Paper Talk: Six stars linked to Chelsea; Arsenal ace snubs Real

Date published: Tuesday 5th April 2016 12:40

Kostas Manolas and Radja Nainngolan: Linked to Chelsea

Chelsea have been linked with Romelu Lukaku, Arturo Vidal, plus four players from Serie A, while Alexis Sanchez will snub a move to Real Madrid for now, according to Tuesday morning’s papers.



The papers have gone big on possible targets for new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, with several star names linked with moves to the club on Tuesday morning.

First up is the Daily Star, who claim in an exclusive that Conte has told the Blues to re-sign Romelu Lukaku – and wants a deal done before Euro 2016.

The paper claims Conte wants to make Lukaku the focal point of his attack, with Chelsea prepared to offer £50million for the Belgian they sold to Everton for £28million in the summer of 2014.

Conte hopes to bring in Lukaku with the Guardian claiming Diego Costa has already made up his mind on a return to La Liga this summer.

The Star also claims the Blues are confident of signing Roma pair Radja Naingollan and Kostas Manolas – but look set to abandon a move for Leonardo Bonucci.

The Juventus defender, 28, is under contract until 2020 and the Italians are refusing to do business, making a deal difficult.

Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal is also on Chelsea’s radar, and is understood to be interested in a move to Stamford Bridge.

Elsewhere, Miralem Pjanic has flown into London to discuss a possible move to Stamford Bridge, according to the Daily Express.

Pjanic, who is valued at £31million, has scored nine goals and 10 assists in his 28 Serie A appearances.

Meanwhile, the Gazetta dello Sport says Conte hopes to bring Napoli and Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain, 28, to Stamford Bridge.


Alexis Sanchez is ready to snub a Real Madrid move – for now – but could be tempted to return to Spain next summer.

The Chilean has starred for Arsenal since a 2014 move from Barcelona but reports have linked him with a return to Spain.

The player has two years left on his contract and Arsene Wenger admitted at the weekend he was confident the duo would sign new deals at the Emirates.

But Tuttomercatoweb report he’ll stick with the Gunners until the end of next season, when the player will reassess his options.

Real have been hotly tipped to bid for Chelsea star Eden Hazard this summer. But recent reports claim senior Madrid figures have cooled on the idea – and Sanchez could be targeted instead.

Sanchez won the FA Cup in his first season at Arsenal, but is facing an uphill battle to claim any silverware this time around.

The Gunners are 11 points Premier League leaders Leicester, although they do have a game in hand.


Mohamed Salah has revealed that he almost joined Liverpool before Jose Mourinho convinced him into moving to Chelsea (Daily Star)

West Ham have made a formal approach to sign £9.5m-rated Levante midfielder Victor Camarasa (Daily Star)

Manchester City are set to freeze season ticket prices for Pep Guardiola’s first season in charge at the Etihad (Daily Mirror)

Antonio Conte may have to plan without striker Diego Costa as the 27-year-old Spain international is intent on returning to La Liga (The Guardian)

Chelsea captain John Terry will meet with the club’s new manager, who will have the final say on the 35-year-old defender’s future (The Sun)

Real Madrid are willing to sell James Rodriguez for £60m this summer. Manchester United and Chelsea have been both been credited with interest in the Colombian schemer (Daily Mirror)

Alex Iwobi has agreed a new £30,000-a-week Arsenal deal keeping him at the club until 2021 (Daily Mirror)

Memphis Depay will have to take a pay cut of over £1m if he stays at Manchester United next season (The Sun)

Harry Kane has revealed Jurgen Klopp praised him for his strike against Liverpool on Saturday. Kane said: “He just said three words – ‘What a strike'” (The Sun)

Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini, 32, is reportedly considering a move to MLS this summer when his contract at the Emirates expires (Daily Express)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is reportedly keen on signing Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez, who spent last season on loan at Espanyol and is valued at £10m (Daily Express)

Leighton Baines has admitted that Everton’s troubles are deepening because there is no chemistry between the players (Daily Express)

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says he wanted Manuel Neuer and not David de Gea to succeed Edwin van der Sar as the Red Devils’ goalkeeper – but is glad he was persuaded to change his mind. Neuer, 30, joined Bayern Munich from Schalke (Manchester Evening News)

The latest stat to damn Arsenal’s strikers – if all shots that have hit the woodwork had found the net, they would be top of the League – will do nothing but frustrate the Emirates faithful further (Daily Mail)

Sunderland are ready to bid for Toulouse’s Danish forward Martin Braithwaite, 24, in the summer (Daily Mail)

Striker Jerome Sinclair’s future at Liverpool remains uncertain, with the 19-year-old keen to leave in search of more regular game time (Liverpool Echo)

Antonio Conte is set to bring long-term assistants Angelo Alessio and Massimo Carrera with him to Chelsea but his backroom staff will not be officially signed off until the summer (Daily Mail)

Some of Manchester United’s younger players see manager Louis van Gaal as ‘a grandpa’ whose management style is outdated (Daily Mail)

Neymar could be tempted into quitting Barcelona and making a “dream” move to Paris Saint-Germain, according to his agent (Daily Telegraph)

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