Arsenal are ready to make a firm approach for a Colombia star after seemingly missing out on Gelson Martins to Liverpool, while Chelsea and Man City have entered the race for a €40m Man Utd target, according to Thursday’s European papers.
ARSENAL SWITCH ATTENTION TO JUVENTUS WINGER
Arsenal are ready to make a firm approach for Juventus star Juan Cuadradro after seemingly missing out on the race to sign Gelson Martins, according to reports.
The Gunners had been keen on a swoop for Portugal flyer Martins, who is available on a free transfer this summer after the €60m Portugal winger tore up his contract at Sporting Lisbon.
However, reports in Portugal claim Martins only wants to sign for a club operating in the Champions League and would prefer a move to Liverpool over the Gunners as a result.
And with Unai Emery destined to miss out, it seems the Gunners boss is ready to turn his attentions to former Chelsea man Cuadrado, who has caught the eye for Colombia during the World Cup.
The winger’s current deal expires in 2020 and Juventus have pencilled in talks to extend it after the World Cup, claims Calciomercato, who claim Arsenal are ready to pounce should those talks stall.
Cuadrado, however, is seen as a vital piece of Massimiliano Allegri’s side at Juve and prising him from the Serie A champions could set Arsenal back as much as €60million, if the reports are to be believed.
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Chelsea and Manchester City will rival Manchester United for Leonardo Bonucci if AC Milan give any indication they are willing to sell the €40m-rated defender (Tuttosport)
Juventus are ready to wait until Anthony Martial’s contract expires in 2019 to sign the forward on a free after failing to meet Manchester United’s £70million asking price (Tuttosport)
Manchester United face competition from Roma and Juventus for Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic, who is rated at €50m (Cadena Cope)
Atletico Madrid captain Gabi Fernandez is set to join Qatari club Al Sadd on a free transfer (AS)
Napoli are ready to submit an official bid for PSG keeper and Newcastle target Alphonse Areola, who will lose his place after the arrival of Gigi Buffon (L’Equipe)
Chelsea have increased their wage packet to Daniele Rugani to €4m a season to try and tempt him from Juventus (SportItalia)
Sevilla are keen to re-sign Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak this summer, with a fee of €10m-€15m
AC Milan are set to sign former Barcelona starlet Alen Halilovic from Hamburg this summer (Sky Italia)
Inter Milan are leading the chase to sign Barcelona full-back Aleix Vidal (Tuttosport)
Real Betis midfielder Fabian Ruiz is expected to complete his move to Italian club Napoli this week despite a delay (Sevilla Info)
Chelsea may be priced out of a move for Juventus’ Miralem Pjanic after the club’s president, Andrea Agnelli, set the Bosnian’s asking price between £75m and £88m (Corriere dello Sport)
Brazilian left-back Marcelo could have joined Hamburg a year before he ended up at Real Madrid – but the Bundesliga side refused to meet Fluminense’s asking price (Bild)
Borussia Monchengladbach defender Jannik Vestergaard is on the radar of both Southampton and Everton (Kicker)
Chelsea transfer target Claudio Marchisio has stated in a recent interview that he wants to stay at Juventus next season and has had no contact with any other club this summer (MediaSet)
Lille have rejected a £10.5m offer from Spanish side Valencia for West Ham transfer target Kevin Malcuit (France Football)