Paper Talk: Spurs want England man; LAFC to loan back Zlatan

Date published: Thursday 20th April 2017 12:50

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is aiming to “hijack” Chelsea’s move for Virgil van Dijk, while a new suitor has emerged to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic, all in today’s papers.


Arsene Wenger has reportedly joined the race to sign Southampton’s £50million-rated centre-back Virgil van Dijk.

The Daily Mirror claims “Arsenal have made enquiries” about the highly rated defender as Wenger plots to use a back three on a regular basis.

Chelsea are believed to be in pole position to sign van Dijk but Liverpool, Everton and Manchester City are also keen tracking the 25-year-old.

The report claims Arsenal were in for the player when he joined the Saints from Celtic for £13million in September 2015.

Roma’s Kostas Manolas is also believed to be a target as Wenger plans to continue with the back three experiment which served them well against Middlesbrough.



Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be offered a £5million-a-season deal to join new MLS franchise Los Angeles FC.

The Daily Mail report that Ibrahimovic, who is out of contract at Old Trafford this summer after joining on a 12-month deal from PSG last season, is a target for LA, who are planning loaning him back to United.

LAFC owner Tom Penn recently admitted he was looking for a “player of global stature” and then claimed “they will likely be loaned back”.

That could well be a deal maker for United if the 35-year-old, who has been linked with LA Galaxy, decides his future does not solely lay with United.

LAFC’s will allow him to play the first half of another European season on loan in 2017/18 before joining them after that.

David Beckham did the same playing for AC Milan and then LA Galaxy in 2009 and 2010.


Paris St-Germain’s Ivory Coast right-back Serge Aurier, 24, has told Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho he wants to play for the Old Trafford club. (L’Equipe)

Real Madrid will bid £60m – nearly double the world record fee for a goalkeeper – to sign Manchester United’s Spain goalkeeper David De Gea, 26, this summer. (Sun)

Real Madrid and Spain striker Alvaro Morata, 24, has alerted Chelsea by reportedly growing frustrated at a lack of game time in Spain. (Diario Gol)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reportedly turned down to the chance to sign midfielders N’Golo Kante, 26, who is now with league leaders Chelsea, and Thomas Lemar, 21, now with Monaco, for a combined £12.6m only two years ago. (Sun)

Chelsea fear that a fresh £650,000-a-week offer from China has turned the head of 28-year-old Spain striker Diego Costa. (Daily Mirror)

Diego Costa: His antics have upset some Chelsea fans

Liverpool are prepared to play midfielder Emre Can, 23, until the end of his contract, regardless of whether the Germany international commits to a new deal this summer. (Daily Telegraph)

Captain Troy Deeney says he has been “linked with everyone” but could leave Watford this summer “if they want to get rid of me”, with West Brom eyeing a £20m move for the 28-year-old English striker. (Daily Star)

Claudio Ranieri says he is ready to return to management, two months after he was sacked by Leicester. (BT Sport)

Up to 16 players could leave Sunderland this summer, with the Black Cats looking destined for relegation to the Championship. (Daily Star)

Everton’s Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku has told friends he wants to rejoin Chelsea this summer, with the Toffees having put a £100m price tag on the 23-year-old. (Sun)

Having been been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United, Lukaku has now revealed he subscribes to their clubs’ TV channels.(Sport via Manchester Evening News)

Fit-again goalkeeper Jack Butland, 24, is targeting an imminent comeback with England as well as Stoke City.(Stoke Sentinel)

Manchester City are struggling to sell out their ticket allocation ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley against Arsenal – around 2,000 are still unsold. (Sun)

Tottenham are interested in a £30m move for Bayern Munich’s Brazil winger Douglas Costa, 26.(Daily Mirror)

Manchester United are the favourites to sign Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez this summer, although Arsenal remain an interested party. (Daily Star)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is looking to offload Juan Mata, with reports he is keen to sign Benfica’s Anderson Talisca as an Old Trafford replacement. (Daily Express)

Anderson Talisca: A reported target for Liverpool

Spurs are ready to enter the bidding for Burnley’s 24-year-old England defender Michael Keane, which could boost Manchester United’s hopes of landing Tottenham’s England midfielder Eric Dier, 23.(Daily Telegraph)

Fulham’s English left-back Ryan Sessegnon will sign a professional contract with the Championship club when he turns 17 next month.(Daily Mail)

Southampton want to sign Iceland playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson, 27, from Swansea and Leeds’ Sweden defender Pontus Jansson, 26.(NBC)

Southampton, Everton, West Ham and Newcastle are interested in signing Sigurdsson, who is valued at £35m. (Daily Mail)

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