Alexis Sanchez has decided to stay at Arsenal, at least for the meantime, while the Gunners and Man Utd had scouts watching Benfica this week, all in today’s papers.
ONE MORE YEAR FOR SANCHEZ
Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is ready to give the club one more year, according to a report this morning.
As long as the Gunners “prove their ambition in this summer’s transfer market” the 28-year-old will stay at The Emirates next season in a bid to win some silverware.
The Daily Mirror claims the Chilean will run down his contract and “move across London to Chelsea” if the club do not make a drastic improvement next season.
Sanchez wants the club to add several big summer signings to enable the Gunners to become serious title contenders and if not he will pursue a move to Chelsea, who are interested in his services.
Wenger though last month claimed that gone are the days of Arsenal selling to their Premier League rivals and the club are unlikely to want to sell Sanchez to Chelsea.
PSG and Juventus are also keen but Sanchez is believed to be happy and “has told friends he loves English football, enjoys living in the capital and does not want to leave”.
UNITED BACK IN FOR LINDELOF?
Manchester United, Arsenal and West Brom all had scouts in attendance at Benfica’s Portuguese cup clash with Estoril on Wednesday night.
And The Sun claim “it could be the biggest hint yet that Jose Mourinho has not given up his chase for centre-back Victor Lindelof”.
The Swede played in a back four that conceded three goals as Benfica edged past Estoril on aggregate, but United may well still be keen on him after being heavily linked with a transfer in January.
The 22-year-old recently signed a nee deal to keep him under contract until 2021, but that will not put off United who are looking to strengthen their defence in the summer.
Right-back Nelson Semedo was on the bench on Wednesday with United believed to had agreed a deal in principle for the £35million-rated player.
AND THE REST
Ex-Manchester United captain Bryan Robson has urged Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho to make a move for 29-year-old Chile forward Sanchez. (Sun)
Alvaro Morata will leave Real Madrid this summer if the club do not sell France striker Karim Benzema. The Spain forward, 24, is a target for Premier League leaders Chelsea. (Diario Gol, via Daily Star)
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has insisted he is committed to the Blues despite interest in the Italian from Inter Milan. (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal and Everton are keeping tabs on Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. (ESPN FC)
Manchester United are preparing a £51m bid for Inter Milan and Croatia winger Ivan Perisic, 28, who is also wanted by Chelsea.(Gazzetta dello Sport)
Arsenal could make a summer bid for Schalke’s 22-year-old Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka, who is stalling on a new deal with the Bundesliga club. (Sun)
Marseille are planning to spend £85m on three France internationals this summer – striker Olivier Giroud and defender Laurent Koscielny from Arsenal and midfielder Moussa Sissoko from Tottenham.(L’Equipe, via the Daily Express)
Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, 20, would put in a transfer request to force a move to Manchester United, according to sources close to the Nigeria international’s agent.(Own Goal Nigeria)
Former England and Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren is being touted as a surprise candidate to replace Stuart Webber as Huddersfield Town’s head of football operations. (Huddersfield Examiner)
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has described captain Vincent Kompany as one of the best centre-backs in the world – but the 30-year-old Belgium international will not be guaranteed his place even if he can prove his long-term fitness. (Manchester Evening News)
Serie A side Napoli are interested in signing Sunderland’s Jeremain Lens, but the 29-year-old Netherlands winger is only interested in making his season-long loan at Turkish club Fenerbahce permanent. (Chronicle)
Liverpool have been offered a lucrative end-of-season friendly in Australia against Sydney FC next month. (The Sun)
Chelsea have been handed a major boost in their pursuit of Fiorentina winger Federico Bernardeschi; Juventus are desperate to land the £40m-rated Italy international but Fiorentina are reluctant to sell to their bitter rivals. (The Sun)
Tottenham are confident they will keep Dele Alli this summer despite Real Madrid and Manchester City interest. (Daily Mail)
Manchester United legend Nemanja Vidic is set for an Old Trafford return this summer to feature in Michael Carrick’s testimonial. (Daily Mail)
A joint bid from the US, Canada and Mexico to host the enlarged 2026 World Cup is expected to be finalised this year. (Guardian)
Arsenal are considering a move for Marcelo Allende – the Chilean starlet who has had three trials. The 17-year-old has been labelled the ‘next Alexis Sanchez’. (Daily Mail)
Arsenal have made contact with Kingsley Coman over a proposed summer transfer. The French winger is currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Juventus. (The Sun)
Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha was disrespectful by naming his line-up so early for Wednesday’s game, says Kilmarnock ace Conor Sammon. (Daily Record)
Celtic’s Scott Brown has said he wants to play for Scotland against England in June. (Daily Record)