Mesut Ozil has expressed a wish to leave Arsenal and return to Real Madrid, who also want to spend £60million on Romelu Lukaku, according to Tuesday’s papers.
OZIL TO LEAVE IF WENGER STAYS AT ARSENAL
Mesut Ozil will leave Arsenal if Arsene Wenger stays in charge, according to reports in Spain.
The Germany playmaker has been the Gunners’ best player for much of this season but is becoming frustrated with the club’s continued failings.
According to Don Balon, Ozil is ready to walk away from the Emirates Stadium and make the move back to Spain, with Real Madrid reportedly having first refusal on the player should he leave the Emirates. Barcelona have also been linked with the player recently.
Arsenal’s title challenge has fallen away recently, while Wenger’s side also exited both the FA Cup and Champions League in the space of three days last week.
REAL MADRID PLOTTING £60MILLION LUKAKU BID
Real Madrid will launch a £60m summer raid for prolific Everton forward Romelu Lukaku, according to reports in The Sun.
The Belgian has been in prolific form this season for the Toffees, bagging 25 goals in all competitions, which has reportedly attracted the interest of Los Blancos.
The Bernabeu outfit are looking to strengthen their strikeforce for the next campaign after yet another season in which they have been unable to better the feats of Barcelona and their star attacking trio.
The Sun has gone on to claim that discussions between Lukaku’s agent, Mino Raiola, and Madrid representatives have already taken place, and that Real scouts have watched the 22-year-old on at least five occasions at Goodison Park.
Reports that the player, who has also been linked with Manchester United, could be heading for the Spanish capital will no doubt see reports re-surface that Karim Benzema – a long-term target for Arsenal – could be heading for the Bernabeu exit door.
AND THE REST
Arsene Wenger is being ordered to go on the biggest spending spree of his career. Arsenal will not consider giving him a new deal unless he competes for the likes of Toni Kroos, Gonzalo Higuain, Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and John Stones in the transfer market this summer (The Sun)
Real Madrid are ready to open talks over a contract extension for Gareth Bale as they look to ward off interest from Chelsea, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain (Daily Mail)
Pep Guardiola will still take over as Manchester City manager this summer even if they drop into the Europa League. There is no get-out clause in his contract and he remains committed to the job (Daily Mail)
Members of the Liverpool first-team squad not on international duty have flown to Tenerife for a week-long warm weather training camp (Daily Mail)
Manchester City are planning a summer rebuild under new boss Guardiola but skipper Vincent Kompany will not be a casualty (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal have contacted Ligue 1 side Lorient over a potential transfer move for Raphael Guerreiro (Le 10 Sport)
Gary Neville’s time at Valencia will not extend beyond the end of the season unless there is a dramatic turnaround in results (The Guardian)
Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel could be sold this summer as Jurgen Klopp looks to revamp his squad (Daily Star)
Manchester City believe that Pep Guardiola will find their club a more natural home than either Barcelona or Bayern Munich, and that it may be the place where he builds his first managerial dynasty by staying for longer than four years (The Independent)
Pep Guardiola wants to make Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, 24, one of his first major signings when he takes over at Manchester City in the summer (The Guardian)
Arsenal’s 19-year-old forward Alex Iwobi is committed to Nigeria despite attempts by the Football Association to persuade him to play for England (Daily Mirror)
Former Hearts boss Csaba Laszlo, 52, has applied for the manager’s job at Nottingham Forest. The Championship club sacked Dougie Freedman earlier this month (Nottingham Post)
Leicester City head of recruitment Steve Walsh and coach Craig Shakespeare are set to sign new contracts with the Premier League leaders until 2018 (Daily Mail)