Manchester United are reported to have decided on their top transfer target for the summer, while Arsenal have apparently identified their preferred defensive target.
AUBAMEYANG IS TOP TARGET FOR MAN UTD
Manchester United have made Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang their top transfer target for the summer following transfer meetings last week.
Aubameyang was mentioned in passing as a United target alongside Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann by The Sun on Sunday, but the Daily Mail says it is the Gabon international that is wanted most at Old Trafford.
Aubameyang is said to be a back-up target for Real Madrid in case they cannot land Robert Lewandowski, who has also been linked with Arsenal, but the 26-year-old will apparently stay at the top of United’s wishlist irrespective of whether Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho or Ryan Giggs is in charge.
United are said to be confident they can get their man providing Real do not make a bid, but they may have to pay £70million to seal the deal.
ARSENAL BACK IN FOR BENATIA
Arsenal are once again keen on signing Bayern Munich defender Mehdi Benatia this summer, according to the Daily Star.
Arsene Wenger is yet to be fully convinced by Gabriel, while Per Mertesacker is likely to leave Emirates Stadium this summer, it is said, creating at least one gap for a new central defender.
Benatia was a target for the Gunners two years ago before joining Bayern from Roma, and the 29-year-old is apparently now back on the radar having made only 20 appearances for the German champions this season and with Mats Hummels a likely summer arrival.
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