Paper Talk: Arsenal ‘earmark’ Wenger replacement

Eddie Howe: Arsenal links played down

Eddie Howe: Arsenal links played down

Arsenal are making plans for life after Arsene Wenger, while Barcelona are chasing Newcastle striker Ayoze Perez as back-up for Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.


Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has been “earmarked” by Arsenal to replace Arsene Wenger when he steps down at The Emirates.

Wenger has 12 months left on his contract and was the no. 1 target for the FA to replace Roy Hodgson at the end of the season.

The Daily Star exclusive claims the Gunners board “would not have stood in Wenger’s way had he wanted to take over as England boss next summer as the FA had originally wanted”.

Apparently the Arsenal board see Howe, 38, who was also on the FA’s short-list,  as “being a perfect fit” die to his “attractive brand of football and “adventurous approach”.


Rangers are in the hunt for Fenerbahce striker Robin van Persie, according to the Daily Record.

The Gers are certainly setting their sights high and despite his age, any deal for the 32-year-old former Man Utd and Arsenal striker would be a huge coup.

The Dutchman is apparently keen to leave the Turkish outfit after just one season. Van Persie signed a three-year deal last summer and moved for a fee of just under £4million, but the bookies have made Gers odds-on to now land the forward. And that unfortunately seems to be the whole basis of the reports. Oh dear…

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Real Madrid are set to firm up their interest in Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko with a bid expected as soon as Manchester United confirm they have won the race to sign Paul Pogba. (Telegraph)

France midfielder Paul Pogba, 23, is set to complete his move to Manchester United for a world record £112m, with a Juventus source saying the deal is done. (Various)

Alternatively, the Champions League winners accept that they cannot compete for Pogba and are ready to turn their attention to signing Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko with the Magpies wanting £30m for the 26-year-old. (Daily Telegraph)

Everton defender John Stones, 22, is set to join Manchester City for £50m – and the deal could be finalised this week. (Daily Mail)

If City fail to tie up a deal for Stones, manager Pep Guardiola has Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci, 29, as a back-up option. (Daily Mirror)

Everton are already preparing for life without Stones and have earmarked Sunderland’s Lamine Kone, 27, as a possible £14m replacement for their defence. (Sun)

Arsenal have spoken to the agent of Valencia’s German defender Shkodran Mustafi, 24. (Emanuele Giulianelli)

Liverpool outcast Mario Balotelli has been offered a career lifeline with a potential move to Besiktas (Various).

Manchester City centre-back Eliaquim Mangala, 25, could replace Mustafi at Valencia – if City sign Stones. (Sun)

Leicester have agreed a £7.4m deal to sign Bartosz Kapustka from Cracovia. (Mail)

Chelsea have bid £38m for Napoli’s 25-year-old Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly. (Sky Italy)

Stoke remain interested in West Brom’s 22-year-old striker Saido Berahino. (TalkSPORT)

Eden Hazard has vowed to repay Chelsea for his “very bad season” and drive the club back to the top of the Premier League. (Express)

Liverpool could be beaten to the £20m signing of 22-year-old Benfica midfielder Anderson Talisca – by Championship side Wolves. (A Bola)

Southampton are interested in signing Barcelona striker Cristian Tello, 24, for around £10m and Malaga midfielder Recio, 24 for £5m, (Sun)

Barcelona want 23-year-old Newcastle striker Ayoze Perez to serve as back-up to Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez. (IBTimes)

Former Real Madrid and Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, 33, has contacted fellow Dutchman Jaap Stam about a move to Reading. (Get Reading)

Leicester striker Leonardo Ulloa, 30, has told manager Claudio Ranieri he wants to leave the Premier League champions to join Swansea in a £10m deal. (Sun)

Swansea also want to sign Sevilla and Spain striker Fernando Llorente, 31, on loan. (IUSport)

However, the former Juventus player could be close to a move to Real Sociedad. (ESPN)

Leicester midfielder Andy King, 27, will sign a new contract to stay at the club until 2020. (ESPN)

New Sunderland manager David Moyes has turned down the chance to sign Aston Villa defender Micah Richards, 28, for £5m. (Northern Echo)

Brighton have made a £3.5m offer for Blackburn defender Shane Duffy, 24. (Daily Mirror)