Paper Talk: Wenger gets ultimatum; Liverpool fight for £35m star

Date published: Tuesday 6th March 2018 8:26

It looks like a straight battle between Barcelona and Liverpool for a £35million midfielder, while Hector Bellerin’s Arsenal future has been plunged into massive doubt, say Tuesday’s newspapers.

 

BARCELONA COME BACK IN FOR PREM MIDFIELD TARGET

Barcelona are expected to make a fresh move to sign Liverpool and Manchester United target Jean-Michael Seri this summer.

The Catalan giants were close to signing the Ivorian last summer until a late change of heart saw them push through a deal for Paulinho instead.

Seri has since come under the watchful eye of Liverpool and Manchester United, who are both reportedly keen to to meet the midfielder’s £35million release clause this summer.

However, the Daily Express, via reports in Spain, claim Barcelona are keen to find someone who can ease the workload on Sergio Busquets and they believe Seri would be the ideal signing.

But interest from the Premier League giants means there could be quite the scramble for the midfield’s signature this summer.

Reports have suggested United’s interest in Seri may have gone cold with Mourinho instead looking to prioritise a deal for Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic instead – meaning a straight battle between Liverpool and Barcelona for the all-action Ivorian.

 

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AND THE REST

Hector Bellerin is furious with Arsene Wenger and has demanded to leave after being axed just two hours before their defeat at Brighton (Daily Express)

Arsenal’s stars do not want Mikel Arteta to replace Wenger as their next manager (The Sun)

Furious Arsenal stars are stabbing each other in the back over the club’s dreadful run of form (The Sun)

Wenger’s position as Arsenal boss is being reviewed on a game-to-game basis (The Sun)

Arsenal want Wenger’s successor to be a coach – ending the era of the all-powerful manager (The Sun)

Wenger’s hopes of hanging on to his job hinge on Arsenal winning the Europa League (Daily Star)

Wenger believes that he is the best man to take Arsenal forward and has told his coaching staff that the club will have to sack him to bring an end to his 22-year tenure (The Times)

Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal have all sent scouts to watch Napoli’s £60m-rated Italy midfielder Jorginho (The Sun)

Mauricio Pellegrino is facing the sack at the end of the season – even if Southampton survive (The Sun)

Former Chelsea star Ramires admits he wants a Stamford Bridge return (The Sun)

Marcos Alonso has sensationally conceded that Chelsea are currently suffering from an “attitude problem” (The Sun)

Nantes coach Claudio Ranieri accused Dimitri Payet of ungentlemanly conduct after the Marseille midfielder’s refusal to throw the ball back to his side (The Sun)

Chelsea players are worried that head coach Antonio Conte could push Eden Hazard towards the Stamford Bridge exit door with his safety-first tactics (Daily Telegraph)

Jurgen Klopp has admitted Liverpool made a mistake in rushing Adam Lallana from injury earlier this season (Daily Telegraph)

West Brom CEO Mark Jenkins can expect a grilling from the club’s owners when he travels to China on Tuesday (Daily Telegraph)

The Football League has been urged by Championship clubs to investigate the influence of Jorge Mendes, the Portuguese agent, at Wolves (Daily Telegraph)

Eden Hazard is stalling on signing a new contract with Chelsea  in the hope that Spanish giants Real Madrid make a move for him (Daily Mail)

David Beckham insists Phil Neville is tailor-made for the England women’s team (Daily Mail)

Mousa Dembele is determined to repay Mauricio Pochettino for comparing him to Maradona with a Champions League win (Daily Mirror)

Brazil star Lucas Moura has urged Tottenham to go for the win to kill off Juventus on Wednesday night – because the Italian champions are so dangerous (Daily Mirror)

Ilkay Gundogan is worried Manchester City may lose their edge in the Champions League if they win the title early (Daily Mirror)

Cesar Azpilicueta has warned his Chelsea team-mates they cannot afford to lose another game if they want to finish in the top four (Daily Mirror)

Garry Monk has said he will use the experience from his time at Leeds United to galvanise Birmingham City after becoming the Championship club’s fifth manager inside 12 months (The Guardian)

Former Hull boss Phil Brown has applied for the vacant manager’s job at Swindon (Daily Express)

 

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