Paper Talk: Arsenal want Ighalo; Conte lines up Chelsea deals

Date published: Wednesday 24th February 2016 12:27

Odion Ighalo: Odion Ighalo: Scored 14 Premier League goals this season

Arsenal will make Watford striker Odion Ighalo their top target this summer, while Antonio Conte has lined up two deals at Chelsea, with two arrivals expected from Roma, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.


Arsene Wenger is stepping up his interest in £20million-rated Watford forward Odion Ighalo.

They have identified 26-year-old Ighalo as one of the strikers at the top of their shortlist for summer strikers.

Gunners boss Wenger wants to strengthen his strike force and it will not necessarily mean an established superstar signing.

Wenger believes they have strength in depth with Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck who can all play through the middle.

But he does want a centre forward and the club are keeping close tabs on Ighalo who is becoming a hot property.

Watford may have to sell if they get an offer of around £20m and Arsenal, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid have all looked at the Nigerian forward.



Radja Nainggolan: Roma midfielder linked with Chelsea

Antonio Conte reckons he’s landed the Chelsea job and he wants to make Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan his first signing, reports the Daily Star.

Nainggolan has been linked with a switch to Manchester United in the past and it’s thought that while they retain an interest, Chelsea would be a more likely destination for the powerful Belgian star.

Conte looks increasingly likely to be appointed by Chelsea, with reports on Monday suggesting a deal has been agreed subject to Roman Abramovich’s final approval.

Conte, meanwhile, has told the Blues he would like to bring Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini with him when he moves to Stamford Bridge, according to the Daily Express.



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Arsenal could reportedly go head to head with Premier League rivals Liverpool for the signature of Monaco wonderkid Kyllian Mbappe (Daily Mail)

Louis van Gaal will survive as Manchester United boss for now with Jose Mourinho not willing to come in during the middle of a season despite a £15m a year deal awaiting him (Daily Mirror)

Gareth Bale’s agent has rubbished claims Real Madrid could sell him over injury woes (Daily Mirror)

Manuel Pellegrini has emerged as the main rival to Antonio Conte as Chelsea search for their next manager (Daily Star)

Charlton striker Ademola Lookman has reportedly been given the green light to join Arsenal in the summer by the Addicks (Daily Mail)

Arsenal have been handed major boost in their summer pursuit of Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain (Daily Star)

Harry Kane is ready to play on with a broken nose in a protective mask in a bid to keep Tottenham’s Premier League title bid alive (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United are reportedly set to spend £138m in the summer to bring in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Thomas Muller with Jose Mourinho giving the green light (Daily Express)

Bordeaux have revealed Arsenal loanee Mathieu Debuchy is set for a spell on the sidelines with a muscular injury (Daily Express)

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Usain Bolt has laughed off talk that fleet-footed Hector Bellerin is faster than him (The Sun)

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