Paper Talk: Allardyce set for FA interview; Icardi up for grabs

Date published: Monday 11th July 2016 8:40

Mauro Icardi: Closing in on Arsenal move?

Inter Milan hotshot Mauro Icardi may be set to leave the San Siro this summer, while England are considering Sam Allardyce as next boss according to Monday morning’s papers.



Tottenham target Mauro Icardi is available this season, according to his wife and agent Wanda Icardi.

Calciomercato stated yesterday that Inter had rejected a bid from rivals Juventus for the striker, and that Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham were interested.

Speaking about Icardi’s future at Inter, Wanda told “From what I can see, Inter have put Icardi up for sale.

“There are many clubs interested. We will evaluate the situation with all due respect for everyone.

“Mauro would be very sad to leave Inter, but we’ve understood the club’s economic situation and evidently they cannot hold Icardi back.

“There is no release clause in his contract and we hope Inter won’t ask for a sum that is outside the market value, but rather suited to his contract.”

The 23-year-old, who has also been linked with Arsenal and Chelsea, is contracted with the nerazzurri until 2019.

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Sam Allardyce will reportedly be interviewed over the vacant England manager’s job this week according to various reports.

The Sunderland boss is currently in Austria on a pre-season tour with the Black Cats, and has been identified by the FA as the first choice of all available English candidates.

Allardyce applied unsuccessfully for the role in 2006 when he was Bolton manager, losing out to Steve McClaren, something which still haunts the 61-year-old.

“I wanted to do a real knock-your-socks-off interview for the FA, so I put together a PowerPoint which looked at every single detail,” ‘Big Sam’ wrote in his autobiography.

“There was nothing missing. Nobody but nobody was going to beat it. But then Brian Barwick, the chief executive, told me there were no PowerPoint facilities at the interview venue, so I had to print off hard copies for the panel. So much for the progressive FA.”

The FA are also interested in talking to USA boss Jurgen Klinsmann, and they have been made aware that he would be tempted by the job according to the Guardian.


Arda Turan: May make Premier League switch at cut-price fee

Arsenal want to bring Arda Turan to the Emirates Stadium for next season, and Barcelona are reportedly willing to let the midfielder go.

According to reports in The Sun, an offer of £23million may be enough to force the Catalans to sell, as the Turkish captain has been deemed surplus to requirements.

Having joined from Atletico Madrid last summer, Barcelona’s transfer embargo meant he was not able to play until January.

He failed to break into the side regularly, starting just 13 games in all competitions and not playing in crucial Premier League and Champions League clashes.

The Sun state that Turan is desperate to stay at the Nou Camp, but Denis Suarez could further diminish his opportunities of playing time.



Tottenham are set to miss out on Mario Gotze to Borussia Dortmund (Daily Mirror)

Joe Hart will be under immediate pressure to keep his first-team place at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola with German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen now expected to join this month (Daily Mail)

Lionel Messi is considering a Barcelona exit in 2018, when his current deal with the Camp Nou club comes to an end, as recent events have made him assess his future (Cadena Cope)

Georginio Wijnaldum is set to plead with Newcastle not to price him out of a move to Tottenham (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea are in pole position to sign Zenit midfielder Axel Witsel (Star)

Arsenal have no intention of selling Alexis Sanchez this summer, according to Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta (Daily Mail)

Carlos Bacca’s agent will meet with West Ham on Tuesday to discuss the Milan striker’s possible move to Upton Park this summer (La Gazzetta dello Sport)

If Romelu Lukaku leaves Everton this summer, Ronald Koeman will sign Arek Milik as his successor. The 22-year-old has also attracted interest from several Serie A clubs (Liverpool Echo)

Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe is stalling on a move to Bournemouth – despite the clubs agreeing a £15m fee – as he waits to hear other offers (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea’s players will return to training today braced for the hardest pre-season of their careers as Antonio Conte starts work at the club (The Times)

Chelsea are hoping to lure Lazio winger Anderson to Stamford Bridge fornext season (La Gazzetta dello Sport)

Lyon club president Jean-Michel Aulas says Arsenal have not lodged a bid for Alexandre Lacazette, and the 25-year-old striker is likely to stay on in Ligue 1 next season (Daily Mail)

Chelsea fear Everton are poised to drive up the price for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly (Daily Mirror)

Everton have made an inquiry for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, a player Chelsea have already tabled a bid for (Daily Mail)

The Football Association is intent on appointing an English successor to Roy Hodgson as England manager with Sam Allardyce and Eddie Howe the leading candidates (The Telegraph)

Christian Benteke could join Crystal Palace as early as Monday after agreeing personal terms with the London club (Daily Mirror)

Watford are closing on the signing of Napoli defender Juan Camilo Zuniga, with talks ongoing over a £1m deal (Daily Mail)

Swansea City striker Bafetimbi Gomis is in talks over a return to French football with Marseille (Daily Mail)

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