Paper Talk: Man City overhaul; United ‘talking’ over Lukaku

Date published: Friday 17th March 2017 8:10

Arsene Wenger has set his sights on a raid on Barcelona, while Man Utd officials were in talks with Romelu Lukaku’s agent Mino Raiola, all in Friday’s papers.

WENGER PLANNING RAFINHA RAID

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is keen to sign Barcelona star Rafinha, according to reports in Spain.

Ever-reliable Spanish outlet Don Balon claims Wenger is keen on the 24-year-old central midfielder, who is not a first-team regular at the Cam Nou.

The Daily Star claim Rafinha “might fancy a move”, but Real Madrid, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund are also believed to be in the reckoning.

Rafinha has made 26 appearances this season in all competitions, scoring seven times and making five assists. But the Brazilian, who is contracted until June 2020, has only made 12 starts in La Liga.

 

WOODWARD MEETS RAIOLA AT LOWRY

Mino Raiola: Challenges Arsenal to spend

Manchester United chief Ed Woodward met agent Mino Raiola yesterday for “transfer talks”, according to the Daily Star.

The reports suggests that Woodward was discussing a possible move for unsettled Everton striker Lukaku, who looks set to leave Goodison this summer.

“The pair spoke for around three hours before Woodward left the hotel shortly after 2pm,” reads the report.

Raiola also represents a hos to other top players, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba.

And there seems little substance to the theory that Lukaku was the subject of the Manchester meeting.

Ibrahimovic”s future is also up in the air with the 35-year-old out of contract at the end of the season and “demanding a two-year deal” from United.

It’s believed the club are only offering the Swede a 12-month deal.

AND THE REST

Manchester United have stepped up their interest in Monaco’s 18-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe and midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 22. (ESPN)

Man Utd striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 35, has refused to rule out a return to Italy with Napoli. (Daily Mirror)

Man City are preparing to get rid of up to 13 players in the summer – including  full-backs Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna as well as Pablo Zabaleta – after being knocked out of the Champions League. (Manchester Evening News)

City boss Pep Guardiola wants to sign Bayern Munich and Germany defender Joshua Kimmich, 22, in the summer. (Sun)

Paris Saint-Germain could move for Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino if they change manager. (Daily Mirror)

Mauricio Pochettino: Only needs 50 seconds

Everton are still in the hunt for Cypriot star Pieros Sotiriou – but they face a huge battle for his signature. (Daily Star)

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has added AC Milan ace Suso to his wish list and the club have given him the go-ahead to sign four players this summer. (Daily Star)

Chelsea will have to give Thibaut Courtois a contract worth more than £200,000-a-week to keep him out of Real Madrid’s clutches.  (Daily Mirror)

Pep Guardiola will embark on a ruthless £200m summer overhaul at Manchester City after their shocking Champions League exit – with captain Vincent Kompany the biggest victim. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed fresh talk linking his right-back Hector Bellerin with a return to former club Barcelona. (Daily Mirror)

Joe Hart has refused to rule out staying at Torino beyond this season.  (Daily Mirror)

Barcelona have reportedly targeted Borussia Dortmund whizkid Ousmane Dembele. (The Sun)

Gareth Southgate has taken the captaincy off Wayne Rooney after axing him from his England squad. (The Sun)

West Ham skipper Mark Noble has been told to take a holiday, to sort out his mind and body. (The Sun)

Manchester City need a minimum of three new players to make a serious challenge for European titles, says the club’s former defender Richard Dunne.(talkSPORT)

Former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson is favourite to become the next Middlesbrough manager after Aitor Karanka’s sacking. (Sun)

Southampton are considering a bid for Joe Hart with Everton eyeing Fraser Forster. (Daily Mail)

Boro are discussing whether to make a move for Guus Hiddink, the 70-year-old Dutchman who has twice been Chelsea interim boss. (Daily Telegraph)

Arsenal and Tottenham are keen on French defender Florian Lejeune, 25, who is playing in Spain for Eibar. Lejeune has a release clause of just £8.7m. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea captain John Terry, 36, will not be offered a new contract when his current deal expires in the summer but could be given a coaching or ambassadorial role by the club.(London Evening Standard)

Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, 70, has applied to become Ghana’s national coach. (Sun)

Everton have their eye on Genoa’s 21-year-old Argentine striker Giovanni Simeone, son of Atletico Madrid boss Diego, to replace Lukaku if necessary. (TuttoMercato)

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, 23, has been warned he will be sold if he does not sign a new contract. The England international has 18 months remaining on his current deal. (Liverpool Echo)

Ipswich Town are set to make a summer move for Colchester United left-sided player Brennan Dickenson, 24, after he scored 10 goals in 29 League Two games. (East Anglian Daily Times)

Norwich City’s Switzerland defender Timm Klose, 28, says he faces an uncertain future at the Championship club.(Norwich Evening News)

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