Paper Talk: Agent hints at Chelsea defender deal; Arsenal woe

Date published: Saturday 8th April 2017 9:49

The agent of a Chelsea target has hinted that his client could be ready to move, while Arsenal players could miss out on a big bonus if they finish outside the top four, according to Saturday’s papers.

KOULIBALY AGENT HINTS AT CHELSEA SWITCH

The agent of Kalidou Koulibaly has hinted that his client could make a move to Chelsea this summer.

The Napoli central defender was wanted by Blues boss Antonio Conte in last summer’s transfer window but Chelsea reportedly had a £58m offer turned down.

The 25-year-old signed a new five-year deal with the Serie A club this season but it is believed that a monster bid would secure his services, according to The Sun.

His agent believes that nothing should be ruled out for now, telling Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli: “Chelsea were interested [last summer] but then they signed David Luiz and you also have John Terry and Gary Cahill at the club so there is a lot of competition there.

“So we will see what happens. A lot of the improvements that Koulibaly has made in his game has been down to the coaching of Maurizio Sarri.

“Whatever happens in the future will depend on the president and whether or not he decides to evaluate any offers that may come in.”

ARSENAL STARS COULD LOSE OUT ON £5M CL BONUS

Arsenal players are expected to lose out on bonuses worth about £5million if they fail to qualify for the Champions League this season.

According to The Times, the Gunners reward the squad when they reach the group stage of the competition to the tune of about £200,000 per player, though that is not evenly split.

Arsenal are currently four points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, although they do have a game in hand.

It’s worth noting though that Arsene Wenger’s men have qualified for the Champions League for the past 20 seasons in a row.

AND THE REST

Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez has issued a “come and get me” plea to Manchester United (The Sun)

Barcelona look set to beat some of European football’s heavyweights to the signature of Flamengo’s 16-year-old starlet Vinicius Junior (The Sun)

Leicester hope to have unveiled the ‘new Jamie Vardy’ after signing Josh Gordon from Stafford Rangers, who are way down in the seventh tier of English football (The Sun)

Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina has expressed an interest in making a summer move to Fenerbahce (The Sun)

Barcelona want to re-sign Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu when his AC Milan loan deal runs out in a £10m summer swoop (The Sun)

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic is fighting to save his job after five successive league defeats which have left the Hammers five points above the relegation zone (Daily Mirror)

Pep Guardiola admits that his first season at Manchester City has been a learning experience (Daily Mirror)

David Moyes has warned Sunderland they must invest this summer – whichever division they end up in (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante has revealed how a series of early rejections has inspired him to the brink of Premier League history (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool could lose the Stoke City youngster at the centre of a tapping-up storm to their great rivals Everton (Daily Mail)

Chelsea have denied their fitness coach made an obscene comment to spark a tunnel row after their midweek win over Manchester City (Daily Mail)

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez ‘has his price,’ admits Gunners chief Arsene Wenger (Daily Mail)

Real Madrid chief Florentino Perez has met with super agent Jorge Mendes to discuss his transfer plans, with Monaco midfielder Bernardo Silva top of his wish list (Daily Express)

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale and some of his team-mates want out-of-form Cristiano Ronaldo dropped for the side’s game against Atletico Madrid on Saturday (Don Balon)

Mike Ashley has won his latest round of his High Court fight with Rangers over their merchandise deal (Daily Record)

Watford have no interest in replacing head coach Walter Mazzarri, 55, in the summer, despite reports that the Italian’s position is in doubt (Watford Observer)

Hull City’s Portuguese boss Marco Silva, 39, says there has been no talks regarding his long-term future with the club (Hull Daily Mail)

Birmingham City boss Gianfranco Zola hopes to re-sign Arsenal’s Polish defender Krystian Bielik next season (Birmingham Mail)

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