Manchester United want one of Raphael Varane, John Stones or Aymeric Laporte, Loic Remy is set for a move to China, while PSG are keen on Hatem Ben Arfa, according to Wednesday morning’s papers.
UNITED DRAW UP THREE-MAN DEFENSIVE SHORTLIST
Raphael Varane is on Manchester United’s summer transfer shortlist along with John Stones and Aymeric Laporte, as they bid to bolster the centre of their defence.
Real Madrid centre-half Varane, 22, is widely regarded as one of the best young defenders in Europe, and is renowned for his explosive pace across the ground.
According to the Manchester Evening News, and as reported by Wednesday’s Daily Express, United are targeting the Frenchman as they prepare to bring in defensive reinforcements, with Bilbao centre-half Laporte and Everton star Stones also on their shortlist.
Jose Mourinho was known to be a big fan of Varane during his time at the Bernabeu, and could well be set for a reunion with the player should he, as expected, take over at Old Trafford this summer.
ANOTHER CHELSEA STAR HEADING FOR CHINA
Chelsea’s Loic Remy is the latest player targeted for a move to the Chinese Super League.
Shanghai Shenhua – who tempted Demba Ba, the man Remy replaced at Stamford Bridge in 2014, to the Far East last year – are ready to offer the Blues £11million for the 29-year-old’s services, reports the Daily Mirror.
They are also prepared to hand the France international a salary package worth £5.5m a year.
Shenhua previously succeeded in landing Chelsea legend Didier Drogba four years ago and signed former Millwall and Everton favourite Tim Cahill last year.
They are also keen on Paris Saint-Germain’s Argentina international forward Ezequiel Lavezzi.
The Chinese Super League has already bagged one of Chelsea’s stars this season — midfielder Ramires joined Jiangsu Suning last month in a shock £25m deal.
The European game has been struck during the current campaign by the exits of a number of high profile stars as Far Eastern football flashes the cash.
Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira – who was a target for Liverpool last month – and Atletico Madrid striker Jackson Martinez have moved to Chinese clubs in recent weeks after being offered lucrative packages.
PSG KEEP A WATCH ON BEN ARFA
Laurent Blanc has admitted that Paris Saint-Germain are keeping tabs on Hatem Ben Arfa.
The former Newcastle forward been in sensational form this season, scoring 11 goals in 24 Ligue 1 appearances to help Nice to third in the table – and looks a completely different player to the one that almost faded into oblivion at Newcastle.
Ben Arfa was released from his contract at St James’ Park last year, but he has rebuilt his career back in his home country of France and could play at this summer’s European Championship.
PSG have a host of attacking talent including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani and Angel di Maria, but Blanc says he and the club will always be interested in talented individuals.
“Hatem is an amazing player,” Blanc said at a press conference in quotes reported by the Daily Mail.
“All good players could be interesting for PSG, that’s the message I deliver to all players, to Hatem and others.
“All the talented players that we could approach or advertise themselves, we will keep an eye on them.
“Although we will obviously not sign every one of them.”
AND THE REST
- Jose Mourinho has confided in close friends it is a ‘done deal’ that he will take over at Manchester United in the summer (Daily Mail)
- Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is unsure about Diego Simeone taking charge due to Atletico Madrid boss’ style of football (Daily Mail)
- West Ham have entered contact negotiations with France international Dimitri Payet in a deal worth a massive £125,000-a-week to the midfield star (Daily Mail)
- Eden Hazard is keen to remain at Chelsea should a Real Madrid move prove to be off the cards (Daily Mail)
- Riyad Mahrez is in line for a new contract in the summer following his huge impact in Leicester’s title charge (Daily Mail)
- West Ham striker Nikica Jelavic is set to become the latest player to swap the Premier League for football in China (Daily Mail)
- Manchester United and Manchester City are going into battle with all guns blazing for Barcelona ace Neymar (The Sun)
- Remi Garde last night warned Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner: Show me the money this summer or I’m off (The Sun)
- Manchester City are planning a sensational bid to make Dimitri Payet the first signing of the Pep Guardiola era (The Sun)
- Juventus are reportedly preparing an offer to sign Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado permanently from Stamford Bridge (The Sun)
- Danny Drinkwater is line for a first England call-up for next month’s friendly matches against Germany and Holland (The Sun)
- Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak is being targeted for a summer switch to China (The Sun)
- Luke Shaw is running out of time on his chance of being fit for the Euros (The Sun)
- The Premier League has pledged to help fans meet the soaring cost of watching their heroes amid growing calls for a fairer deal (The Sun)
- Brendan Rodgers has claimed he has had five opportunities to return to football management since leaving Liverpool (Daily Telegraph)
- Ed Woodward could face a grilling from investors about the financial impact on Manchester United should the club fail to qualify for the Champions League when the executive vice-chairman holds a conference call on Thursday (The Guardian)