Paper Talk: Chelsea takeover offer; Ander Herrera a wanted man

Date published: Saturday 9th June 2018 10:15

Arsenal have secured their second signing of the summer and Athletic Bilbao want to bring Ander Herrera home, all in the papers.



Athletic Bilbao are ready to make Ander Herrera their highest paid player, according to a report in Spain.

The Manchester United midfielder is a target for his former club, according to AS.

The Manchester Evening news report United will listen to the offer, although Jose Mourinho would be reluctant to let the Spanish midfielder leave without a replacement.

Fred is on the verge of signing for United and he could well be part of a three-man midfield for next season along with Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba.

That would leave Herrera further down the pecking order, but it’s understood Mourinho would want another man in if he allowed Herrera to move on.

Herrera, 28, was the club’s player of the season in 2016/17, but he made only 13 Premier League starts last term and is out of contract in 2019.



Arsenal agree deal to sign defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos for £16m from Borussia Dortmund. (Telegraph)

Liverpool’s move for Lyon and France forward Nabil Fekir is in doubt because the Reds have hesitated on concluding the £53m deal following the 24-year-old’s medical. (Various)

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has rejected an approach from Jim Ratcliffe – Britain’s richest person – to buy the Premier League club. (Mail)

Zinedine Zidane will not be taking over as France coach any time soon as Didier Deschamps will remain in the job for the rest of his contract, which runs to 2020. (Daily Mail)

Tottenham’s England midfielder Dele Alli, 22, and Denmark playmaker Christian Eriksen, 26, are set to follow 24-year-old England striker Harry Kane by committing their long-term futures to the club. (Mirror)

Wayne Rooney, 32, is moving closer to a move to Major League Soccer as he made a trip to the United States consulate in Belfast as part of his visa application process. (Mirror)

Liverpool will be able to sign 26-year-old Stoke and Switzerland winger Xherdan Shaqiri if they can agree the right fee with the Championship club, said Potters boss Gary Rowett. (Various)

Crystal Palace are considering a move for Scotland midfielder Stuart Armstrong, 26, who is going into the last year of his contract at Celtic. (Express)

Real Madrid are willing to pay £307m to persuade Paris St-Germain to forgo a release clause in the contract of Brazil forward Neymar, 26. (Sun)

West Ham have opened talks with former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure (Daily Mail)

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has emerged as Real Madrid’s prime target to succeed Zinedine Zidane. (Express)

Manchester United had been linked with 24-year-old Brazilian midfielder Talisca – but he has joined Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande on loan until January 2019 from Benfica. (Sun)

Wolves could sign 30-year-old Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patricio, who has terminated his contract at Sporting Lisbon. (Express & Star)

England centre-back John Stones says that his Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has told him he can “call him or text him whenever I need to – 24 hours a day” during the World Cup. (Guardian)

Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand says “it was an oversight” from England manager Gareth Southgate to omit him from the World Cup squad. (Mail)

Wes Morgan, 34, will retain the Leicester City captaincy even though the Jamaica defender will play less following the £3.5m arrival of 30-year-old Northern Ireland centre-back Jonny Evans from West Brom. (Leicester Mercury)

Aberdeen are set to offer former Scotland striker Kenny Miller a one-year deal after the 38-year-old’s third stint at Rangers. (Daily Record)

Everton’s Spanish keeper Joel Robles, 27, is leaving after five years at Goodison Park. (Liverpool Echo)

Leeds United have taken advantage of the uncertainty over Aston Villa’s financial predicament by seeing whether manager Steve Bruce is interested in a switch to Elland Road. (Telegraph)

Nottingham Forest are close to signing two 21-year-old Portuguese players from Benfica – forward Diogo Goncalves and midfielder Joao Carvalho. (Nottingham Post)

Preston are close to signing 24-year-old Shamrock Rovers and Republic of Ireland striker Graham Burke. (Lancashire Post)

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