Arsenal are confident of keeping Arsene Wenger from the clutches of the FA, while Manchester United are still hot on the trail of Barcelona superstar Neymar.
FA READY TO GO FOR WENGER
Arsenal are confident manager Arsene Wenger will turn down any advances from the FA to become the new England manager, according to reports.
Both The Sun and The Mail claim Wenger, 67, who is believed to be high up the FA’s list of targets, will resist the temptation to replace Roy Hodgson.
“The FA feel the Gunners boss is an ideal man to take over from Hodgson after the humiliation of losing 2-1 to Iceland on Monday,” reports the Sun, while they claim the FA are hoping to lure Wenger into international management.
Wenger has one year to run on his Emirates contract and the Mail say “Arsenal are already looking towards opening talks over an extension to ensure he stays”.
The tabloid report that Wenger will certainly see out the final year of his contract next season, but believe FA chief executive Martin Glenn’s statement on Tuesday suggested the FA are prepared to wait up to year to ensure he appoints the right man.
UNITED IN ‘ALL-OUT OFFENSIVE’ FOR NEYMAR
Manchester United have launched an ‘all-out offensive’ to sign Neymar, according to report in the Daily Star.
The tabloid’s headline is based on a report by Mundo Deportivo, who claim Jose Mourinho wants the striker to move to Old Trafford at all costs.
It has been two weeks since ‘Neymar to United’ last appeared in the papers, with his agent Wagner Ribeiro claiminng three clubs, including United, were ready to meet Neymar’s £157million buyout clause.
“There are three big clubs in the world that want to sign Neymar and pay a clause of €200m to Barcelona,” Ribeiro said earlier this month.
And now the Spanish publication, probably fuelled by Ribeiro, has reported that United are still chasing the Brazil star before he pens a new contract with Barca. And that is the key factor – Neymar is close to signing a new contract with the La Liga club and Ribeiro is well aware he will have more leverage to get a huge increase in Neymar’s terms if there is another team threatening to sign the 24-year-old.
The report suggests Barcelona are understood to have reacted fast to the increased interest from United boss Jose Mourinho, who undoubtedly would love Neymar at Old Trafford, and are aiming to wrap up a new deal by tomorrow.
AND THE REST
Laurent Blanc, who left Paris St-Germain this week, is also in the frame for the England job. (Mirror)
Manchester City will complete the £13.8m capture of Spain forward Nolito within the next 24 hours. (Mirror)
Manchester United are confident of signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic within the next 48 hours. (Mirror)
Roy Hodgson is expected to look for another job in football – rather than retire in the wake of England’s humiliation by Iceland. (Mirror)
New Watford boss Walter Mazzari has made a £12m move for Torino wideman Bruno Peres. (Mirror)
Manchester United are have been given the green light to make a move for Raphael Varane after Real Madrid decided they will listen to offers for their unsettled defender. (The Sun)
Real Madrid have warned Premier League sides they will have to dig deep in their pockets after slapping a £125m price tag on Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez. (The Sun)
Chelsea and Manchester City are keen on signing James Rodriguez this summer – but face competition from Paris Saint-Germain. (Mail)
Barcelona recently tried and failed to land Juventus star Paulo Dybala in an 80m euro move. (The Sun)
Hull face a £3m fight with Turkish champions Besiktas to land Aminu Umar. (The Sun)
Chelsea goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon fears he is being pushed out of Stamford Bridge amid ongoing tensions with Thibaut Courtois. (Mail)
Zenit St Petersburg’s Brazilian forward Hulk is close to joining Chinese club Shanghai SIPG in a deal worth around £48m. The deal will break the Asian transfer record of £38m. (Mail)
Manchester United have launched an ‘all-out offensive’ to sign Barcelona superstar Neymar, according to reports in Spain. (Star)
Chelsea are prepared to battle Real Madrid and Arsenal for Leicester star N’Golo Kante, according to reports. (Star)
Real Madrid want to sign Leicester’s France midfielder N’Golo Kante, 25. (Marca)
Former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie could be leaving Fenerbahce after just one year at the club. (Star, Manchester Evening News)
Tottenham and Leicester are among several Premier League clubs interested in signing Iceland defender Ragnar Sigurdsson, 30, from Russian club FC Krasnodar. (Guardian)
Pep Guardiola will find out on Friday if Manchester City have won the race to sign Colombian forward Marlos Moreno, 19, from Atletico Nacional. (Manchester Evening News)
Raheem Sterling was criticised by angry fans after he shared a video of his mansion, including his crystal-studded sink, just hours after arriving home from England’s Euro 2016 exit. (Sun)
Ryan Giggs is set to end his Manchester United career after 29 years. The former winger, 42, has rejected the offer of a reduced coaching role under new manager Jose Mourinho. (Daily Mail)
Manchester City could swap striker Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony, 27, for Everton’s England defender John Stones, 22, if the Merseyside club sell 23-year-old Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku. (Sun)
Real Madrid could make a £75m move for Chelsea’s Belgium star Eden Hazard, 25, by offering Spain striker Alvaro Morata, 23, plus £40m. (Mirror)
Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty, 28, has confirmed that he expects to leave Championship side Norwich City this summer. (Belfast Telegraph)
Wolves have denied Spanish media reports of a possible Chinese takeover that could see former Porto manager Julen Lopetegui replace Kenny Jackett as head coach. (Express & Star)
Serbian defender Neven Subotic, 27, who is being monitored by Sunderland, Liverpool and Stoke, could stay in the Bundesliga despite leaving Borussia Dortmund this summer. (Sunderland Echo)
West Brom have contacted Atletico Madrid about the availability of Spanish striker Borja Baston, 23, who is rated at around £18m. (Daily Mail)
Napoli could sign Monaco’s Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, 30, after Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain, 28, revealed he want to leave the club. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Chelsea will abandon their plan to re-sign Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, 23, after closing in on his Belgium team-mate and Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi, 22, for £33.2m. (Daily Star)
Norwich have made an approach to sign Scotland striker Steven Fletcher, 29, when his Sunderland contract expires next week. (Daily Mail)
Slovakia defender Martin Skrtel, 31, is likely to complete his move from Liverpool to Fenerbahce this week. (AMK Spor)
Japan international Takuma Asano, 21, says he has been approached by Arsenal over a move to the Emirates. (Express, Star)
Newcastle are closing in on the double signing of Crystal Palace’s English striker Dwight Gayle, 25, and Bournemouth’s Scottish winger Matt Ritchie, 26. But the England winger Andros Townsend, 24, will leave St James’ Park with Palace set to trigger the player’s £13m release clause.(Daily Star)