Paper Talk: Chelsea close in on shock new boss; Mahrez in fresh link

Date published: Wednesday 4th April 2018 8:09 - Oli Fisher

Arsenal have made a sensational approach for one former Spurs man, while Chelsea have selected their new managerial target, according to Wednesday’s papers.



Arsenal have reached out to Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale about a move to the Emirates Stadium this summer, according to a report.

Spanish outlet Diario Gol (via the Daily Express) claims that Bale is being lined up as the next big-money acquisition for the Gunners.

The North London side – who have recently splashed the cash on strikers Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – have apparently even begun discussions with Real over a possible deal.

Arsenal lost Alexis Sanchez to Premier League rival Manchester United in January, and despite getting Henrikh Mkhitaryan in return, there is the feeling that they could look for an even more high-profile replacement.

However, Diario Gol say the chances of the former Spurs man Bale joining their biggest rivals is slim.

Reports last Tuesday suggested Manchester United had lodged an opening bid of £60m for Bale, plus add-ons, which would take the deal to £70million.

That offer has apparently been rejected – but Spanish newspaper AS sugget Real have come back to United with a counter-proposal – in a deal that would see United given exclusivity over a deal for Bale.



Rafa Benitez is wanted by Real Sociedad, who hope to convince the Newcastle boss to return to Spain and lead them up the table (Mirror)

Rumours that Manchester City would make a £75million bid for Real playmaker Isco have been quashed. Instead of making a swoop for the 25-year-old Spain international, City are said to be looking closer to home, with another attempt at Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez said to be on the cards (Manchester Evening News)

Valencia have pinned down Ferran Torres until June 2021 to fend off interest from both Liverpool and Chelsea, and also inserted an £88m release clause into the 18-year-old’s new contract 

Daniel Levy has doubled his yearly wage to become the Premier League’s best-paid chairman on £6m – earning more than manager Mauricio Pochettino and star player Harry Kane (Sun)

Manchester United have revealed plans to boost the atmosphere at Old Trafford after a series of complaints from boss Jose Mourinho (Mirror)

Chelsea expect to appoint Massimiliano Allegri as their new boss this summer – but only after running out of patience with Luis Enrique (Star)

Chelsea have stepped up their bid to land Turkish goalkeeping prodigy Berke Ozer, but the Altinordu player also interests Manchester City and Barcelona (Sun)

West Ham want to keep manager David Moyes beyond this season, with the club’s senior management hailing his motivational skills and discipline (Mirror)

Rafa Benitez has told Athletic Bilbao target Mikel Merino he is still part of his first-team plans at Newcastle (Star)

James Rodriguez will join Bayern Munich on a permanent basis after the Bundesliga champions confirmed they will trigger a £37m purchase option on him (Mail)

Charlie Austin is expected to receive interest from Premier League clubs in the summer if Southampton fail to avoid relegation (Mirror)

Stoke winger Ramadan Sobhi plans to quit the club this summer (Star)

Gareth Barry has triggered a new deal at West Brom, but faces an uncertain future at the Hawthorns after being pictured in a nightclub the day before their game against Burnley last weekend (Telegraph)

West Brom will wait until the summer to appoint a replacement after sacking their second manager this season, Alan Pardew (Times)



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