Rumour Mill: Benteke, Ben Arfa, Aguero & ‘Iranian Messi’ links

Date published: Friday 4th March 2016 12:08

Christian Benteke: On his way to Crystal Palace

Christian Benteke: On his way to Crystal Palace

Christian Benteke, Sergio Aguero, Hatem Ben Arfa and a player labelled the ‘Iranian Messi’ have been linked with moves to various Premier League clubs, according to Friday’s rumours.

ARSENAL

– Arsenal could make a shock move for Liverpool striker Christian Benteke in the summer transfer window (Fijaches)

– Arsenal have made an enquiry for Ilkay Gundogan, but the Dortmund midfielder would rather team up with Pep Guardiola at Man City (Daily Mail)

– Arsenal have reportedly joined the race for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez (AS)

– Southampton will rival Liverpool and Everton should Arsenal decide to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer (Daily Star)

ASTON VILLA

– Serie B side Crotone rejected a £2.3million Aston Villa bid for centre-back Gianmarco Ferrari in January (Tuttosport)

CHELSEA

Miralem Pjanic: Roma midfielder wanted by Chelsea

– ‘Incoming Chelsea boss’ Antonio Conte has instructed Chelsea to open talks over a £30million summer deal for Roma star Miralem Pjanic (Gazetta dello Sport)

John Terry is still holding out hope that he could stay at Chelsea beyond the end of the season

– Chelsea reportedly sent scouts to watch Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, for the second leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final against Inter Milan (Daily Express)

– Manchester United are reportedly ready to battle Chelsea over the signing of Mauro Icardi (Corriere dello Sport)

– Chelsea and Manchester United have been linked with AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca, 29, but the Colombia international’s agent says he is happy in Italy

– Crystal Palace, Watford and Swansea will join Chelsea in the race to sign Millwall prospect Christian Mbulu this summer (HITC)

CRYSTAL PALACE

– Crystal Palace, Watford and Swansea will join Chelsea in the race to sign Millwall prospect Christian Mbulu this summer (HITC)

EVERTON

– Sardar Azmoun – a striker who plays for Russian side Rostov, and dubbed the ‘Iranian Messi’ – has been linked with a summer switch to Everton. The forward has previously been linked with Stoke (Liverpool Echo)

– Southampton will rival Liverpool and Everton should Arsenal decide to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer (Daily Star)

LEICESTER CITY

– Leicester City had scouts present at the FC Midtjylland and Copenhagen match, where it is believed they were checking on the former’s striker forward Paul Onuachu (TipsBladet)

LIVERPOOL

Hatem Ben Arfa: Nice forward scored sensational goal against St Etienne

– Arsenal could make a shock move for Liverpool striker Christian Benteke in the summer transfer window (Fijaches)

– Hatem Ben Arfa has emerged as a surprise transfer target for Liverpool, while Inter Milan, AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund are also all thought to be interested (Le 10 Sport)

– AC Milan Giacomo Bonaventura is being tracked by Liverpool, with a view to a £14m summer bid (TransferMarketWeb)

Liverpool are hoping to beat Manchester United to Valencia forward Sofiane Feghouli (Don Balon)

– Southampton will rival Liverpool and Everton should Arsenal decide to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer (Daily Star)

MANCHESTER CITY

– Real Madrid have prioritised the signing of Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero this summer (le10 Sport)

– Neymar has emphatically dismissed any chance of a future move to Manchester City – declaring he even prefers Real Madrid over them (The Sun)

– Man City are emerging as the favoured choice for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan (Daily Mail)

– Manuel Neuer is one of the dream targets on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City transfer wish-list (Daily Mirror)

– Manchester United and Manchester City could become engaged in a direct transfer battle this summer after they both identified West Ham United’s Angelo Ogbonna as a potential solution to their defensive problems (The Times)

MANCHESTER UNITED

– Manchester United have reportedly been put on ‘red alert’ over Saul Niguez’s availability after winger’s contract negotiations with Atletico Madrid broke down, though Arsenal are also plotting a move for the midfielder (AS)

Liverpool are hoping to beat Manchester United to Valencia forward Sofiane Feghouli (Don Balon)

– Manchester United are reportedly ready to battle Chelsea over the signing of Mauro Icardi (Corriere dello Sport)

– Manchester United’s Uruguayan defender Guillermo Varela says he asked to leave the club in January but the 22-year-old was asked to stay by manager Louis van Gaal (Metro)

– Manchester United and Manchester City could become engaged in a direct transfer battle this summer after they both identified West Ham United’s Angelo Ogbonna as a potential solution to their defensive problems (The Times)

– Jonny Evans insists Louis van Gaal was justified in selling him over the summer (The Independent)

SOUTHAMPTON

– Southampton will rival Liverpool and Everton should Arsenal decide to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer (Daily Star)

– AC Milan are plotting a summer move for Southampton striker Graziano Pelle, who wants to return to Italy (talkSPORT)

STOKE CITY

– Stoke City are closing in on Modena midfielder Andrea Mazzarani (Tuttomercatoweb)

– Sardar Azmoun – a striker who plays for Russian side Rostov, and dubbed the ‘Iranian Messi’ – has been linked with a summer switch to Everton. The forward has previously been linked with Stoke (Liverpool Echo)

SWANSEA

– Crystal Palace, Watford and Swansea will join Chelsea in the race to sign Millwall prospect Christian Mbulu this summer (HITC)

SUNDERLAND

– Emanuele Giaccherini looks increasingly likely to return to Sunderland from his Bologna loan this summer, though the Black Cats are hoping to sell the former Juventus star (Tuttomercatoweb)

TOTTENHAM

Sofiane Boufal: Lille star linked with move to Tottenham

– Tottenham target Sofiane Boufal is being tracked by PSG, and they are already plotting a summer move for the Lille midfielder (Le 10 Sport)

– Turkish side Galatasaray have denied they have received an offer from Tottenham for 29-year-old Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera

WATFORD

– Crystal Palace, Watford and Swansea will join Chelsea in the race to sign Millwall prospect Christian Mbulu this summer (HITC)

WEST BROM

– West Brom are being linked with a summer move for Bristol City centre-back Aden Flint (Tamworth Herald)

– Jonny Evans insists Louis van Gaal was justified in selling him over the summer (The Independent)

WEST HAM

– West Ham have cooled reports they could sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer

– Manchester United and Manchester City could become engaged in a direct transfer battle this summer after they both identified West Ham United’s Angelo Ogbonna as a potential solution to their defensive problems (The Times)

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