Paper Talk: Barcelona scouts watch Chelsea trio

Date published: Friday 10th March 2017 8:25

Arsenal and Chelsea are in pursuit of left-back Sead Kolasinac, while a Barcelona scout was sent to watch a trio of Blues stars, all in today’s papers.


Schalke left-back Sead Kolasinac is wanted by Arsenal and Chelsea, according to a report.

The Bosnia international looks destined to leave the Bundesliga club in the summer after entering the final four months of his contract.

The 23-year-old, who was linked with Liverpool and Chelsea in January, will move on a free transfer but Premier League clubs will have to move fast

According to TransferMarketWeb Juventus and AC Milan are also keen on the player with the San Siro club already making an approach to Kolasinac.

Milan chiefs have reportedly tabled a four-year deal worth £1.7m-per-season and the Daily Star claims “Kolasinac is tempted to take them up on their offer”.

Kolasinac has scored twice and contributed six assists in his 27 appearances in all competitions this season.



Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, 26, is ready to reject an offer from Real Madrid as he is settled in London and loyal to Blues manager Antonio Conte. (London Evening Standard)

Barcelona have sent their sporting director and scout to watch three Chelsea players – defenders Cesar Azpilicueta, 27, Marcos Alonso, 26, and Nemanja Matic, 28. (Calciomercato)

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been talking to Los Angeles Galaxy about a move that would see the 35-year-old become the highest-paid player in MLS history, says former USA defender and president of the American club. (BBC Radio 5 live)

Chelsea are confident of agreeing a new contract with head coach Antonio Conte, but could delay an official announcement until after the Premier League title race is settled. (Telegraph)

Steven Gerrard, 36, could join the England coaching set-up, combining it with his role at Liverpool, and has already had initial talks with senior FA figures. (Independent)

French football journalist Julien Laurens says a move to Paris St-Germain for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger “has to be on the table”. (BBC Radio 5 live)

Everton boss Ronald Koeman has revealed he has held talks with England midfielder Ross Barkley, 23, about committing his future to the Toffees. (Liverpool Echo)

Napoli’s Belgium winger Dries Mertens, 29, met Manchester United representatives for two hours in the lobby of a hotel in Italy earlier this week to discuss a potential move. (Daily Express)

Arsene Wenger has revealed Arsenal made an approach for 18-year-old Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe, who he has likened to Gunners legend Thierry Henry, last year. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Athletic Bilbao’s Spain forward Inaki Williams, 22. Juventus are now leading the race to sign him following several successful scouting trips. (Daily Express)

Unai Emery’s position as Paris St-Germain manager is not under threat despite his side’s remarkable 6-1 capitulation against Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Wednesday. (AS)

Manchester United are set to miss out on Paris St-Germain and Italy midfielder Marco Verratti, 24, who was one of manager Jose Mourinho’s top targets. (Daily Star)

Bayern Munich forward Douglas Costa, 26, has again admitted he is not happy at the German champions and is on the lookout for another team next season, with Juventus the Brazil international’s likely destination. (Sun)

Chelsea and Manchester City target Leonardo Bonucci, 29, has made peace with Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri following a recent dispute that led to the Italy defender being left out of the club’s recent Champions League match against Porto. (Independent)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants midfielder Emre Can, 23, to stay at Anfield. The club intend to hold further talks with the Germany international’s representatives at the end of the season in an effort to end his contract stand-off. (Liverpool Echo)

Celtic and Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon has insisted that the lure of being part of the Scottish champions’ current success story was instrumental in his decision to commit his long-term future to the club. (Glasgow Evening Times)

Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna, 34, is looking at a return to London, with West Ham manager Slaven Bilic hoping to sign the Frenchman on a free transfer. (Sun)

Liverpool are interested in Real Madrid’s Brazil right-back Danilo, 25, who has managed just 16 appearances in all competitions this season. (Daily Star)

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers says he has never heard of Pedro Caixinha, the Portuguese coach who was has been cleared to take charge at Rangers. (The Herald)

Manchester City want to sign Juventus defender Dani Alves in the summer. (The Sun)

Chelsea are set to announce a new contract for midfielder Nemanja Matic as soon as next week. (Daily Express)

Barcelona are ready to step up their pursuit of Southampton defender Cedric Soares.(Daily Express)

Chelsea are adding Italian Luca Cattani to their scouting network. (Daily Mail)

Rafa Benitez will look to offload Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic in the summer. (Daily Express)

Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick admits he board have not got the bottle to sack Arsene Wenger. (The Sun)

John Terry will consider joining another Premier League club in the summer after receiving further indications that his playing career at Chelsea is coming to an end.

Ivan Rakitic has signed a new contract with Barcelona, which includes a £108m release clause. (The Sun)

Everton are set to make a summer swoop for Bury’s 16-year-old midfield starlet Callum Styles. (Daily Mirror)

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