Paper Talk: Prem trio fight for Roma star; Pastore chase

Date published: Saturday 16th April 2016 1:51

Umar Sadiq: Compared to Nwankwo Kanu

Umar Sadiq: Compared to Nwankwo Kanu

Liverpool, Tottenham and Lyon are reported to have joined Arsenal in the race to sign a highly-rated Roma striker, while Chelsea are have made an enquiry Javier Pastore, according to Saturday morning’s papers.

 

PREMIER LEAGUE TRIO CHASE ROMA STRIKER

Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal all want 19-year-old Roma striker Umar Sadiq, according to reports in Italy.

The Nigerian youngster has attracted interest following an impressive season in the Italian capital.

The 19-year-old has scored two goals in six Serie A appearances for Roma while he has found the net 19 times in 18 games for their youth teams.

Arsenal were heavily linked with Sadiq, who has been compared to former Gunners striker Nwankwo Kanu, last month.

But La Gazzetta dello Sport claim Liverpool, Tottenham and French club Lyon are also ready to compete for his signature.

Sadiq is currently on loan at Roma from Serie B side Spezia but the report claims Roma plan to make his move permanent before immediately selling him on at a profit.

Gazzetta dello Sport state that Roma will sign him for £2m but director of football Walter Sabatini already has a list of teams who want the teenager.

It is claimed Roma will want at least £9.6million for Sadiq although last month All Nigeria Soccer suggested a fee could be considerably higher.

 

 

 

CHELSEA MAKE MOVE FOR PASTORE

Javier Pastore: Linked with move to Chelsea

Chelsea have made the first move to sign Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Javier Pastore.

Pastore arrived at Paris Saint-Germain in 2011 for £30million from Italian club Palermo.

The Argentinian immediately slotted into the starting line-up and racked up 16 goals and eight assists in 43 games in his first season.

And he has continued to be a vital part of the PSG side which has this year secured its fourth consecutive Ligue 1 title.

But the attacking midfielder is set to be the subject of several transfer bids this summer.

Manchester City are said to be interested in Pastore when Pep Guardiola arrives at the end of the season.

City knocked the Paris outfit out of the Champions League this week to reach the semi-final for the very first time.

But Guardiola is still expected to overhaul the squad and bring in a number of players when he takes over from Manuel Pellegrini.

However, it looks as though Chelsea have taken the lead in the race for Pastore’s signature.

According to Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb, the Blues have contact the 26-year-old’s agent about a move.

And PSG are reportedly ready to let their man leave for a fee approaching the £30m they originally paid for him.

 

AND THE REST

Antoine Griezmann: Atletico Madrid forward linked with Chelsea and Manchester United

Manchester United and Chelsea have both expressed interest in signing Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos, who is valued at about £40m (Daily Telegraph)

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady believes the club’s Olympic Stadium move is “a good deal for West Ham, the taxpayer and the community” (The Sun)

Manchester United have agreed a deal for 16-year-old FC Zurich striker Nishan Burkart (Blick)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has given the clearest indication yet that he won’t be moving to another club by purchasing a house close to the training ground (The Sun)

Manchester City are nearing a £30m deal for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan (The Sun)

Arsenal and Liverpool are set to do battle for the signature of 15-year-old Fulham left-back Ryan Sessegnon (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli says he would rather retire from football than play for Arsenal (Daily Express)

Paris Saint-Germain are targeting Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, 25, and Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus, 26, in preparation for the departure of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic (TF1 )

Juan Cuadrado may not return to Chelsea next season after he revealed his love for Juventus (Daily Express)

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says striker Romelu Lukaku could play in the Merseyside derby on Wednesday and the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United next Saturday, despite struggling with a groin injury (Liverpool Echo)

Cesc Fabregas admits working with Antonio Conte is a mystery, but insists Chelsea will be back challenging for the title next season (Daily Express)

West Brom boss Tony Pulis says he wants to freshen up the Baggies squad with some young signings this summer in a bid to reduce the average age (Birmingham Mail)

Chelsea’s hopes of signing Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez have been dashed as Barcelona and Real Madrid will reportedly bid £50m for the defender (Daily Express)

Arsene Wenger has risked the anger of Arsenal fans by warning there will no big summer investment in the squad – and insisting the Gunners will survive if they finish behind Tottenham (Daily Mirror)

Ronald Koeman has raised fresh doubts over his future as Southampton boss by admitting he wants to manage old club Barcelona (Daily Mirror)

Wayne Rooney is set for a three-way fight for a spot on England’s right wing at Euro 2016 this summer, while Arsenal stars Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss out on the squad (Daily Mirror)

Claudio Ranieri insists he doesn’t want a statue if Leicester win the title – for now (Daily Star)

Guus Hiddink has refused to guarantee Eden Hazard will still be at Chelsea next season (Daily Star)

Leicester midfielder Matty James will have to wait until next season to make his comeback from a cruciate ligament injury, manager Claudio Ranieri has confirmed (Leicester Mercury)

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has insisted that critics of the Hammers’ Olympic Stadium deal are just jealous (Daily Star)

Chelsea transfer target Radja Nainggolan insists he will never join Juventus as speculation over his future at Roma intensifies (Daily Star)

David de Gea will not quit Manchester United this summer, even if they fail to qualify for the Champions League (Daily Star)

Manchester United and Chelsea are on keen on Paris St-Germain defender Marquinhos, although the French club would prefer a swap deal (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne says his treatment by Jose Mourinho at Chelsea was “just not fair” (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester City chiefs are losing patience with Yaya Toure after the midfielder’s agent launched an attack on the club’s board (Daily Mail)

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has been blocked from discussing the club’s controversial deal to take over the Olympic stadium (The Times)

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