Paper Talk - 21 February 2013

Jesus Navas: Summer target for Manchester City

Paper Talk: City target Reus and Navas

Manchester City are chasing Marco Reus and Jesus Navas, while the Arsenal board are ready to give Arsene Wenger £70million to spend.

The Sun
  • Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski, 24, could still sign for Manchester United this summer despite reports that the Poland striker is set for a switch to Bayern Munich.
  • Gabby Agbonlahor has told fellow Aston Villa frontman Christian Benteke that he is too good to join Arsenal or Spurs with the 22-year-old linked with a move away. Chelsea and Manchester City are also interested.
  • Midfielder Joey Barton, on loan at Marseille, does not expect to return to QPR but admits he misses the Premier League.
  • Arsene Wenger has been accused of failing to sort out Arsenal's dodgy defence.
  • Charlton are set to sign Spurs striker Jonathan Obika, 21, on loan until the end of the season - for what will be his ninth loan move in four years.
Daily Mirror
  • Under-fire manager Arsene Wenger is to be given £70 million of support by the Arsenal board.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson says he has suffered a major blow with David Gill's decision to quit as Manchester United chief executive.
  • Legend Pele has urged Brazil star Neymar to snub Manchester City and join Barcelona instead.
  • Bolton striker David Ngog, 23, is due for talks with Dynamo Kiev about a surprise £3.5m move.
Daily Star
  • Manchester City have added Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus, 23, and Seville's Jesus Navas, 27, to their shopping list with the two widemen rated at a combined total of £65m.
  • Thomas Vermaelen fears Arsenal are on the brink of tearing themselves apart. Brendan Rodgers has urged Liverpool fans to help him pull off a Europa League miracle tonight.
Daily Mail
  • Arsene Wenger will be assured he is the man to revive Arsenal's fortunes at a board meeting with the club's American owner Stan Kroenke today.
  • Meanwhile, the Gunners have sent scouts to watch defenders Maxime Gonalons, 23, of Lyon and Torino's Angelo Ogbonna, 24.
  • Manchester United are monitoring Ecuador defender Frickson Erazo, 24, who plays in his home country for Barcelona SC.
  • Borussia Dortmund are interested in Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko as a replacement for Manchester United and Bayern Munich target Robert Lewandowski. However, City rate Dzeko at £25m but Dortmund are not willing to pay more than £15m.
Daily Express
  • Arsenal's senior players lined up to admit they are not good enough.
  • Chelsea's Demba Ba, 27, is open to the club bringing in another striker in the summer and said it will bring the best out of him.
  • West Ham's Frederic Piquionne is trying to earn a move to the MLS after going on trial with the Portland Timbers.
The Times
  • Arsene Wenger retains the full backing of Arsenal's board and the club have no plans to dismiss him even if they fail to qualify for next season's Champions League.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson admitted that David Gill's decision to step down as Manchester United chief executive in the summer was a "big loss" and that he had hoped to find a way of persuading the man with whom he has had "a million arguments" to remain in the role he has served for the past decade.
Daily Telegraph
  • Sir Alex Ferguson will lose his most powerful and closest ally at Old Trafford at the end of the season after Manchester United chief executive David Gill announced he was going to step down this summer.
Independent
  • Thomas Vermaelen has urged his Arsenal team-mates to avoid recriminations and stick together as another season looks set to end without silverware.
The Guardian
  • Thomas Vermaelen has said that Arsene Wenger remains the manager to take Arsenal forward in the long term, despite the current difficulties, while the majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, will reiterate his support for the Frenchman at a board meeting today.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson has lost his closest confidant at Manchester United after David Gill announced he will step down as chief executive in the summer to allow the club to "refresh" itself.

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