Manchester United are favourites to sign £20million-rated Lazio midfielder Lucas Biglia, while Riyad Mahrez is emerging as Arsenal’s top target, with Theo Walcott set to be sold, according to Wednesday’s newspapers.
UNITED IN DRIVING SEAT TO SIGN LAZIO STAR BIGLIA
Manchester United are in the ‘front row’ to sign Lazio midfielder Lucas Biglia, according to reports in Italy.
Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport claim United are the frontrunners, despite interest from Serie A rivals Juventus and Inter Milan.
Lazio haven’t reached an agreement with Biglia over a new deal, meaning he has just two years left to run and the Italian club are looking to cash in.
It’s said the defensive midfielder could go for a fee in the region of £20million and he has impressed this term, making 31 appearances and scoring five goals in all competitions.
United are reportedly looking to bring in the Argentinian as a replacement for Michael Carrick – who is out of contract at the end of the season, though reports on Tuesday suggested he was set to sign a new deal with the club.
Biglia signed for Lazio from Danish side Anderlecht in 2013 for just £6.6m and has since become a fan favourite, earning the captain’s armband.
The 30-year-old is also a seasoned Argentina international. He has earned 37 caps and represented his country at the 2014 World Cup and last year’s Copa America.
Meanwhile, Manchester United scouts watched 18-year-old Bologna midfielder Amadou Diawara during their 1-0 loss to Torino on Saturday, according to reports in Italy, and as reported by the Express.
Diawara, who has been compared to Yaya Toure in the past, has also been linked with moves to Chelsea and Tottenham in recent months.
ARSENAL MAKE MAHREZ THEIR TOP TARGET
Arsene Wenger is preparing to bid for Leicester star Riyad Mahrez and to listen to offers for Theo Walcott as part of a major summer overhaul at Arsenal.
The Arsenal boss turned down the chance to snap up £25million-rated Mahrez before he joined Leicester for just £400,000 in January 2014 from French Ligue 2 club Le Havre.
The Gunners chief admitted one reason was because he would have been criticised for splashing out on an unknown player instead of £40m on an big name.
A number of European giants, including Barcelona, are keen on 25-year-old Mahrez, but Wenger has told friends signing the Algerian playmaker is a priority, according to The Sun.
After Sunday’s dismal home draw with Crystal Palace, the under-fire Frenchman has finally accepted Arsenal’s title challenge is over for yet another year — and things need to change at the Emirates.
England star Walcott, 27, is already asking questions about his future after starting just one league game since the end of January.
AND THE REST
Mauricio Pochettino’s delay in signing a new deal is concerning Tottenham bosses, who fear interest from Manchester United (The Sun)
Memphis Depay has held crunch talks with Louis van Gaal over his Manchester United future (The Sun / Daily Express)
Paris Saint-Germain have contacted former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who is also reportedly a target for Manchester United, over the possibility of becoming their new manager next season (The Independent)
Roma’s Francesco Totti is set to snub Leicester and make a sensational switch to MLS side New York Cosmos (The Sun)
Reading are hopeful of bringing goalkeeper Alex McCarthy back to the club this summer – he began the season with new club Crystal Palace as No 1, but has fallen behind Wayne Hennessey and Julian Speroni in the pecking order (The Sun)
Manchester City expect to finalise the £23m transfer of midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 25, from Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season (Daily Mail)
Romelu Lukaku has told friends he is prepared to return to Chelsea this summer, despite their failure to make the Champions League (Daily Express)
Arsenal are reportedly set to make a £16m bid for Inter Milan star Marcelo Brozovic (Daily Express)
Liverpool are in advanced discussions with prospective new Middle Eastern owners who could provide the club with a huge summer war chest (Daily Star)
Crystal Palace are set to reignite their interest in £8m Fiorentina striker Khouma Babacar (Daily Mirror)
Peter Crouch admits he could quit Stoke this summer because he wants to play more often (Daily Mirror)
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Fabien Barthez will compete in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal are facing a battle to persuade forward Alexis Sanchez and midfielder Mesut Ozil, both 27, to sign contract extensions at the Emirates Stadium with talks over new deals being placed on hold until the summer (The Times)
Quique Sanchez Flores is in danger of getting the Watford axe following the Hornets’ turn-of-the-year slump (Daily Mail)
Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem, 19, is open to returning to Rangers – where he is currently on loan – next season (London Evening Standard)
Man City will make no decision on the futures of Yaya Toure, Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna, Fernandinho, Jesus Navas and Willy Caballero until the end of the season (The Guardian)
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has dismissed reports that Gareth Bale suffered the injury that will keep him out of Wednesday’s game against Villarreal while playing golf on Sunday (Marca)
Chelsea are set to complete signing of 16-year-old Ajax star Juan Familia Castillo, who had also been wanted by Manchester United (Daily Mail)
Borussia Monchengladbach will try to negotiate a permanent deal for 20-year-old Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen this summer (talkSPORT)
West Ham have held further talks over a move for Racing Club’s £9m-rated striker Gustavo Bou, who has scored 19 goals this season (Daily Mail)
Napoli winger Dries Mertens, 28, is a target for Liverpool, but the Belgium international is reportedly close to extending his contract with the Italian club to 2020 (Daily Express)
Borussia Monchengladbach hope to take Stoke City defender Philipp Wollscheid back to Germany this summer (Daily Mail)
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly held secret meetings with Paris Saint-Germain on five occasions (Daily Star)
Derby, QPR and Reading are chasing striker Juan Villar, who has scored 13 goals in Spain’s second division for Valladolid this season (Daily Star)
Swansea City’s owners, apart from the club’s supporters trust, are set to make millions from the sale of the club to American investors (The Guardian)