Arsenal are planning a huge triple outlay this summer, with Alexander Isak the headline act, Manchester United fancy a Juventus attacker, while Thursday’s transfer gossip claims Liverpool narrowly missed out on a French striker in January.
ALEXANDER ISAK IS BIG NAME OF HUGE ARSENAL TRIPLE SPLURGE
Arsenal are planning to meet the £75m exit clause needed to sign Alexander Isak this summer, claims a report.
The Gunners endured a frustrating January window, with no new arrivals. And their hand was seriously weakened following number of big-name exits including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Callum Chambers and Sead Kolasinac.
However, Mikel Arteta’s side are making a giant saving on the wages of Aubameyang. He has set the record straight with Arteta, having secured his move to Barcelona.
And first through the doors of a huge summer at Arsenal will be Isak.
The Real Sociedad striker was always Arsenal’s Plan B if their pursuit of Dusan Vlahovic failed. And while the January window left no time to secure the move, The Sun claims plans are already underway for the summer.
The Sweden striker will cost the full £75m of his exit clause with Sociedad unwilling to negotiate on his price.
The report claims he will also be followed in at Arsenal by Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who is costing £60m.
He has seen his season disrupted by injuries, but will be brought in alongside Isak.
The final signing, as per the report, will be Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves, costing the club another £45m.
That takes their total summer outlay to £180m – with owner Stan Kroenke giving the deals the green light.
Alexander Isak outlay will see 10 leave Arsenal
However, the Gunners will also wave goodbye to up to 10 players as Arteta and Edu clear the decks.
Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah and Mohamed Elneney will be first out as they depart on free transfers.
Arsenal target Alexander Isak wants Premier League move in the future
Arsenal target Alexander Isak reportedly wants a Premier League move in the future amid the Gunners' interest, with more news on Andrea Belotti and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The Gunners have not, it seems, ruled out keeping Lacazette, however, if he can agree an extension.
However, Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira, Hector Bellerin, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson, Alex Runarsson and Konstantinos Mavropanos will all be sold off after loans.
William Saliba, Pablo Mari and Folarin Balogun, meanwhile, will all return to the club following stints away.
MAN UTD, CHELSEA PLANNING PAULO DYBALA MOVE
Manchester United and Chelsea are joining Liverpool and Tottenham in the battle to sign free agent Paulo Dybala. (The Sun)
Derby County are picking up a bittersweet £600,000 cheque from Aston Villa for young Northern Ireland striker Omari Kellyman. (The Sun)
Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood will not be considered by Gareth Southgate while his investigation continues. (The Sun)
Ruud Gullit says black people are tired of being constantly overlooked for football’s top jobs. (The Sun)
Paul Pogba is making a late bid to feature in Manchester United’s squad for Friday’s FA Cup fourth-round match against Middlesbrough. (The Sun)
Christian Eriksen will get the green light from FIFA to play in the 2022 World Cup – even if any heart screening flags up a potential problem. (The Sun)
LONGSTAFF ALMOST AN EVERTON SIGNING
Sean Longstaff was close to signing for Everton prior to Rafa Benitez’s sacking, with Frank Lampard then rejecting the Newcastle man. (Daily Express)
Newcastle are targeting Napoli duo Fabian Ruiz and Victor Osimhen, who will cost them a huge £120m. (Daily Express)
Manchester City saw three January bids to sign Atletico Madrid playmaker Joao Felix fail. (Daily Express)
Liverpool missed a late January move for Nantes forward Randal Kolo Muani, but will continue tracking the new Eintracht Frankfurt man. (Daily Express)
Everton are targeting Steve Hitchen for the club’s vacant director of football role after he quit Tottenham Hotspur. (Daily Telegraph)
Manchester City are confident Bernardo Silva will sign a contract extension after holding positive talks with his representatives. (The Times)
AND MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP
Manchester United say any supporters with Mason Greenwood’s name emblazoned on their shirt can get an exchange for free. (Daily Mail)
Wayne Rooney claims his transfer window fire sale has raised enough funds to allow troubled Derby County to survive the season. (Daily Mail)
Dani Alves will reportedly miss Barcelona’s Europa League squad with Xavi including his three other January signings. (Daily Mail)
Chelsea will experience the latest trial of ‘robot referees’ at next week’s Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi. (Daily Mail)
Amadou Haidara “didn’t want” a January switch to Manchester United, according to RB Leipzig chief Christopher Vivell. (Daily Mirror)
Daniel Levy was fuming after seeing Liverpool gazump Tottenham to sign Luis Diaz from Porto for a knock-down price. (Daily Mirror)