Paper Talk: Liverpool close on Porto star; Mkhitaryan hint

Date published: Tuesday 7th June 2016 7:30

Hector Herrera: Tipped to move to Napoli

Hector Herrera: Tipped to move to Napoli

Liverpool are close to signing Porto midfielder Hector Herrera, while Arsenal have been given a huge boost in their chase for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, according to Tuesday morning’s newspapers.

 

LIVERPOOL SET TO SIGN PORTO MIDFIELDER HERRERA

Liverpool are just ‘one step away’ from signing Porto star Hector Herrera, according to reports in Mexico.

The Mexico midfielder is also wanted by Napoli who are said to have made €18m offer.

But Herrera, 26, is now expected to join the Reds as part of Jurgen Klopp’s summer overhaul.

Fox Sports MX claim Liverpool have agreed terms with Porto and Pachuca, who own 30% of the player.

The Reds have already signed Loris Karius, Marko Grujic and Joel Matip for this summer.

And Klopp wants to bolster his squad further ahead of a tilt at the Champions League spots next season.

Herrera, who some say is a lookalike for former Manchester United Angel Di Maria, joined Porto in 2013 and is a box-to-box midfielder.

 

ARSENAL ‘BOOSTED’ IN MKHITARYAN CHASE

Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Dortmund

Arsenal have been given a huge boost in their chase for Henrikh Mkhitaryan with Borussia Dortmund set to admit defeat in their fight to keep him, reports the Daily Mirror.

The German club have failed to persuade the 27-year-old Armenian to sign a new deal.

He has flatly refused to commit himself without a release clause being included in any fresh contract.

Dortmund no longer allow players to include such fees in their deals after Germany forward Mario Gotze’s was triggered by their big rivals Bayern Munich three years ago.

It means the German Cup finalists are now ready to sell Mkhitaryan, who has just a year left on his contract.

Liverpool and Chelsea are also interested in the attacker, who scored 18 goals in all competitions this season.

But he has indicated a willingness to move to the Emirates, where Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is embarking on an overhaul of his squad.

Wenger has already signed Granit Xhaka from Dortmund’s Bundesliga rivals Borussia Monchengladbach for £30m and is aiming to land Leicester striker’s Jamie Vardy, having triggered the England international’s £22m release clause.

 

AND THE REST

N'Golo Kante, Leicester

Chelsea will open talks over a £40m move for Alvaro Morata and hope to clinch a deal before the Euros  and also want to re-sign Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, 23 (The Guardian)

Pep Guardiola will make 19-year-old Ukraine midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko his second Manchester City signing (The Sun)

Saul Niguez has pledged his allegiance to Atletico Madrid after being linked with a big-money move to Manchester United (The Sun)

Roma say they will not sell midfielder Radja Nainggolan, 28, or defender Antonio Rudiger, 23 – both of whom are Chelsea targets (London Evening Standard)

Dutchman Ronald Koeman could make countryman Georginio Wijnaldum one of his first signings should he be appointed Everton boss (The Sun)

Arsenal defender Calum Chambers, 21, could move to Watford on loan for next season as he attempts to revive his career (Daily Mail)

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has emerged as a sensational transfer target for Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona (The Sun)

Paris Saint-Germain have offered Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal target N’Golo Kante five-year deal to leave Leicester (The Sun)

Chelsea are set to offer Kante a five-year deal to reject Paris Saint-Germain and join them (Daily Mirror)

Claudio Ranieri has confirmed that Arsenal have triggered Jamie Vardy’s £20m release clause – with the Leicester striker expected to undergo a medical on Sunday (The Sun)

Arsenal fear transfer target Vardy is going to stay with Leicester following a new contract offer from the Premier League champions (Daily Mirror)

Andros Townsend is set to stay at Newcastle even though they are in the Championship (Daily Mirror)

German outfit Koln claim Liverpool have not made an offer for left-back Jonas Hector despite reports that a deal had been agreed (Daily Star)

England have been written off by former captain Rio Ferdinand just days ahead of Euro 2016 (Daily Star)

West Ham are reportedly interested in a £25m swoop for Theo Walcott as Jamie Vardy continues to mull over his Arsenal move (Daily Star)

West Ham have set their sights on Valencia winger Sofiane Feghouli (Daily Express)

Manchester United have told Ryan Giggs to ‘name his job’ but with the added caveat that assistant manager is not one of the options (Daily Mail)

Manchester United have made an approach for Mexico winger Hirving Lozano (Daily Mail)

Andros Townsend’s England heartbreak is poised to be softened by an instant return to the Premier League with Crystal Palace (Daily Telegraph)

Southampton have identified Frank de Boer as an alternative to Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe to replace Ronald Koeman when the 53-year-old completes his move to Everton (The Times)

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