Euro Paper Talk: Arsenal rocked as Spurs enter race for £86m Barca star

Oli Fisher

Arsenal and Spurs are ready to do battle for a midfielder with an £86m clause, while Liverpool could raise their bid for a World Cup defender after seeing an opening offer rejected, according to Wednesday’s European papers.



Arsenal boss Unai Emery has been rocked by the news that north London rivals Tottenham have joined the race for a midfield target.

That is according to TMW, who claim that Emery is keen on adding Spain midfielder Andre Gomes to his squad before the start of the season.

Gomes could reportedly leave the Nou Camp, having struggled for consistent game time since his arrival.

Barcelona paid €35million for Gomes in 2016, and the former Valencia star was tipped to be the long-term replacement for Xavi.

He claimed earlier in the year that he is enduring “hell” at Barca after claims he was failing to justify his price tag.

“Maybe it’s not the correct word but it turned into a bit of a hell, because I started to feel more pressure,” Gomes revealed.

“With pressure I feel fine, but with pressure on myself, I don’t. The feeling that I have during games is bad.”

Gomes has a contract with the Catalan giants until 2021 but is release clause is said to be a whopping £86million.



Liverpool have been given encouragement in their efforts to sign Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida, according to reports.

BeIn Sports claim the Reds have matched the €18m offer submitted by Tottenham on Tuesday in an effort to bring the commanding Croatian defender to Anfield this summer.

And although their effort has been knocked back, the source claims the Black Eagles have told Liverpool they will consider an increased offer for a player they signed on a free transfer back in January.

Although Besiktas have declined to mention an asking price for the 29-year-old, it was reported earlier in the week they could sell for a fee of around €35million.

While that might be a little higher than Liverpool are willing to pay, Besiktas will hope rival interest from Everton, West Ham, Fulham, as well as Tottenham, will help drive up the defender’s fee.


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West Ham are interested in signing Sevilla’s former Palermo winger Franco Vazquez this summer (Tuttomercatoweb)

Sevilla have lodged an offer to re-sign out-of-favour Barcelona defender Aleix Vidal (ABC de Sevilla)

Napoli will look to sign either Karim Benzema or Edinson Cavani this summer (Corriere dello Sport)

Cadiz look set to sign Toronto midfielder Ager Aketxe on a loan deal with an option to buy (Marca)

Croatia’s World Cup star Ante Rebic will turn down Premier League interest from Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham as he holds out for a €50m move to Bayern Munich (Bild)

Barcelona held meetings with representatives of Paris Saint-Germain in Paris on Tuesday to discuss a €40million deal for Arsenal and Chelsea target Adrien Rabiot (Sport)

Manchester United are in the clear to sign Willian after Barcelona balked at the winger’s €70m asking price (Diario Gol)

Chelsea have offered Cesc Fabregas to Napoli in a bid to drive down the price the Blues will have to pay for Maurizio Sarri and Jorginho (La Repubblica)


Sevilla want Arsenal and Chelsea target Jean Michael Seri to replace the outgoing Steven N’Zonzi in their midfield (Estadio Deportivo)

AC Milan will be forced into selling all three of Leonardo Bonucci, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Suso this summer as they bid to balance the books in the wake of FFP regulations (Calciomercato)

Jasper Cillessen is demanding showdown talks with Barcelona over his future amid reported interest from Liverpool and Chelsea (Sport)


An Italian trade union has announced that Fiat workers at its Melfi plant down south will go on strike over Cristiano Ronaldo’s €105m transfer to Juventus, claiming as employers of the same company as Ronaldo it’s “unfair we can’t get to the middle of each month while one man is paid millions” (Football Italia)

Lazio winger Felipe Anderson could become a West Ham United player in a matter of days (Sky Italia)

Inter Milan will allow Matias Vecino to leave for Chelsea once they have finalised the signing of Mousa Dembele from Tottenham (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Fabio Capello has revealed Gonzalo Higuain will join Chelsea following Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus (Sky Italia)


Chelsea have agreed a €40m fee with Juventus for defender Daniele Rugani (Mediaset Premium)

Nikola Kalinic is hopeful of joining Atletico Madrid or Sevilla this summer but has not yet made a decision (Estadio Deportivo)

Georginho Wijnaldum is considering his future at Liverpool after receiving an approach from Fenerbahce (A Spor)

Chelsea have been offered the chance to sign Sampdoria forward Duvan Zapata – a target of Atletico Madrid, Newcastle, Southampton and Jiangsu Suning (Calciomercato)

Chelsea are preparing a new £200,000 a week deal for N’Golo Kante to keep the player out of PSG’s grasp