Euro Paper Talk: Arsenal face keeper rivals; new Chelsea boss near

Date published: Monday 12th March 2018 4:46

Luis Enrique has apparently revealed he’s heading for Chelsea in the summer and Arsenal have serious competition for a young goalkeeper, all in the Euro papers.

 

ENRIQUE GETS CHELSEA JOB

Luis Enrique has revealed that his move to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea is “practically” done, according to Don Balon.

The former Barcelona boss is said to have spoken to former player Neymar about the possibility of taking the Paris Saint-Germain job, but a move to Chelsea looks more likely according to the report.

The Mail on Sunday claimed in January that Conte will quit the club at the end of the season after growing disgruntled with the Blues’ transfer frustrations this season.

That apparently saw Chelsea begin to plan for life without the Italian, and they are believed to have looked at Massimiliano Allegri and Diego Simeone as potential replacements.

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However. Enrique’s availability is reported to have swayed Chelsea and pushed him to the top of their wishlist.

Enrique won La Liga twice as well as the Champions League in three seasons with Barcelona.

 

JUVENTUS TO AGREE DARMIAN SWEETENER AS PART OF ALEX SANDRO SWITCH

Manchester United have persuaded Juventus to allow them to sign Alex Sandro this summer, according to reports in the Italian media.

The €60million-rated star was chased by Chelsea last summer and again in January, but the Brazilian decided to stay in Serie A until the summer of 2018.

And according to Il Bianconero, United look to have won the race to sign the former Porto star, with Juventus agreeing to the deal with Matteo Darmian allowed to move in the opposite direction as his replacement.

The signing of Sandro would represent quite the coup for Jose Mourinho, whose side are expected to pay Juventus €40m plus Darmian to seal the deal.

PSG are also keen on Sandro, but if the latest report is to be believed, the Brazilian looks set to move to Old Trafford and provide Mourinho with the long-term answer at left-back he is looking for.

Ashley Young impressed at left-back against Liverpool on Saturday, but with the player 33 this summer, he cannot go on forever.

The signing of Sandro would also cast doubt over Luke Shaw, with the player seemingly back in Mourinho’s good books but perhaps not the long-term solution he is looking for.

 

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AND THE REST

Arsenal face competition to sign France Under-20 international goalkeeper Alban Lafont. Napoli are understood to be preparing an offer worth €10m, plus add-ons, while Roma are also keen on the Toulouse man (L’Equipe)

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is one of Paris St-Germain’s top summer targets (Canal+)

Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio has refused to confirm if his club have completed a deal for Liverpool and Manchester United target Stefan de Vrij: “I cannot confirm something like that. I can only talk about Inter and our players.” (Mediaset)

Emre Can wants to join Real Madrid this summer, not Juventus, after the LaLiga giants identified the Liverpool man as a replacement for Luka Modric, who could, ironically, now join Juve, the Merseysiders or Arsenal (Don Balon)

Bayern Munich star Arturo Vidal has refused to rule out his summer exit from Germany amid links to both Man Utd and Chelsea (Kicker)

Ivan Rakitic admits he would love to have Neymar back at Barcelona amid claims the Brazilian wants to return to the Nou Camp (AS)

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi will travel to Brazil in the next few days to meet Neymar and discuss his future amid claims the Ligue 1 club could relent and allow him to return to La Liga (Telefoot)

PSG could use any money generated by Neymar’s sale to make Manchester United an offer they cannot refuse for goalkeeper David De Gea (Telefoot)

Atletico Madrid captain Gabi admits Antoine Griezmann – a target for Barcelona – looks likely to leave the club this summer (Marca)

Rony Lopes could be tempted to make a return to Manchester City after making a big impact at Monaco this season with 11 goals in 39 appearances (Le 10 Sport)

Manchester City are also ready to spend £177m (€200m) to beat Real Madrid to the signing of Harry Kane this summer (Diario Gol)

Real Madrid have drawn up a four-man striker wishlist to replace Karim Benzema, with Kane at the top, followed by Mohamed Salah, then Mauro Icardi and finally Paulo Dybala. The signing of Salah would mean Cristiano Ronaldo operating as an out-and-out centre forward next season (Diario Gol)

AC Milan lead Juventus and Sampdoria in the race to sign Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere, who will become a free agent this summer (Tuttosport)

Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet believes his side are ‘ready’ to take on Manchester United in their Champions League last 16 tie (Cope Sevilla)

Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta has completed a training session ahead of Wednesday night’s tie with Chelsea and could make the bench despite struggling with a hamstring injury (Mundo Deportivo)

Juventus are closing in on the signing of Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin as they seek a long-term replacement for Stephan Lichtsteiner (Mundo Deportivo)

Manchester United are locked in a battle with Man City to sign Heerenveen starlet Kik Pierie, 17 (De Telegraaf)

Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina is set to undergo medical with AC Milan on Monday ahead of a summer switch to the San Siro (Sky Italia)

Former Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti has refused to rule out becoming Italy manager (Radio Anch’io)

RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has told Premier League suitors not to bother trying to sign him this summer after stating he plans to stay with the Bundesliga side

 

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