Real Madrid are lining up a £65million Arsenal forward, while ten Barcelona stars are set to be axed this summer, according to Friday’s European press.
REAL MADRID CONSIDER SHOCK SWOOP FOR ARSENAL STAR
Real Madrid are weighing up the idea of making a summer move for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, reports in Spain claim.
The LaLiga giants have been strongly linked with a move for Eintracht Frankfurt star Luka Jovic, but they now apparently view Aubameyang as a viable alternative.
A report on Sportsmole (who cite Spanish reports) claim that Los Blancos believe they can get the Gabon international for £65million should the Gunners fail to qualify for the Champions League.
Arsenal’s hopes of playing in Europe’s elite club competition rest on winning the Europa League final against Chelsea in Baku, with a top four finish now virtually impossible.
Aubameyang has netted 29 times in 49 appearances this season, and scored a hat-trick against Valencia in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final.
TOP CLUBS ON ALERT AS BARCA GET READY TO DITCH 10 STARS
Barcelona are reportedly open to selling 10 of their first-team squad players this summer in an attempt to overhaul their squad.
A report in Diario AS claims that Samuel Umtiti, Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic are the three most high-profile players who have been identified by the club as being viable sale options.
The trio are on disproportionately high wages, with none seen as regular first-team starters for next season or beyond.
Umtiti is behind Clement Lenglet and Gerard Pique in the pecking order at centre-back, while Coutinho is second fiddle to Ousmane Dembele, when fit, and Frenkie de Jong looks set to displace Croatian star Rakitic.
The Catalan outfit are also keen on recouping their €41m fee on winger Malcom, who has started just four LaLiga games this summer, with squad players Jasper Cillessen, Thomas Vermaelen and Rafinha Alcantara are all available for transfer too due to lack of first-team action.
In addition, current loanees Kevin-Prince Boateng and Jeison Murillo will head back to parent clubs Sassuolo and Valencia respectively, while January arrival Jean-Clair Todibo could also be moved on with a buy-back option for Toulouse.
AND THE REST
Benfica have offered Joao Felix a bumper new contract in an attempt to keep the talented teenager at the club (A Bola)
Luciano Vietto is close to completing a move to Sporting Lisbon from Atletico Madrid (Mundo Deportivo)
A number of Premier League clubs are interested in signing Marcos Llorente from Real Madrid (ESPN)
Barcelona will renew their attempts to sign Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid this summer (Marca)
Arsenal and Juventus are preparing bids for Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti (Sport)
Jasper Cillessen is set to join Benfica (A Bola)
Manchester United will have to pay 100m euros if they want to sign Barcelona forward Philippe Coutinho (AS)
Mauricio Pochettino, Gian Piero Gasperini and Leonardo Jardim are the next batch of Coaches that Juventus are reportedly considering (La Repubblica)
Real Madrid and Chelsea are close to completing deals which will see Eden Hazard and Mateo Kovacic move in opposite directions (Marca)
Gigi Donnarumma could leave AC Milan in the event of failure to qualify for the next Champions League (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Atletico Madrid must pay an additional £15m to keep Alvaro Morata at the club for the 2019/20 season (AS)
Aston Villa want to sign German 17-year-old Erkan Eyibil, who currently plays for Mainz 05 (Turkish Football)
Inter Milan are reportedly close to agreeing a fee with Barcelona for midfielder Ivan Rakitic (Mundo Deportivo)
Chief executive Ivan Gazidis wants Arsenal boss Unai Emery and centre-back Shkodran Mustafi at AC Milan (Tuttosport)
Napoli could use Amadou Diawara as a sweetener for Tottenham in a deal to sign Kieran Trippier (Corriere dello Sport)
Juventus have target Mauro Icardi and Anthony Martial to revamp their strike force, with Paulo Dybala set to leave (Tuttosport)
Claudio Ranieri has confirmed that he will leave Roma at the end of the season
Lazio are reportedly interested in Paraguay international Antonio Sanabria, currently on loan at Genoa via Real Betis and Roma (Football Italia)
Napoli put bid in for Manchester United attacking target Hirving Lozano (La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Former Huddersfield boss David Wagner has been appointed as the new head coach of Schalke on a three-year deal