Daily Mirror)

Bournemouth will receive a cash prize and not a place in next season’s Europa League if they win the Fair Play league, under new UEFA rules (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany faces a race against time to prove his fitness for Belgium ahead of this summer’s European Championship (Daily Star)

Louis van Gaal has ordered Manchester United star Marouane Fellaini to improve his on-field behaviour (Daily Star)

Louis van Gaal will lose out on more than £1m of his annual salary at Manchester United if his side fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League (The Times)

Riyad Mahrez has told Leicester that he wants to stay with the Premier League champions (Daily Express)

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