Paper Talk: Arsenal in for Pjanic; Real chase Dele Alli

Date published: Tuesday 3rd January 2017 8:04

Arsenal are keen on a £28million deal for a Juventus star they feel could replace Santi Cazorla, while one of the world’s biggest clubs are lining up a summer swoop on Tottenham for Dele Alli, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.



Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is lining up Juventus star Miralem Pjanic as a potential Santi Cazorla replacement, according to reports on Tuesday.

Spanish star Cazorla is out of contract in the summer and could leave the Gunners for free unless an extension is agreed.

That has led Wenger to scour Europe for a potential replacement, with Bosnia & Herzegovina midfielder Pjanic emerging as the preferred option. The Sun claims Wenger has called the Juventus midfielder to ask him if he would like to join Arsenal.

And they add that he has ‘answered with enthusiasm’ and ‘the two are working towards a verbal agreement’.

However, it’s claimed any hopes Arsenal have of a deal in January look doomed to failure with Juventus target Axel Witsel opting instead for a move to China.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina international has been impressive since arriving from Roma last summer in a move in the region of £25million but it’s reported Arsenal could look to land their man for around £28million.



Dele Alli: Enjoying the No 10 role

Real Madrid are considering a stunning summer swoop for Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.

The Spanish giants, who have raided Tottenham in the past for both Luka Modric and Gareth Bale, are currently serving a transfer ban, but are targeting a summer swoop for the England star once their suspension is lifted.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said recently that he values Alli in the £50million bracket and that he can see the player dominating European midfields for the next decade – and it seems the form of Alli has already alerted Real.

Alli signed a new six-year contract in September, worth nearly £60,000-a-week – but the Mirror says that news of Real’s interest will put Tottenham under more pressure to increase the player’s wages once again.

Alli, who is also being watched by French champions Paris Saint-Germain, has just scored successive Premier League braces in away wins over Southampton and Watford to take his top-flight tally for the season to eight already.

He hit 10 goals last term and bagged 16 from his first 50 Premier League games — more than twice the combined tally of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.


MORE: All the completed Premier League deals during January



Shane Long: Liverpool enquire about Southampton striker

West Brom are weighing up a move to re-sign Shane Long from Southampton (Daily Mirror)

Mathieu Debuchy could be allowed to leave Arsenal in January after his bust-up with Arsene Wenger (Daily Mirror)

Walter Mazzarri is fighting to save his job with injury-ravaged Watford in free-fall and the fans turning on him (Daily Mirror)

Arsene Wenger has confirmed Arsenal have yet to offer Jack Wilshere a new contract (Daily Mirror)

Tom Cleverley has been handed the chance to revive his career at Newcastle United (Daily Mirror)

Hull, Watford, Swansea, Aston Villa and West Ham all want Arsenal full back Carl Jenkinson on loan (Daily Mirror)

Slaven Bilic has reiterated West Ham’s stance that star man Dimitri Payet is not for sale, amid claims Marseille have made an approach for the player (Daily Mirror)

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce fears Wilfried Zaha is unfairly treated by referees (Daily Mirror)

Paul Clement is braced for Swansea’s survival fight after taking manager’s job (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United have rejected a £19m bid for Morgan Schneiderlin from Everton (Daily Telegraph)

Chelsea are set to pip Arsenal in the race to sign Wolfsburg left back Ricardo Rodriguez (The Sun)

Stoke are ready to offer fit-again Ibrahim Afellay a new contract (The Sun)

Birmingham City have pulled out of the race for Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury (The Sun)

Crystal Palace and Brighton are favourites to sign former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard, 38, who is tipped for a return to the domestic game (Croydon Advertiser)

Pep Guardiola has snapped and admitted Manchester City might be his last job in football management (Daily Mail)

Arsene Wenger has bemoaned Arsenal’s fixture congestion over the Christmas and New Year period (Daily Mail)

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel is considering a move to Valencia (Daily Mail)

Charlie Taylor: A man in demand

West Brom manager Tony Pulis has suggested his focus will be on defenders in the transfer window. He has a long-term interest in Leeds left-back Charlie Taylor, 23, who is out of contract in the summer (Express & Star)

Christian Benteke will reject advances from Chinese clubs and stay at Crystal Palace (Daily Mail)

Crystal Palace have launched a £7m bid for Norwich star Robbie Brady (Daily Mail)

Stoke City are ready to stave off interest from West Ham in full back Glen Johnson, 32, by using an extension clause in his contract (Daily Mail)

Manchester United will take a third look at Livingston forward Matthew Knox, 17, in training at Carrington this week as they ponder a £150,000 transfer (Daily Mail)

Leicester City have asked about Schalke and ex-Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic (Daily Mail)

Newcastle have been warned they will need to pay £15m for Brentford striker Scott Hogan, 24 (Newcastle Chronicle)

Callum Paterson has been robbed of a January move to West Ham after being told he faces as much as nine months out with ligament damage (Daily Record)

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